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‘Sustainable Microfarms’ wants to make it easy for urban hydroponic farmers

A new technology (the Genesis Controller) that automatically monitors plants 24/7 and takes the required actions to maximize health and growth.

By Steven Bustin
May 7, 2014


Sustainable Microfarms is a hydroponics startup that is taking a systemic approach to disrupting while simultaneously empowering the agriculture industry and all the players involved. They are starting with a small but passionate consumer market, the urban hydroponic farmer. To say that Sustainable Microfarms is another hydroponics company is to say that Tesla is just another electric car. They have developed new technology (the Genesis Controller) that automatically monitors plants 24/7 and takes the required actions to maximize health and growth.

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May 18, 2014   Comments Off

Vertical farm brings glow to Portage, Indiana

Basil plants sit under the custom spectrum blue and red LED Phillips lights in the vertical greenhouse in Portage on May 9, 2014. Photo by Jim Karczewski/For Sun-Times Media.

With the two growth rooms, Green Sense now produces 100 cases of produce a week with a capacity of 1,000 cases a week and room to grow.

By James D. Wolf Jr.
May 11, 2014


Green Sense worked with Philips Lighting to get the right type of lighting for the best combination of LED lights to produce natural lighting, although the growing rooms have a pink-magenta glow from towers of plants under red and blue LEDs.

“Because plants are green themselves, they use it less efficiently. We left it out,” said Gus van der Feltz, Philips Global Director for City Farming Horticulture Solutions.

Although Philips had seven years of research already, Green Sense was one of its larger projects as it worked to custom fit the farm’s needs.

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May 15, 2014   Comments Off

A smartphone-controlled urban farm

Niwa: The world’s first smartphone- controlled plant growing system that enables you to grow the freshest, healthiest food on Earth.

Excerpt from their Kickstarter campaign web site:

Niwa is the culmination of two years of research and development, the result of many iterations, trials, and prototypes. It`s is a combination of hardware and software working together to take away the hassle of gardening as you know it. Niwa creates the perfect growing environment, waters and feeds your plants and allows you to control it all from your smartphone.

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May 12, 2014   Comments Off

Hydroponic, organic ‘Farm of the Future’ at the Great Park in Irvine

Alegría Farm at the Orange County Great Park. Click on image for larger file.

“Our goal is to show people how to grow superior produce within the urban environment while substantially reducing the impact of food production upon our planet”

Edited by Christopher Simmons
31 Mar 2014


The new Alegría Soxx farm consists of 13 rows of five Soxx each, for a total of 7,800 linear feet of growing space within an 8,500 square foot area (approximately one fifth of an acre). GardenSoxx drain easily and provide aeration and cooling to keep the root zone stable. The rich organic soil is supported within a controlled environment allowing greater nutrient density to be achieved and weed growth is reduced which decreases labor. Production yields are expected to be nearly double that of conventional farming. Water usage is estimated to be 70 percent less and fertilizer use 50 percent less. Other cost savings such as being weed-free are expected to increase the return on investment of the new urban micro farm.

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April 11, 2014   Comments Off

Asheville, North Carolina Urban Farm grows vegetables, minds

Sherrye Coggiola watches as Joey Cagle, checks on basil being grown hydroponically at the Asheville Urban Farms facility, in a warehouse off Amboy Road.

Coggliola and her husband, Anthony, want to take their model of hydroponic farming to the corners of the Earth, to help solve food insecurity and agriculture problems.

By Mackensy Lunsford
Feb 28, 2014


Asheville Urban Farms is a model of an efficient farm, a teaching tool, and a commerce-generating machine in an unassuming former solar-panel manufacturer’s warehouse by the French Broad River. Within 10,000 square feet are multilevel greenhouses with shoji-style sliding doors.

The translucent panels conceal shallow rivers of trickling water on which float rafts of kale and microgreens. Sliding aside a panel reveals a burst of light and moist, rich air that smells of growing things. Below the foam rafts are tangled root systems, soaking in the nutrient-rich water.

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March 8, 2014   Comments Off

Indoor mini-farms to beat climate change in Trinidad

Industrial engineer Ancel Bhagwandeen developed a hydroponic system that “leverages the nanoclimates in houses so that the house effectively protects the produce the same way it protects us.”

“Our future as a people is based more and more on city living and in order for that to be sustainable, we need to have city farming at a family level.”

By Jewel Fraser
Caribbean 360
Feb 28, 2014


PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Thursday February 27, 2014 IPS – Industrial engineer Ancel Bhagwandeen thinks that growing your food indoors is a great way to protect crops from the stresses of climate change. So he developed a hydroponic system that “leverages the nanoclimates in houses so that the house effectively protects the produce the same way it protects us,” he says. Bhagwandeen told IPS that his hydroponic project was also developed “to leverage the growth of the urban landscape and high-density housing, so that by growing your own food at home, you mitigate the cost of food prices.”

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March 7, 2014   Comments Off

An urban farm in Las Vegas? Supporter looking at 50 acres, seeking startup money

Hydroponics, a method of growing plants in water instead of soil, can bring farming into the urban areas where consumers are concentrated. Photo by Amian Dovarganes.

“We could be picking a tomato two years from now, but it’s hard to say,” Garza said. “It’s going to take teamwork and collaboration throughout Southern Nevada.”

By Conor Shine
Las Vegas Sun
Feb. 16, 2014


With traditional family farms in decline across the country, James Garza wants to reinvent how food is grown and distributed to local communities, starting with a farm in the middle of the desert.

Garza is leading an effort to build a large-scale urban farm in the Las Vegas area, setting his sights on 50 acres of undeveloped land at Desert Breeze Park near Cimarron and Spring Mountain roads.

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February 23, 2014   Comments Off

Former school building’s football field and playground converted to vegetable garden in Iowa

Stephen Kalina (left) and Mike Elwick look at the growth progress of tomato plants at Old School Produce Company in Vinton, Iowa. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette-KCRG TV9).

Vinton, Iowa man gets an education in urban farming

By Deborah Neyens
The Gazette
30 January 2014


“I had no plan for it,” Elwick admitted. “I bought it because it was a great old building with great exposure right in the middle of town. But then it became a question of now that I own it, what am I going to do with it?”

In researching local zoning ordinances, Elwick noted that one permissive use was truck garden. Although he “didn’t know anything about gardening,” he was drawn to the idea of joining the local food movement and converting the old football field and playground into an urban farm to grow and sell vegetables.

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February 11, 2014   Comments Off

Gertjan Meeuws – Indoor Farming: The Next Generation of Growing

With LED lighting we only provide wavelengths that are useful for growth and development of the crop.

TEDxBrainport 2012

Gertjan Meeuws is a pretty stubborn Dutch horticultural engineer, convinced that the way we are producing our food today, won’t be a sustainable solution for feeding the world of tomorrow. Born in The Netherlands in 1962, he finished the University of Applied Sciences in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in 1983. Ever since, he has been involved in improving the performances of crops by combining his plant physiological knowledge with developing mathematical models and disrupting insights.

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February 7, 2014   Comments Off

Hydroponics used to grow salad in tunnels under London

Zero Carbon Food is growing pea shoots, rocket, red lion mustard, radish, tatsoi, pak choi and miniature broccoli in tunnels beneath London. Photograph: unknown/Zero Carbon Food

A second world war bomb shelter has been converted to grow eco-friendly salad approved by celebrity chef Michel Roux Jnr

By Tim Smedley
Guardian Professional
30 January 2014


A few hundred metres from Clapham North tube station stands a padlocked gate. Behind the gate is a dark, damp entrance to a spiral staircase leading 33 metres underground. A series of tunnels built as a second world war bomb shelter large enough to fit 8,000 people have remained virtually unused. Until now. At the end of one tunnel comes a pinkish-purple glow from behind white plastic sheeting. The Breaking Bad comparison is obvious. But the produce being grown using hydroponics and LED lights isn’t illegal. It’s salad. Salad, the taste of which is liked by no less than chef Michel Roux Jnr.

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January 31, 2014   Comments Off

Seattle’s Millionair Club creates hydroponic farm at Seattle shelter

A Seattle charity organization is now in the urban farming business

By Gary Chittim
KING 5 News
January 27, 2014
(Must see. Mike)

The Millionair Club Charity has created a hydroponic farm in the basement of its Seattle shelter.

Farm Manager Chris Bajuk said hydroponics is by far the most environmental form of farming. He explained there are no pests, so no pesticides, no emissions and very little transportation of the crops. The Club will use the fresh produce to feed homeless and jobless vistors to the shelter and will donate some to other local charities. It will also sell some of it to local restaurants like Tuta Bella.

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January 29, 2014   Comments Off

Iberia Community Garden Co-op’s new hydroponic garden

New Iberia is the tenth-largest city in the U.S state of Louisiana. Located 30 miles southeast of Lafayette.

It’s about private investors set up through the Fund for Gulf Communities to improve and diversify the economy of areas affected by the Gulf oil spill of 2008,”

By Mckenzie Womack
The Daily Iberian
Jan 5, 2014


The garden, which is in a large greenhouse, has almost 100 towers and holds 2,500 plants, said ICGC project manager Phanat Xanamane.

Winter greens like spinach, radish, mustard greens, bok choy, arugula, mini broccoli, among other greens are growing, Xanamane said.

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January 10, 2014   Comments Off

Garden Fresh Farms wins CleanTech’s National Sustainability Award


Started in 2010, Garden Fresh Farms is building a nationwide network of investor-owned, inner-city indoor hydroponic farms

Excerpt from their website:

We have proven that urban agriculture is sustainable in a warehouse environment. We want to help others reach for their dream and replicate Garden Fresh Farms in large urban areas. Imagine owning your own business that is “green”, natural, local and healthy. In any economy people have to eat and with the rise in gas prices, consumer purchases of locally produced products will increase.

Helping the Urban Farmer: We are making owning an urban farm within reach of the passive investor who believe in the future of indoor agriculture, wants to be part of the growth, but doesn’t want to quite their day job.

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December 4, 2013   Comments Off

Feeding Future Megacities With Floating Hydroponic Farms

SeaLeaf is a modular hydroponic unit that can grow vegetables while floating like a buoy. Four former students at the Royal College of Art and the Imperial College, London, designed the new system of growing produce with this challenge in mind. Instead of relying on fields, it uses oceans.

A team of engineers has designed a hydroponic module that could shift urban farming from the rooftop to the sea.

By Sydney Brownstone
Oct 24, 2013


Students at the Royal College of Art and the Imperial College, London, Roshan Sirohia, Jason Cheah, Sebastiaan Wolzak, and Idrees Rasouli, have created SeaLeaf, a modular hydroponic unit that can grow vegetables while floating like a buoy. The team has demonstrated in at least one test that it can grow seven to eight yields of bok choy a year, while conventional farming only produces two or three. Because 18 of today’s megacities currently sit on coastlines, the team envisions a network of climate-resilient SeaLeaf farms that can feed millions of people. In theory, the farms would only be as far as a kilometer from the nearest pier.

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October 29, 2013   Comments Off

Future of Urban Farming Arrives in a Box

Alegria’s weekly delivery.

Alegría Fresh in Laguna Beach, California utilizes high-efficiency hydroponic vertical farming systems

By Sara Vandergrift
Laguna Beach Independent
July 7, 2013


Alegría Fresh, an unusual farm that grows its produce in vertical structures, turned to an old fashioned method to reach retail customers. In partnership with Orange County Produce, LLC, Alegria last week began offering weekly home delivery of its fresh organic bounty.

The farm itself is a wonderful oddity, consisting of 150 hydroponic vertical towers growing over 8,000 plants in less than 1/20th of an acre. The plants range from medicinal herbs to berries to veggies, all organic and housed in coconut fibers, allowing the team at Alegría to eliminate the presence of soil and grow produce, which they claim is “seven times more nutrient rich as anything found in the local supermarkets.”

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July 21, 2013   Comments Off