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Gotham Greens: Four High-Tech Vegetable Farms in New York City, Chicago

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Bloomberg
Aug 22, 2017

The challenge of providing fresh produce to consumers and restaurants in big cities has been an opportunity for Gotham Greens. Co-founder and CEO Viraj Puri explains how his commercial-scale urban farming company has expanded from its startup roots.

August 31, 2017   Comments Off on Gotham Greens: Four High-Tech Vegetable Farms in New York City, Chicago

National Geographic: Your Greens Might Soon Be Grown in Warehouses

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Bowery Farms grows hydroponic crops out of a warehouse in Kearny, New Jersey, using LED lights. Co-founder Irving Fain says productivity far exceeds that of traditional farming. Photograph Courtesy Of Bowery.

Technology-driven businesses such as New Jersey-based Bowery are bypassing traditional farming with warehouses and LED fixtures.

By Christina Nunez
National Geographic
Aug 11, 2017

Excerpt:

It wasn’t until about six or seven years ago that everything changed. The cost of LED fixtures dropped by over 85 percent, and the efficiency more than doubled. The stacking [of crops] was enabled by the LEDs because they’re very thin and they can pull the heat away from the plants well. That means you can stack vertically and use the cubic space much more efficiently.

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August 18, 2017   Comments Off on National Geographic: Your Greens Might Soon Be Grown in Warehouses

Anchorage, Alaska urban farm teaches young employees life skill

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Within a 10,000 square foot warehouse in Spenard, rows of vertical hydroponic towers are tended to by a handful of young adult employees.

By Travis Khachatoorian
KYUU
Aug 4, 2017

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Johndro said she hires youth between the ages of 16 and 24 in needs of life skills.

“This is not a forever job,” said Johndro. “This is part-time, short-term, like six-months to a year, with a goal of moving on to a better more permanent job within the community.”

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August 11, 2017   Comments Off on Anchorage, Alaska urban farm teaches young employees life skill

Urban farming 2.0: From plow beams to Leafy Green Machines

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Shawn Cooney of Corner Stalk Farm.

A new generation of urban farmers is leaving dirt behind and turning shipping containers into tech-driven vertical farms.

By Shane Witters Hicks
Christian Science Monitor
July 26, 2017

Excerpt:

Nate Storey, Plenty’s co-founder and chief science officer, says the environmental benefits gained by fusing technology and food production make large-scale CEA a no-brainer.

“We have no runoff, we have no erosion, we have few, if any, pests, we don’t need to use many of the pesticides, we don’t have any soil to sterilize, we don’t have any intensive irrigation, we use a fraction of the water,” he explains. “There are just not a whole lot of reasons not to do this.”

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August 3, 2017   Comments Off on Urban farming 2.0: From plow beams to Leafy Green Machines

GrowChef – a pod of greens every single day

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Kickstarter: The first indoor hydroponics garden that actually gives harvest every single day. Any culinary herb now at hand.

From Press Release:

Tallinn, Estonia July 23, 2017 – Now, it’s possible to grow nutritious, tasty and fresh food at home faster and easier than ever! All thanks to GrowChef – an easy-to-use hydroponics home garden, specially designed to let users harvest a pod of greens per day. GrowChef is designed so, that you can place it anywhere: on the wall, on the floor, on the window sill, or in the closet. With its three-color LED illumination, GrowChef produces enough light on its own so there’s no need for additional daylight for the plants. Requiring minimal space, it produces the same amount of harvest as a 3-meter long garden bed. Easy to operate, app-supported, and designed to save its users time and money, GrowChef is the best solution for anyone who always wanted to practice gardening but does not own an actual garden.

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July 25, 2017   Comments Off on GrowChef – a pod of greens every single day

Besieged Gaza People Farming on Rooftops to Resist Blockade

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My parents are sick and need treatment. I have to income to provide for the costs of treatment of my parents,” she said adding that she earns money by selling the agricultural products produced on the rooftop of her house. See video with this article.

A Gaza student told Tasnim that his school rooftop is used for agriculture. “At the break time and also during science class, we go to the rooftop farm and practice farming.

Tasmin News Agency
July, 10, 2017
(Must see. Mike)
Excerpt:

Many rooftops in Gaza, in winter, are home to leaf vegetables and in summer, to tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, radishes, herbs and even lemon trees. The vegetables grow without soil and without any chemical fertilizers, thanks to an aquaponics gardening technique that people constantly improves.

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July 11, 2017   Comments Off on Besieged Gaza People Farming on Rooftops to Resist Blockade

UK: From Forgotten London WWII Tunnels To Urban Farm: Q&A With Growing Underground

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Micro greens up close. Photo from Growing Underground.

We’re using food as something to break down barriers and engage in your local community, rather than just being a producer in the middle of nowhere

By Brittany Lane
Unreasonable
Jan 26, 2017

Excerpt:

When you discovered the tunnels, do you remember realizing the potential opportunity here? What did that feel like?

S: I remember the phone call to the guy at Transport for London when I said we want to meet and rent your tunnels. He was like, “You can’t do a nightclub.” We said we don’t want to; we want to build a farm. And I think at that point he was like, what? He literally came out a couple of days later and met us. They were really forward thinking and supportive.

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June 14, 2017   Comments Off on UK: From Forgotten London WWII Tunnels To Urban Farm: Q&A With Growing Underground

Beijing, China: Meet the Company Building Farms in Parking Structures

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Alesca Life creates solutions that enable anyone anywhere to grow the safest, healthiest and freshest produce. Our flagship product is a completely self-contained and automated growing system housed within a ISO-standard 40-foot shipping container.

By Lizzy Schultz
Agwired
Jun 2, 2017

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Stuart Oda previously worked as an investment banker before serving as a co-founder of Alesca Life, a Beijing-based agriculture technology company that builds weather-proof, cloud-connected farms in order to enable local food production by anyone, anywhere.

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June 9, 2017   Comments Off on Beijing, China: Meet the Company Building Farms in Parking Structures

Has This Silicon Valley Startup Finally Nailed The Indoor Farming Model?

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“We’re working to ensure that all of our food gets to the store within hours, and not days or weeks.” [Photo: courtesy Plenty]

That day at Google’s cafeteria, I tasted something different. True and vibrant flavors, textures like I’m used to in field-raised greens and fruits, unusual varieties I’d only expect from really savvy growers.

By Adele Peters
Fast Company
May 18, 2017

Excerpt:

The company plans to build its farms next to large cities, but not directly inside, to best fit in existing supply chains that have distribution centers on city limits. “If you want to be delivering a large amount of super-amazing tasting produce to a large grocery store in the middle of a city, you want to be in the distribution center that feeds that grocery store,” Barnard says. “Because otherwise, it’s going to go back out of the city to the distribution center and then back to the store. And now you’ve cost [yourself] hours and maybe even a day or two. The promise that we’re making to customers is that it’s literally days faster.”

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May 24, 2017   Comments Off on Has This Silicon Valley Startup Finally Nailed The Indoor Farming Model?

How tech-enabled urban farms can work for Singapore

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Comcrop – Singapore. A 6,000-square-foot urban farm on a downtown rooftop. Click on image for larger file.

How would an urban farm here commercialise and scale up?

By Paul Teng & Christopher Vas
The Newspaper
May 13, 2017

Excerpt:

Consumer data collected by researchers at Murdoch Singapore from markets such as Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia showed that consumption of high-value leafy and non-leafy vegetables and fruits by these urban populations is on the rise and likely to grow by over 20 per cent in the future.

Plus, some of these markets were found to be not price sensitive. Instead, they are more focused on getting nutritious, safe and certified products.

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May 22, 2017   Comments Off on How tech-enabled urban farms can work for Singapore

Is Boston the next urban farming paradise?

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Freight Farms has spread north from Boston to Canada, and Pope says there are over just over 100 of the company’s container farms operating in the US alone.

By Oset Babur
The Guardian
Apr 16, 2017

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Freight Farms has spread north from Boston to Canada, and Pope says there are over just over 100 of the company’s container farms operating in the US alone. The company outfits each 40-ft container with the equipment for the entire farming cycle, from germination to harvest. This set of equipment, which the company calls Leafy Green Machine (LGM), creates a hydroponic system, a soil-free growing method that uses recirculated water with higher nutrient levels to help plants grow.

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April 24, 2017   Comments Off on Is Boston the next urban farming paradise?

Student’s goal to produce sufficient food to make one salad per week in an apartment environment.

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Rice University team cultivates ideas for indoor farming

By David Roth
Rice University
Apr 11, 2017

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The team achieved its goal to produce sufficient food to make one salad per week for one year, all in an apartment environment. The original prototype was built last November after two months of brainstorming. It’s a much bulkier, space-consuming model and has been moved outdoors to a fenced-in area behind the OEDK. It remains overgrown with sprawling tomato plants, broccoli and Swiss chard.

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April 22, 2017   Comments Off on Student’s goal to produce sufficient food to make one salad per week in an apartment environment.

Growing produce in space is closer than we think

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Chuck Spern, a project engineer with Vencore on the Engineering Services Contract, removes a base tray containing zinnias from a controlled environment chamber in the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Flowering plants will help scientists learn more about growing crops for deep-space missions and NASA’s journey to Mars. (NASA/Bill White)

“The patent for using LEDs to grow plants was developed through NASA-funded research, and this was in 1990”

By Torah Kachur,
CBC News
Apr 06, 2017

Excerpt:

Generally pretty small at this point. The ISS has a 0.15-square-metre growth chamber. Clearly not enough to feed them, but enough to look at the feasibility of upscaling it.

The reality is the growth chambers that may one day exist on the moon or on Mars aren’t that much different from what we already see on Earth. In particular, hydroponics have been a huge focus of space-farmers.

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April 13, 2017   Comments Off on Growing produce in space is closer than we think

$500,000 from the National Science Foundation goes to urban agriculture research

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In addition to his work studying recycled nutrients in the soil of the community garden, professor Chip Small studies the same phenomenon in hydroponics, where the waste from fish is used to feed aquatic plants. (Photo by Mike Ekern ’02)

“The main focal point of the grant is on the use of nutrients and how to recycle them efficiently.

By Jordan Osterman
St. Thomas Newsroom
April 5, 2017

Excerpt:

“I’ve been asking questions about how efficiently we can recycle nutrients from food waste into new food through composting, coupled with urban agriculture,” Small said. “Something like nearly half the food imported into cities ends up as waste, and we compost maybe 5 percent of that waste. Theoretically that could be scaled up and provide lots of nutrients for urban agriculture.”

Of course, scaling anything up means increasing the amount of everything in play and, when it comes to growing food, that means increasing the amount of phosphorus.

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April 12, 2017   Comments Off on $500,000 from the National Science Foundation goes to urban agriculture research

Meet the budding hydroponic farmer feeding George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia

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Donielle Nolan, Greenhouse and Gardens Specialist, Office of Sustainability. Photo by Evan Cantwell.

In its first year, the Greenhouse supplied Mason’s kitchens with 1,400 pounds of greens, valued at $14,400.

By Buzz McClain
George Mason University
Mar 15, 2017

Excerpt:

The hydroponic garden Nolan oversees conforms to the certified standards required by Mason’s food service provider, Sodexo, to be an official vendor of fresh produce for use in Mason kitchens. In its first year, the Greenhouse supplied Mason’s kitchens with 1,400 pounds of greens, valued at $14,400.

“The goal is 2,000 pounds a year,” Nolan said. That would be valued at $20,000.

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March 16, 2017   Comments Off on Meet the budding hydroponic farmer feeding George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia