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Japan: ‘Tokyo Salad’ growing 400 plants in unused warehouse located under elevated transit lines

The strict hygienic conditions inside of the Tokyo Metro Co.’s cultivation center in Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward. (Mainichi)

Tokyo Metro Goes ‘Train to Table’ with Hydroponic Lettuce

By Leon Kaye
Triple Pundit
Dec 19th, 2017

Excerpt:

As showcased recently in one of Tokyo’s major daily newspapers, the company, Tokyo Salad, is growing about 400 plants in what was previously an unused warehouse located under one of the subway system’s elevated transit lines. The startup, a joint venture between rail operator Tokyo Metro and a development company, currently markets 11 varieties of greens.

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December 26, 2017   Comments Off on Japan: ‘Tokyo Salad’ growing 400 plants in unused warehouse located under elevated transit lines

India: Now, grow vegetables in your living room with this self-watering modular farm

“Our goal is to make families around the world self-reliant with respect to food and Altifarm is our first product. All our learning from multiple projects at my industrial design studio over the last eight years has been distilled into development of Altifarm,” shares Raj.

By Chhavi Tyagi
Economic Times
Dec 4, 2017

Excerpt:

Ergonomically-designed, Altifarm comes across as a one-stop solution for all constraints related to urban farming – space, time, and erratic lifestyle. Consisting of 3 or 4 tiers (depending on your preference), Altifarm provides 1sqm of space to farm while utilising only as much of footprint as a chair does. The shelves are height-adjustable, giving you the freedom to choose a variety of saplings. The farm is designed with a wall hugging rear and is fitted with wheels to provide mobility.

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December 13, 2017   Comments Off on India: Now, grow vegetables in your living room with this self-watering modular farm

Herbs From the Underground in Lower Manhattan, New York City

Katherine Chester, a farm hand at Farm One, harvests for a morning delivery. Credit Sarah Blesener for The New York Times.

Farm One just opened an indoor rare herb and flower garden in a TriBeCa basement, and many prominent chefs are flocking to it.

By Alyson Kruegerdec
New York Times
Dec 6, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

Farm One grew out of this research. In April 2016 the new company started growing products at a small indoor farm at the Institute of Culinary Education, also in Lower Manhattan, on Liberty Street. By August, the farm had its first client: Daniel Boulud’s Daniel. By the end of the summer, the herbs had sold out, which led Farm One to open a second location this fall, at 77 Worth Street.

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December 7, 2017   Comments Off on Herbs From the Underground in Lower Manhattan, New York City

Malaysia: Farming gains ground in Kuala Lumpur

City Farm marketing director Looi Choon Beng demonstrates how little space is needed for an urban garden. – By Kamal Ariffin, November 26, 2017.

“Somebody needs to do this thing now, or else we will not be ready for a possible crisis in the future.”

By Asila Jalil
Malaysian Insight
Nov 26, 2017

Excerpt:

In the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Wong Min Lik has co-founded Moutou Art Space on the rooftop of a building at Lorong Panggong.

The 35-year-old Wong said the rooftop was empty space before they took over in December last year. Today, it has a bar and a garden which brimming with fresh vegetables and herbs such as lemongrass, ginger, mint, lemon, passionfruit, and bitter gourd.

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December 3, 2017   Comments Off on Malaysia: Farming gains ground in Kuala Lumpur

Cornell group explores future of indoor farming

Doctoral student Jonathan Allred, center, leads a tour of Cornell greenhouses in November. Photo: R.J. Anderson/Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE): “CCE is the ‘boots on the ground,’ providing everything from technical assistance to the business planning, cost analysis and financing needed by startups and business that are expanding.”

By Jill Monti
Cornell Chronicle
November 21, 2017

Excerpt:

Known as controlled environment agriculture (CEA), the systems combine greenhouse environmental controls such as heating and lighting with hydroponic and soilless production, enabling year-round production of fresh vegetables. The process extends the growing season through a range of low-tech solutions – such as row covers and plastic-covered tunnels – to such high-tech solutions as fully automated glass greenhouses with computer controls and LED lights.

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November 28, 2017   Comments Off on Cornell group explores future of indoor farming

Veterans Start Vet Veggies to Inspire Other Vets

Vet Veggies harvests 600 heads of lettuce every week using a process called Hydroponics and they do it all inside this single container.

Arkansas Matters
Nov. 10. 2017

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Jerry Martin is a veteran and a farmer, but not just any kind of farmer.

Martin said, “I’m a Vietnam Veteran. I went into service in 1969. ”

The goal is to provide fresh farm to table vegetables for the Northwest Arkansas community. “Vet Veggies is a concept where we provide fresh local vegetables,” said Martin.

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November 16, 2017   Comments Off on Veterans Start Vet Veggies to Inspire Other Vets

Unique Indoor Farm In Manhattan Grows Over 150 Crop Varieties


‘Farm.One’ is a unique indoor farm in Manhattan using technology to bring flavor and rarity year round

Excerpt:

Tour Manhattan’s only indoor hydroponic farm, growing more than 100 varieties of rare herbs, edible flowers and microgreens. Sip complementary sparking wine as you taste new and unique flavors from around the world. A unique, fun experience for any local foodie or tourist in New York.

Inside our new, secret, larger facility in Tribeca, our unique farm uses LED lighting and hydroponics to grow a huge variety of culinary plants, numbering over 200 to date. The indoor grow room uses no pesticides or herbicides, and uses around 95% less water than a traditional farm. The farm supplies Michelin-starred restaurants in the city, including Atera, Daniel, Jungsik, Chef’s Table and others.

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October 30, 2017   Comments Off on Unique Indoor Farm In Manhattan Grows Over 150 Crop Varieties

The Future of Farming – Underground

Rows of microgreens at the Growing Underground facility in London. Growing Underground.

“Urbanization is the largest movement of humans in the history of humankind,” Epstein said. “Urban environments are also food deserts, because all the food is grown on the outskirts. That has to stop.”

By Irina Ivanova
CBS Moneywatch
October 16, 2017

Excerpt:

Until recently, hydroponics usually came with high start-up costs, meaning a farmer could wait for years before seeing a profit. Dring, who recently reached a distribution deal with Marks and Spencer, one of the U.K.’s largest retailers, expects Growing Underground to break even later this year.

“I’m going to get drunk for a week when that happens,” he joked. “I’ve already told my investors.”

Beyond the novelty of growing food in the bowels of London, Growing Underground’s approach shows that it’s possible to feed a growing population without the carbon-intensive effects of conventional industrial agriculture, which is in many ways unsustainable.

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October 22, 2017   Comments Off on The Future of Farming – Underground

South Africa: Chamber of Mines shows off potential of rooftop agriculture in Johannesburg inner city

The Chamber of Mines is participating in and has funded a pilot project to assess the feasibility of growing herbs and vegetables on the rooftops.

Launch of the Urban Agriculture Initiative, which is aimed at creating a vibrant urban agricultural ecosystem by “innovatively” repurposing disused rooftops and making use of hydroponics and aquaponics to produce agricultural produce for Johannesburg’s inner city communities.

By Ilan Solomons
Creamer Media Staff Writer
11th October 2017

Excerpt:

“Although still in its early days, a successful basil crop has been harvested and sold,” the chamber highlights.

Moreover, the CoM notes that Johannesburg is one of many cities worldwide turning to inner city farming with the objective of addressing high unemployment and food insecurity, while simultaneously aiming to regenerate neighbourhoods.

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October 17, 2017   Comments Off on South Africa: Chamber of Mines shows off potential of rooftop agriculture in Johannesburg inner city

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

Video Story

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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
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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