Category — Hydroponics
A month ago, Square Roots, the urban farming accelerator launched by Kimbal Musk and Tobias Peggs, began its yearlong program in the Pfizer Building
By April Joyner
Dec 19, 2016
The farmer-entrepreneurs have been given free rein to develop farming and business strategies of their own choosing. The challenge, both Peggs and the program’s participants stressed, is figuring out how to make the economics work. The modular farms, which use technology from Boston-based Freight Farms and Laramie, Wyo.–based Bright Agrotech, cost about $3,000 a month to run, according to participant Jonathan Bernard. But they also produce a relatively high yield, given the space: one farm, for instance, could yield 55,000 mini-heads of lettuce per year, Peggs said. The farming system Square Roots uses allows the participants to yield a weekly harvest once their first crop matures.
December 27, 2016 Comments Off on The view from inside Square Roots’ urban shipping container farms in Brooklyn
Rooftop hydroponic systems in cities produce vegetables that are cheaper and healthier than rural farms
After calculating the cost of building the screenhouse and tanks, rent, labor, utilities, seeds, fertilizer, and other equipment, the team from the Chinese Academy of Sciences South China Botanical Garden and the Zhong Kai University of Agriculture and Engineering found that six out of the seven vegetables were cheaper to produce than to purchase at a local store.
By Kelsey Lindsey
On a 1,600-square-foot-rooftop in Guangzhou, China, 14 hydroponic tanks produce hundreds of pounds of vegetables a year, with a potential profit of over $6,000 annually—almost twice the 2015 annual minimum wage in the city, which has one of the highest monthly minimum wages in the country. The hydroponic tanks are part of study that shows residents and developers in Guangzhou that their rooftop space might be worth some green.
A paper published this past July the journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development reports that growing leafy greens in rooftop hydroponic systems can not only produce a steady supply of vegetables—it can also be cheaper than buying store-bought alternatives.
December 15, 2016 Comments Off on Rooftop hydroponic systems in cities produce vegetables that are cheaper and healthier than rural farms
The system is modular, enabling a grower to have one or multiple devices controlled seamlessly through the SproutsIOGrow mobile app.
From their website:
The SproutsIO device is the home of your microgarden, designed to monitor and nurture your produce. The device is equipped with WiFi connectivity, environmental sensors for monitoring both plant and ambient conditions, camera, high efficiency LED lighting, and an electronic mister. The thoughtful design allows for ease of use and maintenance wherever you live, work, and play.
December 9, 2016 Comments Off on SproutsIO – Growing Personal Produce
In Farm 1, which has a sweet scent and can be as cold as 60 degrees, there’s Red Cross Butterhead, Rex lettuce (an ideal hydroponic similar to butterhead), heirloom Vulcan lettuce (for all you Star Trek fans) and arugula, to name a few.
By Meaghan Habuda
Nov 18, 2016
The indoor hydroponic farm, owned by wife-and-husband duo Shannon O’Malley and Bradley Doyle, doesn’t look like much from the outside. But spread out over green upcycled freight containers, planted inside a wooden fence that surrounds the former site of an abandoned junkyard at 2001 Second Ave. S., Brick Street has spent close to a year quietly blossoming in St. Petersburg.
What makes up this city farm’s local, vertically grown bounty? Herbs and leafy greens.
November 26, 2016 Comments Off on High-tech agriculture blossoms in the city of St Petersburg, Florida at Brick Street Farms
This video was produced, filmed and edited by Yasser Abu Wazna, a freelance filmmaker based in the Palestinian Territory.
He produces approximately 3,500 kilograms (7,716 pounds) of food — enough to feed 30 people.
By Todd Reubold
Nov 22, 2016
(Must see. Mike.)
Around the world, urban agriculture is playing a role in feeding a growing global population from mid-America to the Middle East. This video introduces Said Salim Abu Naser, a proponent of sustainable agriculture living and working in Gaza City, Palestine along the Mediterranean Coast.
November 23, 2016 Comments Off on One Palestinian man’s mission to make urban agriculture more sustainable
The Smart Garden 9 is a meticulously designed, self-growing garden that revolutionizes how fresh food is grown.
From Kickstarter site.
Nov 17, 2016
From crisp kale and spicy chilli to sweet strawberry and calming mint, this self-growing garden helps all plants thrive, automatically making sure they have the right amounts of water, light, oxygen, and nutrients. With healthy foods grown right on your windowsill, you can enjoy a higher quality of life 24/7.
November 17, 2016 Comments Off on The Smart Garden – on Kickstarter
PureAgro Creates Largest U.S. Supplier of Urban Agriculture and Hydroponics Tech and Equipment and ARCTURUS Begins Construction Roll Out For Rhode Island Urban Farm
Arcturus Growthstar Technologies Inc. Rhode Island also has Medical Marijuana laws that allow urban farms such as ours to make build out designated areas to cultivate cannabis for medical purposes.
We are excited to have Jim Coull and his team of construction professionals on board with us in the development and construction of our Rhode Island farm, which can grow both leafy greens as well as cannabis,” says Mr. William Gildea, Arcturus Growthstar Technologies, Inc.’s CEO and Chairman.
November 9, 2016 Comments Off on Press releases: Urban agriculture “serving the fast growing legal cannabis industry”
Con10u2Farm.com puts modules in schools to encourage gardens in city neighborhoods
By Cathie Anderson
June 18, 2016
Friends tease James Brady about his devotion to urban farming, calling him a veggielante and a veggie preacher, but that doesn’t stop his proselytizing. Brady and his business partners create microscale systems that allow schoolchildren and others to grow produce in small or nontraditional spaces.
They recently sold nine of their “adaptive growing modules” to Sacramento-area schools such as Luther Burbank High School, John Still and Pasadena Avenue Elementary School. The modules consist of raised storage bins hooked up to a recirculating water system and filled with a composted growing medium. A timer, which can be powered by solar energy, turns the drip system on and off as directed.
October 25, 2016 Comments Off on ‘Veggielante’ helps folks grow food in small spaces in Sacramento
On a jetty jutting into the River Thames, they’ve founded Farmopolis, a space to explore how this could work. The project forms the beginnings of a social, technological, and agricultural prototype for urban farming.
By Johanna Derry
Oct 3, 2016
Farmopolis is a project that’s been several years in the making and is still in its early days. Ring is a landscape architect and founder of Wayward, the practice behind projects like the Helsinki Plant Tram, a mobile garden, and the Union Street Orchard, a pop-up forest in south London.
October 10, 2016 Comments Off on London: An Experimental Farm on the River Thames Is Changing the Way City-Dwellers Eat
This timelapse was filmed during 20 days in an office.
It’s nanotech growing material is engineered to supply plants the right amount of oxygen, water and nutrients at all times.
From their press release:
Palo Alto, Calif. – September 28, 2016 – Click & Grow’s Wall Farm line, a combination of a fully automated 57-plant, indoor smart garden, and a semi-automatic watering, 38-plant, indoor smart garden, is now available for purchase and is currently the most affordable on the market. The Wall Farm line will easily add fresh food to users’ diets and features Click & Grow’s proprietary NASA-inspired technology that takes the guesswork out of growing plants.
September 28, 2016 Comments Off on A Wall Farm For Your Office
The Rise Of Urban Agriculture
By Christine Brown-Paul
September 2016 / Issue 171
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In this issue we trace the rise of city farming – also known as urban agriculture – a phenomenon whose widespread uptake globally is at the vanguard of a silent revolution in the way our food is produced. Embracing practices such as rooftop farming, hydroponics, aquaponics, aeroponics and the like, city farming is the farming of the future.
August 31, 2016 Comments Off on Practical Hydroponics Magazine Features ‘City Farming’
London Underground grows ‘micro greens’– herbs and salad veggies destined for the city’s restaurants
The bomb shelter farm hidden deep under London
By Barry Neild, CNN
Video by Sara Delgrossi, CNN
August 17, 2016
The tunnels largely fell into disuse after the war, so when Ballard and Dring approached their owners, London’s TFL transport body, they were soon invited to set up their operation.
Further support came from a crowdsourced cash injection of more than $1 million and interest from Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr., who signed up for deliveries to his Le Gavroche restaurant.
August 17, 2016 Comments Off on London Underground grows ‘micro greens’– herbs and salad veggies destined for the city’s restaurants
Kale in the Canadian Arctic: Inside an igloo greenhouse that could inspire fresh food production in the North
Facility could cut vegetable costs in half for hamlet on the north shore of Hudson Bay
By Havard Gould
Jul 29, 2016
Ben Canning plucked a green leaf from a young kale plant and carefully placed it in a clear plastic bag.
After nearly three years of work, the 21-year-old Ryerson University student was harvesting the first crop from an innovative greenhouse built right on the Arctic Circle, an igloo-shaped structure he hopes will be the first of many in northern communities.
July 31, 2016 Comments Off on Kale in the Canadian Arctic: Inside an igloo greenhouse that could inspire fresh food production in the North
The Department of Energy says the price of LEDs has fallen 90% since 2010, and should keep falling in the years to come. At the same time, LED efficiency (light emitted per unit of energy) and lifetime (now up to about 36,000 hours) have nearly doubled.
By Michael J. Coren
June 17, 2016
Although California supplies about 80% (pdf) of the United States’ lettuce and other produce, indoor farmers say they will soon be suppling tastier, fresher and, eventually, cheaper produce to many cities. They are even turning a profit doing it. “We make a healthy margin,” says Marc Oshima, chief marketing officer for AeroFarms. “There’s a reason that Goldman Sachs and Prudential have invested in our farms.”
June 23, 2016 Comments Off on The price of LEDs is falling so fast it’s profitable to farm in a New Jersey nightclub
Growing Underground, GrowUp Urban Farm and FARM:shop may just be the tip of the iceberg. ‘Planners are starting to plan growing into cities,’ says Dring
By Nick Curtis
June 9, 2016
But the biggest bar to the future of urban farms may be consumer squeamishness. When Steven Dring tells ordinary punters what he does, ‘they all think it’s about genetic modification, or Frankenfood’, unaware that most rural growers use industrial techniques far removed from traditional ideas of farming. Nevertheless, the urban farming movement appears to be catching on. ‘We get approached by developers and architects who love the idea of putting a growing space in their building for people to interact with,’ says Hofman, ‘which is a fantastic idea, but not how you get the scale of food production to feed people.’
June 15, 2016 Comments Off on How London’s new underground farms will revolutionise the way we source our food