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University of Liverpool educates young people in futuristic farming with VydroFarm and FishPlant

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Farm Urban’s Dr Paul Myers with the University of Liverpool’s new VydroFarm.

This system can transform small, underused urban spaces into the farms of the future.

By Nikki Lee
Press Office
HydroGarden
Aug 5, 2015

As part of an exciting ‘Aquaponics in Schools’ initiative, school children in Liverpool are being educated about the issues behind sustainable global food production and food security, through a series of engagement projects sponsored by Farm Urban, The University of Liverpool and Coventry-based hydroponics specialists HydroGarden.

The University and Farm Urban, selected two of HydroGarden’s innovations for the future of farming to display. The first, a new vertical farming system, VydroFarm, was part of its exhibition stand at three of Liverpool’s biggest cultural and educational events in July, namely the ‘Eat the Atlantic’ Food Festival (4th – 5th July) on Liverpool’s waterfront, Big Bang North West science fair (8th July) for 11-18 year olds and Alder Hey Week (6th – 12th July). This last event was aimed at involving staff, patients and the local community in the exciting build up to the children’s hospital’s move to its brand new facility – ‘Alder Hey in the Park’.

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August 15, 2015   No Comments

Vancouver Vertical Hydroponic Farms can feed urban communities while reducing carbon emissions

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Via numerous extremely efficient urban farms, community members gain access to local fresh food while reducing their carbon footprint.

By Co-founders, Brandon, Win and Dan
Green Guys on the Drive
August, 2015

Excerpt from their proposal:

The pictures used in this proposal were taken over the course of three years, by a group called Green Guys on the Drive (6), located in Vancouver, British Columbia who currently operate East Vancouver’s only community supported hydroponic urban vegetable farm. They have 11 CSA members who each pay $200 at the start of the season to receive their share of the farm’s weekly harvest which is sufficient for 2 people. They currently have one farm tended to by three co-founders, Brandon, Win and Dan. The farm consists of three VHF units with a total capacity of 320 plants and a footprint of 34 ft2. This works out to a density of 9.4 plants/ft2 which is more than 3 times the density of traditional soil based planting for lettuce (a leafy green) (7).

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August 13, 2015   Comments Off on Vancouver Vertical Hydroponic Farms can feed urban communities while reducing carbon emissions

NASA astronauts just ate food grown in space for the first time

For the first time in history, astronauts have eaten food grown in space.

By Joseph Stromberg
VOX Space
August 10, 2015

Excerpt:

As part of NASA’s VEG-01 experiment (nicknamed “VEGGIE”) aboard the International Space Station, they sampled red romaine lettuce that’s been growing in a specially designed chamber since early July, under the care of astronaut Scott Kelly. After Kjell Lindgren carefully cleaned the greens with sanitizing wipes to ensure they were clean, the duo and Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui first tasted them around 12:45 ET on Monday — before trying them again with a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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August 11, 2015   Comments Off on NASA astronauts just ate food grown in space for the first time

What Is a Personal Food Computer?

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Photo by Caleb Harper.

A farm the size of a desktop could change the way we grow food in cities

By Heather Hansman
Smithsonian.Com
Aug 3 2015

Excerpt:

That “recipe” would include all the variables the farm would need to adjust to re-grow the basil the same way, like the amount of light and water, or the carbon dioxide levels inside. It’s essentially the climate for the box. Those environmental factors are what make food taste and grow a certain way, and Harper is most excited about having the ability to control the system for other outside factors, to make food as good as humanly possible. “People talk about the phenome and the genome,” he says. “We’re not doing anything in the genome, we’re just messing with the phenome.”

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August 10, 2015   Comments Off on What Is a Personal Food Computer?

Greenhouse Project Classrooms in New York Give Students Hands On Experience With Conservation

Students are growing more than 9,000 lbs of vegetables a year

By Cindy Hsu
CBS2
June 12, 2015

Excerpt:

At the hydroponic greenhouse at Manhattan School for Children on the Upper West Side, students are growing more than 9,000 lbs of vegetables a year, using no soil, no pesticides, and only rainwater.

“It’s called VIG, vertically integrated growing,” 7th grader Equem Roel said.

It’s a way to grow plants using less water, space, and energy.

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June 21, 2015   Comments Off on Greenhouse Project Classrooms in New York Give Students Hands On Experience With Conservation

Costa Rica: Family orchards to reduce carbon footprint

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In the backyard of the company owner various products are grown, including chilli, celery, basil, lettuce, cilantro, chives, mustard, tomato, oregano and lavender, among others.

Source: La República
6/9/2015

“Urban agriculture systems offer a practical way to grow frequently consumed vegetables, helping promote food security and proper nutrition,” said Alex Pacheco, head of the Demo Farm of Peri-urban Agriculture of Earth University.

The advantages of the system range from making it possible to obtain fresh, healthy food, to reducing expenditure, allowing for better family integration and boosting local economies through entrepreneurship.

An example of this is the company called Hidroponías La Ribera, based in Heredia, which supplies everything necessary to anyone interested in growing hydroponic plants.

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June 15, 2015   Comments Off on Costa Rica: Family orchards to reduce carbon footprint

Japan’s Future Vertical Farms – Semiconductor Chip Companies Produce Food

How Japan is using high tech factories to grow vegetables indoors.

By Rachel Mealey
Al Jazeera
25 May 2015
(Must see! Mike)

Excerpt:

By 2050, the world will need to feed an additional 2.5 billion people living in cities. Yet as the demand for food rises, the amount of land available for agriculture in developed countries is expected to decline.

In Japan, at the Fujitsu factory of Aizu-Wakamatsu which still manufactures semiconductor chips for computers, a different project is underway which may offer a solution to this problem.

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May 26, 2015   Comments Off on Japan’s Future Vertical Farms – Semiconductor Chip Companies Produce Food

High-tech urban farming in the UK begins to move from demonstration projects to full commercial-scale developments

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LED-based methods of growing crops are becoming more efficient as technologies improve year on year – image: USDA.

Closed crop growing systems are going mainstream, but they have their critics

By Gavin McEwan
Horticulture Week
7 May 2015

Excerpt:

But some are critical of these schemes. Mike Hamm, professor of sustainable agriculture at Michigan State University, points out that only a handful of crops can ever be viably grown using enclosed systems, pointing out that as commodity crops, wheat and other grains “would be important if these systems are to truly feed a city”, but these would in fact be “a terrible choice for indoor production”.

Citing a study by Cornell University emeritus professor Dr Louis Albright, he says wheat grown in a tiered, artificially-lit system would require three Empire State Buildings to feed the city of New York and the resulting bread would have to be priced at $11 “just to cover the lighting cost”, he says.

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May 15, 2015   Comments Off on High-tech urban farming in the UK begins to move from demonstration projects to full commercial-scale developments

HydroGarden assists The University of Nottingham in new food and energy research

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The VydroFarm system at The University of Nottingham’s Creative Energy Homes Project (left to right) Stephen Fry, commercial sales manager, HydroGarden; PhD student Matthew Woodward; Professor Mark Gillott, The University of Nottingham.

Two of HydroGarden’s vertical hydroponic systems have been installed in the University’s ‘Creative Energy Homes Project’.

By Sarah Jelly at HydroGarden
May 2015

The University of Nottingham is embarking on an exciting new hydroponics research project with the help of Coventry-based hydroponics experts, HydroGarden, as part of its investigations into new concepts for energy efficient food secure future living.

The project will be supervised by Professor Mark Gillott and undertaken by Matthew Woodward, an undergraduate student on the B.Eng Hons Architecture Environment Engineering Programme at The University of Nottingham’s Department of Architecture and Built Environment.

It will investigate the differences in the energy used by a hydroponic system with only LED lighting, and one that utilises a mixture of natural and artificial lighting sources. The work will consider the impact of these different growing environments on the growth and production of the plants.

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May 13, 2015   Comments Off on HydroGarden assists The University of Nottingham in new food and energy research

Hydroponic agriculture turns Kenyan homes into gardens

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“I grow tomatoes, kale and spinach, which saves me time and money,” she said. “The crops mature faster [with hydroponics] when compared to growing them on a farm.”

World Bulletin
April 6, 2015

Excerpt:

We teach farmers how to utilize the vertical spaces in their homes,” Mwangi, the hydroponics expert, told.

Kimani Kemboi runs a pharmacy at Aga Khan University Hospital and lives in Westlands, an affluent Nairobi neighborhood.

“For every household in Nairobi, space is an issue,” he told. “Unlike other towns, Nairobi is not an agricultural town.”

Kemboi first heard about hydroponics from a friend who uses it to grow fodder for his animals in Kikuyu, a town in Kenya’s Kiambu County.

“After visiting him, I decided to make a small kitchen garden for myself,” he said.

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April 14, 2015   Comments Off on Hydroponic agriculture turns Kenyan homes into gardens

Backyard plastic bubble in Greater Vancouver is Canada’s first biodome

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Tom Colclough is growing about 6,000 strawberry plants hydroponically on his Surrey farm in an agricultural biodome. Photograph by: Ric Ernst.

Climate-controlled domes touted as a local food solution for remote communities

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
April 1, 2015

Excerpt:

The 3,000-square-foot plastic bubble in Tom Colclough’s Surrey yard is packed with 6,000 strawberry plants that require no soil and use one-tenth the water of conventional farming.

Canada’s first agricultural “biodome” is made from air-tight layers of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE), a plastic film that weighs 99-per-cent less than glass and naturally disperses light within the dome, creating an ideal environment for vertical hydroponic growing systems, said designer Colclough.

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April 2, 2015   Comments Off on Backyard plastic bubble in Greater Vancouver is Canada’s first biodome

LED powered CounterCrop coming to kitchens in July

Successful Kickstarter campaign raised $132,911.

Features & Benefits

Sleek Design – It’s the modern way to grow your food. CounterCrop’s clean lines and industrial design make it look great on any kitchen counter. Whether you’re whipping up mojitos with fresh mint or cutting enough greens for an entire salad, your CounterCrop is a great conversation starter when hosting dinner parties too.

Clean, Controlled Growing – Forget the dirt. CounterCrop’s self-contained, advanced hydroponic system delivers water and light at just the right time. Not to mention, with indoor gardening, you won’t have to worry about inclement weather or outdoor pests destroying your food.

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March 20, 2015   Comments Off on LED powered CounterCrop coming to kitchens in July

Linking Food Waste to Hydroponics

Re-Nuble: Transforming Food Waste to Affordable Nutrients

From their Indiegogo site:

Our Mission and Vision: Our vision is to transfer the way we grow and distribute food, making healthy food affordable and accessible to all. With our business Re-Nuble, we set out to create a non-toxic, organic-based liquid nutrient solution with yields comparable to existing chemical alternatives.

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March 17, 2015   Comments Off on Linking Food Waste to Hydroponics

32 percent of Future Farmers of America (FFA) members live in urban and suburban areas.

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Maize High FFA.

One of those non-rural FFA chapters formed two years ago at Maize High School, located in the northwest Wichita suburb of Maize, Kansas.

By Shauna Rumbaugh
High Plains Journal
Feb 23, 2015

Excerpt:

A local Boy Scout troop built four raised beds for the school, and this spring Super’s students will use them to plant root crops, which don’t grow well hydroponically.

They also want to try growing cucumbers, peppers and strawberries.

The school has an educational outreach program for elementary students in the works. Groups of students will go into local grade schools with simple hydroponics units and teach kids about food and nutrition and show them how they can grow plants hydroponically.

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March 3, 2015   Comments Off on 32 percent of Future Farmers of America (FFA) members live in urban and suburban areas.

‘Freight Farms’ Grow Local Flavor, Year-Round

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Containers on roof.

At this point, their business is breaking even.

By Jeremy Hobson
Here and Now
Feb 17, 2015

Excerpt:

In a city, you can grow enough produce using this technology to make a scaleable business. So you can sell wholesale as well as retail and have a real business,” Shawn told Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

The couple is currently growing greens including kale, cilantro, mustard greens and wild mint. Like a library of plants, the greens are neatly organized in towers of leafy green. Mustard greens, with their wasabi-like finish are something that restaurants request.

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February 27, 2015   Comments Off on ‘Freight Farms’ Grow Local Flavor, Year-Round