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Yard Too Small For A Garden? Grow Vegetables Vertically

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Paul Langdon, of Wethersfield, and his vertical portable hydroponic garden. Photo by Stephen Dunn / Hartford Courant.

Won first prize in the sustainability category last weekend at the Maker Faire

By Christopher Hoffman
Courant
Sept 26, 2014

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The 43-year-old software engineer turned to hydroponics, or gardening without soil. Langdon and his friend Curt Downing of Glastonbury designed and built a compact, vertical hydroponic garden that grows 160 plants and is controlled from a cell phone.

Langdon and Downing aren’t the only ones who think the garden — made of PVC pipe, downspouts and gutters — is cool. Earlier this month, their rig won first prize in the New York Maker Faire’s sustainability category.

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October 19, 2014   No Comments

At MIT, A Farm Grows That Is Built For A City

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CityFarm is a soil-free system for urban farming that actually might work

Fast Coexist
Oct 1, 2014

CityFarm started as a 60-square-foot module inside MIT’s Media Lab, where Harper grew lettuce, herbs, and tomatoes in a windowless room bathed in blue and red artificial light–the part of the sun’s spectrum that plants can actually absorb. The system had no soil. Some plants were grown hydroponically and others aeroponically in a simple mist. Both methods require far less water–as much as 90% less–compared to a conventional farm. More recently, Harper began experimenting with an even bigger system in the building, which is also meant to test whether sunlight exposure helps or hurts the crops.

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October 9, 2014   No Comments

Atlanta-based PodPonics grows greens in shipping containers

CBS46 News

Lettuce Buy Local currently includes three product varieties of delicate local greens:

Green Mix – green romaine and green lollo
Encore Mix – green romaine, green lollo and red lollo
Dragon Mix – baby mustard, red kale, purple kohlrabi, mizuna, red cabbage (in stores summer 2014)
Jurassic Mix – baby kale (available in stores fall 2014)
Rocket Mix – arugula (available in stores fall 2014)

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October 9, 2014   No Comments

Project envisions city-style farm in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Project would feature hydroponic gardens, retail spaces in old shipping containers

By Jessica Dyer
Albuquerque Journal
July 31, 2014

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Roy Solomon sees green in a sea of pavement.

He pictures fruits and flowers thriving amid the cacophony of freeway traffic, and a small – and somewhat unconventional – retail center growing up with them.

Solomon, an Albuquerque businessman and veteran restaurateur, plans to develop a farm-centric retail project on a vacant 1 1/2-acre plot just north of the Carlisle off-ramp from westbound Interstate 40.

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August 10, 2014   Comments Off

BrightFarms wants to build a hydroponic greenhouse farm in Washington, DC

Help us to build a 120K sq ft hydroponic greenhouse farm to supply the nation’s capital with the freshest locally grown produce year-round

Excerpt from Indiegogo site:

We just announced an exciting partnership with Giant Food® to deliver year-round local produce to Giant stores throughout the Washington metropolitan area. At 100,000 square feet, it will be the largest urban greenhouse of its kind in the world.

We have the site. With our partnership with Giant Food® in place, we now need to finance and build the greenhouse. Our architectural plans are being finalized and our goal is to break ground in August 2014.

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July 31, 2014   Comments Off

‘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
Techli
May 7, 2014

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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

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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.
Post-Tribune
May 11, 2014

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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

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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
Newswire
31 Mar 2014

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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

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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
Citizen-Times
Feb 28, 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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.

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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

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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

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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