Category — Hydroponics
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
60 percent of survey participants grew plants indoors, be they vegetables or flowers. Gardening was more common in Shanghai, where the number is 75 percent.
By Margaret Rhodes
It’s no surprise, then, that Shanghai is where Ronnie Runesson, a senior product developer at Ikea, came up with the company’s new line of indoor gardening kits. Runesson, who is Swedish and has worked at Ikea for 33 years, recently spent three years in the company’s Shanghai office. While in Shanghai he visited with other product suppliers, and saw several small, indoor units where office workers grew their own lettuces and herbs.
May 25, 2016 Comments Off on Ikea’s Clever Kit Makes Indoor Farming as Easy as It’ll Get
Growing food in greenhouses on rooftops was not only feasible on a commercial scale, it was also an adaptive use of urban space that’s environmentally friendly, according to co-founder and CEO of Gotham Greens
By Elizabeth Arakelian
NBC New York
Apr 8, 2016
One place greenhouses are also popping up is in schools. New York Sun Works, a nonprofit, is teaching urban agriculture and has installed two rooftop greenhouses on city schools.
“It really is a new way of teaching science through the lens of urban agriculture,” said Sidsel Robards, director of development and events for Sun Works. “If we all grow the food right here in the city, what would that do to traffic patterns, population, contamination?”
April 13, 2016 Comments Off on Skies of Lettuce: Rooftop Greenhouses Sprout in Big Cities
Read over 100 comments about indoor hydroponics on Reddit
IKEA United Kingdom
This April, IKEA is introducing an indoor gardening series that lets you grow your own tasty lettuce and herbs in water. Developed in collaboration with agricultural scientists in Sweden, KRYDDA/VÄXER series includes everything you need to get sprouting and keep your garden growing – even in the winter! How it works? Just keep an eye on the water level. That’s all.
“The challenge was to make growing plants in a hydroponic system simple, so that anyone could succeed …”
Helena Karlén, Swedish university of agricultural sciences
March 20, 2016 Comments Off on IKEA will sell indoor hydroponics gardening kit
An employee introduces beneficial predator insects into the greenhouse. These insects prevent harmful greenhouse pests from destroying the crops and take the place of dangerous chemical pesticides. (Evan Garcia)
The Chicago greenhouse has 40 employees, many from the community, who tackle everything from plant nutrition to pest management.
By Evan Garcia
February 11, 2016
There’s a cold-weather climate here,” said Puri. “It’s such a short growing season that there’s a dearth of access to healthy, local produce year-round.”
The Chicago greenhouse is expected to produce over 10 million heads of leafy greens, which the company will sell to local food retailers, restaurants and caterers. (They exclusively grows leaf vegetables, such as butterhead lettuce, basil and arugula.) A small portion will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
February 16, 2016 Comments Off on 75,000-square-foot rooftop greenhouse built atop soap factory in Chicago
Kickstarter success: €114,009 pledged of €50,000 goal
The lighting system automatically stays on for 16hrs a day and follows a natural 8hr night cycle.
The LEDs have been selected specifically for their wavelengths, their efficiency (Lumens/W) and their durability. The blue and white spectrum of the LEDs mimics natural daylight and ensures an optimal growth rate for plants. This means plants develop quickly, promoting large leaf surface and rich flavors (the production of essential oils).
January 24, 2016 Comments Off on Véritable – The Autonomous Indoor Garden
Growing vegetables via smartphone. This ‘farm cube’ basically does all the work of growing vegetables for you
A fully automated indoor farming system that its developers say is capable of growing pesticide free vegetables via your smartphone is unveiled at CES 2016
By Ben Gruber
Jan 15, 2016
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – Growing your own produce just got really easy. This is a farm cube – a fully enclosed ecosystem capable of growing vegetables indoors.
“In this one (Farm Cube), the one cycle, around six weeks, 200 pieces or 100 pieces depending on different vegetables,” said Jack Ting, CEO of Taipei-based OPCOM, developers of the automated farming technology.
Seedlings are loaded into the cube. The growth cycle is then completely automated using farming software that monitors the plants and adjusts the environment accordingly, adding the perfect amount of air, light, and water needed for different stages of development.
January 15, 2016 Comments Off on Growing vegetables via smartphone. This ‘farm cube’ basically does all the work of growing vegetables for you
Freight Farms co-founder Brad McNamara displays a lettuce seedling inside a freight container converted into a vegetable garden in Boston. The Boston-based company is repurposing shipping containers as mobile farms. Freight Farms sells 320-square-foot containers equipped with high-tech hydroponic equipment that’s capable of producing the typical yield for two acres of farmland in any climate, and uses 90 percent less water. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Industry experts caution that upfront costs and annual operational expenses like electricity for lighting systems that often run 18 hours a day can mean slim profit margins for would-be farmers.
By Philip Marcelo
Jan 11, 2016
Most Freight Farm customers are growing high turnover, compact crops the company recommends—lettuce; hearty greens like kale, cabbage and Swiss chard; and herbs like mint, basil and oregano—and selling them to local restaurants and groceries and at community markets, according to McNamara and Friedman.
January 13, 2016 Comments Off on Farm in a box: Shipping containers reused for fresh produce
An indoor farm – they’ve got about 20 employees at the moment, but within the next year, Urban Till expects to add another 75.
Dec 26, 2015
The old Sunbeam factory on the Far West Side of Chicago is buzzing by 5 a.m.
Urban Till employees are harvesting, packaging and getting produce ready to ship to more than 100 local restaurants so it can be on diners’ plates later that day.
December 31, 2015 Comments Off on Chicago’s ‘Urban Till’ ships to more than 100 local restaurants
Freight Farms, a Boston ag-tech start-up that sells fully outfitted hydroponic shipping container farms for around $75,000 a pop
By Brian Barth
November 27, 2015
The company’s Leafy Green Machine, as they call their upcycled 40-foot shipping containers, comes with its own computerized brain that allows you to monitor the temperature, moisture, humidity, and nutrient levels of the hydroponic system remotely with a smartphone. Pink-hued LED light strips hang in front of each of the vertical grow towers, giving a party vibe to the whole operation.
December 7, 2015 Comments Off on Meet a Baby-Boomer Couple Farming in Shipping Containers
The café offers locally sourced seasonal food and locally roasted coffee and prides itself on being a community asset as all profits go back to the local community as grants for creative entrepreneurs.
By Nikki Lee
Nov 26, 2015
Creative working space and artisan coffee shop, Home of Honest Coffee, in the city of Salford, has taken one more step towards sustainability following the installation by Refarming Ltd & Co-operative and Mutual Solutions of one of HydroGarden’s VydroFarm vertical hydroponic systems in its basement. The system will be used to grow salad greens and herbs for use in its on-site kitchen.
December 3, 2015 Comments Off on Manchester’s Home of Honest Coffee to grow salad greens and herbs for use in its on-site kitchen