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Gazans turn to their rooftops for sustenance

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For Muhyeddin al-Kahlout, the benefits of his rooftop farm are wide-reaching. Mohamed Hajjar

In the Shujaiya neighborhood of Gaza City, Ahmad al-Sharqawi sells vegetables grown on the roof of his house. Their origin, he has found, has become a selling point.

By Sondos Walid
The Electronic Intifada Gaza Strip
16 August 2017

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Dr. Ahmad Saleh, an agricultural consultant and former professor in the Faculty for Agricultural Engineering at Al-Azhar University, is working to facilitate organic rooftop farming. To this end, he has established his own rooftop farm in the Tawam neighborhood of Gaza City.

For Saleh, rooftop farming has another potential advantage other than making the most of scarce space. He used parts from old cars, plastic boxes and bottles to create colorful containers for the 60-square-meter space on his roof. The area has been divided into two sections: one is for ornamental plants, including cacti and flowers, creating a pleasant space for socializing and a hub for family, friends and neighbors.

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August 19, 2017   No Comments

United Nations FAO event on community gardens and urban food production

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Watch the event.

See the 137 minute video of the full event at the UN in New York City.

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August 10, 2017   No Comments

Canada: 10,000 pounds of produce grown on Ryerson University own rooftop farm

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Click image to see larger file. Left to right: Ryerson University’s Urban Farm staff Agathe Chauvin, Jayne Miles, Kate Davies, Saba Zubair, Arlene Throness and Terri-Linn Zhou. By Samuel Engelking.

Downtown Toronto Rooftop

By Adria Vasil
Now
August 2, 2017

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Another locavore all-star. This past year, a whopping 50 per cent of the food dished out on campus came from “local, sustainable sources.” The most local of all? The 10,000 pounds of produce grown on Rye’s own rooftop farm and shared with their cafs and their Gould Street Farmers’ Market. Tuna salad lovers, rejoice: 99 per cent of their seafood is now certified sustainable. As with York University and pretty much every other campus using Aramark or Compass caterers, all their chicken should be more humane by 2024.

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August 10, 2017   No Comments

Montreal: Secret garden – Palais des Congres shares rooftop harvest

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Each year the garden produces around 650 kilos of food, and much of the produce is used by the congress centre’s official caterer to feed delegates at the Palais.

CTV News
July 22, 2017

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The garden also functions as a teaching tool, to show building owners and managers how to create green roof-tops.

What’s more, it houses an experimental lab for urban agriculture techniques.

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July 30, 2017   Comments Off on Montreal: Secret garden – Palais des Congres shares rooftop harvest

Romania: ‘Kaufland Romania’ shops to turn roofs, parking lots into urban gardens

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The food retailer announced that the vegetables, fruit, flowers will be used by the community.

By Georgeta Gheorghe
Business Review
July 18, 2017

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The company presented the results of the first study on the presence of urban gardening in Romania. According to the survey, 7 out of 10 Romanians are involved in urban gardening, by cultivating at their home vegetables, greens or fruit, in order to enjoy natural produce. While the balcony is the preferred spot for urban gardening for almost 50 percent of Romanians, 14 grow their produce in front of their block of flats, 8 percent in the suburbs and the rest headed for areas outside of the cities.

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July 26, 2017   Comments Off on Romania: ‘Kaufland Romania’ shops to turn roofs, parking lots into urban gardens

Quarter-acre Rooftop Farm in San Francisco

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A fantastic new urban farm has sprouted up on top of the Stanley Saitowitz–designed Garden Village project, located five stories in the air and just blocks from UC Berkeley. Tour this quarter-acre operation with the owner of Top Leaf Farms and learn about how the farm was installed, the opportunities and challenges of growing food for sale on top of a residential building, and what this project might signal about the future of rooftop farming.

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July 25, 2017   Comments Off on Quarter-acre Rooftop Farm in San Francisco

An IGA Supermarket in Montreal is growing its own vegetables on the roof

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More than 30 different kinds of produce are being grown on the 25,000-square-foot roof, and all of it is certified organic.

By Jacob Serebrin
Montreal Gazette
July 20, 2017
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“Why don’t supermarkets plant vegetables on their roofs? Some restaurants have little boxes where they grow herbs,” he said. “We pushed it further because we know we’re able to sell what we produce here.”

While the costs are higher, due to the small scale of the project, Duchemin said the produce grown on the store’s roof is being sold at the same price as any other organic produce.

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July 21, 2017   Comments Off on An IGA Supermarket in Montreal is growing its own vegetables on the roof

Washington’s Navy Yard apartment gives residents free rooftop produce garden

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The 470-square-foot garden will yield roughly 500 pounds of produce each year

By Jeff Clabaugh
Stop
July 13, 2017

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F1RST Residences just upped the game for luxury apartment amenities in Washington, giving residents access to fresh, rooftop-grown produce.

The new 325-unit Navy Yard apartment building’s first tenants began moving in this spring.

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July 20, 2017   Comments Off on Washington’s Navy Yard apartment gives residents free rooftop produce garden

Canada: Palais des congrès de Montréal wins prestigious international innovation award for its Urban Agriculture Lab

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The Lab was among the 16 convention centre entries shortlisted for the award.

MONTRÉAL, July 5, 2017 /CNW Telbec/

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The Palais des congrès de Montréal was presented with the prestigious AIPC Innovation Award on July 4, 2017 at the AIPC International Association of Convention Centres Annual Conference in Sydney, Australia. The Palais was recognized for its Urban Agriculture Lab and its innovations in sustainable development. “We are proud of the sustainability leadership role we play within the industry through our tangible actions. By opening the Urban Agriculture Lab in tandem with partners like the Laboratoire sur l’agriculture urbaine (AU/LAB) and Ligne Verte, the Palais is fostering experimentation with new rooftop urban farming technologies and practices, and in the process, is also reducing heat islands in the city’s downtown core,” declared Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

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July 7, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Palais des congrès de Montréal wins prestigious international innovation award for its Urban Agriculture Lab

On Top Of Hong Kong’s High Rises, Rooftop Gardens Take Root

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Client Gina Ma (left) stands with Rooftop Republic’s Andrew Tsui (center) and Pol Fàbrega (left) amid the rooftop garden of a French restaurant in central Hong Kong. Rob Schmitz/NPR

Rooftop Republic has helped fill more than 26,000 square feet of rooftop on 22 rooftop farms. The biggest one is on the roof of Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific, where 40 employees manage container vegetable plots on a daily basis.

By Rob Schmitz
NPR
June 24, 2017

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Fàbrega is not a developer. In a city full of bankers, he’s a gardener. He helps run a gardening cooperative called Rooftop Republic that aims to make the best use out of Hong Kong’s thousands of roofs.

“In Hong Kong, currently there’re around 700 hectares of farmland that are being farmed,” explains Fàbrega, “So the amount of rooftop space is almost the same as the amount we’re using today to farm – like, actual farmland.”

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June 30, 2017   Comments Off on On Top Of Hong Kong’s High Rises, Rooftop Gardens Take Root

Cleveland Convention center plays host to urban farm

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More than 50 percent of the trash from the the Global Center for Health Innovation and the convention center was recycled in 2016

By Emily Bamforth,
Cleveland.Com
June 19, 2017

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Look out of some of the windows of the Cleveland Convention Center, and you’ll see greenery, dozens of chickens, lines of bee hives and three pigs.

It’s a sight that brings Clevelanders on their lunch breaks or enjoying downtown during the summer months peering over the top of the building from the mall above, trying to sneak a peek at the animals below.

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June 25, 2017   Comments Off on Cleveland Convention center plays host to urban farm

New York City Rooftop – Hell’s Kitchen Farm

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How does their garden grow? Kiddie pools, pots, and hanging planters play host to good green things on the roof of Metro Baptist Church. Photo by Rebecca Fiore.

Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project (HKFP), a 4,000-square-foot volunteer-run rooftop garden containing 52 kiddie pools, 38 pots, and 20 rail hanging planters tasked with growing fresh, organic fruits, and vegetables.

By Scott Stiffler
Chelsea Now
June 14, 2017

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There aren’t a lot of affordable grocery stores in this area and there was a concern that low-income people, especially the food pantry clients who weren’t really able to eat fresh, healthy vegetables,” Debbie Mullens, a third-year volunteer, said.

Lettuce, tomatoes, Swiss chard, kale, collared greens, radishes, scallions, mustard greens, bok choy, apples, blueberries, and raspberries grow in the kiddie pools and pots, while herbs are grown in the rail-hanging planters.

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June 20, 2017   Comments Off on New York City Rooftop – Hell’s Kitchen Farm

Urban farming reaches new heights at 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

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Emily Saeger, full-time gardener at Faithful Farms, harvests produce to send downstairs to the Levi’s Stadium kitchens. (Courtesy Isha Salian)

The Atlanta Falcons are following suit with a raised-bed garden of their own. Boston’s Fenwick Park set up a rooftop garden in 2015, and San Francisco’s AT&T Park boasts a vegetable garden behind center field.

By Isha Salian
The Mercury News
June 10, 2017

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Taken together, the unexpected confluence of professional sports and organic gardening signals just how far the sustainability conversation reaches — but also accentuates the role corporate patronage plays in enabling green urban design. Authentic local food production and energy savings aside, these gourmet, microgreen-rich enterprises are a far cry from the gritty, empty lot urban farms that defined the urban agriculture movement for the last two generations.

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June 16, 2017   Comments Off on Urban farming reaches new heights at 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Canada: Downtown Victoria condo offers every suite a rooftop garden plot

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Each unit is assigned not only the standard parking spot and storage locker, but a four-by-eight-foot rooftop garden plot as part of an urban farm concept, complete with an apiary to aid in pollination.

By Tim Collins
Victoria News
June 1, 2017
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Courtyard & Rooftop Gardens

* Generous courtyard with fruit trees and edible plantings designed for residents’ outdoor living
* Two commissioned original garden sculptures
* Roof-top leisure areas with barbecue, sauna and shower facilities
* Individual garden plots available for residents’ use
* Quiet seating areas for meditation or yoga
* Butterfly, honey bee and hummingbird gardens

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June 2, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Downtown Victoria condo offers every suite a rooftop garden plot

Singapore: 11,000 Square Foot Urban Farm atop Hotel Roof

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Click on image for larger file. Many of the ingredients used in the hotel’s kitchen are grown on site in the hotel’s roof-top farm. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

Cheong, 40, the hotel’s executive chef, says: “The farm yields different produce every week. Because I never know what I’m going to get, I come up with new dishes all the time.”

By Bryna Singh
The Straight Times
May 22, 2017

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The ti plant is native to the state of Hawaii in the United States and is growing at the farm because the hotel’s chairman, Dr Richard Helfer – who lived for six years in Hawaii and owns a property there – brought the seeds to Singapore.

He is the man behind the hotel’s urban farm and he prides himself as being its chief gardener.

The American hotelier, 67, says the farm is part of the hotel’s intent to create a “total lifestyle environment” for its guests.

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May 27, 2017   Comments Off on Singapore: 11,000 Square Foot Urban Farm atop Hotel Roof