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India: Jaipur Municipal Corporation is framing bylaws for making terrace vegetable farming mandatory

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The official further said a variety of vegetables, including leafy ones, tomatoes, brinjal and chillies can be grown on the terrace with the help of the kit, which is available in the market.

By Ajay Singh
Times of India
Feb 3, 2016

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“Under the smart city mission, we are working on framing bylaws to make city terraces green. We picked this cue from some foreign countries where partially covering the rooftops of new buildings with plants or solar panels is a must. We are planning to replicate the same in Jaipur,” says Ashutosh Pednekar, chief executive officer (CEO), JMC.

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February 7, 2016   No Comments

Washington Rooftop Farmers – ‘Up Top Acres’

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Opened in July 2015, the Farm at Elm and Woodmont has 7,000 square feet of growing space. The soil depth at this location allows for a wide variety of produce to be grown, such as salad mixes, arugula, radishes, beets, tomatoes, microgreens and herbs.

Restaurant, Residential and Commercial Roofs

By Vanessa Ferragut
TEchCO
Jan 29, 2016

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Up Top Acres designs, builds and operates organic soil-based rooftop farms by activating underutilized rooftops in neglected spaces. They distribute the food locally, and the farms serve as living classrooms for children and adults.

In addition to creating farmable urban land, the farms function as a green roofs – generating LEED credits and fulfilling environmental regulations through storm-water retention (70 to 100 percent), energy conservation, heat island reduction, and habitat preservation.

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February 3, 2016   No Comments

The Urban, Rooftop and Vertical Farming Association of Malaysia

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Kong showing how food waste is used as a natural fertiliser to grow vegetables in drums.

The Agriculture Department, Kong said, had taught him the know-how and supported by providing vegetable seedlings.

By Elan Perumal
The Star
Jan 30, 2016

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Kong, who first introduced the idea to his neighbours in Bandar Sunway Semenyih in February last year, said the iniative drew some 20 families who successfully planted crops such as sweet corn, brinjal, ladies’ fingers, chilli and leafy vegetables.

He said the residents grew the crops in their own compounds and shared the produce with their neighbours and they barter-traded the produce among themselves.

“It created much excitement as the residents were not only able to eat fresh vegetables from their own gardens, but it gave them the opportunity to build new friendships,” he said.

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February 2, 2016   No Comments

Rich harvest from Egypt’s rooftop gardens

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The idea of rooftop gardening has been gaining popularity around the world as well as in Egypt. Above, a rooftop garden in a school in Qaliubiya. David Degner for The National.

When the Persian traveller Nasir Khusraw visited the Egyptian capital in about 1050, he wrote in his book the Safarnama that residents in the wealthy and densely populated area of Fustat had put gardens on the tops of their high-rises. The tallest of the buildings stood 14 storeys, and the gardens were irrigated using ox-drawn water wheels placed below.

By Patrick Werr
The National
September 9, 2015

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But the problems are myriad. One of the biggest is ownership. Very few buildings in Cairo are properly registered, especially in the poorer neighbourhoods where rooftop crops might provide the most benefit. Deciding who has the right to the roof is an obstacle.

Then there is the problem of who is responsible for the services. Many of the electricity metres in poor areas are not registered under the name of the owner. Water metres tend to be communal, so all the building’s tenants can end up financing the people irrigating and harvesting the crops on the roof.

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February 1, 2016   No Comments

Hong Kong’s Wild Root Organic Farm Teaches Urban Farming

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We supply seedlings and provide professional horticultural consulting, management and maintenance services for Hong Kong urban rooftop farms.

By Fai Hui

Excerpts from website and articles:

From website: We are a small organic farm located in Sheung Shui, near the Hong Kong Golf Club and next to the Agriculture Fisheries Conservation Department (AFCD) Tai Lung Experimental Organic Farm.

From: Hydroponics is a loophole for real estate developers. In most cases, building the structures for hydroponic facilities here entails clearing all trees and vegetation from the land and pouring concrete over fertile agricultural soil. This completely destroys its ecological and agricultural value. Land with low agricultural and ecological value is significantly easier to re-zone. Once re-zoned the value of the land increases by orders of magnitude. Hydroponics creates a loophole through which businessmen can destroy agricultural land on the pretext of undertaking agricultural activities.

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January 30, 2016   No Comments

‘The Farm on the Roof’ about Brooklyn Grange

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Coming April 5, 2016 – The founders of Brooklyn Grange, the world’s largest green rooftop farm, share their inspirational story of changing the world through entrepreneurship.

The Farm on the Roof: What Brooklyn Grange Taught Us About Entrepreneurship, Community, and Growing a Sustainable Business
By Anastasia Cole Plakias
Avery (April 5, 2016)
288 pages

In their effort to build the world’s first and largest commercial green rooftop farm, the founders of Brooklyn Grange learned a lot about building and sustaining a business while never losing sight of their mission—to serve their community by providing delicious organic food and changing the way people think about what they eat. But their story is about more than just farming. It serves as an inspirational and instructional guide for anyone looking to start a business that is successful while making a positive impact.

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January 20, 2016   Comments Off on ‘The Farm on the Roof’ about Brooklyn Grange

This Tiny Rooftop Farm Is Hoping To Revolutionize NYC’s Craft Breweries

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A rooftop hop farm expanding its organic production and gathering space in Brooklyn, NY.

By William Mathis
Gothamist
Dec 14, 2015

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Over the course of the summer, the hop plants grew and twisted up agricultural twine. When the time came to harvest, the Tinyfield farmers cut down the vines and picked the hop flowers. This year, they harvested enough hops to produce an amber ale (a 100 gallon batch) with Lithology Brewing, a small brewery in Patchogue on Long Island. But next year, they plan to grow more. Hop plants naturally produce a two-three times greater yield in their second year and the farmers hope to add additional plants in the spring.

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December 22, 2015   Comments Off on This Tiny Rooftop Farm Is Hoping To Revolutionize NYC’s Craft Breweries

Europe’s Largest Rooftop Farm Underway, Scheduled to Open in January

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UrbanFarmers, a Germany-based urban agriculture company, is partnering with Van der Valk-Kleijn, a Netherlands greenhouse company, on the development of a 14,000 square-foot modern greenhouse

By Brian Sparks
Greenhouse Power
December 7, 2015

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UF002 De Schilde is located at a signature building of The Hague, the former Philips telecommunication building constructed by the grandfather of Rem Koolhaas. The classic building currently lies mostly vacant and will be re-purposed into a multi-story urban farming enterprise. Dubbed the “Times Square of Urban Farming” (“hotspot for urban farming” in Dutch), the building will span two floors and use the UF System for the sustainable production of fish and vegetables. The UF Consortium partners, UrbanFarmers AG, Priva BV, Koppert Biological Systems and Rijk Zwaan, are working together to build the urban farm on the rooftop and sixth floor of the building.

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December 13, 2015   Comments Off on Europe’s Largest Rooftop Farm Underway, Scheduled to Open in January

Rooftop farmers in Mumbai reap rich harvests

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Growing tribe: Two terrace farms — Don Bosco School campus in Matunga (left) and Bhavan’s campus in Andheri — are part of a growing community that create new green spaces in Mumbai despite the city’s space crunch.

Urban farmers do their bit to make the city a cleaner, greener place to live

By Jayant Sriram
The Hindu
Dec 6, 2015

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For several years Preeti Patil, a catering officer with the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), saw the waste being generated from her canteen simply being trucked away, wondering how it could have been put to better use.

In 2000, the MbPT let her use the terrace above the kitchen at Victoria Dock to start a terrace garden. In the years that followed, the garden flourished, housing over a 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables.

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December 6, 2015   Comments Off on Rooftop farmers in Mumbai reap rich harvests

From Montreal to Finland, residential greenhouses are on the rise

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Productive House provides a communal growing space for residents of a Montreal building. Click on image for larger file.

“We need to rewrite the textbook on local housing and food supply chain,” says Kongshaug. “Food, housing, jobs and affordability are intrinsically related.”

By Anya Georgijevic
Special to The Globe and Mail
Nov. 19, 2015

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The eight families occupying the Maison Productive House in Montreal’s Pointe–Saint-Charles neighbourhood enjoy freshly picked produce year-round without having to step foot off the property. The building, completed in 2010, features a rooftop greenhouse that residents use to grow everything from lettuce to watermelon. Architect Rune Kongshaug, principal and founder of Produktif Studio, based in New York and Montreal, conceptualized the design as a carbon-neutral, self-sufficient structure, and it’s among a mere sixdozen residential buildings in Canada certified as LEED Platinum.

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November 25, 2015   Comments Off on From Montreal to Finland, residential greenhouses are on the rise

The World’s Largest Rooftop Farm in Chicago

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Aerial view of Gotham Greens’ 75,000 sq ft rooftop greenhouse located in Chicago’s south side Pullman neighborhood. Photo Credit: Gotham Greens/ McShane Fleming Studio.

At nearly two acres, the greenhouse is the ‘World’s Largest’ Rooftop Farm, producing over 10 million annual crops while employing over 50 workers.

PR News
Nov 19, 2015

The pioneers behind the nation’s first commercial urban hydroponic greenhouses are now builders of one of the world’s largest. Today, Gotham Greens announced their biggest and most ambitious expansion to date with a brand new facility, located in the historic Pullman area on Chicago’s South Side.

Gotham Greens’ fourth greenhouse facility represents a massive expansion for the company, and its first outside of New York. The state of the art, 75,000 sq ft Chicago greenhouse, located on the rooftop of Method Products manufacturing facility, is powered by 100% renewable energy, employs over 50 workers, many from the Pullman community, will produce nearly 10 million annual crops of local, premium-quality, pesticide-free, leafy greens and herbs.

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November 20, 2015   Comments Off on The World’s Largest Rooftop Farm in Chicago

Toronto’s Ryerson HomeGrown: from roof to table

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On the roof farming. Photo: Chris Blanchette

“It’s fun to mimic a farm — our whole thing is that we want to be just like a small-scale farm so that’s why we have a five-year crop rotation and a CSA and we’re going to market and doing all this stuff because I think it’s exciting for people to be able to engage with that farm culture right in the city,” Throness says.

By Emma Cosgrove
The Eyeopener
Nov. 11, 2015

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The significance of a farm on a roof is hard to comprehend until you’re up there, witnessing rows of plants growing in real time before a backdrop of skyscrapers and bustling city streets. The garden is meticulously planned with tidy rows of vegetables and “human-size” straw walkways to sit or kneel in while harvesting. Vegetable families like brassicas- (radish, broccoli), nightshade (tomato, potato) and legumes (beans, peas) are grouped together in different sections of the roof, alongside companion plants like basil and cilantro that ward off pests.

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November 18, 2015   Comments Off on Toronto’s Ryerson HomeGrown: from roof to table

St. Louis Self-Storage Operator Leases Rooftop for Urban-Farming Project

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The 10,000-square-foot nonprofit farm offers plots to city dwellers and will eventually provide a gathering space for workshops and events. Credit Whitney Curtis for The New York Times.

Earns nearly $10,000 per year by leasing its 9,000-square-foot rooftop space

Inside Self-Storage
News Release
Nov 2015

Wave Storage, a self-storage operator serving the Loft District in downtown St. Louis, is earning nearly $10,000 per year by leasing its 9,000-square-foot rooftop space to Urban Harvest, a nonprofit community-garden program. Urban Harvest paid to have a new roof placed on the storage building before launching the Food Roof Farm this summer. In addition to rent revenue, the urban farm will also provide Wave with savings on utility costs because of the added insulation, according to the source.

The farm is expected to keep the 17,000-square-foot building cooler in the summer and warmer during winter, generating utility savings of up to 30 percent during the summer months and as much as 40 percent in the winter, the source reported.

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November 13, 2015   Comments Off on St. Louis Self-Storage Operator Leases Rooftop for Urban-Farming Project

Toronto’s Ryerson University’s rooftop farm celebrates bumper harvest

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Garden coordinator Spencer Quinn readies a soil bed for planting garlic bulbs at Ryerson’s roof top garden at the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre. Photo Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star

More than 8,000 pounds of produce grown on the engineering building’s roof to promote urban agriculture.

By Marco Chown Oved
Toronto Star
Oct 27 2015

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Toronto has the continent’s first bylaw making green roofs mandatory on new buildings over a certain size, to save on energy bills and reduce storm runoff. But rooftop agriculture compounds the benefits of a green roof, adding employment, food security and local produce.

he rooftop farm was born from a combination of chance and planning. In 2012, the student group Rye’s Homegrown was searching for an appropriate place to start a farm, and the engineering building already had a green roof. Because seeds that had blown onto the roof had sprouted into knee-high weeds, they knew this could be a good place to grow vegetables.

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November 2, 2015   Comments Off on Toronto’s Ryerson University’s rooftop farm celebrates bumper harvest

One Man Has Started the ‘Terrace Garden’ Revolution in Bangalore, India that Could Save Our Cities!

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2,000 square-foot of organic vegetables. These include Beans, Tomato, Lady Finger, a great variety of Greens, Chillies, Broad Beans, Chayote (locally known as chow chow), Double Beans and Yard Long Beans. Bottle gourd, Bitter Gourd, Snake Gourd, Cucumber and Green Hyacinth Beans are grown on a rotation basis. Sweet Lime, Custard Apple, Mango, and Apple saplings are bearing fruits.

By Divya Dwaraknath
Diva
Oct 15, 2015

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Harish Mysore, an electronics engineer by profession and avid (terrace) gardener by passion, traces his interest in gardening to his childhood spent in Nanjangud, Mysore. As a child, he spent all his vacations in the paddy fields, farms and coconut garden owned by his grandmother. Saplings of fruits like Guava, Mango, Pomegranate and Sapota (chickoo) would find their way from Lalbagh Botanical garden to be planted at Nanjangud.

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October 26, 2015   Comments Off on One Man Has Started the ‘Terrace Garden’ Revolution in Bangalore, India that Could Save Our Cities!