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Terrace gardener in Bengaluru, India

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Kiran grows custard apple, rose apple, water apple, jamun, passion fruit, fig, yellow and red dragon fruits, grapes, papaya, carambola (star fruit), avocado, banana, orange, lemon, sapota (sapodilla), pomegranate, apple ber, guava and five varieties of cherry.

By Seema S Hegde
Deccan Herald
Nov 18, 2016

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Meet Kiran C Pattar. A believer in unconventional education, he has been practising terrace gardening for the past seven years. Kiran has a garden of about 400 square feet on his terrace, where he grows 25 varieties of fruits. He uses empty paint buckets and large containers to grow fruits and vegetables. He has also constructed beds for the plants using bricks, all by himself. Since he believes in the “do it yourself” attitude, he started to build the brick structures on his own and completed them successfully. He says, “It was really a fulfilling experience, although it took me quite a lot of time to complete.”

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December 6, 2016   No Comments

China’s CCTV News visits Singapore: Urban farming provides sustainable solutions

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“The edible garden certainly sounds like a good idea. But it’ll be difficult to develop bigger farms there, considering how small the country is. Is that right?”

Correspondent Miro Lu from Singapore
China CCTV News
Nov 28, 2016

Singapore produces very little of the food it consumes, but the city-state is now trying to become less dependent on food imports. Some people now want to make the garden city into an edible garden city, and they’re trying to teach more people how to grow their own food locally.

Link to more complete video story.

December 4, 2016   No Comments

Michigan Urban Farming Initiative will transform a vacant apartment building into a community center and cafe

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A rendering of what the future community resource center and food cafe will look like on Brush Street in Detroit’s North End. Photo by Dave Darovitz/Global Product Development Communications. Click on image for larger file.

“This is part of a larger trend occurring across the country in which people are redefining what life in the urban environment looks like.”

By Chris Ehrmann
Crains Detroit
Nov 31, 2016

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The nonprofit on Wednesday announced the support of BASF SE and Sustainable Brands, a global community of business innovators, which will help renovate the 3,200-square-foot three-story apartment building at 7432 Brush St. and across from MUFI’s 2-acre urban garden. It will house commercial kitchens that will service the planned cafe and allow for future production and packaging of goods for the organization. Other new amenities being developed include a children’s learning sensory garden.

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December 1, 2016   No Comments

Green acres are flourishing on campus rooftops across Canada

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Sustainability-minded green roof projects are appearing from Montreal’s Concordia to the University of Saskatchewan

By Leanne Delap
Macleans
November 28, 2016

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And at the University of Saskatchewan, an opportunity arose on top of the phytotron (a research greenhouse). The condensers were moved, leaving a bare expanse visible from an open walkway.

“Aha,” said Grant Wood, a professor of urban agriculture, who worked with the university’s office of sustainability to come up with “the rooftop.” After getting the engineering students to check on load-bearing weights, and “a lot of paperwork,” says Wood, pallets and recycled containers were moved onto the roof. The team started with 500 sq. feet of planting, for a yield of about a thousand pounds of produce this past year; the goal is to double that next year.

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November 29, 2016   No Comments

South Africa: Joburg’s space-saving rooftop gardens offer relief from the drought

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joburgJozi Food Farmer’s Braamfontein rooftop garden.

Here, they grow a variety of things including mint, rocket, lettuce and basil.

By Dana Da Silva
The Daily Vox
November 21, 2016

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There are many benefits to having rooftop food gardens in Joburg. Ashleigh Machete is the co-founder of Jozi Food Farmer, a company that focuses on the urban cultivation of unused spaces such as rooftops, alleyways and open areas. They also provide a service to private homeowners and businesses, such as restaurants, to set up and maintain their own food gardens. Machete says that rooftop gardens can help to increase the value of city spaces.

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November 27, 2016   No Comments

Paris: Vegetables, fish and hops to be farmed on Parisian rooftops and car parks

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33 teams have been selected by the City of Paris for the Parisculteurs project, which aims to use rooftops and car parks in the capital for vegetable, fish and hops farming.

FreshPlaza
11/17/2016
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Amongst those selected are landscapers, farmers, architects, associations and start-ups. 13 of the locations are being made available by the City of Paris and 20 by partners (social housing, RATP- public transport operator, private companies…).

Whilst all of the projects have agroecology in common, they also each show a huge variety in farming techniques including : aquaponics, aeroponics, permaculture, growing in pots, mushroom hydroponic. Assistant to the Mayor and in charge of green spaces, Pénélope Komitès, says that “They are concrete responses to the climate and food double challenge that towns and metropolises are faced with”.

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November 24, 2016   Comments Off on Paris: Vegetables, fish and hops to be farmed on Parisian rooftops and car parks

Trendiest restaurant in Copenhagen is situated in a rooftop farm

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Stedsans ØsterGro has a 600-square metre urban rooftop garden where organic produce grows right in the middle of Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Local
Nov 7, 2016

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“I always wanted to have a restaurant at a place that really reflected the way I cook. So when we heard about the rooftop farm – the first in Scandinavia – I told Flemming, ‘This is it. This is where I want to show my food to the world. Here in these fields, with people sitting in this greenhouse in the middle of the city.’”

So that’s exactly what they did. The couple asked the rooftop farmers if they could build a small restaurant in the greenhouse.

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November 14, 2016   Comments Off on Trendiest restaurant in Copenhagen is situated in a rooftop farm

Vietnam Home Features Accessible Platforms That Integrate Urban Farming

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“Terraces home serves as a constant reminder of the origin of paddy rice civilization in a flat world context, threatened by various types of pollution currently at an alarming level.”

Design Boom
Nov 6, 2016

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In Vietnam, H&P architects has completed a large residence featuring accessible platforms that integrate urban farming as a basis for sustainable development. located in the city of ha tinh, ‘terraces home’ seeks to combine architecture with agriculture, forming a new typology that the architects refer to as ‘agritecture’. influenced by the country’s terraced rice fields, the property intends to dissolve boundaries between internal and external living.

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November 8, 2016   Comments Off on Vietnam Home Features Accessible Platforms That Integrate Urban Farming

Harvesting the food of the future, spirulina, on a Bangkok rooftop

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Are Bangkok’s fledgling urban rooftop farms a hidden goldmine for hotels and hospitality businesses? Meet the hoteliers and entrepreneurs proving that environment-focused partnerships are the best marketing tool a business can have.

By Claire Knox
Sea Globe
October 28, 2016

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At 8am, Bangkok’s Siam Square is heaving. Traffic slows to a crawl, commuters squeeze into the skytrain and the sweet, smoky smell of grilled street food wafts from the downtown district’s labyrinthine sois. But on the Novotel Bangkok’s sun-bleached rooftop, 20 floors up from the heady streets below, the still, almost serene atmosphere could not be any different. Most mornings here, a passionate group of hoteliers, microbiologists and engineers arrive to harvest one of the planet’s oldest life forms, an algae called spirulina that some are hailing the ‘kale or spinach of the future’. According to the hotel’s general manager Manuel Reymondin, the Novotel’s rooftop spirulina farm – conceptualised, set up and run by a small Thai startup called EnerGaia – is also showing that when it comes to marketing, partnering with sustainably minded entrepreneurs can be the best publicity manoeuvre of them all.

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November 5, 2016   Comments Off on Harvesting the food of the future, spirulina, on a Bangkok rooftop

Why Urban Farming Makes So Much Sense For New York City

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Brooklyn Grange, Navy Yard | Anastasia Cole Cplakias.

“Rooftops are an adaptive reuse of urban space that would otherwise go unused.”

By Laura Rothmans
Thrills
Oct 27, 2016

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This is the Brooklyn Grange, a green oasis perched high above the hustle and bustle of the city streets below. Each season, this Brooklyn Navy Yard location as well as the original Grange in Long Island City, Queens, together produce more than 50,000lbs of fresh vegetables and herbs out of just 2.5 tiny acres of space. Customers can find this ultra-ultra-local fare at two weekly farmers markets as well as area-favorite restaurants like Prospect Heights’ James and Williamsburg’s Egg, with whom the Grange maintains wholesale accounts, or through the farm’s seasonal Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares.

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November 4, 2016   Comments Off on Why Urban Farming Makes So Much Sense For New York City

Goats guests of honor at Prague rooftop reception

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A culture activist Ondrej Kobza sits on a chair next to two goats on the terrace of a rooftop community garden and cafe atop the Lucerna Palace in Prague, Czech Republic, October 20, 2016. REUTERS/David W Cerny

“Our goal is to have a community garden here, so that people could raise tomatoes, for example,” added Kobza, who has rented a 1,000-square meter space on top of the building completed in 1921 by the grandfather of late President Vaclav Havel.

By Jiri Skacel; Writing by Robert Muller; Editing by Andrew Heavens
Reuters
Oct 20, 2016

Two goats wander across the roof of Prague’s famous Lucerna Palace – the first beneficiaries of a new push to open up public spaces high above the packed streets of a crowded city.

The animals were guests of honor at the opening of a terrace on the city-centre landmark, whose lower floors hold the Czech Republic’s oldest cinema, a theater, a music venue, restaurants and an ornate shopping arcade.

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October 27, 2016   Comments Off on Goats guests of honor at Prague rooftop reception

Rooftop Community Garden Success Atop 55-Unit Condo Complex in Vancouver, BC

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When residents of an Olympic Village condo decided to turn private plots into a community space, their gardening project turned into something more.

By Tyee Bridge
Photos Claudette Caracedo
Vancouver Foundation
Fall 2016

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Six volunteers formed a Garden Committee to organize the transformation of the James rooftop patio into a working garden—from pulling out ornamental plants and selling them on Craigslist to buying seeds and rebuilding the soil. “It was pretty much an immediate success, a hit with a lot of people,” recalls Cooke. “And it went beyond gardening to really growing the social aspect of the building. People got to know each other, which was great to see, and we expanded from there.”

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October 27, 2016   Comments Off on Rooftop Community Garden Success Atop 55-Unit Condo Complex in Vancouver, BC

New-York: The Big Apple Goes Green

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Link to video. A short documentary on urban agriculture in the city of New York.

Three urban agriculture initiatives, the Earth School in Manhattan, a community garden in Bedford St. and the Science Barge in Yonkers.

By Gaël Link
2014
In English and French
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C’est l’histoire de gens qui s’investissent à l’échelle de leur quartier pour promouvoir l’agriculture urbaine.
Les élèves de la Earth School profitent du jardin potager qui a vu le jour sur le toit de leur école, à manhattan.
Les habitants du quartier de Bedstuy, à Brooklyn, organisent une block party pour célébrer les douze ans du jardin partagé Greene Acres.

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October 20, 2016   Comments Off on New-York: The Big Apple Goes Green

Singapore’s Bjorn Low: Urban farming gave life goal to co-founder of Edible Garden City

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Mr Bjorn Low grows vegetables and herbs for restaurants to use in their Dishes. St Photo: Alphonsus Chern

Edible Garden City co-founder Bjorn Low was inspired to lead a simple life after working on organic farms in Europe

By Venessa Lee
StraitsTimes
Oct 3, 2016

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Mr Low and his team have built similar gardens on the rooftops of buildings such as Wheelock Place and Raffles City, as well as in schools such as Pathlight, which teaches high-functioning autistic children, and Montfort Secondary.

From its early days with five staff, Edible Garden City has 12 today. And last year, it generated $700,000 in revenue, with a net profit of $100,000.

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October 7, 2016   Comments Off on Singapore’s Bjorn Low: Urban farming gave life goal to co-founder of Edible Garden City

Rooftop Wheat Field Harvested in Chicago

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“The kids didn’t know flour was part of wheat,” says Tracy Boychuk of Omni’s sister company, The Roof Crop

By Greg Beach
Inhabitat
Sept 27, 2016

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The would-be wheat farm is atop a landmark building that once housed the Polish National Alliance but now serves as Studio Gang’s headquarters. The rooftop was originally intended to be a wildflower meadow filled with many varieties of pollinator-friendly plants such as butterfly weed, black-eyed susan, and milkweed. Omni Ecosystems were hired late in the year for this project, which limited their sowing abilities. “We knew it would be a mixed bag for establishment, so we threw down this annual that would get us through the winter,” said Molly Meyer, CEO and Founder of Omni Ecosystems. “As it turned out, the wheat did really well.”

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October 4, 2016   Comments Off on Rooftop Wheat Field Harvested in Chicago