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Urban Farmers from Chennai, India

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The Urban Farmers have over 20 farms around the city, including Adyar and Nungambakkam. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

“What we have in mind right now is a dream to have a green city, a complete set of organic urban terrace farms in Chennai and the world,”

By Swetha Ramesh
The Hindu
August 8, 2015

Excerpt:

The five men, Kern Agrawal, Kenneth Lowe, Karan Maheshwary, Ashwin Kurisinkal and Mathews Cherickal, collectively known as The Urban Farmers, came up with the idea of farming within the city as a business plan for their course. While researching, they felt that two things were terribly wrong in existing farms and agricultural areas. First, the amount of chemicals used was alarming. Second, of the total land they owned, farmers used only half for cultivation, and sold the rest of it to real estate dealers.

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August 19, 2015   No Comments

Rooftop Garden Is a Hit at Boston’s Fenway Park

(Must see video. After the ad. Mike)

Just above Yawkey Way is a garden that is the envy of everyone who sees it: thousands of square feet of squash, beans, tomatoes, herbs and eggplant.

By Harry Smith
NBC News
Aug 3, 2015

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The fresh vegetables and herbs end up in the kitchen of the Red Sox’s high-end restaurants.

Senior Executive Chef Ron Abell says the food is fresh — and he’s spoiled.

“It’s the best produce around,” he said. He whips up salads, pesto’s, vegetable side dishes and scallion pancakes with the garden’s wares.

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August 12, 2015   Comments Off on Rooftop Garden Is a Hit at Boston’s Fenway Park

Vertical Urban Farming in The Hague, Netherlands

HagueElementary school Bird of Paradise built a glasshouse on the roof of their gym.

View from above, a view to the future

By Tom Voorma
Projectleider Stadslandbouw – Gemeente Den Haag
DSB | afd. Archeologie, Natuur- en Milieueducatie
Postbus 12 610 | 2500 DK Den Haag |
Bezoekadres Spui 70 of Van Kinsbergenstraat 85
The Hague, The Netherlands
August 2015

If you take a look around on the web, you’ll notice that pigs still don’t fly but there ARE things growing in the sky!
Tomatoes, lettuce, eggplants, beans and potatoes and more, and it is not just that one weird artists experiment somewhere, on a forgotten roof, and it is also not just Chicago, Boston and Hong Kong. This phenomenon is spreading like nature is used to. And now we’ve even got it where we are now, The Hague, city of Peace & Justice in The Netherlands.
Elementary school Bird of Paradise built a glasshouse on the roof of their gym. After having had fun flexing and strengthening their bodies and minds, students can go upstairs and learn where their food comes from and how to feed their body in a healthy manner.

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August 11, 2015   Comments Off on Vertical Urban Farming in The Hague, Netherlands

Green roofs and ‘agritecture’ have potential to transform food supply in cities

‘We’ve become very disconnected from nature,’ says one expert, and urban farming offers a solution

By Andre Mayer, Eric Foss and Manmeet Ahluwalia,
CBC News
Aug 09, 2015

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The Daniels Corporation, which builds condos, houses and commercial spaces in the Greater Toronto Area, is behind, among other things, the Erin Mills Backyard Farm & Market in north Toronto, which has been operating for several years on the site of a planned housing community.

This focus on urban farming began while Daniels was doing initial work on the revitalization of the declining Regent Park area in downtown Toronto in 2010.

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August 9, 2015   Comments Off on Green roofs and ‘agritecture’ have potential to transform food supply in cities

Vancouver Food Gardens: Seeds of a better community

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Gardeners collect the bounty at High Top Hub, the shared community garden at Bosa False Creek.
Photograph by: Dan Lum

Food gardens have the power to create instant community in urban environments

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
August 6, 2015

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A white paper released earlier this year by the Happiness Research Institute put it bluntly: “Loneliness kills.”

The institute cites studies suggesting that loneliness among the elderly can be a significant health risk and lead to dementia and depression. A 2010 meta-analysis of 148 studies on social relationships and mortality involving 308,000 participants found that people with strong social connections are 50 per cent more likely to survive the period of the study regardless of age, sex and pre-existing health conditions.

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August 7, 2015   Comments Off on Vancouver Food Gardens: Seeds of a better community

Atlanta homeless shelter producing pounds of veggies on rooftop garden

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Residents grow much of their own food in the organic rooftop garden at Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless. Click on image for larger file.

It is a homeless community on the cutting edge of the green revolution and organic urban farming.

By Gloria Tatum
Bayview
July 25, 2015

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The rooftop garden is at its capacity with eighty raised vegetable beds, but plans are underway to refurbish the roof on the older building next to the garden. “We will double the size of our garden once we get that roof finished,” Carl Hartrampf, a board member and the rooftop garden coordinator, told APN.

Some of the vegetable beds are harvested every 30 to 60 days, and then they are immediately replanted. When it doesn’t rain, two 500 gallon tanks, filled with rainwater, pump water to the garden.

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August 1, 2015   Comments Off on Atlanta homeless shelter producing pounds of veggies on rooftop garden

Seattle’s Capitol Hill Urban Co-housing will install a rooftop farm


The intent of our farm in the city is to educate local children, and the general public, about the benefits of hyper-local food production.

Excerpt from fundraising site:

Through outreach and partnership, it is our goal to use this farm to benefit our surrounding community as much as possible. We expect the programs we set up to evolve and expand as the farm becomes more established. In our first year the farm will be managed by volunteers and interns from Seattle Central Community College’s Sustainable Agriculture program. We plan to lead free monthly tours for the public, and education workshops for children.

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July 31, 2015   Comments Off on Seattle’s Capitol Hill Urban Co-housing will install a rooftop farm

Roosevelt University’s two rooftop farms in Chicago

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On the 5th floor of Roosevelt University’s Loop campus, there are two rooftop vegetable gardens.

Later this summer, those vegetables and herbs will be harvested and used in Roosevelt’s dining hall.

By Karis Hustad
ChicagoInno
07/20/15

Excerpt:

There are five green roofs on the Wabash building, three of which create natural insulation to assist with temperature control, while two grow vegetables that are used in the dining hall. The vegetable gardens have been a bit of a living laboratory for the last three years, as students have experimented with different types of plants in order to understand what works best at a certain height with certain amounts of light. For example, tomatoes didn’t work out so well on the fifth floor said Quinsell. “Patience is a big thing,” she said, when experimenting with urban farming.

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July 27, 2015   Comments Off on Roosevelt University’s two rooftop farms in Chicago

Urban rooftop farms take root above Hong Kong

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City Farm’s Osbert Lam holding a pumpkin he just harvested at his organic farm. (Photo: AFP/Philippe Lopez) (Must see video of the rooftop farm. Mike)

Rooftop farming is gaining traction around Asia, but in densely populated Hong Kong, where rooftops are aplenty, urban farms are only still beginning to seed.

By Roland Lim,
Hong Kong Bureau Chief,Channel NewsAsia
20 Jul 2015
(See video of rooftop. Mike)

Excerpt:

HONG KONG: In the unlikeliest of places, above a 14-storey industrial building’s rooftop, in the island’s eastern district of Quarry Bay, a patch of green stands out.

Local entrepreneur Osbert Lam wanted out of the rat race five years back and turned his passion project into a viable business.

His modest farm, less than a quarter of a football pitch in size, has up to 500 planter boxes available for rent at US$20 a month.

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July 26, 2015   Comments Off on Urban rooftop farms take root above Hong Kong

Boston: New rooftop farm showcases Brandeis University’s green thumb

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Renovated outdoor space offers environmental benefits

By Julian Cardillo ’14
Brandeis Now
July 2, 2015

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Brandeis’ care for the environment has sprouted another set of roots on campus: a 2,000-square-foot roof farm atop the Shapiro Science Center’s Leo Gerstenzang Science Library, constructed with a $30,000 grant from the university’s Sustainability Fund.

Fruits, vegetables and flowers are planted in 1,500 milk crates filled to the brim with soil and watered via a timed drip-irrigation system. The space is maintained by the Brandeis Rooftop Community Farm club. The project and club originated in the hands-on “Greening the Ivory Tower” experiential-learning course taught by Professor Laura Goldin.

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July 13, 2015   Comments Off on Boston: New rooftop farm showcases Brandeis University’s green thumb

Paris gardener sets up vegetable garden on the rooftop of the AgroParis Tech university.

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The Topager company, specialized in urban vegetable gardens

Gardener and founder of the Topager company, specializes in urban vegetable gardens, Nicolas Bel, poses on May 18, 2015 on the rooftop of the Ferrandi School of Culinary Arts in Paris. Bel set up the first vegetable garden in Paris, on the rooftop of the AgroParis Tech university. When chefs in Paris need a perfect tomato, or a super-fresh herb, all some need to do is pop up to the kitchen gardens on the roofs of their restaurants.

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July 12, 2015   Comments Off on Paris gardener sets up vegetable garden on the rooftop of the AgroParis Tech university.

In St. Louis, an Urban Farmer Uses a Rooftop and Food to Spur Renewal

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Eldar Beiseitov, Chris Faller, Johanna Ballou and Kiley Enno work in garden plots at Urban Harvest STL, a urban farm that sits on the roof of a two-story building in St. Louis. Photo by Whitney Curtis for The New York Times.

“To be self-sufficient, we’ll need to scale up to several more rooftops to where they’re generating the revenue needed to support expenses,” she said.

By Joe Gose
New York Times
June 30, 2015

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“There’s a wide interest in rooftop farms because there are so many benefits, from environmental to job creation and food creation,” Ms. Schantz said. “There’s also a lot of interest from landlords that want to increase the value of their buildings.”

Mrs. Ostafi approached the building owner, Beau Reinberg, about putting a farm on his roof three years ago after Urban Harvest STL lost its lease on a community garden site. Mr. Reinberg, who bought the building in 2008 with plans to put a restaurant on the roof, also envisions the farm as another way to erase the Delmar Divide. But leasing the roof to a unique user still had to make financial sense instead of being a public relations gambit, he said.

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July 11, 2015   Comments Off on In St. Louis, an Urban Farmer Uses a Rooftop and Food to Spur Renewal

Rooftop Community Garden At Bosa False Creek, Vancouver. BC

The Bosa Properties Foundation and Can You Dig It have partnered up to create a rooftop community garden at our rental building in False Creek, Vancouver.

Atop our Bosa False Creek rental building is a spectacular rooftop garden, a harvest of healthy and sustainable fruits and vegetables. The Bosa Properties Foundation partnered with Can You Dig It – an amazing non-profit organization promoting urban agriculture and creating meaningful networks within the community.

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July 8, 2015   Comments Off on Rooftop Community Garden At Bosa False Creek, Vancouver. BC

Famous Paris Department Store, Boulevard Haussmann, has Rooftop Food Garden

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Housing 150 plant varieties and a fully organic, chemical-free soilless cultivation system made from 5,400 square feet of hemp and wool panels that recycles its entire water usage.

By Trendstop.Com
June 17, 2015

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In Paris, Galeries Lafayette is taking up the challenge to make the city a more bio-diverse and eco-friendly place with a new urban farming initiative. The famous department store has teamed up with the French Association of Soilless Cultivation to create a hanging fruit and vegetable garden, which is the first instalment in an ongoing citywide project aiming to not only inspire city dwellers to ‘grow their own,’ but also to develop a new economic activity for the capital.

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June 30, 2015   Comments Off on Famous Paris Department Store, Boulevard Haussmann, has Rooftop Food Garden

Modern Halifax house features rooftop urban agriculture

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The roof top garden beds on their King Street home, in which the Fitzgeralds plant vegetables and herbs, resemble what they witnessed on their journey.

By Jonathan Waddell
HALIFAX — Special to The Globe and Mail
Jun. 18, 2015

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She, and her husband and builder, Brainard Fitzgerald, wanted to see how urban agriculture was accomplished in countries where the practice was a necessity. Their rare partnership harkens back to the roots of the profession when architects combined the talents of designer and craftsman.

She proposed to visit countries in Central and South America and Cuba, a place to which Ms. Fitzgerald now takes her students from Dalhousie University School of Architecture.

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June 28, 2015   Comments Off on Modern Halifax house features rooftop urban agriculture