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Atlanta Task Force Shelter Producing Pounds Of Veggies On Rooftop Garden

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“We are growing collards, turnips, mustard greens, lettuce, kale cabbage, chard, herbs, strawberries, grapes, radishes, squash, peppers, tomatoes, and much more.”

By Gloria Tatum
Atlanta Progressive News
May 17, 2015

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Residents at the shelter, located in downtown Atlanta’s Peachtree and Pine Streets, will gain real life work skills removing the old roof and laying the new roof.

“Part of the contract for any construction, we will be doing, is that indigenous, resident labor will be used and certified, but the requirements are the same as professional labor,” Anita Beaty, Executive Director, told Atlanta Progressive News.

“Everything we do here involves residents. They get job training and every job is preparation for a job outside,” Beaty said.

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May 23, 2015   No Comments

Unique rooftop garden being planted in downtown St. Louis

“This is the first of its kind in the United States. There’s nothing like this at all, with the storm water holding underneath, and the food roof above it.”

By Patrick Clark
Fox 2
May 14, 2015

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“This is the water barrier for the roof this membrane right here this is basically a root barrier so that when the plants grow they’re not penetrating into the membrane and this keeps the water out of the downstairs,” says Greg Garbos, Four Season Tool.

The building at the corner of 14th and Delmar is home to a three-story storage facility that Thursday morning began a transformation from a regular rooftop to an urban farm.

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May 15, 2015   No Comments

A Look at Some of Greater Boston’s Most Innovative Urban Gardens

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This Boston surburban rooftop garden atop the Whole Foods in Lynnfield is also operated by Green City Growers. Click on image for larger file.

One of the final acts of beloved Mayor Tom Menino’s 20-year tenure as the city’s chief executive, and perhaps one of his most lasting, was the passage of Article 89 – a “city-wide zoning article that allows for commercial urban agriculture in Boston,” according to City Hall.

By Nick DeLuca
Bostinno
05/02/15

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Higher Ground Farm sits atop the Innovation and Design Building

Boston Latin Freight Farm-to-School

Corner Stalk, East Boston

Ester Restaurant, Dorchester

Fenway Farms

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May 10, 2015   Comments Off on A Look at Some of Greater Boston’s Most Innovative Urban Gardens

Vancouver Police Officers Plant Food Garden on Headquarters’ Rooftop

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An officer shows off tomatoes growing in the rooftop garden at the Vancouver police department headquarters on Cambie Street.

The team will sell the rest of the crops internally – it’ll cost about $2 for a bushel of kale – to fund supplies for the garden.

By Emily Jackson
Metro
April 21, 2013

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Without prompting from a city council known for aggressively pushing its “greenest” city agenda, the police have grown a community garden with renewable crops on the headquarters’ rooftop.

“People wouldn’t think this is something that police do in their spare time, but we had the space. It worked out,” Sgt. Randy Fincham said on a tour of the garden Wednesday.

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May 6, 2015   Comments Off on Vancouver Police Officers Plant Food Garden on Headquarters’ Rooftop

Forget Peanuts and Cracker Jack: These Baseball Teams Have Stadium-Grown Greens

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Dirt is for more than filling base paths at these ballparks—it’s for growing food too.

By Steve Holt
Take Part
April 16, 2015

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When the first vegetables and herbs are harvested in early May, Fenway Farms will be contributing its part to a long-term push at the ballpark to operate more sustainably—and a more recent emphasis on integrating healthy food into concessions. Knight said the idea for the farm came from Linda Pizzuti Henry, wife of Sox co-owner John Henry. Last summer, the founders of Green City Growers—a company converting unused space into farms and gardens—met with Henry to pitch ideas for turning that dream into a reality.

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April 27, 2015   Comments Off on Forget Peanuts and Cracker Jack: These Baseball Teams Have Stadium-Grown Greens

Taipei to build farm park within concrete urban buildings

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The farm base will allow citizens to grow greens amid a concrete jungle and experience the fun of farming

By Yu Kai-hsiang and Elizabeth Hsu
Focus Taiwan
2015/04/13

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Taipei, April 13 (CNA) Taipei citizens may no longer need to travel to the countryside to get a feel for the fun of farming and grow their own food, thanks to a planned farm park the city government will start working on this July.

The Heart of Neihu Science Park project, to be located at the site vacated by the Flora Wholesale Market in Neihu in March 2014, will be the capital’s first farm and wetland park once completed at the end of 2016, the city’s Public Works Department said in a statement released Monday.

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April 25, 2015   Comments Off on Taipei to build farm park within concrete urban buildings

A growing fascination in Siam Square, Bangkok

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Smack in the heart of Bangkok is Siam Square One with its unique rooftop garden and farm called ‘Siam Green Sky’. Graphics courtesy of Siam Green Sky.

“Rice on the roof is a novel way to farm in an overcrowded city like Bangkok,” she explained.

By Supoj Wancharoen And Sukhumaporn Laiyok
Bangkok Post
11 Apr 2015

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The ratio of green space per resident in Thailand’s capital is less than in neighbouring countries, said Chulalongkorn University Property director Boonsong Srisawangnate.

Assoc Prof Permyot Kosolbhand,vice president of Chulalongkorn University, said education is one of the key elements for launching the garden. He said Siam Green Sky in fact is intended as an urban agricultural learning centre.

The centre is an outdoor classroom for people interested in how food gets from the ground to the dining table, he said, adding it will be an access point into the heart of the community where green-minded people socialise.

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April 23, 2015   Comments Off on A growing fascination in Siam Square, Bangkok

Meet Cloud 9, the Philly Nonprofit Turning City Rooftops Into Urban Farms

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Cloud 9 Rooftop Farm.

Cloud 9 Rooftop Farm has turned one Poplar apartment building into an agricultural oasis.

By Emily Leaman
Phillymag
Apr 8, 2015

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Campbell-Cobb: Growing food on a roof is a weird thing, and it can be hard to convince people to do it. Green roofs have been taking off, but to grow food you need more soil depth so it takes more weight to put on the roof. Finding space that’s strong enough and building owners who are interested in experimenting is the key.

BWP: What kind of experimenting did you do last season, and what did you learn?

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April 19, 2015   Comments Off on Meet Cloud 9, the Philly Nonprofit Turning City Rooftops Into Urban Farms

TEDx: ‘Organic Terrace Farming’ by Dr.B. Narayan Viswanath

Your terrace is worth a lot more than you would ever have thought.

Mar 16, 2015

Dr. B. Narayan Viswanath, (fondly called as BNV by friends) Born on 12-July-1943 in Bangalore, took his B.Sc., in Agriculture from the university of Mysore in 1965, M.Sc.(Agr.) in 1967 from University of Kerala and Ph.D. degree in 1977 in Agricultural Entomology from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore.

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April 18, 2015   Comments Off on TEDx: ‘Organic Terrace Farming’ by Dr.B. Narayan Viswanath

Last In Vegetable Acres? For Wyoming, Vertical Farms Might Be The Answer

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Nate Storey, found of Bright Agrotech, a company that manufactures vertical tower for high-density urban farms, calls Laramie, Wyoming home. Photo by Luke Runyon KUNC, Harverst Public Media.

“There is a lot of conservative thinking in Wyoming, and people don’t see it as a food production state,” Yehia says.

By Luke Runyon & Harvest Public Media
Community Radio for Northern Colorado
April 6, 2015

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Nate Storey’s greenhouse in west Laramie is packed with vegetables growing in long, upright plastic towers. It’s an urban farmer’s dream. The waste from fish tanks fertilizes the crops through plastic tubing that drips water onto the vertical garden. The greenhouse is small, but produces a lot of food.

“You can grow anything,” Storey says, beaming like a proud father over bok choy, butter lettuce and spinach. “People have grown some crazy stuff with the towers. We’ve grown tomatoes and very large statured crops, watermelons.”

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April 15, 2015   Comments Off on Last In Vegetable Acres? For Wyoming, Vertical Farms Might Be The Answer

Oldest Baseball Stadium, Fenway Park in Boston, Opened a Rooftop Garden

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“Two local companies from Somerville, Recover Green Roofs and Green City Growers, worked on the installation and planting of Fenway Farms,”

By Nick DeLuca
Bostinno
04/10/15

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The oldest baseball stadium in the country, our beloved chapel known as Fenway Park, is constantly evolving in order to maintain an atmosphere and bevy of features designed to make Red Sox nation comfortable and keep them engaged.

On Thursday, April 9, the Red Sox announced its latest Fenway iteration: a rooftop garden aptly called Fenway Farms.

News of the new nursery comes shortly after Boston Mayor Marty Walsh took a tour of Fenway and digested 174 new seats, enhanced Wi-Fi, an interactive video wall for fans to take photos, activity space for children and two new 30” high x 39.3’ wide LED ribbon boards.

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April 11, 2015   Comments Off on Oldest Baseball Stadium, Fenway Park in Boston, Opened a Rooftop Garden

Jaipur, India’s ‘The Living Greens’ sell light portable greenhouses for rooftops

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The Living Greens is now planning to open franchises in 10 other cities

By Francesca Ferrario
Social Story
March 25, 2015

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The Living Greens has now opened franchises in Delhi, Indore and Jodhpur where they provide greenhouses of different dimensions made of high-density polyethylene, and installing vertical gardens. For the greenhouses, the company has created a soil-less medium – much lighter than wet soil — which increases its fertility throughout the time when small quantities of an enriching powder is added to it regularly. Their vertical gardens, on the other hand, do not need soil and are ensured a healthy growth, because the team has created special containers combined with a system that recycles water in a loop.

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April 4, 2015   Comments Off on Jaipur, India’s ‘The Living Greens’ sell light portable greenhouses for rooftops

Rooftop Urban Agriculture Centre Opens on a Shopping Mall in Bangkok

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Siam Green Sky.

Chulalongkorn University has invested about 5.6 million baht to turn the 1 rai rooftop space of the seven-storey Siam Square One shopping mall into an urban agriculture learning centre.

By Karnjana Karnjanatawe
Bangkok Post
Mar 26, 2015

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“We will expand the green project to cover a total of 28 rai of space in and outside buildings belonging to the university in the future,” he said. Siam Green Sky is segmented into three zones. First is an innovative area consisting of a solar cell system for farming, a demonstration room showing how to produce fertiliser from organic waste and gardening plots for growing herbal, decorative plants and rice.

The second zone shows plants from many countries while the last zone is an easy-care garden for those who do not have much time, but want to plant vegetables.

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March 26, 2015   Comments Off on Rooftop Urban Agriculture Centre Opens on a Shopping Mall in Bangkok

City Farmer’s Cob Shed with Green Roof is 12 Years Old

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The outside layer of clay belonged to famous Haida artist Bill Reid

Sculptor, George Rammell, donated Haida artist Bill Reid’s clay. “The clay I provided belonged to Haida artist Bill Reid. It provided the form for many of Bill’s sculpture projects including the “Whale” at the aquarium, and the huge bronze “Spirit Canoe” at the Vancouver airport. I also used it for my bear track project where I had a Grizzly Bear walk over 15 meters of clay from which I cast the event. It’s great to know this clay, that has such a history on the Coast, now forms the surfaces on your project.”

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March 22, 2015   Comments Off on City Farmer’s Cob Shed with Green Roof is 12 Years Old

Living Architecture Monitor – Urban Agriculture Issue

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Volume 17, Issue 1
Spring 2015

Excerpts from Table of Contents:

Integrating Agriculture and Architecture in the 21st Century

On the Roof with Urban Agriculture Rick Stars

Profitable Green Roof Vegetables

Grand Rapids Chefs Experiment With Produce From 700 Foot Edible Wall

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March 19, 2015   Comments Off on Living Architecture Monitor – Urban Agriculture Issue