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Quarter-acre Rooftop Farm in San Francisco

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July 26, 5 p.m Tour!

Wednesday, July 26, 5 p.m., Details to be sent ahead of tour. Oakland, CA, Email address: publicprograms@spur.org or phone 510-827-1900.
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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   No Comments

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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Excerpt:

“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   No Comments

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   No Comments

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

Excerpt:

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

Australia: Could urban farming solve our food waste problem?

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17 minute audio interview.

Professor Sarah Wilkinson speaks about rooftop urban farms

Mornings with Wendy Harmer
ABC Sydney
May 17, 2017

A few years ago the idea that we could convert ‘the concrete jungle’ into a blooming and fruiting green space would have been almost inconceivable. But now, rooftop gardens that help cool our cities, improve air quality, and provides us with food are becoming increasingly common.

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May 23, 2017   Comments Off on Australia: Could urban farming solve our food waste problem?

A Inside View of Hong Kong’s Hidden Rooftop Farms

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Born out of a fear of contaminated foods, the city’s budding interest in high-altitude gardening may help heal an increasingly fractured – and ageing – society.

By David Robson
BBC
17 May 2017
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A butterfly perching on a lettuce leaf is not normally a cause for marvel. But I am standing on the roof the Bank of America Tower, a 39-floor building in the heart of Hong Kong’s busiest district, to see one of its highest farms. The butterfly must have flown across miles of tower blocks to reach this small oasis amidst the concrete desert.

“You just plant it out and nature comes and enjoys it,” says Andrew Tsui. We are joined by Michelle Hong and Pol Fabrega, who together lead Rooftop Republic, a social enterprise that aims to turn the city’s dizzying skyline green.

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May 18, 2017   Comments Off on A Inside View of Hong Kong’s Hidden Rooftop Farms

Rooftop Farms in Singapore

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Mr Choe and Ms Khor at the rooftop of their office building. Mr Choe says: “The organic rooftop urban farm aims to show how skyrise greenery can not only look attractive and be an enjoyable space, but it can be productive too. Photo: Yen Meng Jiin

A highlight of the farm is the aquaponics system, which consists of the tilapia fish pond and a sloped planter bed.

By Tay Suan Chiang
Business Times
May 5, 2017

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Architectural designer Jonathan Choe says: “The organic rooftop urban farm aims to show how skyrise greenery can not only look attractive and be an enjoyable space, but it can be productive too.”

Mr Choe heads the firm’s farming club and he and his colleagues spend Friday afternoons tending to their urban farm.

Over 100 species of edible plants thrive on the rooftop farm, including herbs such as mint and dill, and vegetables such as water chestnut, sweet potato, bitter gourd, and fruits such as passionfruit, bananas, grapes and even strawberries.

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May 10, 2017   Comments Off on Rooftop Farms in Singapore

Italy: Save the Gandusio Rooftop Garden in Bologna

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The garden, initially promoted by the Bologna City Council as a way to promote intercultural dialogue and social cohesion between the inhabitant of the social housing building is today being dismantled by the same City Council

Petition in English

Since 2010, the Gandusio rooftop garden promotes social cohesion, and intercultural dialogue in the social housing buildings of via Gandusio (Bologna). Over the years, gardeners have contributed to growing, in this unused common space, an intercultural and cohesive community, open to the whole public through the realization of various cultural initiatives open to the public. The garden, initially promoted by the City of Bologna has become an international case study, addressed by several scientific studies in the fields of agronomy, social sciences and urban planning.

The garden has been referred to as an innovative example of sustainable planning by the European Gazette Science for Environmental Policy and has been featured in several documentary films, including the internationally awarded documentary God Save The Green.

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May 8, 2017   Comments Off on Italy: Save the Gandusio Rooftop Garden in Bologna

India: Khetify’s ‘Internet of Things’ powered rooftop farm has caught the city dwellers’ fancy

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Khetify charges a one-time fee for the installation of the ‘khets’, depending on the size of the ‘khets’ and a maintenance charge for the supply of high quality seeds, saplings, organic fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides among others.

“We believe that urban India has been disconnected with farms, farmers, and their agrarian roots. Unless cities take control of their food systems, true sustainability could not be achieved”.

By Chhavi Tyagi,
Economictimes.Com
May 01, 2017

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The startup is now looking to grow its customer base by approaching schools, housing societies, universities, among others as well as expand its crop portfolio. The target is to make 50 schools and 150 households achieve food security by the end of 2017. This would mean the startup needs to employ an additional 10-15 farmers. However, hiring high quality talent from the domains of agriculture, botany and ecology has been a challenge.

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May 6, 2017   Comments Off on India: Khetify’s ‘Internet of Things’ powered rooftop farm has caught the city dwellers’ fancy