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Bangkok’s Resort Rooftop Hydroponic Farm

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Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort Rooftop Hydroponic Farm. Click on image for larger file.

Resort partnered with Bangsai Agricultural Centre to offer its guests a locally grown, certified organic, freshly harvested selection of Western and Asian herbs, vegetables and salads in the hotel’s 2,800 square-meter rooftop Hydroponic Farm.

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Hydroponic Farming Design: Makavan Horsuwan and Chauphan Horsuwan, Bangsai Agricultural Centre
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Perched on the third floor overlooking the Chao Phraya River, the hydroponic rooftop farm partnership was sealed out of the passion both the Anantara Riverside and the Bangsai Agriculture Centre have in common, the commitment to providing fresh, healthy and non-toxic products to today’s demanding lifestyle as well as to educate and improve the local community’s competency and knowledge on the benefits of locally produced vegetables.

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September 28, 2016   No Comments

Seattle rooftop has 4000 crates growing for the food bank

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Her goals are to harvest 10,000 pounds of produce, build hoop gardens or small greenhouse gardens and install a beehive by next year at The University District Food Bank

By Brenda Kay Neth
City Living Seattle
9/19/2016

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Hanna Duffany, rooftop farmer and the food bank’s food recovery specialist, discussed the beginnings of the rooftop farm.

“Everything here has been planted by seed, except the tomatoes.” She said.

Greens, carrots, and fava beans were just a few of the rooftop crops peeking out from the 1,500 milk crates where they were planted.

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September 26, 2016   No Comments

Washington: University of the District of Columbia campus is the largest rooftop farm in the city — 20,000 square fee

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Dean Sabine O’Hara describes the UDC rooftop farm to Sustainable Urban Agriculture students. Photo (CC BY-SA): Erik Assadourian.

The goal is to build an “Urban Food Hub” in each of the city’s eight wards, particularly the poorer ones.

Future Perfect
Sept 2016

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Right on campus is the largest rooftop farm in the city – 20,000 square feet – growing plump Cherokee Purple heirloom tomatoes and crisp red-stemmed Swiss Chard along the edges (areas of the roof that have the structural integrity to handle larger crops) as well as greens, flowers, and sedum in the interior sections (for insulation and water capture benefits). Much of this rooftop produce – grown mostly by volunteers – gets distributed to UDC’s faculty and staff through a community-supported agriculture program and to D.C. food banks as donations.

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September 22, 2016   No Comments

Meet the Woman Who Runs NYC’s First Commercial Farm in a Residential Development

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Empress Green, a 4,500-square foot urban farm located at Urby Staten Island, a 900-apartment complex in New York City. All photographs courtesy of Urby Staten Island. Click on image for larger file.

Some apartment complexes tout such amenities as pools and weight rooms, but a new development in Staten Island, called Urby, prefers to crow about the organic farm located in the courtyard of one of two rental complexes

By Andrew Amelinckx
Modern Farmer
September 8, 2016

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Zaro Bates: I went to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University where I studied development sociology. We looked at all of the implications of our global society moving away from being agricultural based toward development of more urban centers. That was kind of my framework for going into doing more hands-on work in urban agriculture.

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September 15, 2016   Comments Off on Meet the Woman Who Runs NYC’s First Commercial Farm in a Residential Development

San Francisco: Levi’s Stadium, home of the 49ers (football team), unveils rooftop farm

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Levi’s Stadium gets a new rooftop farm.

While Faithful Farm is the first NFL vegetable garden, it’s a part of a growing trend at stadiums. There’s already a rooftop farm on the third base side of the Red Sox’s Fenway ballpark in Boston.

By Parija Kavilanz
CNN
September 8, 2016

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It’s expected to generate 150 pounds of produce each week that will be used to cook up food items for club spaces and private events at the stadium.

The Faithful Farm, as it’s called, isn’t a small garden patch either. It occupies 4,000 square feet of the eco-friendly stadium’s 27,000-square-foot green roof, which features a variety of plants native to the Bay area. The roof also has solar panels used to generate renewable energy.

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September 14, 2016   Comments Off on San Francisco: Levi’s Stadium, home of the 49ers (football team), unveils rooftop farm

Singapore: Revamped mall to have urban farm, swimming pool, high-tech food court

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An artist’s impression of a bird’s eye view of the new Funan, which will will boast the largest area set aside for urban agriculture in the Central Business District. Photo: CapitaLand.

Will feature a 4,000 sq ft urban farm

Today Online
Sept 7, 2016

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The mall will also feature a 4,000 sq ft urban farm, where the public can learn more about the origins of their food and “adopt a plot” to grow their own products. Coupled with the 12,000 sq ft food garden, Funan will have the largest area set aside for urban agriculture in the Central Business District (CBD).

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September 11, 2016   Comments Off on Singapore: Revamped mall to have urban farm, swimming pool, high-tech food court

A Terrace Kitchen garden in Kuwait

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Last year they were able to get around 900 grams of Green Chilly in a single day from their terrace.

Indiansinkuwait
Apr 27, 2016

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The climates in Kuwait are so extreme that forget about growing plants in balconies and maintaining them, we often don’t even come to our balconies for spending few minutes together. But that doesn’t stop this couple from spending their leisure time together with a good cause. Their tryst with growing vegetables started around seven years at their balcony. The unimaginable pleasure from this later made them to convert the building terrace into an organic vegetable garden, thanks to the support of his building caretaker. Today in his building terrace, you can see variety of fully ripe vegetables, such as Brinjal, Chillies, Snake Gourd, Bitter Gourd, Beans, Capsicum, Lady’s finger, Yellow Cucumber (Vellarikkai) etc. Cabbage, Cauliflower, Onions are on the early stages.

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September 5, 2016   Comments Off on A Terrace Kitchen garden in Kuwait

Vancouver’s YWCA Rooftop Food Garden is Ten Years Old

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It yields 1,500 pounds of fresh, high-quality produce each year

By Sandy Reimer
Director, Health + Fitness & Operations
YWCA Metro Vancouver
Aug 2016

I always feel brightened by my daily visit to the YWCA Rooftop Food Garden, which sits on top of our Health + Fitness Centre, among downtown Vancouver’s office buildings and high rises. The vibrant, sweet-smelling fruits and veggies make me feel closer to the families who benefit from our garden’s abundance.

Ten years into our gardening project, and it’s still hard to believe that this urban treasure, which yields 1,500 pounds of fresh, high-quality produce each year, was once an ornamental garden. And it all grows in just inches of organic soil!

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August 23, 2016   Comments Off on Vancouver’s YWCA Rooftop Food Garden is Ten Years Old

Atlanta Resorts’ rooftop garden takes farm-to-table to a higher level

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Resorts Chefs. Resorts culinary staff, standing from left Steve Klawitter and David Wong, and Robert Levenson, seated, enjoy creating menu items with the garden’s produce.

“So consider this year a 2.0. We went out early with seedlings and basically doubled what we did last year with a lot more tomatoes, squash, eggplant, every herb you can think of.”

By Scott Cronick
Atlanta City Weekly
Aug 16, 2016

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Guests can also taste four types of tomatoes (Roma Plum, San Marzano Plum, Rutgers and Brandywine), five types of peppers (bell, Cubanelle, Serrano, jalapeno and Thai hot ), and other vegetables including eggplant, cucumber, bitter melon and luffa.

“The chefs personally harvest them,” Batten says. “They put a lot of pride in being able to go out and grow and then harvest. If they need something quick or have an idea for something, they don’t have to wait for an order to come in.”

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August 22, 2016   Comments Off on Atlanta Resorts’ rooftop garden takes farm-to-table to a higher level

New York Building With Communal Gardens

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The harvest at Hunters Point South is shared by members, and some of the produce is sold to other residents. Credit Steve Freihon

At Hunters Point South, an affordable housing complex in Long Island City, Queens, a garden club with about 100 members helps tend a 2,300-square-foot communal garden on the 14th floor of one of two buildings.

By Kaya Latermanaug
New York Times
Aug 5, 2016

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So far this summer, there has been a bountiful harvest of strawberries, string beans, Swiss chard and arugula, according to Gerard Lordahl, a director of GrowNYC who has helped shape the garden club. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we get over 1,000 pounds of produce by the end of the season,” he said.

GrowNYC will run the garden through the 2017 gardening season and then hand off the operation to garden club members who will elect a board and adopt bylaws. With so many residents on the waiting list, the club is exploring expanding its offerings to incorporate activities for nonmembers, like educational programs for children with an emphasis on where their food comes from, Mr. Lordahl said.

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August 10, 2016   Comments Off on New York Building With Communal Gardens

Singapore: Rooftop farm has crop of new ideas

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Comcrop CEO Allan Lim at his rooftop aquaponic farm. Mr Lim is optimistic that one day, the roofs of HDB estates and multistorey carparks could house similar urban rooftop farms. Photo: Dios Vincoy Jr For The Straits Times

He has his sights set on building a full-scale farm on a 3,500 sq metre location in Woodlands, with the aim of supplying food production centres and catering companies with leafy greens.

By Cheryl Teh
Straits Times
Aug 5, 2016

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Crops like basil and peppermint grow abundantly from vertical racks, and are tended to by several senior citizens and volunteers.

The crops from these racks alone provide over 150kg of produce per month – enough to garnish over 20,000 plates at a restaurant for a year.

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August 9, 2016   Comments Off on Singapore: Rooftop farm has crop of new ideas

Rooftop farming on rise in Kathmandu

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Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) Environment Management division has been pushing to expand rooftop farming in the Valley.

By Shraddha Amatya
My Republica
August 2, 2016

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“The uncontrolled and rapid urbanization puts a lot of strain on of the Valley’s environmental, ground water, land and its capacity to manage wastes,” said Sanu Maya Maharjan, section officer at the KMC Environment Management Division said. “Using rooftops to grow vegetables could prove a viable alternative to supplement vegetables supply in the Valley.”

“The demand for taking the training on rooftop farming has been growing consistently. But we have not been allocate enough time for it,” said Maharjan.

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August 5, 2016   Comments Off on Rooftop farming on rise in Kathmandu

Toronto’s Elevated Eats atop a Shopping Mall

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Toronto’s newest urban test farm at Yorkdale Shopping Centre! We present Elevated Eats! The goal to elevate food growing education and elevate food choices at local food banks! Photos provided by Frank Ferragine.

Food and Farming
Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance
July 2016

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Elevated Eats will grow more than 30 varieties of seasonal vegetables and fruits, including green beans, cucumbers, swiss chard, eggplant, kale, lettuce, pea shoots, sweet peppers, hot peppers and tomatoes; as well as herbs such as basil, chives, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, and thyme.

“We always donate processed food to food banks,” Ferragine shares, “so why not start providing them with fresh choices, elevating food choices for them too?”

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August 4, 2016   Comments Off on Toronto’s Elevated Eats atop a Shopping Mall

Produce grows on rooftop of hospital on Long Island

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You’ve heard of farm to table. Stony Brook University Hospital on Long Island is doing rooftop farm to bedside.

By Jennifer Lahmers
Fox 5 NY
July 26, 2016

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Josephine Connolly-Schoonen, the nutrition director, says they grow basil, shallots, thyme, oregano, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, beets, turnips, peppers, pumpkins, melons, strawberries, and sunflowers organically on the roof.

She planted the first seeds three years ago. And so began the nation’s first ever hospital rooftop farm. She says they produce about 1,300 pounds of produce a year.

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August 1, 2016   Comments Off on Produce grows on rooftop of hospital on Long Island

UK: How we founded Croydon’s first rooftop community garden

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croydCroydon is a large town in south London, England, the principal settlement of the London Borough of Croydon. It is located 9.5 miles south of Charing Cross.

The rooftop cinema-garden will be here till the end of the summer when hopefully we’ll harvest and plan for spring.

By Joyce Veheary
The Croydon Citizen
22nd July, 2016

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On the rooftop of the Fairfield Halls NCP carpark, together we’ve created Croydon’s only rooftop community garden and with advice from @CroydonGardener, who specialises in ‘no-dig’ gardening, we’ve built raised beds full of veggies. Local businesses such as craft brewers Volden Brewery have donated spent hops to create compost, lavender has been lent from Mayfield lavender fields and individual locals have generously given soil and garden paraphernalia, making it a real community effort.

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July 27, 2016   Comments Off on UK: How we founded Croydon’s first rooftop community garden