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Urban gardeners plotting on the roof, in the streets of Portland

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“Urban gardening is very hot right now. It comes and goes. The farm-to-table movement that says food should be fresh and food should be local” drives the trend, she said.

By Kathleen Pierce
Bangor Daily News
May 14, 2016

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For rooftop gardens, where full sun can beat down all summer long, an irrigation system helps.

“The soil gets really dried out. It’s important to have a cover on the soil. We mulch with a thick layer of hay, which retains the moisture and absorbs the heat,” said Mailander. “If you don’t have an irrigation system, you’ll have to water and mulch often.”

To get the soil up five stories, Avesta used a crane. But Mailander recommends independent homeowners use what’s handy. “Compost, leaves, manure … garden in place,” is her motto.

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May 20, 2016   No Comments

Seattle’s Lark restaurant will source veggies from co-housing rooftop

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Lark joins a small set of Seattle restaurants with a patch of dirt available to grow some of their own ingredients including Poppy and its off-Broadway herb garden. Volunteer Park Cafe and Terra Plata too, have gardens too. Meanwhile, the Wandering Goose has kept its own bees.

By J Seattle
Capitol Hill Seattle
May 6, 2016

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A Capitol Hill restaurant is taking its dedication to locally sourced ingredients to a new level. Lark announced Friday it is collaborating on an urban garden high above 12th Ave atop the new Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing building:

We are thrilled to be partnering with Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing (CHUC) and Seattle Urban Farm Company in a new venture that redefines ‘local’ for Lark’s food sourcing.

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May 14, 2016   Comments Off on Seattle’s Lark restaurant will source veggies from co-housing rooftop

Brooklyn’s Gowanus Arts Building to Get Rooftop Farm and Theater

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roftA bird’s eye rendering of the renovated Gowanus Arts Building at 295 Douglass St.

A longtime neighborhood arts hub is getting a renovation that will add a theater and gallery to the building’s first floor and a farm to its rooftop.

By Leslie Albrecht
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May 5, 2016

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On the building’s roof, a grant from the city’s Department of Environmental Protection will help pay for the installation of a rooftop garden that Long has dubbed the “Gowanus Sky Farm.” The urban farming group Brooklyn Grange will design the farm, which will grow vegetables and serve as an environmental education centre.

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May 13, 2016   Comments Off on Brooklyn’s Gowanus Arts Building to Get Rooftop Farm and Theater

The Guardian: Greenhouse in the sky – inside Europe’s biggest urban farm

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urbgUrbanFarmers’ greenhouse is ‘an example of cities reconnecting with food’, says Jan Willem van der Schans. Photograph: space & matter

“I always refer to the debates about parks in the city in the past. I think in 100 years, urban agriculture will be as normal as the city parks we have today.”

By Senay Boztas
The Guardian
Apr 27, 2016

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De Schilde, a brick-and-glass flanked seven-storey building, was built as a television and telephone factory for Philips in the 1950s by the modernist architect Dirk Roosenburg. It has about 12,400 sq m of total floor space, largely abandoned but too solid and expensive to knock down. In the Netherlands, 18% of offices are empty, due to the two last economic crises and cuts in the size of government. Dr Hilde Remøy of Delft University of Technology has predicted office vacancy in the Netherlands will soon reach 25%, the highest in Europe. According to Cushman & Wakefield’s global office forecast 2015-16, the European average will be about 10%.

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May 3, 2016   Comments Off on The Guardian: Greenhouse in the sky – inside Europe’s biggest urban farm

1,544-room Hilton Chicago Hotel has a rooftop food garden

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“We posted in the lobby that we have a rooftop garden, and people are very interested in seeing it and walking through it,” he says.

By Sarah Braley
Meetings and Conventions
Apr 26, 2016

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The roof garden had a good year in 2015, producing tomatoes and a lot of herbs, such as mint, rosemary, basil, lemon balm, arugula, thyme, sage, oregano, marjoram, chives and parsley. “We also had microgreens — they have a very quick turnaround. It was a constant rotation and it worked very well,” says Garcia. “We also added two beehives that the interns were responsible for handling. We got a little bit more than three gallons of honey, very good for our first time. We packaged them in little jars and gave them as gifts, and also used it for special menus.”

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April 30, 2016   Comments Off on 1,544-room Hilton Chicago Hotel has a rooftop food garden

Deutsche Welle: German Indoor Urban Agriculture – video report

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ECF Farmsystems GmbH – Consulting, planning and construction of aquaponics farm systems.

By Dagmar Zindel
Eco Africa
ECF Farm systems
11.04.2016

ECF Aquaponics Method
In ECF aquaponic farming systems, the process of both rearing fish and growing vegetables operates as a fully integrated and complementary system. Through this course of producing high-quality fish, water is enriched with valuable nutrients that are then passed into the greenhouse, providing the plants with natural minerals and fertilizer.

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April 29, 2016   Comments Off on Deutsche Welle: German Indoor Urban Agriculture – video report

Netherlands: Farming fish and vegetables on a The Hague office rooftop

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An empty Philips office block in the heart of The Hague is producing vegetables and fish on a commercial basis.

By Senay Boztas
Dutch News
Apr 22, 2016

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This dilapidated, 1950s office block in the middle of The Hague, is growing something astonishing: on its sixth floor is a 370 sqm fish farm, while the roof has been converted to a 1,200 sqm greenhouse for vegetables, making this Europe’s largest commercial urban farm.

‘I grew up on a farm in Aberdeenshire,’ says Durno. ‘One of my jobs as a six-year-old was to pick up the milk for the morning breakfast from the dairy. The only thing I got excited about was that the cream separated. We have this disconnect with what fresh is, instead of enjoying the fact that we have a good quality, fresh product in our mouths without questioning it.’

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April 26, 2016   Comments Off on Netherlands: Farming fish and vegetables on a The Hague office rooftop

$6.5 million urban ag system to be built at Santa Fe Community College

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greThis artist’s rendering shows a planned closed-loop urban agriculture system that is planned to be built by Ecoponex Systems LLC on the campus of Santa Fe Community College.

Micro-algae that also will be grown will be supplied to Pevig, a joint venture company in Mexico, to produce omega-3 as a nutritional supplement for humans.

By Jackie Jadrnak
Albuquerque Journal
April 20th, 2016

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A private New Mexico company is partnering with Santa Fe Community College to build its first urban agriculture system that will yield enough food to provide vegetables and fish for more than 16,000 people.

The $6.5 million project, which will be owned and operated by Ecoponex Systems of New Mexico LLC, is expected to create 14 direct jobs and 34 construction jobs, while SFCC will host it in connection with its Biofuels Lab in the Trades and Advanced Technology Center. CEO Benjamin Brant said the community college’s national reputation for its education efforts in green technologies that are used in the system was part of the deciding factor in locating the project here.

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April 25, 2016   Comments Off on $6.5 million urban ag system to be built at Santa Fe Community College

Rooftop Reds – Vineyard in Brooklyn

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Our mission is ambitious, going well beyond merely bringing viticulture to the urban agriculture industry.

By Brittney Helmrich
Business News Daily Staff
April 19, 2016

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Rooftop Reds is a 15,000 square-foot farm that covers a rooftop at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and we’re on track to be the first commercially viable rooftop vineyard system in the world. We aim to bring vineyards to the city, because even with the recently popularity of rooftop agriculture, roof space is still a largely untapped resource in urban environments. Greater New York is the largest urban wine market in the world and we think it deserves its own vintage. Many other urban wineries exist, but none grow their own crop or have wines that represent where they do business.

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April 24, 2016   Comments Off on Rooftop Reds – Vineyard in Brooklyn

Africa: Women in Kenya’s Mathare slum turn their tin roofs into vegetable gardens

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slrofA view of one part of Mathare.

Iron sheet farming and hanging gardens practised in Mathare and Korogocho slums are some of the urban farming techniques that are slowly adding to a raft of measures put in place to guarantee food security and nutrition in informal settlements.

By Ejidiah Wangui
African News
Xinhua
2016-04-13

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Behind overlapping shanties and overcrowded streets in the slums, is a novel roof gardening project that has been feeding over 100 households while providing income to slum women struggling to make ends meet at a time when food prices especially in urban areas have been on an unprecedented highs.

The “gardens”, Wamuhu said, are mounted on top of small structures, some as small as 10 by 10 meters, which are the standard structures in the area and which accommodate on average five family members.

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April 18, 2016   Comments Off on Africa: Women in Kenya’s Mathare slum turn their tin roofs into vegetable gardens

How Urban Farms Are Changing the Way We Eat

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“It’s the best basil we’ve ever had, and they’re able to produce it for us year-round,” says John Karangis, the executive chef at Union Square Events

By Lisa Elaine Held
Eater
Apr 12, 2016

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In each of its markets, BrightFarms has partnered with major chains, like Giant and Acme, and the produce often hits shelves within 24 hours of being picked, a fact that means it’s almost guaranteed to be longer-lasting than other greens. “I want to help people eat healthier food, and making it flavorful and delicious is a big part of that,” Lightfoot says.

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April 17, 2016   Comments Off on How Urban Farms Are Changing the Way We Eat

Skies of Lettuce: Rooftop Greenhouses Sprout in Big Cities

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Growing food in greenhouses on rooftops was not only feasible on a commercial scale, it was also an adaptive use of urban space that’s environmentally friendly, according to co-founder and CEO of Gotham Greens

By Elizabeth Arakelian
NBC New York
Apr 8, 2016

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One place greenhouses are also popping up is in schools. New York Sun Works, a nonprofit, is teaching urban agriculture and has installed two rooftop greenhouses on city schools.

“It really is a new way of teaching science through the lens of urban agriculture,” said Sidsel Robards, director of development and events for Sun Works. “If we all grow the food right here in the city, what would that do to traffic patterns, population, contamination?”

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April 13, 2016   Comments Off on Skies of Lettuce: Rooftop Greenhouses Sprout in Big Cities

Rooftop revolution begins; the Green Knight rises

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Across centuries, villagers have been leaving farm work for the big city, but now town dwellers are becoming part-time farmers — the reverse green revolution in the happily balancing equations of Mother Nature.

By Raja Murthy, an independent journalist who shuttles between Mumbai and the Himalayas.
Asia Times
March 21, 2016

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This Green Knight is a humble crusader fighting for the urban farming movement. He could be anyone: The boy or girl next door, a banker, a software engineer or it could even be you.

“We are farmers that live in apartments,” goes the Gotham Greens’ anthem from their 9th Avenue headquarters in New York. “We see green fields where others see rooftops. We fuel blooming communities where others fear urban decay. And we purvey the freshest produce grown on earth”.

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March 29, 2016   Comments Off on Rooftop revolution begins; the Green Knight rises

Bethesda, Maryland rooftop farm to yield about 10,000 pounds of produce in 2016, up from 7,000 pounds last year

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Hyper-local produce from our unique rooftop farm is now enjoyed downstairs at Jose Andres’ Jaleo Bethesda restaurant. Jaleo’s Culinary Director, Chef Ramon Martinez discusses the delicious, sustainable difference of #RooftoTableDining while preparing a tasty entree with super-fresh produce from our rooftop farm at Bethesda Row. (Must See. Mike)

Produce grown atop Equinox Fitness can be enjoyed downstairs at Jose Andres’ Jaleo restaurant location in Bethesda, Maryland.

By Sarah Borchersen-Keto
REIT
3/9/2016

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As the weather begins to warm, thoughts at Federal Realty Investment Trust’s (NYSE: FRT) Bethesda Row turn toward the development’s roof, where 7,000 square feet of growing space stand ready to cultivate a new crop of salad greens, carrots, herbs and a variety of other produce.

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March 10, 2016   Comments Off on Bethesda, Maryland rooftop farm to yield about 10,000 pounds of produce in 2016, up from 7,000 pounds last year

New York: Imagining a Huge Rooftop Farm Atop Bushwick’s Rheingold Brewery

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See all stunning conceptual renderings by Radd here.

The Raad Studio designed renderings are only conceptual and the developer is yet to file plans for the site

By Tanay Warerkar
Curbed
Feb 29, 2016

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Renderings for a building at the site of the former Rheingold Brewery in Bushwick reveal a rooftop farm that would have been the city’s largest, Brownstoner reports. Alas the renderings are only conceptual and developer, Read Property Group, has yet to file plans for the building that will come up at 930 Flushing Avenue.

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March 6, 2016   Comments Off on New York: Imagining a Huge Rooftop Farm Atop Bushwick’s Rheingold Brewery