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Terrace farming in India – Chennai’s new rage


“Being on the terrace, the plants require frequent watering, at least twice a day during summer. Getting the right containers for each plant is also very important.”

By Nitya Menon
The Hindu
Jan 15, 2015


G. Ramakrishnan, a horticulturist, says his phone does not stop ringing these days, with people calling him up with doubts on mastering the art of terrace gardening.

With the space allotted to gardens in apartments rapidly shrinking, the terrace is being transformed to make up for the lack of green spaces.

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January 22, 2015   No Comments

World’s Largest Indoor Farm is 100 Times More Productive

“I believe that, at least technically, we can produce almost any kind of plant in a factory. But what makes most economic sense is to produce fast-growing vegetables that can be sent to the market quickly.”

By Urbanist
Jan. 2015


The statistics for this incredibly successful indoor farming endeavor in Japan are staggering: 25,000 square feet producing 10,000 heads of lettuce per day (100 times more per square foot than traditional methods) with 40% less power, 80% less food waste and 99% less water usage than outdoor fields. But the freshest news from the farm: a new facility using the same technologies has been announced and is now under construction in Hong Kong, with Mongolia, Russia and mainland China on the agenda for subsequent near-future builds.

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January 21, 2015   No Comments

Vertical Farm Design Competition


Indoor Ag-Con’s Las Vegas Agritecture Workshop Hosts Dr. Despommier as Judge

Las Vegas, Nev.
January 06, 2015


Agriculture is going through a transformation that harnesses architecture, technology and urban planning to create vertical farms that decrease resource consumption and re-localize food production within cities.

On March 29 and 30, three teams consisting of students from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Downtown Design Center and urban farming professionals will envision these farms of the future in a workshop that will teach vertical farming concepts in a hands-on, experiential setting.

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January 17, 2015   No Comments

Grow Your Own Greens With The Growbot, A System Designed To Make Rooftop Farming Easy


The Internet-connected lightweight greenhouses can squeeze into vacant city corners and grow five tons of lettuce a year. That’s a lot of salad.

By Adele Peters
Fast Co Exist
Jan 5, 2014


But a startup called Cityblooms hopes to help change that. The company makes small, modular “growbots,” lightweight greenhouses that can squeeze into vacant city corners and grow food more efficiently than the typical community garden. The hydroponic units are cloud-connected, so farmers can remotely track the growth of their crops, as well as control irrigation, humidity, and plant nutrition.

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“Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production”

One hour video.

With Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin from Greenroof’s Virtual Summit 2013
Jan 1, 2015
(Must see. Mike)

The current importance of urban agriculture is evidenced by the numerous food farms currently operating at many different scales and many different parts of the world. Here we visit just 5 innovative approaches to growing local produce on horizontal and vertical spaces on rooftops and on the interior from Canada and the United States.

Mohamed Hage
The founder of Lufa Farms tells how his 31K-square foot greenhouse, opened in 2011, is bringing fresh vegetables year round to families in Montreal. Antiquated zoning regulations and building codes, rather than agriculture, were the most challenging hurdles before he could get his business “off the ground.” Hage believes that rooftop farms will change the fresh-food dynamic and vastly improve the way city-dwellers eat.

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January 13, 2015   Comments Off

5,000 sq. ft. roof of multi-storied apartments in Kolkata, India turned into a vegetable nursery.

Nearly half a dozen varieties of leafy vegetables like notey shak, methi shak, palang shak (spinach), piring shak, several kinds of chilies, multiple varieties of brinjals, tomatoes, cauliflowers, cabbages, carrots, onions, beetroots, capsicum, garlic, mustard, flat beans (shim), bitter gourd (karola) are grown.

The rooftop farm can produce 8,000kg of vegetables a year.

Prithvijit Mitra
Times of India
Dec 29, 2014


Deb is assisted by Luis Gomez, a Mexican national who now works with him in Birbhum. While Gomez is an expert in urban hydroponic farming, the technique which is being used in the garden, Arun Ram — another member of the group — is apt in developing multiple varieties of indigenous vegetables. They are helped by Bablu Molla and Rakesh Ghosh. The team members said they found it easier to grow the vegetables on the roof than doing it in the rugged terrain of Birbhum.

So, you have cherry tomatoes, white brinjals, white and red flat beans and okras with eight ridges. Last week, the farm grew kulfa (purslane) — a leafy vegetable that is no longer grown in Bengal. The garden, say its keepers, promotes biodiversity by attracting birds, butterflies and insects. “In the long run, it will keep the building cool and protect it from rain and heat,” said Deb.

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January 12, 2015   Comments Off

Rooftop Paddy Field in Kozhikode, India

Roof-top farming may not be something new to people, but 56-year-old Keerthi Chandran’s farming methods may amuse even innovative farm enthusiasts.

Atop his house and at a building constructed adjacent to it at Karikandan Para, Kozhikode, he grows all kinds of vegetables, along with paddy.

By Aswathi Krishna Published
New Indian Express
27th December 2014


Since his parents focused on rubber and arecanut trees, it was a difficult task for Chandran to try out vegetable farming there. Hence he tactically shifted to roof-top farming, which he gradually found to be the best as the plants got adequate sunlight. “If you creatively arrange your vegetable garden on the terrace you will not need some other place to relax,” says Chandran, adding that almost all the vegetables that can grow in this climate can be grown on the terrace. He even tried his hand at paddy out of curiosity and proved that grow bags are enough for paddy cultivation.

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January 9, 2015   Comments Off

17,000 sq. ft. rooftop farm on Whole Foods in Lynnfield MA


Green City Growers harvest roughly 10,000 pounds of produce annually from the roof.

2014 Awards of Excellence
Living Architecture Magazine
Winter 2014/15


“I was sitting at a table during the design phase with about a dozen architects and engineers, and they were all telling Whole Foods not to build the rooftop farm. Whole Foods did not falter: Finding a solution for every problem and making the rooftop farm a reality.

The green roof industry is grateful for visionary clients like Whole Foods who are willing to take risks and invest in new green technologies.” Mark Winterer.

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January 8, 2015   Comments Off

Hyderabad government fails to publicize its urban terrace farming program


Officials said only 1,000 people have made use of the program

By Ch Sushil Rao
India Times
Dec 20, 2014,


HYDERABAD: You can grow vegetables – pesticide free- on your own and on the terrace of your house but a scheme that sure would have hit off well with the urban populace has fallen flat.

The state government simply did not take the interest to publicize the scheme which now technically closes on December 20.

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January 3, 2015   Comments Off

Hobbiton Movie Set – Hobbit Green Roofs in New Zealand

A total of 37 smials, or Hobbit holes, nestled within the bucolic countryside

Dec 29, 2014

The vivid descriptions of the peaceful, merry, and diminutive Hobbits in J.R.R. Tolkien’s books have been brought to life through the magic of both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogies directed by New Zealander Peter Jackson. Situated within the picturesque 1,250 acre Alexander sheep farm on New Zealand’s North Island, the 12-acre Hobbiton™ Movie Set represents Tolkien’s vision of the idyllic Middle-earth village of the Shire.

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‘The future is edible landscaping,’ predicts CEO of Israel’s GreenWall

Visitors to the World Expo 2015 in Milan (Expo Milano) next May will see a 1,200-square-foot GreenWall outside Israel’s pavilion growing wheat, rice and corn in keeping with the expo’s theme, “Feeding the world.”

By Karin Kloosterman
Israel 21c
December 15, 2014


First, the company incubates the “look and see” wall at its farm before installing it on the customer’s location. The systems incorporate technical knowhow from Israeli drip-irrigation pioneer Netafim; and GreenWall has developed its monitors, sensors and controls in cooperation with Israeli water-monitoring company Galcon.

Even European companies that have built vertical gardens of their own are making serious inquires to Barness. “Five years ago, when I came with this idea of saving water to the Europeans, well, they just laughed at me. They have those water fountains that run all day long outside in the villages and cities,” he says.

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January 1, 2015   Comments Off

The Rise of Hi-tech Food Farms is one of Top 5 Food and Agriculture Stories in 2014

panasPurplish-pink lighting from LED lights helps Panasonic to grow vegetables vertically arranged in shelves within its manufacturing facility. Image: Panasonic.

Panasonic, Toshiba, and Fujitsu recently expanded their businesses to include hi-tech vertical farms.

By Vaidehi Shah
Dec 17, 2014


Electronics manufacturers such as Panasonic, Toshiba, and Fujitsu recently expanded their businesses to include hi-tech vertical farms which produce vegetables such as lettuce, radish, spinach and sprouts. Panasonic set up a farm in Singapore in August which uses special LED lights to cultivate vegetables in as little as 35 days, a move that meets the government’s food security goals. Toshiba also started cultivating greens like spinach, lettuce and greens in a factory in Japan earlier this year.

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December 30, 2014   Comments Off

VertiCulture Farms seeks to bring aquaponic agriculture to Brooklyn.

Go Fish: A Next-Gen Rooftop Farm Is Set to Sprout in New York

By Jason Best
Take Part
December 02, 2014


Early in November, the trio launched a funding campaign on Indiegogo to raise $10,000 to create what appears to be New York’s first commercial-scale aquaponic rooftop farm, where they plan to not only raise locally grown herbs and vegetables, but also fresh fish. With just hours to go (as of this writing), they’ve already surpassed their goal by $1,000, and it seems they plan to waste no time in putting that cash to good use—they’ve already invited donors to tour the farm come mid January.

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December 12, 2014   Comments Off

Concordia University Greenhouses Provide Students with a Year-Round Urban Refuge


Sprouting Green Thumbs on Campus

By Jessica Cabana
The Link
November 18, 2014


Since the Concordia Greenhouse focuses on urban sustainability and community building and raising awareness of the issues surrounding food security, the new greenhouse would focus on food production and urban agriculture.

Summer is the best growing season in Montreal and, to maximize growth production, seedlings can be started in greenhouses.

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November 25, 2014   Comments Off

LA Urban Farms Growing Cheap, Healthy, Delicious Food for Residents

A rooftop garden on the Jonathan Club building in downtown Los Angeles on Nov. 11, 2014. The garden was built by Jason McClain, the executive chef of the Jonathan Club, and the produce is used at the club’s restaurant. (Sarah Le/Epoch Times)

The Los Angeles Food Policy Council estimates that 8,600 parcels would be eligible if the bill, AB 551, is approved by the County Board of Supervisors.

By Sarah Le,
Epoch Times
November 16, 2014


LOS ANGELES—Nestled in re-purposed horse troughs are rows of fresh, organic spinach, cilantro, and basil on top of the Jonathan Club in downtown L.A.

Jason McClain, executive chef of the Jonathan Club built the garden with his father, a retired 72-year-old landscape architect, one and a half years ago.

“When you come up here, and you pick it, and then you cook it, and you make it, and you taste it, you see the difference, and that is just extraordinary,” said McClain.

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