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Hong Kong’s quest for the Tesla of food

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Some hydroponic systems are small enough to be set up on a balcony or rooftop. Photo: City Hydroponics

He says there are about 50 rooftop farms in the city, totalling 1.5 hectares of land. He estimates that 595 hectares of rooftop space could be converted to farms – that’s just under half the size of Hong Kong International Airport.

By Marianne Bray
South China Morning Post
Sept 14, 2017

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If everyone consumed the way Hongkongers do, the WWF estimates, we would need 3.9 earths. According to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, 84 per cent of farmland in Hong Kong lies uncultivated, and a panel of restaurant managers at the summit said sourcing high-quality local food was a big challenge.

It is a far cry from 60 years ago when the city had a 60 per cent self-sufficiency rate, says Dr Daisy Tam Dic-sze, associate professor at Baptist University (HKBU).

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September 23, 2017   No Comments

Up Top Acres – How One Rooftop Farm Could Make Your City Better

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Up Top Acres operates a network of rooftop farms across the DC metro area. Traditional farms measure the distance their produce travels in miles driven – we measure ours in flights of stairs.

Presented By BuzzFeed & Hyundai
Published on Jun 12, 2017
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Founded in 2014, Up Top Acres was started by Kristof, Kathleen and Jeff, 3 DC natives who met while attending DC Public Schools. After graduating college, the team returned to DC with the goal to make the city they grew up in a better place for their friends and family who call DC home.

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September 18, 2017   No Comments

Singapore: ‘Floating Ponds’ that could see farms in parks, rooftops

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This particular Floating Pond as an intensified way of doing farming

By Wendy Wong
Channel News Asia
Sept 4, 2017

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A three-storey prototype was developed in partnership with Singapore fish farm Apollo Aquaculture Group. Since its implementation last year, the fish farm has seen its yields increase by more than three times.

“This is something we’re not (just) talking about, we’re really demonstrating it. And I think this puts us at an advantage.”,” said Apollo deputy CEO Lucky Phua.

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September 12, 2017   No Comments

Paris embellishes skyline with organic rooftop farms

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The organic farm perched on top of the RATP-building in eastern Paris is one of the first commercial rooftop cultivation grounds in Paris. Louise Nordstrom, FRANCE 24.

Metro operator RATP became one of the first companies to host a commercial farm on one of its roofs.

By Louise Nordstrom
France 24
Sept 2, 2017

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The farm was started in July this year after a 2016 call by the City of Paris for a series of urban agriculture projects to make the city more environmentally sustainable. By 2020, Paris aims to have transformed 33 hectares, or 330,000 square metres, of its unused urban space into urban agriculture.

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September 8, 2017   Comments Off on Paris embellishes skyline with organic rooftop farms

Rosemary’s Rooftop Farm in Downtown Manhattan, New York City

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A Secret Roof Garden in Greenwich Village

By Ella Quittner
Gardenista
May 15, 2017
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Walking into Rosemary’s restaurant in Greenwich Village, you would never guess there’s an edible garden overhead. But head to the back of the room to climb the metal staircase—and you will discover the source of many of the fresh herbs and seasonal vegetables on the rustic-Italian menu, including the lemon balm for that fizzy cocktail you’re eyeing (go on, order it).

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September 5, 2017   Comments Off on Rosemary’s Rooftop Farm in Downtown Manhattan, New York City

India: Techie gives up career to promote apartment farming, toxin-free food

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Patel admits a lack of space in cities is often a hurdle that stops many residents from growing their own food.

By Aishwarya Upadhye
Times of India
Aug 24, 2017

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“I tell participants why it’s important to grow their own food. They are also given information on different types of soil and the various types of saplings. The training then, makes up the basic rules of organic farming. At the end of the workshop, each participant is handed compost full of essential microbes which are responsible for preparing manure from kitchen waste. The kit encourages them to take the first step,” he says.

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September 2, 2017   Comments Off on India: Techie gives up career to promote apartment farming, toxin-free food

Gotham Greens: Four High-Tech Vegetable Farms in New York City, Chicago

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Bloomberg
Aug 22, 2017

The challenge of providing fresh produce to consumers and restaurants in big cities has been an opportunity for Gotham Greens. Co-founder and CEO Viraj Puri explains how his commercial-scale urban farming company has expanded from its startup roots.

August 31, 2017   Comments Off on Gotham Greens: Four High-Tech Vegetable Farms in New York City, Chicago

A new rooftop garden will provide fresh food for New Orleans conventioneers

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Building maintenance workers at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center place soil in a new 225-feet long and 3-feet high cedar planting bed for a rooftop vegetable garden. Photo by Frankie Prijatel

The garden will provide freshly picked vegetables and herbs to Centerplate, the convention center’s food and beverage provider.

By Kendra Parks
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Aug 21, 2017

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Team members assembled multiple 3-foot-by-225-foot garden beds growing different types of tomatoes, cauliflower, herbs, root and leafy vegetables. The beds are filled with a sphagnum moss base and 49 cubic yards of Laughing Buddha soil mix incorporating worm castings and peat moss.

Borage, marigold, nasturtium and chamomile will be some of the edible flowers planted with the vegetables. Basil, dill, oregano and parsley also will be interspersed in the plantings.

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August 28, 2017   Comments Off on A new rooftop garden will provide fresh food for New Orleans conventioneers

Levi’s Sports Stadium, Fueled by Rooftop Farm, Returns With New Concessions

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Levi’s Stadium.

The Organic Coup, Oren’s Hummus Shop, and Off the Grid trucks have been added

By Caleb Pershan
San Francisco Eater
Aug 18, 2017

The biggest development of the last two years at the stadium, in terms of food, has likely been the Faithful Farm. That garden was built as the first-ever rooftop farm at an NFL stadium, and it’s produced nearly two tons of food, much of it served right on premises. Baba ganoush sold at games, for example, uses eggplant and herbs from the Faithful Farm.

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August 25, 2017   Comments Off on Levi’s Sports Stadium, Fueled by Rooftop Farm, Returns With New Concessions

New York High-rise Garden Plots: Hippie Amenities With a High-End Twist

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Garden construction in progress on the eighth floor deck of 550 Vanderbilt in Brooklyn. Credit Emon Hassan for The New York Times

In addition to the communal kitchen, there’s a 5,000-square-foot urban farm, a 20-hive apiary — both tended by live-in farmers/beekeepers — and a kombucha workshop planned for later this summer.

By Kim Velsey
New York Times
Aug. 18, 2017

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While such amenities might be aspirational for some, others are yearning to get their hands dirty. Christine Blackburn, an associate broker at Compass real estate, said that for a woman to whom she recently sold a condo at 144 North Eighth Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the roof garden was the most important amenity.

“She didn’t care about the gym, she didn’t care about the garage,” Ms. Blackburn said. “They live in a $2 million condo, but for her to be able to grow tomatoes with her son, that was it.

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August 24, 2017   Comments Off on New York High-rise Garden Plots: Hippie Amenities With a High-End Twist

Obama Library landscapers look to South Side community gardens for inspiration

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Landscape architects for the Obama Presidential Library took a tour of some South Side community gardens as neighbors watch plans for the center with great interest.

By Leah Hope
ABC 7
Aug 16, 2017

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Landscape architects for the Obama Presidential Library took ABC7 Eyewitness News on an exclusive tour of some South Side community gardens as neighbors watch plans for the center with great interest.

Over 10 million heads of lettuce are harvested each year from a garden in the Pullman neighborhood. Gotham Greens makes the most of a roof off 111th Street.

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August 22, 2017   Comments Off on Obama Library landscapers look to South Side community gardens for inspiration

Gazans turn to their rooftops for sustenance

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For Muhyeddin al-Kahlout, the benefits of his rooftop farm are wide-reaching. Mohamed Hajjar

In the Shujaiya neighborhood of Gaza City, Ahmad al-Sharqawi sells vegetables grown on the roof of his house. Their origin, he has found, has become a selling point.

By Sondos Walid
The Electronic Intifada Gaza Strip
16 August 2017

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Dr. Ahmad Saleh, an agricultural consultant and former professor in the Faculty for Agricultural Engineering at Al-Azhar University, is working to facilitate organic rooftop farming. To this end, he has established his own rooftop farm in the Tawam neighborhood of Gaza City.

For Saleh, rooftop farming has another potential advantage other than making the most of scarce space. He used parts from old cars, plastic boxes and bottles to create colorful containers for the 60-square-meter space on his roof. The area has been divided into two sections: one is for ornamental plants, including cacti and flowers, creating a pleasant space for socializing and a hub for family, friends and neighbors.

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August 19, 2017   Comments Off on Gazans turn to their rooftops for sustenance

United Nations FAO event on community gardens and urban food production

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Watch the event.

See the 137 minute video of the full event at the UN in New York City.

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August 10, 2017   Comments Off on United Nations FAO event on community gardens and urban food production

Canada: 10,000 pounds of produce grown on Ryerson University own rooftop farm

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Click image to see larger file. Left to right: Ryerson University’s Urban Farm staff Agathe Chauvin, Jayne Miles, Kate Davies, Saba Zubair, Arlene Throness and Terri-Linn Zhou. By Samuel Engelking.

Downtown Toronto Rooftop

By Adria Vasil
Now
August 2, 2017

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Another locavore all-star. This past year, a whopping 50 per cent of the food dished out on campus came from “local, sustainable sources.” The most local of all? The 10,000 pounds of produce grown on Rye’s own rooftop farm and shared with their cafs and their Gould Street Farmers’ Market. Tuna salad lovers, rejoice: 99 per cent of their seafood is now certified sustainable. As with York University and pretty much every other campus using Aramark or Compass caterers, all their chicken should be more humane by 2024.

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August 10, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: 10,000 pounds of produce grown on Ryerson University own rooftop farm

Montreal: Secret garden – Palais des Congres shares rooftop harvest

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Each year the garden produces around 650 kilos of food, and much of the produce is used by the congress centre’s official caterer to feed delegates at the Palais.

CTV News
July 22, 2017

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The garden also functions as a teaching tool, to show building owners and managers how to create green roof-tops.

What’s more, it houses an experimental lab for urban agriculture techniques.

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July 30, 2017   Comments Off on Montreal: Secret garden – Palais des Congres shares rooftop harvest