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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   No Comments

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   No Comments

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   No Comments

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

Pleasures of Roof top Gardening in Bangladesh

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The person, who will make a garden in his /her roof, will get a 10 percent holding tax rebate, and it is promised by Sayeed Khokon, Mayor, DSCC.

By Nilima Jahan
The Daily Star
July 22, 2016

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“If a person grows only vegetables in a 600-700 square feet roof, it is enough to meet the yearly demand of a family having 6-7 members”, believes Ehteshamul Haque Mallik, President, Urban Roof Gardeners Society (URGS), and Deputy Director, Bangladesh Bank. Mallik has a 1500 square feet garden on his roof, where he has been growing a number of vegetables and local fruits for the past 15 years. After his amazing success, he founded the organisation URGS, two and a half years ago and through this, he is helping more than 500 registered members.

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July 26, 2016   Comments Off on Pleasures of Roof top Gardening in Bangladesh

900-unit rental complex has urban farm in Staten Island, New York

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Zaro Bates is pictured in the courtyard of Urby where she cultivates an urban farm for residents. Tuesday July 12, 2016. (Staten Island Advance/Anthony DePrimo)

While Bates is the official resident urban farmer, Landes runs a honey harvesting operation on the roof of Urby.

By Tracey Porpora
SILive
July 19, 2016

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The Advance got a sneak peek of the development’s 4,500-square-foot urban farm that sits atop Urby’s parking garage in the courtyard. It’s at ground level so residents can see the urban agriculture in action.

Husband-and-wife team Zaro Bates and Asher Landes, owners of Empress Green Inc., run the urban farm at the new development that is still under construction.

But with the first 60 or so residents already moved in, Urby is quickly becoming its own self-sustaining community. And one main ingredient is its urban farm.

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July 24, 2016   Comments Off on 900-unit rental complex has urban farm in Staten Island, New York

FOOD ROOF Farm in St Louis, Missouri

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Grows over 100 varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. Increases pollinator health with habitat for over 40,000 honeybees.

GreenRoofs.com
July 2016

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Built in 2015, the FOOD ROOF Farm is located in the heart of downtown St Louis above a two-story storage facility. The site provides full sun exposure necessary for growing edibles, and the structure of the 1927 building did not require reinforcement for the addition of an intensive green roof system – both were determining factors in the selection of this property.

This rooftop exhibits a robust green roof infrastructure that captures up to 17,000 gallons of stormwater per storm event, which equates to over 1,819,000 gallons annually. Rainwater captured is utilized for plant growth, reducing irrigation needs by up to 50%.

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July 22, 2016   Comments Off on FOOD ROOF Farm in St Louis, Missouri

Rooftop farming arrives in Chengdu, China

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“The farm is actually a by-product of the shopping mall here. With proper design and investment, we transformed this rooftop into something useful and provided the public with a free place to learn the science of planting and experience agricultural production,” said rooftop farmer Liu Bo.

China.org
July 21, 2016

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“It surprised me when I stepped onto this rooftop. They have all kinds of vegetables and fruit. And there are species that I don’t know. It’s rare to see such things in big cities,” said Chengdu resident Tang Yan.

Mr. Liu is one of the founders of this city farm. For the past eight years, he has been running a vast rural farm in the suburbs of the city.

“Young people know very little about agricultural production, especially children. They have no idea about the exact procedures of how to plant vegetables and rice. So I came up with the idea of passing on Chinese agricultural traditions to the younger generation, and those living in cities,” said rooftop farmer Liu Bo.

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July 21, 2016   Comments Off on Rooftop farming arrives in Chengdu, China

Farming your own food in Singapore with actor-singer Nat Ho

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Farmer Nat Ho. Photo: Jason Ho

Ho’s takeaway is that stuff you grow yourself tastes better.

By May Seah
Today
July 9, 2016

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One person who has embraced the hobby is actor-singer Nat Ho, who earned himself the nickname “Farmer Ho”, thanks to his off-the-beaten-track pastime of HDB flat gardening.

“Dawn Yeoh was the first one to give me that nickname,” said the Tanglin actor, who cultivates his own cherry tomatoes, chye sim, chilli and mint in his apartment. “It seems like such an ah pek thing to do, right? But I was telling my friends about it and some of them actually started their own gardens, too.”

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July 15, 2016   Comments Off on Farming your own food in Singapore with actor-singer Nat Ho

Farm-to-table transforms to roof-to-hospital in Madison, Wisconsin

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rofchUW Health American Center Sous Chef David Zanger looks around the new rooftop garden, which grows herbs, vegetables and fruit, some of which has already been used by the bistro. Photo by Tamar Myers.

In the future, he’s already looking toward building greenhouses and a therapy garden on the hospital grounds.

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The Amy Sheehan Memorial Garden, named for the late wife of the center’s president, has already begun to provide the hospital’s bistro with fresh produce.

The herbs, fruits and vegetables in raised beds are sprouting quickly in the full sun of the rooftop. A Killdeer built its nest in the greenery and fledglings scold passerby. And the drip-irrigation system slowly draws water from a pond on the ground.

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July 14, 2016   Comments Off on Farm-to-table transforms to roof-to-hospital in Madison, Wisconsin

Restaurants in Singapore take to urban farming

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Open Farm Community’s chef Daniele Sperindio in his element.

The harvest is only a fraction of the produce they require but chefs say it is worth the effort

By Annette Tan
Today Online
July 8, 2016

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Edible Garden City has gone on to help numerous other restaurants set up their own edible gardens. Last year, it started a 29,000sqf urban farm with Open Farm Community (OFC), a restaurant in the Dempsey area, in collaboration with chef-owner Ryan Clift and lifestyle company Spa Esprit Group.

The farm at OFC cultivates a mix of herbs, vegetables and fruit trees, including basil, red hibiscus, sweet potatoes, mustard greens, morning glory (kangkung), eggplant, papaya and okra (lady’s fingers). The produce is used in the restaurant’s seasonal menu that changes every four months.

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July 13, 2016   Comments Off on Restaurants in Singapore take to urban farming