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Hong Kong’s rooftop farmers grow vegetables… and communities

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hkandrewAndrew Tsui, co-founder of Rooftop Republic. Photo: Vincent Assante di Cupillo.

Hong Kong, this busy city of 7 million people, as a place of poverty, want and need. Some kind of crisis seems to be developing. Statistics suggest that the city has the widest income gap, between rich and poor, of any developed country in the world.

By Roger Hill
Hong Kong Free Press
19 June 2016

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Each growing project has its own character. The roof of the Fringe Club is dedicated to herbs and vegetables: basil, rosemary, mint, lemon-balm, okra, cucumbers and spinach. Rooftop Republic work with local chefs and some of these crops go to local restaurants, so if you have consumed a particularly tasty meal or cocktail in Central it may be thanks to this rooftop-farm.

Other produce goes to the foodbanks in the city, and Rooftop Republic runs projects with schools which allow students to take home some of the fruits of their curricular studies in science and biology. Similarly the project runs training and workshops for local participants who can enjoy the rewards of their growing labours.

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June 25, 2016   No Comments

Thirty-five new rooftop allotment plots launched at London townhouse development

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alotlondRuth Cadbury MP (third from left) with the teams from Cultivate London and Brentford Lock West at the launch of the rooftop allotments.

Allotments will be on a year’s licence with a fee of £150 per annum.

From Brentford Lock West

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Situated on the roof top of Carrick Square, a collection of apartments and townhouses set around a landscaped communal garden, the allotments will be managed by the Cultivate team, who have been growing a range of fresh produce on site at Brentford Lock West since building work first began.

They will run a demonstration allotment throughout the year along with monthly workshops to inspire residents to make the most of their space and be on hand to offer advice and guidance when needed.

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June 15, 2016   No Comments

How a Rooftop Garden, Local Farming Helped One Hospital Boost Patient Satisfaction

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hosrofKerry Gold, head of dining services and chef for New Milford Hospital, stands next to an aeroponic tower, one of several in a rooftop garden at the hospital on Tuesday.
Photo: Carol Kaliff / Hearst Connecticut Media.

New Milford Hospital in Connecticut champions food as preventive medicine through homegrown meals.

By Genevieve Diesing
Hospitals and Health Networks
June 6, 2016

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With a focus on seasonal, unprocessed food and a classically trained chef at the kitchen’s helm, New Milford’s menu resembles that of a chic, farm-to-table restaurant rather than a typical hospital cafeteria: The vegetable dish will depend on what was picked from its rooftop garden that day, or what it received from the nine local farms from which it regularly sources ingredients. The finished product is a healthful menu (a typical dessert is a chickpea chocolate cake, for instance) that New Milford’s patients, staff and community have come to love.

“Often, patients will be discharged, and will ask if they can stay for lunch,” says Chef Kerry Gold.

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June 12, 2016   Comments Off on How a Rooftop Garden, Local Farming Helped One Hospital Boost Patient Satisfaction

Growing crops on rooftops in Korea

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A rooftop farm run by the urban farming organization Pajeori is located on the top floor of a four-story office building, surrounded by high-rise apartment buildings in Mapo-gu, Seoul. (Courtesy of Pajeori)

Urban farmers on the rise, with more city dwellers seek healthy food and comfort in farming

By Lee Woo-young
Korean Herald
June 3, 2016

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At Dari, another rooftop farm near Hongik University Station, some 40 members own “boxes” of land on the rooftop of the Catholic Youth Center in Mapo-gu, Seoul.

Each member is allocated a box-sized space where they can grow crops. Popular ones include tomatoes, paprika, ginger, eggplants and rucola, according to Park Jeong-ja, an urban farmer and educator, who manages the place.

“The reason people turn rooftops into farms is that there is no available space on the ground for farming in the city. If you have a spare piece of land in the city, it’s considered a source of investment, not a farm,” said Park.

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June 7, 2016   Comments Off on Growing crops on rooftops in Korea

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

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