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South Africa: Chamber of Mines shows off potential of rooftop agriculture in Johannesburg inner city

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The Chamber of Mines is participating in and has funded a pilot project to assess the feasibility of growing herbs and vegetables on the rooftops.

Launch of the Urban Agriculture Initiative, which is aimed at creating a vibrant urban agricultural ecosystem by “innovatively” repurposing disused rooftops and making use of hydroponics and aquaponics to produce agricultural produce for Johannesburg’s inner city communities.

By Ilan Solomons
Creamer Media Staff Writer
11th October 2017

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“Although still in its early days, a successful basil crop has been harvested and sold,” the chamber highlights.

Moreover, the CoM notes that Johannesburg is one of many cities worldwide turning to inner city farming with the objective of addressing high unemployment and food insecurity, while simultaneously aiming to regenerate neighbourhoods.

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October 17, 2017   No Comments

In Washington School Gardens Are No Longer A Rarity

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Rooftop Garden at Horace Mann Elementary School: After leafy vegetables are planted and cared for, students harvest the crops, chop them up and serve them to more than 400 of their peers for lunch.

By Rachel Nania
Wtop
October 8, 2017

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Jagodnik’s third-floor classroom, which is filled with seedlings and outfitted with a small kitchen, opens directly to the school’s rooftop garden. It’s there where a class of third-graders pick parsley and pak choi from commercial-grade garden towers on Monday mornings.

Architect Michael Marshall designed the rooftop farm, one of several gardens at Horace Mann, during the school’s renovation three years ago.

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October 15, 2017   No Comments

Brooklyn NY: Tinyfield Farm atop the former Pfizer factory is the only rooftop farm currently specializing in hops

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Tinyfield Rooftop Farm’s hops.

Last year, she harvested two pounds of the crop and sent them to Strong Rope, a craft brewery in Greenpoint. They turned the first batch of Tinyfield’s hops into five gallons of beer.

By Phyllis Huang
BK Reader
October 6, 2017

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It is enough of a challenge to be the first and only one in any area; Tinyfield’s choice of crop ups the odds. Hop is a perennial crop that can be harvested only once a year – which means the yield is low.

“A hop-growing operation on such a small a scale is not profitable,” said Gerhold. “At least not at this moment.”

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October 14, 2017   No Comments

Canada: Montreal Supermarket Sells Produce From Its Rooftop Farm

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This summer, a Montreal supermarket announced that it was the first in Canada to have a green rooftop farm producing vegetables that are then sold in the store.

By Rotem Ayalon
Next City
September 29, 2017

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The Duchemin family, who owns the supermarket, IGA Extra, saw an opportunity to create an actual farm: 1.5 acres on the roof, with over 30 types of vegetables, sold under the brand Frais du toit (meaning, “Fresh from the roof”). They greened their roof, and are also producing food. Customers can even keep an eye on the rooftop production via a livestream feed in the vegetable aisle.

Tim Murphy, the project coordinator and urban gardener for La ligne verte, the company that installed and manages the rooftop farm, told me that this project is ‘’an innovation for consumers and supermarkets in Quebec.’’ According to him, it has ‘’enormous potential to raise consumer awareness about local, healthy, ecologically responsible and seasonal food.’’

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October 7, 2017   No Comments

The World’s First Solar Powered Indoor Farm Is Happening In Philadelphia

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To this point, the city of Philadelphia has only ~8 acres of urban farming, mainly because there’s no available land for growing crops traditionally.

Metropolis Farms
Sept 29, 2017

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Pictured above is a massive 100,000 sq foot solar array with 2,003 solar panels, and it captures enough sunlight to supply over half a megawatt of energy. Underneath those panels, on the fourth floor of this building, we are constructing an indoor vertical farm that will grow the equivalent of 660 outdoor acres worth of crops in less than 100,000 sq feet, annually. The panels are already installed and turned on, now we’re building out the farm. The first crops will be planted in November.

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October 5, 2017   Comments Off on The World’s First Solar Powered Indoor Farm Is Happening In Philadelphia

Groundbreaking for Staten Island office building with rooftop garden, bocce courts, and vineyard

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Up above, a 40,000-square-foot rooftop garden will provide herbs and produce for the in-house restaurant, and grab-and-go greens from the rooftop will be for sale, too.

By Audrey Wachs
The Architects Newspaper
October 3, 2017

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Tomorrow elected officials are breaking ground on a Staten Island office building with a bocce court, giant rooftop farm, a nearby vineyard, and a social enterprise restaurant that will serve Italian food and donate all of its proceeds to charity.

The 336,000-square-foot office building’s program reflects the developer’s heritage as well as the heritage of more than a third of Staten Island residents with Italian ancestry. The restaurant, Pienza, Pizza, Pasta and Porchetta, is named for Pienza, a Tuscan town that The Nicotra Group founder Richard Nicotra and his wife visit every year.

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Boston Medical Center Rooftop Farm Concludes First Season

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Click image to see larger file. Rooftop farm at Boston Medical Center in Massachussetts.

Atop its power plant facility this past summer, the hospital introduced 7,000 square feet of space dedicated to growing fresh produce.

Facility Executive
September 25, 2017

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Boston Medical Center (BMC) has transformed the once barren roof on top of its power plant building into the largest rooftop farm in that city. This past summer, the 7,000 square feet of growing space flourished with fresh produce, including arugula, bok choy, radishes, Swiss chard, and kale. The rooftop space produced approximately 15,000 pounds of food this growing season, most of which went directly to the hospital’s patients.

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October 1, 2017   Comments Off on Boston Medical Center Rooftop Farm Concludes First Season

Local NGO creates rooftop gardens in Palestinian camps

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The rooftop of Jadal for Knowledge and Culture after transforming it into an experimental urban farm (Photo courtesy of Greening The Camps)

When they flee their countries, most refugees lose their connection with their land, and therefore with agricultural production, she explained, noting that Greening The Camps aims to reinstil the practices of growing and harvesting crops.

By Camille Dupire
The Jordan Times
Sept 21, 2017

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Deep-rooted and wide spreading vegetables like pumpkins, courgettes, carrots and rhubarb were planted in large wooden boxes placed on recycled palettes.

“Each box is provided with a self-constructed watering system that maintains efficient irrigation and limits the evaporation of water. This installation ensures easy harvesting and low space occupation as the soil-filled boxes are hung on the wall,” the trio explained on their website.

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September 29, 2017   Comments Off on Local NGO creates rooftop gardens in Palestinian camps

France: Post office workers grow vegetables, breed chickens on Paris rooftop “farm”

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Click image to see larger file. Post office employees pose on a 900 square meters farm garden on the rooftop of their postal sorting center, as part of a project by Facteur Graine (Seed Postman) association to transform a city rooftop as a vegetable garden to grow fruits, vegetables, aromatic and medicinal plants, with also chickens and bees in Paris, France.

“We are postal workers who thought it was nice to be able to fulfil our dream, which is to work for a more edible city,” said Sophie Jankowski

Reporting by Sonia Ye and Clotaire Achi, writing by Sybille de La Hamaide; editing by Louise Heavens
Reuters
Sept 26, 2017

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An urban agriculture initiative to make Paris more environmentally sustainable, mainly through farming on the capital’s rooftops, has been such a success that the mayor is unveiling a new round of projects this week.

Rooftop farming has boomed in the past years from New York to Tokyo via London and Paris.

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September 28, 2017   Comments Off on France: Post office workers grow vegetables, breed chickens on Paris rooftop “farm”

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   Comments Off on Hong Kong’s quest for the Tesla of food

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
(Must see. Mike)

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

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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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
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

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