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Farming the Roofs of Paris

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Tentative Draft Farm over Paris Montsouris reservoir. Eelv – Assoc. Living Roofs.

In total, 100 hectares of rooftops could be transformed into farms

By Krisztina Kupi
Green Fudge
Apr 6, 2014

Excerpt:

District 14 of Paris, notably rue de la Tombe-Issoire, may be the first area of the French capital to see the revival of urban agriculture. Establishing gardens and farms on the roofs would improve the supply of city dwellers.

With the technical support of the Living Roofs (Toits Verts) association, French ecologist Celia Blauel is promoting the idea of the establishment of a farm on one of the five principal water tanks of Paris, near Parc Montsouris. Their long-term goal is to create the country’s biggest urban agricultural surface.

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April 16, 2014   No Comments

Lufa Farm is building a third greenhouse in Montreal starting this year

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Second Lufa farm in Laval. Lufa Farm’s urban rooftop greenhouse uses state-of-the-art technology and design to use 50 percent less energy than a ground-level greenhouse. See more photos here.

“By the end of 2014, we’re hoping to feed 7,000 people each week in the greater Montreal area.”

by Gerry Weaver
The Produce News
March 27, 2014

Excerpts:

“We’re building a third greenhouse in Montreal starting this year. By the end of 2014, we’re hoping to feed 7,000 people each week in the greater Montreal area. We’re planning to deliver to more than 200 locations, including new pick-up points within a 30 mile radius of the farm,” said Figlioli. “Our next Montreal project will allow us to feed an additional 4,000 people year-round, and we are looking to expand to several new cities in the next few years.”

The second greenhouse is 43,000 square feet and located in Laval, Quebec. Lufa Farms, Le Groupe Montoni Division Construction, Inc. of Laval, and KUBO, a greenhouse manufacturing company from the Netherlands, collaborated on the construction.

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April 4, 2014   No Comments

‘Breathtaking’ 7-month time lapse documenting the first full growing season at the Brooklyn Grange’s Rooftop Farm

Brooklyn Grange – A New York Growing Season from Christopher St. John on Vimeo.

Brooklyn Grange’s farm in the Brooklyn Navy Yard at 65,000 square feet, it’s the largest rooftop farm in the world.

Shot and edited by Christopher St. John
Brooklyn Navy Yard Farm
63 Flushing Ave
Building #3
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Must see! Should win an award. Mike

Excerpt from Winter Farming: Mushrooms and Micros at Brooklyn Grange

All winter we’ve been experimenting with a wide variety of crops, using different techniques, varying seed quantity, and figuring out proper watering methods and amounts, and finally when the quality was good enough we began to sample out and sell them to several chefs around the city. Over the course of the first month, we learned important lessons on each crop, time to maturity, and got valuable feedback from chefs on size, color, and flavor of each variety. Getting quality and system figured out was the first step, then we started thinking about quantity, and establishing a consistent flow of product for our restaurant customers.

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April 3, 2014   Comments Off

Rooftop Farms on Japanese Train Stations Serve as Community Gardens

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“We started this vegetable garden business out of a desire to contribute to the environmental maintenance and the revitalization of the area along the train line.”

By Bridgette Meinhold
Inhabitat
03/25/14

Excerpt:

The first Soradofarm, also known as a Machinaka Vegetable Garden, was built on top of the Ebisu station in Tokyo over four years ago. Now there are thirteen stations around the country with operating gardens or gardens in the works that are soon to be rented out. The East Japan Railway Company has plans to build community gardens on top of or near each one of its stations in Japan soon. The railway is also working in conjunction with entertainment company, Ekipara to create these rooftop gardens.

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April 1, 2014   Comments Off

Singapore: Comcrop pioneers urban rooftop farming

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Comcrop co-founders Shan Kuah, Keith Loh, Jeremy Chua and Allan Lim.

In the city-state of more than 5 million people, local growers make up a small percentage, and imported produce dominates the market.

Fresh Fruit Portal
March 14, 2014

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Located on orchard road on top of the *Scape building, the 6000-square feet rooftop farm is right at the heart of Singapore’s city center.

“We use land that is otherwise not used. And the sheer fact that we produce our products right next to the doorsteps of our potential customers means a giant carbon-based food print is reduced. It also reduces a lot of logistics in bringing imports into our country,” Comcrop co-founder Keith Loh tells www.freshfruitportal.com.

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March 20, 2014   Comments Off

Video tours of three urban farms in Brooklyn

The Farmers: Jeremy Sapienza & Luis Velazquez, Annie Novak, Lee Mandell & Chloe Bass

By Gabriella Bass and Clara Inés Schuhmacher
Organic Gardening

Excerpt:

Filmmakers Gabriella Bass and Clara Inés Schuhmacher spent over a year documenting the movement, asking everyday New Yorkers why and how they grow food in their own urban settings, and exploring the impact of these choices both on them and on their communities. From pleasure to business to social change, their stories are diverse, and compelling.

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March 19, 2014   Comments Off

Can Urban Farming Feed Bangkok?

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Lak Si’s rooftop garden.

Bangkok-Asia talks to those who have made their own city farms right here in Bangkok, on rooftops and in backyards.

By Monruedee Jansuttipan, Pieng-or Mongkolkumnuankhet
Bangkok Asia
Aug 15, 2013

Excerpt:

Narong Jongjamfah – Lak Si District Office

How did the project start?

Eleven years ago, the staff at the Public Cleaning and Public Park sections of the district, started growing vegetables on an abandoned plot next to the district office. But when the landlord saw the vegetables, he claimed his land back. The section director at that time then told us, OK, you can grow your vegetables on the roof of the office. Then the ex-assistant director created a website about the whole process and it became this free public education thing.

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March 3, 2014   Comments Off

Singapore rooftop farm produces up to 10 times more than traditional farms

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Comcrop is a vegetable and fish farm located on the rooftop of *SCAPE. (Photo: Comcrop’s Facebook page)

With 6,000 square feet of space, it can produce eight to 10 times more than traditional farms over the same area by using vertical farming techniques.

By Eileen Poh
Channel News Asia
Feb 14, 2014

Excerpt:

SINGAPORE: Tucked away in the heart of Orchard Road is a uncommon sight for Singapore’s main shopping belt.

A vegetable and fish farm called Comcrop is located on the rooftop of *SCAPE.

With 6,000 square feet of space, it can produce eight to 10 times more than traditional farms over the same area by using vertical farming techniques.

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February 21, 2014   Comments Off

Rooftop food gardens in Singapore

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A temporary space, People’s Park Complex, which they have named Nong (agriculture), a pop up farm concept

By Olivia
The Tender Gardener
Feb 10, 2014

Excerpt:

My gardening and environmentalist friends, Bjorn Low and Allan Lim, have been working on their new rooftop farming spaces in recent months. Bjorn and his team at Edible Gardens were recently given a temporary space at People’s Park Complex, which they have named Nong (agriculture), a pop up farm concept that is certainly one to keep an eye on, while Allan Lim, one half of the founders of The Living! Project, and his team managed to secure a space at *SCAPE. What I find exciting is that both are rooftop farms in the city; the former in the heart of Chinatown, and the latter in the heart of Orchard Road.

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February 16, 2014   Comments Off

Rooftop hop farm and brewery in New York City

America’s largest concrete jungle sprouts rooftop hop farm and brewery.

By Grace Sell
The Growler
February 3, 2014

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Thousands Win is a startup out of Brooklyn, New York with dreams of creating sustainable green spaces and to brew truly local NYC beer. The founders, Caleb Freese and Julian Hensarling, have developed a lightweight green roof system to grow hops atop New York buildings. This act of urban agriculture, hop farming, and local brewing would make them the first “farm to bottle” farm brewery in the city.

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February 14, 2014   Comments Off

Plans for vertical farms on unit blocks take off in Australia

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French architect Vincent Callebaut poses in front of a picture of one of his futuristic projects – The Dragonfly – on “the city of tomorrow”. Photo: Bertrand Guay.

NSW government architect Chris Johnson thinks the idea would work in Australia

By Toby Johnstone
Sydney Morning Herald
January 28, 2014

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When Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut put forward an “urban farm” concept for a twin-tower development in New York, called Dragonfly, in 2009, he was laughed at.

But industry experts in Sydney say the idea may catch on.

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February 6, 2014   Comments Off

New Scientist: Vertical farms sprouting all over the world

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Nuvege (also called “Green Green Earth”) is a hydroponic vertical farming company based out of Kyoto, Japan.

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is using an 18-storey vertical farm in College Station, Texas, to produce genetically modified plants that make proteins useful in vaccines.

By Paul Marks
New Scientist
16 January 2014

Excerpt:

The plant racks in a vertical farm can be fed nutrients by water-conserving, soil-free hydroponic systems and lit by LEDs that mimic sunlight. And they need not be difficult to manage: control software can choreograph rotating racks of plants so each gets the same amount of light, and direct water pumps to ensure nutrients are evenly distributed.

The whole apparatus can be monitored from a farmer’s smartphone, says GSF’s R&D manager, Daniel Kluko. He says the new farm in Scranton will grow 14 lettuce crops per year, as well as spinach, kale, tomatoes, peppers, basil and strawberries. Its output will be almost 10 times greater than the firm’s first vertical farm, which opened in New Buffalo in 2011.

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January 30, 2014   Comments Off

Failure of high-tech rooftop greenhouse in Vancouver leaves $4-million trail of debt

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Len McDonald works among the growing trays at Vancouver’s Alterrus rooftop greenhouse.

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
January 27, 2014

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The failure of the Alterrus rooftop greenhouse has left investors and creditors holding the bag for about $4 million and the city’s parking corporation EasyPark out of pocket for at least $13,104 in unpaid rent.

EasyPark’s liability could rise if the company is forced to remove the high-tech enclosure and mechanized vertical growing systems left on a downtown parking garage by the bankruptcy of Alterrus and its operating partner and marketing arm Local Garden Vancouver.

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January 28, 2014   Comments Off

Vancouver’s Rooftop Farm ‘Local Garden’ Bankrupt

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Alterrus Systems Inc. – Closing Statement

By Former ASI/LGVI Management Team
Jan 22, 2014

The Companies, Alterrus Systems Inc. and Local Garden Vancouver Inc. on a consolidated basis, have been challenged with working capital issues for the past months. This combined with productivity challenges on the leafy green side of crop production led us to change focus to the micro-greens crop which represented lower operating cost and higher margins overall. The micro-greens market potential was one which required development and although headed towards the positive cash flow direction it was moderately slow getting there.

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January 25, 2014   Comments Off

Rooftop Farm in New York City Grows 50,000 Pounds of Organic Produce Per Year

Brooklyn Grange – A Rooftop Farm

By Ecofilms
Eco Business
Jan 4, 2014

Excerpt:

“That view behind me is not a painted backdrop!” said Geoff Lawton to the camera. But the view looked great from where I was standing. Brooklyn Grange is a rooftop farm with a magnificent view looking over the Manhattan skyline.

Sitting on a concrete roof, totaling 2.5 acres and producing more than 50,000 pounds of organically-grown vegetables each year, you need to walk its length to appreciate how vast this rooftop garden truly is in scale.

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January 23, 2014   Comments Off