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A Inside View of Hong Kong’s Hidden Rooftop Farms

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Born out of a fear of contaminated foods, the city’s budding interest in high-altitude gardening may help heal an increasingly fractured – and ageing – society.

By David Robson
BBC
17 May 2017
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A butterfly perching on a lettuce leaf is not normally a cause for marvel. But I am standing on the roof the Bank of America Tower, a 39-floor building in the heart of Hong Kong’s busiest district, to see one of its highest farms. The butterfly must have flown across miles of tower blocks to reach this small oasis amidst the concrete desert.

“You just plant it out and nature comes and enjoys it,” says Andrew Tsui. We are joined by Michelle Hong and Pol Fabrega, who together lead Rooftop Republic, a social enterprise that aims to turn the city’s dizzying skyline green.

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May 18, 2017   No Comments

Rooftop Farms in Singapore

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Mr Choe and Ms Khor at the rooftop of their office building. Mr Choe says: “The organic rooftop urban farm aims to show how skyrise greenery can not only look attractive and be an enjoyable space, but it can be productive too. Photo: Yen Meng Jiin

A highlight of the farm is the aquaponics system, which consists of the tilapia fish pond and a sloped planter bed.

By Tay Suan Chiang
Business Times
May 5, 2017

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Architectural designer Jonathan Choe says: “The organic rooftop urban farm aims to show how skyrise greenery can not only look attractive and be an enjoyable space, but it can be productive too.”

Mr Choe heads the firm’s farming club and he and his colleagues spend Friday afternoons tending to their urban farm.

Over 100 species of edible plants thrive on the rooftop farm, including herbs such as mint and dill, and vegetables such as water chestnut, sweet potato, bitter gourd, and fruits such as passionfruit, bananas, grapes and even strawberries.

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May 10, 2017   No Comments

Italy: Save the Gandusio Rooftop Garden in Bologna

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The garden, initially promoted by the Bologna City Council as a way to promote intercultural dialogue and social cohesion between the inhabitant of the social housing building is today being dismantled by the same City Council

Petition in English

Since 2010, the Gandusio rooftop garden promotes social cohesion, and intercultural dialogue in the social housing buildings of via Gandusio (Bologna). Over the years, gardeners have contributed to growing, in this unused common space, an intercultural and cohesive community, open to the whole public through the realization of various cultural initiatives open to the public. The garden, initially promoted by the City of Bologna has become an international case study, addressed by several scientific studies in the fields of agronomy, social sciences and urban planning.

The garden has been referred to as an innovative example of sustainable planning by the European Gazette Science for Environmental Policy and has been featured in several documentary films, including the internationally awarded documentary God Save The Green.

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May 8, 2017   Comments Off on Italy: Save the Gandusio Rooftop Garden in Bologna

India: Khetify’s ‘Internet of Things’ powered rooftop farm has caught the city dwellers’ fancy

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Khetify charges a one-time fee for the installation of the ‘khets’, depending on the size of the ‘khets’ and a maintenance charge for the supply of high quality seeds, saplings, organic fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides among others.

“We believe that urban India has been disconnected with farms, farmers, and their agrarian roots. Unless cities take control of their food systems, true sustainability could not be achieved”.

By Chhavi Tyagi,
Economictimes.Com
May 01, 2017

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The startup is now looking to grow its customer base by approaching schools, housing societies, universities, among others as well as expand its crop portfolio. The target is to make 50 schools and 150 households achieve food security by the end of 2017. This would mean the startup needs to employ an additional 10-15 farmers. However, hiring high quality talent from the domains of agriculture, botany and ecology has been a challenge.

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May 6, 2017   Comments Off on India: Khetify’s ‘Internet of Things’ powered rooftop farm has caught the city dwellers’ fancy

France: Retailer Carrefour Unveils ‘Urban Agriculture’ Initiative

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Vegetable garden on the roof of the Villiers-en-Bière hypermarket in Seine-et-Marne

Other vegetable gardens are set to be created all through France: in Mérignac, a 6000 m² in-ground garden is being created near the Carrefour store.

Press Release
Carrefour
Apr 27, 2017

Villiers-en-Bière vegetable garden: over a 1200 m² surface area, ornamental and aromatic fruit trees and fruit and vegetable plants are being grown, using methods inspired by agro-ecology. It is managed by students from the Bougainville de Brie-Comte-Robert agricultural and horticultural school. They also share information about the garden with neighbouring schools and customers at the store. The garden should begin to bear its first fruit in early May and its yield will be sold in the store.

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May 5, 2017   Comments Off on France: Retailer Carrefour Unveils ‘Urban Agriculture’ Initiative

Urban farmers thrive in Swedish city

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In March 2017, they completed a roof top garden at Clarion Post Hotel

PressTV
May 1, 2017

Jonas Lindh and William Bailey share their experiences as city farmers in Gothenburg, Sweden. They explain why and how they started their business, and share the challenges they face in this process. Jonas Lindh and William Bailey, both with their roots in Human Ecology, Behavioral Sciences and community gardening, met in late 2015 and decided they wanted to grow commercially in Gothenburg.

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India: Convent School Sets Up Rooftop Farm

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Trying to motivate other schools adopt rooftop farming, the school recently organized a workshop for teachers of 50 schools.

By Kamini Mehta
Times of India
Apr 22, 2017

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It has been a month since the farm was inaugurated and the roof already looks green. The school has also been organizing various activities like container designing; making containers out of waste, to motivate students to get into farming. The plants are also gifted to teachers on their birthdays.

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April 28, 2017   Comments Off on India: Convent School Sets Up Rooftop Farm

Australian Urban Rooftop Farm Powered by Rainwater and Composted Food Waste

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Innovators Marc Noyce and Brendan Condon of Biofilta shared their closed loop urban rooftop garden concept at the LAUNCH Food forum at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Jamie’s Food Revolution
Apr 18, 2017

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“We are so excited to share the Foodwall and Foodcube garden design here, amongst some of the world’s leading innovators who are working to transform our global food system to be fairer, healthier, more nutritious and resilient,” says Biofilta’s Marc Noyce.

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April 20, 2017   Comments Off on Australian Urban Rooftop Farm Powered by Rainwater and Composted Food Waste

Korean Company Installs A Rooftop Urban Farm In The Center Of Seoul

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Embracing biodiversity as one of the company’s environmental concern

Bolloré Logistics Korea
April 12th, 2017
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Bolloré Logistics Korea recently installed an urban farm on its office rooftop building in Seoul, South Korea, as part of the Group’s initiative to promoting “Green Projects” and protecting biodiversity.

Urban farming is a practice of growing your own food in the city, with limited space. Bolloré Logistics Korea has transformed the available rooftop space of its 6-floor office building into an urban farm, optimizing current available space resources. This urban farm is split into four parcels and covers a total space of 264 sqm.

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April 19, 2017   Comments Off on Korean Company Installs A Rooftop Urban Farm In The Center Of Seoul

A Brooklyn Rooftop, condo owners will be able to sign up for plots to harvest edible crops

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Rooftop view of 550 Vanderbilt in Brooklyn, where tenants will be able to grow crops. Photo: Peter J. Smith For The Wall Street Journal

Do-it-yourself farmers who can afford condos priced at an average of $1,500 a square foot, with one-bedroom units starting at $890,000 and two-bedrooms at $1.495 million.

By Josh Barbanel
Wall St Journal
April 5, 2017

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On a large south-facing terrace on the eighth floor of 550 Vanderbilt Ave., an 18-story brick and concrete building near the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, crews are erecting three large metal boxes and filling them with soil suitable for high-altitude farming.

Condo owners will be able to sign up for a small plot to grow their own vegetables there, alongside Ian Rothman, a farmer and co-owner of Olmsted, a trendy farm-to-table restaurant a few blocks away.

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April 12, 2017   Comments Off on A Brooklyn Rooftop, condo owners will be able to sign up for plots to harvest edible crops

New York’s New School students research rooftop urban gardens

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Green Roof Ecology is an undergraduate course at The New School that partners with Brooklyn Grange and Vice Media.

New School News
Apr 5, 2017

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In 2014, Vice Media, having just moved into its their new offices in Williamsburg, worked with Brooklyn Grange to turn their expansive rooftop into a vegetable garden for their employees to enjoy.

From the beautiful scenery to the delicious vegetables, the perks of Vice’s rooftop urban farm seem fairly obviously. But what benefits might this green infrastructure have to the broader environment?

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April 12, 2017   Comments Off on New York’s New School students research rooftop urban gardens

2 East Bay companies redefine urban farming

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Benjamin Fahrer at work at the Top Leaf Farms location on the roof of 2201 Dwight Way in Berkeley. Photo: Alix Wall.

Oakland Farms: While vertical towers are a new fad in urban agriculture, Oakland engineer John Wichmann has built one of his own design that he believes is better than any on the market.

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The larger of the two operations is Top Leaf Farms, a rooftop garden at 2201 Dwight Way in Berkeley. The building, which was built by the Oakland-based Nautilus Group, Inc., is called Garden Village and functions as student housing for UC Berkeley. It was completed in January 2015 and Top Leaf began installing its garden in August 2016. By October it was up and running, growing produce in 10,000 of its 12,000 square feet of space.

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April 11, 2017   Comments Off on 2 East Bay companies redefine urban farming

UK: Rooftop farming: how nature flourishes on London’s skyline

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Bee London head gardener Sean Gifford on one of the rooftop gardens Credit: Vibol Moeung

Bee London, which represents 320 businesses across the area, is working with the Wildlife Trust to design and deliver greening projects to Midtown

By Alice Vincent
The Telegraph
25 Mar 2017

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The winter purslane at the five star Rosewood Hotel in Holborn is excellent. Served immediately after picking, it is sweet and fresh. Amandine Chaignot, the hotel’s Executive Chef, tells me it’s the best crop they’ve ever had. However, I’m not eating it in the marble-walled serenity of the restaurant, but in the wind and drizzle on Rosewood’s roof, where it is grown in one of Bee London’s rooftop gardens.

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April 1, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Rooftop farming: how nature flourishes on London’s skyline

Toronto’s Urban Farming Residence Will Bridge the Gap Between Housing and Agriculture

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Residences are available on upper floors, each with its own custom micro-garden beds to supply the residents with fresh herbs.

By Osman Bari
Arch Daily
Mar 25, 2017

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The shallow floor plates allow ample sunlight into the units, while spacious latticed terraces and balconies can accommodate furniture, plants, and a barbecue. Communal food-focused programs include an internal greenhouse as a nursery for plants and seeds, as well as an industrial kitchen for shared food production and hosting events.

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March 30, 2017   Comments Off on Toronto’s Urban Farming Residence Will Bridge the Gap Between Housing and Agriculture

Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau Visits Rooftop Lufa Farm

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Visiting Lufa Farms Anjou.

The new 63,000 square foot rooftop greenhouse is a milestone in polyculture efficiency and produces over 40 varieties of urban-grown greens and vegetables, all year round.

Press Release
CNW Telbec/
MONTREAL, March 24, 2017

Urban agriculture pioneer Lufa Farms has just finished a third highly automated greenhouse in the Montreal borough of Anjou. The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau was there to see it in full production.

The new 63,000 square foot rooftop greenhouse is a milestone in polyculture efficiency and produces over 40 varieties of urban-grown greens and vegetables, all year round. Lufa Farms’ six years of rapid growth and its successes in rooftop greenhouse design, cooperation with local sustainability-focused farmers, and appeal to thousands of Montreal consumers, make it one of the most successful large-scale urban agriculture models in the world, demonstrating how to sustainably feed entire cities.

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March 25, 2017   Comments Off on Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau Visits Rooftop Lufa Farm