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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   No Comments

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   No Comments

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   No Comments

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   No Comments

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   No Comments

Chicago’s ‘Uncommon Ground’, a pioneer, restaurant rooftop food garden

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roferlThe organic rooftop farm at Uncommon Ground on Devon Avenue was the first of its kind in 2008. [Zoran Orlic Photography]

In 2007, the Camerons opened a second restaurant in Edgewater at 1401 W. Devon Ave. as a showcase for a first-of-its-kind rooftop farm.

*From two article in DNA Info
By Janet Rausa Fuller
July 1, 2016
By Benjamin Woodard
October 4, 2013

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It all starts in the basement grow room, where seeds are germinated before being moved to the roof in the spring.

“Everything you see here, we started downstairs,” she said. This year, she and her interns have harvested 1,100 pounds of food, including some crops from the restaurant’s Wrigleyville location, she said.

Only a small portion of all of the food the restaurants serve come from its growing operations, Rosenthal said, but many dishes incorporate at least some of the crops, such as fennel, garlic, shallots, potatoes, lettuce, kale, cascade hops and grapes.

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July 7, 2016   Comments Off on Chicago’s ‘Uncommon Ground’, a pioneer, restaurant rooftop food garden

New York’s Bushwick II to have 60,000-square-foot rooftop with an urban farm and recreational spaces including a pool

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Tenants will be able to grow and harvest produce at the rooftop’s urban farm.

BY Dana Schulz
6ftsquare
June 24, 2016

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it will encompass one million square feet over two city blocks and have 800-900 units, as well as an entire system of interconnecting courtyards and common spaces that break from the street grid, an 18,000-square-foot central park, and a 60,000-square-foot rooftop with an urban farm and recreational spaces including a pool.

The brick buildings vary in height from six to nine stories with diagrid braces intercepting square windows along the street. Facing the courtyards are glazed walls and balconies.

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June 28, 2016   Comments Off on New York’s Bushwick II to have 60,000-square-foot rooftop with an urban farm and recreational spaces including a pool

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   Comments Off on Hong Kong’s rooftop farmers grow vegetables… and communities

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

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
daninfo
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