Category — Roof Garden
City-owned parking garage to produce food once again
By Jane Deacon
Vancouver 24 Hour
September 11, 2014
A troubled Vancouver urban farming facility is set to be revamped after its acquisition by Affinor Growers, which plans to use the technology to grow food locally and pot in the U.S.
Affinor, which also has a research and development facility in Port Coquitlam, has purchased the assets of Alterrus Systems’ rooftop growing facility on Richards Street. Before the company declared bankruptcy last year, it produced leafy greens and herbs through “vertical” farming techniques, which maximize sunlight exposure by suspending thousands of plant trays within a greenhouse-style facility.
September 15, 2014 No Comments
An urban farm in Montreal is scaling the industry “with more software than farmers.”
By Flavie Halais
Aug 22, 2014
Lufa is also developing its own in-house technology. The company has just received a patent for a system that allows it to grow 30 percent more food on the same area. Meanwhile, the IT team is developing a suite of iPad apps for greenhouse management. One of them, which helps manage insect populations, will soon be made available to all organic growers. “We’ve decided it’s too valuable for us not to be going out to the world and saying, ‘Use it for free,’” says Hage.
August 26, 2014 Comments Off
Stack House is a LEED platinum apartment complex in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. The 1,000 square foot rooftop garden is operated as an in-house production farm and serves as a new and unique amenity for this urban housing development. Photo by Joshua Lewis / Seattle Refined.
Our most successful example of a rooftop community farm
By Britt Thorson
Aug 15, 2014
“This is probably our most successful example of a rooftop community farm,” said Jessica Roundy, an Urban Farmer & Landscape Designer with SUFCo.
Built in 2013, the rooftop farm is not only beautiful but also extremely productive.
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“We believe these types of initiatives can be applied closer to the existing and new emerging urban centers in order to help mitigate the future food issue.”
By Adele Peters
July 29, 2014
Architects from Barcelona-based design firm JAPA have proposed a new system of looping towers that could float in local harbors, providing new space for year-round crops. Called F.R.A., short for “floating responsive architecture,” the design is inspired in part by floating fish farms that have been in use locally since the 1930s.
August 19, 2014 Comments Off
A worker tends vegetables at the world’s largest “plant factory” on July 2, 2014. The Japanese factory produces 10,000 heads of lettuce a day. Photograph By Kyodo Via Ap.Click on image for larger file.
An abandoned Sony factory in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, has been transformed into what could very well be the farm of the future.
By Gloria Dickie
July 17, 2014
Shigeharu Shimamura, a plant physiologist and CEO of Mirai, has constructed the world’s largest indoor farm—25,000 square feet of futuristic garden beds nurtured by 17,500 LED lights in a bacteria-free, pesticide-free environment. The result? About 10,000 heads of fresh lettuce harvested each day.
The unique “plant factory” is so efficient that it cuts food waste from the 30 to 40 percent typically seen for lettuce grown outdoors to less than 3 percent for their coreless lettuce. (Related: “Stop Wasting Food in the West and Feed the World.”)
August 14, 2014 Comments Off
Urban Farming: Home on the Brooklyn Grange
We are funded through interest loans, equity investments, and good old-fashioned grassroots fundraising. We raised a good chunk of our funds on Kickstarter.
We have 40,000 square feet on a 65,000 square-foot face.
August 13, 2014 Comments Off
It aims to contribute five per cent to local supply by March 2017.
By Medilyn Manibo
Aug 8, 2014
The vegetables, produced within a 248 square metre indoor facility in Tuas, includes green lettuce, white radish, rocket lettuce, basil, mint herb, wild parsley, baby spinach.
Both leafy vegetables and root crops are currently cultivated within 35 days in soil-based environment and sustained with artificial lighting using LED lights. Panasonic said it is continuing its research and development to shorten the lead time to 28 days.
August 8, 2014 Comments Off
The cost of building a green roof has been substantial — about $20,000 to build the drainage and irrigation system and another $200,000 to strengthen the building’s structural capacity.
By Christopher Curtis
July 30, 2014
“Kids come here and they see an eggplant, and they’re not crazy about eggplants when they see it on their dinner plate, but they see it in the garden and their eyes almost pop out of their heads,” said Noémie Desbiens-Riendeau, the co-manager of Santropol’s urban agriculture program. “It’s very touching, it’s nice. It’s almost magical.”
August 8, 2014 Comments Off
He has a cultivated paddy and around 15 varieties of vegetables on his terrace
By Saritha S Balan
The New India Express
30th July 2014
Using the drip irrigation method, he cultivates paddy, chilli, yam, amaranthus, ladies finger, tomato, brinjal, ash gourd, passion fruit, ginger, turmeric, wild turmeric, curry leaf and ‘pudina’ on 1,450 square feet. Raveendran started with the method in 2011 and has now reached a stage of success as he was in other experiments too.
“The produce is more than enough for the use of a family and I do sell the vegetables. For the past three years, I didn’t need to buy rice for Onam for my family. I get 30 kg of paddy from which I can make 15 kg of rice,” he says.
August 6, 2014 Comments Off
“We never grow hybrid varieties as they are likely to perish fast. With locally available seeds, we can nurture a durable vegetable garden on the rooftop.”
By Mithosh Joseph
July 26, 2014
“With just 10 earthen pots, a small family can venture into rooftop cultivation to produce at least seven varieties of vegetables,” says Babu Parambath, a farmer who coordinates the Vengeri-based Niravu Farmers’ Club. Over 25 households in the city are currently experimenting with this low-cost farming technique under the club’s guidance.
The households attached to Niravu Club cultivate okra, tomato, spinach, cowpea, brinjal, bush pepper, and green chilli organically.
August 1, 2014 Comments Off
Help us to build a 120K sq ft hydroponic greenhouse farm to supply the nation’s capital with the freshest locally grown produce year-round
Excerpt from Indiegogo site:
We just announced an exciting partnership with Giant Food® to deliver year-round local produce to Giant stores throughout the Washington metropolitan area. At 100,000 square feet, it will be the largest urban greenhouse of its kind in the world.
We have the site. With our partnership with Giant Food® in place, we now need to finance and build the greenhouse. Our architectural plans are being finalized and our goal is to break ground in August 2014.
July 31, 2014 Comments Off
Brooklyn-based Gotham Greens builds greenhouses on urban rooftops.
By Graham Flanagan
Business Insider Australia
July 22, 2014
As more and more people move into cities, the demand for access to fresher, more nutritious foods continues to rise.
Brooklyn-based Gotham Greens builds greenhouses on urban rooftops. Inside the greenhouses, the company grows vegetables that don’t have to make the long journey most food makes from rural farms to cities.
In one location, the food only has to go as far as the Whole Foods directly below it.
July 29, 2014 Comments Off
A 3,200 sq m (35,000 sq ft) solar array on the top of the structure would be used to generate electricity
By Stu Robarts
July 15, 2014
Aprilli designed the Skyfarm with Seoul, South Korea, in mind, but it could be deployed in any major city. In addition to providing space for growing food, it would help to clean the city’s air, generate renewable electricity and provide a place for people to relax.
The primary structure has a large, root area at its base to provide stability and spread the weight of the Skyfarm out across the ground. A trunk section rises up from the root and spreads out into eight vertical branches that are connected together by trusses to provide structural reinforcement.
July 23, 2014 Comments Off
Forthcoming August 5, 2014
By Susan Lendroth (Author), Kate Endle (Illustrator)
My newest children’s picture book, Old Manhattan Has Some Farms, explores urban agriculture from a young child’s perspective. Slated for release by Charlesbridge Publishing on August 5, Old Manhattan employs the Old MacDonald rhyme as a framework for a lighthearted look at how communities across North America (including Canada) are adding locally grown foods to the menu.
July 19, 2014 Comments Off
We now feed 4,000 Montreal families each week and are on track to harvest nearly 200 metric tons of produce this year from our greenhouses.
By Mohamed Hage, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Lufa Farms, Montreal
New Cities Foundation
Jun 6, 2014
In August 2013, we had our second huge milestone when we planted 22 different varieties of tomatoes at our second greenhouse. This 43,000 square foot farm was built in partnership with the Dutch greenhouse manufacturer KUBO. Their Ultra Clima facility is a true marvel: it is carbon neutral and creates the ideal growing environment for crops. Plus it looks really cool and high-tech, especially on top of a building.
June 20, 2014 Comments Off