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Deutsche Welle: German Indoor Urban Agriculture – video report

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ECF Farmsystems GmbH – Consulting, planning and construction of aquaponics farm systems.

By Dagmar Zindel
Eco Africa
ECF Farm systems
11.04.2016

ECF Aquaponics Method
In ECF aquaponic farming systems, the process of both rearing fish and growing vegetables operates as a fully integrated and complementary system. Through this course of producing high-quality fish, water is enriched with valuable nutrients that are then passed into the greenhouse, providing the plants with natural minerals and fertilizer.

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April 29, 2016   No Comments

Netherlands: Farming fish and vegetables on a The Hague office rooftop

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An empty Philips office block in the heart of The Hague is producing vegetables and fish on a commercial basis.

By Senay Boztas
Dutch News
Apr 22, 2016

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This dilapidated, 1950s office block in the middle of The Hague, is growing something astonishing: on its sixth floor is a 370 sqm fish farm, while the roof has been converted to a 1,200 sqm greenhouse for vegetables, making this Europe’s largest commercial urban farm.

‘I grew up on a farm in Aberdeenshire,’ says Durno. ‘One of my jobs as a six-year-old was to pick up the milk for the morning breakfast from the dairy. The only thing I got excited about was that the cream separated. We have this disconnect with what fresh is, instead of enjoying the fact that we have a good quality, fresh product in our mouths without questioning it.’

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April 26, 2016   No Comments

$6.5 million urban ag system to be built at Santa Fe Community College

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greThis artist’s rendering shows a planned closed-loop urban agriculture system that is planned to be built by Ecoponex Systems LLC on the campus of Santa Fe Community College.

Micro-algae that also will be grown will be supplied to Pevig, a joint venture company in Mexico, to produce omega-3 as a nutritional supplement for humans.

By Jackie Jadrnak
Albuquerque Journal
April 20th, 2016

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A private New Mexico company is partnering with Santa Fe Community College to build its first urban agriculture system that will yield enough food to provide vegetables and fish for more than 16,000 people.

The $6.5 million project, which will be owned and operated by Ecoponex Systems of New Mexico LLC, is expected to create 14 direct jobs and 34 construction jobs, while SFCC will host it in connection with its Biofuels Lab in the Trades and Advanced Technology Center. CEO Benjamin Brant said the community college’s national reputation for its education efforts in green technologies that are used in the system was part of the deciding factor in locating the project here.

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April 25, 2016   No Comments

Rooftop Reds – Vineyard in Brooklyn

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Our mission is ambitious, going well beyond merely bringing viticulture to the urban agriculture industry.

By Brittney Helmrich
Business News Daily Staff
April 19, 2016

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Rooftop Reds is a 15,000 square-foot farm that covers a rooftop at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and we’re on track to be the first commercially viable rooftop vineyard system in the world. We aim to bring vineyards to the city, because even with the recently popularity of rooftop agriculture, roof space is still a largely untapped resource in urban environments. Greater New York is the largest urban wine market in the world and we think it deserves its own vintage. Many other urban wineries exist, but none grow their own crop or have wines that represent where they do business.

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April 24, 2016   No Comments

Africa: Women in Kenya’s Mathare slum turn their tin roofs into vegetable gardens

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Iron sheet farming and hanging gardens practised in Mathare and Korogocho slums are some of the urban farming techniques that are slowly adding to a raft of measures put in place to guarantee food security and nutrition in informal settlements.

By Ejidiah Wangui
African News
Xinhua
2016-04-13

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Behind overlapping shanties and overcrowded streets in the slums, is a novel roof gardening project that has been feeding over 100 households while providing income to slum women struggling to make ends meet at a time when food prices especially in urban areas have been on an unprecedented highs.

The “gardens”, Wamuhu said, are mounted on top of small structures, some as small as 10 by 10 meters, which are the standard structures in the area and which accommodate on average five family members.

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April 18, 2016   No Comments

How Urban Farms Are Changing the Way We Eat

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“It’s the best basil we’ve ever had, and they’re able to produce it for us year-round,” says John Karangis, the executive chef at Union Square Events

By Lisa Elaine Held
Eater
Apr 12, 2016

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In each of its markets, BrightFarms has partnered with major chains, like Giant and Acme, and the produce often hits shelves within 24 hours of being picked, a fact that means it’s almost guaranteed to be longer-lasting than other greens. “I want to help people eat healthier food, and making it flavorful and delicious is a big part of that,” Lightfoot says.

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April 17, 2016   No Comments

Skies of Lettuce: Rooftop Greenhouses Sprout in Big Cities

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Growing food in greenhouses on rooftops was not only feasible on a commercial scale, it was also an adaptive use of urban space that’s environmentally friendly, according to co-founder and CEO of Gotham Greens

By Elizabeth Arakelian
NBC New York
Apr 8, 2016

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One place greenhouses are also popping up is in schools. New York Sun Works, a nonprofit, is teaching urban agriculture and has installed two rooftop greenhouses on city schools.

“It really is a new way of teaching science through the lens of urban agriculture,” said Sidsel Robards, director of development and events for Sun Works. “If we all grow the food right here in the city, what would that do to traffic patterns, population, contamination?”

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April 13, 2016   Comments Off on Skies of Lettuce: Rooftop Greenhouses Sprout in Big Cities

Rooftop revolution begins; the Green Knight rises

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Across centuries, villagers have been leaving farm work for the big city, but now town dwellers are becoming part-time farmers — the reverse green revolution in the happily balancing equations of Mother Nature.

By Raja Murthy, an independent journalist who shuttles between Mumbai and the Himalayas.
Asia Times
March 21, 2016

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This Green Knight is a humble crusader fighting for the urban farming movement. He could be anyone: The boy or girl next door, a banker, a software engineer or it could even be you.

“We are farmers that live in apartments,” goes the Gotham Greens’ anthem from their 9th Avenue headquarters in New York. “We see green fields where others see rooftops. We fuel blooming communities where others fear urban decay. And we purvey the freshest produce grown on earth”.

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March 29, 2016   Comments Off on Rooftop revolution begins; the Green Knight rises

Bethesda, Maryland rooftop farm to yield about 10,000 pounds of produce in 2016, up from 7,000 pounds last year

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Hyper-local produce from our unique rooftop farm is now enjoyed downstairs at Jose Andres’ Jaleo Bethesda restaurant. Jaleo’s Culinary Director, Chef Ramon Martinez discusses the delicious, sustainable difference of #RooftoTableDining while preparing a tasty entree with super-fresh produce from our rooftop farm at Bethesda Row. (Must See. Mike)

Produce grown atop Equinox Fitness can be enjoyed downstairs at Jose Andres’ Jaleo restaurant location in Bethesda, Maryland.

By Sarah Borchersen-Keto
REIT
3/9/2016

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As the weather begins to warm, thoughts at Federal Realty Investment Trust’s (NYSE: FRT) Bethesda Row turn toward the development’s roof, where 7,000 square feet of growing space stand ready to cultivate a new crop of salad greens, carrots, herbs and a variety of other produce.

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March 10, 2016   Comments Off on Bethesda, Maryland rooftop farm to yield about 10,000 pounds of produce in 2016, up from 7,000 pounds last year

New York: Imagining a Huge Rooftop Farm Atop Bushwick’s Rheingold Brewery

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See all stunning conceptual renderings by Radd here.

The Raad Studio designed renderings are only conceptual and the developer is yet to file plans for the site

By Tanay Warerkar
Curbed
Feb 29, 2016

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Renderings for a building at the site of the former Rheingold Brewery in Bushwick reveal a rooftop farm that would have been the city’s largest, Brownstoner reports. Alas the renderings are only conceptual and developer, Read Property Group, has yet to file plans for the building that will come up at 930 Flushing Avenue.

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March 6, 2016   Comments Off on New York: Imagining a Huge Rooftop Farm Atop Bushwick’s Rheingold Brewery

Wendy Shillam grows all sorts of veg in her tiny rooftop garden in central London

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Wendy and her husband Mike have a tiny rooftop garden – just 6m x 5m in her flat in central London.

The secret to growing really good veg in a small space – whether in the ground or in a pot – is simple, she says: good soil, plenty of sunshine and plenty of water.

By Constance Craig-Smith
Daily Mail
19 February 2016 |

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Just a few minutes from Oxford Street, and with the giant BT Tower looming in the background, the setting could hardly be more urban, yet in her series of narrow raised beds Wendy manages to cultivate chard, garlic, onions, spinach, carrots, fennel, wild celery, salad leaves and many different types of herb.

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February 29, 2016   Comments Off on Wendy Shillam grows all sorts of veg in her tiny rooftop garden in central London

The Rooftop Growing Guide

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How To Transform Your Roof Into A Vegetable Garden Or Farm

By Annie Novak
Penguin Random House
Feb 16, 2016
(Must see. Mike)

If you’d like to grow your own food but don’t think you have the space, look up! In urban and suburban areas across the country, farms and gardens are growing atop the rooftops of residential and commercial buildings. In this accessible guide, author Annie Novak’s passion shines as she draws on her experience as a pioneering sky-high farmer to teach best practices for raising vegetables, herbs, flowers, and trees.

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February 25, 2016   Comments Off on The Rooftop Growing Guide

Gotham Greens opens 60,000-square-foot rooftop greenhouse facility last week in Queens, New York

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Facility on Jamaica Avenue in Hollis.

“We introduced something new, Queens Crisp greens. It’s really delicious and crispy, similar to frisée but without the bitterness,”

By Sadef Ali Kully
Times Ledger
Feb 16, 2016

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Baum said Gotham Greens facilities are unique because the vegetables and herbs are available year round. The Gotham Greens greenhouse is located 184-60 Jamaica Ave.

“You don’t have to buy basil from Israel during the winter—you can get lettuce from Queens,” she said.

Baum said the vegetables and herbs are available in local supermarkets from Key Food to Shop Rite, as well as from the online grocer Fresh Direct.

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February 23, 2016   Comments Off on Gotham Greens opens 60,000-square-foot rooftop greenhouse facility last week in Queens, New York

Winner: Réinventer Paris, The Multi-Level City

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Jacques Ferrier Architecture (JFA), Chartier Dalix Architectes, and SLA Landskab won the international design competition “Reinventer Paris” with the Multi-Layered City, a proposal to weave urban farming and greenery into the Boulevard Périphérique ring road. Click on image for larger file.

The Paris of tomorrow will be a whole lot greener.

By Lucy Wang
inhabitat
Feb 12, 2016

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Launched by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Reinventer Paris is an urban competition that seeks to transform the way Parisians live, work, and play across 23 key sites. 23 winners were recently chosen for each of those sites, many of who include world-renowned architecture practices such as Sou Fujimoto and David Chipperfield.

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February 17, 2016   Comments Off on Winner: Réinventer Paris, The Multi-Level City

India’s city chefs are growing herbs and vegetables they use at their eateries

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Chef Atul Kochhar.

“I asked the lady to serve us whatever she could manage to rustle up. She went out into the fields behind the dhaba, plucked out some radish and made us some mouthwatering mooli ka parathas.”

By Moeena Halim
India Today
Feb 11, 2016

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In Mumbai, Director of Bellona Hospitality, Romil Ratra and Chef Paul Kinny have started experimenting with urban farming at Phoenix Market city in Kurla, the mall that houses the restaurant they run, Craft Deli and Bistro. While green hotel properties like the ITC group have been taking advantage of the space available to them and growing their own vegetables, Ratra’s idea of fashioning a kind of “living wall” of herbs and greens as well as growing carrots and tomatoes on the premises of their standalone is incredible if not a bit outlandish.

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February 16, 2016   Comments Off on India’s city chefs are growing herbs and vegetables they use at their eateries