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Wyoming Vertical Farm will produce 37,000 pounds of greens, 4,400 pounds of herbs, and 44,000 pounds of tomatoes

Under construction and design of the finished vertical farm.

Vertical Harvest broke ground in December and expects to be up and running by early 2016.

By Garnet Henderson
City Lab
Feb 17, 2015


Vertical Harvest of Jackson Hole will be a three-story, 13,500-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse. It is situated on a skinny, leftover parcel of public land, 150 feet long by just 30 feet wide, next to a parking garage. The greenhouse will operate year-round and grow as much produce annually as would come from five acres of traditional agriculture. Ninety-five percent of Vertical Harvest’s eventual production is already under pre-purchase agreements with local restaurants and grocery stores.

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February 28, 2015   No Comments

Infographic: How many ways can a building grow food?

Above are five innovative indoor farms across the world along with their AVF typologies. Click here for full image.

The data was commissioned by the U.S.-based Indoor Agriculture Conference

The Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) aims to educate industry leaders and the public on the possibilities of integrating food production into cities. It believes it is essential that professionals and the public alike understand that there is a multitude of ways to integrate food production. In response to this challenge, the AVF has developed a 7 factor typology for integration, based upon existing urban agriculture case studies.

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February 28, 2015   No Comments

Downtown St. Louis To Sprout Its First Rooftop Farm

Urban Harvest STL’s new farm will cover 10,000 sq. ft. on the roof of a two-story building in downtown St. Louis.
Credit Artist’s rendition courtesy of HOK. Click on image for larger image.

The project received $33,000 in seed funding from Rally Saint Louis, a crowdfunding platform.

By Véronique Lacapra
St Louis Public Radio
Feb 12, 2015


The non-profit’s founding director, Mary Ostafi, said the 10,000 sq. ft. rooftop will be more than just a community garden. “We’re going to have an outdoor classroom, as well as a gathering space for community events,” Ostafi said. “We’ll be raising chickens and tending bees.”

The new farm will be planted on the roof of a storage facility at the corner of 14th Street and Constitution Plaza.

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February 23, 2015   No Comments

Australia: Rooftops offer a viable and sustainable space for growing edible produce

Dr Sara Wilkinson tends a tomato crop on a rooftop above Broadway at UTS. Photo: Peter Morris.

She is developing a template for a rooftop farming licence agreement that will set out the terms, roles and responsibilities of all parties involved in rooftop food production.

By Robin Powell
Sydney Morning Herald
February 17, 2015


The UTS study compared three types of gardens on the roof of three campus buildings. Vegetables and herbs were grown in a raised bed, a vertical garden and a wicking bed. (A wicking bed waters plants from below through a capillary action that draws water from a reservoir in the base of the container. The soil is separated from the water by a layer of geotextile fabric, and the plant roots take up moisture as needed. The reservoir means that watering – the most labour-intensive aspect of container-gardening – is reduced from every second day to about once a week.)

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February 19, 2015   No Comments

Exploring The Potential For Urban Food Production On Sydney’s Rooftops.


A little explored environmental gain in Sydney is the retrofit of roofs for urban food production.

By Associate Professor Sara J Wilkinson & Lindsay Page
Faculty of Design Architecture and Built Environment, UTS, Australia


There are environmental, economic and social benefits of retrofitting rooftops on city buildings for food production. Environmental benefits include lower carbon food miles, potential reductions in building related operational carbon emissions, reductions in the urban heat island, increases in bio-diversity and reductions in storm-water run-off. Economically, the benefits are reduced roof maintenance costs, lower running costs and direct access to fresh food. Thirdly the social or community gains are the creation of spaces where people can engage in growing food. Psychological and therapeutic gains accrue when people engage with natural environments. However there are barriers which include perceptions of greater risk of building leaks, high costs of installation and maintenance, and access and security issues.

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February 19, 2015   No Comments

Practical guide ‘Rooftop greenhouses’


English edition just published

Feb 2015

The practical guide on the idea, planning and implementation of rooftop greenhouses entitled “There’s something growing on the roof” has now been translated into English. It has been produced on the basis of the comprehensive and professional knowledge-output of the three-year research project “ZFarm – Urban Agriculture of the Future”.

It can either be used as an inspiration for developing ideas of rooftop farming, or it can even serve as practical assistance for planning and implementing a concrete greenhouse project.

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February 17, 2015   No Comments

Father of India’s Terrace Gardening

drDr. Viswanath in his terrace garden.

Bangalore has over 5,000 terrace gardens now, with an increasing interest among youngsters.

By Shreya Pareek
The Better India
January 23, 2015


“For some reason we were not able to land on time and were flying over the city. That’s when I saw the rooftops of houses and thought about the rising temperature of Bangalore city. The idea came to me that if these open rooftops could be covered, it could help to reduce the temperature, and that is why I thought about bringing terrace gardening into the picture,” he says.

One of his favourite gardens is located in Hyderabad and is probably the oldest terrace garden in India. This 35 year old garden hosts trees like banana, guava and sapota, and the entire terrace is covered with plants, trees and grass. Dr. Kadur believes that with the government’s support, the country should be able to meet its vegetable needs through urban gardeners.

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February 11, 2015   Comments Off

Philips GreenPower LED production module advantageous in Vertical City Farms

City farming – ‘Deliscious’ (Netherlands) ‘Deliscious’ grows lettuce plants in a seven-layer set-up within a special climate-controlled room measuring 20 x 40 x 40 m (W x L x H). By using GreenPower LED production modules it grows a young plant in just 30 days – throughout the year. Conventional greenhouse growing in the winter takes around 100 days. The farm owners say that an 800 m2 multilayered system produces as much crop as a 10,000 m2 conventional greenhouse farm.

Philips offers city farmers and greenhouse growers extensive support in the form of calculations and light plans by technical experts, as well as cultivation advice from in-house plant specialists.

Press Release
Royal Philips introduces GreenPower LED production module
Feb 2015

Rosemont, IL and Markham, ON – Royal Philips, the global leader in lighting, is introducing a new GreenPower LED production module for multilayer applications. The new solution is especially advantageous in vertical city farms as well as for the propagation of young plants. It offers significantly more control, improved and uniform crop quality and energy savings of up to 75 per cent. The energy-efficient LEDs also give off less heat and create a more uniform light distribution, making the module ideal for conditioned environments.

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February 7, 2015   Comments Off

LED – Light Emitting Diodes – Research and Development for Urban Agriculture


“We have been very surprised by the increase in anthocyanin levels in lettuce with small changes in the ratio of red, blue and amber LEDs.”

Globe News Wire
Jan. 28, 2015


The Biomass Production Laboratory at McGill University, with support from Urban Barns, is paving the way for research in urban agriculture. Recent innovations with Light Emitting Diodes (LED) as a plant energy source, has brought about this new area of research. LED lighting systems have the capability to control wavelengths emitted. This allows for research on the impact of different spectral wavelength combinations on plant growth and development. Compared to conventional lighting techniques when growing tomatoes, an arrangement of red and blue lights has proven to increase growth, improve morphology, and suppress plant pathogens.

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February 6, 2015   Comments Off

Seniors and Vertical Farming, Together at Last


Alas, the proposal is purely conceptual and possibly aspirational at this point.

By Meaghan Agnew
Modern Farmer
January 19, 2015


Much of the dialogue surrounding the future of agriculture laments farming’s aging demographic. But SPARK, a global architectural firm, has proposed a “living and farming typology” that marries innovative growing initiatives with the over-55 set.

Imagine a massive Pacific Rim hydroponics facility for urban retirees. Renderings depict an oval, many-leveled living facility with elders chatting amongst green-lined verandas. Residents can also garden for salary within the ground-floor grounds and, as the renderings would have it, fly kites.

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February 1, 2015   Comments Off

Terrace farming in India – Chennai’s new rage


“Being on the terrace, the plants require frequent watering, at least twice a day during summer. Getting the right containers for each plant is also very important.”

By Nitya Menon
The Hindu
Jan 15, 2015


G. Ramakrishnan, a horticulturist, says his phone does not stop ringing these days, with people calling him up with doubts on mastering the art of terrace gardening.

With the space allotted to gardens in apartments rapidly shrinking, the terrace is being transformed to make up for the lack of green spaces.

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January 22, 2015   Comments Off

World’s Largest Indoor Farm is 100 Times More Productive

“I believe that, at least technically, we can produce almost any kind of plant in a factory. But what makes most economic sense is to produce fast-growing vegetables that can be sent to the market quickly.”

By Urbanist
Jan. 2015


The statistics for this incredibly successful indoor farming endeavor in Japan are staggering: 25,000 square feet producing 10,000 heads of lettuce per day (100 times more per square foot than traditional methods) with 40% less power, 80% less food waste and 99% less water usage than outdoor fields. But the freshest news from the farm: a new facility using the same technologies has been announced and is now under construction in Hong Kong, with Mongolia, Russia and mainland China on the agenda for subsequent near-future builds.

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January 21, 2015   Comments Off

Vertical Farm Design Competition


Indoor Ag-Con’s Las Vegas Agritecture Workshop Hosts Dr. Despommier as Judge

Las Vegas, Nev.
January 06, 2015


Agriculture is going through a transformation that harnesses architecture, technology and urban planning to create vertical farms that decrease resource consumption and re-localize food production within cities.

On March 29 and 30, three teams consisting of students from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Downtown Design Center and urban farming professionals will envision these farms of the future in a workshop that will teach vertical farming concepts in a hands-on, experiential setting.

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January 17, 2015   Comments Off

Grow Your Own Greens With The Growbot, A System Designed To Make Rooftop Farming Easy


The Internet-connected lightweight greenhouses can squeeze into vacant city corners and grow five tons of lettuce a year. That’s a lot of salad.

By Adele Peters
Fast Co Exist
Jan 5, 2014


But a startup called Cityblooms hopes to help change that. The company makes small, modular “growbots,” lightweight greenhouses that can squeeze into vacant city corners and grow food more efficiently than the typical community garden. The hydroponic units are cloud-connected, so farmers can remotely track the growth of their crops, as well as control irrigation, humidity, and plant nutrition.

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January 13, 2015   Comments Off

“Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production”

One hour video.

With Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin from Greenroof’s Virtual Summit 2013
Jan 1, 2015
(Must see. Mike)

The current importance of urban agriculture is evidenced by the numerous food farms currently operating at many different scales and many different parts of the world. Here we visit just 5 innovative approaches to growing local produce on horizontal and vertical spaces on rooftops and on the interior from Canada and the United States.

Mohamed Hage
The founder of Lufa Farms tells how his 31K-square foot greenhouse, opened in 2011, is bringing fresh vegetables year round to families in Montreal. Antiquated zoning regulations and building codes, rather than agriculture, were the most challenging hurdles before he could get his business “off the ground.” Hage believes that rooftop farms will change the fresh-food dynamic and vastly improve the way city-dwellers eat.

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