Category — Roof Garden
“We need to rewrite the textbook on local housing and food supply chain,” says Kongshaug. “Food, housing, jobs and affordability are intrinsically related.”
By Anya Georgijevic
Special to The Globe and Mail
Nov. 19, 2015
The eight families occupying the Maison Productive House in Montreal’s Pointe–Saint-Charles neighbourhood enjoy freshly picked produce year-round without having to step foot off the property. The building, completed in 2010, features a rooftop greenhouse that residents use to grow everything from lettuce to watermelon. Architect Rune Kongshaug, principal and founder of Produktif Studio, based in New York and Montreal, conceptualized the design as a carbon-neutral, self-sufficient structure, and it’s among a mere sixdozen residential buildings in Canada certified as LEED Platinum.
November 25, 2015 No Comments
At nearly two acres, the greenhouse is the ‘World’s Largest’ Rooftop Farm, producing over 10 million annual crops while employing over 50 workers.
Nov 19, 2015
The pioneers behind the nation’s first commercial urban hydroponic greenhouses are now builders of one of the world’s largest. Today, Gotham Greens announced their biggest and most ambitious expansion to date with a brand new facility, located in the historic Pullman area on Chicago’s South Side.
Gotham Greens’ fourth greenhouse facility represents a massive expansion for the company, and its first outside of New York. The state of the art, 75,000 sq ft Chicago greenhouse, located on the rooftop of Method Products manufacturing facility, is powered by 100% renewable energy, employs over 50 workers, many from the Pullman community, will produce nearly 10 million annual crops of local, premium-quality, pesticide-free, leafy greens and herbs.
November 20, 2015 No Comments
“It’s fun to mimic a farm — our whole thing is that we want to be just like a small-scale farm so that’s why we have a five-year crop rotation and a CSA and we’re going to market and doing all this stuff because I think it’s exciting for people to be able to engage with that farm culture right in the city,” Throness says.
By Emma Cosgrove
Nov. 11, 2015
The significance of a farm on a roof is hard to comprehend until you’re up there, witnessing rows of plants growing in real time before a backdrop of skyscrapers and bustling city streets. The garden is meticulously planned with tidy rows of vegetables and “human-size” straw walkways to sit or kneel in while harvesting. Vegetable families like brassicas- (radish, broccoli), nightshade (tomato, potato) and legumes (beans, peas) are grouped together in different sections of the roof, alongside companion plants like basil and cilantro that ward off pests.
November 18, 2015 No Comments
Earns nearly $10,000 per year by leasing its 9,000-square-foot rooftop space
Wave Storage, a self-storage operator serving the Loft District in downtown St. Louis, is earning nearly $10,000 per year by leasing its 9,000-square-foot rooftop space to Urban Harvest, a nonprofit community-garden program. Urban Harvest paid to have a new roof placed on the storage building before launching the Food Roof Farm this summer. In addition to rent revenue, the urban farm will also provide Wave with savings on utility costs because of the added insulation, according to the source.
The farm is expected to keep the 17,000-square-foot building cooler in the summer and warmer during winter, generating utility savings of up to 30 percent during the summer months and as much as 40 percent in the winter, the source reported.
November 13, 2015 Comments Off on St. Louis Self-Storage Operator Leases Rooftop for Urban-Farming Project
Garden coordinator Spencer Quinn readies a soil bed for planting garlic bulbs at Ryerson’s roof top garden at the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre. Photo Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star
More than 8,000 pounds of produce grown on the engineering building’s roof to promote urban agriculture.
By Marco Chown Oved
Oct 27 2015
Toronto has the continent’s first bylaw making green roofs mandatory on new buildings over a certain size, to save on energy bills and reduce storm runoff. But rooftop agriculture compounds the benefits of a green roof, adding employment, food security and local produce.
he rooftop farm was born from a combination of chance and planning. In 2012, the student group Rye’s Homegrown was searching for an appropriate place to start a farm, and the engineering building already had a green roof. Because seeds that had blown onto the roof had sprouted into knee-high weeds, they knew this could be a good place to grow vegetables.
November 2, 2015 Comments Off on Toronto’s Ryerson University’s rooftop farm celebrates bumper harvest
2,000 square-foot of organic vegetables. These include Beans, Tomato, Lady Finger, a great variety of Greens, Chillies, Broad Beans, Chayote (locally known as chow chow), Double Beans and Yard Long Beans. Bottle gourd, Bitter Gourd, Snake Gourd, Cucumber and Green Hyacinth Beans are grown on a rotation basis. Sweet Lime, Custard Apple, Mango, and Apple saplings are bearing fruits.
By Divya Dwaraknath
Oct 15, 2015
Harish Mysore, an electronics engineer by profession and avid (terrace) gardener by passion, traces his interest in gardening to his childhood spent in Nanjangud, Mysore. As a child, he spent all his vacations in the paddy fields, farms and coconut garden owned by his grandmother. Saplings of fruits like Guava, Mango, Pomegranate and Sapota (chickoo) would find their way from Lalbagh Botanical garden to be planted at Nanjangud.
October 26, 2015 Comments Off on One Man Has Started the ‘Terrace Garden’ Revolution in Bangalore, India that Could Save Our Cities!
“In the future we see people being able to grow lots of things in their home and maybe have an entire room that’s dedicated to growing,” Byron said.
By Rupa Shenoy
Oct 8, 2015
For a new generation of entrepreneurs, investing in the future of urban agriculture makes sense. Scientists predict population growth of billions within the next several decades, with most of those people living in urban areas. Young businessmen and women like Hennessy and Stoddard think the growing urban populations will want to stay connected to their food.
“This is perhaps the most entrepreneurial generation we’ve seen in a long time,” said Catherine Bertini, a former executive director of the United Nation’s World Food Programme. Bertini also served as an Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she oversaw the design of the Food Guide Pyramid. Bertini says these young farmers are driven by the same basic pride as their predecessors.
October 17, 2015 Comments Off on On The Roof and In The Living Room, Startups Tackle Urban Farming
Kitchen Gardener Harish Mysore talks about his four decade long tryst with gardening.
By Rashmi Ramesh
Oct 6, 2015
In June 2014, the passion resurfaced and Harish decided to build a full-fledged terrace garden on the second floor and ensured that every inch of space was covered in fresh greenery within three months. And this time, the garden, which has now come to be known as Temple on Terrace, had a difference—he only grew completely organic vegetables without using any chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Even his mother, who cannot even walk very well, wants to climb up to the second floor to catch a glimpse of the living result of her son’s hard work.
October 15, 2015 Comments Off on The Kitchen Gardener, Bangalore, India: How Harish Mysore grew his ‘Temple on a Terrace’
The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences of the University of the District of Columbia
Within the University of the District of the Columbia is the only “ag” college in the nation whose sole focus is urban agriculture. Its research is literally bearing fruit – and getting noticed.
Forest Hills Connection
Sept 25, 2015
This month alone, The Washington Post has featured the UDC College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainabiity, and Environmental Studies (CAUSES) in two articles and the Northwest Current wrote about its new rooftop garden.
How researchers are trying to grow an unusual urban crop: Rice (Washington Post)
Can container gardening wipe out urban food deserts? These folks think so. (Washington Post)
October 3, 2015 Comments Off on The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences of the University of the District of Columbia
In 2014, the Kathmandu Metropolitan City had provided rooftop farming training to over 500 households.
By Thomas Bogaty
The Himalayan Times
September 23, 2015
The Kathmandu Metropolitan City is planning to provide rooftop and terrace farming training to 150 households in the capital in a bid to promote urban greenery.
The Kathmandu Metropolitan City said selected households of Bhimsenkola, Sinamangal, Buddhanagar, Kalanki, Teku and Dallu will be given orientation and training on growing vegetables, herbs, spices, flowers and fruits on rooftops and terraces.
October 1, 2015 Comments Off on Kathmandu, Nepal: Rooftop farming training to cover 150 households
A roof can have five-six such towers, meaning 50-60 plants
By Prithvijit Mitra
The Times of India
Sep 17, 2015
More than 50 varieties of organic vegetables can be produced under the project. A 20 sq-m garden on a terrace could accommodate around 50 different plants, said Kunal Deb, secretary of Owl Spirit, the firm behind the project. “We use only natural ingredients and have created a unique bed, which is 10 times lighter than soil. It is a plant nutrient mixture comprising bacteria, compost and organic plants. We also provide a maintenance kit that consists of fungicide and organic pesticides. A 20 sq-m terrace garden can help meet the vegetable demand of an average-sized multi-storey building for a year. The price will not be more than 50 paise a kg.”
September 24, 2015 Comments Off on Kolkata, India: Owl Spirit offers terrace gardeners help
We are trying to develop this new concept of farming not only in the urban areas of New Town, but also in the rural areas of Rajarhat,” the minister said.
By Suman Chakraborti
Time of India
Sep 14, 2015
KOLKATA: The state government is inching closer towards development of bio-villages and introduction of rooftop organic farming in Rajarhat New Town.
Union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday discussed about the issue as one of the major components of developing smart cities while conducting a workshop which was attended by senior state government officials.
September 23, 2015 Comments Off on Rooftop farming in Rajarhat, India gets nod
Portland State University gave their counterparts from Montreal, Canada, a grand tour of the City’s urban farms
Both cities — while much different in size — share the same latitude and a population that is “environmentally oriented,” McClintock says.
By Jennifer Anderson
Sept 15, 2015
Eight PSU graduate students took eight Canadian graduate students to meetings and site visits at some of Portland’s best-kept secrets: urban gardens that have sprouted in recent years to help fight hunger, empower low-income residents, educate children, and give youth and adults access to healthy food right in their backyard or neighborhood.
It’s fascinating stuff for planners, since it is a byproduct of gentrification in hot spots like Portland, says Nate McClintock, the PSU assistant professor who spearheaded the student exchange.
“Essentially, urban agriculture arises where there’s vacant land, cheap land, a low market rate or wherever food justice activity pops up,” McClintock says. “So many of these projects produce food to address the so-called food desert.”
September 21, 2015 Comments Off on Portland State University gave their counterparts from Montreal, Canada, a grand tour of the City’s urban farms
Spain: Thesis shows 8% of Zona Franca district could supply 10% of the Barcelona population with tomatoes
Shopping centres showed greater potential in the short term (over 50% currently useable) than industrial zones (8%) as their robust architecture is more suitable for installing greenhouses. Nevertheless, industrial rooftops are much bigger and could be used on a large scale in the long term.
“Sustainability assessment of urban rooftop farming using an interdisciplinary approach” by ICTA (Institute for Environmental Science and Technology) researcher Esther Sanyé-Mengual
UAB Newsroom 2015
Just like in conventional agriculture it is the structure of the greenhouse itself that generates the greatest economic and environmental impact. Tomato production, however, has less environmental impact than conventional greenhouses not only on completing production but also on reaching the consumer. Regarding financial costs, although tomato production is 21% more expensive if done on rooftops, if the whole conventional supply chain is taken into account (packaging, transport, etc.) it turns out to be 21% cheaper.
September 19, 2015 Comments Off on Spain: Thesis shows 8% of Zona Franca district could supply 10% of the Barcelona population with tomatoes
As a crucial part of that, René Redzepi wants to transform this decrepit patch of land into a state-of-the-art urban farm, with Noma at its center.
By Jeff Gordiniersept
New York Times
Sept 14, 2015
“It makes sense to do it here,” he said, despite visual evidence to the contrary. “It makes sense to have your own farm, as a restaurant of this caliber.” His plans are nothing if not ambitious. He will put a greenhouse on the roof. He will dig out the dank old asphalt lot and truck in fresh soil. He wants part of the farm to float.
“We’ll build a raft and we’ll put a huge field on the raft,” he said. “We need a full-time farmer with a team.”
September 15, 2015 Comments Off on World’s Most Influential Restaurant in Copenhagen to Reopen as Urban Farm