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New York City Rooftop – Hell’s Kitchen Farm

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How does their garden grow? Kiddie pools, pots, and hanging planters play host to good green things on the roof of Metro Baptist Church. Photo by Rebecca Fiore.

Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project (HKFP), a 4,000-square-foot volunteer-run rooftop garden containing 52 kiddie pools, 38 pots, and 20 rail hanging planters tasked with growing fresh, organic fruits, and vegetables.

By Scott Stiffler
Chelsea Now
June 14, 2017

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There aren’t a lot of affordable grocery stores in this area and there was a concern that low-income people, especially the food pantry clients who weren’t really able to eat fresh, healthy vegetables,” Debbie Mullens, a third-year volunteer, said.

Lettuce, tomatoes, Swiss chard, kale, collared greens, radishes, scallions, mustard greens, bok choy, apples, blueberries, and raspberries grow in the kiddie pools and pots, while herbs are grown in the rail-hanging planters.

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June 20, 2017   No Comments

Urban farming reaches new heights at 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

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Emily Saeger, full-time gardener at Faithful Farms, harvests produce to send downstairs to the Levi’s Stadium kitchens. (Courtesy Isha Salian)

The Atlanta Falcons are following suit with a raised-bed garden of their own. Boston’s Fenwick Park set up a rooftop garden in 2015, and San Francisco’s AT&T Park boasts a vegetable garden behind center field.

By Isha Salian
The Mercury News
June 10, 2017

Excerpt:

Taken together, the unexpected confluence of professional sports and organic gardening signals just how far the sustainability conversation reaches — but also accentuates the role corporate patronage plays in enabling green urban design. Authentic local food production and energy savings aside, these gourmet, microgreen-rich enterprises are a far cry from the gritty, empty lot urban farms that defined the urban agriculture movement for the last two generations.

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June 16, 2017   No Comments

Canada: Downtown Victoria condo offers every suite a rooftop garden plot

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Each unit is assigned not only the standard parking spot and storage locker, but a four-by-eight-foot rooftop garden plot as part of an urban farm concept, complete with an apiary to aid in pollination.

By Tim Collins
Victoria News
June 1, 2017
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Excerpts:

Courtyard & Rooftop Gardens

* Generous courtyard with fruit trees and edible plantings designed for residents’ outdoor living
* Two commissioned original garden sculptures
* Roof-top leisure areas with barbecue, sauna and shower facilities
* Individual garden plots available for residents’ use
* Quiet seating areas for meditation or yoga
* Butterfly, honey bee and hummingbird gardens

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June 2, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Downtown Victoria condo offers every suite a rooftop garden plot

Singapore: 11,000 Square Foot Urban Farm atop Hotel Roof

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Click on image for larger file. Many of the ingredients used in the hotel’s kitchen are grown on site in the hotel’s roof-top farm. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

Cheong, 40, the hotel’s executive chef, says: “The farm yields different produce every week. Because I never know what I’m going to get, I come up with new dishes all the time.”

By Bryna Singh
The Straight Times
May 22, 2017

Excerpt:

The ti plant is native to the state of Hawaii in the United States and is growing at the farm because the hotel’s chairman, Dr Richard Helfer – who lived for six years in Hawaii and owns a property there – brought the seeds to Singapore.

He is the man behind the hotel’s urban farm and he prides himself as being its chief gardener.

The American hotelier, 67, says the farm is part of the hotel’s intent to create a “total lifestyle environment” for its guests.

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May 27, 2017   Comments Off on Singapore: 11,000 Square Foot Urban Farm atop Hotel Roof

Australia: Could urban farming solve our food waste problem?

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17 minute audio interview.

Professor Sarah Wilkinson speaks about rooftop urban farms

Mornings with Wendy Harmer
ABC Sydney
May 17, 2017

A few years ago the idea that we could convert ‘the concrete jungle’ into a blooming and fruiting green space would have been almost inconceivable. But now, rooftop gardens that help cool our cities, improve air quality, and provides us with food are becoming increasingly common.

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May 23, 2017   Comments Off on Australia: Could urban farming solve our food waste problem?

A Inside View of Hong Kong’s Hidden Rooftop Farms

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Born out of a fear of contaminated foods, the city’s budding interest in high-altitude gardening may help heal an increasingly fractured – and ageing – society.

By David Robson
BBC
17 May 2017
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Excerpt:

A butterfly perching on a lettuce leaf is not normally a cause for marvel. But I am standing on the roof the Bank of America Tower, a 39-floor building in the heart of Hong Kong’s busiest district, to see one of its highest farms. The butterfly must have flown across miles of tower blocks to reach this small oasis amidst the concrete desert.

“You just plant it out and nature comes and enjoys it,” says Andrew Tsui. We are joined by Michelle Hong and Pol Fabrega, who together lead Rooftop Republic, a social enterprise that aims to turn the city’s dizzying skyline green.

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May 18, 2017   Comments Off on A Inside View of Hong Kong’s Hidden Rooftop Farms

Rooftop Farms in Singapore

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Mr Choe and Ms Khor at the rooftop of their office building. Mr Choe says: “The organic rooftop urban farm aims to show how skyrise greenery can not only look attractive and be an enjoyable space, but it can be productive too. Photo: Yen Meng Jiin

A highlight of the farm is the aquaponics system, which consists of the tilapia fish pond and a sloped planter bed.

By Tay Suan Chiang
Business Times
May 5, 2017

Excerpt:

Architectural designer Jonathan Choe says: “The organic rooftop urban farm aims to show how skyrise greenery can not only look attractive and be an enjoyable space, but it can be productive too.”

Mr Choe heads the firm’s farming club and he and his colleagues spend Friday afternoons tending to their urban farm.

Over 100 species of edible plants thrive on the rooftop farm, including herbs such as mint and dill, and vegetables such as water chestnut, sweet potato, bitter gourd, and fruits such as passionfruit, bananas, grapes and even strawberries.

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May 10, 2017   Comments Off on Rooftop Farms in Singapore

Italy: Save the Gandusio Rooftop Garden in Bologna

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The garden, initially promoted by the Bologna City Council as a way to promote intercultural dialogue and social cohesion between the inhabitant of the social housing building is today being dismantled by the same City Council

Petition in English

Since 2010, the Gandusio rooftop garden promotes social cohesion, and intercultural dialogue in the social housing buildings of via Gandusio (Bologna). Over the years, gardeners have contributed to growing, in this unused common space, an intercultural and cohesive community, open to the whole public through the realization of various cultural initiatives open to the public. The garden, initially promoted by the City of Bologna has become an international case study, addressed by several scientific studies in the fields of agronomy, social sciences and urban planning.

The garden has been referred to as an innovative example of sustainable planning by the European Gazette Science for Environmental Policy and has been featured in several documentary films, including the internationally awarded documentary God Save The Green.

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May 8, 2017   Comments Off on Italy: Save the Gandusio Rooftop Garden in Bologna

India: Khetify’s ‘Internet of Things’ powered rooftop farm has caught the city dwellers’ fancy

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Khetify charges a one-time fee for the installation of the ‘khets’, depending on the size of the ‘khets’ and a maintenance charge for the supply of high quality seeds, saplings, organic fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides among others.

“We believe that urban India has been disconnected with farms, farmers, and their agrarian roots. Unless cities take control of their food systems, true sustainability could not be achieved”.

By Chhavi Tyagi,
Economictimes.Com
May 01, 2017

Excerpt:

The startup is now looking to grow its customer base by approaching schools, housing societies, universities, among others as well as expand its crop portfolio. The target is to make 50 schools and 150 households achieve food security by the end of 2017. This would mean the startup needs to employ an additional 10-15 farmers. However, hiring high quality talent from the domains of agriculture, botany and ecology has been a challenge.

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May 6, 2017   Comments Off on India: Khetify’s ‘Internet of Things’ powered rooftop farm has caught the city dwellers’ fancy

France: Retailer Carrefour Unveils ‘Urban Agriculture’ Initiative

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Vegetable garden on the roof of the Villiers-en-Bière hypermarket in Seine-et-Marne

Other vegetable gardens are set to be created all through France: in Mérignac, a 6000 m² in-ground garden is being created near the Carrefour store.

Press Release
Carrefour
Apr 27, 2017

Villiers-en-Bière vegetable garden: over a 1200 m² surface area, ornamental and aromatic fruit trees and fruit and vegetable plants are being grown, using methods inspired by agro-ecology. It is managed by students from the Bougainville de Brie-Comte-Robert agricultural and horticultural school. They also share information about the garden with neighbouring schools and customers at the store. The garden should begin to bear its first fruit in early May and its yield will be sold in the store.

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May 5, 2017   Comments Off on France: Retailer Carrefour Unveils ‘Urban Agriculture’ Initiative

Urban farmers thrive in Swedish city

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In March 2017, they completed a roof top garden at Clarion Post Hotel

PressTV
May 1, 2017

Jonas Lindh and William Bailey share their experiences as city farmers in Gothenburg, Sweden. They explain why and how they started their business, and share the challenges they face in this process. Jonas Lindh and William Bailey, both with their roots in Human Ecology, Behavioral Sciences and community gardening, met in late 2015 and decided they wanted to grow commercially in Gothenburg.

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India: Convent School Sets Up Rooftop Farm

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Trying to motivate other schools adopt rooftop farming, the school recently organized a workshop for teachers of 50 schools.

By Kamini Mehta
Times of India
Apr 22, 2017

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It has been a month since the farm was inaugurated and the roof already looks green. The school has also been organizing various activities like container designing; making containers out of waste, to motivate students to get into farming. The plants are also gifted to teachers on their birthdays.

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April 28, 2017   Comments Off on India: Convent School Sets Up Rooftop Farm

Australian Urban Rooftop Farm Powered by Rainwater and Composted Food Waste

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Innovators Marc Noyce and Brendan Condon of Biofilta shared their closed loop urban rooftop garden concept at the LAUNCH Food forum at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Jamie’s Food Revolution
Apr 18, 2017

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“We are so excited to share the Foodwall and Foodcube garden design here, amongst some of the world’s leading innovators who are working to transform our global food system to be fairer, healthier, more nutritious and resilient,” says Biofilta’s Marc Noyce.

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April 20, 2017   Comments Off on Australian Urban Rooftop Farm Powered by Rainwater and Composted Food Waste

Korean Company Installs A Rooftop Urban Farm In The Center Of Seoul

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Embracing biodiversity as one of the company’s environmental concern

Bolloré Logistics Korea
April 12th, 2017
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Excerpt:

Bolloré Logistics Korea recently installed an urban farm on its office rooftop building in Seoul, South Korea, as part of the Group’s initiative to promoting “Green Projects” and protecting biodiversity.

Urban farming is a practice of growing your own food in the city, with limited space. Bolloré Logistics Korea has transformed the available rooftop space of its 6-floor office building into an urban farm, optimizing current available space resources. This urban farm is split into four parcels and covers a total space of 264 sqm.

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April 19, 2017   Comments Off on Korean Company Installs A Rooftop Urban Farm In The Center Of Seoul

A Brooklyn Rooftop, condo owners will be able to sign up for plots to harvest edible crops

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Rooftop view of 550 Vanderbilt in Brooklyn, where tenants will be able to grow crops. Photo: Peter J. Smith For The Wall Street Journal

Do-it-yourself farmers who can afford condos priced at an average of $1,500 a square foot, with one-bedroom units starting at $890,000 and two-bedrooms at $1.495 million.

By Josh Barbanel
Wall St Journal
April 5, 2017

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On a large south-facing terrace on the eighth floor of 550 Vanderbilt Ave., an 18-story brick and concrete building near the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, crews are erecting three large metal boxes and filling them with soil suitable for high-altitude farming.

Condo owners will be able to sign up for a small plot to grow their own vegetables there, alongside Ian Rothman, a farmer and co-owner of Olmsted, a trendy farm-to-table restaurant a few blocks away.

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April 12, 2017   Comments Off on A Brooklyn Rooftop, condo owners will be able to sign up for plots to harvest edible crops