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Montreal cubic farmer aims to grow 500 heads of lettuce a year in a single square foot

Richard Groome, president and CEO of Les Aliments Urban Barns Inc., shows his Cubic Farming facility in Mirabel, Quebec. Photo by Christinne Muschi for National Post.

Where ‘Star Trek meets farming’


Urban Barns, opened this past June, is home to the first realized cubic farm from which, it is expected, as many as 500 heads of lettuce will grow each year from a single square foot of industrial space. It takes less than 30 days to grow a head of greens here, where conditions are always optimum. The produce is organic, and pesticide, herbicide and fungicide-free and if the playbook is followed, they will be picked and, within hours, be on a shelf at a nearby IGA.

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November 21, 2014   No Comments

Honeybees bring the sweetness of urban agriculture to Cleveland’s convention center

Matt Del Regno, executive chef at the Cleveland Convention Center and resident beekeeper, shows off a frame containing a honey-laden honeycomb. Photo Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer.

St. Clair estimated that Cuyahoga County now has about 200 hobbyist beekeepers. Statewide, he said, there are about 5,500 – a number that grows every year.

By Steven Litt,
The Plain Dealer
November 13, 2014


Matt Del Regno, executive chef for Levy Restaurants, the food service provider at the convention center, started keeping bees at the facility in mid-April.

Since then, he’s begun replacing commercially produced honey with his own extremely local product.

“You can taste the difference,” he said. “It’s a discernible difference.”

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November 20, 2014   No Comments

A Swiss firm has unveiled what it says is Europe’s largest urban farming project


Large-scale urban farming project developed in the Hague

Horticulture Week
Nov 14, 2014

UrbanFarmers of Zurich launched the EUR2.6m (£2m) UF De Schilde project on the roof and top floor of a 12-storey former TV and telephone factory in the Hague, the Netherlands. It consists of a 1,200sq m greenhouse for vegetable growing, a 300sq m indoor fish farm and a 250sq m indoor hydroponic production facility incorporating LED lighting.

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November 19, 2014   No Comments

Vegetable farm in the sky in Malaysia

An Agricultural Department staff checking on the growth of the vegetables, which are being cultivated on multi-level fibre pipes at Hotel Bunga Raya. Photo by Mustafpha Ismail.

“The farm not only make the view from the sixth floor more beautiful and greener but also allow us to enjoy the fruits of our labour”

By Mohd Farid Noh
New Straits Times
12 Nov 2014


Batu Pahat: Hotel Bunga Raya here became the first hotel in Johor to undertake the Urban Agriculture Programme through its “vegetable farm in the sky” project, where it grows vegetables on the sixth floor of the hotel.

The unique project, backed by the Johor Agricultural Department, is being implemented in an empty space using multilevel fibre pipes to cultivate various types of vegetables.

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November 18, 2014   No Comments

NASA Interested in Robotic Gardening Technology Developed by University Students

Heather Hava, right, who is working on a doctorate in aerospace engineering sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, describes a computerized system she is developing with other graduate students participating in the exploration HABitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge.

The ROGR robots can visit a specific plant to deliver water or to locate and grasp a fruit or vegetable. If an astronaut requests tomatoes for a salad, the system decides which specific plants have the ripest tomatoes and assigns parallel harvesting tasks to ROGR.

By Bob Granath
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida
July 7, 2014


For more than a half-century, NASA has made the stuff of science fiction into reality. Researchers are continuing that tradition by designing robots to work in a deep-space habitat, tending gardens and growing food for astronaut explorers. It sounds like a concept from Star Wars, but a team of graduate students from the University of Colorado Boulder is now developing the innovative technology to make it possible.

As astronauts explore beyond Earth, they will need to make their habitat as self-sustaining as possible. This includes growing fruits and vegetables.

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November 17, 2014   No Comments

Rooftop greenhouse in northern British Columbia community of Hazelton

hazelThe building that houses the Skeena Bakery and Cleaner’s Laundromat with the greenhouse on its roof (photo: Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition, SWCC)

The SWCC hopes that the greenhouse will soon be able to produce food year round with the installation of a heat recovery system.

By Lauren Robert
Nov 2, 2014


Despite its young roots, the Skeena Garden Project has seen great success and has become a great asset to the community – “At our open house in June, we had over 200 people come out to tour the Greenhouse and to sample our “solar chili” made with greenhouse tomatoes in our solar-cooker that the group built themselves!” exclaimed Greg Horne, Skeena Energy Solutions Coordinator. The 15 beds of the greenhouse are filled with a variety of vegetables including: tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, beans, corn, zucchini, and squash, among many others.

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November 14, 2014   No Comments

Hong Kong’s best rooftop farms


“He and his volunteers help rooftop farming enthusiasts grow more than 20 varieties of fruit and vegetables organically in boxes rented out for $160 a month.”

Time Out Hong Kong
Nov 4, 2014


City Farm, Rooftop, Zung Fu Industrial Bldg, 1067 King’s Rd, Quarry Bay, 2156 9163;

Osbert Lam came to farming quite late but once he started he never looked back. His passion project, City Farm, is located on three different rooftops in the city. As a laidback father of two, he uses his farms as a retreat from the rat race pace of Hong Kong. His passion has since spread to others, and he and his volunteers help rooftop farming enthusiasts grow more than 20 varieties of fruit and vegetables organically in boxes rented out for $160 a month.

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November 7, 2014   Comments Off

Vertical farming – viable agriculture or urban pipedream?

Victory Garden on garage Photographer- Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967 Date- [ca. 1934–1956]Click on image for larger file.
Victory Garden on garage Photographer- Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967 Date [ca. 1934–1956]

If you don’t want industrial agriculture ravaging the world to feed cities nutrient-deprived, genetically modified, chemical-drenched pap, here’s an alternative

By Matt Bevington
The Ecologist
27th October 2014

Dominant land-based agricultural methods cannot sustain the world population beyond the medium term without decimating habitat and exacerbating climate change. Vertical farming and the technologies associated with it are a viable, and increasingly affordable, part of the solution.

The benefits exceed beyond easing the burden on our ecological systems (vital as that is), and can actually provide employment opportunities, urban regeneration, and increased self-reliance.

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November 6, 2014   Comments Off

3-D Printed Gardens Can Grow in Any Shape

Plant grown from yarn ball printed by Takeuchi’s 3D printer.

The researcher has started out with relatively small plants, such as watercress, and herbs such as arugula and basil. But eventually, he plans to print yarn encasements big enough to grow fruit, vegetables and even trees.

By Patrick J. Kiger
News Discovery
Oct 27, 2014


Sony computer scientist Yuichiro Takeuchi has figured out a way to print entire gardens filled with herbs and flowers, which can then be planted in empty lots or on rooftops, or on vertical surfaces such as building walls. Or pretty much anyplace else for that matter.

Takeuchi told Business Insider that he foresees the new technology as a way to add a little green space to cities, without labor-intensive landscaping and planting that he thinks discourages some would-be gardeners.

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November 5, 2014   Comments Off

Indoor Agriculture Conference to Host Leaders in Agriculture Technology, Vertical Farming, Commercial Greenhouses


3rd annual Indoor Agriculture Conference on March 31 and April 1, 2015 in Las Vegas

Press Release

Indoor agriculture is experiencing rapid growth as drought, supply chain challenges and the scarcity of new farmland force growers to seek more efficient and sustainable growing methods. The leaders in this growing sector of agriculture will meet at the 3rd annual Indoor Agriculture Conference on March 31 and April 1, 2015 in Las Vegas to discuss the present and future of this expanding industry.

The conference will be a chance for commercial growers to see and experience new technology, meet with funders, and learn from some of the most successful companies in the industry. Agriculture technology companies, suppliers and automation companies will also have the chance to meet and mingle with leading vertical farmers and commercial greenhouse operations.

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October 26, 2014   Comments Off

Yard Too Small For A Garden? Grow Vegetables Vertically

Paul Langdon, of Wethersfield, and his vertical portable hydroponic garden. Photo by Stephen Dunn / Hartford Courant.

Won first prize in the sustainability category last weekend at the Maker Faire

By Christopher Hoffman
Sept 26, 2014


The 43-year-old software engineer turned to hydroponics, or gardening without soil. Langdon and his friend Curt Downing of Glastonbury designed and built a compact, vertical hydroponic garden that grows 160 plants and is controlled from a cell phone.

Langdon and Downing aren’t the only ones who think the garden — made of PVC pipe, downspouts and gutters — is cool. Earlier this month, their rig won first prize in the New York Maker Faire’s sustainability category.

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October 19, 2014   Comments Off

Dickson Despommier and Vincent Racaniello host urban agriculture radio show

Urban Agriculture 9: Green Spirit Farms

Oct 2, 2014

Dickson and Vincent speak with Milan and Daniel Kluko, owners of Green Spirit Farms, a sustainable vertical farm in New Buffalo, Michigan.


October 13, 2014   Comments Off

Brooklyn’s Gotham Greens to sprout big Chicago farm

Viraj Puri, co-founder and chief executive of Gotham Greens, said its Chicago rooftop farm will be the city’s largest.
Photo by Buck Ennis.

The six-year-old urban farm company is building a 75,000-square-foot rooftop farm in the Windy City.

By Adrianne Pasquarelli
Crain’s New York Business
Oct 7, 2014


The cost of the new facility was not disclosed, but similarly sized greenhouses can cost as much as $4 million to build.

“Farming on soil is still cheaper, but there seems to be a market for high-value produce grown hyperlocally,” said Nevin Cohen, assistant professor of environmental studies at The New School. “I’m hopeful that innovations in design and technology will bring the cost of rooftop greenhouses down.”

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October 8, 2014   Comments Off

Converting wasted roof space into gardens and greenhouses

John Jarratt’s ‘London Rooftops’.

London has 20,000 hectares of roofscape. Most of it is pitched and residential.

By Rachel Dring
Sustainable Food Trust
Sept 30, 2014


Oscar is an architect who heads up a design consultancy called Architecture & Food (A&F).

He’s on a mission to convert London’s cityscape into an urban rooftop farmland. He’s been researching and developing building-integrated agriculture projects for his home city since 2007.

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October 6, 2014   Comments Off

Toronto is poised for more green roofs, but the City’s bylaw largely rules out growing fruits and veg

Leeks, squash, and carrots are some of the vegetables ready for harvest in August on this part of Ryerson’s green roof.

Ryerson’s green roof expects to produce more than 2,268 kilograms of food by the end of the season

By Michelle Adelman
Sept 29, 2014


But the roof still has to meet the bylaw’s construction rules. The one requiring that plants cover 80 per cent of a green roof by the third year effectively prohibits most food plants, the majority of which live only one season. Lettuces, for example, are harvested and replanted throughout the summer and finally die off in fall. The idea behind the rule is plant survivability because, “if the green roof was left to fallow and die, it wouldn’t be a functioning green roof,” says Aster.

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October 5, 2014   Comments Off