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Australia: Urban Farm Creates Much-Needed Retail ‘Customer Experience

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Developer to build world’s most sustainable shopping centre – equipped with a 2000sq m rooftop urban farm

The Urban Developer
Mar 2018

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He identifies one of the biggest problems we face as a society is the lack of nutrition in food which the Burwood Brickworks project stands to address.

“Today our food no longer nourishes us and it’s simply because we have exhausted our soils or another way to think about it is that we’ve mined the world’s top soils.

“We have been able to hide this because of the invention of synthetic fertiliser. This has given us higher yields in terms of kilos but at a massive compromise in nutrition.

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March 11, 2018   Comments Off on Australia: Urban Farm Creates Much-Needed Retail ‘Customer Experience

Up Top Acres planning a new rooftop farm

After turning five empty rooftops in the D.C. area into working farms, Up Top Acres is looking to expand this year.

By Stephen Babcock
Technically DC
Mar 5, 2018

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“We opened our first rooftop farm in May 2015 on top of the restaurant Oyamel,” O’Keefe said. “We’ve been gradually expanding since, but will be doubling our growing space this year. We’ve spent the last few years testing our business model and are now at a place to expand.”

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March 6, 2018   Comments Off on Up Top Acres planning a new rooftop farm

Japan: Goats, pigs and veggies crop up in urban Tokyo

Children feeding goats at the Otemachi Bokujyo, a farm located on the 13th floor of a gleaming skyscraper in the heart of Tokyo’s Otemachi business district.PHOTO: PASONA GROUP

Japanese high-rises are more than just offices and shops – some have mini-farms too, even as the number of rural agriculture workers falls

By Walter Sim
Straits Times
Feb 24, 2018

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Across Japan, city dwellers have been developing quite the green thumb. Urban “citizen farms”, as they are called, grew in size by 36 per cent over 10 years, from totalling 641ha in 2005 to 877ha in 2015, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF).

While much of this land has traditionally been greenhouses or fields located in city suburbs, there has been a push towards integrating the old-school farming concept into the urban landscape – both for commercial and community engagement purposes – by companies across industries from real estate to transport.

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March 2, 2018   Comments Off on Japan: Goats, pigs and veggies crop up in urban Tokyo

India: Rooftop gardening for greener cities

Shykh Seraj with Sheikh Al Ahmad Nahid at the latter’s rooftop garden in Chittagong. PHOTO: Hridoye Mati O Manush.

Those who are building a new home can take advice from experts to make the roof suitable for small-scale agriculture.

By Shykh Seraj
The Daily Star
Feb 14, 2018

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I have seen that retired government and private service holders, businessmen and industrialists have made their leisure time productive by getting involved in rooftop agriculture. It gives them peace, they say. Even a section of people who don’t have their own house or roof, convince their house owner and do gardening in one side of the roof or even in balcony. It also provides nutrition for the family. Besides cultivating fruits and vegetables and raising chickens, pigeons, turkeys etc, some are cultivating fish in drums set on roofs. This might sound strange, even goats, sheep and cows are being raised on rooftops.

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February 22, 2018   Comments Off on India: Rooftop gardening for greener cities

Australia: Eco-activist Joost Bakker plans rooftop urban farm for shopping centre

Flower grower and sustainability activist Joost Bakker promotes green design and zero waste.

In what the developer is labelling an “Australian first”, the Burwood Brickworks rooftop will feature a mix of greenhouses, planter boxes and gardens, both horizontal and vertical

By Paul Best
Good Food
Feb 9 2018

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Frasers Property Australia has enlisted Bakker to establish an urban farm and restaurant on the 2000-square-metre rooftop of its proposed shopping centre development on the former Burwood Brickworks site in Melbourne’s east, which begins construction mid-year.

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February 15, 2018   Comments Off on Australia: Eco-activist Joost Bakker plans rooftop urban farm for shopping centre

Sneak Peak: New York’s Future 40,000 sq.ft. Rooftop Farm

“The steel will be delivered in May, and the glass will be delivered in October or November of 2018,” he said, adding the structure is expected to open in 2019.

By Tracey Porpora
Silive
Jan 23, 2018

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The Nicotra Group has entered into a partnership with Brooklyn Grange to manage a 40,000-square-foot organic rooftop farm at Corporate Commons Three, which is being built in Bloomfield.

Brooklyn Grange — a leader in rooftop farming — will design and operate the farm, which will sit atop an eight-story office building being constructed on an 8.5-acre site inside The Teleport.

“We signed a contract with Brooklyn Grange last week,” said Richard Nicotra, chairman and co-owner of The Nicotra Group with his wife, Lois.

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February 6, 2018   Comments Off on Sneak Peak: New York’s Future 40,000 sq.ft. Rooftop Farm

Rooftop Urban Agriculture

By Francesco Orsini, Marielle Dubbeling, Henk de Zeeuw, Giorgio Gianquinto
Springer International Publishing
2017

This book guides architects, landscape designers, urban planners, agronomists and society on the implementation of sustainable rooftop farming projects. The interdisciplinary team of authors involved stresses the different approaches and the multi-faceted forms that rooftop farming may assume in any context.

While rooftop farming experiences are sprouting all over the world the need for scientific evidence on the most suitable growing solutions, policies and potential benefits emerges. This volume brings together existing experiences as well as suggestions for planning future sustainable cities.

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February 6, 2018   Comments Off on Rooftop Urban Agriculture

Denmark: New Copenhagen School Focuses on ‘Food’ in its Design

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The area has individual planter boxes and raised beds which the pupils can use to cultivate and care for their own crops and vegetables. Greenhouses will extend the growing season.

E-architect
Modern Danish Educational Architecture
Design by C.F. Møller Architects, Denmark
Jan 8, 2018

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New Islands Brygge School will be a profile school with food as its special theme. There is special emphasis on making meal preparation and mealtimes a central element of the school’s design. The first thing new arrivals at the school will see is the double-high-ceilinged dining hall, which is not just the canteen, but also the hub which interconnects all of the school’s functions. This makes the dining hall the gathering point where pupils can meet across the school’s many activities.

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January 30, 2018   Comments Off on Denmark: New Copenhagen School Focuses on ‘Food’ in its Design

Jordan: Rooftop farming initiative offers fresh start for the needy

“By pursuing an environmentally friendly activity, we have been able to create employment opportunities for women to work from their own homes while breaking the shame barrier that the culture imposes in female workers,” Rahaife continued

By Ana V. Ibáñez Prieto
The Jordan Times
Jan 22,2018

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AMMAN — The rooftops of Karak are being turned into new agricultural spaces with “Be a Friend to the Environment”, an initiative founded by 30-year-old entrepreneur Faten Al Rahaife, which aims at creating new spaces for composting within rural communities.

“We create new spaces for cultivation on the houses’ roofs to make up for the lack of agricultural areas, planting products that are suitable to the nature of our region such as zaatar, marmara, potatoes a cucumbers,” Rahaife told The Jordan Times, stressing that “Jordan is a fertile land full of natural resources, while the nature of its climate is suitable for the cultivation, and we need to take into account these resources and what we can achieve with them”.

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January 28, 2018   Comments Off on Jordan: Rooftop farming initiative offers fresh start for the needy

United Arab Emirates: Ramada Ajman team harvests organic crops at its urban farm


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Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman’s green committee, together with the pre-opening team of Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche, harvested organic produce at its own urban farm located at the hotel premises.

By Sarakshi Rai
Hotelier Middle East
Jan 24, 2018

The crops include eggplants, radishes, tomatoes, rocket and mint leaves, and chilli peppers, among others. Covering 430 square metres of space, Ramada Ajman’s urban farm grows seasonal crops which are used in the hotel’s in-house kitchen.

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January 25, 2018   Comments Off on United Arab Emirates: Ramada Ajman team harvests organic crops at its urban farm

This Caltech dining center’s freshest vegetables are grown on its roof

Executive chef Zach Chambers, of Caltech Dining, walks through Caltech’s Chandler Cafe’s roof garden. The aeroponic towers are growing greens, mixed lettuces, chills, eggplants, onions and herbs with the help of LA Urban Farms. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

The 48 towers, standing about 5 to 6 feet tall, can each grow more than two dozens vegetables at once and they are easy enough for the cafe’s staff to harvest as needed.

By Jason Henry
Pasadena Star News
January 14, 2018

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Webster wanted to make use of the cafe’s large roof top, but he initially thought a traditional garden, with heavy soil, would weigh too much and require more attention than his staff could give. At a conference, he learned about the vertical Tower Gardens, which take up less than 3 square feet each. He found immediate support from his superiors because the students get better food, the dining center is more environmentally responsible and it might just save some money too.

The aeroponics system pumps water to the top of the tower and then drips it onto the roots of the plants for about 15 minutes every half an hour.

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January 23, 2018   Comments Off on This Caltech dining center’s freshest vegetables are grown on its roof

Manila, Philippines: Editor’s rooftop garden produces beautiful veggies

From 15 potted eggplants, he can harvest 1.5 kilos of fruit in one week, enough for his family’s favorite eggplant omelette.

Edgar Godin, editor of Bisaya Magazine published by the Manila Buletin, is a rooftop gardener. From just a 16-square meter rooftop atop their sari-sari store in Bulacan, he can produce more vegetables than what his family can consume.

By Zac B. Sarian
Manila Bulletin
Jan 10, 2018

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Edgar planted 15 eggplant seedlings and 20 okra. These were more than what he usually planted previously of these two veggies. They were in addition to the camote, kangkong, pechay and two varieties of pepper that were already growing. His intention was to have extra harvest that he could sell in their sari-sari store.

He related that by the last week of September, he started harvesting from the eggplant and okra. Because the rooftop garden was very visible to passers by, many of them inquired if fruits were already available. Edgar estimates that he was able to harvest 1.5 kilos of eggplant and 20 to 30 pieces of okra every week during the whole month of October. And he was able to sell what his family could not consume.

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January 17, 2018   Comments Off on Manila, Philippines: Editor’s rooftop garden produces beautiful veggies

17,000-square-foot rooftop farm coming to North Bethesda

Washington D.C. based ‘Up Top Acres’ is preparing for its biggest project yet: a 17,000-square-foot rooftop farm at North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose mixed-used development

By Jeff Clabaugh
Wtop
January 4, 2018

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It will offer a membership program, called community-supported agriculture, to both Pike & Rose office workers and residents.

“It’ll be about $25 worth of fresh produce a week. They’ll get anywhere from eight to 10 items per week,” Up Top Acres co-founder Kristof Grina told WTOP.

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January 12, 2018   Comments Off on 17,000-square-foot rooftop farm coming to North Bethesda

Nepal: Urban rooftop farms as new city culture

According to the data of economic activities at Nepal Rastra bank, cultivable land in Nepal has decreased by 30,334 hectares in the fiscal year 2016/17. Hence, rooftop farming can significantly contribute to decrease the import of agricultural products from other countries.

By Aditya Neupane
My Republica
Jan 3, 2018

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One of the main specialties about rooftop farming is that you can also grow unseasonal vegetables and fruits through the green house effect. Rosy Maharjan, trainer of a project named ‘Phohor Maila Bewasthapan Ko Lagi Pratifal Ma Aadharit’, said, “Small families can easily produce enough vegetables for themselves through rooftop farming if it is done in a scientific way.” The project has been providing training on rooftop farming, waste segregation and composting to the residents of Lalitpur Metropolitan City.

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January 10, 2018   Comments Off on Nepal: Urban rooftop farms as new city culture

Canada: Vancouver envisions radicchio on its rooftops – (flashback 2007)

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The Canadian city sees food-producing gardens in urban residential developments as the wave of the future.

By Linda Baker
Los Angeles Times
June 17, 2007

The residential skyscrapers in downtown Vancouver, Canada, are already covered with green. Rooftops and balconies overflow with ornamental vines, shrubs, even midsize magnolia and maple trees. And now, there’s more.

Vancouver is launching a novel green initiative aimed at bringing food-producing gardens to the city’s high-density developments. In what may be a first for a North American city, municipal planners have crafted a set of “urban agriculture” conditions for a new downtown neighborhood: Southeast False Creek, an 80-acre mixed-use community springing up on the former site of a shipyard.

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December 29, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Vancouver envisions radicchio on its rooftops – (flashback 2007)