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New York’s New School students research rooftop urban gardens

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Green Roof Ecology is an undergraduate course at The New School that partners with Brooklyn Grange and Vice Media.

New School News
Apr 5, 2017

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In 2014, Vice Media, having just moved into its their new offices in Williamsburg, worked with Brooklyn Grange to turn their expansive rooftop into a vegetable garden for their employees to enjoy.

From the beautiful scenery to the delicious vegetables, the perks of Vice’s rooftop urban farm seem fairly obviously. But what benefits might this green infrastructure have to the broader environment?

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April 12, 2017   Comments Off on New York’s New School students research rooftop urban gardens

2 East Bay companies redefine urban farming

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Benjamin Fahrer at work at the Top Leaf Farms location on the roof of 2201 Dwight Way in Berkeley. Photo: Alix Wall.

Oakland Farms: While vertical towers are a new fad in urban agriculture, Oakland engineer John Wichmann has built one of his own design that he believes is better than any on the market.

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The larger of the two operations is Top Leaf Farms, a rooftop garden at 2201 Dwight Way in Berkeley. The building, which was built by the Oakland-based Nautilus Group, Inc., is called Garden Village and functions as student housing for UC Berkeley. It was completed in January 2015 and Top Leaf began installing its garden in August 2016. By October it was up and running, growing produce in 10,000 of its 12,000 square feet of space.

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April 11, 2017   Comments Off on 2 East Bay companies redefine urban farming

UK: Rooftop farming: how nature flourishes on London’s skyline

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Bee London head gardener Sean Gifford on one of the rooftop gardens Credit: Vibol Moeung

Bee London, which represents 320 businesses across the area, is working with the Wildlife Trust to design and deliver greening projects to Midtown

By Alice Vincent
The Telegraph
25 Mar 2017

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The winter purslane at the five star Rosewood Hotel in Holborn is excellent. Served immediately after picking, it is sweet and fresh. Amandine Chaignot, the hotel’s Executive Chef, tells me it’s the best crop they’ve ever had. However, I’m not eating it in the marble-walled serenity of the restaurant, but in the wind and drizzle on Rosewood’s roof, where it is grown in one of Bee London’s rooftop gardens.

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April 1, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Rooftop farming: how nature flourishes on London’s skyline

Toronto’s Urban Farming Residence Will Bridge the Gap Between Housing and Agriculture

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Residences are available on upper floors, each with its own custom micro-garden beds to supply the residents with fresh herbs.

By Osman Bari
Arch Daily
Mar 25, 2017

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The shallow floor plates allow ample sunlight into the units, while spacious latticed terraces and balconies can accommodate furniture, plants, and a barbecue. Communal food-focused programs include an internal greenhouse as a nursery for plants and seeds, as well as an industrial kitchen for shared food production and hosting events.

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March 30, 2017   Comments Off on Toronto’s Urban Farming Residence Will Bridge the Gap Between Housing and Agriculture

Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau Visits Rooftop Lufa Farm

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Visiting Lufa Farms Anjou.

The new 63,000 square foot rooftop greenhouse is a milestone in polyculture efficiency and produces over 40 varieties of urban-grown greens and vegetables, all year round.

Press Release
CNW Telbec/
MONTREAL, March 24, 2017

Urban agriculture pioneer Lufa Farms has just finished a third highly automated greenhouse in the Montreal borough of Anjou. The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau was there to see it in full production.

The new 63,000 square foot rooftop greenhouse is a milestone in polyculture efficiency and produces over 40 varieties of urban-grown greens and vegetables, all year round. Lufa Farms’ six years of rapid growth and its successes in rooftop greenhouse design, cooperation with local sustainability-focused farmers, and appeal to thousands of Montreal consumers, make it one of the most successful large-scale urban agriculture models in the world, demonstrating how to sustainably feed entire cities.

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March 25, 2017   Comments Off on Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau Visits Rooftop Lufa Farm

India: This startup bringing organic farming to your rooftop

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Reddy launched Homecrop in January this year with an initial investment of just 5 lakh rupees. Ideation took a year under the guidance of National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM)’s incubator a-IDEA.

By Shilpa S Ranipeta
The News Minute
March 14, 2017

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This is where 26-year old Manvitha Reddy stepped in to start Homecrop – a startup that helps you grow pesticide-free vegetables at home. Reddy has designed rooftop and backyard kits that have everything you need to make your own farm at home.

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March 22, 2017   Comments Off on India: This startup bringing organic farming to your rooftop

From Rooftop to Salad Bowl: Farming in Tel Aviv’s Urban Jungle

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Mendi Falk in Yarok Ba’ir (Green in the City), Dizengoff Center. By Dan Perez

Three enterprising farmers use hydroponic methods ?to grow veggies atop Dizengoff Center in the heart of ?Tel Aviv and offer them freshly picked on a daily basis.

By Ronit Vered
Haaretz
Mar 14, 2017

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The time is 10 A.M. After almost four hours of work in the vegetable garden, the farmers take fresh produce that was picked at dawn – green and red lettuce, celery, spinach and scallions – and descend from the rooftop to the commercial center to sell their wares.

The brigade of farmers – Mendi Falk, Shaked Golan and Niv Maman – make their way quickly via covered walkways, escalators and staircases, carrying crates of green leaves and pails of water. In each of the tiny stalls that have cropped up recently all over Dizengoff Center in Tel Aviv, they arrange the produce.

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March 21, 2017   Comments Off on From Rooftop to Salad Bowl: Farming in Tel Aviv’s Urban Jungle

India: Organic Vegetable Terrace Garden Book

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Of course low cost and easy to do…

By Sandeep Chavan
BookGanga

From Introduction:

“Author himself is working on Urban Terrace Garden issues since last 8 years. He has done many experiments in terrace garden issue. He has developed a terrace garden at his present residence. He promotes alternate ways of life, spinning on Amber Spinning Wheel (Charka), Waste Management, Solar Energy, Learning out of School and believes on Walk on the Talk!”

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March 19, 2017   Comments Off on India: Organic Vegetable Terrace Garden Book

India: Two Ranchi women turn rooftops into organic farm

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Fifty-year-old Shobha Kumari doesn’t need to visit the market to buy vegetables anymore. All she does is climb up to her terrace and pick some.

Krishna’s rooftop garden spreads across 5,000sqft, which she had reared with equal love and dedication for the past eight years.

Times of India
Mar 11, 2017

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“A few days ago, I had grown 2.5kg beans. This apart, my terrace has tomatoes, chillies, brinjals, coriander leaves and other vegetables. I also grow oranges, guavas, litchis, pomegranates and strawberries, besides roses and marigold. I have altogether 250 pots,” said a very proud Shobha, whose rooftop garden sprawls across 2,500sqft.

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March 13, 2017   Comments Off on India: Two Ranchi women turn rooftops into organic farm

Manilla, Philippines: New City Hall Annex rooftop is an urban gardening showcase

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The once bare rooftop of the 4-storey Davao City Hall annex building burst into life as it has been literally transformed into a garden of colorful flowers and green herbs and vegetables.

By Carmencita A. Carillo
Business World
Mar 6, 2017

THE city’s plan to institutionalize urban container gardening (UCG) was recently launched with a permanent exhibit at the rooftop of the City Hall Annex Building. “The idea is to show people that it is possible to produce food even in a small plot of land… inspire Dabawenyos to engage in container gardening even if they live in the urban areas” City Agriculture Office Chief Leo Brian D. Leuterio said.

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March 12, 2017   Comments Off on Manilla, Philippines: New City Hall Annex rooftop is an urban gardening showcase

Singapore: City Farmer, Bjorn Low’s Video Story on ‘Game Changers’

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When Edible Garden City’s Bjorn Low first started out as a farmer here, he had one big problem: Where to find (affordable) land in Singapore?

By Steffi Koh
Channel News Asia
Mar 5, 2017

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An opportunity arose when Spa Esprit Group’s CEO Ms Cynthia Chua approached Mr Low, 36, and together with French chef Benjamin Darnaud – a believer in growing one’s own vegetables – they started Open Farm Community, a restaurant set in an urban farm on Minden Road.

“Urban farming in Singapore was previously unheard of,” said Ms Chua. “But now there is a momentum, there is a rhythm, and it was started because of people who are passionate about it like Bjorn.”

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March 12, 2017   Comments Off on Singapore: City Farmer, Bjorn Low’s Video Story on ‘Game Changers’

Bright Farms Hydroponic Greenhouses Move From Urban Farming to Suburban Farming

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After dealing with the high costs and logistical nightmares of developing in urban areas, Bright Farms realized that they could streamline their process by moving just a bit outside the city limits.

By Adele Peters
FastCoexist
Mar 2, 2017

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BrightFarms also has greenhouses in Bucks County, Pennsylvania; Culpeper County, Virginia; and Rochelle, Illinois—all also near, but not in, large cities. The new strategy lets the company avoid the costs and challenges of working on urban sites, while still providing a local version of foods like salad greens that would normally travel thousands of miles.

“Like most good strategies, it was driven by some painful experiences,” Paul Lightfoot, CEO of BrightFarms, tells Co.Exist. “Basically, we had a couple of failures. We tried to develop a giant rooftop of a building in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and we also tried to develop an environmentally soiled parcel of land in the city of Washington D.C., owned by the city.”

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March 8, 2017   Comments Off on Bright Farms Hydroponic Greenhouses Move From Urban Farming to Suburban Farming

“Father of Vertical Farming,” Dr. Toyoki Kozai Says ‘Future Promising’

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ICCEA 2017: Dr. Toyoki Kozai’s take on vertical farming.

The most fulfilling project for the next generation of vertical farms is the online estimation of rates of photosynthesis, transpiration (water uptake) and respiration in vertical farms.

By Patrick Williams
Produce Grower
Mar 2, 2016
(Must see. Mike)

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PG: What does the future look like for vertical farming?

TK: It is promising. Commercialization of vertical farms started in Asian countries such as Japan and Taiwan since 2010. It is going to be started in the Netherlands this year. Russia has a strong interest in the vertical farming business.

Commercialization of strawberry production in vertical farms started in Japan two years ago. Commercialization of high-wire cherry tomato production has been considered in the Netherlands. Many private companies are interested in the production of medicinal plants in vertical farms.

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March 3, 2017   Comments Off on “Father of Vertical Farming,” Dr. Toyoki Kozai Says ‘Future Promising’

Vertical Farming: Does it Stack Up

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Video published on Feb 28, 2017. Writer:Sam Lemonick. Narrator/Scientific Consultant: Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D.

If vertical farming is so great, why isn’t everyone adopting it? Vertical farming has its challenges.

By David Latchman
ChemMatters
Oct/Nov 2016

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Open-field agriculture relies entirely on energy from the sun, so, when it is available, this source of energy is free. Crops grown indoors receive their energy from artificial light sources, which rely on electricity.

Another issue is that the artificial light sources, called grow lamps, emit heat, which can damage plants if they are placed too close to the plants. So the plants need to be spread out, and the indoor space needs to be cooled to compensate for the added heat from the lamps.

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March 2, 2017   Comments Off on Vertical Farming: Does it Stack Up

Micro greens from a rooftop in Bushwick, Brooklyn

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Video interview with Jason Green of Edenworks

By Rebecca Davis
NBC
Feb 23, 2017

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“We’re actually creating a complete ecosystem indoors,” says founder Jason Green.

Most leafy greens in the U.S. are grown in California and Arizona, so Green sees a huge opportunity in creating local greens that are nutrient dense and taste better than something that has been shipped cross-country.

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March 2, 2017   Comments Off on Micro greens from a rooftop in Bushwick, Brooklyn