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Vertical Farm Plans To Build Massive Indoor Farms On The Outskirts Of Every Major City On Earth

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Plenty co-founders Matt Barnard, chief executive officer, and Nate Storey, chief science officer. Photographer: Justin Kaneps For Bloomberg Businessweek

Plenty uses tall poles from which the plants jut out horizontally.

By Selina Wang
Bloomberg
Sept 6, 2017

Excerpt:

With the backing of SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, Plenty has the capital and connections to accelerate its endgame: building massive indoor farms on the outskirts of every major city on Earth, some 500 in all. In that world, food could go from farm to table in hours rather than days or weeks. Barnard says he’s been meeting with officials from some 15 governments on four continents, as well as executives from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., while he plans his expansion.

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September 14, 2017   No Comments

Urban Farming Vertical Growing System in Germany

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Das vertikale Anbau-System aponix: Die Höhe und damit die Anzahl der Pflanzplätze der Tonnen-Aufbauten sind variabel. Foto: Manticore IT GmbH

Eigentlich arbeitet Marco Tidona als Software-Entwickler. Ein Zufall brachte ihn dazu, sich mit der Urban Farming-Szene in New York vertraut zu machen. Jetzt führt Tidona aponix – ein vertikales Anbau-System für den Gartenbau – auf den Markt, das Produktion und Konsument näher zusammenrücken lassen soll.

Taspo Online
26.06.2017

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Wie kommt man als Software-Entwickler darauf, ein vertikales Anbau-System für den Gartenbau zu entwerfen?

Als damals 1999 der Neue Markt und das Internet so richtig durchstartete, wurde ich Dienstleister. Heute bin ich wieder bereit, mit einem neuen Markt zu starten, allerdings diesmal mit einem Produkt für den Bereich Vertical Urban Farming. Ich habe 2014 zunächst privat eine Aquaponik-Kreislaufanlage mit 4.000 Liter Wasser und 100 Tilapia aufgesetzt und dabei die Menge an Pflanzen unterschätzt, die notwendig gewesen wären, ein Gleichgewicht zu den immer höher konzentrierten Nitrat-Werten in der Anlage her zu stellen.

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September 11, 2017   No Comments

National Geographic: Your Greens Might Soon Be Grown in Warehouses

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Bowery Farms grows hydroponic crops out of a warehouse in Kearny, New Jersey, using LED lights. Co-founder Irving Fain says productivity far exceeds that of traditional farming. Photograph Courtesy Of Bowery.

Technology-driven businesses such as New Jersey-based Bowery are bypassing traditional farming with warehouses and LED fixtures.

By Christina Nunez
National Geographic
Aug 11, 2017

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It wasn’t until about six or seven years ago that everything changed. The cost of LED fixtures dropped by over 85 percent, and the efficiency more than doubled. The stacking [of crops] was enabled by the LEDs because they’re very thin and they can pull the heat away from the plants well. That means you can stack vertically and use the cubic space much more efficiently.

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August 18, 2017   Comments Off on National Geographic: Your Greens Might Soon Be Grown in Warehouses

Tokyo: Mirai Corporation uses vertical farming

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Grant Imahara visits Tokyo and meets with the group at Mirai, whose goal is to bring farm-fresh food to the middle of one of the busiest cities on the planet.

Also see Mouser’s 40 page ebook on Vertical Farming

Mouser.com
2017

Excerpt from book:

Fast-forward to the 20th Century, and the evolution of vertical farming accelerates, drawing on human need, land availability, and industrial advancements. By March 4, 1909, when Life Magazine published what is now known as the first vertical farm illustration, the concept included an open-air building with vertically stacked “vertical homesteads” that cultivated food for consumption.

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August 15, 2017   Comments Off on Tokyo: Mirai Corporation uses vertical farming

Anchorage, Alaska urban farm teaches young employees life skill

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Within a 10,000 square foot warehouse in Spenard, rows of vertical hydroponic towers are tended to by a handful of young adult employees.

By Travis Khachatoorian
KYUU
Aug 4, 2017

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Johndro said she hires youth between the ages of 16 and 24 in needs of life skills.

“This is not a forever job,” said Johndro. “This is part-time, short-term, like six-months to a year, with a goal of moving on to a better more permanent job within the community.”

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August 11, 2017   Comments Off on Anchorage, Alaska urban farm teaches young employees life skill

Urban farming 2.0: From plow beams to Leafy Green Machines

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Shawn Cooney of Corner Stalk Farm.

A new generation of urban farmers is leaving dirt behind and turning shipping containers into tech-driven vertical farms.

By Shane Witters Hicks
Christian Science Monitor
July 26, 2017

Excerpt:

Nate Storey, Plenty’s co-founder and chief science officer, says the environmental benefits gained by fusing technology and food production make large-scale CEA a no-brainer.

“We have no runoff, we have no erosion, we have few, if any, pests, we don’t need to use many of the pesticides, we don’t have any soil to sterilize, we don’t have any intensive irrigation, we use a fraction of the water,” he explains. “There are just not a whole lot of reasons not to do this.”

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August 3, 2017   Comments Off on Urban farming 2.0: From plow beams to Leafy Green Machines

Urban Farming Gets New York City Council Attention

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Rob Laing, right, CEO and founder of Farm.One, and farmhand Caleb Raff at the Farm.One hydroponic farm at the Institute of Culinary Education in lower Manhattan on Wednesday. Photo: Claudio Papapietro For The Wall Street Journal

Rooftop gardens, greenhouses and ‘vertical farms’ may benefit from more clarity on zoning and insurance

By Thomas MacMillan
Wall Street Journal
July 20, 2017

When Robert Laing was setting up his indoor herb-growing business in Manhattan last year, it took months to find someone willing to insure his tiny hydroponic operation.

“You say, ‘I’m a farm,’ and they put you over to their farming division and they say, ‘How many acres do you have?’ and you say, ‘300 square feet,’” Mr. Laing said.

New York City has the largest urban agriculture system in the country, including community and rooftop gardens and greenhouses, as well as “vertical farms” like Mr. Laing’s company, Farm.One, which cultivates microgreens in windowless rooms aglow with LED lights. But a recent report by the Brooklyn Law School finds new growers are sometimes stymied by confusion and lack of regulations.

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July 20, 2017   Comments Off on Urban Farming Gets New York City Council Attention

Japan: Tokyo’s Pasona Group staff will tend to cows, horses and pigs on the 13th floor of its new headquarters

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Original 2016 Tokyo office has grown its own food in a vertical farm since 2005. You walk over a 1,000-square-foot rice paddy, continue through an okra field and you enter the vine-covered “tomato guest room” or the “vegetable factory” filled with hundreds of hydroponic heads of lettuce.

On the second floor, fruit trees form partition walls between meeting spaces, bean sprouts are grown under benches and herbs grow on shelving along the walls.

Nikkkei Asian Review
July 10, 2017

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The Pasona Group staffing agency will tend to cows, horses and pigs on the 13th floor of its new headquarters near Tokyo Station, opening the exhibition ranch to the public in an effort to cultivate interest in husbandry.

The company’s headquarters recently relocated to a building close to the northern exit of the heavily trafficked station. The 400-sq.-meter ranch will be open on weekdays and Saturdays. An accompanying cafe will host food-related educational programs for children.

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July 16, 2017   Comments Off on Japan: Tokyo’s Pasona Group staff will tend to cows, horses and pigs on the 13th floor of its new headquarters

Bowery Farming raised $20 million for its “post-organic” vertical farm

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Bowery Farming cofounder and CEO Irving Fain.

“We are a tech company that is thinking about the future of food.”

By Amy Feldman
Forbes
June 14, 2017

Excerpt:

The new financing, announced this morning, brings Bowery’s total take to $27.5 million. The company declined to disclose valuation, but it’s clearly a big bet on something that for many years had been little more than a dream. “We are a tech company that is thinking about the future of food,” says Bowery’s co-founder and CEO Irving Fain.

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June 21, 2017   Comments Off on Bowery Farming raised $20 million for its “post-organic” vertical farm

Brooklyn ‘Square Roots’ startup aims to feed an urban world

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Peggs estimates that farmers take home between $30,000 and $40,000 total by the end of the year.

By Melissa Fares
Reuters
June 6, 2017

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Nabeela Lakhani, 23, said reading “Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal” in high school inspired her to change the food system.

Three nights per week, Lakhani assumes the role of resident chef at a market-to-table restaurant in lower Manhattan.

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June 12, 2017   Comments Off on Brooklyn ‘Square Roots’ startup aims to feed an urban world

Beijing, China: Meet the Company Building Farms in Parking Structures

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Alesca Life creates solutions that enable anyone anywhere to grow the safest, healthiest and freshest produce. Our flagship product is a completely self-contained and automated growing system housed within a ISO-standard 40-foot shipping container.

By Lizzy Schultz
Agwired
Jun 2, 2017

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Stuart Oda previously worked as an investment banker before serving as a co-founder of Alesca Life, a Beijing-based agriculture technology company that builds weather-proof, cloud-connected farms in order to enable local food production by anyone, anywhere.

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June 9, 2017   Comments Off on Beijing, China: Meet the Company Building Farms in Parking Structures

Urban farming in Singapore has moved into a new, high-tech phase

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Associate professor Lee Kim Seng (front) and the students behind the project (from left) – Mr Lim Zi Xiang, 35, Mr Kibria Shah, 31, and Ms Boo Jia Yan, 23. Photo: Dios Vincoy Jr For The Straits Times

Three urban farms stand out for their ingenuity.

By Natasha Ann Zachariah
Straits Times
June 3, 2017

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The first is by a group of engineering students who have combined two aquaponics methods to get a larger harvest with more variety.

The second is by a businessman who used to sell raw materials for pesticides. He has invented a “growing tower” that does away with chemicals.

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June 9, 2017   Comments Off on Urban farming in Singapore has moved into a new, high-tech phase

Future Of Food: How Under 30 Edenworks Is Transforming Urban Agriculture

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Edenworks is able to harvest, package and reach consumers within 24 hours. By cutting down on transport and prioritizing quality over durability, the greens are also up to 40% more nutrient dense than traditional produce.

By Alexandra Wilson
Forbes
June 1, 2017

Excerpt:

Currently, about 95% of leafy greens consumed in the US are grown in the desert regions of California and Arizona. Most of these products are grown for mass production and durability in transport, rarely for quality or sustainability. Urban farms have cropped up as way to provide growing metropolises with fresher produce in a way that is better for the environment.

The Edenworks model differentiates itself from other urban farms in that it is a complete, aquaponic ecosystem. Waste from the tilapia fish is used as a natural and potent fertilizer for the microgreens planted on vertically stacked power racks. They have no need for synthetic fertilizers or pesticides that can diminish the nutritional quality of produce.

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June 7, 2017   Comments Off on Future Of Food: How Under 30 Edenworks Is Transforming Urban Agriculture

‘Plant Factories’ Churn Out Clean Food in China’s Dirty Cities

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A researcher transplants rice seedlings in a greenhouse of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Researchers build urban farms, crop labs to combat contamination

Reporting by Christina Larson and Lulu Yilun Chen, assisted by Vicky Feng
Bloomberg News
May 25, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

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Yang Qichang walks through his “plant factory” atop the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing, inspecting trays of tomato vines that may help farmers slip the stranglehold that toxins have on China’s food supply.

The containers are stacked like bunk beds, with each vine wrapped in red and blue LED lights that evoke tiny Christmas trees. Yang is testing which parts of the visible-light spectrum are optimal for photosynthesis and plant growth while using minimal energy.

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June 3, 2017   Comments Off on ‘Plant Factories’ Churn Out Clean Food in China’s Dirty Cities

Has This Silicon Valley Startup Finally Nailed The Indoor Farming Model?

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“We’re working to ensure that all of our food gets to the store within hours, and not days or weeks.” [Photo: courtesy Plenty]

That day at Google’s cafeteria, I tasted something different. True and vibrant flavors, textures like I’m used to in field-raised greens and fruits, unusual varieties I’d only expect from really savvy growers.

By Adele Peters
Fast Company
May 18, 2017

Excerpt:

The company plans to build its farms next to large cities, but not directly inside, to best fit in existing supply chains that have distribution centers on city limits. “If you want to be delivering a large amount of super-amazing tasting produce to a large grocery store in the middle of a city, you want to be in the distribution center that feeds that grocery store,” Barnard says. “Because otherwise, it’s going to go back out of the city to the distribution center and then back to the store. And now you’ve cost [yourself] hours and maybe even a day or two. The promise that we’re making to customers is that it’s literally days faster.”

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May 24, 2017   Comments Off on Has This Silicon Valley Startup Finally Nailed The Indoor Farming Model?