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Canada: Kale Grown in Indoor Farm

Modular Farms president Aaron Spiro grows 68 kilograms of kale a week inside his mobile farm with infra red lights. (Vince Talotta / Toronto Star)

Modular Farms vertical hydroponics system will soon produce up to 68 kilograms of kale a week.

By Ainslie Cruickshank
Toronto Star
Nov. 6, 2017

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“They can start guaranteeing their customers that any kale on the menu was not only grown locally but was literally harvested less than half an hour before people are eating it, which is pretty amazing,” said Aaron Spiro, the president of Modular Farms.

Over the last four years the Brampton-based company has developed an indoor farming system housed in 40-foot containers made of insulated composite steel panels that they say can grow food in any climate.

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November 13, 2017   No Comments

Indoor farming feeding hundreds each day in Connecticut

“We can feed about 300 people per week…An 11-ounce container which is like that large container at Whole Foods,” Curry stated.

By Ann Nyberg-News Anchor
News 8
Nov 1, 2017

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Indoor farming is underway in the state of Connecticut thanks to a group of young entrepreneurs.

Trifecta Ecosystems Incorporated has just fully filled out its new downtown Meriden aquaponics facility with thousands of plants growing in about 12 inches of water vertically and on a flat surface.

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November 8, 2017   No Comments

Saudi Arabia: ‘NEOM’ – $500 Billion Future Mega-City to Include Vertical Farms

It’ll be 33 times the size of New York City.

By Talia Avakian
Travel and Leisure
October 25, 2017

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Dubbed NEOM, the mega city will cover 26,500 square kilometers in total, spanning territory within Egypt and Jordan as well.

The city is set to be the world’s first independent economic zone, operating with its own laws, taxes, and regulations.

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November 2, 2017   Comments Off on Saudi Arabia: ‘NEOM’ – $500 Billion Future Mega-City to Include Vertical Farms

Houston’s Urban Container Farm Unfazed By Hurricane Harvey

Acre in A Box Farm.

While many Texas crops got flooded, one unconventional Houston farm was able to supply restaurants with fresh lettuce after Harvey

By Florian Martin
Houston Public Media
October 16, 2017

Excerpt:

Besides the convenience of having this more or less mobile farm in an urban setting, the concept proved useful during Harvey because the water didn’t get to it. So they were able to provide a restaurant that was open with fresh lettuce.

“We were the only salads on their menu that day,” Abendshein said. “And it was great because people, I think it was the first real day people could kind of get out, and we had fresh produce for everybody.”
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October 23, 2017   Comments Off on Houston’s Urban Container Farm Unfazed By Hurricane Harvey

The Netherlands: This Tiny Country Feeds the World

A sea of greenhouses surrounds a farmer’s home in the Westland region of the Netherlands. The Dutch have become world leaders in agricultural innovation, pioneering new paths to fight hunger. Click image to see larger file.

The Netherlands has become an agricultural giant by showing what the future of farming could look like.

By Frank Viviano
Photographs by Luca Locatelli
National Geographic
Sept 2017
(Must see photos. Mike)

Excerpt:

The Netherlands is a small, densely populated country, with more than 1,300 inhabitants per square mile. It’s bereft of almost every resource long thought to be necessary for large-scale agriculture. Yet it’s the globe’s number two exporter of food as measured by value, second only to the United States, which has 270 times its landmass. How on Earth have the Dutch done it?

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October 13, 2017   Comments Off on The Netherlands: This Tiny Country Feeds the World

United Arab Emirates: A City in The Desert Will Simulate a Mars Colony – Include Vertical Farm


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The city is expected to include a giant greenhouse to test agricultural techniques, as well as laboratories designed to explore how to store food, generate energy, and get water.

By Leanna Garfield
UK Business Insider
Oct 4, 2017

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The firm is designing a city in the desert of the United Arab Emirates meant to simulate a Mars colony. The $140 million development near Dubai is slated to be “a viable and realistic model to simulate living on the surface of Mars,” according to the local government.

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October 11, 2017   Comments Off on United Arab Emirates: A City in The Desert Will Simulate a Mars Colony – Include Vertical Farm

Vertical farming: The promise, pitfalls and the role of pot

“I have to disagree with Professor Despommier,” an emeritus professor of microbiology and Public Health at Columbia University, Ramaswamy said. The future of agriculture will continue to be mostly “horizontal,” he said.

By Steve Davies
Agri Pulse
Oct 4, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

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In fact, Williams said, if vertical farmers want to see technological advances in their sector, they should support reform of cannabis laws.

“We would not be able to give you the technology you need at the cost you need it if it was not for the cannabis industry fueling our growth,” he said.

Williams said the company’s work to help large-scale operations such as Shenandoah Growers in Virginia – which has increased production by 25 percent and efficiency by 50 percent – would not have been possible without the explosive growth of the cannabis industry.

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October 6, 2017   Comments Off on Vertical farming: The promise, pitfalls and the role of pot

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

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

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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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Urban Farming Vertical Growing System in Germany

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   Comments Off on Urban Farming Vertical Growing System in Germany

National Geographic: Your Greens Might Soon Be Grown in Warehouses

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

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

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

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

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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

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


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