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The view from inside Square Roots’ urban shipping container farms in Brooklyn

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Arugula and mustard greens from Square Roots’ first harvest were on sale for $5 a bag. (Photo by April Joyner)

A month ago, Square Roots, the urban farming accelerator launched by Kimbal Musk and Tobias Peggs, began its yearlong program in the Pfizer Building

By April Joyner
Technically Brooklyn
Dec 19, 2016

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The farmer-entrepreneurs have been given free rein to develop farming and business strategies of their own choosing. The challenge, both Peggs and the program’s participants stressed, is figuring out how to make the economics work. The modular farms, which use technology from Boston-based Freight Farms and Laramie, Wyo.–based Bright Agrotech, cost about $3,000 a month to run, according to participant Jonathan Bernard. But they also produce a relatively high yield, given the space: one farm, for instance, could yield 55,000 mini-heads of lettuce per year, Peggs said. The farming system Square Roots uses allows the participants to yield a weekly harvest once their first crop matures.

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December 27, 2016   Comments Off on The view from inside Square Roots’ urban shipping container farms in Brooklyn

Transforming vacant buildings to urban farms—how one D.C. start-up leads the way

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On average, Locals yields 3,458 pounds (1,568.5 kilograms) per month, composed primarily of micro greens, edible flowers, and herbs in addition to a small scale research and development project work shopping mini vegetables and organic feed crops.

By Mackenzie Marcotte
Food Tank
Dec 10, 2016

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For Nadia Robinson of D.C.-based Locals Grow Smart, erasing food deserts means transforming the community that raised her. Growing up in Washington, D.C.’s Northeast side, Robinson spent hours in the kitchen and garden with her mother and grandmother, who grew up on a farm. While fresh meals were readily available at her home, she noticed her neighbors struggled with nutrition education and access to fresh produce, often settling for highly processed options. District-level food justice efforts commissioned by First Lady Michelle Obama target the neighborhood, but Robinson sensed a void—her community needed a multi-functional pillar to address more than nutrition.

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December 20, 2016   Comments Off on Transforming vacant buildings to urban farms—how one D.C. start-up leads the way

Paris startup plans to grow produce in shipping containers

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Fruits and vegetables in Europe travel, on average, 1500 km before reaching your table. They’re harvested too soon and they are expected to ripen during the transportation process.

Agricool
Press Release
Nov 23, 2016

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Agricool is a startup created in 2015 by Gonzague Gru and Guillaume Fourdinier, two sons of farmers who couldn’t find any high-quality fruits and vegetables in the city. The problem was obvious: fruits and vegetables sold in cities don’t have any taste and they’re full of pesticides. The reason was obvious, too: fruits and vegetables in Europe travel, on average, 1500 km before reaching your table. They’re harvested too soon and they are expected to ripen during the transportation process. What’s worse, they’re selected precisely for their ability to travel instead of for their taste. And why do they come from so far away? Because space is rare: in France, 25 square meters of agricultural land disappears each second. So if we want to eat high-quality fruits and vegetables, we need to find a way to grow them in cities.

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December 12, 2016   Comments Off on Paris startup plans to grow produce in shipping containers

Inside a 17 Storey Vertical Farm – A Vision by Sweden’s Plantagon

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New movie shows details of how the building functions. Enjoy the view from the 16th floor ‘Urban Farmer’s Skybar’

Excerpt from recent news release.
“Dubai group buys key stake in Swedish Plantagon”
Stockholm Dec. 2016

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Plantagon’s landmark project The World Food Building in Linköping, Sweden, is attracting global attention and is seen by many as leading the development of large scale and sustainable food production in cities.

The building was recently awarded The International Architecture Awards 2016 by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

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December 10, 2016   Comments Off on Inside a 17 Storey Vertical Farm – A Vision by Sweden’s Plantagon

‘Veggielante’ helps folks grow food in small spaces in Sacramento

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Con10u2Farm.com puts modules in schools to encourage gardens in city neighborhoods

By Cathie Anderson
Sacramento Bee
June 18, 2016

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Friends tease James Brady about his devotion to urban farming, calling him a veggielante and a veggie preacher, but that doesn’t stop his proselytizing. Brady and his business partners create microscale systems that allow schoolchildren and others to grow produce in small or nontraditional spaces.

They recently sold nine of their “adaptive growing modules” to Sacramento-area schools such as Luther Burbank High School, John Still and Pasadena Avenue Elementary School. The modules consist of raised storage bins hooked up to a recirculating water system and filled with a composted growing medium. A timer, which can be powered by solar energy, turns the drip system on and off as directed.

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October 25, 2016   Comments Off on ‘Veggielante’ helps folks grow food in small spaces in Sacramento

Urban Crops, a new Belgian company specialising in indoor growing systems

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Heads of lettuce being grown with violet LED lighting in a completely automated internal agricultural system, in Waregem, Belgium.PHOTO: AFP

In the Urban Crops laboratory, up to 220 mature lettuce plants are produced each day in a 30-square-metre room using just five percent of the water required in traditional agriculture.

The Straits Times
AFP
Oct 9, 2016

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Mr Vandecruys prides himself on the completely automated agro-system he has set up in Waregem, in eastern Belgium.

At the Urban Crops lab, a conveyor belt circulates containers of germinated plants which are placed in a special substrate, using no earth to reduce the risks of disease linked to animal-life and other external factors.

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October 16, 2016   Comments Off on Urban Crops, a new Belgian company specialising in indoor growing systems

Elon Musk’s brother is building vertical farms in shipping containers

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630 Flushing. Old Pfizer factory in Brooklyn.

If the Square Roots campus of 10 farms is successful, Musk says the team will build more farms within New York City and eventually expand to other US cities.

By Leanna Garfield
Business Insider
Aug 23, 2016

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Entrepreneur Kimbal Musk — yes, he’s Elon Musk’s younger brother — is trying to grow a variety of things inside the old Pfizer factory in Brooklyn. Among them: a new agricultural venture, hundreds of pounds of leafy greens, and the next generation of young farmers.

Starting fall 2016, he and fellow entrepreneur Tobias Peggs are planning to launch a new urban farming incubator program, called Square Roots. Musk tells Business Insider that it will give young food-tech entrepreneurs spaces to develop and accelerate their vertical farming startups.

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August 24, 2016   Comments Off on Elon Musk’s brother is building vertical farms in shipping containers

Inter-Urban Farms – Bringing Vertical Farming to Columbus, OH.

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We are campaigning for $85,000 to buy a Leafy Green Machine from Freight Farms.

By Jens Tuin
Kickstarter
Aug 2016

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We want to bring urban agriculture to Columbus, Ohio! With the purchase of a Freight Farm, we want to grow and sell locally grown produce for the City of Columbus. A Freight Farm is a self-contained vertical farm that uses less resources to grow food, allowing it to be placed in an urban setting. We need your help to raise the funds to buy this unit and the land to begin growing fresh produce year-round for Columbus, Ohio.

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August 23, 2016   Comments Off on Inter-Urban Farms – Bringing Vertical Farming to Columbus, OH.

Nanofarm: The first appliance that grows food for you

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Kickstarter drive begins

By Replantable
Aug. 22, 2016

From January 2016 until just a few weeks ago, 30 nanofarms have been put through their paces in the homes of our beta testers. Each beta tester has had the chance to harvest between 2-4 crops of produce, and they are very happy with the results.

While the beta testers agree the nanofarm does a great job growing food, they had lots of helpful criticism that led to the added features you see in the production model:

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August 22, 2016   Comments Off on Nanofarm: The first appliance that grows food for you

Indoor farms give vacant Detroit buildings new life

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Green Collar Foods Operations Director Darren Riley explains the process called aeroponics that mists the bare roots of plants like this kale that grow under fluorescent lights on shelves at the indoor farm. Neighboring Supino Pizzeria buys the company’s kale. Brandy Baker, The Detroit News.

The city is considering regulations that could expand indoor agriculture even more.

By Breana Noble
The Detroit News
August 15, 2016

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The urban agriculture ordinance, however, assumes indoor farming would be large-scale, said city planner Kathryn Underwood. To increase the zoning district, the City Planning Commission sent an amendment to the City Council for consideration that would take into account smaller operations. It is expected to vote on the proposal in the fall.

“(The amendment) recognizes (indoor farming) can happen at very large scales and very small scales,” Underwood said. “It will allow more of it to happen.”

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August 21, 2016   Comments Off on Indoor farms give vacant Detroit buildings new life

Fence Gardening by Invivo Design Studio

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fencegWith our vertical vegetation products (A.K.A. “living walls” or “vertical gardens”), you can enjoy herbs, flowers, and vegetables within arm’s reach – even in downtown apartments and compact townhouses.

Vertical Urban Ecology – Invivo’s pocket planters allow you to turn any fence or railing into a vertical garden.

By Yael Stav and Gordon Glaze
Invivo Design Studio
Vancouver, BC

Excerpt from their website:

Invivo Design Studio was founded in Tel-Aviv by life partners Yael Stav and Gordon Glaze. Design research at the studio started by purchasing vertical vegetation systems from established vendors and assessing them for food production in our small Tel-Aviv Yard.

Invivo’s yard soon became a tourist attraction in it’s own right with weekly tours being conducted for sightseers regularly. It became a venue for instruction of vertical vegetation, permaculture and urban agriculture. The yard was inspiring in its methods and prolific in its yield.

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July 12, 2016   Comments Off on Fence Gardening by Invivo Design Studio

Growing Greens in the Spare Room as ‘Vertical Farm’ Start-Ups Flourish

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baltgrCity-Hydro owners Zhanna and Larry Hountz started growing microgreens in a spare room in their Baltimore rowhouse a year and a half ago. Credit Matt Roth for The New York Times

It has revenue of under $500,000, but was profitable enough in 2014 that Mr. Albert quit his day job as a landscape architect to farm full time.

By Eilene Zimmerman
New York Times
June 29, 2016

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They include City-Hydro, a farm built in a spare bedroom on the second floor of Larry and Zhanna Hountz’s three-story rowhouse in Baltimore. Mr. Hountz came to urban farming out of necessity. After a serious car accident, he was unable to leave his house for two years and had trouble concentrating. He couldn’t go back to his previous job as a digital security consultant.

“Zhanna had gone to the grocery store and bought some heirloom tomatoes. They were about $7 a pound,” he said. “I thought, ‘I could grow those.’”

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June 30, 2016   Comments Off on Growing Greens in the Spare Room as ‘Vertical Farm’ Start-Ups Flourish

The price of LEDs is falling so fast it’s profitable to farm in a New Jersey nightclub

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The Department of Energy says the price of LEDs has fallen 90% since 2010, and should keep falling in the years to come. At the same time, LED efficiency (light emitted per unit of energy) and lifetime (now up to about 36,000 hours) have nearly doubled.

By Michael J. Coren
QZ
June 17, 2016

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Although California supplies about 80% (pdf) of the United States’ lettuce and other produce, indoor farmers say they will soon be suppling tastier, fresher and, eventually, cheaper produce to many cities. They are even turning a profit doing it. “We make a healthy margin,” says Marc Oshima, chief marketing officer for AeroFarms. “There’s a reason that Goldman Sachs and Prudential have invested in our farms.”

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June 23, 2016   Comments Off on The price of LEDs is falling so fast it’s profitable to farm in a New Jersey nightclub

Baltimore vertical farmers teach restaurants to grow microgreens

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micrLarry Hountz and his wife, Zhanna, founded City-Hydro, an urban farm that uses LED lights and water to grow microgreens out of a second-floor room of their rowhouse near Patterson Park. They supply a dozen local restaurants with fresh microgreens and have expanded into selling equipments to help several restaurants start their own growing rooms. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun). Also see video on website. Click on image for larger file.

City-Hydro, an urban farm that grows microgreens for local restaurants, is piloting an onsite growing program for restaurants.

By Sarah Meehan
The Baltimore Sun
May 31, 2016
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Tucked in a back corner of La Cuchara’s dining room, baby radishes, lemon basil, arugula, sorrel and dill stretch their tiny leaves beneath the glow of LED lights, waiting to be snipped, sprinkled on dishes, briefly admired and gobbled up by diners.

The Woodberry restaurant is among the first in Baltimore growing microgreens onsite using a process created by the urban farm City-Hydro.

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June 5, 2016   Comments Off on Baltimore vertical farmers teach restaurants to grow microgreens

Eindhoven, Netherlands: Lighting giant Philips has built one of the world’s largest city farming research facilities

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The 234 square metres GrowWise Center, which opened last July, is developing the perfect blueprint for growing food for city dwellers all year round using sustainable and efficient techniques.

By Jessica Cheam
Eco-Business
May 27, 2016

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It also helps save resources: Where it would take 60 litres of water to produce one kilo of tomatoes in, say, a typical greenhouse production facility in Spain, the same amount of tomatoes will only require five litres of water at the GrowWise farm.

Mayor of Eindhoven, Rob van Gijzel, regards this technology – which integrates lighting, climate control, software controls, sensors and logistics in one harmonious solution – as just one of the ways smart city applications will revolutionise global food, energy, and water systems in the coming years.

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May 31, 2016   Comments Off on Eindhoven, Netherlands: Lighting giant Philips has built one of the world’s largest city farming research facilities