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The Aquaponic Farmer

Forthcoming: A Complete Guide to Building and Operating a Commercial Aquaponic System

By Adrian Southern & Whelm King
New Society Publishers
Sept 1, 2017

Aquaponic farming — raising fish and vegetables together commercially — is the most promising innovation for a sustainable, profitable, localized food system. Until now, systems have largely focussed on warm-water fish such as tilapia. A lack of reliable information for raising fish and vegetables in the cool climates of North America and Europe has been a major stumbling block.

The Aquaponic Farmer is the game changer.

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Rooftop Farms in Singapore

Mr Choe and Ms Khor at the rooftop of their office building. Mr Choe says: “The organic rooftop urban farm aims to show how skyrise greenery can not only look attractive and be an enjoyable space, but it can be productive too. Photo: Yen Meng Jiin

A highlight of the farm is the aquaponics system, which consists of the tilapia fish pond and a sloped planter bed.

By Tay Suan Chiang
Business Times
May 5, 2017

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Architectural designer Jonathan Choe says: “The organic rooftop urban farm aims to show how skyrise greenery can not only look attractive and be an enjoyable space, but it can be productive too.”

Mr Choe heads the firm’s farming club and he and his colleagues spend Friday afternoons tending to their urban farm.

Over 100 species of edible plants thrive on the rooftop farm, including herbs such as mint and dill, and vegetables such as water chestnut, sweet potato, bitter gourd, and fruits such as passionfruit, bananas, grapes and even strawberries.

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Philippines: Taguig aims for better environment, healthier lifestyle through urban farming


Urban farming model at Tipas Elementary School /CREDIT: ilovetaguig.com / Manila Bulletin

To encourage residents to create their own “urban farms,” the City Agriculture Office held the first Gulayan Contest for Women on December 19, 2016.

Manila Bulletin
Jan 15, 2017

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Mayor Lani Cayetano said the city government intends to preserve at least 25 hectares of agricultural land. To achieve this goal, the city government is aggressively promoting urban farming and gardening. This goal is not prompted by nostalgia for an agricultural past, but for pragmatic reasons. The city government views urban farming not only as a source of income for its residents but as a way to promote a better environment and a healthier lifestyle.

The city’s urban gardening program favors organic farming where pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics, and growth hormones are not used on crops. Organically grown products are better for the environment and for a person’s health.

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January 21, 2017   Comments Off on Philippines: Taguig aims for better environment, healthier lifestyle through urban farming

The Next Generation Of Farmers Is Being Trained In New York City High


Natalie Arroyo is a senior “Aggie,” one of 600 New York City public school students enrolled in a specialized, four-year agriculture program at John Bowne High School in Queens. She plans to become an agriculture educator after college. Photo by Lela Nargi for NPR.

Some 600 of the city’s public school students are enrolled in Bowne’s specialized, four-year agriculture program.

By Lela Nargi
NPR
January 5, 2017

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Like most of their schoolmates, the Aggies follow an ordinary curriculum of English, math and social studies. But they also learn the building blocks of diverse careers in the booming industry of agriculture, which sees almost 60,000 new jobs open up in the U.S. every year, according to the USDA. The Aggies grow crops, care for livestock and learn the rudiments of floriculture, viticulture, aquaculture, biotechnology and entrepreneurship.

While high schools in rural farming areas have long prepared students for these sorts of jobs, they can’t come close to meeting the demand. So some urban public high schools are stepping in to fill the void.

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January 12, 2017   Comments Off on The Next Generation Of Farmers Is Being Trained In New York City High

Evangelizing in the Garden: Conservative Christian efforts to Convert Non-Believers via Urban Agriculture in US Cities

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The creation of urban green space and community gardening plots, in particular, are often seen as an unequivocal good—by troubling this narrative and interrogating the different ways garden sites are employed by different actors, we gain a better understanding of how urban agriculture is actually functioning in today’s US cities.

By Chhaya Kolavalli
Savage Minds
Oct 27, 2016
(Savage Minds is a group blog that has been writing about sociocultural anthropology since 2005.)

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A dominant trend among these “new” Christians has been to utilize urban agriculture and community gardening as a means of feeding and creating community with the poor (Carnes 2011; Clayborn 2006; Roberts 2009). The garden, however, is also emblematic of new methods of domestic evangelism (Elisha 2008)—as outlined by Carly, above. For the evangelical urban gardeners involved in this study, the garden served as a site to recruit new church members and to ‘model’ several aspects of their conservative religious ideology—most notably, as I’ll argue, a heteronormative patriarchal family structure and gendered division of labor.

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University of Pittsburgh students use fish to create urban farm

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With the help of a $10,000 award from Betaburgh, Pitt students Vinh Luong and Joe DiPietro are starting a self-sufficient mini farm. Courtesy of Vinh Luong. Click on image for larger file.

“Watching how excited people get about aquaponics and something that I am creating is definitely the best part,” DiPietro said.

By Jace Bridges
The Pitt News
Sept 9, 2016

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The steel fish tank sits at the base of the portable farm system and houses about 300 tilapia. The system filters the fish water and converts it into nitrate-rich water, which is pumped up to the wooden greenhouse through irrigation tubes and over to the towers of the farm.

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September 15, 2016   Comments Off on University of Pittsburgh students use fish to create urban farm

Singapore: Rooftop farm has crop of new ideas

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Comcrop CEO Allan Lim at his rooftop aquaponic farm. Mr Lim is optimistic that one day, the roofs of HDB estates and multistorey carparks could house similar urban rooftop farms. Photo: Dios Vincoy Jr For The Straits Times

He has his sights set on building a full-scale farm on a 3,500 sq metre location in Woodlands, with the aim of supplying food production centres and catering companies with leafy greens.

By Cheryl Teh
Straits Times
Aug 5, 2016

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Crops like basil and peppermint grow abundantly from vertical racks, and are tended to by several senior citizens and volunteers.

The crops from these racks alone provide over 150kg of produce per month – enough to garnish over 20,000 plates at a restaurant for a year.

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August 9, 2016   Comments Off on Singapore: Rooftop farm has crop of new ideas

3 Aquaponic Farms in Brooklyn, New York

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There is power in being able to grow your own food and to support your community in doing the same. Oko Farms Adult Apprenticeship program offers a unique urban farming experience.

Verticulture, Edenworks and OKO farms.

By Lorraine Chow
Eco Watch
Jun 17, 2016

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At an old Pfizer manufacturing plant in Bedstuy, Verticulture is raising food such as kale, micro basil and Brooklyn-born tilapia and looking to tap into the Big Apple’s $600 million in unmet demand for local produce.

According to The Verge, the startup is producing about 30 to 40 pounds of basil a week thanks to the help of 150-180 tilapia.

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July 23, 2016   Comments Off on 3 Aquaponic Farms in Brooklyn, New York

Virginia State University Harding Street Urban Agriculture Center uses cutting-edge technology to grow fish, vegetables

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Urban Agriculture Center received a $1.5 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

By Malik Russell
Virginia Free Press
5/20/2016

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According to Duron Chavis, the center’s project director and a VSU graduate, the center combines hydroponics, where vegetables are grown in water rather than soil, and aquaponics, where fish are grown in small tanks, in a way that allows the fish waste to work as fertilizer for the plants, which in turn, filter the water.

“Basically, we’re trying to multiply how much food you can grow (in a small space) by two, three, four or five times, while at the same time conserving water and energy,” Mr. Chavis told the Free Press.

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This startup uses fish poop to grow fresh leafy greens inside a Brooklyn warehouse

Could Farming Be an NYC Growth Sector? from Gunjan Banerji on Vimeo.

In a year, the company estimates the farm will produce about 50,000 pounds of tilapia and 130,000 pounds of leafy greens, such as chard, kale, mustard greens, and radish greens.

By Leanna Garfield
Tech Insider
May 18, 2016

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Edenworks is an urban farming startup that will soon grow different varieties of greens inside a 10,000-square-foot Brooklyn warehouse all while raising tilapia and using their waste as fertilizer.

Set to open by the end of 2016, the vertical farm, called Farmstack, will act as a man-made ecosystem and function without natural sunlight.

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May 19, 2016   Comments Off on This startup uses fish poop to grow fresh leafy greens inside a Brooklyn warehouse

Raised In Chicago: West Side Urban Farm Reaps Aquaponics Harvest

Metro Farms from Medill Reports on Vimeo.

A greenhouse that sustains crops of lettuce, kale and about a dozen herbs, in addition to Rocky Mountain and American Blue tilapia that live in six 800-gallon tanks

By H. Will Racke
Medill Reports
May 4, 2016

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Metro Farms sends a weekly harvest to farmers markets, local food co-ops, and specialty grocery stores such as Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets.

It’s all part of what Kant calls a “biological machine,” and it stands as a testament to the potential of aquaponics to become a major part of urban agriculture in Chicago and other cities with unused industrial or commercial space.

Aquaponics farming, in particular, can be done by commercially-focused, large-scale growers like Metro Farms, or backyard garden enthusiasts like Dave Johnson of Villa Park.

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May 12, 2016   Comments Off on Raised In Chicago: West Side Urban Farm Reaps Aquaponics Harvest

The Guardian: Greenhouse in the sky – inside Europe’s biggest urban farm

urbgUrbanFarmers’ greenhouse is ‘an example of cities reconnecting with food’, says Jan Willem van der Schans. Photograph: space & matter

“I always refer to the debates about parks in the city in the past. I think in 100 years, urban agriculture will be as normal as the city parks we have today.”

By Senay Boztas
The Guardian
Apr 27, 2016

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De Schilde, a brick-and-glass flanked seven-storey building, was built as a television and telephone factory for Philips in the 1950s by the modernist architect Dirk Roosenburg. It has about 12,400 sq m of total floor space, largely abandoned but too solid and expensive to knock down. In the Netherlands, 18% of offices are empty, due to the two last economic crises and cuts in the size of government. Dr Hilde Remøy of Delft University of Technology has predicted office vacancy in the Netherlands will soon reach 25%, the highest in Europe. According to Cushman & Wakefield’s global office forecast 2015-16, the European average will be about 10%.

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“Sky farm” – World Architecture Festival Awards Jury

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“Its geometry can also be adapted depending on the Earth’s latitude and the amount of sunlight available. In cooler climates, a double skinned enclosure and heating could be added to create optimum growing conditions.”

By Architects at London-based architecture firm Roger Stirk Harbour and Partners

Skyfarm proposes an alternative to the typical land-intensive farming systems. A vertical farm, it is designed to produce crops in multi-storey structures within high density urban areas or where there is insufficient land or poor quality soil. The multi-storey tensegrity structure (isolated components in compression delineated by prestressed tension members) is made of light bamboo to create a rigid circular frame and maximise sun exposure onto the farm. These towers support several layers of agricultural cultivation and an aquaponics system that enables the growth of crops and fish together in a re-circulating system; nutrients derived from fish waste are fed to the plants and the plants provide filters for the fish to thrive in.

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April 17, 2016   Comments Off on “Sky farm” – World Architecture Festival Awards Jury

A farm deep inside a Brooklyn warehouse may lead the way to large-scale urban agriculture

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CLOSED LOOP: Waste from tilapia in Jason Green’s tanks fertilizes herbs, which then filter the water. Both the greens and the fish are sold to restaurants. Photo: Buck Ennis.

Aquaponics once seemed like a hobby could be the future for growing food in New York City

By Cara Eisenpress
Crain’s New York Business
Apr 10, 2016

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At Edenworks, the Whole Foods agreement will let Green expand from a small warehouse in East Williamsburg, where his team has spent 18 months and $1.3 million in venture capital proving the concept of its modular farm, nurturing 50 pounds of tilapia and floating seed trays of chard, arugula and basil.

The farm’s products are chemical-free, even if they are not labeled organic. That has less to do with the fact that organic fish food is not always available than it does with the cost of getting products certified organic, Green said.

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April 15, 2016   Comments Off on A farm deep inside a Brooklyn warehouse may lead the way to large-scale urban agriculture

Urban fish farming makes sense in Harare, Zimbabwe

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Tilapia eat algae, weeds, vegetable scraps and bugs. Mulauzi says, “My fish survive on algae. I develop algae for them using chicken manure.

By Sharon Mazingaizo
Harare News
Mar 16, 2016

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Alfred Mulauzi (44) walks around his garden with pride, looking over his fish pond filled with bream. Mulauzi is an urban fish farmer and keen gardener who lives in Rhodesville with his wife and three children. He completed training in fish farming to improve his livelihood whilst providing a healthy and affordable source of protein to feed his family.

Mulauzi tends to his pond, which contains over 200 tilapia, with knowledge and passion.

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April 11, 2016   Comments Off on Urban fish farming makes sense in Harare, Zimbabwe