• Big Bend Property Going Back to Farming Roots

    September 27, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Amidst the semitrailer trucks and traffic whizzing by along a stretch of the mainly industrial Byrne Road in South Burnaby, listen carefully and you might hear a few contented snorts. That would be Chop and Bacon, two Tamworth Berkshire cross pigs that are now making a three-acre patch of long-neglected farmland home.
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  • Park Revives Orange County's Legacy

    September 25, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    IRVINE, Calif. -- Orange County is no longer the giant of agricultural production that it was 60 years ago, but today it's a national leader in exploring the future of farming. Hydroponics, aquaponics, vertical farming, growing algae as a source of biofuel and for cooking oil and vitamins -- it's all part of the organic farm at the Orange County Great Park that honors agriculture's past, educates urbanites and experiments with cutting-edge farming for the future.
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  • Detroit’s Urban Agriculture Ordinance Gets Community Review

    September 24, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Urban farming is on the verge of being legalized in Detroit. It’s not backyard gardens that are being addressed in the city’s newly proposed Urban Agricultural Ordinance, but entire lots decked out in vegetable production that have previously been “un-lawful” in the city. Wednesday evening marked the first in a series of three community meetings scheduled to discuss Detroit’s proposed Urban Agriculture Ordinance. The ordinance represents years of concerted effort to develop city policy that legalizes and administrates the practice of farming in the city.
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  • UC Dean Announces Plans for Program to Support Urban Farming

    September 20, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    The University of California dean who oversees the Gill Tract announced plans Tuesday night to create a center for food systems, urban agriculture and food policy that would be connected to the research field for at least the next decade. Keith Gilless, who runs UC Berkeley's College of Natural Resources, gave the City Council and members of the public an update at Tuesday's council meeting about his plans for the agricultural land.
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  • New Aquaponics Farming System Helps Cities and Drought-Stricken Regions

    September 19, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    An urban farm aimed at providing food for an economically disadvantaged northwest Denver neighborhood is drawing widespread interest because of its unique techniques. GrowHaus — co-founded by Adam Brock who works in partnership with JD and Tawnya Sawyer of Colorado Aquaponics — uses an aquaponic growing system.
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  • Kingsland Basin's Floating Allotment Barge

    September 18, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    When you run out of ground space for growing, why not take to the water? Admirably showing how it's done, Kingsland Basin's floating allotment barge in east London produces a variety of organic edibles from rhubarb, rocket and potatoes to runner beans, tomatoes, globe artichokes and even two kinds of gooseberries — green and red. Alpine strawberries run riot and next year, the apple and pear trees should start fruiting.
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  • North America's First Vertical Urban Farm is Being Built in Canada

    September 17, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Vancouver-based Alterrus Systems will begin building North America’s first VertiCrop urban farming system on the top level of a downtown Vancouver parking lot. Alterrus’s VertiCrop vertical-farming technology uses hydroponic technology to grow leafy green vegetables and herbs in a greenhouse without pesticides or herbicides. Its produce will be transported directly to local Vancouver markets, reducing carbon footprint. The produce will be available in Vancouver in October.
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  • Chicago Turning into FarmVille

    September 13, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Long known as a city of neighborhoods, Chicago is rapidly becoming a city of neighborhood farms. On top of the countless backyard and community gardens that dot the city, several larger-scale agricultural ventures are underway. The latest to announce plans is the New York-based BrightFarms, which, as Crain’s reported last week, will build a 45,000-square-foot greenhouse atop a commercial building in Roscoe Village.
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  • Area Farm’s Hydroponic Lettuce Growing in Popularity

    September 12, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Just because a greenhouse shelters produce from the elements doesn’t mean hydroponic farming is easy. That’s one of the first myths that Ryan Eddinger would love to dispel. While you can control variables, the downside is that you must control them — and the balance is tenuous and labor intensive, more sterile science project than backyard garden. “We’re in control of everything,” Eddinger said. “With hydroponics, if you screw up, you find out real fast. You don’t have any buffer.” Eddinger and his wife, Caroline, operate Two Sisters Farm — named for their two daughters, 10-year-old Stella and 8-year-old Sophia — at their home in rural Lecompton.
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  • A Garden Floats in the Anable Basin, LIC

    September 11, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    We’ve heard of plans for a floating pool in the East River, and we all know that urban farming has been applied to just about any available space in the city, taking gardens and farms to the sky on building rooftops and beyond. Now, a 22-year-old architecture student at The Cooper Union has taken the two concepts — urban farming and utilizing the precious extra space that the river offers — and created an experimental hydroponic floating garden to grace the East River.
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