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These folks feed their family with a garden in their swimming pool — and you can, too!

Read more here.

(Source: vimeo.com)

jeanpolfus:

Chickens. Argyle, Wisconsin.

jeanpolfus:

Chickens. Argyle, Wisconsin.

organicandurban:

Wonderful use of tetra paks in the Prinzessinnen Garten in Berlin

organicandurban:

Wonderful use of tetra paks in the Prinzessinnen Garten in Berlin

Yay for urban gardens in SF! 
sophiepeoples:

bean sprouts @ the usf community garden. san francisco, ca

Yay for urban gardens in SF! 

sophiepeoples:

bean sprouts @ the usf community garden. san francisco, ca

We had the pleasure of working with BrightFarms back in 2010-2011. great to see their progress!

BrightFarms, Inc., the leading urban agriculture company, today announced that it has kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to help finance the state-of-the-art greenhouse it is building in Washington, DC. At 120k square feet it will be the most productive urban farm in the world.

The campaign follows BrightFarms’ announcement in June that it had signed a lease with the District of Columbia’s Department of General Services for the site in Washington DC’s Ward 8. Earlier this year BrightFarms entered into an agreement with the grocer Giant Food who will be the exclusive retailer in the nation’s capital region of BrightFarms’ year round local produce. Under that agreement, BrightFarms is responsible for financing, building and operating the greenhouse while Giant Food distributes the produce to its stores. The two companies will also work together to distribute produce from the greenhouse to local community organizations that can supply residents who otherwise lack access to fresh produce.

"Crowdfunding offers an outstanding way to let supermarket customers choose and support their local farmers," said BrightFarms CEO Paul Lightfoot. "We’re humbled by the support we’ve already received and look forward to serving the Washington, DC community."

BrightFarms has launched its campaign on Indiegogo and its campaign page can be viewed at igg.me/at/brightfarms. The goal is to raise $50,000 within 60 days. BrightFarms plans to break ground on the greenhouse next month.

Read more here

(Source: polinumnums)

Uncommon Ground: the perfect name for America’s greenest restaurantWith a list of accolades that doesn’t stop, Chicago’s Uncommon Ground is anything but common. Named“Greenest restaurant” in America in 2011 and 2013, winner of the governor’s sustainability award, the country’s first certified organic rooftop farm, restaurant of the year, green business of the year…the list goes on and on. And now the owners are adding: “first organic brewery in the state” to that list.Read more here.

Uncommon Ground: the perfect name for America’s greenest restaurant

With a list of accolades that doesn’t stop, Chicago’s Uncommon Ground is anything but common. Named“Greenest restaurant” in America in 2011 and 2013, winner of the governor’s sustainability award, the country’s first certified organic rooftop farm, restaurant of the year, green business of the year…the list goes on and on. And now the owners are adding: “first organic brewery in the state” to that list.

Read more here.

Innovators Crowdfund $63K for Smart Beehive Sensors
“Colony collapse disorder, or CCD, has plagued beehives around the world, threatening about $15 billion worth of agricultural production. While there are suspicions, there’s yet to be enough research to lead to significant answers and solutions. The Open Source Beehives, or OSBH, is trying to change that one beehive smart-sensor at a time.”
Full article here. 

Innovators Crowdfund $63K for Smart Beehive Sensors


Colony collapse disorder, or CCD, has plagued beehives around the world, threatening about $15 billion worth of agricultural production. While there are suspicions, there’s yet to be enough research to lead to significant answers and solutions. The Open Source Beehives, or OSBH, is trying to change that one beehive smart-sensor at a time.”

Full article here. 

Panasonic is Growing Veggies in Singapore’s First Licensed Indoor Farm
"Panasonic–yep, the same tech company that made your TV and stereo–announced it is now commercially growing vegetables in Singapore’s first licensed indoor farm, producing about 3.6 tons of produce annually. The company has signed with the Japanese restaurant, Ootoya, to sell mini red radish, red leafy lettuce, and mizuna, or potherb mustard."
Full article here. 

Panasonic is Growing Veggies in Singapore’s First Licensed Indoor Farm

"Panasonic–yep, the same tech company that made your TV and stereo–announced it is now commercially growing vegetables in Singapore’s first licensed indoor farm, producing about 3.6 tons of produce annually. The company has signed with the Japanese restaurant, Ootoya, to sell mini red radish, red leafy lettuce, and mizuna, or potherb mustard."

Full article here. 

madmarilyn:

I-DE-A-CA
"Inglorious fruits & vegetables"
Spot

madmarilyn:

I-DE-A-CA

"Inglorious fruits & vegetables"

Spot

This supermarket came up with a brilliant way to eliminate food waste! Check it out…

Read more here: http://elitedaily.com/envision/food/supermarket-keep-food-going-waste-video/

(Source: youtube.com)

Stoked my favorite new magazine came with my room at the Ace Hotel!

Stoked my favorite new magazine came with my room at the Ace Hotel!

newsweek:

Making It Rain - Modern Farmer
On an unseasonably balmy March evening, a common scene is playing out in San Francisco’s Financial District. Inside a venue with enormous windows and a gilded staircase, guests glide through the crowd underneath glittering chandeliers. There’s a photo booth; wine is flowing. A DJ who is also a trumpeter riffs along to his set. The women are in heels and dresses; the men sport blazers and hip glasses. “So, I should invest in this company in San Rafael?” a man asks by the wine station, as his friend starts handing over contact information. “Ugh, that’s what I hate about these mingles,” frets one woman, adjusting her hair in the ladies’ room mirror. “I don’t know how to strategize about who to talk to!”
But this soirée isn’t being thrown to fete the latest sexting app or online delivery service cooked up in San Francisco’s towering tech scene. Everyone is here to talk about water.

newsweek:

Making It Rain - Modern Farmer

On an unseasonably balmy March evening, a common scene is playing out in San Francisco’s Financial District. Inside a venue with enormous windows and a gilded staircase, guests glide through the crowd underneath glittering chandeliers. There’s a photo booth; wine is flowing. A DJ who is also a trumpeter riffs along to his set. The women are in heels and dresses; the men sport blazers and hip glasses. “So, I should invest in this company in San Rafael?” a man asks by the wine station, as his friend starts handing over contact information. “Ugh, that’s what I hate about these mingles,” frets one woman, adjusting her hair in the ladies’ room mirror. “I don’t know how to strategize about who to talk to!”

But this soirée isn’t being thrown to fete the latest sexting app or online delivery service cooked up in San Francisco’s towering tech scene. Everyone is here to talk about water.

(via farm-dreams)

Hey NYC fans check out this event at Brooklyn Grange to support NY Sunworks!

FROM NY SUNWORKS:
Please join us for a fun evening of Trashion Fashion, art installations, food, music and more.
Saturday May 31st, 6PM at The Brooklyn Grange!

The NYC Trashion Fashion Show is an outlet for artists, fashion designers
and students to make art out of clean waste from the community that
would otherwise be tossed into landfills. All proceeds go to support NY
Sun Works and our mission to improve environmental science education
in urban schools. 

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Hey NYC fans check out this event at Brooklyn Grange to support NY Sunworks!
FROM NY SUNWORKS:
Please join us for a fun evening of Trashion Fashion, art installations, food, music and more.
Saturday May 31st, 6PM at The Brooklyn Grange!
The NYC Trashion Fashion Show is an outlet for artists, fashion designers
and students to make art out of clean waste from the community that
would otherwise be tossed into landfills. All proceeds go to support NY
Sun Works and our mission to improve environmental science education
in urban schools. 

These folks feed their family with a garden in their swimming pool — and you can, too!

Read more here.

(Source: vimeo.com)

jeanpolfus:

Chickens. Argyle, Wisconsin.

jeanpolfus:

Chickens. Argyle, Wisconsin.

organicandurban:

Wonderful use of tetra paks in the Prinzessinnen Garten in Berlin

organicandurban:

Wonderful use of tetra paks in the Prinzessinnen Garten in Berlin

Yay for urban gardens in SF! 
sophiepeoples:

bean sprouts @ the usf community garden. san francisco, ca

Yay for urban gardens in SF! 

sophiepeoples:

bean sprouts @ the usf community garden. san francisco, ca

We had the pleasure of working with BrightFarms back in 2010-2011. great to see their progress!

BrightFarms, Inc., the leading urban agriculture company, today announced that it has kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to help finance the state-of-the-art greenhouse it is building in Washington, DC. At 120k square feet it will be the most productive urban farm in the world.

The campaign follows BrightFarms’ announcement in June that it had signed a lease with the District of Columbia’s Department of General Services for the site in Washington DC’s Ward 8. Earlier this year BrightFarms entered into an agreement with the grocer Giant Food who will be the exclusive retailer in the nation’s capital region of BrightFarms’ year round local produce. Under that agreement, BrightFarms is responsible for financing, building and operating the greenhouse while Giant Food distributes the produce to its stores. The two companies will also work together to distribute produce from the greenhouse to local community organizations that can supply residents who otherwise lack access to fresh produce.

"Crowdfunding offers an outstanding way to let supermarket customers choose and support their local farmers," said BrightFarms CEO Paul Lightfoot. "We’re humbled by the support we’ve already received and look forward to serving the Washington, DC community."

BrightFarms has launched its campaign on Indiegogo and its campaign page can be viewed at igg.me/at/brightfarms. The goal is to raise $50,000 within 60 days. BrightFarms plans to break ground on the greenhouse next month.

Read more here

(Source: polinumnums)

Uncommon Ground: the perfect name for America’s greenest restaurantWith a list of accolades that doesn’t stop, Chicago’s Uncommon Ground is anything but common. Named“Greenest restaurant” in America in 2011 and 2013, winner of the governor’s sustainability award, the country’s first certified organic rooftop farm, restaurant of the year, green business of the year…the list goes on and on. And now the owners are adding: “first organic brewery in the state” to that list.Read more here.

Uncommon Ground: the perfect name for America’s greenest restaurant

With a list of accolades that doesn’t stop, Chicago’s Uncommon Ground is anything but common. Named“Greenest restaurant” in America in 2011 and 2013, winner of the governor’s sustainability award, the country’s first certified organic rooftop farm, restaurant of the year, green business of the year…the list goes on and on. And now the owners are adding: “first organic brewery in the state” to that list.

Read more here.

Innovators Crowdfund $63K for Smart Beehive Sensors
“Colony collapse disorder, or CCD, has plagued beehives around the world, threatening about $15 billion worth of agricultural production. While there are suspicions, there’s yet to be enough research to lead to significant answers and solutions. The Open Source Beehives, or OSBH, is trying to change that one beehive smart-sensor at a time.”
Full article here. 

Innovators Crowdfund $63K for Smart Beehive Sensors


Colony collapse disorder, or CCD, has plagued beehives around the world, threatening about $15 billion worth of agricultural production. While there are suspicions, there’s yet to be enough research to lead to significant answers and solutions. The Open Source Beehives, or OSBH, is trying to change that one beehive smart-sensor at a time.”

Full article here. 

Panasonic is Growing Veggies in Singapore’s First Licensed Indoor Farm
"Panasonic–yep, the same tech company that made your TV and stereo–announced it is now commercially growing vegetables in Singapore’s first licensed indoor farm, producing about 3.6 tons of produce annually. The company has signed with the Japanese restaurant, Ootoya, to sell mini red radish, red leafy lettuce, and mizuna, or potherb mustard."
Full article here. 

Panasonic is Growing Veggies in Singapore’s First Licensed Indoor Farm

"Panasonic–yep, the same tech company that made your TV and stereo–announced it is now commercially growing vegetables in Singapore’s first licensed indoor farm, producing about 3.6 tons of produce annually. The company has signed with the Japanese restaurant, Ootoya, to sell mini red radish, red leafy lettuce, and mizuna, or potherb mustard."

Full article here. 

madmarilyn:

I-DE-A-CA
"Inglorious fruits & vegetables"
Spot

madmarilyn:

I-DE-A-CA

"Inglorious fruits & vegetables"

Spot

This supermarket came up with a brilliant way to eliminate food waste! Check it out…

Read more here: http://elitedaily.com/envision/food/supermarket-keep-food-going-waste-video/

(Source: youtube.com)

Stoked my favorite new magazine came with my room at the Ace Hotel!

Stoked my favorite new magazine came with my room at the Ace Hotel!

via FoodTank
newsweek:

Making It Rain - Modern Farmer
On an unseasonably balmy March evening, a common scene is playing out in San Francisco’s Financial District. Inside a venue with enormous windows and a gilded staircase, guests glide through the crowd underneath glittering chandeliers. There’s a photo booth; wine is flowing. A DJ who is also a trumpeter riffs along to his set. The women are in heels and dresses; the men sport blazers and hip glasses. “So, I should invest in this company in San Rafael?” a man asks by the wine station, as his friend starts handing over contact information. “Ugh, that’s what I hate about these mingles,” frets one woman, adjusting her hair in the ladies’ room mirror. “I don’t know how to strategize about who to talk to!”
But this soirée isn’t being thrown to fete the latest sexting app or online delivery service cooked up in San Francisco’s towering tech scene. Everyone is here to talk about water.

newsweek:

Making It Rain - Modern Farmer

On an unseasonably balmy March evening, a common scene is playing out in San Francisco’s Financial District. Inside a venue with enormous windows and a gilded staircase, guests glide through the crowd underneath glittering chandeliers. There’s a photo booth; wine is flowing. A DJ who is also a trumpeter riffs along to his set. The women are in heels and dresses; the men sport blazers and hip glasses. “So, I should invest in this company in San Rafael?” a man asks by the wine station, as his friend starts handing over contact information. “Ugh, that’s what I hate about these mingles,” frets one woman, adjusting her hair in the ladies’ room mirror. “I don’t know how to strategize about who to talk to!”

But this soirée isn’t being thrown to fete the latest sexting app or online delivery service cooked up in San Francisco’s towering tech scene. Everyone is here to talk about water.

(via farm-dreams)

Hey NYC fans check out this event at Brooklyn Grange to support NY Sunworks!

FROM NY SUNWORKS:
Please join us for a fun evening of Trashion Fashion, art installations, food, music and more.
Saturday May 31st, 6PM at The Brooklyn Grange!

The NYC Trashion Fashion Show is an outlet for artists, fashion designers
and students to make art out of clean waste from the community that
would otherwise be tossed into landfills. All proceeds go to support NY
Sun Works and our mission to improve environmental science education
in urban schools. 

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Hey NYC fans check out this event at Brooklyn Grange to support NY Sunworks!
FROM NY SUNWORKS:
Please join us for a fun evening of Trashion Fashion, art installations, food, music and more.
Saturday May 31st, 6PM at The Brooklyn Grange!
The NYC Trashion Fashion Show is an outlet for artists, fashion designers
and students to make art out of clean waste from the community that
would otherwise be tossed into landfills. All proceeds go to support NY
Sun Works and our mission to improve environmental science education
in urban schools. 

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Vertical Farms: A Sustainable Approach to Urban Agriculture To see all photos taken during the research, design and build phase of this project check out my flickr set.

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Abstract

The goal of this project is to design vertical farming systems to promote agriculture in urban environments. As the availability of food, water and energy resources becomes scarcer in an age of detrimental climate change, it will become paramount for food resources to be produced locally and for individuals, families and communities to become self-sufficient in regards to food, waste and energy. As oil prices increase, air quality declines and the global food supply diminishes, alternative methods of farming will be essential to urban living. Indoor vertical gardens and farms utilize minimal space compared to traditional farming, efficiently using space while simultaneously improving air quality, providing insulation to structures, and supplying fresh foods.

An ideal urban vertical farm system will address the food needs of individuals, families or small communities. Vertical farms can be either a collection of plants grown horizontally in a vertical system or a literally vertical vegetated wall surface. Rain collection systems that impart water directly to soil or plants will be tested in order to minimize consumption and maximize efficiency of water and energy use during the growing process. Plants will ideally rely on passive sunlight but other lighting options will also be explored. The system may also include elements to address home waste and grey water serving a dual function of food supply and waste filtration.

A verifiable and functional system could provide a long-term solution for individual users to increasing food prices and decreasing usable farmland. This project addresses larger global sustainability needs by creating a solution that is implemented on a small scale.

Keywords: Vertical Garden, Vertical Farm, Urban Garden, Urban Farm, Urban Agriculture, Industrial Agriculture, Rain Reclamation, Grey Water, LED, Hydroponic, Aeroponic, Green Wall

Problem Statement

Traditional farmlands are in a state of constant destruction and failure due to droughts, floods, pests and other detrimental elements created by global climate change. As the global population rapidly approaches 10 billion people there will no longer be sufficient farmland to supply food to all individuals. The United Nations reports that in 1970 there was one acre of farmland per person, this decreased to one-half acre in 2000 and is estimated to reach one-third acre by the year 2050. Seventy percent of globally available fresh water is currently used for irrigation, rendering it useless for drinking once contaminated by fertilizers, pesticides or one of the myriad of potentially hazardous chemicals used on industrial crops.

Urban farming addresses the ever increasing need of local and affordable foods by bringing food production to the individual, family or community. In recent years there has been a rise in demand for locally grown fruits and vegetables and an increase in urban farming programs including community gardens. Progress towards a new paradigm in agriculture is occurring but requires additional education, systems research and implementation. This project is intended to serve as an additional stepping stone in the process of shifting from large scale industrial agriculture to smaller-scale local urban farming. As farming moves from traditional farmlands to urban areas, farmlands that have been damaged by monoculture, harsh chemicals and overuse will be revitalized and returned to a more natural ecological state. In order to protect the diminishing available fresh water, rain water capture and recapture of water within the structure could be utilized for indoor farming systems. Additionally, vertical farms will reduce the production of greenhouse gas emission by limiting energy consumption for growing and shipping.

Urban vertical farms could be grown in the homes, at schools or in restaurants – offering fresh fruits and vegetables for immediate consumption and cooking. Modern life has led to a rampant increase in obesity and related health problems such as diabetes. Vertical farms could provide local, fresh, unprocessed foods to a larger under-served population such as those living in low-income communities. Fresh, organic foods are often costly and not accessible to these communities. Accessibility to full service grocery stores is often diminished in low-income communities forcing families to turn to low-quality processed foods offered in convenience stores and fast food restaurants.

Indoor vertical gardens will also provide improved air quality and serve as thermal barriers/insulators. Because indoor vertical farms will rely on passive sunlight they will be visible to both the inhabitants and the outside world, creating a beautification of urban environments. The perceived advantages of a vertically oriented system include an efficient use of space, gravity as a function of watering plants in a hydroponic system, and maximum accessibility to passive sunlight through windows (able to use entirety of window). Aesthetic qualities are also an important consideration. There is a perceived innate value in plant life that tends to provide an aspect of beauty, but the system itself can greatly diminish or accentuate that beauty depending on arrangement of components, materials used and technologies in place.