Posted on Jun 3 2017 - 9:24am by UOG
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“Land-scarce Singapore is hugely dependent on food imports but one man is hoping to change that. Dubbed “The Urban Farmer”, Bjorn Low set up a social enterprise to teach Singaporeans how to grow their own vegetables using simple recycled materials.” ...

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“The facility will serve one the continent’s largest supermarket chains in addition to being used for testing and optimising processes for future, larger vertical farms, and is scheduled to begin operating in the latter half of this year. The 900 square metre indoor vertical farm will have over 3,000 square metres of growing space, and will use Philips GreenPower...

“Now more startups and city authorities are finding ways to grow food closer to home. High-tech “vertical farms” are sprouting inside warehouses and shipping containers, where lettuce and other greens grow without soil, stacked in horizontal or vertical rows and fed by water and LED lights, which can be customized to control the size, texture or other...

“Vertical farming means growing crops indoors in stacked beds. “This is a new way of farming, and it’s really redefining how we can bring local produce to the cities,” says Marc Oshima, a Morristown native and cofounder of AeroFarms. Oshima, CEO David Rosenberg and scientist Ed Harwood started the business in an effort to address global concerns over...

“I can say I have now been gardening for almost 50 years. I don’t really remember when I started. But I also don’t remember ever not gardening. All our summer days were spent outside in the yard. And those days were full of fun, hard work, lessons and lectures. The garden was our playground. It was also our classroom. We spent days and days looking...

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“Engaging youth in learning to grow and care for their plants serves as both a way to spark interest and curiosity in science and offers an easy way for after-school instructors to support their students in learning science,” said Lynch School of Education Professor of Science Education Michael Barnett, the project leader. Most after-school instructors...

“The city is planning a 250-acre agricultural district, which will function as a space to work, live, shop, and farm food. Called Sunqiao Shanghai, it will include new public plazas, parks, housing, stores, restaurants, greenhouses, and a science museum. Some of the crops will be grown hydroponically indoors (i.e. under LEDs and in nutrient-rich water rather...

“Part of the tower would be made of modular pieces, which would allow it to be taken apart and transported somewhere else. (Though, the designers do not say how long that process would take.) ‘When farmers improve their harvests, they pull themselves out of poverty. They also start producing surplus food for their neighbors. When farmers prosper, they...

Nick DeMarsh, food systems developer with Groundwork Milwaukee, joined Pete Schwaba to talk about Groundwork Milwaukee’s Young Farmers Program. DeMarsh’s Young Farmers Program teaches kids about urban farming and how food can be used to help communities. Original article can be found at: “www.wtmj.com“ ...

“Two very different New Jersey businesses — an online mortgage broker and an urban farming operation — are in line for sizable tax incentives from the state’s Economic Development Authority this week to locate operations in Camden. E Mortgage Management LLC of Cherry Hill is awaiting word on a Grow New Jersey Assistance Program Grant that would...

Posted on May 18 2017 - 4:25am by UOG
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“Facing overstuffed silos and forecasts for another huge harvest this year, U.S. farmers are trying to find new uses for their corn and soybeans. Robust demand for processed foods, animal feed and biofuels isn’t keeping up with a record glut of crops in the U.S. and around the world, after several years of bumper harvests and largely benevolent weather....

“Located on what was the last tract of property zoned for agriculture in Milwaukee, a former professional athlete started a farm that has spurred dozens of others to grow in cities’ urban cores.” “What I’m teaching today, a lot was passed on to me by my parents,” Allen said. “My family has been farming for more than 400...

“CSAs benefit consumers by providing them with fresh, local produce at a reasonable price. As our lives get busier, it only gets harder to make time for thoughtful grocery shopping, where you try to get a healthy mix of fruits and vegetables. Eliminating that task is a big time-saver. The unexpected benefit of using a CSA, is that you will likely receive produce...

“The revised plan focuses less on agribusiness and more on beautifying the neighborhood, with some economic opportunities for entrepreneurs.” “The orchard will feature a green space area for picnics, and a pathway for walking and biking. Residents will be able to sign up for membership to use a 2,100-square-foot hoop house for year-round gardening....

“Learn how to use vintage elements to create an herb garden that moves easily from the windowsill to the sink to the countertop.” Read the rest of the story at: “BHG.com“ ...

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