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Growing food in African cities

Cities should not only be able to serve the need of settlement acquainted with aesthetic of yards and flower gardens. In our age and time, urban regions should be able to accommodate farming practices in order to feed the populations.This is a view according to experts in agriculture, an analysis made in.....

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Another home hydroponic kit looking for crowdfunding

Home vertical farming seems to be becoming a bit of a trend. Now, an Austrian company has launched a Kickstarter campaign. Ponix Systems promises to bring fresh organic vegetables, herbs and fruits into everyone's home. Herbert, the hydroponic vertical farm, makes indoor gardening as simple and clean as.....

CAN (BC): Aquaculture system produces 600,000 kilos of fish annually

Pentair AES spotlights Marine Harvest Canada – Dalrymple Hatchery. Located in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, this Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) facility produces 600,000 kilos of Atlantic Salmon Smolt annually (approximately 5.5 million fish).Source: Canadian Aquaponics

Lighting Science steps into vertical farming with new VividGro LED product line

Lighting Science announced their entrée into the vertical farming space with the addition of an LED T8 grow lamp to their industry-leading VividGro product line. Engineered specifically for vertical farming facilities and grow chambers/facilities, the latest addition to the VividGro line packs high output,.....

Fresh Box Farms’ Dave Vosburg on indoor ag’s potential

As consumers increasingly demand food that is both locally sourced and more nutritious, Controlled Environment Indoor Agriculture (CEIA) has an important role to play in our future food system.By growing close to urban consumers, produce gets from its point of harvest to tables faster. Shorter travel.....

Canada: Food Bank greenhouse provides fresh produce all year round

The shed was just collecting dust out behind the Regina and District Food Bank but the group could see its potential.During the summer, fresh fruit and vegetable donations run aplenty at the food bank but in the winter, those dry up. So the solution was simple, why not turn the shed into a greenhouse?“We’re.....

Canadian food banks grow own food as donations decline

In a bid to make up for a shortfall of high-quality nutritious food, some Canadian food banks are growing their own produce — and even farming fish.The Mississauga Food Bank recently launched AquaGrow Farms, where tilapia is being raised in tanks and lettuce is raised through hydroponics, or without.....

US: Aquaponics gains momentum in Arizona

In 2012, Arizona was tied for the third-most aquaponics farms – both commercial and residential – in the U.S. and possessed the second-largest average aquaponics farms by size with an average of about 3,208 gallons of water per farm, according to research by the Southern Regional Aquaculture Center.George.....

US (CA): Tower farm sprouts in Los Olivos

As of late last year, the Santa Ynez Valley has its first retail tower farm. It's called The Farm - Los Olivos, located in Los Olivos, of course. It's a Tower Garden by Juice Plus + operation, owned by Todd Mehl.He and his fiancée/business partner, Maria Arroyo, moved to the Valley from Santa Barbara several.....

US (NE): Hydroponics facility attracts Chinese researchers

Arlyn Cattau’s hydroponics facility has attracted curious visitors from across the country, from Texas to Minnesota.Thursday morning's group set a new travel record as a delegation from China stopped by the farm just north of Columbus.Curt Chittock, CEO of Simply Country, the manufacturer of Cattau’s system,.....

US (WI): Family sets up 'drive-in' aquaponics greenhouse

In their new two-bay, 6,000-square-foot greenhouse near Bangor, the Steve and Michelle Glandt family and their Lyfe Gardens, LLC, have begun growing tilapia fish and produce for sale year-round.Lyfe Gardens began selling vegetables in November, Michelle said, and will begin selling tilapia by March. It sells.....

February 23, Overton

US (TX): Learn about the essential components of aquaponics

An aquaponics seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 23 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 Farm-to-Market 3053 in Overton.The seminar is free and open to the public.Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service small-acreage horticulturist, Overton, said the.....

US (MN): Owatonna market grows fresh hydroponic veggies

A market focused on connecting area residents with fresh, locally grown produce and products has opened in Owatonna.Greens Market, owned and operated by Ron Phillips and Jason and Kirie Sarazine, opened its doors at 216. W. Bridge St. last week after months of work at the space.“This will be a farmers market.....

US (CO): Restaurant-supplying indoor farm to expand in size and crops

In a shipping container surrounded by snow, Wendy Wyatt is growing lettuce, arugula, kale and other greens.Suspended from the ceiling in hollow fiberglass fencing, her 4,000 plants are kept in a near perfect environment that accelerates their growth and allows them to thrive year-round, Wyatt said.Since the.....

US (IN): Lafayette Community raising funds for vertical farm

The Lafayette Community is organizing a game-changing fundraiser to build a nonprofit Vertical Farm downtown. They hope to raise $30,000 in two weeks, however the fundraiser will be active for 30 days. In addition to renting the space downtown, a portion of the money will also purchase the towers, indoor.....

Why new farmers are joining the ag industry

Upstart University - an online training program for modern farmers - launched March 16, 2015. In under two years, it built 30+ courses on building farm businesses, designing effective grow systems, and managing crops. Now, Upstart U has hit a major milestone: 1,000+ members (and counting).Over the years, the.....

Canadian grower donates fish to those in need in Toronto

Green Relief is a licensed producer of Cannabis for Medical Purposes located in Puslinch, Ontario. They use aquaponics to grow their crop.Green Relief also harvests 300-340 fish every four weeks and they donate the fish to Second Harvest, the main provider of fresh food to people in need in Toronto.Second.....

SoCal University provides students with aeroponic produce

A prominent university in Southern California is utilizing aeroponics to challenge the food systems status quo on campus. The University of Southern California (USC) Teaching Garden was established this spring to supply fresh produce to the university’s on-campus restaurants, dining halls, catering services,.....

China: Hydroponic dining at Beijing restaurant

Dubbed Leaf In (stylized as LeafIN), the restaurant and on-site garden (which opened on December 10) stand out like a determined blade of grass sprouting from a stony sidewalk crack. It does so with the use of hydroponics.Leaf In's menu details how the owners use hydroponic technology from the Chinese.....

US government loans millions to jumpstart urban farming

Every year, the US Department of Agriculture devotes millions of dollars to farmers in rural areas.The government is increasingly starting to offer assistance to urban farms, too.In 2016, the USDA funded a dozen urban farms, the highest number in history, Val Dolicini, the administrator for the USDA Farm.....

Considerations for choosing a ZipFarm location

With today’s sophisticated growing equipment, modern farmers can produce local food anywhere there's a market for it, regardless of location or environmental constraints.The ZipFarm – a turnkey indoor farm solution designed for humans – empowers today's innovative farmers to grow food anywhere using vertical.....

US: Green Wolf brings freshness to Texas panhandle

Hundreds of years ago, the Texas panhandle was home to thousands of buffalo. After a few centuries of buffalo stomping on the ground, the soil was compacted and dense, leaving a challenge to future farmers.Now, the land cattle country and home to thousands of acres of corn, wheat, milo, cotton, and other.....

US (HI): Aquaponics & commercial aquaponics courses on Maui

Aquaponics and introduction to commercial aquaponics science courses will begin Jan. 17, 2017, for backyard, small-scale and commercial entrepreneurs ready to enhance their understanding in the applications of business and aquaponic science side of growing food in a soilless aquatic environment with.....

Japan’s oldest plant factory company charts a new course

At a recent ‘East Meets West’ event co-hosted by Indoor Ag-Con partners at the Japan Plant Factory Association and UrbanAgNews, MIRAI’s incoming President & CEO, Shiina Yoshio, outlined his vision for the Japanese plant factory major.MIRAI was one of the first of Japan’s 200+ plant factory companies,.....

US (GA): Deerfield students grow veg without soil

Students in the Deerfield-Windsor School gardening class are growing vegetables without soil and using 90 percent less water and energy, thanks largely to a grant from the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District. Money received from the grant was used to purchase a hydroponic tower garden.“The Flint.....

US: Marapharm to include "vertical plus" farming

Marapharm announces that it's modifying its farming model to include some farming styles which originated from conventional vertical farming. Marapharm's farming model is called "vertical plus". "While farming in a vertical dimension, every cubic inch contributes to the final yield of flower as opposed to.....

Square Roots opens up its container farms to the public

Square roots opened their doors, or should I said shipping containers, to the public who were able to see first hand the urban shipping container farms the company plans to popularize. Visitors were even allowed to taste the first fruits of their labors as they ate the city grown mustard greens.The.....

CityFarm Malaysia encouraging indoor farming

A new organization, CityFarm is looking to inspire farmers around the country and the world to grow indoors. They believe that, as the world's population grows, we will need to change where we grow to meet food demands in the future. Jayden Koay, one of the founders of CityFarm Malaysia, uses hydroponics to.....

KSU Aquaponics Program supplies soup kitchens

People at Access Soup Kitchen in Frankfort are getting very healthy meals thanks to an initiative spearheaded by KSU.KSU’s Aquaponics Program raises food high in nutrients and offers it to shelters year round.“Part of the grant that we're working on is a capacity building grant for urban aquaponics, and a.....

Tips for prospective hydroponic basil growers

The woody herb can be sweet, savory, or peppery, and it smells amazing. Basil has been used some way in almost every place in the world and has collected its own interesting history throughout the ages. (For a century or two, basil was thought to spawn scorpions.)Basil belongs to the mint family (Lamiaceae),.....

Artificial trees and vertical farms turn Europe’s cities green

Moss-covered boards that absorb city pollution and warehouses where fish and LED-lit lettuce grow side-by-side are helping to reshape the way that urban Europeans live their lives.People in Europe are increasingly living in dense urban spaces where pollution is worsened by the exhaust fumes of lorries that.....