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Rooftop garden competition highlights the future of food production

Rooftop garden competition highlights the future of food production | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
This semester, the Arizona Student Unions are holding a competition for undergraduate students to design a garden on the Student Union Memorial Center roof. Teams of five interdisciplinary students will have about three months to plan out a garden that will produce crops to be donated to the Campus Pantry at UA.
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Monsanto to build conventional, GMO corn germplasm greenhouse in Arizona

Monsanto to build conventional, GMO corn germplasm greenhouse in Arizona | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Monsanto has purchased 155 acres of farmland, part of the long-established Kai Family Farm in Marana, where the 30-foot-tall greenhouse will be housed along with ancillary facilities and traditional ground production.
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Hydroponic-based organic growing methods threatened | The Packer

Hydroponic-based organic growing methods threatened | The Packer | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
A motion that will be considered in November by the National Organics Standards Board could cast doubt on the future use of hydroponic-grown organic produce.
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Elegant, yet efficient: Hydroponics at home | Features | Journal Gazette

The Journal Gazette, as Fort Wayne and northeast Indianas largest newsgathering operation, is your best source of local news, sports, business, dining and entertainment information as well as comprehensive auto, home, jobs and classified ads.
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The elegance of hydroponics

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The International Space Station and your apartment have more in common than you might think: Both environments are a great place to experiment with hydroponics.
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Spare room ‘vertical farm’ startups flourish

Spare room ‘vertical farm’ startups flourish | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Dan Albert’s farm is far from traditional. There are no picturesque, rolling fields, no tractors tilling soil; there is no white farmhouse or red barn. For that matter, there is no soil, or sunlight.
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Vertical farms take root in cities

Vertical farms take root in cities | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
no white farmhouse or red barn. For that matter, there is no soil, or sunlight.

The farm, Farmbox Greens, is inside a two-car garage behind Albert's Seattle home. It consists of 600 square feet of microgreens grown in vertically stacked trays beneath LED lights.

The ability to grow in such a small space is the result of hydroponics, a system in which a plant's roots sit in nutrient-rich water instead of soil.

Microgreens -- the first, tiny greens on plants like arugula, radishes and bok choy -- can go from seed to harvest in less than two weeks. That enables Farmbox Greens to compete on price against produce delivered from far away.

"We are fresher and our greens last 20 to 30 percent longer than those grown outside the area," said Albert, who co-owns the farm with his wife, Lindsay Sidlauskas.

It has revenue of under $500,000, but was profitable enough in 2014 that Albert quit his day job as a landscape architect to farm full time. He now has three employees and sells his greens to about 50 restaurants in the Seattle area, a grocery chain and four weekly farmers markets.

Consumer demand for locally grown food, and the decreasing price and improved efficiency of LED lighting is driving the creation of more so-called vertical farm startups, said Chris Higgins, editor of Urban Ag News, which follows this segment of farming.

Energy costs are still a significant barrier to success, making few vertical farms in the United States profitable. Those that are tend to be smaller ones.

They include City-Hydro, a farm built in a spare bedroom on the second floor of Larry and Zhanna Hountz's three-story row house in Baltimore. Larry Hountz came to urban farming out of necessity. After a serious car accident, he was unable to leave his house for two years and had trouble concentrating. He couldn't go back to his previous job as a digital security consultant.

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The Benefits of Indoor Farms in Big Cities - IEEE - The Institute

The Benefits of Indoor Farms in Big Cities - IEEE - The Institute | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Technology makes it possible to grow plants indoors
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Legacy of Maria Teresa Velez Seen in Members of Class of 2016 | UANews

Legacy of Maria Teresa Velez Seen in Members of Class of 2016 | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
David Maestas is a legacy student of the late Maria Teresa Velez, who spent her professional career expanding higher education opportunities — especially at the graduate level — to underserved and underrepresented student populations. On Friday, Maestas will be among the University of Arizona's graduating students to directly benefit from Velez's work, which included creating and funding programs and services to recruit, train, retain and graduate students.
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Study Finds Philips LED Lights Provide Improved Energy Efficiency and Production for Growing Food Crops in Space

Study Finds Philips LED Lights Provide Improved Energy Efficiency and Production for Growing Food Crops in Space | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
SOMERSET, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Philips Lighting, a Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX, PHIA) company and global leader in lighting, has collaborated with The University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) to test energy efficient ways to grow food that will help feed astronauts on missions to the moon, Mars and beyond. A recent study, conducted over
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LEDs Recommended for Space Veggies

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Study Finds Philips LED Lights Provide Improved Energy Efficiency and Production for Growing Food Crops in Space

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Study Finds Philips LED Lights Provide Improved Energy Efficiency and Production for Growing Food Crops in Space | Spoke

Study Finds Philips LED Lights Provide Improved Energy Efficiency and Production for Growing Food Crops in Space | Spoke | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
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Tucson: Covering Environments CEAC Seminar Series - Best Events

Tucson: Covering Environments CEAC Seminar Series - Best Events | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
December 02, 2016 at University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center in Tucson, AZ. The next speaker in CEAC’s Covering Environments Seminar series (Friday, December 2) is Ramin Yadegari, PhD Professor, School of Plant Sciences Genetics Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, Bio 5 Faculty College of Agriculture & Life Sciences The University of Arizona. His presentation is …
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Monsanto to build conventional, GMO corn germplasm greenhouse in Arizona

Monsanto to build conventional, GMO corn germplasm greenhouse in Arizona | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Monsanto has purchased 155 acres of farmland, part of the long-established Kai Family Farm in Marana, where the 30-foot-tall greenhouse will be housed along with ancillary facilities and traditional ground production.
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Elegant yet efficient: Hydroponics for the home

Elegant yet efficient: Hydroponics for the home | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Water and light are all you need to grow a few plants and herbs inside.
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Elegant yet efficient: Hydroponics

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The International Space Station and your 500-square-foot studio have more in common than you might think: Both environments are a great place to experiment with hydroponics.
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