The inaugural Farm to Table International Symposium (F2T) features the brightest thought leaders and leading practitioners in the burgeoning farm-to-table movement. F2T explores the cultivation, distribution, and consumption of food and drink sourced locally to globally. - See more at: http://f2t-int.com/#sthash.muXUKeCf.dpuf
As a commercial airline pilot, Alan has seen how much un-utilized space is available on the rooftops in Honolulu. Alan combined his desire to provide nutritious food for his young family with his interest in using roofs as areas to grow food. After much research, FarmRoof got its start in Hawaii in 2008. Since then, FarmRoof has partnered with different commercial companies interested in rooftop farming.
Living up to their reputation as innovators, FarmRoof will be making history in 2013 by introducing the first ready to drink beverage brewed from Kale.
The FOOD ROOF will be the first of its kind Rooftop Farm in St. Louis! This community rooftop farm will be situated downtown in the heart of city life and will create a new system of providing our community with access to hyper-local, organic food.
This is not just community garden, but a platform to sustain an entire ecosystem which includes raising chickens and tending bees, and innovative approaches to urban agriculture including hydroponics, aeroponics and vertical farming. The FOOD ROOF is envisioned to be a community platform, actively engaging and educating city dwellers of all walks on the ins and outs of a local food system.
It’s easy to argue that architecture plays a part in the world of a foodie; most restaurants are uniquely designed to better the dining experience after all. However, the architect’s ties to the food industry go much deeper, and designers are beginning to revolutionize the way we regard (and manage) food production.
As these cities grow, it is important that we continue to find new and innovative ways to provide for the populace. Vertical farming and urban agriculture offer relief in metropolitan environments, helping to reduce the pressure of public food supply while also changing our traditional approach to food production. See 11 great examples below:
Growing on the roof means taking the farm to where it's never been before and all the places it's needed the most. With the World's First Certified OrganicFarmRoof® system, we aim to provide your home, business, and community with the simpliest, shortest path to organic farming...
Food is the fuel we use to get our bodies into motion.
However, with the way our current food system works, processed foods such as chips, soda, french fries, hamburgers and candy are making up a significant portion of our daily food intake. They’re readily available at every food store, and an ice cold Coca-Cola is very difficult to pass up in favor of sparkling water. The problem, though, is that it’s not even about choosing healthy options. Today, 80% of food in the U.S. is supplied by massive factory farms associated with a myriad of environmental and health risks.
Do you know where your food comes from? Or what’s in it? How is a hotdog made? Today’s conventional food system depends heavily on the use of toxic chemicals and synthetic inputs that pose threats to our health — especially children’s.
Included in the mix of successful city-based agricultural projects are rooftop gardens, rooftop greenhouses (both low tech and hydroponic), above-ground planting beds, the use of empty lots as farmland, and vertical farms that occupy tall buildings and abandoned warehouses. Collectively, these examples show the validity of growing food in the city.
Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education’s College Central has made a bold statement to embrace Singapore’s transformation into a ‘City in a Garden.’
The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) is a post-secondary institution in Singapore that provides pre-employment training to secondary school leavers as well as continuing education and training to working adults.
This is awesome, great example to set for all of our cities!
Lawmakers being urged to give rooftop greens a try.
"They are looking to use most of that for a rooftop farm to create a more interactive environment for the lawmakers," said Alan Joaquin, of FarmRoof, a sustainable small business build around rooftop gardens.
In my opinion, a rooftop farm would greatly benefit the Public by causing a “Ripple Effect” on our legislative system. Imagine a rooftop farm at the State Capitol growing hyper-local organic produce for Lawmakers and Staffers and being distributed through an on-site Community Supported Agriculture, or “CSA” program. Our lawmakers and their families would enjoy healthy, sustainable produce that was grown literally above their heads. This intimate relationship with urban farming would have a profound positive impact on how our lawmakers would look at issues that concern agriculture, healthy eating, sustainable development, and environmental stewardship. A rooftop farm at the Capitol has the potential to define, shape and inspire laws that would be beneficial to the People of Hawaii for generations to come.
Each year, Hawaii Business selects 20 emerging leaders who have already made big contributions to Hawaii and are expected to have an even greater impact over the next two decades. Let us introduce you to the Class of 2013.
Looking out across this skyscraper prairie, plants in hues of mostly purple and yellow are in bloom, butterflies are fluttering around and grasshoppers are everywhere. It feels weird, but as we move across the roof we follow Reller's instructions to step gingerly on the plants rather than walking directly on the roof, which could cause damage and future leaks. You can't tell it when you're up there, but from the air the rooftop garden looks like a huge leaf as thousands of pavers, which resemble leaf veins, divide the different planting areas from each other.
It's been almost a year since we installed the FarmRoof above Kakaako. As the Founder of FarmRoof I feel it is wise to periodically look back to see where we came from, and to identify where we are going.
A lot has happened in a year, and I am happy to say that I am extremely proud of what we have achieved. And, I am thrilled about the direction we are heading. More to follow...