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Farmer Series Dinner: Farming for the Future

Farmer Series Dinner: Farming for the Future | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
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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.

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2014 - The Roof's the Limit

2014 - The Roof's the Limit | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
It's hard to believe that 2014 is here. I am psyched! 2013 brought a host of lessons for me personally. Some of those lessons were learned the easy wa...
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Proud to see the dream of crowdsoucing rooftop farming becoming reality!

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New York City’s First Rooftop Farm - circa 1904

New York City’s First Rooftop Farm - circa 1904 | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
Click on image for larger file. Ansonia Hotel rooftop, 2109 Broadway, New York City. Erected between 1899 and 1904, it was the first air-conditioned hotel in New York. Excerpt from ‘The Building of...
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Talk about ahead of their time!

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Home - Farm to Table

Home - Farm to Table | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

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

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This looks like a great symposium!

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RoofTop MicroFarms | Bringing organic, urban agriculture to the Island of Oahu

RoofTop MicroFarms | Bringing organic, urban agriculture to the Island of Oahu | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
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Pleased to introduce the world to the 1st licensed FarmRoof® organization. These ecopreneurs represent our future, a future that is looking very bright!

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Cynthia Williams's curator insight, July 11, 2013 11:24 AM

Roof top gardening in Hawaii is interesting in that it uses space that would not normally be used for farming.  Much of the produce that is sold in the grocery store in Hawaii is extremely expensive because it is imported.  When I lived there we preferred purchasing our produce from roadside stands or growing it ourselves.  But most people have limited space in which to grow things.  This idea puts unused space to good use and it allows people to feed their families with much less expense. 

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The Triple Bottom Line Goal of Sustainable Businesses

The Triple Bottom Line Goal of Sustainable Businesses | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

A profitable startup that can make the world a better place? It's a win-win.

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Nice to see the direction our Country is going, I have high hopes for our future!

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Rooftop farms: The future of agriculture?

Rooftop farms: The future of agriculture? | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
Urban farmers are turning to city rooftops to feed demand for fresh, locally sourced food
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Happy Earth Day 2013! Long live the rooftop revolution!

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New online game allows kids to design their own energy-efficient city

New online game allows kids to design their own energy-efficient city | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
Design and create a virtual city of the future with this free city-building game from National Geographic, GE, and the Center for Science.

Via Alan Yoshioka
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It's the way of the future guys, green roofs and organic farming are both key elements to building our future sustainable cities, and when you combine the two into one...FarmRoof!

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Alan Yoshioka's curator insight, March 24, 2013 2:15 PM

not just for kids ... 

Heike Trentzsch's curator insight, April 1, 2013 5:32 AM

Not only kids....même pour les grands c'est amusant!!!

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Farmer Series Dinner: Farming for the Future

Farmer Series Dinner: Farming for the Future | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
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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.

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A Look at the Castle Medial Center FarmRoof®

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Ever wonder what a modern day organic rooftop farm looks like? Here is a Look at the Castle Medial Center FarmRoof®

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The Kale Tea Project - Supporting Rooftop Farming

The Kale Tea Project - Supporting Rooftop Farming | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
DRINK MORE KALE! Our healthy, sustainable & organic Kale Tea™ supports the installation of rooftop farms in cities around the world.
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Rally Saint Louis Idea: FOOD ROOF

Rally Saint Louis Idea: FOOD ROOF | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
Rally Saint Louis Idea: FOOD ROOF
The FOOD ROOF will be the first of its kind Rooftop Farm in St. Louis!

Via Alan Yoshioka
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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. 

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Roppongi Urban Farm | CoolBoom

Roppongi Urban Farm | CoolBoom | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
On Design created an urban farm right in the middle of Roppongi, which is the center part of Tokyo.

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Macadam Gardens's curator insight, December 12, 2012 2:33 AM

Projet de petite ferme urbaine dans le quartier de Roppongi, à Tokyo, par l'agence On Design

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Feed Your City: How Architecture and Farming Work Together

Feed Your City: How Architecture and Farming Work Together | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

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:

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rooftopmicrofarms

rooftopmicrofarms | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
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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...

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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, October 15, 2013 8:50 PM

Too bad we live in a condominium. This will never pass the condo boeard....

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From Farm to Fork: Our Toxic Food System - infographic

From Farm to Fork: Our Toxic Food System - infographic | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

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.


Via Lauren Moss
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What a great infographic!

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sTreet's comment, July 5, 2013 4:03 AM
fantastic
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Can city farms feed a hungry world?

Can city farms feed a hungry world? | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
There will be billions more hungry people in 2050. Growing our food on vertical farms or under radical new lighting systems may be key to ensuring they have eno (We have to get to this.. Can we??

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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.

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Darin Hoagland's comment, June 28, 2013 11:37 AM
Every time I see another urban empty lot turned into a community garden in Oakland, California (my hometown) I am gratified and excited someone has made the space far more useful.
Darin Hoagland's curator insight, June 28, 2013 11:39 AM

More city farms will become a necessity sooner or later.

Heike Trentzsch's comment, June 28, 2013 4:45 PM
Better soon as to late! I am living in South France, Toulouse And for the moment it's quiet difficult to transform an urban empty lot into a community garden. To much anti régulations and not enough citizen motivation
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Greenroofs.com Projects - Institute of Technical Education HQ & College Central, Singapore

Greenroofs.com Projects - Institute of Technical Education HQ & College Central, Singapore | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

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.

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This is awesome, great example to set for all of our cities!

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Vincent Walsh's curator insight, May 12, 2013 12:57 PM

Resaerch suggest farming was central to the birth of urbanism. Uruk is in southern Mesopotamia was founded by the Sumerians around 3500 BC. Archaeologists agree that Uruk was the first true city, characterised by zoning and operating of a civic administration. According to records, the administration was mostly managing the agricultural hinterland, and experts suggest that these complex tasks led to the Sumerians inventing writing. As it was in the begining....

Angela Lundmark's curator insight, May 27, 2013 9:07 PM

If we are smart, all of our cities will soon look like this...

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Happy Earth Day 2013!

Happy Earth Day 2013! | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
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Happy Earth Day 2013! The future is looking up! Long Live the Rooftop Revolution!

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This Super Local Brooklyn Whole Foods Will Have A 20,000-Square-Foot Rooftop Greenhouse

This Super Local Brooklyn Whole Foods Will Have A 20,000-Square-Foot Rooftop Greenhouse | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
The Whole Foods scheduled to open this fall in Brooklyn won’t look like all the other iterations of the upscale grocery chain--it will have a 20,000-square-foot greenhouse on its roof.
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This is just simply AWESOME! As Usual, Whole Foods is setting a trend which other retailers will follow. Good for the community, environment, and the local economies. Bravo Whole Foods Market!

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Sam Wilder's comment, April 6, 2013 9:44 PM
I'm pursuing similar interests-- sustainable community gardening in the heart of San Francisco. My scoop it mostly blogs pictures of the food we harvest. http://www.scoop.it/t/plants-fungi-urban-agriculture
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Current post: Did this: Alan Wong’s Farmer Series dinner

Current post: Did this: Alan Wong’s Farmer Series dinner | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
Eating salad with our hands and finishing with chocolate: a worthy meal | Entertainment, Events and Eating | Honolulu, Hawaii
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House Finance committee advances rooftop farm bill

House Finance committee advances rooftop farm bill | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

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.

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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.

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20 for the Next 20: People to Watch 2013 - Hawaii Business - February 2013 - Hawaii

20 for the Next 20: People to Watch 2013 - Hawaii Business - February 2013 - Hawaii | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
Hawaii Business selects 20 emerging leaders
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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.

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Target Center's green roof: a prairie in the sky

Target Center's green roof: a prairie in the sky | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
It’s been two years since the Target Center’s green roof was installed. The Line took a tour to see how things are going, and found that the lofty prairies is doing well--though the lupines died.

Via Alan Yoshioka
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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. 

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Rooftop Farm above Car Dealership

Rooftop Farm above Car Dealership | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
FarmRoof on Kaka’ako Car Dealership
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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...

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Solar panels efficiency bolstered by green roofs

Solar panels efficiency bolstered by green roofs | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
It’s not surprise that having both a green roof and a solar panel array on a building is a great way to double down on reducing energy bills for property owners.

 

Two recent studies, however, raised some eyebrows by indicating that the plants on a green roof may actually improve the performance of the photovoltaic solar cells themselves.

Read more at http://earthtechling.com/2012/12/green-roofs-may-boost-efficiency-of-solar-panels/#Q4w5EzJeo5G1sBQQ.99

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