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Beef industry, consumers to be affected by cattle production decreases in 2013

Beef industry, consumers to be affected by cattle production decreases in 2013 | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Beef production in the United States is expected to decrease 4.8 percent in 2013, the second largest year-over-year decrease in 35 years. Many analysts expect the 2013 numbers to be followed by a 2014 decrease of 4.5 percent or more.
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Urban Food Factories - Google+

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Neighborhoods with healthy food options less likely to have overweight kids

Neighborhoods with healthy food options less likely to have overweight kids | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Children with a greater number of healthy food outlets near their homes had a reduced likelihood of being overweight or obese, finds a study. Children who had access to at least one healthy food outlet within 800 meters (about half a mile) of their home had a 38 percent decreased risk of being overweight or obese compared to those who did not. Each additional outlet for healthy foods within that distance was associated with a 19 percent reduction in risk of being overweight or obese.
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The Flat-Rate Live Sales Model: Local Greens Explains

The Flat-Rate Live Sales Model: Local Greens Explains | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
As Upstart Farmers know, implementing a live sales model can be much more complicated than it sounds. When faced with sales challenges at their local Whole Foods, Local Greens, in collaboration with UrbaFresh, didn’t give up. Demonstrating the true spirit of an Upstart Farmer, Faye and Ron Mitchell developed something entirely new. Faye was kind enough to tell us all about how their flat-rate sales concept came to be and offer suggestions for other Upstart Farmers. 
The Case of the Disappearing Herbs

Local Greens first brought their live towers of ZipGrow basil and mint to local Whole Foods in April. Pretty quickly, they realized something was not adding up.
“In May, [Whole Foods was] registering about one pound per week being purchased, but we were replacing 1- 3 towers every three days.”
How many pounds of herbs per ZipGrow tower? One basil tower produces 2 - 3 pounds every five weeks. Mint takes more time to establish (6-7 weeks), but then produces 3-4 pounds every three weeks.…
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Fujitsu Lettuce? In Japan, idled electronics factories find new life in farming

Fujitsu Lettuce? In Japan, idled electronics factories find new life in farming | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Struggling to compete with rivals in South Korea or China in businesses like televisions and smartphones, a range of Japanese electronics giants are converting idled factories to agriculture.
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We need to put many people back to work here.

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Local Greens Local Live Foods ...

Local Greens Local Live Foods ... | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Our Urbafresh Grower in the Bay Area, Local Greens has found that using more of the towers that are not used as live in the stores creates another great opportunity to provide the best Live produce...
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We can do this with our systems.

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The Window & Vertical Farming ...

The Window & Vertical Farming ... | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Mark your calendars for June 13th in Las Vegas to see an example of our vertical farming units on display ... Marilyn Yamamoto, of Cowboy Trail Farms and our local Urbafresh grower in Las Vegas is...
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Spring Systems Sale !!!

Spring Systems Sale !!! | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

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Urban Agriculture: New ordinances promote city farming - Atlanta INtown Paper

Urban Agriculture: New ordinances promote city farming - Atlanta INtown Paper | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
The Atlanta City Council’s vote last month to encourage and support more urban agriculture is set to make the city a national leader in local food systems. More Atlanta families are growing their own food, while community gardens and farmers markets are now hubs of community interaction, but until the city council made zoning changes, …

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Food Safety & Hydroponics Conventional vs. Organic

Food Safety & Hydroponics Conventional vs. Organic | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Consumers don't trust producers. Toxic chemicals are often blamed, but the real issue is transparency. How safe is hydroponic produce? Let's dig deeper.
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'Thank God it's green': Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton tends to Tower Garden

Who says you have to get grimy and dirty to glean fresh vegetables from a garden? The proof is in the pudding, so to speak.
When invited by Marilea Lightner, a volunteer and certified Dr. Sears L.E.A.
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Desert Companion - Free our fruit

Desert Companion - Free our fruit | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Urban gleaner Rhonda Killough harvests the valley’s free-falling bounty to feed hungry bodies and souls

By the time Rhonda Killough, founder
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Fresh with Edge uses vertical hydroponic method of growing plants

Fresh with Edge uses vertical hydroponic method of growing plants | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
BYRON, Minn. — It's hard out there for a pioneer.
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Cultivating a Dream District - Vegas Seven

Cultivating a Dream District - Vegas Seven | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
When David Baird thinks about revitalizing central Las Vegas, he doesn’t have the usual visions of shiny condos or craft breweries filled with hipsters. Instead, he thinks farming. As in growing food to create jobs, foster a sense of community and feed people. Read More
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Vertical Farming Unit On Display 

Vertical Farming Unit On Display  | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
For all you lucky Las Vegas folks, stop by this Sunday, July 13th from 12noon to 2pm for a special gathering at The Window at the Odgen in Downtown Las Vegas .  Our own Marilyn Yamamoto celebrity...
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University students developing robotic gardening technology

University students developing robotic gardening technology | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
For more than a half-century, NASA has made the stuff of science fiction into reality. Researchers are continuing that tradition by designing robots to work in a deep-space habitat, tending gardens and growing food for astronaut explorers. It sounds like a concept from Star Wars, but a team of graduate students from the University of Colorado Boulder is now developing the innovative technology to make it possible.
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Workplace design: green spaces may improve vibe - The Modern Ape

Workplace design: green spaces may improve vibe - The Modern Ape | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
What will it take for business leaders, corporate offices, and the leading Chief Vibe Officers to realize the forgotten power of green space?
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Announcing the Aquaponics Academy Podcast

Announcing the Aquaponics Academy Podcast | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Announcing the Aquaponics Academy Podcast
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The Window Gets A Special Guest ...

The Window Gets A Special Guest ... | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
The excitement builds for the amazing special event at The Window at the Ogden next sunday, July 13.  We are pleased to announce that Dr Nate Storey  the inventor of ZipGrow towers, CEO of...
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‘Mini Farms’ By Israel’s Livingbox Wins Top Prize For Best Project To Feed Third World

‘Mini Farms’ By Israel’s Livingbox Wins Top Prize For Best Project To Feed Third World | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
An Israeli-developed “mini-farm” that can grow vegetables anywhere with a self-sustaining “closed loop” of energy and nutrition and help feed a billion needy people has won a prize as the most promising project to help developing countries improve their economies.
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Smart Garden Sensor Edyn Moves Past Kickstarter Goals, Eyes Android | TechCrunch

Smart Garden Sensor Edyn Moves Past Kickstarter Goals, Eyes Android | TechCrunch | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
A month ago, I wrote about an Internet of Things soil sensor called Edyn that tracks light, humidity, temperature, soil nutrition and moisture data for..
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Interesting idea.

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International Day of Cooperatives, 6 July 2013

International Day of Cooperatives, 6 July 2013 | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

UN Global effort to highlight Co-operative enterprises for sustainable development ...

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5 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Start Growing Food

5 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Start Growing Food | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Has the food gardening bug hit you? If you’re not sowing seeds and tending tomatoes yet, your neighbors probably are. One in three American households is now growing food, a 17% increase from five years ago! If you want to join them but weren't blessed with green thumbs, we’ve rounded up five ways to ease into gardening.
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A Fruit Tree Grows in AT&T Park

A Fruit Tree Grows in AT&T Park | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Right behind the center field wall, in most ballparks, fans can find some unique attraction that pertains to the team or the city's character in some way. (Yankee Stadium has Monument Park, the Tampa...
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Urban Food Factories - Google+

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Conventional vs. Organic Hydroponic Nutrients - YouTube

Are "Organic" nutrients really better for your system or for you customers? Find out in this video from expert Dr. Nate Storey of Bright Agrotech.
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