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Sustainable urban farming ideas that think inside the box

Sustainable urban farming ideas that think inside the box | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

“This is about a lot more than earning a return on your investment, it’s about co-creating a model of food production that really reverses the historical damage agriculture has done to our planet. This is about feeding our increasing urban population nutritious, accessible food and connecting them to the source of that food like never before.”

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A Future for School Gardens & Our Children

A Future for School Gardens & Our Children | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

Building school gardens costs a fraction of what it would cost to lobby Congress to change farm policy, says Musk. And in the long run, it is the more effective way to change society. "Start with the young, work with them until they are adults, and they will demand real food. When you have the demand, you can change the government policies that create McDonald's and junk food."


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Overgrown: What happens when urban farms get too big?

Overgrown: What happens when urban farms get too big? | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

Environmentalists have grown used to thinking of urban agriculture as something that occurs on pinched vacant lots in former industrial towns. But as farms of 20 acres or more start appearing in more cities, their owners are reworking the definition of “urban farm,” and causing some agtivists to question whether bigger really is better.

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Harvard’s New Ecological Urbanism App: A Glimpse of Our Urban Future

Harvard’s New Ecological Urbanism App: A Glimpse of Our Urban Future | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

The Harvard Graduate School of Design released its Ecological Urbanism app last month. The interactive app adapts content from the GSD book of the same name, which explores how designers can unite urbanism with environmentalism.

 

Combining data from around the world, the app “reveals and locates current practices, emerging trends, and opportunities for new initiatives” in regard to the future of cities.

 

A collaboration between the school and Second Story Interactive Studios,the app stems from the GSD’s Ecological Urbanism conference and dovetails with the duo’s ongoing efforts to explore sustainability in our cities of the future.

More than 100 participating architects and designers have provided content for the project, including such heavyweights as OMA, Rem Koolhaas, Kara Oehler, and Stefano Boeri. And the ever-evolving app allows designers and academics to add research and project updates as they happen...


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Rooftop Hospital Farms Sprouting Up

Rooftop Hospital Farms Sprouting Up | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

In recent years, small-scale urban agriculture has become a popular source for local food production. Finding a location, however, for these smaller farms can be a tall order in highly populated areas with little free land to spare. That’s why rooftops have become the go-to spot for gardens of all shapes and sizes, serving a range of needs in cities across the country. Now, hospitals are joining the trend too, adding farms to their rooftops to help provide patients with the freshest produce available.

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Castle Medical Center celebrates National Food Day and unveils their new Rooftop Farm

Castle Medical Center celebrates National Food Day and unveils their new Rooftop Farm | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

There's a big celebration coming up at castle medical center - it's national food day!  

 

The hospital's rooftop garden will be just one of the attractions on October 28 celebrating National Food Day.


"National Food Day is still a relatively new campaign.  It started in 2011, started by the center for science in the public interest, so it's really brand spanking new.  You can kind of think of it as the food equivalent of Earth Day," says event coordinator Mike Tengan.

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Rooftop Farms In NYC? Join Me For A Google+ Hangout - Forbes

Rooftop Farms In NYC? Join Me For A Google+ Hangout - Forbes | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
Viraj Puri, the CEO of a rooftop hothouse company called Gotham Greens. Photo by JJ Sulin. Today at noon PT / 3 pm ET, I’ll talk with Sierra magazine’s senior editor Paul Rauber about the rooftop farms springing up across New York City.

 

Everyone knows that New York is full of foodies, but few realize that it is also full of farmers. City farmsteads are cropping up all over, and New York has more of them—and more on rooftops—than anywhere else. In addition to at least 7 rooftop enterprises, there are 17 ground-based farms in the Big Apple and 1,000-plus community gardens, far more than in any other American city.

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National Food Day "Let's Talk Food" event at Castle Hospital

National Food Day "Let's Talk Food" event at Castle Hospital | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

Castle Medical Center and the Hawai‘i Dietetic Association proudly support local produce and our local farmers and invite the whole family to the “Let’s Talk Food!” Fair on Sunday, October 28, 2012, beginning at 10 a.m.

 

Between noon and 2 p.m., come take a window tour of our new rooftop farm on the second and third floors of the medical center.


Castle’s rooftop farm utilizes the innovative FarmRoof system by Alan Joaquin, which uses mesh tubes filled with a certified organic proprietary blend of soil that becomes the bed for greens and crops on unused roof space.

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Green Roofs & Green Walls Market Expected to Surge to $7.7 Billion ...

Green Roofs & Green Walls Market Expected to Surge to $7.7 Billion ... | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
The rapidly-growing market for green roofs and green walls is expected to surge to $7.7 billion by 201. Installations of green roofs will rise 70% by then, to 204 million square meters. Their rise is expected to be limited ...

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Billionaire Plans to Turn Hawaiian Island Into a Solar-Powered "Eco Lab"

Billionaire Plans to Turn Hawaiian Island Into a Solar-Powered "Eco Lab" | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison bought nearly the entire island of Lanai for $500 million. Now, he says he's going to turn it into a sustainable paradise filled with electric cars, organic farms, and solar power.

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Growing up, growing food: A teenage farmer to watch

Growing up, growing food: A teenage farmer to watch | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
Just wait till you meet Sophia Vartanian, a Vancouver, B.C.-based urban farmer. At 16 years old, her resume is already more impressive than some twice her age. On the day we spoke, she was busy wrestling a solar panel ...

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Label GMOs: Infographic

Label GMOs: Infographic | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

One of my biggest problems with genetically engineered foods is that biotech companies love to talk about how superior their GM foods are, yet they resist any push to label foods that contain GMOs. Seems a little bit fishy to me!

 

We’re seeing a bit of progress on the GMO food labels front, thanks in no small part to campaigns like Just Label It. Last week, Civil Eats released an infographic laying out why genetically modified foods should have labels on them, and the reasons are compelling. For me, it’s all about choice. As consumers, we have a right to know what we’re putting into our bodies and what we are feeding our children and our pets. If GM foods are so safe, what’s the problem with labeling them?


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Feeding the World Sustainably: Agroecology vs. Industrial Agriculture

Feeding the World Sustainably: Agroecology vs. Industrial Agriculture | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

There are currently 1 billion people in the world today who are hungry. There's also another billion people who over eat unhealthy foods.

 

Food production around the world today is mostly done through industrial agriculture, and by judging current issues with obesity, worldwide food shortages, and the destruction of soil, it may not be the best process. We need to be able to feed our world without destroying it, and finding a more sustainable approach to accomplishing that is becoming more important.

 


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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, October 1, 2013 9:53 PM

Clearly industrial agriculture is not sustainable, and must be replaced entirely with systems that reverse the current damage and restore the balance that used to exist before we messed things up.  We can use plants and animals not only to feed ourselves, but to *improve* the environment for all life on the planet.

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An enthralling look at urban food growth

An enthralling look at urban food growth | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
In Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution, Edmonton journalist Jennifer Cockrall-King exposes the world’s unsustainable food industry — but she doesn’t simply point out the problems. Cockrall-King spent several years researching and travelling to various cities across North America and Europe to discover solutions. She found people creating gardens and farms, on tiny and large scales, to produce organic food in their own cities.

 


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Darin Hoagland's curator insight, December 12, 2012 5:58 PM

This is a compelling resource detailing the spread of urban food.  It is great to see solutions and case studies of sustainable agricultural alternatives to industrial agriculture.

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Chicago’s urban farm district could be the biggest in the nation

Chicago’s urban farm district could be the biggest in the nation | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

Chicago’s Black Belt area, on the historic South Side, was once a hub for jazz, blues, and literature, but today is riddled with vacant lots, poverty, and blight. Now, a new plan envisions the area as a thriving urban farm district.


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Top 5 Of The Greatest Urban Rooftop Farms — The Pop-Up City

Top 5 Of The Greatest Urban Rooftop Farms — The Pop-Up City | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
Urban farming has become one of the major international urban trends — a good reason for us to make a Top 5 of the greatest rooftop farms we've come across over the last years.

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NYC’s urban farms face a climate reality check

NYC’s urban farms face a climate reality check | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
For New York's urban farms, Hurricane Sandy was more than a discouraging blow -- it was a reason to reevaluate what it means to grow food in a city limited by the realities of climate change.
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First ever roof farm at a medical facility in Hawaii — City Farmer News

First ever roof farm at a medical facility in Hawaii — City Farmer News | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

Along with the celebration, Castle Medical Center is unveiling to the public the Nation’s FIRST ever roof farm at a medical facility. Tours will be given at the event.

 

Learn the advantages of roof top farming and how it will reduce cost to the medical center, grow its own nutritional vegetables and make it available to the community.

 

“Let’s Talk Food” supports a national movement to reduce hunger; promote safer, healthier diets; and support sustainable and organic farms. Through fun, hands-on activities, “Let’s Talk Food” will focus on education and promotion of local produce, healthy whole foods and the importance of local food production.

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Nation's FIRST ever Organic Rooftop Farm at a medical facility.

Nation's FIRST ever Organic Rooftop Farm at a medical facility. | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

KAILUA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Castle Medical Center and the Hawai'i Dietetic Association proudly support local produce and our local farmers and invite the whole family to the Let's Talk Food Fair.

 

Along with the celebration, Castle Medical Center is unveiling to the public the Nation's FIRST ever roof farm at a medical facility. Tours will be given at the event.

 

Learn the advantages of roof top farming and how it will reduce cost to the medical center, grow its own nutritional vegetables and make it available to the community.

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FarmRoof #11 of Top 50 Innovations in U.S. States

FarmRoof #11 of Top 50 Innovations in U.S. States | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
In honor of Food Day 2012, Nourishing the Planet would like to showcase 50 state-by-state programs, projects, individuals, and organizations that are innovating to make the nation's food and agricultural system more sustainable.

 

11. Hawaii - On the island of Oahu, FarmRoof grows organic, unprocessed foods on local rooftops. Rooftop farms lower energy costs by insulating the building and help prevent sewage back-ups by absorbing rain water. They also increase biodiversity and promote local food, reducing food miles and energy use.

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Studies show green roofs boost PV output - Green Building Press

Studies show green roofs boost PV output - Green Building Press | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

Green Building PressStudies show green roofs boost PV outputGreen Building PressVegetated roofs can improve the output from photovoltaic solar panels, according to two recent studies.


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An Infographic Breakdown Of The World's Greenest Cities

An Infographic Breakdown Of The World's Greenest Cities | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

This infographic focuses on the cities of London, New York, Vancouver, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and Stockholm.

 

It’s hard to quantify what makes a city "greener" than any other metropolis, but there are some clues: car ownership, green space, bicycle usage, solar installations, recycling, and water consumption are just a few factors that create environmentally responsible cities.

An infographic from HouseTrip lays out what different cities are doing in an easy-to-read format. A handful of major world cities stand out as leaders. This infographic focuses on London, New York, Vancouver, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and Stockholm; three of these cities made it into our top 10 smart cities list (two others were runners-up). Each of these cities have statistics worth mentioning. Amsterdam has one bike for every 0.73 people, Copenhagen has legislation requiring all new buildings to have green roofs (this will add 5,000 square meters of vegetation), and only 44% of New Yorkers own a car, compared to 95% of Americans overall.

 

Visit the link to view the full infographic and to read more about the specific elements that make each featured city 'green'...


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Farming's Future: In the City?

Farming's Future: In the City? | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
Advocates of vertical farming say growing crops in urban high-rises will eventually be both greener and cheaper than conventional agriculture.
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Metropolitan Agriculture: One Size Doesn't Fit All

Metropolitan Agriculture: One Size Doesn't Fit All | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

In an era where it seems like any school or community can start a garden, perhaps it’s time to step back and think about the bigger picture. What’s the goal? Lehrer thinks it’s comprehensive urban agricultural systems that are relevant to the unique cultural, social, and environmental conditions of a city. Metro-region agriculture, if planned, designed, and supported financially, can address issues related to social equity and health issues like diabetes and obesity, while building regional agricultural communities and economies.


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Apprentice Winner Bill Rancic introduces rooftop farming & FarmRoof®

Apprentice Winner Bill Rancic introduces rooftop farming & FarmRoof® | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

Donald Trump chose Bill Rancic as the winner of the first season of The Apprentice , so he is obviously well versed in business and knows his stuff.  Check out the story he hosted on America Now!

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