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The World's First Commercial Rooftop Aquaponics Farm

September 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

Fish with salad anyone?

Aquaponics – aquaculture (fish farming) + hydroponics (growing plants without soil) – could furnish 12% of a person's diet per 3m2 of roofspace, according to a prototype study. It produces both edible fish and vegetables. The fish's waste feeds the plants and the plants clean the water for the fish. Perfect for urban growing.[read more]

Why I Am Farming on Water

September 17, 2014 by Karin Kloosterman
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Farming and Water Savings

I’ve started a small water farm. But unlike my attempted and horridly failed attempts at soil farming, where worms, weeds and beetles have taken over on my small plot and my brain, I’ve seen some impressive progress on water. Hydroponics may be the future of urban farming.[read more]

North Carolina Startup Seeks To Crossbreed An Urban Farm With A Grocery Store

Farming and Grocery Mix

Imagine going into a store and picking out your dinner by literally pulling it up by the roots. Sound farfetched? It’s not. In fact, it’s the behind a North Carolina-based venture called the Farmery. The project is an effort to blend a retail grocery with the freshness of an indoor urban farm.[read more]

Growing in the Far North: Spring Creek Farm Cultivates Produce and Education in Alaska

Far North Farming

Spring Creek Farm, founded by Louise Kellogg, houses Alaska Pacific University’s Kellogg Campus in Palmer, Alaska. “The goal was to create a campus for the University, a very small one,” says Steve Rubinstein, the director of APU’s graduate program in Outdoor and Environmental Education.[read more]

Midwest Nonprofit Gives Voice to Women Farmers

Farmers and Support

Bridget Holcomb, newly appointed executive director of the non-profit Women, Food & Agriculture, has always been interested in issues concerning sustainability. For her, it’s a no brainer that the current generation needs to live sustainably to improve the lives of future generations.[read more]

Five Urban Farms Tackling the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Farms and the Prison Pipeline

The impact of the school-to prison pipeline in the United States is stark: zero-tolerance policies in struggling school districts result in many students, mainly low-income African American males being incarcerated at high rates, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.[read more]

Variations on the Farming Community: How Sustainable are They?

August 1, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Farming and Sustainability

I suppose I’ve got relatively narrow visions of a sustainable farming community: either an ecovillage, where food production is woven into the life of the of the residents, or the “urban farm,” where food production is implemented within existing (but often decaying) infrastructure.[read more]

Baltimore's Recreation and Parks Department Boosts Urban Farming With City Farms

Baltimore City Farmsing

Urban gardening is a long-time tradition in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, according to the new City Farms Coordinator Harold McCray. “Its original purpose was in response to urban hunger and malnutrition—that was its root,” McCray says.[read more]

Raleigh's First Urban Farm Built with Volunteers and Elbow Grease

Raleigh Urban Farming

Raleigh City Farms, in Raleigh, North Carolina, was founded for a simple reason – the city didn’t have any urban farms. In 2010, after the founders settled on a vision of what Raleigh City Farms would become, and the farm received its 501(c)3 status, and they began looking for land.[read more]

Revisiting the Urban Farm

June 29, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Farming

You might remember that last month the team at TAS planted 100 EarthBoxes on the roof of our office building to grow everything from beets to hot peppers. Well it has now been over a month, so I thought it would be interesting to show you the progress that has been made.[read more]

Growing Cities: Can Urban Farming Spread Across the USA?

June 23, 2014 by This Big City

Urban Farming and Growth

“Eight percent of people in the United States now live in cities. They have to be fed.” So begins the trailer for Growing Cities (included in this post) and the film itself stays true to the simple but important idea exploring how urban populations can be fed locally.[read more]

City Councilor Advances Urban Farming Agenda in Colorado Springs

City Support for Urban Farming

When Colorado Springs passed an ordinance allowing residents to own small dairy goats within city limits, City Councilor Jill Gaebler knew it was an important step toward a more sustainable food system in the city. Gaebler believes it helped put urban agriculture on the agenda of the city.[read more]