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Goats, Pigs And Veggies Crop Up In Urban Tokyo

A lift takes you to the Otemachi Bokujyo ("Otemachi Farm") on the 13th floor of a gleaming skyscraper. You step out into natural light streaming in from floor-to-ceiling windows. Tiny plywood picket fences in the 1,000 sq m space separate the animals from visitors. Across...

Dogpatch Urban Gardens Is Changing The Des Moines Foodscape

Dogpatch Urban Gardens is the only for-profit farm in Des Moines city limits - the realization of one of Jenny Quiner's dreams. Quiner, one of the Des Moines Register's People To Watch for 2018, already has a steady flow of business and is looking to...

Regina Food Bank Connects People With Fresh Food

From the light crunch of lettuce to the earthy flavours of sweet basil, the Regina food bank's greenhouse is not only producing fresh food, but also putting people back in touch with where their food comes from. "Growing our own food as a food bank...

Urban Farms Can Help Seed Growth for Cities

Urban farms have been impacting cities’ agribusiness—and, on some cases, their redevelopment—for decades. In Philadelphia, for example, the success of Greensgrow Farms—whose 6,000-sf flagship greenhouse celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017, and whose three locations (which include a retail garden center and farmstand) draw 15,000...

Paris: An Organic Farm In An Underground Car Park

An underground parking garage may seem like a strange place to grow food, but the start-up Cycloponics has installed a farm in the second basement of a car park in Paris, Porte de la Chapelle. "The Cave", as this farm is called, grows organic...

Africa Needs Its Version Of Vertical Farms To Feed Growing Cities

Vertical farms use high tech lighting and climate controlled buildings to grow crops like leafy greens or herbs indoors while using less water and soil. Because it's a closed growing system, with controlled evaporation from plants, this farms use 95% less water than traditional farms. At...

Indian Woman Sets An Example for Neighbours With Rooftop Farm

A woman named Pushpa Sahu is setting an example with her unconventional way of farming on her home’s rooftop in Raipur, India. Ms. Sahu has converted the rooftop into a mini-farm. She is using waste from her house and recycled water to grow fruits,...

The Urban Farming Pioneer Who Wants To Feed The City’s Soul

For four years after giving up his corporate job which was making him miserable, Bjorn Low spend a happy four years working on organic farms in far-flung places such as Scotland, Spain and Japan. How could one farm without land? While looking around Singapore, the...

New Regulations For Greenhouse Growers To Produce Safe Food

As the rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act are finalized, greenhouse growers will be required to ensure the edible crops they produce are safe for human consumption. The purpose of the law, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is "To ensure the...

Africa’s Urban Farmers

A nurse, Wangari counts on income from farming to raise money to buy more land - for more farming. With prices for basic foodstuffs at their highest levels in decades, many urbanites feel well rewarded by farming. Across Africa, political leaders, long dismissive of rural concerns,...