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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 crops including mushrooms, micro-shoots and...

This Swedish Underground Farm Will Heat The Building Above It

Underneath a 26-floor office tower in Stockholm, an underground space will soon become a farm and, because of a unique business model, the new farm will "pay" for the space in heat. The Plantagon CityFarm will grow greens in vertical towers under LED lights. By capturing the heat from the...

‘Closed Loop’ Urban Farm In Singapore Tackles Food Waste With Insects

Citizen Farm has been using the black soldier fly to help grow its vegetables, as food for its fish and to help tackle food waste - the first in Singapore to incorporate these insects as part of farming practice. The "closed loop" farm runs on a circular economy approach, by...

South Africa’s Chamber of Mines Shows-Off Potential of Rooftop Agriculture

South Africa's Chamber of Mines is aiming at creating a vibrant urban agricultural ecosystem by repurposing disused rooftops and making use of hydroponics and aquaponics to produce agricultural produce for Johannesburg's inner city communities. The initiative was established by the Johannesburg Inner City Partnership. As a key stakeholder in the JICP,...

Growing Greens in the Spare Room as ‘Vertical Farm’ Start-Ups Flourish

Dan Albert’s farm is far from traditional. Farmbox Greens is inside a two-car garage behind Mr. Albert’s Seattle home. It consists of 600 square feet of microgreens grown in vertically stacked trays beneath LED lights. He now has three employees and sells his greens to about 50 restaurants in...

The Underground World Of Urban Farming In London

Under an anonymous back street in south London lies a vast underground air-raid shelter that has been turned into a pioneering urban farm supplying supermarkets and restaurants in the capital. The World War II shelter in Clapham, which could protect up to 8,000 people from Nazi German bombs, consists of...

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 many green spaces in the...

City Dwellers: Produce Your Own Plant Food

Pot gardening is the growing of plants in pots or containers rather on the ground. It is generally applied for houseplants and is also useful in areas where the soil or climatic conditions are not suitable for a particular crop. Any pot or container can be used, anything that can...

In Washington School Gardens Are No Longer A Rarity

Horace Mann Elementary School has a rooftop garden. After leafy vegetables are planted and cared for, students harvest the crops, chop them up and serve them to more than 400 of their peers for lunch. Jagodnik’s third-floor classroom, which is filled with seedlings and outfitted with a small kitchen, opens...

10 Companies Feeding The Urban Farming Boom

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With more reports sounding alarms about looming food scarcity issues, there is a boom in agriculture tech, breeding companies offering everything from unorthodox growing setups to soil sensors, hydroponics and all manner of crop data analytics. Alongside the boom in urban ag startups is the growing number of grassroots nonprofit...