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Hong Kong Finds Bliss in Rooftop Gardens

Rooftops in densely populated Hong Kong are fast turning ­greener and more fertile as urban farmers seek to grow crops from their homes and offices and create a more liveable community. Some 60 rooftop farms and 1,400 farmers have emerged locally over the past decade,...

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...

Urban Farming Is Booming, But What Does It Really Yield?

Midway through spring, the nearly bare planting beds of Carolyn Leadley’s Rising Pheasant Farms, in the Poletown neighborhood of Detroit, barely foreshadow the cornucopian abundance to come. It will be many months before Leadley is selling produce from this one-fifth-acre (one-tenth-hectare) plot. But the...