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The Direct-to-Consumer Model of Montreal’s Lufa Farms

One of Canada’s largest urban farming projects, Lufa Farms is the brainchild of Mohamed Hage and Lauren Rathmell. In 2011, Hage and Rathmell opened the world’s first commercial rooftop greenhouse, a 31,000-square-foot space atop an old Montreal warehouse. They now oversee three hydroponic greenhouses,...

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...

Indian School Auctions Organic Produce To Encourage Farming

There have been several initiatives to promote organic farming at schools, but these projects often fall short when it comes to sustainability. Naipunnya Public School, Thrikkakara (Kerala, India) has figured a way to overcome this crisis. Here, the school auctions produce of its terrace farming...

Farms Are Growing In Kuala Lumpur

THE notion that farming is an activity that requires a huge land area has been clearly debunked as urban farming gains ground among Malaysian city dwellers. In the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Wong Min Lik has co-founded Moutou Art Space on the rooftop of a...

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,...

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...

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...