Urban Farming News

  • 97 Teams Enter Global Vertical Farming Award

    The Association for Vertical Farming and Illumitex are proud to announce 97 teams from 24 countries are competing for the AVF award, the first global vertical farming competition of it’s kind. On March 28, Vice Chair of the Association for Vertical Farming, Henry Gordon-Smith, hosted a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” with the ‘father’ of vertical farming, Dickson ...


    By Illumitex Inc.

  • Global recognition for traditional farming systems in China, Iran and South Korea

    Six traditional farming systems in China, Iran and South Korea known for their unique characteristics and approaches to sustainability have been designated Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) by FAO. They include Iran’s Qanat Irrigation system, an ancient network of farms that have survived for ...

  • Young Farmers Remain Concerned About Land Availability

    Securing adequate land to grow crops and raise livestock was the top challenge identified again this year in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual outlook survey of participants in the Young Farmers & Ranchers program. That challenge was identified by 22 percent of respondents, followed by economic challenges, particularly profitability, which was identified by 15 percent of the ...

  • Alterrus Begins Construction and Installation of North America`s First Vertical Urban Farm in Downtown Vancouver

    Alterrus Systems Inc. (CNSX: ASI)(OTCQB: ASIUF) today announced it will begin building North America's first VertiCrop urban farming system on the top level of a downtown Vancouver parking lot. Alterrus's VertiCrop vertical-farming technology uses hydroponic technology to grow leafy green vegetables and herbs in a greenhouse, without pesticides or herbicides. Its produce will be transported ...


  • Urban farming to expand in Montreal

    Lufa Farms Inc., creator of the world's first commercial-scale rooftop greenhouse, has announced a partnership that will result in several new rooftop farms in and around Montreal, beginning next year. A cooperative agreement has been reached with green industrial-park specialist Le Groupe Montoni of Laval to develop LEED-certified industrial ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • A kaleidoscope of restorative food and farming programs at the 2011 bioneers conference

    As always, the 2011 Bioneers conference will highlight the growing edges of the global movement to transform our food systems. One major theme is Food and Education. Keynotes will include Karen Brown, Creative Director of the Center for Ecoliteracy, on "Revolutionizing K-12 Education with Sustainability in Mind," and Anim Steel, Director of National Programs at Boston's ...

  • Converted Organics Announces New TerraSphere Licensee, Eco-Leaf Farms

    BOSTON, July 6, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Converted Organics Inc. (Nasdaq:COIN) announced today that TerraSphere Systems, LLC continues to build momentum with its vertical farming business by signing a new licensee for the Atlantic Provinces (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova ...


    By Converted Organics Inc.

  • Farming the cities, feeding an Urban future

    As people move from rural to urban settings in search of economic opportunities, urban agriculture is becoming an important provider of both food and employment, according to researchers with the Worldwatch Institute. "Urban agriculture is providing food, jobs, and hope in Nairobi, Kampala, Dakar, and other cities across sub-Saharan Africa," said Danielle Nierenberg, co-director of the ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Canadian Technology Proposes Solution to Rising World Food Prices

    A new report from Asia Development Bank shows hopes that resurgent global food prices, which reached record increases in the first two months of 2011, will soon fall are dim. The report accredits the sharp increase in world food prices, which have risen 36 percent in the last year, primarily to production shortfalls caused by extreme ...


    By Marketwire

  • Lufa farms - re-inventing farming for the Urban age

    In an effort to bring attention to sustainable urban agriculture and direct-to-consumer farm relationships, Lufa Farms -- the world's first rooftop commercial greenhouse - will contribute one percent of the value of each fresh produce basket it sells to consumers to the David Suzuki Foundation. Mohamed Hage, founder and president of Lufa Farms, said Lufa also will make a small cash donation to ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Farming in cities could help feed the world

    With traditional food production under threat from climate change, we should switch from agriculture to cell culture, says Lucía Atehortúa. If climate change begins to limit the global production of food and energy crops, it will be necessary to develop a new system of food production. Imagine agriculture in small spaces, using high-tech tools such as ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Converted Organics is Growing Up: Company Announces the Acquisition of Vertical Farming Pioneer, TerraSphere Systems

    BOSTON, Mass., Nov., 2010-- Converted Organics Inc., (Nasdaq:COIN) announced today that the Company has closed on the acquisition of 95% of the membership interests in TerraSphere Systems, LLC, a rapidly growing pioneer in the vertical farming market. Converted Organics Inc. entered into an agreement to acquire TerraSphere Systems, LLC on July 6, 2010. This acquisition was approved by Converted ...


    By Converted Organics Inc.

  • Bonterra Vineyards launches Campaign for Urban farming in partnership with growing power

    As one of the world's leading producers of wine made from organically grown grapes, Bonterra is partnering with Growing Power, an organization focused on providing communities with healthy foods, to raise awareness and funds for urban farming. The partnership begins with an online fundraising campaign where Bonterra will donate $20,000 to local urban farming organizations in as many as 10 cities ...

  • Kansas City pioneers new models for urban farms

    Seven women in ankle-length floral dresses bend at the waist in rows of kale, arugula, and kohlrabi. Their hands effortlessly scoop and pick and cut the stems and pull the weeds. The low sun is already hot coming through the hazy white sky that makes the Kansas City downtown in the distance look like a mirage. Low-slung brick buildings of the Juniper Gardens public housing project line one side ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • The high rise Urban farms of the future

    Imagine a full-scale farm right in the heart of New York City, in the deserts of Darfur or on the moon.  While you might have to wait some time for your lunar lettuce, vertical farming technologies are increasing the possibilities of cultivating crops much more efficiently here on earth.  Moving farms into buildings might change the way much of humanity grows its food.  And while ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Wastewater fears for urban farms

    Urgent action is needed to remove pollutants from urban wastewater, which is often used in cities to grow food, an international study has warned. Data collected by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) found that 85% of cities discharged the water without any appropriate treatment. With many developing nations swiftly urbanising, the authors said people were at increasing risk of ...

  • How green was my vertical farm?

    By 2050, 80% of the earth’s population will live in cities and 3 billion more people will need to be fed. The simple fact is we are running out of available land to grow enough food to feed them. If we can’t grow our cities outward to find more arable land, the only solution is to grow them upwards. This may change the way we design cities forever. The problem is real and ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Urban agriculture - vancouver case study

    A major section of downtown Vancouver is being transformed into what could be one of the world’s first purpose-built sustainable communities, where growing food is at the top of the list. The South East False Creek (SEFC) site comprises 32 hectares (80 acres) that will eventually be the home to 12,000 to 16,000 people. The first phase of SEFC will be temporarily used as Vancouver’s ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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