According to the famous Rodgers & Hammerstein lyrics, 'Everything's up to date in Kansas City. They've gone about as far as they can go.' Not so! Kansas City is reaching into its past to show a new way of urban living – urban farming.
Kansas City pioneers new models for urban farms
Editorial: Composting, The “Gateway Drug”
We lost David Buckel, a compassionate, brilliant composting champion, in mid-April. He died of self-immolation in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York, taking his own life to draw attention to the harsh realities of climate change. “My early death by fossil fuel,” he wrote in a suicide letter, “reflects what we are doing to ourselves.” We met David in early 2013. By that point in his career, he had retired as an attorney and was managing a community composting operation at the Red Hook...
WaterVent’s growing success in six years
Incepted in February 2010 (in Berlin WaterVent (acronym of Water and Venture)) is enjoying a steadily increasing brand awareness. Though we notice hundreds of congresses and trade fairs dealing with water issues and subjects organized globally, WaterVent was and is still the only international water technologies (and related nexus) focused forum: minimum 50% of presentations done are setup by water technology entrepreneurs and innovators looking for funding and/or clients (users, applications)! Nine forums in...
Scientists remove reliance on seasonality in new lines of broccoli, potentially doubling crop production
Scientists at the John Innes Centre are developing a new line of fast-growing sprouting broccoli that goes from seed to harvest in 8-10 weeks. It has the potential to deliver two full crops a season in-field or it can be grown all year round in protected conditions, which could help with continuity of supply, as growers would no longer be reliant on seasonal weather conditions. The part of the broccoli plant that we eat is the flower buds. This innovation in crop production builds on the wealth of fundamental...
MPs Respond to Invitation to Tour a Dairy Farm
Today, the Bühlmann family of Sonibrand Farms opened their barn doors to their federal Member of Parliament Francis Drouin, along with several other Liberal MPs and staff from the Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC), for a guided tour of their family farm. Located 45 minutes from Parliament Hill, the Bühlmann’s own and operate a modern dairy farm, milking 100 cows with two robotic milkers. “Canadian dairy farmers are very passionate and dedicated to producing high quality nutricious Canadian...
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 Despommier. Several questions were asked about vertical farming in general, the future of urban farming and the AVF competition....