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
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....
Rainwater Harvesting and Farming in the Cities
E and T asks the question this week – “Is farming the future of cities?” – With more people than ever leaving their rural homes for high-rise buildings, the concept of ‘vertical farming’ may provide a way to feed the world’s growing populations across it’s emerging mega-cities. According to the United Nations, by 2050 some 66 per cent of the world’s population will be living in urban areas, many of them within mega cities like New York. The challenge from...
Rooftop farming: The next steps for development
Urban agriculture is becoming increasingly popular. A recent assessment of rooftop farming in Barcelona shows differing attitudes towards the practice, and provides important recommendations for the development of agricultural policy for the 21st century, such as including food production as a potential use of rooftops in planning legislation. Urban agriculture, defined by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as growing plants and raising animals within cities, is encouraging a revolution...
Land Cooperative Creates 20 Farms – Rainwater Harvesting on the Agenda
We spoke last week on the rise of urban farming and how a new portable ‘farm in a box’ system can take ‘the farm’ to the available farming resources. Another interesting development this week is the Ecological Land Cooperative that has revealed an exciting vision of how it wants to develop a series of small farms across England. The proposal is based on the first cluster of smallholdings at Greenham Reach, Devon, where the co-op is aiming to create 20 sustainable farms over the next five...
Grant Deadline and a Farm-in-a-Box
With water shortages in farming across the globe a real issue, a US company called Farm Freight has launched ‘Farm-in-a-box’. It’s a freight-truck-sized container with all of the necessary equipment and storage required to grow produce. The theory behind demand for such a product relates to climate change and the strains on water and food supplies throughout the world. By enabling smaller producers through a system which uses up to 90 per cent less water, the modular design of Farm-in-a-box...