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....
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...
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...
EPA Awards $81,600 to Mesa Community College for Innovative Center for Urban Agriculture
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded an environmental education grant of $81,600 to Mesa Community College for the development of a cutting-edge “Center for Urban Agriculture” program which will include a degree program, urban farm site and engaging local elementary schools. The Center for Urban Agriculture will partner with high schools, universities, industry, and communities. The program at Mesa Community College will serve as a model which can be replicated at sites across the...
Designer Eucalypts For Urban Landscapes
This story was orginally posted in News from the University of Adelaide, Thursday, 23 May, 2013University of Adelaide researchers are working with the Australian nursery industry to produce ‘designer eucalypts’ more suitable for our home gardens and urban landscapes than many trees currently available.Led by Dr Kate Delaporte at the University’s Waite Campus, the researchers and nurseries are developing a new way of propagating eucalypts that aims to be cheaper and more efficient, and, importantly...