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Family of Four Grows Their Food in a Swimming Pool

Family of Four Grows Their Food in a Swimming Pool
Images: Youtube screen grabs Food Doesn't Get More Local Than That A family living in Mesa, Arizona, has decided to convert an old unused backyard swimming pool into a very productive DIY urban greenhouse, which they named Garden Pool. Within a small, mostly enclosed space, they grow all kinds of vegetables and herbs, as well as raise chickens and tilapia fish. They started this project in 2009 and expected to be "self-sufficient" by 2012, but they've reached that goal this year, getting "8 fresh eggs a day, unlimited tilapia fish, organic fruit, veggies, and herbs 365 days a year" (though I'm not sure if by self-sufficient they mean that they could theoretically live off the amount of food the Garden Pool produces, or if they actually do it). An Oasis in the Desert There's a more detailed list of things they grow and facts about the Garden Pool here. Photo: The Garden Pool is also off-grid thanks to solar PV! As you can see, space is used very efficiently. Via Gardenpool

project-utopia-bmt-yacht-island-design-2 Can Urban Farming Go Corporate? Farms have sprouted in cities across the country over the past several years as activists and idealists pour their sweat into gritty soil. Now Paul Lightfoot wants to take urban agriculture beyond the dirt-under-your-nails labor of love. He wants to take it corporate. In June, Lightfoot's company, BrightFarms, announced a deal with The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co., or A&P, to provide New York City-grown vegetables to the local chain's supermarkets year-round. With similar deals announced for St. "We're not trying to change the fringes of the supply chain," he said. The idea to grow more food within city limits has spread in recent years along with increased awareness about the quality of our food and where it comes from. In New York, two startups have already begun growing vegetables from the city's large commercial rooftops. "New York is really at the forefront of this," said Kubi Ackerman, of the Urban Design Lab at Columbia University's Earth Institute.

project-utopia-bmt-yacht-island-design-1 Live Green Toronto The Eco-Roof Incentive Program promotes the installation of green and cool roofs on Toronto’s existing buildings and new buildings not subject to the Green Roof By-law. Applications are currently being accepted for green and cool roof projects and will be reviewed on a monthly basis, subject to funding availability. The City of Toronto launched the Eco-Roof Incentive Program in 2009 to support the uptake of eco-roofs by building owners, make buildings more sustainable and promote the creation of green jobs. Performance criteria for the Eco-Roof Incentive Program are consistent with the Green Roof Bylaw and the Toronto Green Standard. Learn more: Read the Eco-Roof Case Studies Map: All projects supported by Eco-Roof Incentive Program to May 2013 Eco-Roof Overview Eco-Roof Incentives Eligibility Criteria Application Process Contact Information Contact the Eco-Roof Coordinator Eco-Roof Overview What is an eco-roof? What is a green roof? What is a cool roof? What about other types of sustainable roofs?

Rotating-Tower-Dubai-UAE-Dr-David-Fisher Grow The Easiest Garden on Earth dubai-rotating-building-collage Transition Toronto’s winning film! ‘The people in my neighbourhood’ 7 Oct 2011 Transition Toronto’s winning film! ‘The people in my neighbourhood’ Transition Toronto recently held a film competition for people to use film as a way of communicating Transition. The judge, Gregory Greene, producer of ‘The End of Suburbia’, said of why he chose this film as the winner: “I really enjoyed Mariko’s film. Mariko makes the point that the various stories in the film are already a reality… she writes: “Yes, that rooftop garden really exists! The composters are at the Stop’s Green Barn. When I thought of buildings for the future, I thought of Rohan Walters. Need something fixed? For the composting toilet I had to go all the way to Vaughn to the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s Restoration Services Building. I kid you not – they did not smell at all! The lovely singing at the end were UofT students in Hot Yam! If you’ve watched this film, and want to know what to do, start by discovering and enjoying the treasures in your neighbourhood.