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During our last day in Berlin we stumbled upon this video trailer for documentary on the urban farming movement here. Speaking Gardens captures the diversity of soil-based urban farming, including guerrilla gardening, and explores the range of social impacts it can offer. The aesthetic value of urban farming is also considered. Governor Tom Corbett announced today that Green Spirit Farms LLC, a sustainable vertical farm, will establish operations in Lackawanna County and create at least 101 new jobs. Combined with the recent Sallie Mae and Maximus expansions that will create a projected 1,000 new Northeastern Pennsylvania jobs, Green Spirit Farms’ expansion is the third major regional jobs announcement in two weeks. “By adding more than 100 family-sustaining jobs to Pennsylvania’s workforce, our partnership with Green Spirit Farms will grow Pennsylvania’s economy and ensure that our commonwealth remains the best place to live, work and raise a family,” Corbett said.

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Sky-High Vegetables: Vertical Farming Sprouts In Singapore : The Salt hide captionSenior Minister of State Lee Yi Shyan transplants some leafy green seedlings at the grand opening of Singapore's first commercial vertical farm. Courtesy of MNDSingapore. Senior Minister of State Lee Yi Shyan transplants some leafy green seedlings at the grand opening of Singapore's first commercial vertical farm. Singapore is taking local farming to the next level, literally, with the opening of its first commercial vertical farm. Entrepreneur Jack Ng says he can produce five times as many vegetables as regular farming looking up instead of out. Half a ton of his Sky Greens bok choy and Chinese cabbages, grown inside 120 slender 30-foot towers, are already finding their way into Singapore's grocery stores.

Five modern trends in sustainable architecture Posted24 September 2011, by Pratik Basu, EcoFriend (Instamedia), ecofriend.com With so many ecological concerns coming up every year, the need for the hour is to grasp the concept of Eco-friendly and sustainable architecture. The dawn of this green architecture came from the Eco-build in London, Cannes and the Earth Day and it seems to be develop rapidly in the developed countries. Green architecture can change the world. With rapid advancements in the field of Eco-friendly products, there is a huge demand for making buildings and construction techniques more greener and sustainable and less harmful for Earth. The world has grasped this idea very well.

The Future of Food: 11 Unique Urban Farming Projects The Global Innovation Series is supported by BMW i, a new concept dedicated to providing mobility solutions for the urban environment. It delivers more than purpose-built electric vehicles — it delivers smart mobility services. Visit bmw-i.com or follow @BMWi on Twitter. Farming has a lot of romance in it. The idea of tilling the land, growing something from scratch and providing for yourself from the gifts of the land is a primal urge that runs through even the most cynical techie. Well, you don’t have to give up your iPad to get a piece of the farming pie with the growing interest in “urban farming,” which is finding ways to bring the farming lifestyle to cities, high-rises and other urban environments.

15 Foods That Can Be Regrown From Scraps I love gardening. Well, not actually the work behind the gardening so much – it’s the harvesting that I really look forward to. There is nothing like fresh veggies from your own personal garden! I actually just planted a bunch of things in my vegetable garden, and may have gone a little plant happy at the feed & seed store. Oops.

Center for Urban Agriculture - Projects - Mithun Center for Urban Agriculture Overview News Video The 16 Best Healthy, Edible Plants to Grow Indoors From farmers’ markets and Community Supported Agriculture, to urban farms and rooftop gardens, to produce delivery services, more and more people across the U.S. are embracing farm-fresh food. And for good reason: Locally grown produce tends to be better for the environment and for local communities than its store-bought counterparts. Growing food at home also ensures that growers know exactly where their food comes from and how it was grown (no need to worry about deceptive food labeling). If you’re not whipping out the pruning shears yet, consider this: Learning new skills is good for our brains. Luckily, you don’t need to be a farmer (or even live near a farm) in order to reap the benefits of home-grown produce.

Exhibition of Agricultural Science and Technology Display agencies : Plant Factory Definitions of plant factory Plant factory can bring three changes to agriculture The 8 Most Interesting Ideas to Revolutionize Urban Farms - Lamar Anderson Today, while the Center for Science in the Public Interest was busy coordinating Food Day events across the nation, we got to thinking about all the delicious plants that will have to grow on buildings if our rapidly urbanizing world is to produce enough sustenance for the projected 9.1 billion people who will need access to fresh food by 2050. Could it really be a coincidence that so many of the causes CSPI addresses—healthy eating, hunger, food security, agriculture policy—find some resolution in the promise of agritecture, farmscrapers, and other utopian portmanteaus? We think not! As the vertical farming trend has taken off in recent years, many architects and designers have begun tackling the question of how to marry agriculture with architecture.

Urban Farming on the Streets of Paris - A.J. Artemel When most people think of urban farming, they see in their mind’s eye small plots recovered from the rubble of demolished buildings, tomatoes on fire escapes, and planters on rooftops. But urban farming could be a lot simpler and straightforward, argues French firm SOA Architects. They propose “Urbanana,” a large greenhouse-like structure that can fill the gaps between Haussmann-period buildings along Paris’s boulevards. This facility would grow bananas, and other edible plants unsuited to Paris’s climate, obviating the waste of transporting these products thousands of miles. Here, then, is a truly local agricultural practice, one that can produce produce in quantities large enough to sustain whole cities. A bit more investment would be required for this type of venture than for the average urban farm, but the returns would be larger as well.

What the Heck Is This Thing? - John Metcalfe I have stared at this concept drawing for a London building for five minutes now, and I am still alternately amazed, confused and a bit scared of it. The tower's creator, the Hong Kong and Beijing-based FABLAB Design, is billing it as a vertical farm. But as my colleague Henry Grabar points out, it looks more like somebody used a cheat code in SimCity 2000 to build the biggest, whackiest arcology ever. To me, it's more like a race of mutated, Godzilla-sized dragonflies decided to have sex on a hyperspace Slinky. But who am I to judge?

Vertical Farming in Los Angeles, California: Future Skyscraping Architecture The sky is limitless, they say. So if there’s no space to your left, or to your right, or below, then look up! Land, limited in the City of Los Angeles, is slowly becoming a commodity. And as new land becomes occupied by never-ending construction projects, it’ll eventually vanish so we need start thinking straight, or “vertically” I should say.

new york breathing machine superskyscraper by IAD jul 30, 2013 new york breathing machine superskyscraper by IAD new york breathing machine vertical garden superskyscraper by IADimage © independent architectural diplomacyall images courtesy of independent architectural diplomacy

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