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Redefining locally grown produce with urban farming

Infarm has deployed more than 1000 farms in stores and distribution centers.

By Andy Nelson
Supermarket Perimeter
01.14.2021

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KANSAS CITY – Urban farms check a variety of boxes for today’s consumers: locally grown, sustainable, low carbon footprint — not to mention fresh, healthy and tasty.

And the COVID pandemic has only made them more attractive, as transportation and logistics created huge headaches for retailers, shippers and everyone in between along the supply chain. Kroger, Whole Foods Market and Safeway are just a few of the big-name US retailers to get on board.

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January 21, 2021   No Comments

Netherlands: I call myself a metropolitan farmer.

Rob Baan, Koppert Cress, The Netherlands

By Ruud Sies (photographer) and partner Hanneke van Hintum (producer)
Resilience Food Stories
2020

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As a small boy Rob was often taken by his father on walks through the woods or the dunes, where he learnt which plants were edible, and where they shot rabbits. That was how his father had survived the war.

Rob therefore came to see nature as a friend and he began to love plants. When during his studies he found an internship at the seed company Sluis & Groot, all the knowledge he had built up fell into place. He was intrigued by what the people who worked there could tell from looking at a crop and what interested him most of all was the recognition of diseases in plants. He was fascinated to discover how many variables influence the health of a plant, including its roots, its leaves, the soil, its location and the conditions there.

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January 19, 2021   No Comments

USDA Seeks Members For New Urban/Indoor Agriculture Committee

“This group will underscore USDA’s commitment to all segments of agriculture and has the potential to support innovative ways to increase local food production in urban environments.”

By Chris Koger
AG Web
Jan 07, 2021

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking members for a new advisory committee for urban agriculture.

The dozen members of the board will advise the agriculture secretary on issues relating to urban/indoor/vertical farms and identify barriers to establishing them.

“This group will underscore USDA’s commitment to all segments of agriculture and has the potential to support innovative ways to increase local food production in urban environments,” Bill Northey, USDA’s under secretary for farm production and conservation, said in a news release.

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January 8, 2021   No Comments

Hawaii’s Largest Vertical Farming Facility

One of my goals for a sustainable Hawaii is to double local food production and a bright spot of the pandemic is that more families are consuming locally produced food and attempting to grow their own food.

Perishable News
Dec 24, 2020

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With millions of heads of lettuce to be grown per year, Kalera’s Honolulu facility will provide a rare and much needed local source of fresh, non-GMO, clean, living lettuces and microgreens to retailers, restaurants and other customers. 90% of Hawaii’s greens are currently grown on the mainland United States and shipped into the state – an expensive 2,500 mile journey that can take over 10 days and require many touchpoints and opportunities for contamination. Kalera’s location within city limits will shorten travel time from days and weeks to hours, preserving nutrients, freshness and flavor.

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December 31, 2020   Comments Off on Hawaii’s Largest Vertical Farming Facility

Dutch Scale-Up PlantLab Launches First Production Site In USA

Annual harvest of 420,000 kilos for Indianapolis residents.

PlantLab has a dedicated R&D center in Den Bosch (the Netherlands), the largest such center in the world for vertical farming

Den Bosch (The Netherlands), December 7 2020 – PlantLab, the Dutch indoor farming pioneer, has opened a new production site in Indianapolis (Indiana). This first-ever ‘Plant Paradise’ in the United States is growing vegetables for the local population at a site that was previously unthinkable – a former battery factory near the city center.

In Indianapolis, PlantLab has entered into a joint venture with Englewood Community Development Corporation, which works to promote the sustainable development of urban corridors. The fresh vegetables are being marketed under the brand name ‘Uplift, good food for purpose’.

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December 21, 2020   Comments Off on Dutch Scale-Up PlantLab Launches First Production Site In USA

Israel: You’ve got kale: Grocery chain to sell salad leaves, herbs grown on ‘green wall’

A Vertical Field container stationed at the Tel Aviv port (Courtesy)

Vertical Field has signed ‘multi-million dollar’ deal with Rami Levy supermarkets to offer customers fresh produce picked from vertical farms

By Shoshanna Solomon
The Times of Israel
13 December 2020

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The crops, which include lettuce, basil, parsley, kale and mint, will be sold daily, directly to clients after harvest, “at competitive prices,” the statement added.

The walls will be in containers stationed outdoors, on the premises of the supermarkets. Customers will be able to buy the produce on the spot from a seller who will pick the produce from the container and hand it over, with payment happening on the spot.

Customers will also have the option of purchasing the produce with the soil bedding that it was grown in, “allowing the customers to enjoy all the nutritional benefits of a freshly harvested crop and a longer shelf life,” the statement said.

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December 16, 2020   Comments Off on Israel: You’ve got kale: Grocery chain to sell salad leaves, herbs grown on ‘green wall’

Denmark: A wind-powered vertical farm: Giant urban farm opens in Denmark

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Inside a warehouse in an industrial zone in Copenhagen vast stacks of plants soar almost to the ceiling. In time, this newly opened vertical farm will be one of the largest in Europe, while power from Denmark’s windfarms will ensure it is carbon-neutral, according to the company behind it.

Video by Sam Ball
France 24
Dec 7, 2020

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Though they will never see daylight or soil, hundreds of tonnes of lettuce, herbs and kale will be harvested over the coming months from the vast farm, run by Danish start-up Nordic Harvest.

“We have only an output of about 200 tonnes per year but we have built the support facility to support a production of 1,000 tonnes per year,” CEO Anders Riemann told AFP.

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December 13, 2020   Comments Off on Denmark: A wind-powered vertical farm: Giant urban farm opens in Denmark