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Turning terrace into thriving farm in urban Bangladesh

Terrace gardening in cities has gained popularity in recent days. A terrace garden is seen in Cumilla in this undated photo.

“The rooftop of his house resembles a mini forest”. “It is now a source of oxygen and key entertainment during my leisure time,” he adds.

By Shafik Russell
UNB
Feb 12, 2021

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When Jahangir started his own terrace garden after retirement in 2017, he planted a handful of vegetables. But the urge to stay indoors and eat healthy during the peak of the pandemic last year prompted him to expand his garden.

Also read: Rooftop Gardening: Way to Release Stress and Promote health during pandemic

“Covid-19 and the consequent restrictions imposed by the government actually forced me to think about self-sustained living. Now I grow even leafy vegetables like spinach and beet, apart from bottle gourd, bitter gourd and pumpkin, on my terrace,” Jahangir says.

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February 17, 2021   No Comments

Fidelity Bank’s new ‘car park’ adding ground-floor restaurant, rooftop urban farm

A rendering of what Fidelity Bank’s rooftop Rise Farms will look like

A rooftop urban farm that bank officials say will be the largest in the Midwest.

By Denise Neil
The Wichita Eagle
February 11, 2021

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Called Rise Farms, it will include 5,000 square feet of space where fresh vegetables and herbs will be grown in raised beds, large planters and a 24×70-foot long hoop house. The food the farm produces will be used not only by the new ground-level restaurant tenant but also by other restaurants around Wichita. Fidelity Bank employees also will be beneficiaries of the produce, and the first crops should be ready by fall.

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February 17, 2021   No Comments

Canada: The future of the food supply chain lives on a rooftop in Montreal

Inside VSL (a reference to Ville St-Laurent, the district in which the farm is located); it’s the company’s newest greenhouse, and it sits atop a former Sears warehouse.

“Our objective at Lufa is to get to the point where we’re feeding everyone in the city,” Hage says.

By Tracey Lindeman
Fortune
February 6, 2021

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The world’s biggest commercial rooftop greenhouse sits atop a former Sears warehouse in a semi-industrial northwestern quarter of Montreal. Early every morning, staff pick fresh vegetables, then bring them downstairs, where they get packed into heavy-duty plastic totes along with the rest of the day’s grocery orders.

Tablets loaded with custom pick-and-pack software tell them where to put what: This basket has lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers, plus some chicken, eggs, and milk. The next one has eggplant, cashew Parmesan, tomato sauce, fresh pasta, and vegan ground round crumble. Whatever Lufa doesn’t grow in its four greenhouses comes from local farms and producers, mostly from within 100 miles.

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February 10, 2021   No Comments

Finland: Urban farming in Finland in for a boost thanks to EU funding

Roof terrace.

EU funding, provided under the European Regional and Development Fund, farming on rooftops will be substantially increased

By Anton Stoyanov
The Mayor
Feb 3, 2021

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The European Union and its member states are committed to building circular and sustainable societies and to reducing carbon emissions. Thus, their support for different projects that advance these goals should come as no surprise.

One of the latest such initiatives is Finland’s CircularHoodFood project, part of the country’s 6Aika Strategy, which brings together six large cities, including Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku and Oulu.

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February 8, 2021   No Comments

Urban Farming: How Rooftop Gardens Are Feeding Families and Helping the Planet

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Forget the farm, some Bay Area residents are growing their food on the roof

By Melissa Colorado
NBC
February 2, 2021

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The coronavirus pandemic has resurrected a new interest in urban farms because they address the issues of food sustainability and climate change.

Bluma Farm is a rooftop farm in Berkeley. The views are stunning, but what’s more impressive is how much they’re able to grow with just a quarter-acre of space.

“I love working with restaurants and chefs, and we do grow a lot of herbs and edible flowers,” Bluma Farm owner Joanna Letz said.

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February 7, 2021   Comments Off on Urban Farming: How Rooftop Gardens Are Feeding Families and Helping the Planet

Hong Kong: Sino Group presents Farm Together – an integrated green community project that promotes urban farming

With six farms currently operating across its properties in Hong Kong that span over 23,000 square feet, the Group has one of the largest urban farming footprints in the city.

Press Release
Jan. 28, 2021

Farm Together currently operates six farms city-wide, across the Group’s commercial and residential properties as well as hotel. The largest farm in the portfolio, spanning 11,840 square feet, is Sky Farm at the Skyline Tower, located in Kowloon Bay. Featuring a wide range of seasonal plants from Romaine lettuce to sweet potatoes as well as being Hong Kong’s first rooftop farm at a commercial building to grow indigo plant for tie-dyeing, the farm is managed in collaboration with sustainable social enterprise Smiley Planet and local NGO Hong Chi Association.

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February 3, 2021   Comments Off on Hong Kong: Sino Group presents Farm Together – an integrated green community project that promotes urban farming

A Leading NYC Mayoral Candidate Thinks Roof Farms Can Save America’s Cities

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams distributing food Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein.

“We can repurpose these rooftops to ensure that we can grow our food. We’re going to take trucks off the road.”

By Amanda Kludt
Eater
Jan 14, 2021

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Why not say, “Let’s turn to food.” And by growing the food using rooftops, using classrooms, using empty factory spaces, the person who invents and expands this system now will have enough money to leverage long contracts. So if I go to the companies and state that, “Hey, I’m going to give you a five year guarantee contract that you’re going to grow the vegetables and some of the fruits that you’re about to provide to our school system,” you now can leverage that to go into the science and to expand. What do we do in the process? You’re going to teach my young children a nutritionally-based education so they can learn this multibillion dollar industry of urban farming.

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January 20, 2021   Comments Off on A Leading NYC Mayoral Candidate Thinks Roof Farms Can Save America’s Cities