Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to Sprout a Giant Green Roof

Posted on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by

The Barclays Center is going green. The Prospect Heights arena is set to get a massive vegetation roof that mega-developer Forest City Ratner says will beautify the view for future Atlantic Yards tenants and help quell neighbors’ concerns about the bass boom of concerts and sports events. “The roof […]

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London’s subterranean farm

Posted on Friday, January 31st, 2014 by

Two entrepreneurs Richard Ballard and Steven Dring have set up a 2.5 acre crop farm below the Northern Line, near Clapham North in London. The first test garden, which has been up and running for a few months as part of a commercial project called Growing Underground, backed by television chef Michel Roux junior. The […]

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Parking space sized vegetable factory that’s perfect for urban farmers.

Posted on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 by

While it doesn’t take advantage of the free renewable energy provided by the sun, either for power or for growing, there are some major advantages to using the Agri-Cube for urban farming. First, it protects the plants from drought, bugs, and air pollution–all of which are becoming more of a problem in cities thanks to […]

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Growing Shiitake Mushrooms is Easier Than You Think

Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2013 by

Did you know that shiitakes are easy to grow in the home garden?  Well they are and they only require a few items beyond the spawn (seeds).  But before you jump into the fungus business, there are a few things you will need to know. Shiitakes will produce 6 to 18 months after inoculation and […]

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Vertical ‘Pinkhouses:’ The Future Of Urban Farming?

Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 by

Light is a major problem with vertical farming. When you stack plants on top of each other, the ones at the top shade the ones at the bottom. The only way to get around it is to add artificial light — which is expensive both financially and environmentally. Vertical farmers can lower the energy bill, […]

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Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest

Posted on Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 by

Seattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is going forward. A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; […]

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