Jessica Olesen

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95 Business Books for People Who Dream Big

After some requests for “further reading” on a variety of management concepts, my coworker Rebecca Corliss put together some internal …

Self-improvement

Finance for farming: scaling up urban vegetable farming

Most of the organic baby greens sold in Washington DC supermarkets are not "green" at all. They're grown in the Salinas Valley in California, which has been called the most hydrologically altered landmass on the planet. Then they are shipped in refrigerated trucks roughly 2,800 miles across America.<p>…

Aquaponics

10 Urban Agriculture Projects from Europe’s Greenest City: Freiburg, Germany

Freiburg, a university town in southern Germany nestled next to the edge of the Black Forest, has a reputation which exceeds its size. Its population …

Food Forward: Urban Agriculture Across America | Shows | PBS Food

How did something so fundamental as food, go so fundamentally wrong?<p>Instead of nourishing us, what we eat and the way we produce it threaten the air …

Urban Agriculture

Build Your Own Full-Scale Rooftop Farming Operation, With This Easy Kit

Urban Farmers’ modular system, complete with greenhouses and retrofitted shipping containers, can create a commercial-sized aquaponics farm anywhere there’s a bit of flat roof space.<p>“We sell farms, not tomatoes.” So say the founders of a Switzerland-based company that specializes in urban farms. If …

Aquaponics

Urban Organics Transforms Hamm's Brewery into an Urban Growing Zone

With no natural dirt or sunlight, an abandoned brewery may be the most unlikely spot for a farm producing kale and tilapia. But with a little help …

Next-gen urban farms: 10 innovative projects from around the world

Many shoppers like the idea of buying local. After all, it can mean fresher and healthier foods, stronger local economies, direct contact with food producers and in some cases — but not always — lower carbon emissions.<p>But most of us have only a few options for participating in the local food …

Urban

Urban habitats are uniquely human with unique human challenges.<p>Cities have existed for thousands of years and can be traced back to the river valley civilizations of Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq), Egypt, India, and China. At first, these settlements depended largely on agriculture and domestic …

Urban Agriculture

2.5 Acre Underground Farm Could Grow Fresh Veggies Below London Streets

Entrepreneurs Richard Ballard and Steven Dring are planning to transform the passageways under London’s Northern Line into the world’s largest …

Aquaponics

Can We Do Full-Scale Farming Inside City Centers?

An urban farm in Montreal is scaling the industry "with more software than farmers."<p>MONTREAL, Canada — In 1999, Dickson Despommier, a professor of environmental health sciences and microbiology at Columbia University, popularized the idea of large-scale urban agriculture by releasing a conceptual …

Indoor Farming: Future Takes Root In Abandoned Buildings, Warehouses, Empty Lots & High Rises

In a 90,000-square-foot warehouse not far from Chicago’s Midway Airport, the future of urban farming has taken root. Long shelves thick with fresh …

The Future of Agriculture? Indoor Farms Powered by LEDs

A warehouse full of lettuce might not be the first place you would expect to find the next Industrial Revolution. But follow the LED lights and …

Farming

5 Examples of Creative Urban Agriculture From Around the World

City dwellers are raising animals, growing fruits and vegetables, and even beekeeping to improve their food security and safety, reduce their carbon …

Food from the Sky: How Much Can Vertical Farming Boost Urban Food Security?

We live on an urban planet. In 2008, humanity passed a major milestone, with more than half of the world’s population living in urban areas for the …

How LED Is Lighting the Way Toward Indoor Farming - GE Reports

A warehouse full of lettuce might not be the first place you would expect to find the next Industrial Revolution. But follow the LED lights and …

Aquaponics

Can You Put An Urban Farm There? This App Will Tell You

Data viz guru Ben Fry releases Urb.ag, an app that distills labyrinthine rules for urban farming into a simple map.<p>Urban farms are a great idea, in theory. People in cities need food, and shipping food over short distances (or not at all) saves fossil fuels. One problem? Urban farming, at least on …

Designing cities and factories with urban agriculture in mind

The Netherlands offers inspiration for designers looking to create environments that harvest water, energy and nutrients<p>Urban farms are transforming inner city spaces – rooftops, infrastructure, streetscapes, building skin – into generative ecologies that support the lives of people, and …

Urban Agriculture

Grow Your Own Greens With The Growbot, A System Designed To Make Rooftop Farming Easy

The Internet-connected lightweight greenhouses can squeeze into vacant city corners and grow five tons of lettuce a year. That’s a lot of salad.<p>As much as city-dwellers might like the idea of buying vegetables grown on local rooftops or vacant lots, it’s hard to make urban agriculture commercially …

Urban Agriculture

World’s Largest Indoor Farm is 100 Times More Productive

The statistics for this incredibly successful indoor farming endeavor in Japan are staggering: 25,000 square feet producing 10,000 heads of lettuce …

Urbanism

Urban Farming at Microsoft: Going Green for Growing Greens

We’re always interested in the role that IT is playing in shaping how resources get used in the agricultural sector—figuring out how to grow and …

Vertical and urban farming | Food Science and Technology

Dan Caiger-Smith, Business Development Manager for Sky Greens, introduces the new concept of vertical farming.<p>All around the world there is growing …

Aquaponics