VAC Library: Open library becomes learning centre for children in Hanoi to learn about urban farming

An open library-come-city farm-come-kids playground is providing a way for kids in Hanoi, Vietnam to learn about self-sustaining ecosystems and urban farming. VAC Library is a large wooden climbing frame with various cubicles filled with books. The large wooden structure also houses an integrated production system that is designed to teach kids about sustainable food production. It uses solar-powered aquaponics to keep vegetables and koi carp. … Continue reading VAC Library: Open library becomes learning centre for children in Hanoi to learn about urban farming

NYC’s largest student-built hydroponic farm leading students and Bronx community to healthier futures

A hydroponic farm at a Bronx school is New York City’s biggest student-built, indoor, vertical hydroponic farm. DeWitt Clinton High School campus students teamed up with Teens for Food Justice (TFFJ) to build an indoor, vertical hydroponic farm in an unused third-floor lab in the school building. Students will grow more than 25,000 lbs of produce annually to feed their entire school and its 1,300 students daily and … Continue reading NYC’s largest student-built hydroponic farm leading students and Bronx community to healthier futures

Local Roots: Shipping containers become “fertile ground” for growing “any produce, anywhere”

LA-based company Local Roots is turning shipping containers into indoor farms that can turn any produce into local produce, anywhere. Local Roots grow fruits and vegetables in shipping containers that are stacked in old warehouses or parking lots, which can either be connected to the grid or powered by solar energy. Local Roots’s indoor farms are known as TerraFarms. Each TerraFarm is a controlled environment featuring LED lighting, computer-controlled … Continue reading Local Roots: Shipping containers become “fertile ground” for growing “any produce, anywhere”

Plant Chicago: Developing local circular economies

The Plant – a collaborative community of small food businesses in Chicago – is showing what sustainable food production and economic development looks like by growing and producing food inside an repurposed industrial building. Founded on a model of closing waste, resource, and energy loops, The Plant currently houses over a dozen small businesses, including indoor and outdoor farms, kombucha and beer breweries, a bakery, a … Continue reading Plant Chicago: Developing local circular economies

Urban Farming: Engaging communities in the local food system

Urban farming is enabling local communities to grow their own food and become self-sufficient, while nurturing the wellbeing of themselves, their fellow residents and the planet. From a rooftop farm, off grid farm and a teaching farm, this short film from Feast TV shows the positive impact that urban farming is having on local communities. Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea Continue reading Urban Farming: Engaging communities in the local food system

Urban Farming: Soil testing in inner city Philadelphia to revitalise municipal plots

Urban farming is an opportunity for food security in inner city areas. Access to local food is possible by farming on urban lots, however, urban soil has often been contaminated by industrial uses. In this short documentary, The Solution to Pollution is Life, The Greenhorns shows how an art  project in Philadelphia created a soil testing site in a bid to revitalise polluted municipal lands, and … Continue reading Urban Farming: Soil testing in inner city Philadelphia to revitalise municipal plots

Green Roofs: The Urban Gardens of the Future — ecogreenlove

Urbanization has significantly decreased the amount of land that is available for farming. The great expanses of winding roads, towering department stores, and crammed apartment complexes have spread out so far that there is no longer the same amount of space left over for planting crops. Because of this, most of the people who live in the city don’t have much access to fresh fruits … Continue reading Green Roofs: The Urban Gardens of the Future — ecogreenlove