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Vertical Farming Startups Seek Profit by Bringing Sustainable Agriculture to Cities

August 12, 2011 |

It’s Vertical Farming day over at Seedstock and we’re celebrating with a digest that features stories on a number of vertical urban agriculture startups that have the potential to play an outsize role in furthering the goals of … Read More

Startup Profile: Food and Innovation Grow on a Farm in a Window

July 20, 2011 |
A Windowfarms System in a Brooklyn Storefront - Source: Windowfarms

Source: Windowfarms

Windowfarms will not save the world. But even in the big picture, every little piece counts.

That’s the thinking of The Windowfarms Project founder Britta Riley, a technology designer with myriad interests ranging from product development to social media to agriculture. Riley, along with Rebecca Bray, started Windowfarms in February 2009 as a way to foster consumer involvement, collaboration and innovation in food production and the environmental movement.

What exactly is a windowfarm? At the most basic level, it’s a vertical hydroponics system; rather than growing in rows, in soil, outdoors, plants within the system grow in columns, in water, indoors – in a window to be exact. The nutrients crops would get from the soil are instead dissolved in water and delivered to the plants with the help of an air pump.

On a more profound level, windowfarms are a powerful tool for changing the way consumers relate to their food. Read More

Fenceless Farming in Detroit and Beyond

July 18, 2011 |

Urban Farming (urbanfarming.org), the organization that uses abandoned city lots to grow food for the hungry, was conceived when singer Taja Sevelle, a protégé discovered by Prince, moved to Detroit to record an album for Sony Records. She was devastated by the struggles of the city’s poor, already in the throes of the recession. The food banks couldn’t keep food on the shelves and were appealing for donations. She also noticed that as people fled the city there were more and more empty lots. Read More

Startup Profile: Home Town Organic Farm Goes Vertical in the City

July 7, 2011 |

Dan Gibbs, CEO of San Diego, CA-based vertical organic farming startup Home Town Farms, doesn’t believe he’s introducing a new company, but an entire industry that will benefit consumers, the environment and the future of sustainable agriculture.

“Urban farming isn’t new, vertical farming isn’t new, but vertical urban farming is new,” said Gibbs. Read More

Seedstock Digest: Hydroponic Greenhouses Atop Super Markets, An Aeroponic System in a Grade School Classroom, Rooftop Aquaponics and more!

June 16, 2011 |

It’s Urban ‘Ponic Wednesday at Seedstock and that means we are featuring articles that we wrote on urban agriculture startups that are making use of hydroponic, aeroponic and aquaponic systems. So check them out and get your ‘Ponic on! Read More