LOS ANGELES, Ca. (March. 24, 2017) — Teams of local architects, engineers, developers, Los Angeles city officials, urban farmers, and others will compete next week to design and devise the best plan for sustainably growing food in urban environments. Sponsored at the gold level by the LA office of global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will, and co-organized by Agritecture.com, an online media outlet focused on urban and vertical farming; the sold-out “Agritecture Design Workshop” will give participants the opportunity to produce creative, yet practical, solutions for supporting urban agriculture in the LA metropolitan area. The winning team will be selected based on how well their urban farm concept localizes food production within the city while decreasing resource consumption and increasing social cohesion.
Michael Guttman is the Sustainability Officer for Kennett Towsnhip, PA, a small town that single-handedly supplies around half of the US’s mushroom supplies. A veteran of the IT world, Michael is applying his entrepreneurial skills to aiding the town in diversifying …
To Grow Community and Jobs of the Future, Suburbanite Launches Vertical Farming Enterprise in Detroit
BY TRISH POPOVITCH
After spending time with street children in Brazil as part of a missionary trip, Jeff Adams, founder of Detroit, …
To Grow Community and Jobs of the Future, Suburbanite Launches Vertical Farming Enterprise in DetroitJanuary 3, 2017 | Trish Popovitch
After spending time with street children in Brazil as part of a missionary trip, Jeff Adams, founder of Detroit, Michigan-based urban vertical farming enterprise Artesian Farms, felt compelled to change his community. “If we can go 7,000 miles to work with young people we won’t see again, what can we do in our own backyard?”
13 years ago Adams moved from the suburbs of Detroit to the urban neighborhood of Brightmoor—roughly four square miles on the outskirts of Detroit full of abandoned homes and derelict industrial buildings.
“My wife and I sold our house in the suburbs and moved to the Brightmoor neighborhood in the city of Detroit. What I noticed was in our community there was a lack of jobs for people who are 18 to 30 years old that had some limited skills and limited availability to transportation to get to a job,” says Adams. “I started looking for opportunities to employ people. I set up a business incubator and started looking around to see what we could do.”
Urban agriculture ventures of all different stripes – from commercial hydroponic enterprises and rooftop aeroponic farms to community gardens planted atop formerly vacant lots – are not only disrupting the food system, but also generating community and economic capital.
To give you an up close and personal look at a series of innovative urban farming operations that have emerged to tackle challenges to food access, meet marketplace demand for local food, and increase food security, Seedstock has put together the ‘Future of Food – Urban Ag Field Trip’.
Scheduled for Friday, January 27, 2017, the field trip will look at the impact of urban farming in Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the United States, and include lectures on such topics as the past, present, and future of urban agriculture, vertical farming, and sourcing local food from urban farms.