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Aligning Diverse Stakeholders Around Sustainable Agriculture

May 10, 2011 |

Field to Market - The Keystone Alliance for Sustainable AgricultureWhat began a little over four years ago as a dialogue initiated by Colorado-based, The Keystone Center, between a small number of conservation organizations, growers, food retailers, and agribusiness companies to encourage sustainable agriculture production and measures has since evolved into Field to Market: The Keystone Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture Read More

Startup Profile: Sustainable Agriculture: Coming Soon to A Supermarket Rooftop Near You!

May 6, 2011 |

brightfarms builds hydroponic greenhouses on supermarket rooftopsFrom the creators of the Science Barge, the floating hydroponic greenhouse project supporting sustainable food production and powered 100% by renewable energy, comes a new company that builds, designs, finances, and operates hydroponic greenhouse farms on supermarket rooftops. It’s called BrightFarms. By growing produce on site, the company enables grocery retailers to alter their produce supply chain in a way that improves the planet and their profits. Read More

Startup Profile: Smartphone App Increases Yields and Sustains Agriculture

May 4, 2011 |

ClimateMinder develops wireless climate monitoring systems for agricultureWant to monitor the climate in your greenhouse or field to increase yields and your ability to farm more sustainably? There’s an app for that.

In fact, there’s an entire system – including a smartphone application – developed by ClimateMinder, a Glendale, California based startup company, that enables growers to wirelessly monitor environmental conditions in both greenhouses and open fields. Read More

Agricultural Entrepreneurship Takes Root in an Apple Orchard

May 3, 2011 |

Technology Farm where agriculture research from Cornell is commercializedIn the middle of a 72-acre apple orchard situated in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, agricultural entrepreneurship thrives. Ten emerging startup companies reside here charting paths for the commercialization of innovative agricultural products and technologies. This is The Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park, also known as the Technology Farm. Read More

Startup Profile: An Urban Farming Startup Grows in a New Jersey Classroom

May 2, 2011 |

Students at St. Philip’s Academy, an independent K-8 school in Newark, NJ grow their own salad greens. They use an aeroponic growing system installed in a fourth-floor classroom in which they plant, harvest and package such leafy greens as Chinese lettuce, arugula and komatsuna for delivery to their cafeteria.  “It’s kind of amazing – it doesn’t get more local than this,” said Frank Mentesana, a St. Philip’s Teacher and Program Facilitator.

St. Philip’s aeroponic growing system is part of a pilot project being managed and run by an urban farming startup called EcoVeggies to trial a growing system developed by AeroFarms Read More