Urban Farming

Current predictions are that by 2050 world human population will reach 9 billion.   So who is designing to feed the vast majority of those people - who will be living in cities, which are also set to expand enormously, by these same preditions?

This page is about large-scale (industrial scale) farming.  
You decide for yourself how permacultural or sustainable this is in practice.

TED talk - The Vertical Farm

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Dickson talks about Vertical Farming: A 21st century hunger and conservation solution that promises, "urban renewal, sustainable production of a safe and varied food supply (year-round crop production), and the eventual repair of ecosystems that have been sacrificed for horizontal farming."

Dickson Despommier is the Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Microbiology at Columbia University, and the vertical farming concept grew out of a medical ecology course he taught in 1999. Articles about the subject have been published in The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, Popular Science, Scientific American and Maxim. In October 2010, his first book on the subject, The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century, was published. More can be learned through his website, www.verticalfarm.com

Sky Greens

The Singapore Vertical-Farms that herald an Agricultural Revolution

YouTube Video

In Singapore, the challenge of feeding a growing population is pushing the concept of urban farming to new heights. A super-efficient vertical farming system is producing greens for 5 million residents.

"Can we supply enough food for everyone on the planet?" is a question plaguing leaders around the world. In Singapore SkyGreen offers one example of how this might be possible, "not just technically, but economically". By increasing their food security while reducing the impact of food production on global climate change, SkyGreen is 10 times more productive per square foot than conventional farming.

For downloads and more information visit: http://www.journeyman.tv/?lid=65841

Why Vertical Farming Won't Save the Planet

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Bruce Bugbee, Utah State University Department of Plants, Soils and Climate, has studied plant growth in controlled environments for most of his career. Here he presents the results of his analysis of the environmental effects of Vertical Farming/Indoor Agriculture (September 2015) A copy of the slides can be downloaded here http://bit.ly/1JlujEi

Aquaponics Community Farming

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Concept diagram here

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3000 Heads of Lettuce a Month

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John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ visits Aquaponics No Ka 'Oi an urban aquaponics farm on 1/10th of an acre that produces 3000 heads of organic lettuce a month to sell to Whole Foods Market. 

In this episode, you will learn how productive Aquaponics can be in a standard suburban tract home backyard! You will discover the basics of how an aquaponics system works as well as how this family farmer built a DIY aquaponics system to create a small fortune growing vegetables as well as fish. 

You will also learn some of the tips and tricks this certified organic aquaponic grower has been using over the last several years since he put together his DIY aquaponics system to improve his harvests, reduce his labor and minimize his inputs to grow some of the best butter lettuce on Maui in the state of Hawaii.

Finally you will learn why the farmer decided to grow aquaponically as well as John's hints and tips on how to really boost plant health, production and taste of the crops that are being grown under ANY aquaponics or soil based farming system.

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A Different Kind of Urban Farming

Also see EcoCities page 

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