Weekly Harvest 10/6/2017
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Weekly Harvest 10/6/2017

Happy Friday! It’s been a busy week as more and more of the farm is coming together. We got the first few thousand plants into the system (no that’s not a typo) and got our first cohort of 200 catfish in as well. In addition, in this week’s harvest, we’ll check out upcoming events, learn some great...

On October 6, 2017October 6, 2017by
World’s First Solar Powered Indoor Farm Comes To Philadelphia
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World’s First Solar Powered Indoor Farm Comes To Philadelphia

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia Or at least it better be as Philadelphia is set to become the home of the world’s first fully solar-powered indoor farm. Metropolis Farms will be powered by over 2000 solar panels which will sit on the rooftop of their building in downtown Philadelphia. On the fourth floor, it is...

On October 4, 2017October 4, 2017by
A Converted Underground Air-Raid Shelter Now Feeding London Residents
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A Converted Underground Air-Raid Shelter Now Feeding London Residents

There’s a new urban farm on the scene in London and this one is definitely a far cry from your typical urban farm. This farm, which specializes in micro-greens is in an old Air-Raid shelter from WWII. The shelter was originally designed to protect up to 8,000 people from German raids during WWII. No longer...

On October 2, 2017October 2, 2017by
Weekly Harvest 9/29/17
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Weekly Harvest 9/29/17

Happy Friday! The warm days keep piling on and there’s no complaints about it as our outdoor season is benefitting from the extended summer-like temps. We’re starting to see growth slow down a bit in our client’s greenhouse systems as the days get shorter but we’re able to keep things like peppers, basil, and tomatoes...

On September 29, 2017September 29, 2017by
Urban Organics and Pentair Honored as 2017 Agricultural Project of the Year
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Urban Organics and Pentair Honored as 2017 Agricultural Project of the Year

Urban Organics Honored By WateReuse Association For Agricultural Project Of The Year Urban Organics and Pentair have been quietly leading the commercial aquaponics industry in St. Paul, MN. Pentair is a leader globally in sustainable water solutions, particularly in the aquaculture industry. They have been working on developing technologies to make aquaponics more commercially viable...

On September 27, 2017September 27, 2017by
National Organics Standards Board Wants To Ban Aquaponics and Hydroponics From Organic Certification
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National Organics Standards Board Wants To Ban Aquaponics and Hydroponics From Organic Certification

NOSB Ban: Prevents Aquaponics and Hydroponics Producers From Organic Certification The NOSB Crops Subcommittee has recommended that the full NOSB vote to ban ALL aquaponic production and curtail hydroponic production from organic eligibility at the Fall 2017 Meeting. The decision is frankly short-sighted and does not help the small consumer or the small producer. It prevents...

On September 25, 2017September 27, 2017by
Weekly Harvest 9/22/17
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Weekly Harvest 9/22/17

Happy Friday! Happy Fall! Fortunately, the weather still feels like summer while the calendar tells us otherwise. As we close the week it looks like it’s going to be a great weekend to get outdoors, maybe visit a farm in a rural town for a hayride, some apple picking, and some hot cider. This week’s...

On September 22, 2017September 22, 2017by
Ireland SIF Invests €40m in AgTech
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Ireland SIF Invests €40m in AgTech

Ireland is the latest of many countries that is putting a huge focus into investing in domestic AgTech plays in hope of driving industry at home and abroad. Earlier this month the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) invested €40 million into two agtech funds, including launching a €20 million Ireland-focused agtech fund to be managed by Finistere Ventures. At...

On September 20, 2017September 20, 2017by
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10 US Cities Leading The Urban Ag Charge. #8 Will Surprise You

10 Cities That Are Leading The Way For Urban Ag With Favorable Laws and Ordinances To Encourage And Support Urban Ag While urban gardening has been a practice that goes back to the development of cities, commercial-scale farming has always traditionally been relegated to rural and suburban towns. In fact, many cities have laws, most...

On September 19, 2017September 19, 2017by
AgTech Shark Tank AgSharks Launches In Las Vegas
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AgTech Shark Tank AgSharks Launches In Las Vegas

AgTech Shark Tank AgSharks Launches In Las Vegas Western Growers recently partnered with S2G ventures to launch a new pitch event modeled after the popular ABC show Shark Tank. In the show, hopeful startups and growth stage companies pitch “sharks” a term used for savvy and opportunist investors. Typically the shark will exchange money for...

On September 18, 2017September 18, 2017by