Category Archives: Commercial growing

High density high tech urban ag coming on strong

High density high tech urban ag is a growing solution to the problems of accessing fresh food year-round, with minimal water and waste. Think 5-mile diet.

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Embattled Lantzeville urban farmer gives up

  Dirk Becker and Nicole Shaw’s fight with their neighbour– and his friends on the Lantzeville, B.C. council– has worn them down to the point where they’re selling their Compassionate Farm property. Dirk’s style is not always conducive to compromise, … Continue reading

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Urban ag in Seattle: debating zoning for marijuana

Urban agriculture in Seattle has a new twist: debating industrial zoning for marijuana production– big warehouses or not-so-big warehouses?

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Responsible investment conference looks at food

I’ll be moderating a panel on investing in food at the Canadian Responsible Investment Conference June 17-19 in Vancouver. #sioconf2013. I hope to see you there. I’ll be on Tuesday morning: Environment: Food Sustainability This session will explore some key … Continue reading

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Frank Guistra investing in high yield farmland

Mining and film financier and Bill Clinton buddy Frank Guistra is investing in high yield farmland, local food, award-winning olive oil and is bankrolling Modern Farmer Magazine… He knows something.  He has also put money into Vancouver’s Sole Food Farm. Serious, … Continue reading

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Is urban food production ever economically sustainable?

Find out at my new talk on the economic sustainability of local at the Stone Soup Festival 3 pm May 11 at Britannia Community Centre on Commercial Drive. I’ll be looking at rooftop growing, new market niches for entrepreneurs, vertical … Continue reading

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Eat Up: Getting high with local food

Rooftop growing is exploding everywhere. Some cities now allow owners to exceed height restrictions if they’re growing food on their roofs. Many of these are hydroponic, as in Vancouver’s Alterrus rooftop greenhouse on the unused top floor of a downtown … Continue reading

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“Vegetative tower” with shared kitchen promised

“Vegetative tower” with shared kitchen, vertical farm has been proposed in a 100-storey NYC tower plan. Believe it when it’s built. There are so many fanciful ag tower projects out there, but almost none getting built or actually performing as … Continue reading

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