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Grocery Store Sells Organic Produce from its Rooftop Farm

Touch the Soil News #758 (feature photo courtesy of Montreal IGA) Claiming to be the first grocery store in Canada, an IGA store in Montreal now has a 25,000 square foot roof garden (slightly over ½ acre) that produces over 30 different kinds of produce. Situated on a building that is LEED Gold certified. LEED certified buildings are resource efficient and use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The rooftop garden is irrigated with water collected from the store’s dehumidification system, which would otherwise be discarded. All the food grown is organically certified, harvested and sold in the store itself along with other organic produce. The roof-top…

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Up Top Acres – Wake Up Old Farmers

Touch the Soil News #296 There is probably not a day that goes by that some newspaper or farming magazine doesn’t talk about the aging of America’s farmers – mainstream farmers that is. The story line is essentially the same – a dire lack of young people getting into mainstream farming. Folks concerned about a lack of young farmers entering into industrial farming are living in the dark. Wake up and see the thousands of young people now following farm careers. The point today is that industrial farming is not the kind of farming that young people are choosing. They are choosing local, urban and market garden enterprises. What makes…

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News Roundup

Touch the Soil News #253 Metropolis Farms in Philadelphia stacks growing trays high inside an urban building. Jack Griffin, president of Metropolis Farms says they can grow 120,000 plants in 36 square feet. You just have to go higher. Griffin explains they can grow plants at a density of 1,200 times that of conventional farms. Visit their site at: http://www.metropolisfarmsusa.com/   UrbanFarmers AG – a German Company is in the business of designing and operating aquaponic rooftop farms. A present they are under construction of Europe’s largest rooftop farm – 13,000 square foot rooftop greenhouse, a 4,000 square foot indoor fish farm, a 2,700 square foot processing and packaging area…

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