Vertical Farming – Gaining Mass

GreenBiz journalist Jean Haggerty brings us news about the growth and acceptance of vertical farming. Vertical farming is often synonymous with hydroponics and controlled indoor environment agriculture. Vertical farming is also closely associated with urban agriculture. The 2018 Farm Bill allocated $10 million to establish an office of urban agriculture and supporting projects. You can…

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The New AI, Robotics and Data Analysis Farmers

Touch the Soil News #1442 (Feature photo – Indoor Farming – CCA SA 3.0 Unported – Bryght Knyght) A newer company in Pittsburg called Fifth Season (https://www.fifthseasonfresh.com/#our-story) made news recently as it just got $35 million in funding to build a 60,000 square foot vertical farm. Being solar powered, the new facility will produce over…

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Backyard Fresh Farms – Making Indoor Vertical Profitable

Touch the Soil News #1410 (Feature photo – Arugula – By Retama – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1803040) Chicago Tribune journalist Alexia Ruiz brings us the story of Jake Counne and the building of Backyard Fresh Farms. http://www.backyardfreshfarms.com/about-us/ Counne is convinced that his technology approach will allow him to grow food at an affordable…

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Merging the Housing and Urban Farming Realms

Positive Future #513 (Feature photo Vertical Harvest – courtesy of Vertical Harvest) Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association) holds over $3 trillion in mortgage loans. As a government sponsored entity, its mission is to ensure adequate sources of funding for home buyers seeking financing. As a giant in the real estate arena, Fannie Mae is…

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Vertical Farming – The Billion Dollar Gamble

Touch the Soil News #1376 (Feature photo – Vertical Farming – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license Growing greens in controlled environments is becoming big business. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in a handful of large vertical farm start-ups. The goal is to start suppling cities with fresh greens as opposed…

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