The Garden Tower Project offers a unique standalone classroom unit that incorporates not only vertical farming but vermicomposting. Like our aquaponic systems, the vermiponic systems provide all the nutrients from the waste from the red worms that are composting food scraps within the central part of the the tower. Unique in application but a viable solution to urban food production.
We are big fans of Sustainable America and not just because they featured Agri-tecture’s post on food deserts. They are great because they produce content like this infographic that explains that we.do indeed have the space for urban farming and what the benefits are.
Agri-tecture is the combination of architecture and agriculture. The blog is about Building-Integrated Agriculture. We explore developing innovations, businesses, and projects that employ agri-tecture.
We are starting a website dedicated to adding new indoor growing technologies like vertical farming, aquaponics and of course microgreens. Check out the home page, more to come … new urbaform educational website
The future is uncertain at best and food security is at the forefront of concerns facing us today …
At Urbaform we have been following innovations in agriculture for years and have isolated several that may pave the way to a more secure tomorrow. We will need to change of lot of things but we believe that change is possible if we start by educating the next generation of stewards for our planet.
There are many remarkable advances in agricultural technology that surface daily, but we believe we have isolated several viable areas, namely vertical farming and aquaponics that lead the way to innovative food production in urban and closed environments. Through our background in the sciences and education we have isolated several products that will give teachers, classrooms, schools, and institutions a way to stimulate both interest and expertise to our new generation of farmers and leaders.
The products we present are classroom units that are turnkey in nature, so you can order and implement class units and integrate innovative food production right in your classroom. We also have a microgreen growing classroom kit that will catch the imagination and wonder of a growing plant … normally 7 days from seed to harvest. Kits have been tested on ages down to 3-4 with great success …
By utilizing technologies unique to this space, Urbaform Technologies will create food production within the urban environment by utilizing spaces unused or disused by present occupants. By creating new sources of food, this solution will allow for better food security and sustainability to a global market that now has more than 50% of its population residing in cities. Because our technology is the only soil based system, we will provide nutritious foods that taste better and can help in fighting the health crisis that is looming large on our society. In addition, our system is a valuable generator or truly green urban agricultural jobs for the swelling urban workforce.
We would like take this time to truly thank all of our loyal guests and supporters for your generosity at our recent #haiyan dinner. It is with great pleasure we announce a donation of $7,200 has been divided amongst Red Cross Philippines + Gawad Kalinga Development Foundation to further assist our friends and families in the #Philippines
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Operation Walang Iwanan: Typhoon Yolanda (MINDANAO)
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Our volunteers form the Cantilan Woman’s Club are now packing and sorting of goods for #YolandaPH victims at the GK SDS Command Center. We need more volunteers to join us, para mas paspas an trabaho, mag tinabangay ta tanan! Wayay Bija-ay!
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Watch this new video from Food Tank: The Food Think Tank and the FAO called “Making the Case for Family Farming!” The 2014 International Year of Family Farming (#IYFF) aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.
According to the FAO: The International Year of Family Farming honors over 400 million family farms in both developed and developing countries, defined as farms that rely primarily on family members for labour and management. Such farms produce the food that feeds billions of people. In many developing countries family farms make up on average up to 80 percent of all farm holdings.
But small and medium-size family farms are suffering across the world. One bad harvest, a rejected bank loan, or too much or too little rain can drive farms out of business.
"The most effective way to combat hunger and malnutrition is to produce food near the consumers, precisely what family farming does, not the large itinerant investors," explains Jose Antonio Osaba (WRF), Coordinator of the IYFF-2014 Civil Society Programme.
Food Tank acknowledges the crucial importance of family farming and its potential to help create a more sustainable and just food system.
Forthcoming reports by FAO and Food Tank suggest that through local knowledge and sustainable, innovative farming methods, family farmers can improve yields and create a more nutrient-dense and diverse food system.
Family farmers are key players in job creation and healthy economies, supplying jobs to millions and boosting local markets.
During 2014 Food Tank will be releasing a variety of materials for the International Year of Family Farming, including a research report that will come out early next year, a series of weekly articles on Food Tank’s website, and a petition encouraging support of family farmers across the world. Today we are excited to release a new video highlighting the importance of family farming in alleviating hunger and poverty!
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“Dream of Mindanao of being independent economically will remain an elusive dream if present Mindanao leaders will always forget to empower the poorest of the poor in Mindanao. This is the reason why armed conflict always flourish in the country’s second biggest island because the mass based are always forgotten” - Beverly Del Valle, urban poor leader in Caraga region.