Archive for July, 2010

Sustainable Ag in Cuba

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Check out this article I recently came across about Cuba’s sustainable agricultural practices. Originally posted on The Solutions website the authors chronicle the development of Cuba’s agricultural practices a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the resulting sanctions. For the past 40+ years Cuba was forced to develop methods for growing produce independent of petrochemicals. In Havana, urban agricultural practices account for 80% of produce consumed. (more…)

Newark Vertical Farm

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Here’s the Newark Vertical Farm press release. Take a read through and check out the images.

July 23, 2010

At a time when the world ponders how to feed its nine billion people, Seattle architects Weber Thompson have designed a Vertical Farm for the Garden State to help solve that problem. The Newark Vertical Farm (NVF) a radically new prototype for Newark, NJ, illustrates the ideas promoted by Dr. Dickson Despommier for an approach to high capacity controlled environment urban farming. Principal Peter David Greaves, AIA, LEED AP and Ecological Designer Dan Albert, Associate ASLA, LEED AP and Dr. Despommier made a presentation of the design to government officials including Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Stefan Pryor and City Councilman Donald Payne, Jr., along with leaders from the Greater Newark Conservancy and Brick City Development Corporation. (more…)