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To grow the vertical urban farming industry, Home Town Farms plans to build one-half to three-acre greenhouses on the rooftops, abandoned lots, and corners of urban areas in densely populated U.S. cities. Using proprietary vertical farming techniques, each site will produce organic vegetables, berries, lettuces and herbs to be sold to local consumers on site and wholesale to local farmers markets, restaurants and grocery stores. The company will also license its system to 3rd parties.

Startup Profile: Home Town Organic Farm Goes Vertical in the City

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Chicago builder, John Edel has embarked upon a seemingly impossible mission: to convert a 93,500 sq. ft. pork processing plant into The Plant, a sustainable closed-loop food business incubator housing aquaponic farming systems, hydroponics, vertical farms, rooftop gardens, private kitchens, two breweries, a bakery, a catering company, and a five-station shared kitchen.

Chicago Org. Aims to Transform Industrial Blight into Sustainable Urban Farm and Food Business Incubator

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Dan Gibbs, CEO of San Diego, CA-based vertical organic farming startup Home Town Farms, doesn’t believe he’s introducing a new company, but an entire industry that will benefit consumers, the environment and the future of sustainable agriculture. “Urban farming isn’t new, vertical farming isn’t new, but vertical urban farming is new,” said Gibbs.

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Hydroponic rooftop gardening in NYC (gotham greens)

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NY Sun Works - rooftop farming in NYC

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Brooklyn Grange is a commercial organic farm located on New York City rooftops. They grow vegetables in the city and sell them to local people and businesses. The goal is to improve access to very good food, to connect city people more closely to farms and food production, and to make urban farming a viable enterprise and livelihood.

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Situated atop a Montreal office building, Lufa Farms is a 31,000 square foot greenhouse that couples science with sustainability. This is the first year of production for the rooftop farm, which currently grows enough food to provide for the needs of 1400 people.

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