Big farm opportunities seen for business in 2030 U.N. goals

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Businesses could earn hundreds of billions of dollars a year by 2030 by investing in better agriculture and food ranging from micro-irrigation of crops to reduced waste, an international study said on Friday.

A commission including chief executives of Unilever and Aviva as well as academics and civil society groups said companies could exploit U.N. plans to end poverty and hunger and protect the planet by 2030.
“Instead of treating it as ‘Oh my God, another huge global problem to worry about’ … you can break it down into chunks of real business possibility,” Mark Malloch-Brown, chair of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, told Reuters.
The Commission, launched in January, said businesses could unlock about $2.3 billion a year in food and agriculture sectors by investing $360 billion a year to help achieve the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

It listed opportunities in 14 areas including farming technology, restoring land and forests, urban agriculture, irrigation, aquaculture and better packaging. Continue reading “Big farm opportunities seen for business in 2030 U.N. goals”

Setting Up Your Own Edible Rooftop Garden Book

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“Our step-by-step guide is the ideal resource to assist you in the creation of your own rooftop garden, and to ensure its continued horticultural and social success! The guide is written for groups, individuals and establishments that would like to create an urban edible rooftop garden for educational, social, therapeutic or environmental reasons by may not have access to the necessary space to do so in soil. Our objective is to facilitate the process of creation of these edible natural urban oases so that more and more people will learn about rooftop gardening to discover its benefits.”

LINK: http://www.rooftopgardens.alternatives.ca/resources/guides
PDF BOOK: http://www.rooftopgardens.alternatives.ca/sites/rooftopgardens.alternatives.ca/files/ready_to_grow.pdf.pdf
DIRECT DOWNLOAD: https://planetpermaculture.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/ready_to_grow_rooftop_gardens_pdf.pdf

Small-Scale Aquaponic Food Production Book

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Excellent free ebook (technical paper) I found when searching around yesterday, looks like a wealth of info to tap into for those wishing to test out the benifits of Aquaponics. For those who don’t know is a symbiotic integration of two disciplines: aquaculture and hydroponics. A symbiotic relationship between plant and fish, the waste from the fish feeds the plants and the plants in turn clean the water for the fish.

The growing technique is excellent for those hoping to avoid lots of expensive chemicals, it’s also a labour-saving technique too. In times of dwindling supplies of water and arable land worldwide this production system can really help us reduce water consumption on food production and enhance our food security.

The book discusses three groups of living organisms (bacteria, plants and fish) that make up the aquaponic ecosystem. It presents management strategies and troubleshooting practices, as well as related topics, specifically highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of this method of food production. The publication discusses the main theoretical concepts of aquaponics, including the nitrogen cycle, the role of bacteria, and the concept of balancing an aquaponic unit. It considers water quality, testing and sourcing for aquaponics, as well as methods and theories of unit design, including the three main methods of aquaponic systems: media beds, nutrient film technique, and deep water culture.

LINK: http://www.fao.org/3/contents/1dea3c92-1faa-47bb-a374-0cf4d9874544/i4021e00.htm
PDF BOOK: http://www.fao.org/3/contents/362f364a-b0d1-4b3b-8aa6-a725dac6515e/i4021e.pdf
DIRECT DOWNLOAD: https://planetpermaculture.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/aquaponics_guide_pdf1.pdf

Building A Micro Greens Business

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Interesting interview (starts @ 13min) with Luke Callahanon on the Survival Podcast. Luke is the founder of Nightlight Farms who sells microgreens in the Portland area. His hands-on experience of growing and selling microgreens at local farmers markets and restaurants has provided Luke with the knowledge and expertise involved in building a successful urban farming business. This success lead Luke to write the book “The Complete Guide to Growing and Selling Microgreens.” Luke talks about the ins and outs of setting up and running a microgreens business.

PODCAST LINK: http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/callahan-micro-greens-business
WEBSITE: http://localbusinessplans.com/microgreens/ & https://www.seedwise.com
BOOK: https://gumroad.com/l/microgreens

Growing Micro Greens Commercially

A really informative interview from one urban farmer to another. Curtis Stone the SPIN Farmer interviews Chris Thoreau from The Food Pedalers a co-operative growing microgreens for Vancouver. They are growing in a modified shipping container that is fully insulated and used for year round growth, it takes advantage of natural light as well as using artificial.They sell to anyone local; restaurants, wholesalers, grocers, farmers markets and families, all delivered on their push irons (bicycles).

LINK: http://www.foodpedalers.ca/
BLOG: https://cmthoreau.wordpress.com/