The Rise Of Urban Agriculture

Christine Brown-Paul

Christine Brown-Paul

Welcome to this new look issue of Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses. We hope you like the new, refreshed design – thanks go to our new designer, Steve Harrison who has done a sterling job in giving PH&G an attractive makeover (Steve worked for the magazine about 15 years ago). And on the subject of changes, I’ll be sitting in the editor’s chair while our trusty editor Steven Carruthers takes a long overdue and well-deserved break. Let me take this opportunity of saying hello to all our loyal readers and of course to new ones – many of you might recognise my byline, as I’ve been writing for the magazine for many years.

As populations increase and global resources become increasingly costly, market demand for local, fresh produce from sustainable sources is rapidly growing.

Addressing this situation has become a very popular pursuit across a range of industries, not least agriculture and sustainable horticulture.

In this issue we trace the rise of city farming – also known as urban agriculture – a phenomenon whose widespread uptake globally is at the vanguard of a silent revolution in the way our food is produced. Embracing practices such as rooftop farming, hydroponics, aquaponics, aeroponics and the like, city farming is the farming of the future.

One country in particular, which is championing the principles of urban agriculture and sustainability is Canada with one of its largest cities, Vancouver, working towards being the greenest city in the world by 2020. Vancouver is also home to Canada’s first commercial aeroponics farm, using ’space-age’ tech to grow produce for local restaurants and markets. Meanwhile, in a remote hamlet in northern Canada, an ambitious greenhouse project is helping to bring healthy fresh produce to the local community.

Finally, closer to home we head off to the Top End in Australia’s Northern Territory to check out an innovative project, which has seen a hydroponic greenhouse growing green leafy vegetables and herbs for the benefit of the local community.

Do you have a story for us? We welcome stories for publication with a focus on hydroponics, greenhouse, IPM, crop management and horticulture lighting technology. Let’s hear your ideas.

Enjoy this issue!

Christine Brown-Paul

PH&G September 2016 / Issue 171