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Inside the Agrihood Trend

May. 04, 2017

Developers are bringing the farm closer to consumers’ tables in urban, rural, and suburban spaces. Learn how real estate pros work in communities that are organized around the availability of fresh, hyperlocal food.

Realtor Magazine

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Edible Gardens Enliven Industrial Properties, Accelerate Valuations

Apr. 21, 2017

Urban farms can help to attract new industrial businesses, accelerate property values, and engender camaraderie between co-workers.

Area Development

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Planting the Seeds of Prosperity

Apr. 01, 2017

Excellent landscaping can increase a property’s value by as much as 28 percent, according to a report in the National Association of Realtors’ online publication HouseLogic. Even good landscaping can boost a property’s value by 6 percent to 7 percent, the same report notes.

Scotsman Guide

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Urban farms gain ground as way to generate produce, improve properties for tenants

Mar. 31, 2017

Restaurateurs, art galleries, and developers are among the growing number of Angelenos seeing urban farms bear fruit.

LA Business Journal

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Company feeds growing edible landscaping trend

Mar. 14, 2017

As edible landscaping continues to become more mainstream, more farm-to-table systems are being introduced to draw in consumers.

Communities that offer backyard gardens and urban farms as part of the neighborhood are known as agrihoods and are proving to be lucrative for builders and developers wanting to attract home buyers.

Total Landscape Care

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Farm-to-Table Amenities Yield Profits

Mar. 06, 2017

Farm-to-table-centered communities are a big draw for home buyers, but they can also mean more profits for builders and developers. With creative land planning, communities of all sizes can tap into the growing interest in fresh produce and backyard gardens.

Builder Magazine

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Can an urban farm bring 'soul' to this East Bay housing and hotel project?

Jan. 26, 2017

A new project would bring 141 townhomes, a 93-room hotel and an urban farm to Hayward, in one of the largest new development proposals in the city.

San Francisco Business Times

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Increasing Property Value Prices with Good Landscaping

Jan. 12, 2017

How great, edible landscaping can increase property values up to 28% + bring urban, residential communities together.

Dwell

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Bay Area Millennials Demand Agrihoods In Residential Purchases

Dec. 28, 2016

As a result of creating fruit and vegetable landscapes within communities, agrihoods, developers have realized a 7% property value increase and draw in a wider demographic of buyers.

GlobeSt.com

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7 of the Most Inspiring Urban Farm Projects Around the Country

Dec. 02, 2016

There’s never been a better time to open an urban farm. For starters, the UN reports that urban agriculture is on the rise the world over – more than 800 million people across the globe farm in urban environments, and up to 20% of the world’s food is grown in cities. In the US, cities are increasingly investing in creative ways to get things growing, from transforming disused rooftops to upcycling empty lots.

Ziptopia

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Cultivating Development: Trends in Food and Real Estate

Nov. 10, 2016

Why are food and agriculture becoming more important parts of real estate development projects? Attendees at a session at the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting in Dallas learned that growing, processing, and selling food in development projects can pay big dividends for savvy developers as well as for consumers, communities, and the environment. From rooftop gardens, to fresh food markets to urban grocery stores, to residential developments designed around working farms, food is providing a growing arena for innovation in real estate.

Urban Land

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Levi's Stadium Scores Big Points for Urban Farming

Oct. 07, 2016

Urban farming is growing (see what we did there?) across the country, especially here in California. So, being the eco-conscious and tech-savvy place that we are, it was only a matter of time till we saw a stadium-sized garden sprout-up.

Levi's Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers and Black Lives Matter hero Colin Kaepernick, is now scoring big in the sustainable agriculture category with its recently unveiled 4,000-square-foot herb and vegetable garden, dubbed Faithful Farm, on the stadium's roof. The roof itself actually comprises 27,000 square feet of total green space, and even produces its own renewable energy through a grid of solar panels.

7x7

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San Francisco 49ers go green with 'Faithful Farm' atop Levi’s Stadium

Sep. 12, 2016

Levi’s Stadium, the winner of the 2015 SportsBusiness Journal award for Sports Facility of the Year and the home of the San Francisco 49ers, recently unveiled the first-ever rooftop farm on a professional sports arena.

The “Faithful Farm” is a vegetable and herb garden that will generate 150 pounds of produce per week, featuring nearly 40 rotating crops that will be used for dishes served in club spaces at the stadium in addition to 200-plus private events every year.

Sports Illustrated

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Levi's Stadium, home of the 49ers, unveils rooftop farm

Sep. 08, 2016

The home of the San Francisco 49ers has unveiled a new urban farm on the roof of the football stadium. It's expected to generate 150 pounds of produce each week that will be used to cook up food items for club spaces and private events at the stadium.

CNN Money

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Levi’s Stadium debuts rooftop farm atop Niners’ home

Sep. 08, 2016

Levi’s Stadium took farm-to-fork to new heights.

The $1.2 billion Santa Clara home of the 49ers unveiled a rooftop farm Thursday that will help supply fresh produce and herbs to the facility’s club level food service.

Dubbed “Faithful Farm” in honor of Niners’ fans, the 4,000-square-foot organic garden is the first-ever rooftop farm at a major professional sports venue, according to team and stadium officials. Fresh-picked shishito peppers, special “49ers Squash” and much more will be served to patrons at games.

Sacramento Bee

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Agrihood

Jul. 25, 2016

Farming could be coming to a neighborhood near you.

A concept in housing development planning known as "Agrihoods" is gaining ground.

Agrihood's are similar to housing developments built around golf courses. Both preserve open views, promote outdoor living, and provide a sense of community in a hectic world.

"Instead of the central marketing and community feature being a club or golf course, it's the farm," said Lara Hermanson, principal of Farmscape LLC., a farmscape landscaper and panelist for the upcoming Nevada Economic Development Conference session, Agrihoods, at the University of Nevada, Reno in September.

Northern Nevada Business Weekly

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Raise your garden beds: Process yields benefits over ground-level plots, fans say

Jun. 17, 2016

Matthew Geldin is an expert at making beds — and not just any old garden variety.

Actually, they can be found in the garden just off patios or in what once might have been seldom-used side yards now reclaimed. These are raised beds, designed for ease in planting, maintaining and harvesting backyard crops. They’re not new, but they’ve suddenly become garden darlings by choice.

Monterey Herald

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The Getty Salad Garden | an installation of organic heirloom vegetables and salad greens

Apr. 22, 2016

The Getty Salad Garden, an installation of organic heirloom vegetables and salad greens growing in graphically rendered raised beds, emerged on the Getty Center grounds from October 2015 to January 2016.

Presented as a three way collaboration between the landscape architecture studio Terremoto, the artist and writer Julia Sherman, and the urban agricultural garden company Farmscape, the Getty Salad Garden was conceived as a dynamic platform for conversations and education, and drew together a wide variety of creative voices.

World Landscape Architecture

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A Farm on the Roof in the City

Apr. 02, 2016

As the sun begins to inch above the San Francisco skyline on a see-your-breath November morning, farmers and kitchen staff are already moving across the rooftop at STEM Kitchen|Garden, a farm-to-table restaurant topped with an on-site farm.

Pacific Horticulture

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Providence Restaurant's Rooftop Garden

Dec. 09, 2015

Providence restaurant at 5955 Melrose Ave. is one of many restaurants growing up -- as in to the roof where they garden and then use the fresh ingredients in the Hollywood eatery pictured Dec. 8, 2015.

LA Daily News

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Salad-Making Is Performance Art At The Getty In Los Angeles

Nov. 09, 2015

If the Getty Center in Los Angeles is going to treat salad as art, then you can bet iceberg lettuce is not part of the equation. And indeed, from now through January 11, the Salad Garden performance art stage features artists making salads from more than 50 exquisite heirloom herbs, vegetables and edible flowers.

The Salt (NPR)

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A salad grows at the Getty Center: Artist Julia Sherman on the roots of her unusual project

Oct. 21, 2015

It's no secret that a number of Getty Center visitors spend little time in the galleries and a lot of it in the photogenic gardens designed by artist Robert Irwin, meandering along the descending tree-lined walkway, through the bougainvillea arbor and around the geometric arrangement of azalea floats hovering over a vast, circular pool.

LA Times

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Grow Your Own Grocery Store: A Beautiful Solution to Food Deserts

Oct. 01, 2015

At Debbie Goldwasser’s home in the San Francisco area, the grass was brown, sacrificed to the drought that’s slowly suffocating California. But, she and her husband wondered, might there be a landscaping alternative both sustainable and practical?

The Daily Beast

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3 Things to Know About STEM in Mission Bay

Dec. 14, 2014

The garden was designed by Lara Hermanson (of Farmscape Gardens) and has raised beds arranged in artful patterns, drawing the eye towards the Bay.

Zagat

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In urban farming, a different taste of L.A.

Nov. 12, 2014

It provides work for a local urban farming venture called Farmscape Gardens, whose farmers plant the Jonathan Club's seeds, compost the beds and rotate the crops.

LA Times

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Urban Gardening on the Rise Atop Downtown Los Angeles Skyscrapers

Nov. 12, 2014

Farmscape is a local company that specializes in building urban gardens. Company rep Dan Allen says L.A.'s high-rise rooftops are actually an ideal place for herbs, vegetables and even fruit trees.

ABC Los Angeles

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Urban farming takes root in downtown Los Angeles

Nov. 11, 2014

Daniel Allen, CEO of farming company Farmscape, believes more gardens will crop up as developers add rooftop gardens to new condo and apartment buildings.

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

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Oakland plowing a path for urban farming on vacant lots

Oct. 20, 2014

“We can’t feed everyone by doing this, but it’s a start,” said Lara Hermanson, owner of Farmscape, an urban gardening and landscaping company in Oakland.

San Francisco Chronicle

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California’s Largest Urban Farming Venture Finds Opportunity in Demand for Local Food

Sep. 22, 2014

Farmscape Gardens is California’s largest urban farming company, bringing edible gardens to residential and commercial customers alike.

Seedstock

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Meet Niki Nakayama, One of the World's Only Female Kaiseki Chefs

Aug. 08, 2014

In her modest backyard, with the help of Dan Allen of urban garden design outfit Farmscape, she cultivates Japanese vegetable and herb varietals, as well as other plants, to exacting specifications.

The Wall Street Journal

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With in-house gardens, restaurants take 'eat local' movement to the next step

Jul. 28, 2012

The day I came to visit, Daniel Allen was there helping out. He works for Farmscape, a company that builds organic gardens for residential spaces, schools and restaurants.

KPCC Off-Ramp

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Farmscape Brings Urban Agriculture to Los Angeles

Jun. 25, 2012

A company called Farmscape is proving that there's enough of an appetite for farming on residential land to turn the proposition into a high-growth business.

GOOD