‘Agrihood’ plan: 361 new homes and a farm near Santana Row thumbnail

‘Agrihood’ plan: 361 new homes and a farm near Santana Row

Oct. 28, 2018

The farm is seen as a draw for millennials who value fresh food and healthy living, and it would also be open to the public.

The Mercury News

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Organic Working Farm Scores Atop Levi’s Stadium with Produce for Fan Food

Aug. 24, 2018

Probably the last thing you’d expect to find at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, home of the San Francisco 49ers football team, would be a working farm. But above the 68,500 stadium seats, 640 floodlights and corporate suites you’d find just that—a thriving rooftop farm aptly named The Faithful Farm.

Edible Silicon Valley

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Down on the (High-Tech) Farm

Aug. 24, 2018

Big names are also getting into the AgTech game. IBM Watson AI has been used to develop intelligent irrigation systems, while Adobe and Oracle have opened up rooftops and planted vegetable gardens, managed by Farmscape. Apple's huge new Cupertino headquarters, meanwhile, has thousands of acres of fruit orchards rather than endless parking lots.

PC Magazine

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Farmscape's Lara Hermanson On How A Garden Can Improve Your Workday

Jul. 30, 2018

The lightbulb went off for Lara Hermanson, co-founder of Farmscape, the largest urban farming venture in the U.S., when she graduated college to an office job “and immediately got depressed.” She found solace volunteering on evenings and weekends at farms before becoming a landscaper full-time in 2008.

Forbes

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Lay groundwork for better home value with artful landscaping, but don't depend on it

Apr. 23, 2018

When designing his current home, Andre Kim knew he wanted a garden.

Not just a few herbs or tomato plants, but a permanent feature that could change his family’s diet and help them all feel more connected to the land.

Kim, a real estate developer from Los Angeles, found Farmscape, an urban farming company in California, and hired the team to design his dream garden. Three years later, Kim’s family can’t imagine life without their four raised beds, full of organic vegetables. Each week, the garden is meticulously seeded, pruned and weeded by a Farmscape farmer. Over the two growing seasons each year, the family harvests more than a dozen crops.

USA Today

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The Rise of the Agrihood

Apr. 17, 2018

Imagine, you come home from work, head out into the garden and pick your salad for supper. Or how about swinging past the neighbourhood urban farm at the weekend and pick some fruit for Sunday lunch.

Farmscape, California’s largest urban farm venture, has been building these kind of options for city-slickers and companies for over 10 years, but recently interest has exploded.

Pebble Magazine

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Lay Groundwork for Better Home Value With Artful Landscaping

Apr. 09, 2018

When designing his current home, Andre Kim knew he wanted a garden. Not just a few herbs or tomato plants, but a permanent feature that could change his family’s diet and help them feel more connected to the land.

Kim, a real estate developer from Los Angeles, found Farmscape, an urban farming company in California, and hired the team to design his dream garden. Three years later, Kim’s family can’t imagine life without their four raised beds, full of organic vegetables. Each week, the garden is meticulously seeded, pruned and weeded by a Farmscape farmer. Over the two growing seasons each year, the family harvests more than a dozen crops.

Nerd Wallet

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Stock Tank Style: The Garden and Patio Edition

Mar. 08, 2018

As farmhouse style moseys into town, galvanized-metal stock tanks — and the zinc-plated material in general — are following suit. These water and feed troughs for livestock find surprising uses in all kinds of landscapes, as shown below, and even inside the house.

Houzz

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How to Grow a Chef's Garden

Feb. 16, 2018

When Niki Nakayama was house-hunting in Greater Los Angeles, she had one rule: “If there wasn’t room for a vegetable garden, it wasn’t right,” says the chef and co-owner, along with her wife and sous chef Carole Iida-Nakayama, of the wildly popular restaurant N/Naka. At the heart of their modern take on kaiseki—a traditional Japanese cuisine involving one- or two-bite courses and impeccable plating—are seasonal ingredients. And what could be fresher than food grown in the couple’s own yard?

Eventually they landed on a mid century modern home in Culver City. The back quickly became a playground for their three dogs, but they saw potential in a sunny, 700-square-foot front yard overgrown with hedges and patchy grass. Enter Dan Allen of L.A.- and Oakland-based urban-agriculture design firm Farmscape, who replaced the lawn and ornamental plants with raised beds and fruit trees.

Sunset Magazine

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Big Tips for a Mini Veggie Garden

Feb. 16, 2018

Good news for anyone dreaming of summer vegetables: Even a postage stamp–size yard can grow plenty of food. “The trick is to prioritize favorites and properly appraise your land,” says Dan Allen, CEO of Farmscape. Here’s what you need to know to reap bounty from modest parcels.

Sunset Magazine

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Foundry & Lux's Labyrinth Garden Provides Lush Respite

Feb. 01, 2018

The Cove at Oyster Point, a new corporate development in South San Francisco along the Bay, can be a daunting blend of ongoing construction combined with the ever-present 30-mile-per-hour bay “breeze.” Yet at the heart of The Cove sits Bon Appétit’s Foundry & Lux, a peaceful respite from the daily hustle and bustle, which has become a favorite neighborhood hangout. An edible garden shaped like a mini labyrinth encourages guests to pause and contemplate the seasons before they head inside to enjoy creative meals from Executive Chef Darryl Bell.

Bravo

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Santa Monica gardener reveals secret behind his green thumb

Jan. 29, 2018

Tucked away around the north side of his Ocean Park home, Conrad Clark has a very productive garden.

Cilantro, parsley, kale, arugula, lettuce and spinach plants produce enough vegetables for fresh soups and salads every week from the four-by-ten-foot raised bed. A nearby Satsuma tree is heavy with fruit.

It’s an impressive set-up for a 13-month-old amateur, who keeps his mom busy as he pulls out sticks and taste the soil for himself.

Santa Monica Daily Press

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Live Well Now

Dec. 29, 2017

It’s easy enough to plant a seed and watch it grow if you’ve got the dirt. But an increasing number of businesses are bringing the joys of nurturing a green thumb (and scoring fresh-from-the-earth produce) to East Bay residents who have limited access to garden space.

Oakland’s Farmscape Gardens—the largest urban farming venture in California—scopes out, installs, and helps maintain gardens in greenery-challenged places. Farmscape specializes in raised beds, and can take the toil out of maintaining your soil with a weekly farming service that includes pest control, irrigation, and harvesting.

Diable Magazine

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Sky high veggies? Urban farming grows in unexpected places

Oct. 13, 2017

Fresh vegetables and herbs, harvested steps away from the kitchen; that’s a chef’s dream.

In the Farm-to-Fork Capital, it’s also a sign that a business has thoroughly bought into an ethos of sustainability. Grow tomatoes at your doorstep – or on your roof – and patrons know those veggies are as local as they can get. So do employees who like to know their food source is just outside their windows.

Sacramento Bee

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The Rise of Commercial Edible Garden Beds

Sep. 25, 2017

Incorporating agriculture into office and industrial parks can provide multiple benefits for developers, property owners and tenants, including expedited development approvals.

NAIOP

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40 Under 40

Aug. 31, 2017

One could say Lara Hermanson has been preparing for her career since she was just a kid. While Hermanson was growing up in Chicago, her mother would pay her a penny for every weed she pulled out with the root attached.

Diablo Magazine

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Edible Landscaping Takes Hold

Jul. 14, 2017

The farm-to-table movement, first popularized by restaurants and grocery stores wishing to showcase the freshness of their local ingredients and produce, is slowly gaining credence in residential real estate.

The trend is taking hold largely in the apartment market, where residents share in the bounty of a large garden plot that produces fruits and vegetables at no charge. In Northridge, California, for example, the Terrena complex features a produce garden just outside the leasing office, leaving a strong impression on would-be tenants.

Herald Tribune

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Farmers for hire turn backyards into vegetable patches

Jun. 28, 2017

Urban farming services cater to both homes and businesses that want home-grown produce but not the work involved in growing it. Clients include apartment complexes, grocery stories, schools, shopping malls, even ballparks.

Associated Press

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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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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

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

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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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

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

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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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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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