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Santa Cruz Tech Beat

Ten Hot Companies to Watch in the Monterey Bay Region’s Growing Ag Tech Hub

By Kara Guzman

October 1, 2015

What’s sprouting up in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties? For years, the ag tech revolution has been largely contained over the hill, with Silicon Valley’s hundreds of tech startups focused on farming innovation. Until now. Ag tech startups are popping up throughout our region, which is quickly becoming a hub.

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Huffington Post: Green

The Latest Kitchen Gadget: A Farm

By Maisie Ganzler

June 5, 2015

Often when I'm considering what topics to write about in this column, the choices range from slightly depressing to total bummer. We have a lot of work to do in the food movement to right some longstanding wrongs. So imagine my delight when, walking my neighborhood in Santa Cruz, CA, I realized a major success story is blooming right under my nose: there are kitchen gardens and mini-farms everywhere these days!

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Good Times: Home and Garden Magazine 2015

Grow Your Own

By Brad Kava

May 27, 2015

The local food movement isn’t local enough for Nick Halmos, the founder of Santa Cruz company Cityblooms, who hopes to bring hydroponic gardening to every home, hospital, store and restaurant.

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HortiDaily

Cityblooms installs soliculture’s new breed of solar panels

May 7, 2015

Cityblooms is pleased to be working with Soliculture to incorporate its wavelength selective photovoltaics (WSPV) technology into our cultivation units to fine-tune light for crops while simultaneously generating electricity! Citybloom plans to offer Soliculture solar panels as an option on all of their equipment.

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Plantronics: Press Releases

Cityblooms and Plantronics to Receive Prestigious Environmental Award

March 31, 2015

Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) is thrilled to announce that it has been recognized, along with Santa Cruz-based Cityblooms, by environmental non-profit group Acterra with a 2015 Business Environmental Award in the category of Small/Medium Environmental Project for its on-site hydroponic micro-farm.

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Our World (United Nations University)

New Breed of Solar Panels Fine-Tunes Light for Crops

By Xochitl Rojas-Rocha

March 26, 2015

The solar panel bears little resemblance to the gleaming metal panels of old. Small and light enough to hold, this solar panel is a vibrant, almost neon red, with its silicon solar cells lined neatly next to each other. Its unique red dye allows the solar panel to hone the light that strikes it, absorbing some wavelengths while letting others filter through. Soon, via a joint effort between Scotts Valley-startup Soliculture Inc. and Santa Cruz’s Cityblooms, this solar panel and others like it could fine-tune light for crops in urban “micro-farms”, while simultaneously generating electricity.

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Santa Cruz Tech Beat

New Breed of Solar Panels Fine-Tunes Light for Crops

By Xochitl Rojas-Rocha

March 20, 2015

A Roof that Pays for Itself: A collaboration between two local startups, Soliculture and Cityblooms, results a solar panel that could fine-tune light for crops in urban “micro-farms,” while simultaneously generating electricity.

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Campus Farmers

Cityblooms Micro-Farm at Plantronics

March 9, 2015

At Plantronics Inc. headquarters in Santa Cruz, CA, thousands of pounds of leafy greens are growing in an unlikely location — a paved lot just yards away from their employees’ offices.

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EDF Pulse

The connected vegetable gardens revolutionizing urban farming

March 9, 2015

There's no point beating about the bush: growing five tonnes of lettuce a year – enough to supply more than 1,000 French people – is hard work. All the more so when your “fields” are more easily accessible by helicopter than by tractor because they're on the roof of a building. City farming is clearly both an appealing and eco-friendly way to reduce transport and feed an increasingly urban population, but it faces many obstacles: lack of space, lack of constant care, and pollution.

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KION Central Coast News

High-tech farming in Santa Cruz

By Amanda Gomez

February 17, 2015

A Santa Cruz based company is using technology to grow fresh produce.

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Santa Cruz Tech Beat

Plantronics & Cityblooms named as finalists for environmental award

By Sara Isenberg

February 13, 2015

Plantronics and Cityblooms have recently been named as finalists for a 2015 Acterra environmental award for the cityblooms-logomicro-farm at Plantronics. The nomination is in the “Environmental Project” category.

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Santa Cruz Sentinel: Business Digest

Cityblooms, Plantronics finalists for Acterra award

February 13, 2015

Plantronics and Cityblooms are finalists for a 2015 award from Acterra, a Silicon Valley nonprofit, for Cityblooms’ high-tech hydroponic micro-farm at Plantronics supplying 500 employees with fresh greens.

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Eat Drink Better

Urban Farming Reimagined: Who Wants a Growbot?

By Mary Gerush

February 7, 2015

Urban Farming Reimagined: Who Wants a Growbot?Urban farming has become quite trendy. People are planting edible landscapes and raising chickens in their backyards. Fun, right?

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HortiDaily

How the internet of things may help feed 9+ billion people

By Paul Smith

February 4, 2015

How do you grow the same amount of food in 35 years that we’ve grown in the last 10,000? That’s what’s going to have to happen, as our increasingly urbanizing population is on track to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. Given the persistent drought in agricultural hubs like California, the average 1500 miles distance produce travels, and more than 50% of it wasted, the status quo doesn’t look promising.

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Pop Up City

Modular Greenhouses: The Next Big Thing In Urban Farming?

By Teresa Deckert

January 22, 2015

California-based company Cityblooms brings urban farming to a complete new level through a series of smart mini-farms that are connected and controlled through the Internet. Now underutilized spaces like rooftops or parking lots can be transformed into highly productive agricultural hubs.

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Zebrea

Commander sa ferme urbaine à distance

By Julie Villain

January 21, 2015

Aux États-Unis, la startup américaine Cityblooms vient de lancer « Growbot », un système de mini-serres connectées et installées hors-sol pour s’adapter aux besoins et exigences des espaces urbains.

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Springwise

Smart modular greenhouses turn urban rooftops into gardens

January 16, 2015

The world’s population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050 and farms will need to produce 70 percent more food than they do today in order to feed that number. It is no surprise then, that numerous companies are developing alternatives to the traditional rural farming infrastructure — creating small “farms” which can flourish in urban spaces.

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Nation Swell

Is It Possible to Grow Something on Every Rooftop?

By Courtney Subramanian

January 14, 2015

Urban farming innovations are cropping up throughout the country, but getting more people to grow their own greens is trickier than you think. That’s because personal farms take time, a lot of care and the right weather conditions.

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Seed Stock

Santa Cruz Modular Hydroponics Entrepreneur Moves From Bathtub to Business

By AJ Hughes

January 13, 2015

For Nick Halmos, CEO and farmer-in-chief of Santa Cruz-based Cityblooms, urban agriculture has meant a passionate pursuit of innovation. The native Floridian started his journey in Providence, Rhode Island in 2001 when he was an undergraduate at Brown University. Halmos can thank climate change for spurring his interest in urban agriculture well over a decade ago, when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report on global climate.

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The Intelligent Optimist Daily

Growbot makes urban agriculture viable

January 7, 2015

Urban agriculture projects are nice community exercises, but they aren’t commercially viable, and really aren’t that safe—one study found hazardous levels of lead in half of the root vegetables grown in New York City’s community gardens. Growbot is a modular planter box that solves all these problems. The soil is raised and isolated so food is safe, the boxes are smart and cloud connected so they can be monitored remotely, and the yields are impressive, a group of 16 boxes can produce about 5 tons of lettuce per year.

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Fast Company

Cityblooms Brings Fresh Food to Tight Spaces

By Adele Peters

January 5, 2015

The Internet-connected lightweight greenhouses can squeeze into vacant city corners and grow five tons of lettuce a year. That's a lot of salad.

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Food Tank

Cityblooms Brings Fresh Food to Tight Spaces

By Jennifer Lane

December 17, 2014

By combining hydroponic green house growing methods with Internet controlled computing technology, the Santa Cruz, CA based company Cityblooms is poised to transform the urban agriculture scene while reducing food miles to food yards.

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Tree Hugger

These modular, hydroponic micro-farms highlight the future of high-tech urban ag

By Derek Markham

December 3, 2014

There’s unused land even in the most prosperous cities. There are vacant lots that developers hold until the moment is right to build; there are underused parking lots; and there are acres and acres of flat roofs.

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Grist

Turn your city into a swarm of robot farms

By Nathanael Johnson

December 3, 2014

There’s unused land even in the most prosperous cities. There are vacant lots that developers hold until the moment is right to build; there are underused parking lots; and there are acres and acres of flat roofs.

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Practical Hydroponics and Greenhouses

Blooming in the City

By Christine Brown-Paul

October 31, 2014

In the US, one company has teamed with a leading tech firm to develop innovative micro-farm modules to grow fresh produce in the heart of the City.

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HortiDaily

US (CA): Cityblooms’ automated hydroponic micro-farm grows nutritious produce on Plantronics Company Campus

October 29, 2014

Plantronics Inc. is pioneering the use of on-site food production to boost employee nutrition as part of the company’s global commitment to sustainability. Through a joint project with Santa Cruz-based Cityblooms, a prototype computer-automated farm has been installed at the Plantronics headquarters and is being powered by the company’s existing solar energy system.

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Supermarket Guru

[Video] Cityblooms: An alternative farming system

Interview by Phil Lempert

October 16, 2014

Finding alternative farming systems to keep up with growing foods demands in ways that reduce our environmental impact, is a task that calls for some innovative thinking. Do you know what the biggest challenge is for an agripreneur? Well, CityBlooms does - they are a company that develops and implements urban farming technology to provide communities with easy and affordable access to nutritious fresh produce.

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Food Management

High-tech Hydroponics Supplies Corporate Cafe From Onsite Garden

October 15, 2014

When the chef overseeing dining for the employees of Plantronics, Inc., a business and consumer audio communications firm based in Santa Cruz, CA, wants to source some fresh vegetables and greens for the next planned meal, she doesn’t have far to go. Through a joint project with nearby Cityblooms, a prototype computer-automated farm that has been installed at the Plantronics complex and is being powered by the company's existing solar energy system.

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NYU Urban Farm Lab

What happens when urban agriculture and technology meet?

October 7, 2014

The amount of labor required is one of the greatest constraints to urban farming. You have to plant seeds, fertilize the soil, water the plants, harvest your plants, and more. How does one get around this labor constraint? Well, the solution for the past few centuries has been to introduce new technology that will make the job easier.

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Santa Cruz Sentinel

Cityblooms, Plantronics team up on urban farm run by technology

by Jondi Gumz

October 4, 2014

A Santa Cruz entrepreneur is putting his own spin on the farm-to-table movement, partnering with tech leader Plantronics to put up a computer-run micro farm the size of a studio apartment to grow lettuce and specialty greens for the company cafe.

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PR Newswire

Plantronics and Cityblooms Collaborate on Sustainable Agriculture Project

Press Release

September 30, 2014

Plantronics Inc. (NYSE: PLT) is pioneering the use of on-site food production to boost employee nutrition as part of the company's global commitment to sustainability. Through a joint project with Santa Cruz-based Cityblooms, a prototype computer-automated farm has been installed at the Plantronics headquarters and is being powered by the company's existing solar energy system.

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Santa Cruz Tech Beat

Plantronics and Cityblooms collaborate on sustainable agriculture project

by Sara Isenberg

September 25, 2014

Through a joint project with Santa Cruz-based Cityblooms, a prototype computer-automated farm has been installed at Plantronics and is being powered by the company’s existing solar energy system in Santa Cruz. Plantronics is using this on-site food production as part of the company’s global commitment to sustainability.

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One Degree at a Time

The Ocean Going Farmer

by Nick Halmos

June 26, 2013

In the fall of 2011, my fellow 11th Hour Racing teammate, Hugh Piggin and I departed from France aboard a Class 40 as competitors in the Transat Jaques Vabre. Over the course of 26 days at sea, we laid a 6000 mile track across the Atlantic that exited the English Channel, wound south through the Azores, across the Atlantic to Puerto Rico, and a final 1000 mile sprint to Costa Rica. One of the things that set 11th Hour Racing’s entry apart is that our boat, the mighty Cutlass, carried the world’s first carbon fiber oceanic hydroponic system. This first iteration of the Cityblooms Aquatic Project was an effort to grow edible and nutritious produce in the harsh and unforgiving environment that is a shorthanded race boat.

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Seedstock

Hydroponic Urban Ag Startup Seeks to Create Scalable, Sustainable and Affordable Model to Feed Cities

by Melonie Magruder

December 4, 2012

Cityblooms is a food revolution waiting to happen. The Santa Cruz startup is now developing a comprehensive system to grow hydroponic microgreens on a commercial scale, but it came from humble beginnings.

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