Cityblooms in the News

Cityblooms CEO and Founder Nick Halmos Wins Innovator of the Year Award

March 21, 2017.

Nick Halmos, Founder and CEO of Cityblooms, was named Innovator of the Year at the 8th Annual NEXTties Award ceremony by a local Santa Cruz group who honors those who inspire the community to reach further and higher.

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Innovator Uses Technology to Build Urban Micro Farms

March 27, 2017

Our CEO, Nick Halmos, was recently recognized for his work to fight food insecurity. Halmos, 37, lives in Santa Cruz, Calif., and is CEO and founder of Cityblooms, a company that uses technology to provide intelligent automated agriculture in urban environments.

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Plantronics Celebrates Special Cityblooms Partnership with Hyperlocal Barbecue

July 19, 2016

Bravo Magazine writes about how well Cityblooms relationship with Plantronics and Bon Appétit has blossomed.  “Since 2014, Plantronics associates have enjoyed the ultimate in fresh produce from a hydroponic micro farm installed by Cityblooms. The automated mini greenhouses (a.k.a. “grow- bots”) are powered by solar energy, virtually eliminate the need for pesticides, and improve water efficiency by up to 90 percent compared to conventional methods.”

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10 Hot Companies to Watch in the Monterey Bay Region's Growing AgTech Hub

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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The Latest Kitchen Gadget:  A Farm

By Maisie Ganzler

June 5, 2015

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!  At Plantronics, a solar-powered, hydroponic, on-site micro-farm, created and maintained by Cityblooms, is generating vegetables 200 yards away from the Bon Apetit café via the use of automated mini-greenhouses (which they call “growbots”).

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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!  Cityblooms plans to offer Soliculture solar panels as an option on all of their equipment.
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March 31, 2015

<Plantronics Press Release>  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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Cityblooms Brings Fresh Food to Tight Spaces

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

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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