In the press

Tennessean - Jim Meyers

Inside a nondescript warehouse off Murfreesboro Pike, leafy greens by the thousands push forth from their plastic trays, reaching toward the pink light of thousands of tiny LED bulbs.

This indoor “farm” is the largest venture of its kind in Nashville, expanding the boundaries of what it means to “grow local” in a truly urban setting.

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Native Magazine - Andrew Sullivan

It's march, the weather is a warm tease, and Jeffrey Orkin is driving us to the site of what will be Greener Roots Farm, his newest project in hydroculture. 

Volunteer Gardener - Phillipe Chadwhick Watch a video from our feature on the PBS show Volunteer Gardener    

Volunteer Gardener - Phillipe Chadwhick

Watch a video from our feature on the PBS show Volunteer Gardener

 

 

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NPR - Caroline Leland

Vertical farming is like growing vegetables in a greenhouse on steroids. The industry includes methods like aquaponics, aeroponics and hydroponics. And it's predicted to reach almost $6 billion in revenues within the next five years.

One of the centers of vertical farming is Tennessee.

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SeedStock - Jenny Smiechowski

When Jeffrey Orkin started the Urban Hydro Project, he knew he wanted to test the waters of hydroponic growing on a small scale, but didn’t know exactly what the end result would be—until now. 

Nashville lifestyles - Jane Taylor Locally grown, sustainable produce all year round. Not with a winter climate like ours, right? Think again: Jeffrey Orkin is revolutionizing the way Nashville views food with his indoor hydroponic farming project

Nashville lifestyles - Jane Taylor

Locally grown, sustainable produce all year round. Not with a winter climate like ours, right? Think again: Jeffrey Orkin is revolutionizing the way Nashville views food with his indoor hydroponic farming project

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Urban Ag News - David Kuack

After six years of college and landing a position with a large architecture and engineering firm in Nashville, Tenn., Jeffrey Orkin thought his career as a landscape architect was ready to take off. Then the recession hit. In 2009, after only 1½ years of employment, Orkin found himself jobless with limited prospects in his field.

 

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SeedStock - Abbie Stutzer

Nashville’s urban agriculture scene continues to grow.

In 2009, Nashville’s zoning ordinance was amended to allow both commercial and noncommercial community gardens as a permitted use. 

  SeedStock - Jenny Smiechowski On the roof of a condo in downtown Nashville, Urban Hydro Project founder Jeffrey Orkin is redefining the meaning of space-efficient urban agriculture.

 

SeedStock - Jenny Smiechowski

On the roof of a condo in downtown Nashville, Urban Hydro Project founder Jeffrey Orkin is redefining the meaning of space-efficient urban agriculture.