Urban Vine: The Best Urban Farming Guides For Beginners

About Urban Vine Co

Urbanvine.co was created in June of 2016 to help urban dwellers learn how to start urban farming without any previous experience.

This effort started with a few short, less technical blog posts.

As the site grew, we discovered that "urban farming" was actually a general term that can include a wide variety of "small scale agriculture" concepts, including: 

- Grow Lights

- Vertical Farming / Indoor Farming

- Hydroponics

We discovered there were thousands of people online who wanted to learn more not just about urban farming, but these very specific, more technical aspects of small-scale agricultural production.

As a result our published blog posts became more focused.

At the same time, Urban Vine Co began to interview industry experts in an effort to provide a new perspective to beginners.

Over 25 interviews so far have been conducted with industry leaders, academic experts, and other influencers in horticulture.

Today, in addition to free online content, Urbanvine.co offers you both physical products and informational guides on our online store.

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Ruwan Replantable

"Urban Vine is an easy place to quickly learn about urban farming trends and best practice."

- Ruwan Subasinghe, Co-Founder of Replantable, Former #1 Selling Urban Farming Project On Kickstarter
Helen Andrew Spare Harvest

"If you want to learn more about growing your own food, you need to check out Urban Vine!"

- Helen Andrew, Founder of Spare Harvest
Herb iGrow News

"Urban Vine is one of my go-to sources for finding helpful new content to re-publish at iGrow News"

- Herb Kliegerman, Editor of iGrow News & Chairman, American Association of Urban Farmers
Helen Andrew Spare Harvest

"Urban Vine publishes some of the most in depth content with pro urban and vertical farmers that I've seen online. You need to join the Urban Vine community today!"

- Chris Powers, Contributor @ AgFunder News
Helen Andrew Spare Harvest

"Urban Vine is my favorite site for learning about vertical farming - the guides and content are detailed and top-notch!"

- Clara Edeoghon, Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Benin
Helen Andrew Spare Harvest

"Urban Vine has world class online content on grow lights, indoor growing, and vertical farming"

- Arun Raj, Creator of the best-selling Herbstation MiniFarm
Helen Andrew Spare Harvest

"I love Urban Vine Co's guides on vertical farming, grow lights, urban farming, and sustainable living, and am always excited to read their new content!"

- Professor Kelly Pemberton, George Washington University
Helen Andrew Spare Harvest

"Urban Vine is a phenomenal resource for vertical farming, urban farming, and grow light info. If you are interested in learning more about those topics, you should have checked out Urban Vine yesterday!"

- Dan Nelson, CEO and Co-Founder, Grow Computer, Inc.

"As a grow light manufacturer, I can say Urban Vine is one of the rare sites online that has current and in-depth information and products available for people interested in grow lights and indoor growing"

- Klaus Messerer, Co-Owner and Production Manager of LED Habitats, a leading LED grow light manufacturer  

"Urban Vine interviews the top industry experts in grow lights for their content, you need to check out Urban Vine Co if you want to learn more about grow lights and indoor growing!"

- Jeff Mastin, R&D Grow Lighting Specialist, TotalGrow™ Lights

"As an innovator and researcher developing new technologies in the indoor farming and grow light space, I've seen first hand the need for vetted information in our space. Urban Vine is a leader in the market I have seen producing this content!"

- Scott Massey, Co-Founder and CEO of Heliponix© and former research engineer at Purdue University Horticulture College for Space Farming, TEDx speaker.

"Urban Vine is LEGENDARY at being a reliable information source for Vertical Farming, Grow Lights, and Indoor Farming. If you are interested in learning more about these topics, check out their content and newsletters!”"

- Sky Sheridan, Founding Farmer, Chief Innovation Officer, SkyFarms
Helen Andrew Spare Harvest

“I discovered Urban Vine about 6 months ago and I am subscribed to the newsletter, I have also purchased several Urban Vine guides. Urban Vine does a very good job, very informative! I would recommend for any outsiders to the industry who want to learn about grow lights, vertical farming, and indoor farming”

- Gustav O'Keiff, Urban Vine Subscriber, CEA Enthusiast
Helen Andrew Spare Harvest

"As a business development manager supporting the indoor agriculture, CEA, and food tech industries, I can say Urban Vine guides and their insider newsletter provide detailed information often difficult to find online."

- Irena Lundberg, CleanTech Invest Stockholm
Helen Andrew Spare Harvest

"As a professional testing grow lights from all the largest LED manufacturers (Cree, Samsung, Osram, etc) across the world for many years, I would encourage you to check out the information on Urban Vine: their articles, guides, and newsletter, if you want to know more about the grow light, vertical farming, and indoor agriculture industries"

- Aron Flanagan, Owner, Growlightoutlet.com
Helen Andrew Spare Harvest

"As a website owner in the agriculture space, I can say that Urban Vine has reliable info on growing crops, vertical farming, and related topics"

- Aljoša Naglic, Owner, Ingrins.com
Helen Andrew Spare Harvest

"I have bought multiple Urban Vine guides - they give exactly the information I was looking for, very in-depth. They also have responsive customer service!"

- Tarshia Williams, Urban Vine Co Customer
Helen Andrew Spare Harvest

"I have been on the Vertical Farming Insider Newsletter for almost 1 year, and love the detailed market information!"

- Chong Wei, Urban Vine Co Newsletter Subscriber

"Urban Vine is a leading online source for urban farming content"

- Lee Schneider, Best Selling Author and Founder of the Future of Food Podcast

"I found Urban Vine while looking online for more detailed information and contacts in the urban farming industry, that is what I got from Patrick, really quickly!"

Tod Lickerman, Chair & Managing Partner, The Impact Investment Co.

“Urban Vine sends out lovely and detailed information on the future of farming in their newsletter, I recommend joining!”

Hank van Apeldoorn, Urban Vine Co Newsletter Subscriber

“I thought I was alone with my high hopes for the future of urban agriculture, but I am delighted to see Urban Vine is aiming higher than I dared, while still being anchored in practical realities. Just the voice we need to hear and amplify as we prepare for the world after COVID 19.”

Wayne Roberts, Food Policy Activist and Former Manager, Toronto Food Policy Council

“Urban Vine is a top source for hydroponic, aeroponic, and urban farming content, check them out!”

Professor James Brazil, University of Miami, Founder, Studio James Brazil, Green Architect

“I read the organic gardening guide by Urban Vine, it was great, I would recommend reading it!"

Anslem Rosario, Biowise Horticultural Products Limited

"As the largest urban farm in Canada, I have seen a lot of urban farming material online, Urban Vine is at the top of the list!"

- Paul Hughes, Director, Grow Calgary, the largest urban farm in Canada

"Urbanvine provides a one-stop-shop of informational How-To guides that would take any novice home grower or aspiring professional in the horticulture industry a substantial amount of time to research and aggregate.

In a time where everyone would like more control in their lives, the research provided is high quality and thoroughly vetted to help the reader answer as many common questions in the easiest to understand and comprehensive way.

As a professional in the industry, I'm still able to learn a thing or two."

- Tinia Pina, CEO & Founder, Re-Nuble, leading developer of hydroponic plant-based technologies

"Urban Vine has been producing detailed online content on urban farming, vertical farming, and agricultural technology for years. If you are interested in these areas, you should try Urban Vine content!"

- Penny McBride, COO, Second Chances Farm

"As a longtime member of Urban Vine’s newsletter, I can say that they produce high quality and easily accessible online content related to urban farming and indoor growing."

- Robbie Wyness, Urban Vine Subscriber, Author of Microgreens Mastery, Owner, urbanfarming.com

“The Urban Farming Advanced Guide from Urban Vine has very focused information on the various types of urban farming, soil and growing related topics, and finally vertical indoor farming”

- Mark Horler, Founder and Chairman UK Urban Agritech (UKUAT)

“If urbanvine.co had existed when I got into Vertical Farming back in 2012, I'd have saved 3 years in that quest (to learn it). The website has a lot of detailed educational material on how to do urban and vertical farming, straight from the USA!”

- Zjef Van Acker, Former Chief Engagement Officer, Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) 

“After being on the Vertical Farming Insider Newsletter from Urban Vine for nearly one year, I can say that it is the most in-depth newsletter on the Vertical Farming, Indoor Farming, and Grow Light industries that I have seen”

- Catherine Armstrong, Manager, Detchant Farm, Urban Vine  Subscriber Since 2019

"I have been a part of Urban Vine's newsletter focusing on vertical farming, sustainability, and urban farming for over 2 years now, I would recommend it if you like these topics!"

- Debbra Johnson, Co-Chair ARISE U.S. & United Nations Sustainability Consultant

"I have been an Urban Vine subscriber for over a year and really enjoy their newsletter. As a founder of a growing agri-tech startup company, I especially appreciate Urban Vine's high-value content on urban farming, vertical farming, and indoor farming."  

- Geert Hendrix, CEO and Founder, Farmwall

“I am an academic researcher studying the use of advanced technology in urban food production, Urban Vine has been an amazing resource for understanding the ins and outs of vertical and greenhouse farming. I recommend their advanced guides to fellow researchers!”

- Blaire O'Neal, Ph.D. Hydroponic, Aquaponic, Aeroponic Farming Researcher, San Diego State University

“I have purchased Hydroponics: The Advanced Guide, am a member of the Vertical Farming Insider Newsletter since 2020 and would recommend joining to learn the most recent developments on vertical farming and indoor farming”

- Elizabeth Onyango, Urban Vine Customer

"I have been subscribed to the Urban Vine Newsletter  for several months now, they are providing a great platform for urban farmers and indoor farmers! I hope they continue the good work they're team is doing!"  

- Venkata Vishnubhotla, Urban Vine Customer

"As a business development professional with extensive experience in the fresh produce industry, I can say that Urban Vine is a detailed resource for information related to agriculture and the indoor farming industry."

- Andrew Southwood, FreshXPressions, Urban Vine Customer

"The Urban Vine newsletter is a great way to stay up to date on Agriculture Technology and Indoor Farming"

- Professor Cecilia Turman, University of Las Vegas Nevada

"As a marketing professional in the indoor agriculture industry, Urban Vine's newsletters, reports and guides are an excellent resource for keeping up-to-date with news and developments in vertical farming."

- Steven Mitchell, Product Manager, Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) 

"Indoor Grow Light Companies: The Advanced Report, is a great report! If you want to learn more about Grow Light Companies using hydroponics, you should read it!"

- Prem Nandal, Urban Vine Customer, Trinidad and Tobago

"After being a part of Urban Vines newsletter for over 6 months, they have consistently put out industry leading info on vertical farming and indoor farming, make sure to check them out!"

- Gunnar Shaffer, 6th Generation Farmer, Founder and CEO, Agrowponics Vertical Farming

"Vertical Farming Companies: The Advanced Report by Urban Vine offers a valuable glimpse into the modern vertical farming industry today in the 2020s!"

- Eli Feder, Urban Vine Customer, Brooklyn, NY

"As editor in chief of an award-winning urban gardening and design blog, I know how hard it is to consistently put out quality content. Urban Vine does just that. Their insider newsletter is a recommended follow!"

- Robin Horton, Editor, Urban Gardens

"Vertical Farming: The Advanced Video Course has short digestible modules that keep things simple. The course covers topics surrounding business and operating dynamics of vertical farming like cost/sq ft. and the key differences between conventional farming vs vertical farming. Overall really well done!"

- Shane Thomas, Owner and Editor, UpstreamAg Insights Newsletter

“Vertical Farming: The Advanced Video Course covers the basic fundamentals of vertical farming, if you are just beginning learning about Vertical Farming, it is a great course to start with”

- Zjef Van Acker, Former Chief Engagement Officer, Association for Vertical Farming (AVF), Creator of The 12 Steps To Vertical Farming Course

“Indoor Grow Light Companies: The Advanced Report is a nice summation of 30 grow light manufacturers. Thanks for putting it together...It was a bargain!“

- Anthony Vilgiate, Solid State Lighting Pioneer specializing in Horticultural and custom light fixtures, manufacturing and design. Partner at CABA Tech

“The material provided at Urban Vine was exemplary.  I was in the midst of extensive research into the vertical farming industry and Urban Vine was a godsend to my research.  

I think the Vertical Farming Advanced Video Course Module 4 is particularly helpful for any facet of research into vertical farming.  

For me, I was looking for information into the financials of a vertical farming business and this information was certainly provided.  If this wasn't already enough, Patrick took the time to personally assist me with numerous follow up questions and continues to provide such a service.  

Really I have never experienced such meaningful assistance in a research matter before and, moreover, I look forward to staying in tune with the publications and Urbanvine continues to distribute.“

- Griffin Giordano, New York University Schack School of Real Estate, Urban Vine Customer, Vertical Farming: The Advanced Video Course

“Vertical Farming: The Advanced Video Course by Urban Vine was a great course and as an advisor of investment opportunities, it's gold.    The material was well organized and very easy to follow..it also went straight to the point on each lesson which is awesome.“

- Avie Grinberg, Urban Vine Customer, Vertical Farming: The Advanced Video Course

“Thank you for all of your newsletter emails and articles! I truly appreciate it!“

- Janella Curtis, Urban Vine Co Subscriber


"Vertical farming is a huge part of the future to provide better access to nutrition and a more efficient supply chain. 'Indoor Farming: The Mastermind Membership' by Urban Vine is the best way I have found online to learn the basics of vertical / indoor / urban farming."

- Bruce Ross, Urban Vine Co Customer


"Having been an avid reader of your newsletter since January 2020 I would say that your information has always been informative to me and I have always been able to take actionable steps after consuming your content. I spent the last year in the Republic of the Philippines and I was able to impart a lot of knowledge to desperate people living in difficult urban environments. In no small part due to information I had either gleaned from your content or from resources that your newsletter led me to."

- Nicholas, Urban Vine Co Customer


"For a target audience that is trying to understand the basics of vertical farming, this is a quality newsletter to subscribe to"

- James Pateras, CEO, Modular Farms Australia


"As an architecture professional, I have always been familiar with concepts around design and building structures, but needed to learn more about the vertical farming industry, associated unit economics, build cost, labor cost, payback period, and other associated aspects of vertical farming.

I was preparing for a seminar that I would be leading discussing the potential for vertical farming among other architects at Harvard University.

The goal of the presentation was to analyze if vertical farming is a smart investment with a good payback. I contacted Patrick at Urban Vine with the overview of my needs. He promptly responded and his team was well prepared, making a 4 page custom report with detailed answers to my questions and specific industry figures. The information was easy to review and led to a productive discussion.

At the conclusion of our call, I was seeking a bit more information on a topic originally not in the scope of questions related to indoor greenhouses, and Patrick and his team prepared this information right away.

I highly recommend consulting with Urban Vine for projects related to analysis and market discovery in the indoor farming, vertical farming, and greenhouse technology industries.""

- Dan Watch, Urban Vine Co Customer


"I was looking up information on Google when I saw your link, "Why LED lighting is ideal for indoor farming" and landed here. Thank you so much for all your effort and hard work in bringing all this information together."

- Silver Arena, Urban Vine Co Subscriber


"Thanks for the information, and thank you for all you do, I am glad I subscribed! :)"

- Christina I. , Urban Vine Co Subscriber


"I really like your newsletter: it feels more personal than others and has always great information. Thank you for sharing!"

- Márcia Pinto Oliveira, Urban Vine Co Subscriber

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