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Portland, Oregon’s Urban Agriculture Scene

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City of Portland’s ‘Food’ specialist Steve Cohen who gave them a tour of thriving urban agriculture ventures and community gardens around the City.

By Chef Arthur Gordon and Anya
Irregardless Blog
Aug 16, 2016

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The Ariadne Garden is a double lot located in the heart of NE Portland. Established in 1993, it is now managed by the Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust. Some of the Portland Ariadne birds eye view healthiest soil in Portland is found here, nurturing the most delicious food available. Ariadne is a self-sustaining retailer, selling its own flowers (peonies, roses, yarrow, lilies, gladiola, zinnias) and produce (tomatoes and starts, lettuces, escaroles, mustards, kales, beans, squash, raspberries, etc.) to those who visit its onsite produce stand.

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August 24, 2016   No Comments

South Africa: Use urban agriculture to grow the economy

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Urban agriculture makes use of human aptitude rather than machinery and develops skills that can be applied to other industries in the long run, says the writer.

By Pierre Heistein
IOL
Aug 16, 2016
Pierre Heistein is the instructor of UCT’s applied economics for smart decision making course.

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Initially the provincial programme will help households to bolster their income and diversify their dinner table. But thereafter the number of small farming operations will conglomerate into a larger economic system. Resellers and wholesalers will appear, possibly co-ordinating the production of small farmers and collectively marketing and selling their produce. The economy will grow from the bottom.

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August 24, 2016   No Comments

In Germany’s major cities, young families, nature lovers and amateur gardeners are increasingly taking up urban gardening

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In cities like Berlin, Bonn, Freiburg and Cologne, these gardens have become lively social habitats.

DW
Aug 2016

‘Is this a slum?’ (referring to photo above.)

Allotment gardens are typical of Germany. City dwellers without their own outdoor space are fond of these plots, where they plant their own organic veggies or just enjoy the nice weather. Looking at the wooden huts in these gardens, some foreigners wonder whether they’ve ended up in a slum. According to law, people are not allowed to actually live in these huts – but that doesn’t stop some people.

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August 23, 2016   No Comments

Deeply Rooted: Medicinal Plant Cultivation in Techtropolis

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The book is a starter guide for growing and using local plants as medicine.

By Author, Bonnie Rose Weaver, and editor, Mari Amend
Kickstarter
Aug 2016

Deeply Rooted includes:

Over 40 original drawings and graphics by Bonnie Rose Weaver

Foreword by San Francisco urban farmer Caitlyn Galloway of Little City Gardens

Essay by Lauren Kaneko-Jones, LAc of SWAP and Well in the West about living in harmony with the seasons -Specific herbal cultivation techniques

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August 23, 2016   No Comments

Vancouver’s YWCA Rooftop Food Garden is Ten Years Old

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It yields 1,500 pounds of fresh, high-quality produce each year

By Sandy Reimer
Director, Health + Fitness & Operations
YWCA Metro Vancouver
Aug 2016

I always feel brightened by my daily visit to the YWCA Rooftop Food Garden, which sits on top of our Health + Fitness Centre, among downtown Vancouver’s office buildings and high rises. The vibrant, sweet-smelling fruits and veggies make me feel closer to the families who benefit from our garden’s abundance.

Ten years into our gardening project, and it’s still hard to believe that this urban treasure, which yields 1,500 pounds of fresh, high-quality produce each year, was once an ornamental garden. And it all grows in just inches of organic soil!

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August 23, 2016   No Comments

Inter-Urban Farms – Bringing Vertical Farming to Columbus, OH.

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We are campaigning for $85,000 to buy a Leafy Green Machine from Freight Farms.

By Jens Tuin
Kickstarter
Aug 2016

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We want to bring urban agriculture to Columbus, Ohio! With the purchase of a Freight Farm, we want to grow and sell locally grown produce for the City of Columbus. A Freight Farm is a self-contained vertical farm that uses less resources to grow food, allowing it to be placed in an urban setting. We need your help to raise the funds to buy this unit and the land to begin growing fresh produce year-round for Columbus, Ohio.

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August 23, 2016   No Comments

Atlanta Resorts’ rooftop garden takes farm-to-table to a higher level

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Resorts Chefs. Resorts culinary staff, standing from left Steve Klawitter and David Wong, and Robert Levenson, seated, enjoy creating menu items with the garden’s produce.

“So consider this year a 2.0. We went out early with seedlings and basically doubled what we did last year with a lot more tomatoes, squash, eggplant, every herb you can think of.”

By Scott Cronick
Atlanta City Weekly
Aug 16, 2016

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Guests can also taste four types of tomatoes (Roma Plum, San Marzano Plum, Rutgers and Brandywine), five types of peppers (bell, Cubanelle, Serrano, jalapeno and Thai hot ), and other vegetables including eggplant, cucumber, bitter melon and luffa.

“The chefs personally harvest them,” Batten says. “They put a lot of pride in being able to go out and grow and then harvest. If they need something quick or have an idea for something, they don’t have to wait for an order to come in.”

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August 22, 2016   No Comments

Nanofarm: The first appliance that grows food for you

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Kickstarter drive begins

By Replantable
Aug. 22, 2016

From January 2016 until just a few weeks ago, 30 nanofarms have been put through their paces in the homes of our beta testers. Each beta tester has had the chance to harvest between 2-4 crops of produce, and they are very happy with the results.

While the beta testers agree the nanofarm does a great job growing food, they had lots of helpful criticism that led to the added features you see in the production model:

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August 22, 2016   No Comments

Agriculture needs a makeover to lure young people back to farming

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Around the world, farmers are ageing as the sector fails to attract younger talent who head instead to cities in search of work

By Magdalena Mis and Isaiah Esipisu
Thomson Reuters Foundation
22 August 2016

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In an urbanising world, city farming has become fashionable in recent years, with urban farms mushrooming from Accra to Mumbai and London.

According to a 2014 study, city dwellers were farming an area the size of the European Union.

But while the trend is welcome, urban farmers won’t be able to feed themselves any time soon, experts say.

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August 22, 2016   No Comments

New edible park opens in West Seattle

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There are convenience stores nearby, heavily trafficked, but fresh produce options are not abundant. The new edible park hopes to help combat this problem.

By Maggie Wilson
Kiro 7
Aug 14, 2016

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West Seattle’s new Puget Ridge Edible Park (PREP), which Stu helped to create, is home to pear, cherry, apple and plum trees. “Very old trees,” said Stu, sweeping his arm through dusty air. “Probably 70 years old.”

The edible park is completely free to help garden in and harvest from. It’s 2/3 of an acre and sits at 5265 18th Avenue SW.

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August 22, 2016   No Comments

Sydney now has its very own working city farm

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Organic market farmer Michael Zagoridis is part of the Pocket City Farms team. (Pocket City Farms)

If you thought true working farms were only for the country, think again. Sydney now has its very own organic urban variety, Pocket City Farms, located in Camperdown, near a major highway on a former bowling green.

By Yasmin Noone
SBS
Aug 16, 2016

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“Our primary aim is to bring farming into the city and to create food as locally as possible… People can come past and see us growing the food and then come in on a Saturday to our market and buy the food. It’s a real instant connection.”

The new farm, which officially opened around six weeks ago (but took three years to get off the ground), is located near Sydney University, nestled in a side street off the Great Western Highway, and bordered by an art gallery, city park and small Portuguese museum.

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August 21, 2016   No Comments

Indoor farms give vacant Detroit buildings new life

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Green Collar Foods Operations Director Darren Riley explains the process called aeroponics that mists the bare roots of plants like this kale that grow under fluorescent lights on shelves at the indoor farm. Neighboring Supino Pizzeria buys the company’s kale. Brandy Baker, The Detroit News.

The city is considering regulations that could expand indoor agriculture even more.

By Breana Noble
The Detroit News
August 15, 2016

Excerpt:

The urban agriculture ordinance, however, assumes indoor farming would be large-scale, said city planner Kathryn Underwood. To increase the zoning district, the City Planning Commission sent an amendment to the City Council for consideration that would take into account smaller operations. It is expected to vote on the proposal in the fall.

“(The amendment) recognizes (indoor farming) can happen at very large scales and very small scales,” Underwood said. “It will allow more of it to happen.”

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August 21, 2016   No Comments

Urban Farming is taking root in Baltimore

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Maya Kosok at her flower Farm Hillen homestead. Photo Christopher Myers.

At the heart of the matter is determining what Boyd calls “the highest and best use” of city land. For urban farmers, that is agriculture.

By Amy Mulvihill
Baltimore Magazine
Aug 2016

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In recent years, the city has adopted a suite of regulations to better accommodate farming, everything from rewriting the rules about livestock (bees, miniature goats, rabbits, and chickens are allowed now in limited numbers) to clarifying the building code to permit lightweight, temporary greenhouses called hoop houses. Perhaps most ambitiously, last year the City Council passed an Urban Agriculture Property Tax Credit that provides a 90 percent tax break to farmers who produce $5,000 worth of crops annually. There is also a pending rewrite of the city’s zoning code, which would codify urban agriculture in almost all of Baltimore’s residential zones.

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August 21, 2016   No Comments

City Rezones ‘Suburban Residential’ to ‘Agricultural’ for Urban Farm in Atlanta

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A farm in the middle of one of Atlanta’s most elegant suburban cities. Mr. Coleman had not come to Roswell with his farm. The city had come to him. But that bothered him not a whit. Almost until the day he died, Jan. 29, 2012, at age 89, he and his farm were almost unchanged over the 60-odd years he lived there.

Couple will donate 30 percent of their organically grown produce to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

By David Ibata
For the AJC
Aug 15, 2016

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The Roswell City Council has approved a couple’s unusual request for the city to rezone their land from suburban residential back to agricultural so they can set up a small “urban farm.”

The city also granted a conditional use to let Tony and Shari Martin sell produce from the 6.7-acre farm at 410 Coleman Road, with the conditions that visitors not park vehicles on the road, and that a studio planned for the site not be for commercial use.

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August 20, 2016   No Comments

Economics Is Scarce Resources Allocation – What Resource Constraint Does Urban Farming Solve?

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We find out that vertical farming does not save resources, it expends resources instead. It makes us all considerably poorer by its existence. Thus we must really rather wonder why we’re doing it.

By Tim Worstall
Forbes
Aug 15, 2016

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That there are fads and fashions in the business world just as there are in other areas of human life is no surprise. But such fads and fashions should be subject to a bit of hard headed analysis from time to time. One such is the newly promoted concept of vertical or urban farming. The idea being that food can and should be grown inside cities, in buildings, rather than out in the countryside and upon land. I have mentioned before that I think the entire concept is a ludicrously stupid idea. Yet here we have another example which we can examine.

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August 20, 2016   No Comments