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Amsterdam: An Urban Farm Designed To Make One Thing: A Grilled Ham And Cheese Sandwich

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And they raised pigs too. Click on image for larger file.

The Sandwich Factory (De Tosti Fabriek) sowed a small field of wheat in central Amsterdam in February last year

By Adele Peters
Fast Coexist
Oct 30, 2014

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In an Amsterdam experiment that pushes the limits of urban farming, a group of young artists explored what it takes to make a simple lunch truly from scratch. After buying pigs and cows, planting a field of wheat, waiting for nine months, and spending 35,000 euros, they finally got to eat.

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October 31, 2014   No Comments

Calgary earthship greenhouse gives urban farm a year-long harvest

calgreeScott Davidson works on his earthship greenhouse, a project on the Grow Calgary lot that will provide the Calgary Food Bank with fresh fruits and vegetables year-round.

There’s a group on the Grow Calgary urban farming lot taking growing in the city to an unimaginable level: 365 days a year

By Helen Pike
Metro
Oct 23, 2014

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This build will have two greenhouse spaces, one which will have a steady more-tropical temperature and the second greenhouse will house the Alberta-indigenous crops that can take the climate’s fluctuating temperatures.

Davidson broke ground on the project in June, and has been working with five to 10 volunteers ever since. He hopes to finish the project in December and start growing in the new year.

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October 31, 2014   No Comments

Farming Simulator 15: City dwellers can farm in the country from their desks

More than 2.5 million copies sold. Drive over 140 authentic vehicles and farming tools, from over 40 most famous manufacturers

Press Release
Oct 28, 2014

Just a few days from its release this Thursday on PC, we are pleased to lead you to the fields of Farming Simulator 15 one last time with the launch trailer! Here’s a good opportunity to get a last sneak peek at some of the many activities that are yours to enjoy in the new generation of Farming Simulator, available on October 30 on PC, and early 2015 on consoles.

Farming Simulator is a real phenomenon in today’s video gaming landscape, offering an experience very different from what we are used to: put away your battle gear, and get into your wellington boots before throwing yourself into the daily routine of the modern day farmer. Farming Simulator managed to seduce a broad range of players; younger gamers are attracted to the accessibility of the title and the sandbox aspect of the game; agricultural vehicle enthusiasts revel in the vast array of machinery reproduced in loving detail, and seasoned players enjoy its accurate and realistic simulation.

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October 30, 2014   No Comments

Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience (U-ACRE) in Los Angeles

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U-ACRE is funded by a $295,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

By Carlos J. Harris,
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
October 22, 2014

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Located on the campus of California State University – Fullerton (CSUF), the arboretum is home to the Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience (U-ACRE). U-ACRE gives hands-on, community-based research experience to 15 undergraduate students who help local communities develop sustainable urban agriculture to achieve food security and provide families healthier food options. U-ACRE is funded by a $295,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

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October 30, 2014   No Comments

Photo essay: What’s growing in West Virginia’s urban ruins?

wesvirgFarm manager Jocelyn Carlson waters freshly planted lettuce at Farm 18. Photo by Ariel Min/PBS NewsHou.

By the end of the season, it’s expected that $20,000 worth of produce will have been pulled from the vines of Farm 18’s one-acre plot.

By Jason Kane And Ariel Min
PBS News Hour
October 28, 2014

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WHEELING, W.Va. — When Danny Swan first broke ground on his West Virginia farm in June 2008, his rototiller hit a baby doll. Then some porcelain plates. Then a pair of pantyhose.

It didn’t take him long to discover that pieces of an entire urban neighborhood were buried beneath the soil — “bricks and rocks and everything else contained in houses that used to be here,” he said.

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October 29, 2014   No Comments

European Research Media Centre looks at urban agriculture

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London Sheep being driven down Strand about to cross Waterloo Bridge, circa 1926. Click on image for larger file.

In the future, policy makers must be aware that urban agriculture is worth the effort of creating new policies and it can be a viable option.

By Thijs Westerbeek
European Research Media Centre
Oct 23

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“The goal of the Supurbfood project,” Han Wiskerke tells youris.com, “is to make urban and peri-urban agriculture much more important than it is now.” Wiskerke is the coordinator of the project and a professor of rural sociology at Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands. He goes on to explain that the project also aims to close the food-waste cycle, to shorten the food supply chains, and to create multifunctional land use in cities.

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October 29, 2014   No Comments

First-of-Its-Kind Study Shows Which Neighborhoods in Chicago Have the Most Gardens

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University of Illinois researchers analyzed high-resolution satellite images found and found more than 4,000 gardens in the city, and plotted them on a map.

“We decided to scan the entire land area of Chicago looking for gardens that hadn’t been reported on any list: backyard gardens, utility right of ways and other things that I could see in Google Earth.”

By Casey Cora
DNA Info
October 28, 2014

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In addition to the residential gardens, researchers identified community gardens, urban farms and gardens outside schools. Factor those in and the number of Chicago’s food-producing gardens swells to 4,648 — and that’s not counting the small gardens invisible to Google Earth.

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October 28, 2014   No Comments

Food and the City

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Travelling Allotment Kit.

Our cities should not be exclusively industrial or commercial, and a more appreciative acceptance of urban agriculture is necessary in creating better cities for our future.

By John Wang
Harvard Political Review
Oct 22, 2014

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Yet, paradoxically, producing food seems to be precisely what cities are worst at today. On an average day in Hong Kong, where 89 percent of its gross domestic product comes from the service economy, 2290 tons of vegetables are consumed. Only 1.9 percent are produced locally the city. The rest is imported from China and other countries. Agricultural activities make up around 0.1 percent of the city’s GDP. A similar situation holds in Singapore where roughly 90 percent of what is consumed is produced in some other thirty-plus countries. Cities, quite simply put, are incapable of feeding themselves.

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October 28, 2014   No Comments

Chicago’s Loyola University Urban Agriculture Initiative

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“Our goal is to donate about 300 lbs. of food to our community during our growing season.”

By Lauren Hames
Loyola Student Dispatch
Oct 21, 2014

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With the recent opening of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) Loyola’s students have new access to the production of healthy and and sustainable food practices. Loyola has four growing spaces: Winthrop Garden, the Mertz Terrace, Quinlan Life Sciences Building Balcony Garden and inside the ecodome greenhouse at the IES.

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October 28, 2014   No Comments

Oakland plowing a path for urban farming on vacant lots

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Lisa Hermanson waters plants at Farmscape, on a lot at the old West Oakland train depot. Photo by Liz Hafalia / The Chronicle.

Property owners who want to temporarily turn their land over to urban gardeners can contact the Oakland Food Policy Council for assistance

By Carolyn Jones
SF Gate
October 20, 2014

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After four years of planning, the city is poised to eliminate bureaucratic roadblocks for urban gardeners, making it easier for residents to turn the city’s 3,000 vacant lots into fields of arugula and marigolds.

“We can’t feed everyone by doing this, but it’s a start,” said Lara Hermanson, owner of Farmscape, an urban gardening and landscaping company in Oakland. “This will really give a leg up for nonprofits, businesses and people who just want to grow their own food.”

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October 27, 2014   No Comments

Our City Farm – City of St. Louis

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Last year with a larger CSA, gross revenue increased to about $50,000 with expenses hovering just over $30,000.

By Diane Desenberg
Groundbreaking Roots
June 9, 2014

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Jeri purchased this lot from the City of St. Louis. It had been vacant for about ten years and she thought it looked like the perfect spot for a farm. She used a Kickstarter campaign to finance the purchase. Once she got the farm planted, other folks thought it looked like the perfect spot as well.

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October 27, 2014   No Comments

A vegetable garden in the middle of Kozhikode, India

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Members of Green View, a collective of organic farmers in Kozhikode, preparing ground for a vegetable garden on a plot belonging to the Government Women and Children’s Hospital at Kottapparamba in Kozhikode. Photo: K. Ragesh.

In addition to farming, Green View has plans to set up an outlet to market the organic vegetable they produce in indifferent parts of the district at the entrance of the vegetable garden.

By Jabir Mushthari
The Hindu
Oct 21, 2014

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There is something seemingly aberrant about a sizeable vegetable garden in the middle of a city. But that is exactly what Green View, a collective of organic farmers from Kozhikode is promising for the city folks. The collective, led by its president M.P. Rajul Kumar, has started the groundwork for the project after the district administration agreed to grant a piece of unused revenue land on contract for the purpose.

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October 26, 2014   No Comments

Indoor Agriculture Conference to Host Leaders in Agriculture Technology, Vertical Farming, Commercial Greenhouses

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3rd annual Indoor Agriculture Conference on March 31 and April 1, 2015 in Las Vegas

Press Release
10.13.2014

Indoor agriculture is experiencing rapid growth as drought, supply chain challenges and the scarcity of new farmland force growers to seek more efficient and sustainable growing methods. The leaders in this growing sector of agriculture will meet at the 3rd annual Indoor Agriculture Conference on March 31 and April 1, 2015 in Las Vegas to discuss the present and future of this expanding industry.

The conference will be a chance for commercial growers to see and experience new technology, meet with funders, and learn from some of the most successful companies in the industry. Agriculture technology companies, suppliers and automation companies will also have the chance to meet and mingle with leading vertical farmers and commercial greenhouse operations.

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October 26, 2014   No Comments

Mumbai: Organic is the way to grow for these urban farmers

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In May 2014, Urban Leaves India organised terrace farming workshops for children from around 100 schools across the city at the Maharashtra Nature Park.

By Omkar Gokhale
Hindustan Times Mumbai
October 20, 2014

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For the past five years, Urban Leaves India – a group of amateur organic farmers – has been spreading awareness about urban farming in Mumbai. The group conducts workshops every Sunday to teach people how to prepare organically rich soil and become ‘urban farmers’.

These gardening enthusiasts do not need a plot of land to exercise their green thumbs; the terrace on their buildings serves as their backyard garden.

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October 25, 2014   No Comments

Toronto/Parkdale urban farming project should be expanded

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Eugene Hennie and Amy Ness show off some of the vegetables they have grown in the Co-Op Cred garden in Parkdale.

An innovative project is a win-win for the disadvantaged: it provides work for the unemployed and produce for the local food bank.

By Catherine Porter
Toronto Star
October 19, 2014

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Eugene Hennie rushed between the towering buildings of South Parkdale, Amy Ness and me trailing behind.

He had an important meeting to go to.

I’d have to visit the garden quick.

Their Thanksgiving harvest was more than a week ago. These were the hardy fall leftovers — some straggly eggplants, a few overgrown Brussels sprouts.

“You should have seen it two weeks ago,” Hennie said breathlessly. “There were tomatoes, cucumbers, hot peppers. Oh, it was beautiful. Seeing those plants grow from seed — it was like I was growing.”

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October 25, 2014   No Comments