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East Austin Urban Farm Tour Announces Lineup

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Photo source: Hausbar Farm FB.

Guided Urban Farm Tours | Restaurant Tastings | Wine, Beer & Spirits

By Brandon Watson
The Austin Chronicle
Mar 20, 2017

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Spend a Sunday afternoon strolling among the crops, visiting the chickens, donkeys and rabbits on four urban farms mere blocks apart. In the fields, farmers will introduce their crops, share their experiences as farmers and answer gardening questions. It will be the perfect opportunity to get your tomato dilemmas solved!

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March 26, 2017   No Comments

Fortune: Kimbal Musk on ‘How Millennials Will Forever Change America’s Farmlands’

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Kimbal Musk is the co-founder of The Kitchen, a family of companies that pursue an America where everyone has access to real food. He sits on the boards of Tesla, SpaceX and Chipotle Mexican Grill.

By Kimbal Musk
Fortune
Mar 21, 2017

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Tiny plots on rooftops and small backyards are popping up all across America, particularly in urban areas that have never been associated with food production. These micro-farms aren’t meant to earn a profit or feed vast numbers of people, but they reflect the Millennial generation’s desire to forge a direct connection with the food they consume.

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March 26, 2017   No Comments

Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation gives grants to 100 organizations

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GRO1000 Miracle Gro Initiative in San Pedro, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation today announced more than 100 non-profit organizations nationwide will receive 2017 GRO1000 Grassroots Grants.

By GlobeNewswire
March 20, 2017

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From children’s learning gardens to pollinator habitats, urban farms to healing gardens, GRO1000 has supported over 830 community-based projects nationwide since 2011. Projects have resulted in more than 10.7 million square feet of greenspace revitalized, more than 266,000 pounds of produce donated annually and more than 65,000 youth positively impacted through hands-on experiences with nature, according to data collected from previous GRO1000 Grassroots Grants recipients.

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March 26, 2017   No Comments

Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau Visits Rooftop Lufa Farm

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Visiting Lufa Farms Anjou.

The new 63,000 square foot rooftop greenhouse is a milestone in polyculture efficiency and produces over 40 varieties of urban-grown greens and vegetables, all year round.

Press Release
CNW Telbec/
MONTREAL, March 24, 2017

Urban agriculture pioneer Lufa Farms has just finished a third highly automated greenhouse in the Montreal borough of Anjou. The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau was there to see it in full production.

The new 63,000 square foot rooftop greenhouse is a milestone in polyculture efficiency and produces over 40 varieties of urban-grown greens and vegetables, all year round. Lufa Farms’ six years of rapid growth and its successes in rooftop greenhouse design, cooperation with local sustainability-focused farmers, and appeal to thousands of Montreal consumers, make it one of the most successful large-scale urban agriculture models in the world, demonstrating how to sustainably feed entire cities.

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March 25, 2017   No Comments

The Learning Garden opens at Ishihara Park in Santa Monica

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The park is named after George Ishihara, a Japanese-American, whose family was interned in the U.S concentration camps during World War II.

By Talia Tinari
Santa Monica Daily Press
March 18, 2017

The Learning Garden is a communal garden and differs from the other community garden sites in that it there are no individual plots. Instead it will host seminars and workshops for children and adults alike. There will be communal planting and harvest opportunities and many chances to help cultivate the gardens in between planting and harvesting.

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March 25, 2017   No Comments

Winnipeg: Fertile ground found at Discover Agriculture in the City

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Simran Mannan, her husband Ravi Mattu and their two boys Harnidh Mattu 6yrs, and Jaiveer Mattu 4yrs (right) check out the veggie table. Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press.

The parents are originally from a farming community and are passionate about gardening now that they live in Winnipeg.

By Jane Gerster
Winnipeg Free Press

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In her small backyard, Simran Mannan grows an incredible assortment of edible goodies. She has tomatoes and squash, peppers and broccoli, okra and eggplants. Mannan even grows carilla, a bitter Indian melon. But often, she said with a laugh, by the time it flowers in Winnipeg its already late September and “so cold.”

Mannan and her husband Ravi Mettu are from Punjab, India.

“We both are farmers back home,” she said, “so, of course, it’s inside our brain that we want to do it here.”

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March 25, 2017   No Comments

South Africa: Johannesburg rooftop gardens bringing agriculture to heart of city living

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“The city has to find a way of making urban agriculture work in each and every space in the city. Since the inner city is filled with buildings, rooftop gardens is one of the ways we are trying to green the city,” Motsusi says.

By: Schalk Burger
Engineering News
Mar 17, 2017

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Officials of the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) Food Resilience Unit and the Johannesburg Development Agency are, therefore, working to help establish rooftop vegetable gardens to ensure food security for vulnerable people in the inner city and promote entrepreneurship.

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March 24, 2017   No Comments

Progress threatens Istanbul’s historic gardens

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The Yedikule gardens provide a livelihood for more than 200 people in Istanbul. TRF/Stephen Starr

“Ten days ago they came and cut down all the trees almost to the roots,” he says. “I don’t know why they did that; maybe because they want a give better view for tourists to take photos of the walls. Who knows?”

By Stephen Starr
Reuters
Mar 16, 2017

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Recep Eraslan, 64, has worked a tiny sliver of land on Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet peninsula for more than three decades.

He grows spring onions, arugula and cabbage on a 1.25-acre (0.5 hectare) plot along the city’s ancient Byzantine-era walls that are part of one of the oldest urban gardens, or bostans in Turkish, in the world.

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March 24, 2017   No Comments

Atlanta Urban Agriculture Director Brings Fresh Produce To Those In Need

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Mario Cambardella, paying a visit to Truly Living Well’s Collegetown Garden, is Atlanta’s first urban agriculture director. His goal is to help make fresh produce available to urban neighborhoods. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

One goal is to transform Atlanta’s urban food deserts by bringing local, healthy food within a half-mile of 75 percent of all residents by 2020.

By Andrew Alexander
The Atlantic Journal Constitution
Mar 16, 2017

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Cambardella was hired by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability in 2015 to help guide projects like the Collegetown Garden to success. In the new position, Cambardella is responsible for a wide range of activities related to urban agriculture in the city, including agricultural policy development. He cultivates partnerships with local non-profits like Truly Living Well and also assists individuals and organizations in navigating the often byzantine process of permitting and zoning related to starting their urban agriculture projects.

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March 23, 2017   No Comments

Calgary urban agriculture activist Paul Hughes to run for mayor in 2017

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In 2012 Paul Hughes was president of the Calgary Liberated Urban Chicken Klub (CLUCK).

Hughes said he believes issues around compassion and poverty are being ignored in Calgary.

By Annalise Klingbeil
Calgary Sun
Mar 14, 2016

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Paul Hughes, a food activist and longtime urban agriculture crusader, has thrown his hat into the 2017 mayoral race.

Hughes is well-known for a 2012 court battle over the right to keep backyard chickens and as the founder of Canada’s largest urban agriculture farm — a 4.5-hectare pocket of land near Canada Olympic Park know as Grow Calgary that has produced food for people in need for nearly four years.

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March 23, 2017   No Comments

Eighteen Delaware sites awarded grants for urban agriculture and community gardens

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The grants awarded this year totalled $27,671

By Stacey Hofmann
Delaware Government
Mar 15, 2017

Dover — Eighteen Delaware urban agriculture and community garden projects are receiving support through a second round of funding designed to strengthen communities and improve nutrition.

The partnerships that have developed at the local and state around urban agriculture and community gardening have really helped to transform Delaware communities. The grants awarded this year totaled $27,671.74, with $17,671.74 from Delaware Department of Agriculture. New Castle Conservation District pledged the additional $10,000 match for New Castle County sites.

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March 23, 2017   No Comments

Indicators for Urban Agriculture in Toronto – A Scoping Analysis

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Strong leadership and support will aid the growth of urban agriculture across Toronto.

Authors: Rhonda Teitel-Payne, James Kuhns and Joe Nasr
Toronto Urban Growers
Dec 2016

Executive Summary

When Toronto Public Health (TPH) identified a considerable gap in Toronto- specific data on the impact of urban agriculture (UA), Toronto Urban Growers (TUG) was commissioned to engage Toronto-based practitioners and key informants on identifying the most relevant and measurable indicators of the health, social, economic, and ecological benefits of urban agriculture. The overall objective of the work was to develop indicators that a wide range of stakeholders could use to make the case for making land, resources and enabling policies available for urban agriculture.

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March 22, 2017   No Comments

The pace of Vancouver development killing Downtown Eastside urban agriculture, group claims

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The executive director of Sole Food says it needs to leave its space by November and options for a new location are limited.

By Liam Britten
CBC News Posted
Mar 21, 2017

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Ableman says Sole Food has already lost some of its space at the corner of Main and Terminal for a new social housing project and it has also lost the lease for its operation underneath the viaducts and will have to leave by November.

It has secured an extension to the lease on the farm under the First Avenue Viaduct and its original location at the Astoria Hotel in the Downtown Eastside “continues to limp along,” but Ableman says an air of precariousness surrounds all its sites.

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March 22, 2017   No Comments

India: This startup bringing organic farming to your rooftop

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Reddy launched Homecrop in January this year with an initial investment of just 5 lakh rupees. Ideation took a year under the guidance of National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM)’s incubator a-IDEA.

By Shilpa S Ranipeta
The News Minute
March 14, 2017

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This is where 26-year old Manvitha Reddy stepped in to start Homecrop – a startup that helps you grow pesticide-free vegetables at home. Reddy has designed rooftop and backyard kits that have everything you need to make your own farm at home.

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March 22, 2017   No Comments

Los Angeles: Company feeds growing edible landscaping trend

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These raised beds are installed at one of the California apartment complexes. Photo: Farscape.

A small agrihood consisting of eight to 10 raised beds, six orchard trees and mulching starts around $20,000 and only goes up from there as the size and complexity is increased.

By Jill Odom
Total Landscape Care
Mar 14, 2017

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Farmscape has currently installed over 600 urban farms to date and maintains more than 250 of those locations.

The smaller agrihoods can be designed to fit 500 square feet while large agrihoods can take up several acres of land.

“We design each project to match the neighborhood and the future residents,” Hermanson said.

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March 21, 2017   No Comments