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Detroit artist Ryan Herberholz created a mural on a formerly blighted building in Detroit to help celebrate urban farming

The mural was recently completed and more than 200 people came out to help celebrate the official unveiling.

From YouTube
Aug 8, 2014

Local Good Food hub Door to Door Organics is proud to be cultivating the growth of Detroit’s urban farming movement. We commissioned Detroit artist Ryan Herberholz to create an inspiring mural on Michigan Urban Farming Initiative’s land that was once vacant but is now farmed to feed the community.

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August 21, 2014   No Comments

After delays, Chicago urban orchard project could soon bear fruit

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Chicago’s First Urban Orchard Would Be Open To The Public, And Would Replace A Blighted Strip Of Former Cta Property In Logan Square.
Courtesy Altamanu.

Rare apples, as well as its cherries, plums, and paw paws—a fruit indigenous to the northern U.S.

By Chris Bentley
Archpaper
Aug 6, 2014

On a gray plot of land vacant since 1949, urban farmer Dave Snyder wants to give Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood a taste of what he calls “the Golden Age of Apples.” “One hundred years ago there were maybe 15,000 varieties of apples commercially available in the U.S.,” he said. “America’s crop was the apple.”

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August 21, 2014   No Comments

Food Forward: Urban Agriculture Across America – TV Series

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Above is a photo not the movie. Click here to watch a full episode.

13 episodes – Premieres on PBS September, 2014

From PBS Food Forward website:

We meet farmers, chefs, teachers, scientists, fishermen and ranchers in more than 50 cities and towns across the country who are all providing new solutions to help combat America’s growing food challenges.

How did something so fundamental as food, go so fundamentally wrong?

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August 20, 2014   No Comments

Edmonton’s Reclaim Urban Farm is ‘intentionally political’ in boosting local food

recalimReclaim Urban Farm’s Ryan Mason and Cathryn Sprague pick beets, soon to be made into borscht at St. John’s Institute. Photograph by John Lucas, Edmonton Journal.

Will also teach gardening, cooking skills to disabled adults

By Liane Faulder
Edmonton Journal
August 13, 2014

Excerpt:

“It’s intentionally political,” says Mason of the farm, noting urban agriculture educates the community, generates conversations about issues such as food security and offers a model of how to make food production part of daily life.

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August 20, 2014   No Comments

“Urban farms key to hunger” says keynote speaker at 29th International Horticultural Congress

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Julian Cribb, the former CSIRO scientist and author of the books, Poisoned Planet and The Coming Famine, shared his thoughts at the 29th International Horticultural Congress (IHC) in Brisbane.

4000 delegates from more than 100 countries, the largest horticulture gathering in Australia this year, heard the message

By Ashley Walmsley
The Land
19 Aug, 2014

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“The city itself is poised to change. Green cities alive with vegetation, fresh food, birds and insects will replace the polluted, soulless, concrete and glass urbanscapes of today,” he said.

Giant floating greenhouses and translucent vertical urban farms were just two ideas touted by Mr Cribb. He said by 2050, urban horticulture and farming could provide half the world’s food.

“They will ensure a highly diverse, local food supply that never fails,” Mr Cribb said.

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August 19, 2014   No Comments

Proposed Floating Vertical Farms for Singapore

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“We believe these types of initiatives can be applied closer to the existing and new emerging urban centers in order to help mitigate the future food issue.”

By Adele Peters
Fast Company
July 29, 2014

Excerpt:

Architects from Barcelona-based design firm JAPA have proposed a new system of looping towers that could float in local harbors, providing new space for year-round crops. Called F.R.A., short for “floating responsive architecture,” the design is inspired in part by floating fish farms that have been in use locally since the 1930s.

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August 19, 2014   No Comments

University of Michigan graduate student uses vacant Detroit house for urban shrimp farming

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University of Michigan graduate student Lizzie Grobbel holding a young shrimp in a net. Photo credit: Clive Waldron.

“Detroit has an estimated 79,000 vacant homes, many of which the city wants to demolish.”

By Jeremy Allen
mlive
Aug 10, 2014

Excerpt:

Lizzy Grobbel, an environmental engineering master’s student and a Dow Sustainability Fellow at U-M, is pursuing a pilot project called “urban revitalization through sustainable small-scale aquaculture.”

Her mission: turning a vacant Detroit house into a shrimp farm.

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August 18, 2014   No Comments

Outdoor Classroom Program will start at Columbia schools this fall

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The program is a result of a recent merger between the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture and the Columbia Outdoor Classroom Project.

By Rachel Jelinek
Missourian
August 11, 2014

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The program will create outdoor spaces where students will learn how to cultivate vegetables, said Heather Gillich, education and volunteer coordinator for the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, which is overseeing the program.

Each school will have an outdoor classroom committee with teachers and parents interested in helping students get involved, Gillich said. The program will either be part of a class’ curriculum or an after-school program.

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August 18, 2014   No Comments

Mustang, Oklahoma Family Fighting City Hall Over Vegetable Garden

The Jamesons said the garden has literally saved their lives. It has helped Lyle lose 137 pounds and Jessica lose 120 pounds in less than a year.

By Lacie Lowry
News 9
Aug 15, 2014

Excerpt:

The city sent the Jameson family a notice, explaining it has received several complaints that the vines of cucumber, tomato and gourdes along the fence are obstructing the view of drivers pulling up to the intersection.

“If it slows drivers down, then that’s not the worst thing, because this is a daycare,” said Lyle Jameson. “Children play here all day.”

The city said the Jamesons must remove the vegetation by August 18.

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August 17, 2014   No Comments

White House Kitchen Garden Tours

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First Lady Michelle Obama and White House Chefs join children from Bancroft and Tubman Elementary Schools to harvest vegetables.

Tours consist of a guided tour of the White House Kitchen Garden and beehive, and depending on the public tour schedule, may include a visit inside the White House.

Whitehouse.com

Tours of the White House Kitchen Garden are available to school and community groups with an interest in gardening and healthy eating. A maximum of 25 people may tour the garden at one time, and there is no age limit. Kitchen Garden tours are typically held on weekday mornings.

To apply for a White House Kitchen Garden tour, fill out the application below. Please include background information about your group and tell us why you would like to tour the White House Kitchen Garden.

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August 17, 2014   No Comments

Haiti: FONDAMA Yard Garden Program

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Papaya, plantains and squash produced by yard garden participants. Yard Garden celebration in Leodiague, Hinche. 2011.

In Haiti, a Yard Garden program is helping families and individuals to make real change in the area surrounding their homes.

By Dawn Berkelaar, with Mark Hare
ECHO Development Notes
July 2014

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“The Yard Garden program is not about making huge changes in people’s lives. It is about making small, daily changes that are consistent, persistent and positive, without being intrusive. The program is about helping people recognize the power they have to learn to do something useful with what they already have at hand, and about sharing their knowledge with the people around them. It is also about learning to celebrate the small successes, while praying and strug- gling for the big ones.”

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August 16, 2014   No Comments

The Story of Oedipus Retold with Vegetables in Starring Roles

Oedipus took two years to make with a volunteer staff of 100.

Open Culture
August 7th, 2014

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Sophocles and Aeschylus may be spinning in their graves. Or, who knows, they may be taking some delight in this bizarre twist on the Oedipus myth. Running 8 minutes, Jason Wishnow’s 2004 film puts vegetables in the starring roles.

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August 16, 2014   No Comments

Anchorage, Alaska’s refugee gardeners

Gardeners are Nepali-speaking Bhutanese, who fled their home country of Bhutan after years of poverty, repression and civil war.

By Tara Young, Megan Edge
Alaska Dispatch News
August 4, 2014

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According to Riley, the program provides opportunity for “Anchorage’s newest residents” to make change, practice their English and become part of the local community.

On one July day this summer, Anita Gurung and her family were among the gardeners. With smiles on their faces, they pulled root vegetables out of the ground to sell at a local farmers market

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August 15, 2014   No Comments

10 Urban Agriculture Projects in Paris, France

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Le jardin partagé est créé à l’initiative d’habitants qui désirent jardiner ensemble dans un lieu convivial. Pour aider les porteurs de projet, le Centre ressource pour les jardiniers urbains (Maison du jardinage – parc de Bercy – paris 12e) anime des rencontres et des ateliers d’information.

Le Semis Urbain (The Urban Seed) is a community garden for children and adults with a mission of teaching residents the basics of sustainable, affordable, and organic gardening.

By P.K. Read
Food Tank
Aug 3, 2014

Excerpt:

There was a time, not so long ago, that the city of Paris was full of urban farms. In fact, beginning in the late 17th century, Paris was not only almost self-sufficient when it came to food production, but urban farmers known as maraîchers (market farmers) developed methods of intensive agriculture that are still used in cities today, according to a study from the Michigan State University Extension. It was only after World War II that agriculture moved permanently out of the city. Paris still relies on local farm produce, much of it from its surrounding green belt of approximately 30 kilometers (18 miles).

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August 15, 2014   No Comments

Outrage as CP Rail begins clearing gardens, structures, along the Arbutus Corridor in Vancouver BC


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“They are shocked and heartbroken by what has happened, with some shouting “shame, shame” at operators who came to clear the gardens and trees.

By Matthew Robinson
Vancouver Sun
August 14, 2014

Excerpt:

VANCOUVER – Gerry Oldman had half an hour Thursday morning to salvage as many vegetables as he could from a community garden he tended along the Arbutus Corridor before work crews hired by Canadian Pacific moved in and tore up his plants and raised beds.

The rail company had warned residents along the track weeks ago that it was restarting operations on the line and gave them until Aug. 1 to remove their property from its land before it would be removed for them.

The company made good on the threat two weeks after the deadline when a trackhoe and backhoe operated by A & B Rail Services Ltd. laid waste to about 150 metres of community gardens located south of Southwest Marine Drive.

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August 15, 2014   No Comments