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Urban farms bring economic, health benefits to Michigan cities

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Growing prosperity

By Emily Wilkins
The State News
May 24, 2010

Excerpt:

Near the end of his sophomore year, horticulture senior James Manning came to a sudden realization — he had no idea how to grow his own food.

“You learn that food, water, shelter … those are the things we need,” Manning said. “But in school, we don’t learn about growing food or what a carrot looks like before it comes out of the ground.”

Manning, a vegetarian who fostered an interest in learning about where his food was coming from, embarked on a trip across America and worked on diversified vegetable farms in Maine and Georgia. He now is back in East Lansing, but he hasn’t had to give up his green thumb.

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May 25, 2010   Comments Off on Urban farms bring economic, health benefits to Michigan cities

Diary of an Urban Farmer: Braving the Storm

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Eagle Street Rooftop Farm

By Annie Novak
The Atlantic
May 25, 2010
Annie Novak is the founder and director of Growing Chefs, a field-to-fork food education program; the children’s gardening program coordinator for the New York Botanical Gardens; and co-founder of Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Brooklyn.

Excerpt:

Two weeks ago, three stories up in the air, I knelt on the rocky, shallow soil of the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm to plant row after row of eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes. The air off the East River was strong from the south, the clouds light and slow-moving, and the Rooftop Farm’s local mockingbird had returned for a second year of teasing me into thinking the rooftop hosts multiple species of birds.

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May 25, 2010   Comments Off on Diary of an Urban Farmer: Braving the Storm

Fatal Crash – Truck Was Carrying Up To 17 Million Bees

800 bee colonies went loose

by Rob Olson and Mike Durkin
Fox 9
May 24

LAKEVILLE, Minn. – A truck hauling bees was involved in a multiple-vehicle crash Monday morning on Interstate 35 in Lakeville, Minnesota, killing one person.

Two semi trucks, one carrying bees, and two cars crashed on northbound Interstate 35 at County Road 70 around 11:30 a.m. Minnesota State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske confirmed one person is dead and one person. Kari J. Rasmussen, 24, was airlifted to a nearby hospital — where she is in critical condition.

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May 25, 2010   Comments Off on Fatal Crash – Truck Was Carrying Up To 17 Million Bees

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing offers support to urban farmers


At the Community Food Security Coalition Press Conference, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing talks about Urban Farming in Detroit.

Welcome to the 5th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, May 17-19, Detroit

While it’s easy to see just the 60,000 vacant lots scattered across Detroit, a closer look reveals that hundreds of residents are “Taking Root” revitalizing their neighborhoods and building communities through local agriculture. They are providing access to fresh fruits and vegetables to their family, friends, and neighbors in a city that is frequently referred to as a food desert. The citizens of Detroit are embracing the local food movement and ensuring a just, equitable food system for all through the creation of beginning farmer classes, farm to institution programs, and gardening workshops.

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May 25, 2010   Comments Off on Detroit Mayor Dave Bing offers support to urban farmers