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Growing Green: Measuring Benefits, Overcoming Barriers, and Nurturing Opportunities for Urban Agriculture in Boston

New Report: The economic development potential for urban agriculture in Greater Boston

CLF and CLF Ventures
61 page report
Jul 12, 2012

Key findings of the report include:

Land is available. 50 acres – an area the size of Boston Common – is a small portion of the vacant or underutilized land available in Boston.

Urban farms would stimulate the economy by creating jobs. 50 acres of urban agriculture in Boston will likely generate at least 130 direct farming jobs and may generate over 200 jobs depending on actual business characteristics and revenue.

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Australian made corrugated steel raised beds


Birdies Modular raised garden bed system with the 4 shapes that can be configured from the 1 Birdies Modular raised vegetable bed kit (Standard Shape, Long Narrow, Square or Rectangular).

Birdies Raised Vegetable Bed

From their website:

Our patented modular raised vegetable bed is a world first and proudly Australian. The product is a 4 in 1 raised vegetable bed kit manufactured from quality Australian corrugated steel and available in three heights, making vegetable growing easy for all ages.

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To Find Fields to Farm in New York City, Just Look Up


Ben Flanner of the Brooklyn Grange tending to a rooftop farm at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where crops include pattypan squash and beefsteak tomatoes. Photo by Ángel Franco/The New York Times.

One challenge: wind, which can whip between buildings and topple delicate seedlings.

By Lisa W. Foderaro
New York Times
July 11, 2012

Excerpt:

Back in the 1960s, Lisa Douglas, the Manhattan socialite played by Eva Gabor in the television sitcom “Green Acres,” had to give up her “penthouse view” to indulge her husband’s desire for “farm livin’.”

Today, she could have had both. New York City (the stores!) is suddenly a farming kind of town (the chores!). Almost a decade after the last family farm within the city’s boundaries closed, basil and bok choy are growing in Brooklyn, and tomatoes, leeks and cucumbers in Queens. Commercial agriculture is bound for the South Bronx, where the city recently solicited proposals for what would be the largest rooftop farm in the United States, and possibly the world.

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