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Online game allows you to jackhammer pavement and plant a garden

EcoCity Now! Tomorrow will be better… so will today!

By Alfred

EcoCity Now! came from the idea of creating social media games like FarmVille that instead of just wasting your money, actually taught you how to farm or kept you up to date with the movement. The name is based on a project of Anders, who ran the UC Berkeley student organic garden and has just started Flying Shovels Farm.

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August 13, 2012   Comments Off

Crowdfunding Urban Farm Projects


Photo credit: Stone’s Throw Urban Farm.

Urban farms turn to crowdfunding websites to bring their projects to life.

By Rachel Quist
Ethical Foods
August 2012

Excerpt:

One of the problems with urban farming is financing; this is especially problematic for community-oriented groups that must often rely on volunteer labor and donations of supplies. Many urban farms have been able to overcome this hurdle through cooperative pooling of funds and resources, generally through the internet. This method, known as crowdfunding, has been used not only to support urban farms but disaster relief, small business startups, artistic endeavors, political campaigns, and community projects.

Many urban farmers have been successful raising money through crowdfunding sites such as kickstarter.com. Kickstarter is not about raising money for charity; rather, it focuses on helping fund creative projects such as art, music, games, food, design, and technology.

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Toronto’s largest city farm to be announced at urban agriculture summit


Photo from Everdale.

Black Creek Community Farm, 3.2-hectare plot

By Laura Kane
Toronto Star
August 12, 2012

Soon, would-be farmers won’t have to flee to rural Ontario to grow crops and raise chickens.

Toronto’s largest urban farm is already being built, and seeds could be planted as early as next spring.

Dubbed the Black Creek Community Farm, the 3.2-hectare plot sandwiched between Jane St., Steeles Ave. and York University will feature a training farm, greenhouses, chicken coop and a community garden.

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