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The Urban Farming Supply Chain in The Modern City

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Urban farming gets professional!

By Joop de Boer
Poop Up City
Dec 14, 2012

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As urban farming is becoming a serious business in many cities around the world, it’s interesting to see how the city farming scene extends its influence from a ‘vacant-lots-only’ phenomenon to a ‘rest-of-the-city’ phenomenon.

Recently we mentioned the urban farmer meeting hub Farm:shop in London. But this combination of an urban farm and a bar, shop and expo venue is not the first example of the increasing visibility of urban farming in the streets of our cities. In New York, an urban farming style shop opened doors in 2011.

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December 20, 2012   Comments Off

Seattle to add 185 community garden plots and 14,500 sq. ft. for large tract urban agriculture

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Joining the Mayor at the announcement was Councilmember Sally Bagshaw; Joyce Moty, president of the P-Patch Trust; Erika Harris, a gardener from the Spring Street P-Patch; and Bernie Matsuno, director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Mayor McGinn announces more city investment in our P-Patches and urban agriculture

Seattle Government Press Release
Dec 19, 2012

December 18, Mayor McGinn announced the creation of additional space for community gardening and urban agriculture in the city. Approximately 185 P-Patch community garden plots will be developed or made available, along with 14,500 square feet of land dedicated to large tract gardening.

The city is providing these opportunities by investing $427,000 of inflationary funds that were not spent as part of the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy. The funds will be used to add approximately 115 new community garden plots by building gardens in Licton Springs, First Hill and Capitol Hill and by adding additional plots to the Judkins P-Patch.

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December 20, 2012   Comments Off

A downtown farm in St. Louis? It’s up on the roof

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A photo rendering of The Food Roof, which is planned to be a rooftop community sponsored agriculture (CSA) farm. The Food Roof will included an outdoor gathering space for community events and educational opportunities. The site affords a view of downtown. The location of The Food Roof is 1335 Convention Plaza in downtown St. Louis. The Food Roof is a project of Urban Harvest STL.

“We want this to become a community platform, a place to learn about urban farming.”

By Georgina Gustin
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 16, 2012

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The rooftop of a sprawling urban warehouse may not seem like the classic locale for a farm, but a group of urban gardeners in St. Louis is seeing it a different way.

Urban Harvest STL, a group of city residents and gardeners, plans to turn the roof of an 8,000-square-foot warehouse at 1335 Convention Plaza into the city’s first rooftop farm: The Food Roof.

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