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Growing vegetables in Metro Vancouver : an urban farming census

marcgraph From 2 page project poster. See complete poster here.

This study examines the business models and economics of Metro Vancouver’s urban farms

By Marc Howard Schutzbank
Master of Science – MSc
UBC’s Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems


Increasing food insecurity, lack of sustainable food systems, and a desire to participate in the food system are prompting the growth of various forms of urban agriculture: community gardens, urban homesteads, and urban farms. Urban farms, as distinct from other urban agriculture projects, are defined by the sale of their product. They raise produce and grow ornamentals to sell in neighbourhoods, all while building urban food networks that connect communities to their food.

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January 28, 2013   1 Comment

Startup Seeks to Shape Future of Urban Agriculture with Fish, Automation and Well Designed Hardware

Future Tech Farm.

“Our target price point for the base model will be $50-75, with upgradeable components available to further automate the micro-aquaponic experience.”

By Missy Smith
January 17, 2013


Two young mechanical engineers, Brian Falther, 24, a 2010 graduate of Kettering University (Flint, Mich.) and Austin Lawrence, 21, a senior at Kettering University, have teamed up to bring small aquaponic grow systems into people’s homes, with each system being connected to an online farm community. Their concept is at once a virtual world with online interaction and connectivity and an authentic reality where real, clean, healthy food grows in a large collection of personal micro-aquaponic systems in homes throughout the world. They call their idea Future Tech Farm.

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January 28, 2013   2 Comments

Miss Kale: One Girl’s Bumpy Journey to Becoming an Urban Farmer

bumpyLemons, kale and a Valentine’s Day strawberry! Photo By Kathleen Gasperini.

Rooftops are not the spot to be for an LA earthquake since most do not have railings

By Kathleen Gasperini
Mother Earth Living


Living in a brick loft in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, two blocks over from Skid Row, the largest homeless shelter in the country, may not seem the ideal place to start one’s journey toward becoming an urban farmer, but dreams can begin anywhere.

The idea started when my 97-year-old grandmother, who comes from the seasonal foothills of the Catskill Mountains in Upstate New York, had sent me a copy of Capper’s magazine. It was completely different than what I usually had to read for work—fashion, action sports, and lifestyle magazines—and I was intrigued. After browsing through her Capper’s which was filled with her colorful commentary on Post-its, I started to wonder about the possibility of raising a chicken on the fire escape stoop outside my window. After all, I did have a couple of geraniums out there and a row of herbs.

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