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Urban Stream composter captures circle of life in a shipping container – Vancouver BC

Nick Hermes is the founder of green-tech startup Urban Stream Innovation that has created a way to eliminate organic waste. Photograph by: Mark Van Manen.

Self-contained system is small enough to fit in a single parking space

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
February 22, 2013


Urban Stream Innovation, a Vancouver-based sustainable tech firm, has installed its first self-contained prototype composter and vertical growing system designed to eliminate kitchen waste and produce restaurant-quality herbs and greens.

The staff at Luke’s Corner Bar & Kitchen will donate about 45 kilograms of vegetable waste, old coffee grounds and used tea bags each day to the micro-farm’s two-stage composter housed in a shipping container, parked behind the Granville Street eatery.

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February 22, 2013   1 Comment

Charleston, Virginia Council task force looks into laws regarding urban agriculture

Cullen Naumoff, left, project manager of Charleston Area Alliance Vision 2030, and Kelly Cline, organic agriculturalist, right, are working on the “Sustainable Urban Agriculture Initiative,” which is designed to train people to grow produce for use by local restaurants. In the middle is Tighe Bullock, who is allowing them to use the backyard of his West Side apartment complex for the program. Link here.

The back-to-the-land movement of the ’70s brought hundreds, maybe thousands of counterculture types to West Virginia to try their hand at farming. Now the trend has moved into the cities.

By Jim Balow
West Virginia Gazette
Feb 18, 2013


“You can go across the country,” Plagemann said, “all the large cities are looking at urban agriculture. The American Planning Association has several pamphlets on the subject. Planning Magazine, they did a whole issue dedicated to urban agriculture.”

Last year, city Planning Director Dan Vriendt asked Plagemann to look into the matter.

“Already in the city we have a lot of little plots, community gardens,” Plagemann said. Tom Tolliver has several gardens on the West Side, he said, and is planning another on a Rebecca Street site the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority originally planned to turn into a small park.

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February 22, 2013   1 Comment

Urban Agriculture Educational Series – Richmond, Virginia

Part 1/3 – 2013 Feb. 16 – Urban Agriculture Series Week 1: What is urban agriculture? – Richmond, Virginia

Duron Chavis, Coordinator at McDonough Community Garden opened the series with introductory comments on urban agriculture then introduced Vickie Campbell, Coordinator of Community Gardens for the City of Richmond, Virginia. Vickie showed slides of local community gardens in Richmond and variety of other images related to the benefits of organically grown food.

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‘Urban-serving farm’ eleven miles outside Boise, Odaho


The link between sustainable farming and sustainable communities

By Kaid Benfield
Feb 20, 2013


Although an excellent recent article refers to Peaceful Belly as an “urban farm,” it’s actually something better: an urban-serving farm, located just outside the Boise region’s development footprint. I clearly support gardens and small-scale “farms” inside cities when they support city density, function and walkability and don’t interfere with them. But 60-acre operations belong outside the city, ideally amidst other farming so that rural land is contiguous, urban land is compact, and collectively the farms reach a scale that supports elements of a farm economy, such as feed and equipment stores.

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