Posts from — March 2014
Nikolai Woolf and his wife, Brandi, occupy a 7,200-square-foot lot near Old Colorado City that they call Folkways Farm. It houses two goats, several chickens, a greenhouse and bees
By Pam Zubeck
Colorado Springs Independent
Mar 26, 2014
When asked a few months ago about her priorities this year, City Councilor Jill Gaebler cited food security — including allowing hoofed stock within Colorado Springs. Now Gaebler is moving ahead with her plans, seeking to change laws to accommodate citified farmers.
And the freshman councilor doesn’t want to stop there. Later this year, she wants to establish a “food policy commission,” whose mission would include empowering residents to grow or source their own food, including eggs, milk and honey.
March 31, 2014 Comments Off on Councilor pushes for more urban agriculture in Colorado Springs
Actress Laraine Day (1920 – 2007) poses in a gardener’s costume while surrounded by various vegetables for the April 1944 issue of PIC magazine, New York. Photo by Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images.
Excerpt from her obituary in the New York Sun (Nov 11, 2007): Laraine Day, 87, Film Actress and ‘First Lady of Baseball’
After a quickie Mexican divorce of her first husband in 1947, the Mormon movie starlet married Durocher, the foul-mouthed New York Dodger’s skipper who up to that point was despised by all but the team’s fans. The pair settled down for a decade or so of married bliss that saw Day, who kept her movie-star name, dubbed by the press “the First Lady of Baseball.”
Durocher, in the meantime, incurred further obloquy by bolting the Dodgers mid-season in 1948 for the crosstown rival Giants. Yet the marriage seemed to soften his image as well, especially after Day began broadcasting a pre-game show on WPIX, the Giants’ station at that time, in which she focused on players’ human side rather than game action. By her own account, the first time Day encountered Durocher, her first question had been, “What is a Dodger?”
March 31, 2014 Comments Off on April 1944 – Actress Laraine Day poses in Victory Garden cover shot
Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy, fourth from left, helps community members and representatives from Sprout City Farms break ground March 18, 2014, on a community garden in Mountair Park. Photo by Alison Hatch.
The Mountair Park garden will probably produce 5,000 pounds of produce the first year
By Austin Briggs
A food desert on the east side of Lakewood is on its way to having a small oasis of fresh produce that will feed the neighborhood as well as provide educational opportunities.
Sprout City Farms has partnered with the city of Lakewood and leaders from the Two Creeks neighborhood to grow a variety of crops on a 1¼ acre plot in Mountair Park in an area the U.S. Department of Agriculture has labeled a food desert.
That means residents in low-income areas don’t have access to fresh food within a half mile, said Lakewood associate planner Alexis Moore.
March 31, 2014 Comments Off on Sprout City Farms breaks ground with a new garden in Denver
Upside: Anything is Possible. Why do we work so hard? There are a lot of opinions. Pashon Murray, founder of Detroit Dirt (http://www.detroitdirt.org) explains that for some of us, it’s about trying to make the world a better place.
Ford Just Destroyed Cadillac’s Ad Praising Rich Guys Who Work All The Time
By Aaron Taube
Mar. 27, 2014
In order to draw a contrast, Ford mimicked the structure of Cadillac’s commercial. Only it decided to use Pasho Murray, a real woman who founded Detroit Dirt, a company that turns waste into compost and sells it to people who want to create urban gardens.
Murray looks out at a landfill and wonders why Americans aren’t more like other countries who buy locally-grown food.
March 30, 2014 Comments Off on Ford Motors Commercial Features Detroit Urban Farmer Pasho Murray
Featured in 25 venues on three continents
By Mikaila Kukurudza
The Eye Opener
Mar 25, 2014
What started out as conference with no more than 50 guests discussing innovative ideas about urban agriculture has evolved into an international exhibition that tours the globe. The exhibition, called Carrot City, is currently in its fifth year and has been featured in 25 venues on three continents.
“It cultivated here and just blossomed all over the world … it’s wonderful,” said Sebastian Lubczynski, Carrot City’s first research assistant and Ryerson architecture masters student.
March 30, 2014 Comments Off on ‘Carrot City’ exhibition still travelling after five years
Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 for the greenhouse
March 24, 2014
The Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville (UACC) used a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money for the greenhouse. $10,000 later, they’re using help from the community again, this time to start building.
“We believe that working together to grow and share healthy food helps cultivate healthy communities,” said Todd Niemeier, the operations director for UACC.
Here’s how it works: the UACC collaborates with people in neighborhoods that might not have access to fresh produce. They grow the food, harvest it, and distribute it free of charge to people who have helped out.
March 30, 2014 Comments Off on Charlottesville, Virginia Builds Community-Funded Greenhouse
Michael Score, president of Hantz Farms, stands on the site of a planned farm in inner-city Detroit with a burned and abandoned house in front of him and a garage behind him that was just discovered last week while clearing out wild brush. Photo by Alex Panetta.
Build a farm near crackhouses, and all bets are off about what stories the soil might tell.
By Alexander Panetta
Mar 23, 2013
The Canadian Press
DETROIT – Stunning things are being discovered in an effort to clear land for a new farm in inner-city Detroit.
Last week, workers found a building. The crumbling brick-sided structure was either a garage or a shed, and had been hidden by the wild brush that has sprouted in the east end of the economically suffering city.
Ask about the building, and they point to a dog. There it is, dead, with a bullet hole through its ribs. It appears to be a brown mastiff, sprawled out on the grass where it was found last Friday. It looks neatly groomed and is still wearing a collar.
March 29, 2014 Comments Off on Detroit urban farming project uncovers grisly past
Restructured Policies and Community Partnerships Support Urban Agriculture Within Austin City Limits
“Land that’s going to become a recreation center in 20 years or is going to a fire station in 20 years could be used productively right now.”
By Noelle Swan
March 24, 2014
With a ten-month growing season and a sizeable locavore-hipster population, Austin, Texas seems like the perfect location for a thriving urban agriculture scene. But like many major cities, Austin’s zoning laws and city ordinances posed numerous barriers to those wishing to grow their own food within city limits. Over the past five years, the city has taken apart those laws and restructured them to support a new food movement.
March 29, 2014 Comments Off on Restructured Policies and Community Partnerships Support Urban Agriculture Within Austin City Limits
Complete Chapter On-line
By Rute Sousa Matos and Desidério Sales Batista
CHAIA (Center of Art History and Artistic Investigation), University of Évora, Évora, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal
In Advances in Landscape Architecture
Edited by Murat Özyavuz
924 pages, Publisher: InTech,
Chapters published July 01, 2013
Although urban farming is conditioned by many social and political circumstances and political regimes, urban legislators and support institutions may make a substantial contribution to the development of a safe and sustainable farming through:
-The creation of a guiding environmental policy and the formal acceptance of allotment gardens as an urban feature;
The strengthening of the access to urban voids and to the safety of farming use;
March 29, 2014 Comments Off on Chapter 18 – Urban Agriculture: The Allotment Gardens as Structures of Urban Sustainability
Strategizing for a Participatory and Representative System
By Nevin Cohen, Kristin Reynolds
The New School, New York, NY, USA
Journal of Planning Education and Research
March 17, 2014
Complete paper on-line.
U.S. cities have implemented policies to support urban agriculture (UA), often developed in “new political spaces” formed when conventional policy mechanisms are unable to resolve municipal problems. This article examines these processes in New York City, particularly aspects of UA that existing policies, plans, and research strategies have not fully addressed. Interviews with UA stakeholders and an analysis of the city’s UA policy-making processes show that resource needs, along with race- and class-based disparities within the UA system remain. We recommend several policy and research strategies for creating a more participatory, representative, and multifunctional UA system.
March 28, 2014 Comments Off on Urban Agriculture Policy Making in New York’s “New Political Spaces”
There are 19 detailed bug profiles and 39 plant profiles
By Jessica Walliser
It may seem counterintuitive to want bugs in a garden, but insects are indeed valuable garden companions. Especially those species known for eating the bugs that eat plants. Assassin bugs, damsel bugs, and predatory stink bugs are all carnivores that devour the bugs that dine on a garden.
March 28, 2014 Comments Off on Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control
A free download
By Laura Thornton
Sustainable Urban Development
Published: 2012, Pages: 25
The How-to-Guide for Aspiring Urban Micro-Agricultural Entrepreneurs was created by Sustainable Urban Development for residents of West Philadelphia who want to increase their access to fresh, healthy and affordable food. The guide equips anyone interested in urban farming with the information they need to reclaim vacant lots in the city and build a for-profit urban farm.
March 28, 2014 Comments Off on The How-to-Guide for Aspiring Urban Micro-Agricultural Entrepreneurs
By Michael Hardmana, Peter J. Larkhamb,
Land Use Policy
Available online Mar 22, 2014
Food charters are on the rise and are increasingly used as tools to enable urban agriculture.
Charters can be positive mechanisms for encouraging engagement between key actors in the city.
There is some reluctance to adopt the concept has been shown.
March 28, 2014 Comments Off on The rise of the ‘food charter’: A mechanism to increase urban agriculture
The Kitchen Community worked closely with award winning artist and designer, Jen Lewin Studios, to create the Learning Garden concept. The very first raised bed system was fabricated using sheet steel powdercoated in a pearlescent white finish.
Rotational Molding Division of SPE
1st Place – $3000
Jamie Wirkler, Product Manager, The Kitchen Community- Garden Bed
In 2012, The Kitchen Community connected approximately 30,000 children to nutritious food by creating 50 Learning Gardens in schools across the U.S. In 2013, an additional 110 schools were granted Learning Gardens to bring the total children impacted to 100,000 and growing.
An outdoor classroom and experiential play space enables children to learn the value of growing their own food, discovering where it comes from and how it should taste. Science, Technology, Education, Arts, and Mathematics are interwoven into our education program to provide teachers with a head start to using the Learning Garden.
March 27, 2014 Comments Off on Raised Beds Design For Schools Wins First Place
Ralph Gosling’s Plan of Sheffield in the year 1736. See larger image here.
Gardeners professions: Button makers, Shoe makers, Cutlers, Bakers, Innkeepers, Widows, Clerk, Grocer, Schoolmaster, Husbandman, Gardener
Jane Withers, Adam J Smith
Mar 17, 2014
As shown in the above map (the Cathedral is circled in red), urban gardens dominated Sheffield city centre (seen by the yellow arrows radiating from the Cathedral). Although the gardens illustrated in 1736 cannot be proved as allotments (very little documentation survives alluding to the use of these plots) it was thought that the total number of gardens shown could be in excess of 200.
These plots were popular with craftsmen of the time, whose green fingers itched with creativity and cultivation. The popularity of the city centre escapes grew, and by 1780, Flavell claims that there is evidence of between 1500 and 1800 allotments being leased within the city boundaries of Sheffield (see the ‘Further Reading’ section at the end of this post). This expansion could be accredited to the discovery of a more efficient crucible method for producing steel, thoroughly placing Sheffield on the industrial map and causing a need for an alternative past time, away from the grime and smoke of the industrial sites.
March 27, 2014 Comments Off on 1736: Unearthing the History of Sheffield’s Allotments