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Growing the Benefits of Urban Agriculture in New York City

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Five Borough Farm II

Authors:
Lee Altman, Urban Planning Fellow
Liz Barry, Outreach Fellow
Martin Barry, Green Infrastructure Fellow
Christopher Englese, Video Fellow
Kaja Kühl, Urban Planning Fellow
Philip Silva, Outreach Fellow
Barbara Wilks, Green Infrastructure Fellow

Design Trust for Public Space
March 2014

Part how-to guide and part reference, Five Borough Farm II: Seeding the Future of Urban Agriculture in New York City builds on the findings from the first Five Borough Farm publication to equip farmers and gardeners, support organizations, policymakers, and funders with the tools and information to measure, maximize and expand the benefits of urban agriculture.

New York City’s community gardens and urban farms come in all shapes and sizes. Some gardens squeeze into narrow vacant lots once occupied by stately brownstones. Some farms sprawl across industrial rooftops the size of city blocks. Some grow dense with fruits and vegetables while others focus on giving neighbors a quiet open space where they can relax and get to know each other.

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April 21, 2014   Comments Off on Growing the Benefits of Urban Agriculture in New York City

Two long-promised big Detroit urban agriculture efforts get underway

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Michelle Lutz, farm manager for the RecoveryPark project, helps assemble a high tunnel Friday. ‘I hope to grow some really great food that the metro Detroit population really needs,’ she said. Photo by Jarrad Henderson/Detroit Free Press.

RecoveryPark, Hantz Woodlands projects finally get started

By John Gallagher
Detroit Free Press Business Writer
Apr 21, 2014

Excerpt:

On Friday, the RecoveryPark project off East Grand Boulevard began construction of a “high tunnel,” a sort of greenhouse measuring 30 by about 145 feet, in which more than two dozen varieties of herbs and vegetables will be grown for sale to local restaurants and markets.

And on May 17, about 500 volunteers are expected to plant thousands of saplings for the Hantz Woodlands urban forest project on about 20 acres of cleared, vacant land on Detroit’s east side.

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April 21, 2014   Comments Off on Two long-promised big Detroit urban agriculture efforts get underway