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‘Pennycress’ for bio-diesel latest entry into Detroit urban agriculture scene

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Warren P. Palmer, of Stonehill Investments (left) and James J. Padilla, Jr., of MetroAg Services are two of the people responsible for creating this lot of urban agriculture and hope to plant flowers once the Pennycress is harvested this summer. Photo by Kimberly P. Mitchell/Detroit Free Press.

The goal is to use pennycress seeds to produce safe, clean fuel oil.

By John Gallagher
Detroit Free Press
June 8, 2014

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Pennycress is a member of the mustard family that is planted in the fall and grows over the winter to be harvested in late spring, said Lance Stokes, the head of Metro Ag Services, a for-profit company that is behind the pennycress project. The goal is to use pennycress seeds to produce safe, clean fuel oil.

“Those seeds are what we’re going to harvest and crush and extract the oil to get the bio-diesel,” Stokes said.

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Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones – City of Berkeley

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Land Uses, Berkeley.

Staff anticipates the number of lots that would make use of the UAIZ would be small and therefore would not have a significant effect on property tax revenues.

To: Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council From: Christine Daniel, City Manager
Submitted by: Eric Angstadt, Director, Planning and Development
June 10, 2014

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Introduction

The Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Act (Assembly Bill 551; 2013, Ting) allows cities and counties to establish “urban agriculture incentive zones” by offering reduced property taxes to landowners who use vacant parcels exclusively for agriculture. To make use of this law, the City of Berkeley and County of Alameda would need to adopt an urban agriculture incentive zone (UAIZ) in Berkeley, establish fees and procedures for administering the law’s requirements, and potentially modify zoning regulations to allow agricultural uses in the new UAIZ.

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New Yorkers forge ahead with rooftop farming

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This trend of younger peo­ple get­ting their hands in the soil is what has deliv­ered the city its new­found green space. The ques­tion is: once the sex­i­ness wears off, how can we main­tain this move­ment?

By Ari Lev Kaputkin
New York The City Atlas
2014

For now though, the final price point of urban-farmed food remains a hur­dle for farm­ers intend­ing to make their pro­duce avail­able to all. “A lot of peo­ple really want to quit their jobs and become New York City farm­ers, but you can’t do that and still have an apart­ment for $2,000 a month” says Novak. “At a cer­tain point, it’s just obnox­ious to charge $16 a pound for arugula.”

Cur­rently, there are only three for-profit farms har­vest­ing in the city. Finan­cial resources are slim, and most farms rely on grants because sales are just not enough at this point. Oper­at­ing costs vary greatly from farm to farm, and are higher on the roof-top end of the spec­trum. Although New York may be one of the most expen­sive cities to farm, it still sits apart from oth­ers in its advantages.

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