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How to Be an Urban Farmer in Norway

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At Bergendal Gård. Photo by Krastina Ilkova.

Oslo has about 20 major urban garden areas with more than 1,000 parcels. The gardens are so popular that a waiting list has about 800 people.

By Krastina Georgieva-Ilkova
Student Reporter
July 24, 2014

Excerpt:

Bergen is the second largest city in Norway after Oslo, the capital, where people often grow their own food on rooftops and in community gardens. The Oslo area is famous for its kolonihager, literally “colony farms,” which are community farms that were established in the early 20th century. Over time, people have built little cabins on their kolonihager parcels, and they defend their rights to their parcels as property. Parsellhager gardens, as the garden parcels are called, are slightly different in that the parcel users are not allowed to construct any buildings, and the land use terms are not as fixed, since the municipality can take back the parsellhager land at any time.

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July 31, 2014   Comments Off on How to Be an Urban Farmer in Norway

‘Downtown Farming’ promotes homegrown produce in Johnson City, Tennessee

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Downtown Farming offers the systems to circulate the water solution and the grow lights to start up a hydroponic operation, as well as conventional outdoor organic gardening supplies.

By Nathan Baker
Johnson City Press
July 22nd, 2014

Excerpt:

For Downtown Farming owners Yancy and Valda Grimmett, business is growing.

After a decade dabbling in growing hydroponic produce, Yancy, with his new bride, Valda, decided to open the store last year in the former Honey-Krust Bakery on Johnson City’s Cherry Street, where they sell products for hydroponic and organic growing.

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BrightFarms wants to build a hydroponic greenhouse farm in Washington, DC

Help us to build a 120K sq ft hydroponic greenhouse farm to supply the nation’s capital with the freshest locally grown produce year-round

Excerpt from Indiegogo site:

We just announced an exciting partnership with Giant Food® to deliver year-round local produce to Giant stores throughout the Washington metropolitan area. At 100,000 square feet, it will be the largest urban greenhouse of its kind in the world.

We have the site. With our partnership with Giant Food® in place, we now need to finance and build the greenhouse. Our architectural plans are being finalized and our goal is to break ground in August 2014.

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July 31, 2014   Comments Off on BrightFarms wants to build a hydroponic greenhouse farm in Washington, DC

City of Windhoek, the Capital of Namibia, to turn riverbeds into gardens

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Windhoek Mayor Agnes Mpingana Kafula.

“We have that potential to create green riverbeds where people can put up gardens and harvest vegetables for their consumption and selling purposes.”

By Albertina Nakale
The Era
July 23, 2014

Excerpt:

In an attempt to tackle food insecurity within its boundaries, Windhoek plans to turn the many scattered riverbeds where criminals often hide into gardens to produce food for the needy.

Produce from such gardens will be availed to the city’s poor who find themselves at the receiving end of starvation.

The informal settlement population in Windhoek is growing at the rate of between 4 and 5 percent per year. The majority of this population are poor.

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July 30, 2014   Comments Off on City of Windhoek, the Capital of Namibia, to turn riverbeds into gardens

Indianapolis should favor gardeners in clash over urban farms

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Sue Spicer (above) helps to tend a Near Eastside urban garden. Photo: Kelly Wilkinson / The Star.

Zoning is a tricky thing, but we must strive for a balance. And if we can’t quite achieve that, we should err on the side of the code being too loose rather than too restrictive.

By Erika D. Smith
Indy Star
July 19, 2014

Excerpt:

To Kay and Sue and other gardeners, Fruit Loop Acres is a beautiful labor of love that should be allowed to grow. To others, it’s an ugly mess, a tangle of untamed greenery interspersed with smelly animals, that should be shut down.

Who is right? It’s hard to say, and the city’s laws are largely silent.

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July 30, 2014   Comments Off on Indianapolis should favor gardeners in clash over urban farms

Meet Washington DC’s urban farmers growing food and profits

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Ryan Palmer, left, and AJ Cooper, of Freedom Farms, re-enact “American Gothic” at Gail Taylor’s Fourth Street Garden. Photo by Barbara L Salisbury.

The Urban Farming and Food Security Act of 2014, for example, would establish incentives for leasing land to farmers in the city and tax credits for farmers who donate their food to local nonprofits.

By Whitney Pipkin
Elevation DC Media
July 22, 2014

Excerpt:

Meredith Sheperd, owner of Love & Carrots, has expanded her business that helps residents launch and maintain edible urban gardens in the District since we last wrote about her. She now has nine full-time employees and some apprentices tending to some 85 food gardens of varying sizes in and around the city.

That’s not counting the garden owners who have “graduated” from the program and are now maintaining their own, which would add up to nearly 200. Sheperd has decided to cap the number of gardens her crew can maintain at a given time at 100 this year, to keep the logistics more manageable.

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July 30, 2014   Comments Off on Meet Washington DC’s urban farmers growing food and profits

A city girl’s guide to marrying a farmer

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“Money can be the cause of a lot of problems in any kind of marriage, but in farming the money comes in fairly infrequently.”

By Lucie Bell
ABC Rural
July 21, 2014

Excerpt:

In Everything A Woman Needs To Know Before She Marries A Farmer, Joyce has compiled an A to Z collection of advice on topics which may be unfamiliar to women coming from a city background.

“It’s not like marrying a plumber, or a carpenter or a lawyer in the city, it comes with baggage.

“I thought there were a lot of pitfalls that women like me can find out about later, that can cause a lot of tears and can actually put a stress on the relationship.

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July 29, 2014   Comments Off on A city girl’s guide to marrying a farmer

How Rooftop Farms Yield 20 Times More Produce Than Traditional Farms

Brooklyn-based Gotham Greens builds greenhouses on urban rooftops.

By Graham Flanagan
Business Insider Australia
July 22, 2014

Excerpt:

As more and more people move into cities, the demand for access to fresher, more nutritious foods continues to rise.

Brooklyn-based Gotham Greens builds greenhouses on urban rooftops. Inside the greenhouses, the company grows vegetables that don’t have to make the long journey most food makes from rural farms to cities.

In one location, the food only has to go as far as the Whole Foods directly below it.

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‘In Da Garden’ – Rap video protest against CP Railway threatening Vancouver gardens

Lyrics by Gabriel

Go go go go go
Go CP, It’s your railway,
We going to garden like its our railway
We going to eat brocolli like its our railway
and you know we don’t give a **** it’s not your railway!

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3rd Annual Seoul Urban Agriculture Conference in Seoul, South Korea – Recap

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The 3rd Annual Seoul Urban Agriculture Conference was held 29-31 May 2014 at the Seoul City Hall. This year’s theme was “Urban Agriculture and the Food Revolution”.

Submitted by Will Nichols
Professor, Hanyang University
Seoul, South Korea
July 2014

Excerpt:

The Seoul metropolitan area is home to around 20 million people and is the capital of South Korea. South Korea enjoys a high standard of living and is known for its high-tech industries. However, like most industrialized countries, focus is now shifting to long-term sustainability of a high quality of life. The city of Seoul in recent years has seen a blossoming of new initiatives for greening the city environment, promoting healthy and local food systems and building strong communities. This conference was launched to bring together a diverse group of practitioners to discuss recent progress and future needs for the development of the urban agriculture to promote these initiatives.

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An oasis in the food desert: Fresh Future Farm aims to revitalize North Charleston, S. Carolina

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The planned Fresh Future Farm will include beehives, a chicken coop, composting and areas for tours and demonstrations in addition to more traditional crops, said Germaine Jenkins, a master gardener. Provided/Fresh Future Farm.

“Local foods and community gardens are part of the solution to that, but they’re just part of it,” he said. “They’ve got to make changes in lifestyle – people taking control of their own cooking, really.”

By Katie West
The Post and Courier
Jul 20 2014

Excerpt:

The idea is simple. Jenkins, a certified master gardener, wants to establish a nonprofit urban farm on 0.75 acres of the grounds of the former Chicora Elementary School on Success Street. It would be more than just a place to grow and buy fruits and vegetables: It would be an entire community food operation, with an on-site store to sell produce, toiletries and other groceries. School groups and residents could come to tour the facilities or take classes on farming, cooking and the food industry, and underemployed people in the area could be trained on the skills they’d need to work on the farm or start

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July 28, 2014   Comments Off on An oasis in the food desert: Fresh Future Farm aims to revitalize North Charleston, S. Carolina

Refugees from Syrian attacks fight starvation with food gardens

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Yarmouk residents (in Damascus) transform the spaces between buildings into gardens that can produce vegetables.

Accused of using starvation as a weapon of war, the Syrian government continues to besiege areas across the country, forcing civilians to find new ways to make ends meet.

By Olivia Alabaster
The Daily Star
July 12, 2014

Excerpt:

In Yarmouk (in Damascus), the activist said that people mostly grow cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant and zucchini, but even then people do not have enough to eat, and there is no bread – wheat being too difficult to grow, and requiring machines which in turn rely on fuel, a scarcity, and lots of open space.

But, Hevi said, the ability to produce one’s own food was important for people in these areas. While the U.N. occasionally delivers food baskets to the area, which they refer to as “food security,” being able to grow one’s own food is much more sustainable and offers “food sovereignty.”

Growing one’s own food “makes sense on so many levels,” said Hevi, who is German-Iraqi. “You can produce your own food, and you can also sell it, so you can refinance some of the project.”

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Spokane’s Urban farm ordinance will incur costs to city

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People wanting to keep goats, sheep or small pigs in the city have to be certified through a class by Washington State University’s Spokane County Extension service.

Mike Prager
The Spokesman-Review
July 19, 2014

Excerpt:

Spokane’s new urban farming ordinance that allows for the keeping of small farm animals is likely to cost the city extra money for animal control services.

The director of the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service has outlined a series of charges for the extra work of answering farm animal welfare calls and noise and odor complaints involving goats, sheep, small pigs or fowl.

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July 27, 2014   Comments Off on Spokane’s Urban farm ordinance will incur costs to city

Community center in Petersburg, Virginia will see new life as an urban farm

new1.5Duron Chavis, a Virginia State University graduate, is the project director of the community garden, which is funded by a $1.5 million federal grant.

$1.5 million federal grant, is a collaboration with Virginia State University faculty

By Leah Small
Progress
July 21, 2014

Excerpt:

Petersburg residents will have access to an array of peppers, tomatoes and other vegetables. Fresh tilapia will also be grown with the help of indoor aquaponic units. Aquaponics involves raising fish and plants together. The fish waste becomes plant fertilizer and the water is filtered by the plants. Vegetables will be grown via hydroponics, in which plants are grown without soil in water, with additional nutrients.

The hydroponic and aquaponic growing units will be placed in the community center’s gymnasium. Other parts of the building will be used for nutrition classes and community outreach efforts.

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July 27, 2014   Comments Off on Community center in Petersburg, Virginia will see new life as an urban farm

Food-Producing Landscapes: Principles of Design

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Food producing landscapes are more controversial than your typical landscape project.

By Brian Barth
Land 8
July 17, 2014

Excerpt:

1) Use hardscape features to create aesthetic definition.

The clean lines of paths, patios, fences, raised beds, retaining walls, arbors, trellises and pergolas can all be used to create order out what can sometimes be a chaotic and cluttered plantscape. Fruit trees espaliered along a rigid structure (i.e. wood or wires) or a turning a hillside into a terraced vineyard are examples.

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July 26, 2014   Comments Off on Food-Producing Landscapes: Principles of Design