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Zimbabwe: A “new” farmer has emerged in urban areas

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Growing vegetable crops within towns and cities, to supply urban markets, is becoming increasingly popular. Photo by FAO/Erick-Christian Ahounou.

City by-laws support urban farming which is the reason we have agro zones in Harare such as the Hogerty Hills, Waterfalls, Tynwald, parts of Borrowdale, Marlborough and Hatfield.

By Sydney Kawadza
All Africa The Herald
Jan 22, 2015
(Must read. Mike)

Excerpt:

The 62-year-old grandmother who stays in Mufakose said she has had her plot since 2009 and has been feeding her family from that land.

“The plot has helps me feed my family. I have never bought any maize meal for all these years. Even in drier years I have managed to harvest enough to take me to the following year,” Mrs Zirangwa said.

She currently lives with seven relatives at her home. There are several challenges associated with urban agriculture.

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January 31, 2015   Comments Off on Zimbabwe: A “new” farmer has emerged in urban areas

Urban farming at University of Wisconsin helps students obtain fresh food more easily

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radPhoto courtesy of Edible Landscapes Project.

As urban centers grow larger and larger, it will be really important that we’ll have food growing close by.

By Riley Vetterkind
The Badger Herald
Jan 20, 2015

Excerpt:

Edible Landscapes, a project created by University of Wisconsin students Aida Ebrahimi, Tom Boyden and Aaron Conradt, seeks to connect UW students to the source of their food by allowing them to have a direct role in cultivating it.

Ebrahimi said she and the project’s co-founders placed large wooden boxes donated by F.H. King in front of Cole, Sellery and Smith Halls beginning in August of 2014 for students to harvest their own produce for free.

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January 31, 2015   Comments Off on Urban farming at University of Wisconsin helps students obtain fresh food more easily

Farming for fun could revive Hong Kong’s country park enclaves

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Farmer James Lam Chi-lap (left) teaches Javas Lo Ho-yin how to do some gardening at the farming collective Sangwoodgoon, Tse Uk Tsuen, Kam Sheung Road, Yuen Long. Photo: Dickson Lee

Farming for fun and new guest houses could offer a green solution for controversial sites that lie within country parks but are not part of them

By Olga Wong and Ernest Kao
South China Morning Post
21 January, 2015

Country park enclaves could become home to leisure farming and guest-house developments, with pilot schemes to be carried out in two areas soon, the head of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said.

The idea emerged after talks between department director Alan Wong Chi-kong and rural representative body the Heung Yee Kuk on the city’s new agricultural policy yesterday. The policy includes promoting leisure farming – which typically involves small-scale farms that produce little but give people a chance to experience farming life.

The idea could help solve the dilemma of the enclaves – scores of village sites within park boundaries that are not part of the parks. Development has been frozen while the government considers zoning plans for the enclaves. The matter sparked conflict between conservationists, who want the areas protected, and landowners, who fear losing development rights.

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January 30, 2015   Comments Off on Farming for fun could revive Hong Kong’s country park enclaves

Urban farming could improve food security but also increases the competition between urban and rural water needs.

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Feeding the cities with food and water is changing the Indian agricultural landscape.

By Dilrukshi Handunnetti
AsianScientist
January 20, 2015

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South and East Asia comprise 49 percent of urban irrigated croplands and 56 percent of the non-urban irrigated areas globally. These two regions account for 26 percent of urban rain-fed croplands and 22 percent of non-urban rain-fed croplands.

Drechsel says, “The study documents that 70 percent of households in developing countries are engaged in some kind of farming and food production and challenges the notion that food production, far from being a rural phenomenon, is commonly occurring within cities.”

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January 30, 2015   Comments Off on Urban farming could improve food security but also increases the competition between urban and rural water needs.

Food Tank Summit: “Cultivating Better Urban Food Systems”

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Features a group of advocates for changing where we grow our foods and how we think about the origin of our food.

Written by Maggie Roth, GWU Student
2015 Food Tank Summit
Jan 28, 2015

Excerpts:

The panel’s last speaker was instantly recognizable to most in the audience: winner of the James Beard Foundation Medal, restauranteur, head judge on television’s Top Chef, and passionate food activist, Chef Tom Colicchio. As a special guest at the Food Tank Summit, Colicchio recalled his own experiences with urban farming in Elizabeth N.J., watching his grandfather grow vegetables in five-gallon containers.

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January 30, 2015   Comments Off on Food Tank Summit: “Cultivating Better Urban Food Systems”

The Tao of Vegetable Gardening

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Cultivating Tomatoes, Greens, Peas, Beans, Squash, Joy, and Serenity

By Carol Deppe
Chelsea Publishing
2015

—Gene Logsdon, author, Gene Everlasting and The Contrary Farmer

“If you want to read the complete, deepest-down lowdown on how to grow organic vegetables successfully, this is the book. It also stands as a guide to the most genuine, independent lifestyle possible, relying only on nature and the author’s awesomely detailed knowledge of plant life to achieve successful food production and a contented way of life. The reader learns not only how to grow and cook vegetables, but how to breed new varieties and save the seed. And while you read her book, you are also charmed with the Tao philosophy of living—something I have come to believe is a sure path to tranquility.”

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January 29, 2015   Comments Off on The Tao of Vegetable Gardening

San Diego restaurant grows its own food on nearby farm

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Girard Gourmet owners operate their very own one acre farm in Julian, sourcing fresh produce

By Jacob Jiron
Vertical PR Marketing
Jan 29, 2015

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As the “farm-to-fork” movement continues to gain momentum in the restaurant scene, the owners of Girard Gourmet in San Diego dare to take the concept to the next level. Owners, Francois and Diane Goedhuys, own and operate their very own one acre farm in Julian, sourcing fresh produce to include stone fruit, banana squash and a variety of herbs, which they incorporate into their seasonal dishes and libations.

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January 29, 2015   Comments Off on San Diego restaurant grows its own food on nearby farm

Watch Berkeley’s free lecture series on fixing the world’s broken food systems

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Michael Pollan’s Edible Education 101 lecture, “A Brief History of the Modern Food System” streamed live from the University of California, Berkeley, Jan 26, 2015

By Vlad Savov
Verge
January 28, 2015

Excerpt:

Some of the world’s preeminent food policy thinkers and researchers are taking part in a new Edible Education lecture series at UC Berkeley this spring semester, and their lectures are being made available to stream online. Starting this Monday with an introductory note from Michael Pollan (video above, jump to the 9-minute mark to skip the preamble), the series will be updated weekly with contributions from Marion Nestle, Eric Schlosser, and Raj Patel. You can stream those live on the day itself and participate in a Q&A on Twitter and Facebook, or you can just pick up the video on YouTube later on.

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January 28, 2015   Comments Off on Watch Berkeley’s free lecture series on fixing the world’s broken food systems

Students reveal results of indoor grow lighting trials

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Ralph and Watts learned that although the two bulb fixture would be less costly up front, the four bulb fixture produced more than double the harvest.

By Stephen Dafoe
Morinwille News
Jan 2015

Excerpt:

Eight months after receiving a $10,000 grant from BP Canada through their A+ Energy Program, Morinville Community High School’s Urban Agriculture class showed off the results of their Indoor Grow Lighting Trials.

“We received a grant to be able to buy a variety of indoor growing lights,” said MCHS Urban Ag teacher Neil Korotash. “The students have been experimenting with different grow lights to see which ones work best for this [classroom] type of setting or for average homeowners that want to grow some herbs at home.”

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January 28, 2015   Comments Off on Students reveal results of indoor grow lighting trials

City Farming In Sana’a, Yemen: A Hobby With Potential

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Introducing rural practices to an urban environment carries risks, but it may help solve Yemen’s chronic food insecurity.

According to WFP statistics, the average price for a sheep in Sana’a was at least YR39,000 ($181) at the end of 2014, which represented a 30 percent increase on the previous year.

By Nasser Al-Sakkaf (author), Mohammed Al-Samawi (photographer)
Yemen Times
26 January 2015

Excerpt:

He has been city farming ever since, and says the company of his sheep help him feel closer to home. “We are used to raising sheep, I don’t think I would be able to live without doing so. Every day I clean after them, I give them feed and even our leftovers.”

As a matter of necessity, Muhammad’s relationship with his sheep has grown increasingly intimate. Following several cases of theft amongst urban sheep herders in 2012, he decided to move his flock of ten sheep into the third floor of his house, where they remain today.

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January 27, 2015   Comments Off on City Farming In Sana’a, Yemen: A Hobby With Potential

North Brooklyn Farms is Laying New Roots this Spring

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North Brooklyn Farms via Facebook.

North Brooklyn Farms is on a year-to-year lease for the next three to five years.

By Sara Ventiera
Village Voice
Jan. 15 2015

Excerpt:

Situated right on the East River, the new space will feature similar elements to the previous plot — the actual farm, an open lawn, Brooklyn Bike Park, the Sunday supper series — but it will include new and improved components such as more shaded areas, a covered patio, pick-your-own produce, grass craters and recliners, a series of workshops, and new dinner options.

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January 27, 2015   Comments Off on North Brooklyn Farms is Laying New Roots this Spring

Asheville, N.C. man begins drive to establish urban farmers

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Sunil Patel, right, of Patchwork Urban Farms, and Darcel Eddins of Bountiful Cities, check out a chicken at the urban farm in Asheville, N.C., that the two are collaborating. Patel’s vision is to create an environment where the land that produces people’s food is the land on which those same people already live, work and play.

If all this land in this city just sitting there can actually be productive land, I’ll be able to take advantage of it in a farm-to-table way.”

By Mike Cronin
Asheville Citizen-Times
January 16, 2015

Excerpt:

Patel’s vision is to create an environment where the land that produces people’s food is the land on which those same people already live, work and play.

Patel and Patchwork have obtained permission to use six plots of land through crop sharing. Those plots range from a tenth of an acre to 1.5 acres. They are located throughout Asheville and in Swannanoa.

Patel plans to form more land partnerships this year, he said.

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January 27, 2015   Comments Off on Asheville, N.C. man begins drive to establish urban farmers

Living Garden Creations hopes to spur urban gardening in Kokomo, Indiana

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Adam Renshaw and Haley Martin stand in front of what will become The Living Garden Juice Bar on N. Phillips Street on January 14, 2015. Photo by Kelly Lafferty Gerber.

Duo plan juice bar, community garden sites in downtown Kokomo

By Martin Slagter
Kokomo Tribune
Jan 16, 2015

Excerpt:

Martin and Renshaw will implement the next chapter of The Living Garden with Living Garden Creations, which will include a start-up Living Garden Juice Bar and a Kokomo Urban Agriculture Initiative, with business and residential locations already donating land for 10 different project sites.

The result, Martin said, will be a balance between a business and nonprofit model to help Kokomo make good use of its urban green spaces.

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January 26, 2015   Comments Off on Living Garden Creations hopes to spur urban gardening in Kokomo, Indiana

Second Midwest Urban Farmers Summit (MWUF Summit)

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March 14 and 15, 2015 at The Plant in Chicago.

By Katie Williams
Chicago Patchwork Farms
Jan 25, 2015

The summit will provide an opportunity for urban farmers from across the region to come together and discuss the unique benefits and challenges of growing food on a production scale in their cities and towns. The idea was born out of a breakout session of production-based urban farmers at the 2012 Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) conference, in which it became immediately clear we shared the same questions and that talking with each other was a valuable experience.

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January 26, 2015   Comments Off on Second Midwest Urban Farmers Summit (MWUF Summit)

Clearwater, Florida to consider permitting microbreweries, encouraging urban farms

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Clearwater gardeners.

He said planning staff also recommends amending the development code to identify areas where food production would be viable and to support urban agricultural activities.

By Mark Schantz
Gazette Correspondent
Published: January 16, 2015

Excerpt:

Proposed changes include adding urban farms as a permissible use in industrial, research and technology districts and community gardens in most residential districts, as well as institutional districts. The amendments also address hydroponics or other food production facilities in existing and new buildings.

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January 25, 2015   Comments Off on Clearwater, Florida to consider permitting microbreweries, encouraging urban farms