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Speakers from Philips, Plantagon and Hungry Planet Farms to Share Insights in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Conference on ‘Building Resilience in Urban Agriculture’ March 9-11

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ADFCA will convene the event in partnership with some of the world’s most innovative organisations, including the RUAF Foundation, Association for Vertical Farming, and the University of Arizona. As part of this, industry experts will convene to outline a high-level Urban Agriculture Strategy for the Abu Dhabi Capital City District. Ready with market and city spatial data, participants will examine the potential application of the full range of urban agriculture typologies to understand Abu Dhabi’s fresh produce productive potential, evaluating risks and compatibility with its urban fabric.

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March 1, 2015   Comments Off on Speakers from Philips, Plantagon and Hungry Planet Farms to Share Insights in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Urban farms may be best use for vacant city lots and industrial areas

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Stone’s Throw Urban Farm in Minneapolis has 2½ acres in production. Last year, it produced $50,000 in vegetables per acre.

Minneapolis and St. Paul: Devany said her message to real estate professionals is that the urban agriculture movement is becoming “a player in thinking about what constitutes the ‘highest and best use’ of urban land.

By Don Jacobson
Star Tribune
February 19, 2015

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Events like the foreclosure crisis brought this to the forefront and created an opening for people to rethink land uses,” she said. “What I want to do is keep this conversation going and create other ways to find permanent sites for urban agriculture without there having to be a tragedy like the foreclosure crisis, which of course affected low-income communities disproportionately.”

Stone’s Throw, which unlike many urban farmers is a for-profit operation using a business model adapted to inner-city sites, has 2?½ acres in production, which last year produced $50,000 in vegetables per acre — far exceeding the rural farm average of $5,000 to $10,000 per acre.

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