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Netherlands: Farming fish and vegetables on a The Hague office rooftop

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An empty Philips office block in the heart of The Hague is producing vegetables and fish on a commercial basis.

By Senay Boztas
Dutch News
Apr 22, 2016

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This dilapidated, 1950s office block in the middle of The Hague, is growing something astonishing: on its sixth floor is a 370 sqm fish farm, while the roof has been converted to a 1,200 sqm greenhouse for vegetables, making this Europe’s largest commercial urban farm.

‘I grew up on a farm in Aberdeenshire,’ says Durno. ‘One of my jobs as a six-year-old was to pick up the milk for the morning breakfast from the dairy. The only thing I got excited about was that the cream separated. We have this disconnect with what fresh is, instead of enjoying the fact that we have a good quality, fresh product in our mouths without questioning it.’

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An Urban Grower’s Guide: Selling the Food You Grow in Pittsburgh

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The goal of the guide is to encourage city residents to grow and sell produce by providing resources that explain the relevant rules and regulations.

By Grow Pittsburgh, Penn State Extension, and Pittsburgh Food Policy Council
April 2016

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Writing a Business Plan

Writing a business plan can be a long process, but these resources will help you out:

Penn State Extension provides many resources from an agriculture perspective. Visit the Creating a Business Plan page, or Start Farming, which is a comprehensive resource hub that covers the entire scope of production, business and state/federal regulations for those new to growing for profit.

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April 26, 2016   Comments Off on An Urban Grower’s Guide: Selling the Food You Grow in Pittsburgh

A Community Garden Takes Root in Las Vegas

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Rosalind Brooks plants a garden in the desert and fosters a new generation of urban farmers

By David G. Schwartz
Seven
Apr 21, 2016

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In 2010, Brooks founded the Tonopah Community Garden on an otherwise derelict 5 acres at 715 N. Tonopah Drive. The land came from Frank Hawkins Jr., a former Las Vegas councilman and developer.

Brooks, a Las Vegas native, embraced the chance to grow despite a lack of gardening experience because there wasn’t a public community garden in Las Vegas. Her city was missing something vital, even if no one knew it yet. A classical dancer and a schoolteacher, she was content in the classroom until she felt called to do “something greater than what I was doing.” With the support of her husband and her two college-graduate daughters, she followed her calling, although she had no idea where it would lead. “Had I known I’d be coming out of the classroom to be a farmer,” she jokes, “I would have stayed.”

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