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Albany Bistro offers new urban garden as farm-to-table movement takes hold in Decatur, Alabama

alrfChef Jake Reed waters the Albany Bistro sustainable urban kitchen garden, Wednesday. Photo: John Godbey.

The Albany Bistro owners said there have been talks about a roof-top garden as well as bee hives to provide honey and pollinate their plants.

By Evan Belanger
Decatur Daily
May 1, 2016

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This month, Albany Bistro upped the stakes, announcing the establishment of the region’s first urban, onsite garden where it will grow 21 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, as well as peppers, lettuces, cucumbers, zucchini, okra, squash and dozens of fresh herbs for the restaurant.

Brown said the onsite garden will supplement their locally grown produce supply and serve as a demonstration that urban agriculture is possible for restaurants and consumers.

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Philadelphia City Council introduced resolutions calling for the expansion of vertical and urban farming in Philadelphia.

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Will Philly’s skyscrapers be home to urban farms? Vertical farms, which use height to maximize growth space in cities, have been proposed as a way to help bring jobs and local, sustainable food to city dwellers. Photo credit: Flickr

A second resolution calls for expanding urban farming. The city already has several urban farms, which cultivate produce for local communities, in East Kensington, North Philadelphia, West Philadelphia, and Germantown.

By Julia Terruso,
The Inquirer
Apr 29, 2016

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But learning such a specific business and how to make it profitable can be difficult. Councilman Al Taubenberger said he introduced the resolution in an effort to drum up conversation and interest in the industry.

“The most noble thing a human being can do is produce food for others,” Taubenberger said at a news conference, complete with a display of basil and micro-greens grown at Metropolis. “Vertical farming is something very special indeed, and fits like a glove in Philadelphia.”

The resolution calls for hearings that will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

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