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5th Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference Coming

March 4, 2017 – Opening Keynote Presenter: Curtis Stone, Green City Acres, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

The Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference continues to bring local and national experts, advocates, and innovators to support and promote urban farming enterprises across Massachusetts. Our local urban farming community, along with cross-sector partners, will again convene to address challenges, highlight successes and share resources at one of the best educational and networking events for this growing sector in the region.

Sample of Conference Sessions:

Rural and Urban Farms: Building Partnerships and New Market Models
Bio-intensive Farming in the City
Youth and Entrepreneurship: Models for Success
Civic Synergy and Urban Agriculture: Democratizing Food Production
City Planning, Innovation and Food Systems
Community Building: Partnerships that Foster a Viable Urban Farming Enterprise
The Case for a Smarter and More Integrated Agriculture Industry
The Massachusetts Local Food Plan and the Role of Urban Agriculture
Intensive Production Systems For Urban Farms
Greenhouse Management
Food Sovereignty , Economics and Gentrification

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In Philadelphia, A Victorian Home With An Urban Farm


When this house went on the market, Andrew Olson and Neal Santos seized the opportunity. It enabled them to fully commit to their urban garden, Farm 51 on the adjacent lot.

But before there was a picturesque farm stand, there were thousands and thousands of pounds of trash to be hauled, weed trees to be cut back and general debris to clean up.

By Quelcy Kogel
Design Sponge
Dec 12, 2016

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With a background in horticulture, Andrew was in search of a place to live where he could garden and keep chickens and bees. He found an amenable landlord, which landed him on 51st Street, but his green thumb quickly surpassed the yard and spilled into the adjoining abandoned city lot. Andrew and Neal began working with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Harvest Program, which equipped them with compost, lumber and seedlings, enabling them to expand their garden endeavor. Farm 51 was born and became a community hub (as evidenced by the many pictures of cute kids tending to vegetables via Instagram).

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‘Get Ireland Growing’ and Energia offer €70,000 to community groups for growing food


‘Grow It Yourself’ (GIY) is for a healthy, happy world where people grow their own food. Our team is passionate about changing the world one GIYer at a time.

Over the past four years, GIY’s ‘Get Ireland Growing’ initiative has supported over 400 community food growing projects, with €270,000 awarded to projects all across the country.

By Katy McGuinness
Independent.IE
Dec 11, 2016

Excerpt:

Community and voluntary organisations have until January 20 to apply for grants from GIY and Energia’s ‘Get Ireland Growing’ fund, which has a pool of €70,000 to award to groups wanting to start or further develop a community food-growing project in their area. The fund is split across three categories, ‘Sow’, ‘Grow’ and ‘Harvest’ with awards ranging from €500 to €2,000, and will support a minimum of 85 community food growing groups from all across the country.

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