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AgroBox mural completed at Bryan High School, Nebraska


Mural painted by Hugo Zamorano.

More than 100 Bryan students are part of the Urban Agriculture Career Academy and the school also has one of the largest Future Farmers of America chapters in the Nebraska.

By Eric Taylor
Bellevue Leader
Dec 13, 2016

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Hugo Zamorano, a 2010 Bryan grad, completed a mural that graces the AgroBox at the school. The mural, and the AgroBox, were on display during an open house and ribbon cutting Friday afternoon at the school.

Chris Moorman, CEO of Rubicon Agriculture, was on hand for the event. Rubicon is an Indiana-based agricultural manufacturing company that created the AgroBox, which is an automated hydroponic growing facility built inside of an up-cycled 40-foot shipping container.

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Survey says land costs and acquisition issues make urban agriculture difficult in St. Louis


Sweet Potato Project founder Sylvester Brown and Tamara plant sweet potato seeds in front of Union Avenue Christian Church in June. Kim Oswalt | St. Louis Public Radio

“We have a very serious issue with over 10,000 vacant parcels that the city itself owns,” Spencer said. “And we know when urban agriculture flourishes in a city, its children, residents are healthier and they’re smarter about what they choose to eat.

By Eli Chen
STL Public Radio
Dec 14, 2016

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The St. Louis Food Policy Coalition, consisting of environmentalists, policy experts and community leaders, collected 854 responses that came from nearly every neighborhood in the city. Residents were asked about their interest and participation in urban agriculture and the challenges they faced in doing so.

“We really want to make sure that if there is going to be economic opportunity created from urban agriculture in the city that we want it to be the result of citizens in the city that have come together and said that that’s something they want,” said Melissa Vatterott, food and farm coordinator for the Missouri Coalition for the Environment.

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