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Sacramento Home Grown

South Oak Park farmers Judith and Chanowk Yisrael want to change “the hood for good” by helping bring fresh produce to food deserts around the region. Portrait courtesy of the Israel family.

The Yisrael family’s urban farm has flourished in the middle of a food desert, planting the seeds for a whole new farm-to-fork movement

By Tori Masucci Cummins
Sac town Magazine
Jan 16, 2017

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Urban homesteaders Chanowk and Judith Yisrael, along with their nine children, have converted their yard and a neighboring lot into a half-acre farm consisting of a chicken coop, a small orchard producing everything from plums to goji berries, and gardens bursting with crops like Ethiopian kale, Swiss chard and collard greens. They’ve also taught themselves how to compost, cultivate seeds and make jams and soaps.

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January 23, 2017   Comments Off on Sacramento Home Grown

11 goats, sheep and rabbits killed at urban farm in Denver

It appears that the rabbit hutch was torn open by the dogs. The dogs are in custody of Denver Animal Control.

By Tom Mcghee
The Denver Post
Jan 22, 2017

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The state veterinarian responded to the slaughter on Smith Road. A necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

At a news conference, John White, Denver police spokesman, said it wasn’t clear how the two rabbits and nine sheep and goats died.

“It’s clear that the deaths are not natural, and the fact that two stray animals were found here has to be taken under consideration,” White said. “Clearly someone or something got into the pens.

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January 23, 2017   Comments Off on 11 goats, sheep and rabbits killed at urban farm in Denver

FarmedHere, a pioneer of the new wave of commercial urban farms in the Chicago area, is closing its 90,000-square-foot facility for good


Jose Velazquez dumps apples in a pressing machine Jan. 13, 2017, at Here Holdings’ processing plant in Carol Stream. Its FarmedHere operation is ceasing growing operations to focus on making food products at the plant. (James C. Svehla / Chicago Tribune)

“There’s a lot of good that FarmedHere did for indoor farming and hopefully lessons learned will prove beneficial for businesses that come after,” Thomann said.

By Greg Trotter
Chicago Tribune
Jan 16, 2017

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Last year, FarmedHere arrived at a crossroads: Grow large enough to offset the considerable labor and energy costs — or instead focus the business on making branded products, Laurell said. Ultimately, the company decided return on investment looked significantly better by giving up the farm.

“The more I learned about the reality of farming, it led to a change of strategy,” Laurell said.

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January 23, 2017   Comments Off on FarmedHere, a pioneer of the new wave of commercial urban farms in the Chicago area, is closing its 90,000-square-foot facility for good