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‘Australian Farmers Direct’ Want Families To Stop Urban Farming

Three new advertisements parody city farming: “Let us take care of the farming”

Ad News
Feb 22, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

Australian Farmers Direct has launched a multichannel campaign showing families how to grocery shop in a way that benefits farmers.

Rolling out across a series of TVCs and out of home billboards, the campaign highlights the importance of supporting Australian farmers and parodies the recent trend of inner-city dwellers attempting ‘urban farming’.

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February 22, 2017   Comments Off on ‘Australian Farmers Direct’ Want Families To Stop Urban Farming

Historic farmhouse in Boston will serve as headquarters of the Urban Farming Institute


Courtesy Historic Boston Incorporated.

Renovations underway on historic Fowler Clark Epstein farmhouse

By Yawu Miller
The Bay Street Banner
Feb 15, 2017

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Since September, work crews have been busy tackling decades of paint that adorns the 18th century face of Mattapan’s Fowler Clark Epstein Farm. They have embarked upon a historical restoration of the building that is expected to be completed later this year. The Fowler Clark Epstein Farm, built between 1786 and 1806, once occupied part of a 330-acre Dorchester estate; over the years, it was subdivided into smaller lots at a time when the Mattapan section of Dorchester was dominated by farms.

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February 21, 2017   Comments Off on Historic farmhouse in Boston will serve as headquarters of the Urban Farming Institute

Canada: Strathcona County – Urban Agriculture Strategy

Urban agriculture is easily accessed and seen in Strathcona County; it contributes to creating a healthy, livable community by helping to grow food, relationships, and economy in our community.

Community Food Lab
Intelligent Futures
Autumn 2016

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Urban conditions such as typically smaller available land area and diverse neighboring land uses mean that urban farms lean towards higher per square foot productivity, less mechanization, more focus on produce and less on livestock. Of course, creativity and innovation are the norm in urban farming, and typical scales of operation range from the individual farmer on a very small plot to capital-intensive commercial enterprises that can incorporate technologically- advanced growing methods.

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February 21, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Strathcona County – Urban Agriculture Strategy

Student Explores Urban Ag At Penn State Philadelphia Center


Image: Penn State

Sara Touey, a Community, Environment, and Development major, studied urban farming — a subject that’s relatively new to the agricultural world — during her internship at the Penn State Center in Philadelphia.

By Anna Criswell
Penn State News
February 15, 2017

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“During the internship I went to a farm on the site of Teens 4 Good, a nonprofit associated with the Penn State Center,” said Touey. “They teach youth from lower-income neighborhoods how to grow and harvest their own food. They also teach nutritional programs, how to cook with produce and job-development skills they can take into the real world.”

Smaller farms associated with urban agriculture don’t have the heavy machinery or space one would find on a rural farm, or many workers, Touey explained. “It was humbling — it’s a very personal process,” she said about working at Teens 4 Good. Along with a handful of other volunteers, she worked in a small unit with the head farmer. She was given the opportunity to get her hands dirty, see how the food was grown and gain first-hand experience with the process of working on a smaller farm.

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February 20, 2017   Comments Off on Student Explores Urban Ag At Penn State Philadelphia Center

Urban farmers cultivate community and a connection to the land in Oklahoma City


Photo Garett Fisbeck / Oklahoma Gazette)

“The first step for a garden is not to overbuild it the first year,” he said. “Start with a 4-foot-by-8-foot garden. It needs to be small and manageable. It will become overwhelming if it’s too large.”

By Greg Ewell
Oklahoma Gazette
Feb 17, 2017

Excerpt:

CommonWealth Urban Farms of OKC cofounder and farm manager Elia Woods said she sees it, too, when people visit their farm at 3310 N. Olie Ave.

“We have a hunger inside of us to be connected to the natural world,” she said. “No matter how happy you might be at an office job, you still have that need.”

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February 20, 2017   Comments Off on Urban farmers cultivate community and a connection to the land in Oklahoma City

The University of Arizona Community Garden holds ‘Stories in the Garden’ event


Photo by Monique Irish.

Stories in the Garden incorporates food and inspired dialogue in the UA Community Garden. Dialogue can consist of poems, songs and stories from audience members related to a specific theme.

By Marissa Heffernan
The Daily Wildcat
Feb 14, 2017

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The crowd sat on an eclectic mashup of chairs and blanket-draped hay bales, sharing snacks they had brought along with cauliflower and carrots harvested from the garden earlier in the evening.

Jackie Mendelson, UA Community Garden manager and plant sciences senior, said the event series started in fall 2015 when one of the community garden students suggested a potluck-style event.

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February 20, 2017   Comments Off on The University of Arizona Community Garden holds ‘Stories in the Garden’ event

Veggies from the ‘Giving Garden’ in Highland, California


Ms. Wendt’s kindergarten class of Highland Congregational Church, U.C.C. are planning for their own Giving Garden plot.

From the time my mother and dad created a “Victory Garden” in our backyard in St. Louis, Mo. during the second World War, until this day in Highland, I have been an enthusiastic gardener.

By ElmaMae Henderson
Highland News
Feb 13, 2017

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When I visited the Highland Congregational Church, I discovered the Giving Garden up beyond the parking lot. One does not need to be a member of the church to have a garden plot. Powell and helpers have created the boxed in plots and at this there are still a very few unclaimed. I planted mine last October, and have been harvesting and enjoying beautiful kale and collard greens.

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February 19, 2017   Comments Off on Veggies from the ‘Giving Garden’ in Highland, California

Meet Morristown, New Jersey’s Famous Farmer: Shaun Ananko


Shaun Ananko comes to the CSE greenhouse everyday to water the seeds that eventually will be planted at the Urban Farm. Photo by Mitchell Baker.

The Urban Farm grows food for the Interfaith Food Pantry and Morristown High School. Remaining produce is sold at cost via the farm stand.

By Mitchell Baker
Morristown Green
Feb 13, 2017

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Shaun Ananko is starting his seventh year as director of agriculture and education for Grow It Green Morristown, a nonprofit that provides fresh, locally grown food for Greater Morristown.

From two Morristown venues – the Early Street Community Garden, and the Urban Farm at Lafayette on Hazel Street–the organization pursues its mission of creating green space and educating residents about where their food comes from.

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February 19, 2017   Comments Off on Meet Morristown, New Jersey’s Famous Farmer: Shaun Ananko

Australia: Beyond the backyard: urban farming helps city folk get back to their roots


Melbourne sustainability not-for-profit centre Ceres operates both a one-acre certified organic urban farm at its Brunswick site and a two-and-a-half acre market garden on council land. Photograph: Ceres.

Along with fresh fruit and vegetables, city farms are providing communities with jobs, start-up programs, knowledge and social connections

By Willow Aliento
The Guardian
Feb 15, 2017

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In Perth, Green World Revolution cultivates microgreens, edible leaves, edible flowers, baby vegetables and cut herbs on 400 square metres of land in the city. A combination of raised beds constructed from recycled and repurposed materials and outdoor hydroponics is used to grow the produce.

The chief executive, Toby Whittington, says the farm currently supplies 35 restaurants around the city with fresh produce four days a week. Deliveries are made by bicycle and the farm also has a number of private clients that buy directly from the site.

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February 18, 2017   Comments Off on Australia: Beyond the backyard: urban farming helps city folk get back to their roots

Community Garden Plaque Celebrates the first African American woman elected to Wilmington City Council (Delaware)

The mural at the Burton-Phelan Community Garden celebrates influential African Americans in the Eastside community.

By Lauren Huet
WDE1
Feb 13, 2017

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State Representative Stephanie T. Bolden praised Phelan.

“I think it’s very important to keep the history alive of those that came before us that made it possible for us to be where we are today,” said Bolden. “We should never forget from which we’ve come and always acknowledge what was there in the past in order for us to be successful in the future.”

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February 18, 2017   Comments Off on Community Garden Plaque Celebrates the first African American woman elected to Wilmington City Council (Delaware)

Lansing, Michigan ‘Urban Farm Project’ apprenticeship program

The Urbandale Farm Apprentice Program from Jeremy Herliczek on Vimeo.

“I am so happy that I’m doing this right now! This is what I should be doing with my life!”

By Scott Pohl
WKAR
Feb 12, 2017

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On a cold winter morning, the little urban farm on South Hayford Street in Lansing doesn’t look like much, but even now, there’s some growing going on in the nearby hoop house. It’s steps from Caitlin Schneider’s back door. Schneider is a former Lansing Urban Farm Project apprentice who now manages the farm. In the summer, tomatoes grow here. This winter, spinach and salad mix are still being produced.

Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing oversees this operation, which opened on a parcel that had been foreclosed in 2010. “The urban farm area,” he explains, “is comprised of about a half dozen parcels that make up a couple dozen acres in that vicinity, but it has spawned other small, urban farms in the Lansing area.

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February 18, 2017   Comments Off on Lansing, Michigan ‘Urban Farm Project’ apprenticeship program

Urban Farming Expands in South Dallas

It has been nine months since the City of Dallas put more than $3 million on the line to lure a grocer to South Dallas. Surprisingly, no one has accepted the offer.

By Courtney Gilmore
NBCDFW
Feb 10, 2017

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City leaders are now looking for alternative solutions to bring fresh produce into food desert communities.

“If we can’t get the big grocery stores to come in, then we grow our on,” said Wilson.

Currently, they are scouting a few places to start an urban farm. There is a lot of land in south Dallas and the area is prime for redevelopment.

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February 17, 2017   Comments Off on Urban Farming Expands in South Dallas

Canada: Surrey, BC launches ‘land-linking’ website focusing on farming


A map from a new “land-leasing” website, created by the City of Surrey in partnership with a Young Agrarians group.— Image Credit: FarmableNOW.ca

“The cost of buying land in the Lower Mainland is high. Resources like this one are going to help more farmers access land.”

By Amy Reid
Surrey Now
Feb 16, 2017

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A website that’s been almost two years in the making aims to change Surrey’s agricultural future for the better.

The new “land-linking” website, created by the City of Surrey and a Young Agrarians group, aims to connect landowners with farmers.

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February 17, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Surrey, BC launches ‘land-linking’ website focusing on farming

Build You Own Ikea ‘Growroom’

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The Plans: The Growroom – a spherical garden that enables people to grow their own food locally within our cities and in a beautiful and sustainable manner

The Growroom is designed by:
Sine Lindholm, Mads-Ulrik Husum & SPACE10

Excerpt:

The design received a lot of attention from all over the world, which is why we today release the design/cutting files and simple instructions, so people around the world can build their very own Growroom inside their own neighbourhoods.

We already know that the open source design files will be used to build The Growroom in Helsinki, Taipei, Rio de Janeiro and San Francisco, but this is just the beginning, because we hope to see The Growroom pop up in cities across the world.

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February 17, 2017   Comments Off on Build You Own Ikea ‘Growroom’

Cultivate Baltimore


An Urban Agriculture Workshop Series

Tue, February 28, 2017
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST

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Come join Future Harvest – CASA, UMD Extension, Real Food Farm, and the Farm Alliance of Baltimore for the 3rd Annual Cultivate Baltimore workshop series!
Every winter, our organizations come together to sharpen our skills and broaden our knowledge about urban agriculture. Cultivate Baltimore is a weekly workshop series intended for experienced growers looking to take their urban farming businesses to the next level.

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February 16, 2017   Comments Off on Cultivate Baltimore