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New Jersey-Based Startup Helps People Grow Their Own Food

ALFREA will strengthen the local food economy by connecting gardeners with land, help and experts, while creating a new platform for food producers and gardening professionals.

Press Release.

GALLOWAY, N.J. (January 5, 2017) – An ambitious New Jersey startup launched a pilot project in June 2016. The online platform is designed to build a stronger local food economy in South Jersey, the Philadelphia region and, eventually, across the nation.

Conceived and built right here in New Jersey, Alfrea is a revolutionary idea that brings the disruptive power of the sharing economy to food. The website makes homegrown food accessible to everyone – even people with no land, no gardening experience and no time to plant, grow or harvest food.

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Brooklyn Law School: Growing Greens in the Grid: The Future of Urban Agriculture in NYC

Thursday, April 6 – The Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship

Brooklyn Law School
Feil Hall, Forchelli Conference Center, 22nd Floor
205 State Street
Brooklyn, NY
www.brooklaw.edu/directions

About the Panel Discussion:
The Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE) will host a panel and networking event to discuss the growth of the urban agriculture industry in the Brooklyn and greater New York City communities. Joined by the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, members of the New York City Council, the NYC Agriculture Collective, and the Design Trust for Public Space (ADD), the panel will feature industry leaders and policy experts who will explore the technology and market forces driving innovation in urban agriculture, and chart a legislative path forward to expand existing policy, foster the creation of food production growth opportunities in local communities, and nurture thriving new agriculture businesses.

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Yardfarmers is an upcoming reality TV show

Over the course of one growing season the six contestants will compete for the honor of becoming “America’s Best Yardfarmer,” and a substantial prize.

By Erik Assadourian, Katy Chevigny, Emily Helminen
Yardfarmers

From their website:

It is about young Americans moving back in with their parents to farm their parents’ yards and neighborhood greenspaces. Why? Because yardfarming could help solve many of America’s challenges: from the obesity epidemic to food insecurity, from the abuses of industrial agriculture to food deserts, from social isolation to climate change.

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UK: Greater Manchester convicted criminals have totally transformed overgrown community garden

Before and after – The lost garden in Weaste, Salford.

Beneath they found benches, raised flower beds and a smart cobbled alley.

By Neal Keeling
Manchester Evening Post
Mar 22, 2017

Excerpt:

Grafting for three days, a group of offenders on the Community Payback scheme have shifted four tonnes of rubbish to reveal a backstreet oasis.

The small garden with benches was created for elderly residents in the Weaste area to meet and chat.

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