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Hilltop Urban Farm in South Pittsburgh is set to become the largest urban farm in the USA

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Dignitaries at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Hilltop Urban Farm. Photo by Brian Conway.

“First ribbon-cutting for a farm in probably 100 years in the City of Pittsburgh,” quipped Mayor Bill Peduto at the future site of Hilltop Urban Farm, a 107-acre property in the city’s tiny St. Clair neighborhood in South Pittsburgh that includes 23 acres of farmland.

By Brian Conway
Next Pittsburg
August 24, 2017

Excerpt:

Hilltop Urban Farm will include, among other things, a three-acre CSA farm, three-acre farmer incubation program, one-acre youth farm, farmer’s market building, 5000-square foot event barn, stormwater retention ponds, fruit orchards, public community garden, an education center and more.

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August 31, 2017   Comments Off on Hilltop Urban Farm in South Pittsburgh is set to become the largest urban farm in the USA

Gotham Greens: Four High-Tech Vegetable Farms in New York City, Chicago

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Video Story

Bloomberg
Aug 22, 2017

The challenge of providing fresh produce to consumers and restaurants in big cities has been an opportunity for Gotham Greens. Co-founder and CEO Viraj Puri explains how his commercial-scale urban farming company has expanded from its startup roots.

August 31, 2017   Comments Off on Gotham Greens: Four High-Tech Vegetable Farms in New York City, Chicago

Africa: South Sudan – survive siege conditions thanks to urban farming

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Photo credit: ©Tdh

Terre des hommes (Tdh) is helping families in Yei, a city cut off by armed forces, by sharing urban farming techniques.

Terre des hommes Foundation Child Relief
08.23.2017

Excerpt:

The situation is critical. To feed the population, the city with a population of 60,000 people must make do with a fast-dwindling supply of reserves, rare convoys of food aid, and land located in urban areas. “Urban farming helps people survive siege conditions. Ten grams of seeds, for example, can produce thousands of tomato plants,” explains Cynthia. “Since spring this year, we’ve distributed seeds and farming tools to 1540 vulnerable families, as for example single mothers and internally displaced persons. They’ve also been given gardening and storage training.” This project was launched in coordination with another Swiss NGO, EPER, which had been working in the region for years, and with local organisations.

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August 30, 2017   Comments Off on Africa: South Sudan – survive siege conditions thanks to urban farming

Ugly Vegetables

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It’s easy to appreciate a garden exploding with colorful flowers and fragrances, but what do you do with a patch of ugly vegetables?

By Grace Lin (Author, Illustrator)
The (Ages 3-8)
Charlesbridge; (July 1 2001)

Excerpt:

From Publishers Weekly:

In this debut children’s book, a girl and her mother chart their own course in spring planting and reap the benefits. The girl narrator is clearly disappointed when, unlike her neighbors who prepare flower gardens, she and her mother plant Chinese vegetables that, her mother insists, are “better than flowers.” While the other backyards yield colorful blooms, her garden becomes crowded with “ugly vegetables,” lumpy, bumpy and “icky yellow.” But when the girl’s mother uses them to make a soup, its “magical aroma” attracts neighbors to their door carrying bouquets of flowers from their gardens.

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August 30, 2017   Comments Off on Ugly Vegetables

Holistic Goat Care

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A Comprehensive Guide to Raising Healthy Animals, Preventing Common Ailments, and Troubleshooting Problems

By Gianaclis Caldwell
Chelsea Green Publishing
June 07, 2017

Excerpt:

Goats have provided humankind with essential products for centuries; indeed, they bear the noble distinction of being the first domesticated farm animal. From providing milk and meat for sustenance and fiber and hides for clothing and shelter to carrying packs and clearing brush, there isn’t much that goats cannot do. Managing goats successfully requires an understanding of how nature designed them to thrive, including nutritional and psychological needs, as well as how to identify a problem and intercede before it’s too late.

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August 29, 2017   Comments Off on Holistic Goat Care

After Two Decades, a Philadelphia Urban Farm Grapples with Growing Pains

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Greensgrow Farms copes with the recent loss of its founding farmer, a gentrifying neighborhood, and a changing landscape for good food.

By Robert Digiacaomo
Local Eats
08.22.17

Excerpt:

Two decades in, Greensgrow’s leaders have much to celebrate. But they also have a lot to consider. The presence of the farm has helped gentrify its surrounding working-class neighborhood, a problem common to cities around the country. As Philadelphia’s good-food landscape has expanded, Greensgrow faces competitors ranging from supermarkets stocking more local and organic foods to other urban farms in Philly to meal-kit delivery services like Blue Apron or Purple Carrot.

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August 29, 2017   Comments Off on After Two Decades, a Philadelphia Urban Farm Grapples with Growing Pains

A new rooftop garden will provide fresh food for New Orleans conventioneers

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Building maintenance workers at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center place soil in a new 225-feet long and 3-feet high cedar planting bed for a rooftop vegetable garden. Photo by Frankie Prijatel

The garden will provide freshly picked vegetables and herbs to Centerplate, the convention center’s food and beverage provider.

By Kendra Parks
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Aug 21, 2017

Excerpt:

Team members assembled multiple 3-foot-by-225-foot garden beds growing different types of tomatoes, cauliflower, herbs, root and leafy vegetables. The beds are filled with a sphagnum moss base and 49 cubic yards of Laughing Buddha soil mix incorporating worm castings and peat moss.

Borage, marigold, nasturtium and chamomile will be some of the edible flowers planted with the vegetables. Basil, dill, oregano and parsley also will be interspersed in the plantings.

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August 28, 2017   Comments Off on A new rooftop garden will provide fresh food for New Orleans conventioneers

Glasgow’s Community Gardens: Sustainable Communities of Care

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Community gardens are not yet embedded in place or institutions – their immediate future is precarious in many cases.

Dr John Crossan
Professor Deirdre Shaw
Professor Andrew Cumbers
Professor Robert McMaste
University of Glasgow 2015

Excerpt:

The potential for community gardening is high in old industrial cities where the loss of manufacturing industry has resulted in vast areas of unused spaces. Glasgow is a particularly pertinent case with 1300 hectares of vacant and derelict land, representing 4% of its total land area and comprising 925 individual sites. As a result over 60% of Glasgow City’s population lives within 500 metres, and over 90% within 1000 metres, of a derelict site. This is important when considering issues of social and environmental justice, as most of the vacant and derelict land can be found in the most deprived areas of the city, thus, disproportionately affecting the poorest citizens (see Map 1).

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August 28, 2017   Comments Off on Glasgow’s Community Gardens: Sustainable Communities of Care

Permaculture Students Present Design To City Farmer

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Leaf inspired moveable shelter.

New ideas for implementation included; solar energy, water catchment, earthquake preparedness, soil building and climate change.

By Carla Hick, Kazusa Nakajo, Raul Hollmayer, Sarah Leigh
Permaculture Design Certificate
UBC class of 2017, Instructor James Richardson

A small group of students from the Permaculture Design Certificate class of 2017 was assigned to create a permaculture design for City Farmer. They observed, interacted, assessed the influencing forces and suggested a plan. The attached document reveals the hard work and innovative designs for City Farmer. The permaculture principles that guide this type of design are:

1. Consider relative location
2. Each element performs many functions
3. Each element is supported by another
4. Efficient energy planning
5. Use biological resources
6. Cycle energy, nutrients and resources

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August 27, 2017   Comments Off on Permaculture Students Present Design To City Farmer

Growing in Glasgow: Innovative practices and emerging policy pathways for urban agriculture

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3 Hills Community Garden.

In this paper, we present an exploratory case study of UA practice on the Southside of Glasgow, UK that traced the emergence and development of four UA projects.

By James T. White and Christopher Bunn,
Land Use Policy
Vol 68, Nov 2017

Highlights

Paper explores four projects in Glasgow, Scotland that reveal a diversity of UA practices.

Negotiating access to land and securing long-term funding are common challenges for local UA practitioners.

UA practitioners in Glasgow seek to re-purpose vacant and derelict land, build social cohesion and contribute to environmental and food sustainability.

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August 27, 2017   Comments Off on Growing in Glasgow: Innovative practices and emerging policy pathways for urban agriculture

Mexico’s stunning floating gardens help supply its most famous restaurants

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Yolcan’s operation is 15 acres, and it creates about 2.5 tons of produce per month.

Sarah Jacobs
Business Insider
Aug. 20, 2017

Excerpt:

While the farm-to-table idea is not new in the food world, some higher-end restaurants in Mexico City are beginning to source their ingredients directly from the famed floating gardens of Xochimilco. Sometimes referred to as the “Mexican Venice” for its canals and brightly colored boats, Xochimilco is home to gardens that use ancient cultivation techniques to produce over 2.5 tons of food per month.

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August 26, 2017   Comments Off on Mexico’s stunning floating gardens help supply its most famous restaurants

Canada: Urban agriculture takes root in Winnipeg

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Kal Barteski’s artwork based on this week’s conversation.

The city already has a community garden coordinator. It would be great to hire an urban agriculture coordinator to explore how to use all types of city spaces for small-scale agriculture and market gardening or even urban U-picks.

By Jason Syvixay
Winnipeg Free Press
08/19/2017

Excerpt:

How can the City of Winnipeg help urban agriculture flourish?

Giesbrecht: I think the city can implement rather simple things. They could provide free or low-rent on underutilized public spaces to agricultural entrepreneurs instead of paying city staff to maintain these areas. They can put calls out for seasonal market gardens on their vacant or derelict lots much as they do with food trucks or hot dog vendors. In lieu of rent or a user fee, the city could also ask these operators to donate a portion of their products or profits to a local shelter or food bank.

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August 26, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Urban agriculture takes root in Winnipeg

UK: Flock brought in to graze across from Buckingham Palace

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Six rare breed sheep have been chauffeured in for a daily shift of munching.

Woolly visitors part of a conservation effort aimed at increasing biodiversity in London’s Green Park

By Margaret Evans
CBC News
Aug 25, 2017

Excerpt:

There’ve been some unusual visitors to the royal postal code in London over the past week — a crack team of modern choppers brought in to help trim some troublesome patches of meadow in Green Park, just opposite Buckingham Palace.

“These are London sheep, these are,” Davis says. “Born and bred in the East End.” Davis said he’s proud to be re-introducing agriculture to the city.

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August 25, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Flock brought in to graze across from Buckingham Palace

India: Hyderabad Government campaign intends to encourage the citizens in twin cities to adopt Urban Farming

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“The potential capacity to produce more than 50 lakh kg vegetables and fruits by the households in twin cities and in the suburban areas should be garnered by adopting urban farming,” he averred

By VRC Phaniharan
The Hans India
Aug 19,2017

Excerpt:

The Telangana Horticulture Department is all set to launch a unique campaign to increase the green cover as well as provide organic vegetables daily to the city residents.

Dubbed as ‘Own and Produce Your Oxygen’, the mass awareness campaign intends to encourage the citizens in twin cities to adopt Urban Farming.

Explaining the twin benefits from the programme, Horticulture Department Commissioner L Venkatrami Reddy said the city has been witnessing increase in pollution affecting the health of people.

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August 25, 2017   Comments Off on India: Hyderabad Government campaign intends to encourage the citizens in twin cities to adopt Urban Farming

Levi’s Sports Stadium, Fueled by Rooftop Farm, Returns With New Concessions

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Levi’s Stadium.

The Organic Coup, Oren’s Hummus Shop, and Off the Grid trucks have been added

By Caleb Pershan
San Francisco Eater
Aug 18, 2017

The biggest development of the last two years at the stadium, in terms of food, has likely been the Faithful Farm. That garden was built as the first-ever rooftop farm at an NFL stadium, and it’s produced nearly two tons of food, much of it served right on premises. Baba ganoush sold at games, for example, uses eggplant and herbs from the Faithful Farm.

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August 25, 2017   Comments Off on Levi’s Sports Stadium, Fueled by Rooftop Farm, Returns With New Concessions