New Stories From 'Urban Agriculture Notes'
Random header image... Refresh for more!

The Food Bank That Doesn’t Just Give Away Food—It Teaches You to Grow It

Former farm staff, Zotero Citlacoatl, and Las Milpitas volunteers in the greenhouse, learning about heritage fruit tree propagation. The fig and pomegranate tree cuttings pictured grew out over the spring and were given to program participants and community partners. Photo © Groundwork Promotions.

This Tucson, Arizona, urban farm brings residents better nutrition and builds community. It’s a win-win.

By Sammi-Jo Lee
Yes Magazine
Sept 26, 2017

Excerpt:

Las Milpitas—a name chosen by the community which means “little fields” or “little gardens” in Spanish—is a few miles from the food bank’s primary distribution and services center. The farm is in a primarily Latino neighborhood on Tucson’s west side, and closely connected to two nearby mobile home communities. It’s also a four-mile drive from the nearest grocery store.

On one part of the six-acre farm, three full-time paid staff members grow produce that later gets included in hot prepared meals for food bank clients or is sold to sustain the farm at the food bank’s SNAP- and WIC-eligible local farm stands.

[Read more →]

October 3, 2017   Comments Off on The Food Bank That Doesn’t Just Give Away Food—It Teaches You to Grow It

How school gardens, food ‘rescues’ are helping Nevada’s hungry

On Oct. 7, the Grow Your Own festival returns to the Vegas Roots urban farm for a second year, aiming to get the community in touch with healthy food.

The Vegas Roots team offered a taste of what the second year of the festival will teach — namely, how to connect with and crave raw goods from the garden.

By Adam Candee, Erin Ryan, Camalot Todd
Las Vegas Sun
Oct. 2, 2017

Excerpt:

To kids who’d never tried fresh strawberries or cantaloupe before a recent school tasting, kale was a hard sell. But after growing the deep-green stalks in their campus garden, students at Quannah McCall Elementary School in North Las Vegas learned that massaging the leaves makes them less bitter, and that dressing whipped up from the cilantro growing nearby makes them delicious.

Principal Ana DeBeauvernet recalls a lot of demand from parents for the recipe. It was a shining moment for everyone who envisioned the raised beds and fruit trees along the school’s street-facing fence as a way to engage the neighborhood in a new way of thinking about cooking and eating. It’s in a noted food desert, meaning the only options are gas stations and fast-food joints.

[Read more →]

October 3, 2017   Comments Off on How school gardens, food ‘rescues’ are helping Nevada’s hungry

Urban farming startup raises $1.5m to curb Singapore’s reliance on imported food

L to R: Praise Phuan, head of sales and marketing at Packet Greens, Melvyn Yeo, director of Trirec. Image credit: Trirec.

Packet Greens tells Tech in Asia that its revenue is forecasted to exceed US$74,000 this year, triple of 2016.

By Terence Lee
Tech In Asia
Sept 25, 2017

Excerpt:

It currently grows 51 types of crops in a 167 square-meter farm – slightly larger than the roomiest three-bedroom apartments in Singapore. It claims to be able to grow five times the crops on the same amount of land compared to traditional farms, and in half the time.

It is aiming to further lower its costs. “Down the road, Packet Greens’ ambitions is to ultimately be able to sell its produce at a price that can be competitive to the wholesale price,” says Trirec co-founder Melvyn Yeo. “Packet Green’s pricing strategy is currently pegged at retail-minus.”

[Read more →]

October 3, 2017   Comments Off on Urban farming startup raises $1.5m to curb Singapore’s reliance on imported food