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Herbs From the Underground in Lower Manhattan, New York City

Katherine Chester, a farm hand at Farm One, harvests for a morning delivery. Credit Sarah Blesener for The New York Times.

Farm One just opened an indoor rare herb and flower garden in a TriBeCa basement, and many prominent chefs are flocking to it.

By Alyson Kruegerdec
New York Times
Dec 6, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

Farm One grew out of this research. In April 2016 the new company started growing products at a small indoor farm at the Institute of Culinary Education, also in Lower Manhattan, on Liberty Street. By August, the farm had its first client: Daniel Boulud’s Daniel. By the end of the summer, the herbs had sold out, which led Farm One to open a second location this fall, at 77 Worth Street.

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Berkeley Food Institute Receives $295,000 to Strengthen Urban Agriculture and Food Security

Jennifer Sowerwine, Ph.D., Lead Principal Investigator and Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources.

To improve the ecological resilience and economic viability of urban and peri-urban farming systems and improve urban food distribution systems to reduce waste and meet fresh produce needs of low-income consumers.

BFI
Nov 29, 2017

Excerpt:

The project team will work to improve the sustainability and resilience of urban farms by building health of soils, conserving water, and promoting beneficial insects. Researchers will also evaluate the effectiveness of existing urban and peri-urban food access and food distribution methods for meeting food needs of urban low-income, food insecure communities.

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Sofia, Bulgaria: “Urban agriculture as a strategy for improving the quality of life of urban communities”

The main conclusion that can be drawn at this stage of the research is that the potential of UA to provide meaningful social, economic and environmental contributions to the quality of life of urban communities is undoubted by the key UA stakeholders.

By a Professional team of sociologists, economists, and experts in environmental studies, landscape architecture and urban studies
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Nov 2017

Excerpt:

The main findings of the research so far can be summarized under the following main points:

1. The variety of urban agriculture activities with social, economic, ecological and educational significance in Sofia includes initiatives with various functions:
educational functions (in kindergartens, schools, universities);
social functions (communal garden projects);
science and research functions (experimental fields at universities and science institutions);
commercial functions (small family farms, mostly in the peri-urban fringe).

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