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How a Mushroom Farm Grows in a Manhattan Restaurant

Though intentionally futuristic in design, the installation is more than aesthetic—it’s a miniature mushroom farm.

By Nina Sparling
Vogue
Jan. 24, 2018

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The mini-farms, also called “fruiting chambers” are largely automated. Sensors and cameras monitor temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide levels, airflow, and light exposure. Carter and DeMartino can keep an eye on any unit from a laptop anywhere. Before the mushrooms are ready for restaurants, they spend between four and six weeks maturing in a warehouse. The mushrooms grow in a substrate made of recycled materials—mostly sawdust mixed with organic matter like wheat berries and coffee grounds.

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January 31, 2018   Comments Off on How a Mushroom Farm Grows in a Manhattan Restaurant

Land on Vancouver church’s lot becomes garden for many to use

Wanda Wilson of Vancouver sits on a raised, wheelchair-accessible garden bed at the Minnie Stromgren Memorial Garden at Vancouver Heights United Methodist Church.

The garden features 34 beds varying in size from 4 by 8 feet to 10 by 20. The smaller beds are available at no cost, but the larger plots are $20.

By Katy Sword
Columbian
January 24, 2018

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At the Vancouver Heights United Methodist Church’s block-wide space, a large parcel of valuable land was vacant. It was previously used to grow corn for a corn feed event, but the ground was now bare. Wanda Wilson wondered whether it could be a community garden. The answer was yes.

“I had to make sure that the zoning and everything was all right with the city,” Wilson said. “As it turns out, there are no regulations for that.”

With the volunteer labor of a church member, an irrigation system was installed and the garden opened for use in 2009.

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January 31, 2018   Comments Off on Land on Vancouver church’s lot becomes garden for many to use

Denmark: New Copenhagen School Focuses on ‘Food’ in its Design

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The area has individual planter boxes and raised beds which the pupils can use to cultivate and care for their own crops and vegetables. Greenhouses will extend the growing season.

E-architect
Modern Danish Educational Architecture
Design by C.F. Møller Architects, Denmark
Jan 8, 2018

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New Islands Brygge School will be a profile school with food as its special theme. There is special emphasis on making meal preparation and mealtimes a central element of the school’s design. The first thing new arrivals at the school will see is the double-high-ceilinged dining hall, which is not just the canteen, but also the hub which interconnects all of the school’s functions. This makes the dining hall the gathering point where pupils can meet across the school’s many activities.

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January 30, 2018   Comments Off on Denmark: New Copenhagen School Focuses on ‘Food’ in its Design

Community gardens across Houston work to end food deserts’ thirst

Icet is an urban farmer who has been managing numerous garden and agriculture projects over the course of 18 years in the Third and Fifth Wards.

Eastern Houston has more than 30 neighborhoods that may classify as food deserts.

By Dana C. Jones
The Daily Cougar
January 24, 2018

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According to the Foreign Agricultural Service section of the USDA, the highest producers of world commodities like grain, corn and rice come from Mexico and countries in Africa and Central America. According to the Migration Policy Institute, more than one fifth of Houston metro residents are foreign-born and ranked fifth for largest immigrant population and third for immigrants coming from Mexico and Honduras.

“We have a sizable group of immigrants from Africa who are some of the most skilled farmers in the world,” Icet said. “If we take that diversity and took seed from different cultures, we could create an awesome urban agriculture in the city.”

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January 30, 2018   Comments Off on Community gardens across Houston work to end food deserts’ thirst

Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens and Care Farming UK agree merger

Discussions about the new name and branding of the merged organisation are ongoing

By Matthew Appleby
Horticulture Week
23 January 2018

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The new organisation will build on the work of the two current organisations, representing and supporting the delivery of care services and community development through farming and gardening activities.

FCFCG chair David Drury said: “We are delighted to be able to confirm the merger with Care Farming UK. We believe this move will help us deliver better services and more benefits to our members, and enhance our power to influence Government and funders, as well as increasing our public profile.”

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January 29, 2018   Comments Off on Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens and Care Farming UK agree merger

Canada: Chilliwack retiree to share unused farmland with urban farmer in need

Young Agrarians program is interested in fostering the next generation of farmers

By Jennifer Feinberg
The Chilliwack Progress
Jan. 23, 2018

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A Yarrow retiree with property in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) is hoping to link up with a young urban farmer in need of the fertile farmland.

“It sounded like a good idea to me,” said David Huxley, about the Young Agrarians’ Land Matching Program.

“I thought young farmers would be a good mix.”

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January 29, 2018   Comments Off on Canada: Chilliwack retiree to share unused farmland with urban farmer in need

Jordan: Rooftop farming initiative offers fresh start for the needy

“By pursuing an environmentally friendly activity, we have been able to create employment opportunities for women to work from their own homes while breaking the shame barrier that the culture imposes in female workers,” Rahaife continued

By Ana V. Ibáñez Prieto
The Jordan Times
Jan 22,2018

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AMMAN — The rooftops of Karak are being turned into new agricultural spaces with “Be a Friend to the Environment”, an initiative founded by 30-year-old entrepreneur Faten Al Rahaife, which aims at creating new spaces for composting within rural communities.

“We create new spaces for cultivation on the houses’ roofs to make up for the lack of agricultural areas, planting products that are suitable to the nature of our region such as zaatar, marmara, potatoes a cucumbers,” Rahaife told The Jordan Times, stressing that “Jordan is a fertile land full of natural resources, while the nature of its climate is suitable for the cultivation, and we need to take into account these resources and what we can achieve with them”.

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January 28, 2018   Comments Off on Jordan: Rooftop farming initiative offers fresh start for the needy

The latest millennial trend: Ditching the city to go live on a farm

John and Halee Wepking CBS NEWS

The Department of Agriculture has found that for only the second time in the last century, the number of farmers under 35 years of age is increasing.

By Dean Reynolds
CBS News
January 23, 2018
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RIDGEWAY, Wisc. — John and Halee Wepking have come a long way from their lives in New York City. They draw their excitement now from the 60 acres of land they work in western Wisconsin. The livestock, the grain and the beauty of the place are elements that fuel a youthful trend on the farm these days.

The Wepkings live and work on Paul Bickford’s 700-acre spread, blending entrepreneurship with environmental awareness in a deal to one day take over the Bickford Farm.

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January 28, 2018   Comments Off on The latest millennial trend: Ditching the city to go live on a farm

India: IT professionals working in Hi-Tech city learn about farming

IT professionals at the land they purchased at Naskal village, 13 km. from Vikarabad.

The concept was given the name ‘urban farming’ as educated urban youth were involved in an activity that had to do with rural areas.

By N. Rahul
Hindu
Jan 21, 2018

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About 30 permanent members of the group and two promoters who were themselves ex-IT employees have pooled their money and purchased 50 acres of land in two locations where the activity has been going on since September last. Farming is done here by drip irrigation from bore wells to cultivate fig (anjeer) and thai guava, both of which have a crop duration of 15 years each but start yielding income from the second year. There is also inter-cropping of seasonal vegetables to enhance the hands on experience of the participants.

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January 27, 2018   Comments Off on India: IT professionals working in Hi-Tech city learn about farming

Maryland, USA: County zoning rewrite expands land access to urban agriculture endeavors

ECO City Farms lobbied for zoning access to residential areas in 2013. Photo courtesy of ECO City Farms. Click image to see larger file.

I think the whole movement toward urban farms has become so much more appealing over time that it’s become easier for people to, well, digest, so to speak.”

By Lindsay Myers
Life and Times Hyattsville
Jan 22, 2018

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One of the biggest proposed changes affects the way urban agriculture is defined and zoned. The county has proposed separating urban agriculture ventures into two distinct categories: urban farms and community gardens. Under the new regulations, both ventures would be “permitted by-right” in nearly all zones, meaning groups interested in establishing either a community garden or urban farm will not need special permission from the county to start the process.

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January 27, 2018   Comments Off on Maryland, USA: County zoning rewrite expands land access to urban agriculture endeavors

China: Green thumbs turn veggie patches into ‘edible gardens’

The vegetable garden at Meilong Sancun where plants were placed in dozens of “square foot gardens”.

A one-time garbage disposal area at the Knowledge and Innovation Community in Yangpu District was the site of happy reapers last autumn after the strip of land between two housing complexes was turned into a 2,000 square-meter vegetable garden.

By Chen Huizhi
Shanghai Daily
Jan 22, 2018

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“When you no longer see red dragonflies in the pond of fleur-de-lis, you start to lament that summer is gone,” Wei said of the changing seasons that a garden reflects.

She and her team have created about 30 “edible gardens” like this one around Shanghai, mostly in residential communities.

More than just a boost to the environment, the gardens provide an elixir of community spirit.

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January 26, 2018   Comments Off on China: Green thumbs turn veggie patches into ‘edible gardens’

Detailed examination of the urban farming market is the niche segment gaining popularity

Market research report “Urban Farming Market : By Farm Types (Commercial, Social, Leisure, Educational, Therapeutic, Agri-Environmental, Cultural Heritage); By Crop Types (Food and Non-food Crops) and By Geography- Forecast (2016-2021)”

See WhaTech
Jan 19, 2018

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Urban farming market is practiced for growing, processing, and distributing food and other produce through plant cultivation in and around cities for self-consumption or for feeding the local population.

Over the last few years, the focus on urban farming has increased considerably due to the large numbers of people moving to the cities, the effects of climate change and the need to sustain food security. The urban agriculture market is diverse, with multiple farming techniques and various technologies enabling urban farming.

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January 26, 2018   Comments Off on Detailed examination of the urban farming market is the niche segment gaining popularity

United Arab Emirates: Ramada Ajman team harvests organic crops at its urban farm


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Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman’s green committee, together with the pre-opening team of Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche, harvested organic produce at its own urban farm located at the hotel premises.

By Sarakshi Rai
Hotelier Middle East
Jan 24, 2018

The crops include eggplants, radishes, tomatoes, rocket and mint leaves, and chilli peppers, among others. Covering 430 square metres of space, Ramada Ajman’s urban farm grows seasonal crops which are used in the hotel’s in-house kitchen.

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January 25, 2018   Comments Off on United Arab Emirates: Ramada Ajman team harvests organic crops at its urban farm

India: Urban agriculture is one of the major components of “Livable Cities India” project

Urban agriculture program, is now included in “Samrudhi, General Education Protection Mission Project of Government of Kerala”, and is being implemented in 49 schools of Ollur assembly constituency, in one of the districts of the state.

World Urban Campaign
Evangelical Social Action Forum (ESAF)
Technical support of HealthBridge, Canada.
2018

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Promoting Herbal Garden in Schools

The schools in the assembly constituency started implementing Herbal gardens within their school complexes, to popularize the usefulness of commonly available and frequently used herbal plants and to conserve the associated traditional knowledge for future generations.

I Walk Club students are entrusted with the maintenance and supervision of Herbal gardens in the respective schools. So far, 13 out of 49 schools have already implemented herbal gardens in their respective school yard, which involves approximately 413 students.

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January 25, 2018   Comments Off on India: Urban agriculture is one of the major components of “Livable Cities India” project

Urban Farming Is the Future of Agriculture

Photo by Urban Organics.

Urban farms have the potential to change the world’s agricultural landscape. Granted, we’re probably not going to see a planet of supercities in which all farming is done in high-rise buildings.

By Patrick Caughill
Futurism
January 16, 2018

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Vertical farming can limit that sprawl. “Vertical farms can actually come into these areas to recolonize the city and to take spaces that have been removed from producing anything,” Paul P.G. Gauthier, a vertical farming expert at the Princeton Environmental Institute, told Futurism.

But setting up an urban farm is often not an easy task. Finding enough space for an affordable price can present a significant obstacle for potential farmers. Vertical farmers also need to know how to operate more technology, including systems that control elements such as soil contaminants and water availability, that nature takes care of on a traditional farm.

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January 25, 2018   Comments Off on Urban Farming Is the Future of Agriculture