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Democracy needs gardeners! My liberating DIY revolution
By Megan Mayhew Bergman
Mar 2, 2014
Megan Mayhew Bergman is the author of the story collection “Birds of a Lesser Paradise”
When my husband and I first moved to our house in downtown Raleigh, N.C., nine years ago, we were fascinated by the empty lot between our 1890s Victorian and the neighbor’s bungalow. “That’s where the victory garden used to be,” my neighbors said, pointing to a slightly shaded quarter of an acre. This garden existed, of course, before the Krispy Kreme was built and the drunks used to sip 40s and eat glazed doughnuts behind our fence.
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From rooftops to abandoned lots, from school yards to greenhouses, gardens and farms are popping up all over Boston as urban agriculture and the local food movement continues to grow.
By Bonnie Averbuch
Feb 15, 2014
4. CitySprouts provides a school gardening program that is integrated into the Boston Public School’s curriculum. CitySprouts is currently operating in 12 public schools in Cambridge, MA. The organization also provides support and resources to public schools across Boston. These services are available through three different programs: Classroom to Garden, which supports teachers as they extend their lessons into the school gardens; Food Education through food-producing school gardens; and CitySprouts Summer Intern Program, which helps youth build connections with their local food system and the urban natural environment.
February 23, 2014 Comments Off
The Edible Gardens team launches their pop-up store Nong – which will eventually pave the way for one of the largest urban farms in Asia
By Natasha Hong
Time Out Singapore
Jan 27, 2014
Since 2012, the duo of Singaporean Bjorn Low and UK-born Rob Pearce (and their team of volunteers) have worked with local restaurants – including Artichoke, Morsels and The Cajun Kings – to help set up sustainable veggie plots amid forgotten rooftops and concrete dead spaces, as well as spread the word for city-grown greens.
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Creative and resourceful city farming methods put-to-use in the country can increase farm yields, productivity and profit.
By Ivory Harlow
Farm and Dairy
January 23, 2014
Glistening lines of window hydroponics and gridlocked heads of lettuce grown in square foot gardens- urban farmers operate every inch of city space to its best advantage. By utilizing urban farm space-saving methods outside the city limits, country folks can produce more with less.
A greenhouse takes up a considerable amount of space and can cost several thousand dollars. Heating a greenhouse to keep vegetable seedlings alive on cold winter and early spring nights is an ongoing operating expense. Despite the fact a greenhouse is not economically feasible for country folks like me; I spent several seasons yearning for a greenhouse of my own.
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First year farmer Justin Simms talks about his decision to make a life change and create InTownAg, an urban farming business. In the interview he speaks about the ups and downs of his first year farming yards in Portland.
Excerpt from his InTownAg website:
InTownAg is created from our experience in landscape architecture and environmental science. These fields led us to focus on incorporating multifunctional design into cities. How can our landuse planning combine ecological, social, and economic services?
There is ample land in our neighborhoods with homeowners eager to convert their yards to gardens. Garden sharing is becoming mainstream as seen by the Wall Street Journal article ‘The Rise of the Lazy Locavore’
January 17, 2014 Comments Off
Perhaps it’s time to add disaster recovery to the list of urban agriculture’s benefits.
By Nicola Twilley
January 6, 2014
Currently, 70 percent of America’s food supply is refrigerated at some point in its journey from farm to table, and without refrigeration, meat, chicken, seafood and dairy last just two hours before they’re unsafe to eat. Perishable fruits and vegetables often have only a day or two at room temperature before they turn to mush.
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Even without enough land, it is still possible for a farmer to produce for both their households and the market.
By Ephraim Kasozi
Jan 8, 2014
At 60 years of age, due to age, Joyce Okaba is unable to cultivate a large area of land but she earns her living through kitchen gardening.
Her home in Otina village, Agwata Sub County in Dokolo District, has different gardens with vegetables and a pit for preparing manure.
Since November 2011, she has been growing vegetables for both domestic use and market from the five small gardens around her home to earn a living.
“I earn up to Shs200,000 from the sale of my produce. I usually sell from home to the communities. I also help my neighbours to learn the practice and make fertilisers,” she says.
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“Acquiring land is honestly probably the easiest part of doing all this. It’s the commitment, the stamina, learning how to do it and doing it every single day: That’s the hard part.”
By Dan Charles
December 31, 2013
Across the country, there’s a wave of interest in local food. And a new generation of young farmers is trying to grow it.
Many of these farmers — many of whom didn’t grow up on farms — would like to stay close to cities. After all, that’s where the demand for local food is.
The problem is, that’s where land is most expensive. So young farmers looking for affordable land are forced to get creative.
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Alissa Jacobsen, Harvey and Rose’s granddaughter, is spearheading the efforts to reclaim the farm for the family. Once used to raise race horses, the land was classified as residential several years ago with no arguments from the family. Alissa holds Bitsy, one of her young dairy goats. Photo by John Doman.
“They overcame a big hurdle going from residential to any kind of ag classification,”
By Elizabeth Mohr
Tucked between clusters of houses and an Oakdale nature preserve, there’s a family with a small farm and big ideas.
Rose and Harvey Jacobsen, with their granddaughter Alissa Jacobsen, have been working tirelessly for the past two years to convert their 15 acres into a working farm.
January 3, 2014 Comments Off
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September 25, 2013
The kitchen garden, once a standard fixture of most American households, is gaining renewed attention as one component of the movement towards local, fresh and seasonal foods. Many people who take up kitchen gardening are concerned about the sustainability of a system in which most foods in a typical meal have traveled over 1,000 miles to get to their tables. Some kitchen gardeners are drawn by the variety of heirloom and hybrid plants available to growers, while others are attracted by freshness, flavor and nutritional value.
December 25, 2013 Comments Off
Today, the Rotterdam Food Bank garden offers more than 3,000 residents access to healthier choices.
By Rachel Keeton
City officials and residents have come together to create one of the most coherent, citywide urban agriculture programs in Europe. The municipal government has made food production a priority, facilitating private initiatives through its generous regulations and open-minded approach to creative strategies. The city believes that urban agriculture offers multiple benefits: local food production encourages social interaction, increases public green space, mitigates the urban heat-island effect and strengthens biodiversity. Reduced transport distances lower net production of carbon dioxide, and innovative practices inspire others to get on board.
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The final step in the adoption of Article 89 is a public hearing before the Boston Zoning Commission, set for Dec. 11.
By Haley Hamilton
Boston Globe Correspondent
Nov 19, 2013
Article 89 is the product of a series of community meetings and deliberations held by the Mayor’s Urban Agriculture Working Group, a committee of 22 farmers, farming advocates, experts from different sectors of the food industry, and neighborhood representatives who came together to discuss the best way to approach Boston’s dearth of farming legislation.
Before this, “there just wasn’t anything” regulating and supporting urban farming, said Danielle Andrews, a member of the working group and the community food coordinator and manager of the Dudley Greenhouse.
November 28, 2013 Comments Off
It confounds me why urban rooftop farming projects are not taking hold in our beautiful city, and are not catching the eye of necessary angel, seed and crowdfunding sources.
By Kristin McArdle
So, if public policy isn’t behind this movement, what is the case for local San Francisco and further, national policy changes to create incentives for realizing the benefits of urban rooftop agriculture, and why does this matter? The case has been clearly outlined and articulated by climate change and agricultural experts; the confluence of climate change impacts, population growth, land use changes (specifically the loss of arable agricultural land), and the contributing impact of our current agricultural system towards the climate change epidemic make a case for an increased focus and the proliferation of urban rooftop agriculture.
November 17, 2013 Comments Off
Please make sure your district is counted by accessing the USDA Farm to School Census results online. USDA will be accepting additional submissions to the Census through November 30, 2013
By Deborah Kane,
National Director, USDA Farm to School Program
November 5, 2013
They are t-shirted and tilling up soil in schools across the country. And this year, thanks to a new partnership, FoodCorps service members have USDA at their side.
FoodCorps is a national service organization that places emerging leaders in schools across the country to teach kids about what healthy food is and where it comes from, build and tend school gardens, and bring high-quality local food into schools participating in the National School Lunch and/or School Breakfast Programs.
November 11, 2013 Comments Off
Thousands of people are facing waiting lists of up to nine years for a local authority allotment, the Scottish Greens have said.
Oct 20, 2013
There were 2,773 people in Edinburgh on the local authority allotment waiting list.
In Aberdeen the figure was 279, while in Dundee it was 340 people.
Glasgow City Council said it did not have its own waiting lists and Highland Council did not respond to the request, the Greens said.
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