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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.
December 1, 2013 No Comments
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 No Comments
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.
November 5, 2013 Comments Off
Garden Variety’s Founding Editor Shannon Roxborough, a Detroit native who lived there for 35 years, reports on the troubled Motor City’s efforts to chart a greener future.
By Shannon Roxborough
Garden Variety News
October 29, 2013
It doesn’t help that the staunchest opponents, both residents and city officials, see large-scale urban farming efforts as a land grab, with some going so far as to call it as a form of “modern-day slavery.” They say proposals are a guise to buy land cheap and later develop it. Others argue that even with an abundance of unused lots, vacant, city-owned land is too valuable to sell for a pittance to use for agriculture instead of rebuilding residential or commercial property, which would contribute more to city income and restore lively urban streetscapes.
November 5, 2013 Comments Off
2013 Fall Kitchen Garden Harvest welcomes 24 children
By Eddie Gehman Kohan
Oct 31, 2013
The White House – First Lady Michelle Obama late on Wednesday afternoon welcomed 24 children invited from elementary schools in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia for a harvest party in her Kitchen Garden. Special guests of honor were Sesame Street’s Elmo and Rosita, who monitored the action from atop bales of hay placed behind a bed of broccoli.
Muppets in the garden are a first for the Mrs. Obama. The furry creatures are the newest members of the Let’s Move! family, thanks to a new produce marketing collaboration the First Lady announced before hitting the crop rows to work.
November 4, 2013 Comments Off
“Land is being treated as a dead body. We should be using our land to re-create local economy, and to give families a chance to eat healthy foods.”
By Anna Watson Carl
Wall Street Journal
Oct. 10, 2013
Friends also thought he was crazy, toiling away in his gardener’s hat, and they nicknamed him “Le Prince Jardinier” ( The Gardener Prince ). The name stuck. Soon he created a line of handmade gardening tools, clothing and furniture emblazoned with his nickname and embellished with a trowel and a straw hat. Originally carried by high-end stores like Bergdorf Goodman, today the line is sold at La Bourdaisière’s gardening boutique and on the ground floor of Deyrolle.
October 30, 2013 Comments Off
And as for the fox who made his own headlines during the shutdown? There’s still no word on his whereabouts.
By Eddie Gehman Kohan
Oct 28, 2013
Less than two weeks after the government reopened following the shutdown, Mrs. Obama’s world-famous plot, the symbol of her Let’s Move! campaign, has now recovered after a period of headline-making chaos in the crop rows.
The 1,500 square-foot garden now looks very different than during the shutdown, which lasted more than two weeks between Oct. 1-16.
October 29, 2013 Comments Off
“I was drawn to urban agriculture because I felt there were too many young people being murdered in my hometown.”
By Andrew Cook.
MIT Co-Lab Radio
Oct 17, 2013
I’m a believer in urban agriculture. But my belief isn’t rooted in an interest in gardening, biodiversity, or the environmental benefits of reduced food miles (though those are all great). I was drawn to urban agriculture because I felt there were too many young people being murdered in my hometown.
The causes of violence in American cities are of course numerous and complex. But in the debate over what causes violence and how to stop it, some common themes frequently appear: a lack of jobs, poor public education, disinvestment in inner city neighborhoods. Added up, these factors can be labeled more broadly as systemic racism and economic injustice. The point is that the problem of violence is so interwoven into our cities’ patterns that any solution to it must be similarly cross-cutting and holistic.
October 26, 2013 Comments Off
A wrecking crew demolishes a derelict structure at 3050 Belvidere on Detroit’s east side Friday, as part of the celebration of work getting started for the Hantz Woodlands project. Photo by Joseph Murphy/Bassett & Bassett.
Hantz gets approval to start urban woodlands project in Detroit
By John Gallagher
Detroit Free Press
Oct 18, 2013
Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr has approved the sale of some 1,500 blighted parcels of land in the city to the Hantz Woodlands urban agriculture project.
The final approval will allow Hantz to begin razing blighted structures on the east-side parcels and to begin planting hardwood trees for eventual harvesting. The effort has been called the largest urban farming and reforestation project in the U.S.
October 25, 2013 Comments Off
Food Field, Detroit, Michigan – FARM:shop and FARM:London, London, United Kingdom – Sky Greens, Singapore – The Distributed Urban Farming Initiative, Bryan, Texas – Sharing Backyards, throughout Canada, The United States and New Zealand
By Emily Salshutz
Oct 14, 2013
Sixty percent of the global population is predicted to live in cities by the year 2030, and feeding those people will become more challenging without innovative solutions for growing and distributing food in urban environments. Urban agriculture is often difficult because of space limitations, but that has not stopped people from raising animals, growing fruits and vegetables, and even beekeeping in cities.
October 23, 2013 Comments Off
Inner city farms are becoming an important area for delivering produce
By Jamie Carter
Many Brits are doing their bit already, with the roughly 300,000 council-run allotments in more demand than ever. “A lot of urban farming is on a personal level,” says Dominic Medway, professor of marketing at Manchester Business School, himself a farmer, who thinks that the renaissance of urban farming in Britain – at least among the middle classes – is being spearheaded by cookery writers like Nigel Slater and Jamie Oliver. “The idea that you can use your garden to grow vegetables, or your balcony to keep chickens, it’s like people trying to get back to The Good Life,” says Medway.
October 20, 2013 Comments Off
The gardeners are not allowed to harvest the crops!
By Eddie Gehman Kohan
Oct 11, 2013
Washington, DC – The first government shutdown in seventeen years has had a dramatic impact on First Lady Michelle Obama’s world-famous Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn, currently bursting with more than thirty kinds of vegetables, including Presidential pumpkins awaiting harvest just in time for Halloween.
In the eleven days since the shutdown began on Oct. 1, the pounds and pounds of ripe organic bounty have gone to waste. The vegetables filling the 1,500 square-foot plot are now rotting away on the vines and in the boxed beds, thanks to the mandate for “minimal maintenance” placed on the skeletal crew of National Park Service gardeners who remain on duty at 1600 Penn.
October 15, 2013 Comments Off
Vandana Shiva, Michelle Obama, Pam Warhurst, Alice Waters, Barbara Damrosch , Amy Goldman, Karen Washington, Josée Landry, Stephanie Alexander, Renee Shepherd
By Roger Dorion
Kitchen Garden International (KGI)
Oct 3, 2013
As part of KGI’s10th Anniversary retrospective, I’ve been thinking about who’s done the most for food gardens over the past 10 years. I started jotting down names and what immediately struck me was that the first eight or so were women. Now, I can’t say that I was completely surprised. Anyone who has watched minute 15 of my TEDx talk knows that I had already recognized that women were doing most of the heavy lifting in the US food garden movement.
October 14, 2013 Comments Off