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Naked Farmer Offends City Residents in Brideghampton, NY

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Bridgehampton’s Famous Naked Farmer, Photo: Erproductions Ltd, Pressdigital, Petr_Joura/Blend Images.

“These people are just worried that their highfalutin’ city friends will be repulsed by the naked farmer,”

By Daniel Koontz
Dan’s Paper
July 12, 2015

Excerpt:

As happens every year when the weather warms up, police this week began receiving complaints from summer visitors renting houses near the property of 92-year-old Bridgehampton potato farmer Klaus Keinekleider.

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July 22, 2015   No Comments

Urban agriculture thriving in Baltimore

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Forty to 50 hoop houses are scattered across the city, including at three high schools – Lake Clifton, Patterson and Green Street Academy – which provide learning experiences for the students.

By Doug Tallman
University of Maryland Extension
Jul 8, 2015

Excerpt:

University of Maryland Extension is providing the technical expertise to build a thriving urban agricultural community.

“Anyone can grow, but other things need to happen in order to grow quality produce,” said Manami J. Brown, city Extension director.

And with that thriving community, urban agriculture is not only helping to feed city residents but it also promotes healthy living and improves the environment.

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July 19, 2015   No Comments

Urban Farming Is Booming, But What Does It Really Yield?

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The benefits of city-based agriculture go far beyond nutrition.

By Elizabeth Royte
Ensia and the Food & Environment Reporting Network
Apr 27, 2015
Elizabeth Royte is the author of three critically acclaimed books; her writing on science and the environment has appeared in Harper’s, National Geographic, Outside, The New York Times Magazine and other national publications.

Excerpt:

FarmedHere, the nation’s largest player in controlled environment agriculture (CEA) pumps out roughly a million pounds (500,000 kg) per year of baby salad greens, basil and mint in its 90,000-square-foot (8,000-square-meter) warehouse on the industrial outskirts of Chicago. Like many hydroponic or aquaponic operations (in which water from fish tanks nourishes plants, which filter the water before it’s returned to the fish), the farm has a futuristic feel — all glowing lights and stainless steel. Employees wear hairnets and nitrile gloves. But without interference from weather, insects or even too many people, the farm quickly and reliably fulfills year-round contracts with local supermarkets, including nearly 50 Whole Foods Markets.

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June 20, 2015   Comments Off on Urban Farming Is Booming, But What Does It Really Yield?

WorldWatch Institute: Creative Urban Farming

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Providing food for a growing population sustainably and creatively

By Emma Hansen
WorldWatch Institute
May 19, 2015

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Though innovative and unique in their technologies, these ways of growing food have their drawbacks. Freight Farms shipping containers are climate controlled and do not use natural sunlight, increasing the amount of energy needed to power them. They are also relatively expensive and may not be a viable option for providing large amounts of food to urbanites, especially those living in lower-income neighborhoods with low access to fresh foods. The Plantagon may reduce any need for chemical pesticides and herbicides, but it requires the construction of a whole new facility and has a large energy demand to maintain climate settings.

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June 8, 2015   Comments Off on WorldWatch Institute: Creative Urban Farming

Everyone wants to be a farmer

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City folk may not understand all the realities of farming, but many dream of doing it

By Toban Dyck
Grain News
May 11, 2015

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It’s frustrating. I want my city friends to get it. I want them to understand how nuanced issues and trends like livestock production, genetically-modified organisms, fossil fuels, and eating farm-to-table are.

It would be unfair to say city dwellers are vain, but I want to. Just as it would have been unfair of me to say all farmers are hicks when I lived in the city.

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May 20, 2015   Comments Off on Everyone wants to be a farmer

Investigating the association between urban agriculture and food security, dietary diversity, and nutritional status: A systematic literature review

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We identified 11,192 potentially relevant studies and included 13 papers from 12 unique studies.

By Emily Warrena, Sophie Hawkesworthb, Cécile Knaib,
Food Policy
Vol 53, May 2015
Pages 54-66

Highlights

UA may improve dietary diversity in developing and transitional economies.

Evidence suggests that UA may be associated with improved food security.

Poor quality and weak study designs hinder interpretation and assessing causation.

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May 13, 2015   Comments Off on Investigating the association between urban agriculture and food security, dietary diversity, and nutritional status: A systematic literature review

Seven African American Urban Farmers You Should Know

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Natasha Bowens, right.

“Community gardens help people reconnect with the earth, and this is especially important in areas that are struggling and have fewer resources.” Tanya Fields.

By Nicole L. Cvetnic
The Root
April 22 2015

Excerpt:

Natasha Bowens
Creator and author of The Color of Food
Frederick, Md.

After joining the food movement, Natasha Bowens instantly felt more alive and connected to the earth than she ever had before. She began discovering the historical inequalities in agriculture and the food system for people of color. When she was one of the few people of color selling food at a market a few years ago, some people did not take her efforts seriously.

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April 30, 2015   Comments Off on Seven African American Urban Farmers You Should Know

You’ve heard about urban agriculture, but people are farming the suburbs of Detroit, too

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Dr. Fay Hansen.

Nightshade Army Industries is one such example of not-quite-urban, not-quite-rural farming in the region.

David Sands
Metromodmedia
April 09, 2015

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Oakland University is also playing a role in the metro farming movement. For the last five growing seasons, the school has operated a student organic farm. From its humble beginnings as a student club project, it’s grown into a 0.6-acre undertaking with a hoop house and a paid coordinator, an OU alumnus named Jared Hanna.

Volunteers grow 68 types of vegetables on site, including 10 tomato varieties.

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April 20, 2015   Comments Off on You’ve heard about urban agriculture, but people are farming the suburbs of Detroit, too

Volunteer on Hands On Nashville’s urban farm in April

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The core focus of Hands On Nashville’s Urban Agriculture Program is to engage youth who live in neighborhoods with limited access to fresh food. (Photo: Submitted / Hands On Nashville)

“Volunteers are essential to keeping our farm running,”

By Todd Barnes
The Tennessean
March 24, 2015

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Hands On Nashville is seeking volunteers to visit its urban farm and help with some gardening projects 9-11 a.m. April 25. Projects range from digging in the ground, planting starts and seeds, watering and weeding existing rows and making new garden rows for planting.

“Volunteers are essential to keeping our farm running,” said Charlotte Pate, HON’s Urban Agriculture AmeriCorps member. “When they come out to the farm, they’re going to be mulching, weeding and really prepping our fields for our spring and summer crops.”

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April 3, 2015   Comments Off on Volunteer on Hands On Nashville’s urban farm in April

Living Architecture Monitor – Urban Agriculture Issue

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Volume 17, Issue 1
Spring 2015

Excerpts from Table of Contents:

Integrating Agriculture and Architecture in the 21st Century

On the Roof with Urban Agriculture Rick Stars

Profitable Green Roof Vegetables

Grand Rapids Chefs Experiment With Produce From 700 Foot Edible Wall

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March 19, 2015   Comments Off on Living Architecture Monitor – Urban Agriculture Issue

Indianapolis Hoosier Gardener: Urban gardening, steampunk style

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Amy Mullen’s front yard in Irvington is the home of vegetables and fruit trees. (Photo: Photo provided by Amy Mullen)

Is there a relationship between growing your own food on a small city lot and steampunking? Yes, she said.

Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp
Indy Star
February 19, 2015
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp (hoosiergardener.com) is secretary of Garden Writers Association and co-author of “The Indiana Gardener’s Guide.”

Excerpt:

Steampunk celebrates the individual craftsman and appreciates technology you can look at and see how it works. The farm-to-fork movement is one response to outsourcing growing food to industrial agriculture.

“With gardening, we recapture the skills we lost. There’s a streak of individualism and creativity that runs through both gardening and steampunking,” Mullen said.

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February 27, 2015   Comments Off on Indianapolis Hoosier Gardener: Urban gardening, steampunk style

What nobody told me about small farming: I can’t make a living

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People say we’re “rich in other ways,” but that doesn’t fix the ugly fact that most farms are unsustainable

By Jaclyn Moyer
Salon
Feb 9, 2015
(Must read. Mike)

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Whenever a customer asked how things were going, I replied, Great. I thought about the sinking ship, and never said, Well, we’re making ends meet, but we work 12 hour days, 6 days a week, and pay ourselves only what we need to cover food and household expenses: $100 per week. I didn’t tell anyone how, over the course of the last three years since Ryan and I had started our farm, I’d drained most of my savings. I didn’t admit that the only thing keeping the farm afloat was income Ryan and I earned through other means — Ryan working as a carpenter and I as a baker.

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February 11, 2015   Comments Off on What nobody told me about small farming: I can’t make a living

How One Of Washington D.C.’s Worst Heroin Markets Became A Sustainable Food Source

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A 100-square-meter plot in a 130-day temperate growing season “can provide most of a four-person household’s total yearly vegetable needs, including much of the household’s nutritional requirements for vitamins A, C, and B complex and iron.”

By Jeff Spross
Think Progress
September 18, 2014

Excerpt:

Thirteen years ago, Marvin Gaye Park was a mess.
The park sits in Lincoln Heights, a neighborhood in Washington, D.C.’s Ward 7, just east of the Anacostia River. The community is overwhelmingly poor and non-white, and suffers some of the worst rates of crime, unemployment and social breakdown in the city. The park itself had succumbed to disuse. One of the worst PCP and heroin markets in the city had cropped up nearby.

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September 22, 2014   Comments Off on How One Of Washington D.C.’s Worst Heroin Markets Became A Sustainable Food Source

So You Want To Be a Farmer

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Ever dream of chucking it all for the simple life? Read this first.

By Jesse Hirsch
Modern Farmer
September 15, 2014

Excerpt:
Many small farms take in apprentices or interns (a largely semantic distinction) for a growing season. According to Thistlethwaite, this is an all but mandatory step in your farm journey. And not just for one season. She suggests apprenticing for three to four years before you even consider starting your own farm. This will not only provide a basic knowledge base, but also ensure that farming is something you enjoy. “[Apprenticing] is gut check time,” she says. “It gives you the chance to ask yourself: ‘Is this really who I am?’”

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September 17, 2014   Comments Off on So You Want To Be a Farmer

10 Innovative Urban Agriculture Enterprises in Memphis

As of 2012, the adult obesity rate of Tennessee was up to 31.1 percent, with 11.9 percent of adults diagnosed with diabetes.

By Nora Kako
Food Tank
Aug 23, 2014

Excerpt:

1. The American Heart Association Teaching Garden of Bethel Grove Elementary School is representative of the more than 40 school gardens planted in East Memphis. The teaching garden’s program “combines nutrition education with garden-based learning” to give students a hands-on experience of healthy eating. Cigna HealthCare, who sponsored the opening of the garden, hopes to sponsor at least one new school garden each year.

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August 31, 2014   Comments Off on 10 Innovative Urban Agriculture Enterprises in Memphis