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Why Joining the Urban Agriculture Movement Will Make You Healthier

washgarCommon Good City Farm produces food for low-income neighborhoods in the District of Columbia.

In 2014, the USDA reported a total of 8,268 farmers markets nationwide, an increase of 76 percent since 2008. That increase was partly due to demand for more local food.

By Corinne Ruff
US News and World Report
June 23, 2015


As a gardener and researcher of human rights for adequate food and nutrition, Anne Bellows, professor of food studies at Syracuse University, says these urban farms play an important role in retaining public health.

“It’s important to understand and be aware of what the huge multitude of benefits are,” she says. “The food and the nutrition are important, but also very critical are benefits like access to green, quiet, safe space where other people are meeting and working – some place that is a refuge.”

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July 3, 2015   No Comments

Portland has 358 plots in nine different community gardens.

rportlMatthew Day (front) and Brad Hammond, two of 80 volunteers helping to create community garden plots on Portland’s Eastern Prom, put down newspapers as one of the ‘no-dig’ layers that help to cover the grass and turn it to compost. Photos by Whitney Hayward/Staff Photographer.

Sixty new plots will make a dent in the 200-plus waiting list for a community garden spot.

By Beth Quimby
Portland Press Herald
June 21, 2015


Dozens of volunteer gardeners on Saturday transformed a section of lawn on the Eastern Promenade into 60 new community garden plots for Portland residents.

And they did it all without having to dig up any sod.

The event, called a “permablitz,” was organized by the Resilience Hub, a Portland nonprofit that promotes permaculture, or ecologically friendly agriculture and social design; Cultivating Community, a Portland nonprofit that promotes better access to healthy, local foods; and Portland’s Urban Agriculture Sub-Committee. About 80 volunteers showed up to create new planting beds behind the tennis courts.

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July 2, 2015   No Comments

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


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.


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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Wageningen scientist in the Netherlands says community gardens are not always good for social cohesion


Veen studied seven community gardens in Almere (two), Amsterdam, Assen, Leeuwarden, Rotterdam and Zutphen.

Horticulture Week
12 June 2015


“It is often assumed that community gardens benefit the neighbourhood, but the gardens are also a ‘real world’ in which issues arise,” Veen said. “Municipalities, initiators of urban agriculture projects and other stakeholders should adjust their often high expectations. A neighbourhood community garden does not break through existing social structures just like that, and it is hard to bring people from different socio-economic backgrounds into contact with each other.” Veen’s research does show that neighbourhood community gardens allow people to get to know each other better and ask each other for help more easily.”

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June 20, 2015   No Comments

Urban agriculture blooms on Saskatoon’s empty lots

SASKATOON, SK CHEP Good Food Inc. staffers and volunteers water food plots in 300 plastic half barrels on a property at 20th Street West and Avenue K, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. The barrels, which had contained organic vegetable oil, were donated by Bioriginal. The food from the plots will be sold at the Farmer’s Market. Photograph by: Greg Pender, The StarPhoenix.

“We are in an agricultural hot spot, yet we are disconnected from that, from being in a city.”

By Chris Morin
The Starphoenix
June 11, 2015


On one piece of the most undesirable land in Saskatoon, a group committed to urban agriculture wants to prove people can grow something from nothing.

Members of CHEP, an organization that promotes access to healthy food, have taken a small unused plot of land off 20th Street and Avenue K and filled it with 150 barrels, which will be used to grow a variety of vegetables.

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City Slickers plans to create new West Oakland farm

City Slicker Farms’ planned urban farm and park. Image: City Slicker FarmsClick on image for larger file.

All told, the new farm and park will more than double the organization’s current output of fresh produce. Its three market farms now grow between 7,000 and 9,000 pounds of food per year.

By Piper Wheeler
Berkeley Side
June 4, 2015


The vacant lot at the corner of Peralta and 28th streets in West Oakland doesn’t look like much at the moment. Razor wire and cyclone fencing enclose 1.4 acres of overgrown grass and flowering weeds, with just a small shed and a few shade structures built near its center.

Across the street, at a salvage yard, giant hydraulic arms stack shiny cubes of compressed steel and aluminum. A ragtag line of pickups waits to sell their loads of broken fridges and scavenged scrap.

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A Community Garden Conference at Monmouth University, New Jersey

Gardening for Good – August 7 – 9, 2015

Keynote speakers for the conference include:

Dr. Sean Morrissey, Project Administrator, Thrive.Org.UK
Thrive is the leading charity in the UK that uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people who are living with disabilities or ill health.

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Nature’s Path Foods contest offers three $15,000 grants to urban farms/community gardens


Contest starts today! Apply between June 8, 2015 at 12PM PST and June 22

At Nature’s Path, we think your neighborhood is ripe with possibility. That’s why we plant the seeds for success through our annual Gardens for Good grant program, now entering its 6th year. Sprouting from our previous community garden initiatives, Gardens for Good encourages others to provide accessible, healthy, organic food to their communities. Each year, we award three $15,000 grants to deserving nonprofits with organic garden projects. If you’re a nonprofit with a passion for feeding your community, we invite you apply.

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La Finca Del Sur community garden flourishes in the South Bronx, NY

Ruiz Martinez, Gabriel Gallarda, and their neighbor, Staci Ellis, maintain a leased bed at La Finca Del Sur. Photo: David Sommerstein.

This farm was founded especially to be a safe place for women.

By David Sommerstein
May 26, 2015


La Finca Del Sur is a thriving community garden set in one of the most unlikely places, amidst a spaghetti swirl of off-ramps and train lines in the South Bronx.

On a traffic-choked street in the Motthaven-Port Morris neighborhood of the South Bronx, Freddy Gonzalez, a volunteer with La Finca del Sur, blared salsa from a cassette player and hawked vegetables — garlic, Swiss chard, string beans, corn, organic popcorn, and more.

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Victoria, British Columbia hopes community grows alongside urban gardens

A boulevard garden on Haultain Street, near Asquith Street, in Victoria. Photograph By DARREN STONE, Times Colonist

Councillors last week approved a process called Growing in the City to put the final touches on its new boulevard gardening guidelines.

By Bill Cleverley
Times Colonist
May 24, 2015


The hope is to update the community garden policy, create an inventory of city-owned land for food production and look into small-scale commercial urban agriculture.

Coun. Geoff Young said the city initiative reflects demand from the public.

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Community Gardens in São Paulo, Brazil


Conheça 6 hortas comunitárias espalhadas por São Paulo

By Marcia Sousa
27 de Abril de 2015


As hortas comunitárias estão invadindo as cidades. Com muita disposição e vontade de “fazer a diferença”, muitas pessoas têm dedicado tempo e suor para colocar literalmente a mão na massa. O CicloVivo separou 6 iniciativas espalhadas pela cidade.

Horta da Vila Indiana

Localizada em uma praça entre as ruas Souza Reis e Corinto, está a horta comunitária da Vila Indiana – bairro do Butantã, próximo à Cidade Universitária. Com extensão modesta, ela também é conhecida como “Hortinha do Kiko”, em homenagem a um morador querido da região.

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Greater Vancouver’s ‘Can You Dig It’


Working with over 1600 gardeners over the past six years, 38 organic community gardens have been created

By Brooke Oxley
Cinthia Page, Hemant Kulkari
Can You Dig It
Project Coordinator
May 28, 2015

For six years now Can You Dig It (CYDI) has been building community gardens all over the lower mainland. Working with over 1600 gardeners over the past six years, 38 organic community gardens have been created, so there is a good chance you may have encountered one – on city property, a rooftop, at a church, in the back or front yard of a residence, beside a school, or a community centre. Wherever there are people wanting to grow food, share skills and build relationships, CYDI is there to support accessibility, generosity and engagement. Like the biodiversity of a garden, they believe that community also thrives on the diversity of cultures, age groups and abilities.

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Thesis: ‘Reciprocity: Cultivating Community in Urban Agriculture.’

Through hands-on fieldwork at East New York Farms!, Kate Weiner ’15 examined urban agriculture as a political project for her thesis, “Reciprocity: Cultivating Community in Urban Agriculture.” (Photo by Laurie Kenney)

My experience at East New York Farms! affirmed for me just how fluid community is.

By Laurie Kenney
Wesleyan University
May 15, 2015


In this issue of the Wesleyan Connection, we speak with Kate Weiner ’15, an anthropology and environmental studies major.

Q: Can you describe your thesis, “Reciprocity: Cultivating Community in Urban Agriculture”?

A: My thesis is an exploration of how community, identity and belonging interact in urban agricultural spaces, with my hands-on fieldwork with East New York Farms! serving as a case study for examining urban agriculture as a political project. Through melding creative non-fiction, feminist theory, community politics and environmental studies, the intention of my thesis is to provide a framework for understanding the various social, natural, socioeconomic and political factors that shape community-making within urban agriculture.

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Toronto photographer begins his veggie garden after a long, cold winter

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Communal garden in the centre of the city inside a park

My name is Giulio Muratori, I’m a Toronto based photographer, and have lived in Toronto for 39 years.

This year, 2015, I joined a communal garden with three other people. The garden is situated in an old water pump house built in 1875, in the heart of Toronto. We have one big garden and two small ones.

There are several reasons why I want to work in this garden:

#1 to produce fresh home grown veggies and herbs.
#2 gardening is tranquil, relaxing and rewarding to me.
#3 socializing with the other gardeners.

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Community Garden job opening north of the Arctic Circle


Closing 02 May 2015

Community Garden Society of Inuvik
(Inuvik Community Greenhouse)
A Community Partnership with AURORA COLLEGE
79 Gwich’in Rd, Box 1544, Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0
Tel: 867-777-3267 (seasonal April-Oct)

We are looking for an Executive Director at our community greenhouse in the Northwest Territories. This position is ideal for someone with strong non-profit management and horticulture skills. It starts as soon as possible (closing 02 May 2015) and runs through March 2016 with possible extension dependant upon funding.

The full posting can be found on our website: We cover travel expenses upon negotiation with the successful candidate and this position has the added benefit of paying a Northern Living Allowance and 6 weeks annual leave.

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