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Pittsburgh’s St. Clair neighborhood to get an urban farm and new housing

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The Hilltop Alliance Hilltop Farm Master Plan.

“This is really going to be a public community garden for the broader community.”

By Ashley Murray
Pittsburgh City Paper
Feb 3, 206

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The farming portion will include 16 quarter-acre plots for farmer incubation.

“It’s a big issue that people who want to start farming, the cost of doing so is so high and very prohibitive,” said Baxendell.

There will be 60 community gardening plots, as well as bigger lots for larger crops, such as corn. All spaces will require applications from community members. An orchard of 176 fruit trees is planned for the site. Gardeners can sell their produce at a year-round farmer’s market; an on-site community-supported-agriculture (CSA) farm would also sell goods.

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February 9, 2016   No Comments

Students design sustainable community garden space in Ontario, California

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We are a team of 3 architecture students who have worked for a year to make this project a reality and today we need the final push to materialize the desires and needs of a community.

Excerpt from Kickstarter:

Huerta del Valle, an energetic community garden in Ontario, is already feeding 62 families by providing any person willing to maintain a garden with a 20ft by 10ft plot of land, for only 10 dollars a year. There is also a section of the 3-acre garden devoted to producing vegetables the community sells to near-by restaurants and farmers markets, paying for the operational costs of the garden. They have grown over 6000 lbs of produce in the last season alone. Before this, the site has been barren for as long as we can see, but in the past two years, the community garden has been developing rapidly.

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January 13, 2016   Comments Off on Students design sustainable community garden space in Ontario, California

12 Gifts For Urban Farmers

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Egg Gathering Apron.

Give the gardener in your life something to be thankful for with these tools for a successful growing season.

By Lindsey McClave
Urban Farmer
Dec 2015

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Handmade in Amish Country the Yoder Sewing Room’s Egg Gathering Apron is a fun and superior replacement to the traditional basket. No more broken eggs or struggling with lids and latches with limited use of your hands. This apron carefully protects and holds up to 10 eggs in individual pleated pockets that allow for easy access and full use of both hands. This is a unique product which works well for both children and adults.

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December 30, 2015   Comments Off on 12 Gifts For Urban Farmers

The Edible City – American Society of Landscape Architects

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The Edible City from ASLA on Vimeo.

Designing Our Future – Sustainable Landscapes

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While growing food breaks the law in many U.S. cities, innovators like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and smaller cities like Madison, Wisconsin, are now changing regulations to accommodate the growing numbers of urban farmers. In those communities, many types of private and public spaces — front and backyards, courtyards in multi-family complexes, abandoned lots, and building rooftops — can now be legally transformed from unproductive spaces into low-cost sources of nutrition.

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December 9, 2015   Comments Off on The Edible City – American Society of Landscape Architects

From Montreal to Finland, residential greenhouses are on the rise

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Productive House provides a communal growing space for residents of a Montreal building. Click on image for larger file.

“We need to rewrite the textbook on local housing and food supply chain,” says Kongshaug. “Food, housing, jobs and affordability are intrinsically related.”

By Anya Georgijevic
Special to The Globe and Mail
Nov. 19, 2015

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The eight families occupying the Maison Productive House in Montreal’s Pointe–Saint-Charles neighbourhood enjoy freshly picked produce year-round without having to step foot off the property. The building, completed in 2010, features a rooftop greenhouse that residents use to grow everything from lettuce to watermelon. Architect Rune Kongshaug, principal and founder of Produktif Studio, based in New York and Montreal, conceptualized the design as a carbon-neutral, self-sufficient structure, and it’s among a mere sixdozen residential buildings in Canada certified as LEED Platinum.

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November 25, 2015   Comments Off on From Montreal to Finland, residential greenhouses are on the rise

Agrihood: Moving next to the farm

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Agrihoods are popping up like peppers coast-to-coast. The Cannery, near Sacramento, has a 7.5-acre farm. Prairie Crossing outside Chicago is anchored by a 100-acre farm.

CBS
Nov 22, 2015
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He was nervous about urban sprawl, and decided to develop a community his way. Today, Serenbe has 1,000 acres. Its clusters of homes are surrounded by walking trails and horse stables. But at the center of it all: 25 acres set aside for agriculture.

“The first 20 lots that I priced were sold in 48 hours,” said Hygren. “And the next group [was] sold in about six weeks. So I realized that there was actually the market demand for what we were talking about.”

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November 23, 2015   Comments Off on Agrihood: Moving next to the farm

Impact ‘Urban’ Farm from Human Habitat, a Danish ‘urban design lab’

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Designing a unit that would increase food security in cities, lower the ecological footprint of food production, create jobs and easily adapt to changes in the urban landscape.

By James Clasper
Collectively
Nov 9, 2015

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In terms of production capacity, Kjaer and Markussen envisage two models. For independent businesses looking to sell herbs and micro-greens to restaurants and markets, the farm could produce nearly 3 tonnes per year. A larger, community-driven project – for example, one seeking to produce vegetables, leafy greens and fruit for distribution to schools, kindergartens and nursing homes – could expect to produce up to just over 6 tonnes per year.

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November 20, 2015   Comments Off on Impact ‘Urban’ Farm from Human Habitat, a Danish ‘urban design lab’

FAO makes training materials for Lesotho, Africa – ‘The Home Gardening and Nutrition Training’

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The Home Gardening and Nutrition training material was made by FAO in partnership with the Lesotho Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS) and all members of the Home Gardening and Nutrition Working Group (NGOs, UN agencies and Government institutions)

By Elizabeth Tsehlo
FAO
Nov 2015
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Two different tools were produced: posters and handouts.

For trainer’s use (teachers, extension staff, NGOs), 400 kits combining the four posters and a portable stand have been produced in PVC A0 size (200 in Sesotho, 200 in English).

For communities, students, farmers and public in general, 60,000 kits of four handouts each have also been printed in A1 size (30,000 in Sesotho and 30,000 in English). These handouts include the information provided in the posters and additional related information on the reverse side of each handout.

The handouts have been distributed to approximately 300 schools (primary and high schools), and are being distributed to all 68 agricultural Resource Centres in Lesotho. Copies are also given for free to all members of the Home Gardening and Nutrition Working Group including various ministries, institutions, university, UN agencies and NGOs. FAO Emergency and Resilience Programme beneficiaries – 18,500 vulnerable farming families in total – will also receive one kit through the resource centres.

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November 3, 2015   Comments Off on FAO makes training materials for Lesotho, Africa – ‘The Home Gardening and Nutrition Training’

Rusted-out Shenzhen factory reborn as a thriving urban farm

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Eye-pleasing plots of vegetables growing on the reclaimed site. Photo by Thomas Chung.Click on image for larger file.

Architect Thomas Chung’s award-winning green growing space in Shenzhen was inspired by Hong Kong’s Central district rooftops

By Peta Tomlinson
South China Morning Post
Oct 13, 2015

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The project’s design inspiration came partly from an emerging global trend whereby city dwellers are reconnecting with the hands-on experience of growing crops as a means of offering a more secure, accessible food supply.

“Besides pointing to an attitude and lifestyle change, it’s about experimenting with what can be done with hitherto untapped land resources, such as on rooftops, terraces and balconies, inside parks and under flyovers,” Chung said.

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October 22, 2015   Comments Off on Rusted-out Shenzhen factory reborn as a thriving urban farm

Red Hook West Urban Farm part of Archtober design festival in New York City

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Red Hook West Urban Farm.

The new outdoor space in Red Hook, Brooklyn, was developed by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) as a prototype to be replicated on at least five other sites, as part of their Urban Agriculture Initiative.

Real Estate Weekly
Oct 12, 2015

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The farm is a built representation of thread collective’s work in urban agriculture, green infrastructure, and resiliency, and serves as a site of education, job training, and community engagement. In this way, it is the opposite of the urban “food desert” and a source of knowledge and economic vitality.

The landscape design overlays existing, informal pedestrian paths over the east-west orientation, optimal for growing fruits and vegetables, yielding a dynamic pattern of planters and gathering spaces.

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October 20, 2015   Comments Off on Red Hook West Urban Farm part of Archtober design festival in New York City

London’s controversial garden bridge

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An artist’s impression of the proposed garden bridge. Photograph: EPA. Link to larger image.

It has seemed impervious to criticism up to now, but is the flawed fairytale plan to build a forest across the Thames finally beginning to wither?

By Oliver Wainwright
The Guardian
Oct 1, 2015

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It has been damned by the worthies of St Paul’s Cathedral, drawn thousands of signatures of public opposition and been slammed by Labour’s next London mayoral candidate but, like some undead zombie forest intent on haunting the Thames, the garden bridge just won’t go away.

Or will it?

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October 18, 2015   Comments Off on London’s controversial garden bridge

The different facets in the relationship between urban agriculture and placemaking.

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palcSpark Park at Kendall. By Elizabeth Rogers Drouillard.

In 1800, more than 75% of the American population made their income directly or indirectly from agriculture. Today, that percentage is approximately 2%, and less than half of those actually make a living wage from their farm.

By Levi Gardner
The Rapidian
Oct 6th, 2015

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Drive through the city to see abandoned lots with a “For Sale” sign, and you are faced with a fascinating conundrum. Inquire from a real estate agency the value of that property and they will de facto respond with its financial value. They may value the property with its worth as a building, a parking lot or green space. But they will likely not respond with its worth with any other metric than one that has a dollar sign attached to it.

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October 14, 2015   Comments Off on The different facets in the relationship between urban agriculture and placemaking.

The Newest Odd Couple: Real Estate Developers and Urban Farmers

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The roof garden on the Stack House Apartments in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. (Michael Walmsley/Vulcan Real Estate)

“In order for urban food production to have staying power, there has to be a real commitment and dedication to it from all perspectives—from people who are developing the buildings, the planning departments, the politicians.”

By Steve Holt
City Lab
Oct 5, 2015

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At the Stack House Apartments in Seattle’s now-trendy South Lake Union neighborhood, residents can walk out onto a terrace and pluck a tomato right off the vine.

In the South Bronx, an 8,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse atop an affordable housing development is creating jobs and food for the residents below—along with cooler summers and warmer winters.

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October 13, 2015   Comments Off on The Newest Odd Couple: Real Estate Developers and Urban Farmers

Urban farm’ concept wins in battle for Santa Clara property development

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California developer Core Companies’ plan for a mixed-income community, featuring a 1.5-acre, “agrihood” urban agriculture space

By Kim Slowey
Construction Dive
October 1, 2015

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California developer Core Companies’ plan for a mixed-income community, featuring a 1.5-acre, “agrihood” urban agriculture space, was selected by the Santa Clara City Council, despite Core’s proposal being less financially viable than others, according to city officials.

Core’s development would also include 165 affordable senior rental units, 160 market-rate rental units — with 16 restricted as affordable for moderate-income households — and 35 market-rate townhomes. Core has proposed paying the city $15.5 million for the land on which it will build the market-rate housing portion, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

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October 7, 2015   Comments Off on Urban farm’ concept wins in battle for Santa Clara property development

Portland State University gave their counterparts from Montreal, Canada, a grand tour of the City’s urban farms

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Rooftop Garden at Noble Rot Restaurant. See more about the garden.

Both cities — while much different in size — share the same latitude and a population that is “environmentally oriented,” McClintock says.

By Jennifer Anderson
Portland Tribune
Sept 15, 2015

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Eight PSU graduate students took eight Canadian graduate students to meetings and site visits at some of Portland’s best-kept secrets: urban gardens that have sprouted in recent years to help fight hunger, empower low-income residents, educate children, and give youth and adults access to healthy food right in their backyard or neighborhood.

It’s fascinating stuff for planners, since it is a byproduct of gentrification in hot spots like Portland, says Nate McClintock, the PSU assistant professor who spearheaded the student exchange.

“Essentially, urban agriculture arises where there’s vacant land, cheap land, a low market rate or wherever food justice activity pops up,” McClintock says. “So many of these projects produce food to address the so-called food desert.”

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September 21, 2015   Comments Off on Portland State University gave their counterparts from Montreal, Canada, a grand tour of the City’s urban farms