Category — Entrepreneurs
Collaborative ale an example of ‘community at its core’
By Jennifer Neutel
February 25, 2014
Village Brewery gave kegs to the people who had provided hops, which the community association used for a fundraiser event. “It was a nice little endless loop of love,” Jim says.
In January, Village Brewery held a meeting with a diverse group of Calgarians interested in urban gardening and sustainability. Representatives from four community associations were among those in attendance and are looking into getting involved and providing hops this year.
March 6, 2014 No Comments
“It’s all following the field of urban agriculture. Farmers now are retired people coming back to land left to their families, retired engineers, or may live in an urban area and just want to help communities.” (Huff Post article)
Excerpt from Farm Bureau, Virginia
The 43,560 Initiative, a project at Virginia State University, seeks to illustrate ways to farm a small amount of land for a big payoff.
“There’s 43,560 square feet in an acre. Our objective is to gross that much from one acre. There have been books written about it, and we’re attempting a demonstration to see if you can do it. We’re trying to make a dollar per square foot, and you would net about half of that,” said William Crutchfield, field coordinator for VSU’s Small Farm Outreach Program.
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By Randy Shore
January 27, 2014
The failure of the Alterrus rooftop greenhouse has left investors and creditors holding the bag for about $4 million and the city’s parking corporation EasyPark out of pocket for at least $13,104 in unpaid rent.
EasyPark’s liability could rise if the company is forced to remove the high-tech enclosure and mechanized vertical growing systems left on a downtown parking garage by the bankruptcy of Alterrus and its operating partner and marketing arm Local Garden Vancouver.
January 28, 2014 Comments Off
Alterrus Systems Inc. – Closing Statement
By Former ASI/LGVI Management Team
Jan 22, 2014
The Companies, Alterrus Systems Inc. and Local Garden Vancouver Inc. on a consolidated basis, have been challenged with working capital issues for the past months. This combined with productivity challenges on the leafy green side of crop production led us to change focus to the micro-greens crop which represented lower operating cost and higher margins overall. The micro-greens market potential was one which required development and although headed towards the positive cash flow direction it was moderately slow getting there.
January 25, 2014 Comments Off
Urban farming isn’t easy. The start-up cost alone is a major hurdle.
By Rachel Slavik
January 10, 2014
In cold weather climates, the traditional farming season is over by the first freeze.
But a new trend in agriculture is allowing farming to continue year round.
J & J Distributing in St. Paul is preparing to open a one acre greenhouse in the city. The urban farming facility will send local produce to store shelves.
January 19, 2014 Comments Off
These glowing indoor garden boxes are the future of urban agriculture
By Drew Prindle
January 2, 2014
GrowCube, an upcoming contraption from NYC-based inventor Chris Beauvois, aims to remedy this problem. GrowCube is essentially a high-tech indoor garden box that doesn’t require any soil to grow plants. Instead, the system uses aeroponics – a process that’s similar to hydroponics, but doesn’t require water tubes. Instead, aeroponic gardens hydrate plants using a fine mist of nutrient-loaded water that’s gradually collected by the plant roots. Misting like this allows GrowCubes to use 95% less water than traditional farming methods, and also prevents over-watering.
January 13, 2014 Comments Off
By Debbie Adams
Adams and Associates Design Consultants
We look to the United Nations International Year as inspiration for the holiday card we send out every year. This year, 2014, is the UN Year of Family Farming. We decided to focus on the increasing urban farming movement. Two of our clients, The Stop and Community Food Centres Canada, have been active in the growth of urban gardening and stress the importance of healthy food access in cities. We are very aware of the challenges and benefits of city farming.
January 6, 2014 Comments Off
12,000 kilomètres – 20 countries visited – 4 cities.
By Etienne, Simon & Yoann
Students in Montpellier SupAgro, international centre for higher education in agricultural sciences (Institut des Régions Chaudes).
Three students from Montpellier SupAgro school in France are realizing a research project on urban agriculture by making a European tour by bicycle which starts in early January, 2014 and ends in August. In their approach, urban agriculture includes intra-urban and peri-urban areas, including urban gardening. Their work will focus on innovations (technical, social, spatial and organizational) in this areas and the change in eating habits of people practicing urban agriculture.
December 29, 2013 Comments Off
No property owner wants to be held responsible for ripping up a garden when they want to build something else, but Nomad Garden’s designs–soon to come to life in San Francisco–mean they won’t have to.
By Adele Peters
Dec 16, 2013
When she first moved to San Francisco, architect Stephanie Goodson missed having a garden. After several failed attempts at growing food in her dimly-lit apartment, she started thinking about the many temporarily vacant lots she saw when running through her neighborhood. Four years later, Nomad Gardens–her design for a mobile community garden that can move from lot to lot–is about to break ground.
December 20, 2013 Comments Off
Urban Agriculture Apprenticeship Program (UAAP) recently graduated six individuals
By Medgar L. Clark
Medgar L. Clark is a freelance writer, a volunteer with an agricultural advocates work group, and non-profit consultant based in Detroit that spotlights issues and individuals not normally on the radar screen through social media and his networking contacts.
Detroit, MI — In mid September you can see the great color scheme of Michigan’s wonderful foliage beginning to change. The leaves on trees going from green to an orchestra of yellows, oranges, and reds all cascading into a nature lovers dream. Late October is when it’s time for growers to harvest their seasons bounty and put their beds to rest for the winter as those leaves fall from the trees, turn brown and can be used for composting. It is mid November, and cold nights are upon us and winter is arriving….
December 13, 2013 Comments Off
In Britain one plastic bag, compost and seed planted with Tumbling Tomatoes will cost approximately £0.47 per bag. The average bag will produce 2.5Kg of tomatoes in one season.
By Mike Tomkinson
Rotary Club of Rochdale England
Dec 6, 2013
From an email:
For the last four years our Rotary Club in the U.K. has been developing ‘UrbanFarm’, a very simple method of growing vegetables and fruit in vertically hung bags. We originally designed it for use in arid climates as it uses only tiny amounts of water however it works well anywhere regardless of water availability. We’ve carried out project trials in England, Kenya and Bangladesh with great results as virtually the only cost is the price of a seed which can often be had for free from development agencies.
December 11, 2013 Comments Off
Started in 2010, Garden Fresh Farms is building a nationwide network of investor-owned, inner-city indoor hydroponic farms
Excerpt from their website:
We have proven that urban agriculture is sustainable in a warehouse environment. We want to help others reach for their dream and replicate Garden Fresh Farms in large urban areas. Imagine owning your own business that is “green”, natural, local and healthy. In any economy people have to eat and with the rise in gas prices, consumer purchases of locally produced products will increase.
Helping the Urban Farmer: We are making owning an urban farm within reach of the passive investor who believe in the future of indoor agriculture, wants to be part of the growth, but doesn’t want to quite their day job.
December 4, 2013 Comments Off
Fresh City is a city farm located in Toronto. They bring makers and eaters together to change the way people think about food. They deliver fresh, local and organic food grown by city farmers right to your door.
November 25, 2013 Comments Off
Caters to chicken and bee keepers,gardeners, food preservers, cheese makers, gift givers and those just looking to add a little farm to the city life. Additionally, The Savvy Hen offers classes, speakers and events.
Owners: Melissa, Mark and Mosby Winchester
Opened: July 2013
Excerpts from their site:
What kinds of feeds do you offer?
We offer a high quality organic and conventional feeds and scratches for chickens of all life stages, as well as feed for rabbits and goats. Organic feeds are available in 50 pound bags, and several are also available in 25 pound bags. Additionally, we have an organic bulk feed bar, which offers whole grains,oyster shell and grit, all available for purchase by the pound. Please don’t hesitate to call or email with any questions regarding our feeds.
November 23, 2013 Comments Off
A film that examines community responses to the factory farm. How do we make local food fresh, real, and accessible to all?
By Elizabeth Sparks
Funding period Nov 11, 2013 – Dec 11, 2013
We have filmed across the United States over the past six months, but we want to tell the whole global story. This means we need your donations to complete our film and tell the real story – how urban farming is changing our planet worldwide. We have plans to travel to Mexico City, Tokyo, and Burgundy – each city and region facing unique challenges to urban farming (from economic conditions to access to water) and unique responses (the use of technology in Tokyo’s green buildings, for instance), too.
November 23, 2013 Comments Off