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Jack Jack’s Coffee House the ‘catalyst’ for Urban Farming on Long Island, New York

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Both Jim and Rosette visited the church, where they agreed to take over 10,000 square feet of land and create their Lawn Island Farms.

By Nicholas Esposito
Greater Babylon
June 18, 2017

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Cassandra Trimarco, a physician assistant, who is a frequent customer at Jack Jack’s, was beyond excited to see the flier, being someone who was interested in growing her own food, but was restricted land-wise.

“I would grow little basil in cans, but that never worked out,” she said laughing.

After reading the ad she called immediately.

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June 23, 2017   No Comments

Homesteader to Restauranteur – San Diego’s The Red Door

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Watlington to transform her half acre back-yard garden into a vibrant urban farm that now supplies the restaurant with nearly 100 percent of its produce in the summer and 50 percent during the winter.

By Lisa Kivirist
Mother Earth News
June 14, 2017

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Are you a homesteader with a dream launching your own food business one day? Perhaps a restaurant showcasing farm to table fare? Trish Watlington, owner of The Red Door Restaurant, shares four of her success strategies that launched her from backyard gardener to San Diego’s leading local food entrepreneur. I’d also call her an “ecopreneur,” given her focus on the environment and making the world a better place.

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June 21, 2017   No Comments

One community garden at a time: how New Yorkers are fighting for food justice

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We didn’t call it food justice before – we called it survival.’ Photograph: Edward Helmore for the Guardian.

Tanya Fields’ Libertad Urban Farm joins a city-wide movement to redistribute resources to poor communities that are systemically deprived of healthy food

By Edward Helmore
The Guardian
12 June 2017

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For the past three summers, Tanya Fields produced a veritable cornucopia of fruits and vegetables at the Libertad Urban Farm in the South Bronx. But then disaster struck: “We got burglarized three times by a crackhead. He took everything. The pears, the grill – anything he thought had value. He knocked down the shed, destroyed the tomato vines and stole the eggplant.”

These difficulties are surely a setback, but they have not dulled Fields’ commitment to the issues of food justice and food equality, an emerging aim of community-focused activism across the US sometimes described as “communities exercising their right to grow, sell, and eat healthy food”.

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June 17, 2017   No Comments

Florida: Fleet Farming launches in Jacksonville – Grow a garden in your yard without lifting a finger

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More than 55,000 households don’t have easy access to fresh food in Duval County.

By Letisha Bereola
Action News Jax
Apr 28, 2017

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Here’s how it works: A homeowner donates their lawn and some cash for startup costs. Then a group of volunteers tend to the garden—you don’t have to lift a finger. You keep a share of the crop—the rest goes to local farmer’s markets or restaurants.

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June 10, 2017   Comments Off on Florida: Fleet Farming launches in Jacksonville – Grow a garden in your yard without lifting a finger

Social Entrepreneurs Grow A ‘Computer Garden’ At Zahn Innovation Center

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City LABscape’s Jorge Burgos, Wei Zhang and Sabrina Cohn (Photo credit: Wildbloom Photography)

A “computer garden” for urban farming that grows food without soil or harmful chemicals.

By Anne Field
Forbes
May 30, 2017

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Recently, Logan and Babich grew their first crop–radishes, which took about eight days to pop. “They came out really well,” says Babich. Next step: Over the summer, they plan to develop their hardware platform. Plus, they’re working with a fellow Zahn startup City LABscape to build the hardware for that company. City LABscape, which recently won the Standard Chartered Women + Tech4NYC Prize, has developed a curriculum and prototype for hands-on indoor agriculture STEM education for middle and high school students, using small hydroponic-growing systems.

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June 5, 2017   Comments Off on Social Entrepreneurs Grow A ‘Computer Garden’ At Zahn Innovation Center

Canada: British Columbia Researcher Opens Her Dye Garden for Tour

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Each dye plant is tested to see if they can create rich long lasting colours when exposed to light or when washed multiple times.

By Esme Hedrick-Wong
June 4, 2017

On May 28th, 2017 Esme, founder of Esme Living Colour, opened her dye gardens and textile studio on Salt Spring Island for visitors. There are over seventy different dye plants and trees in her gardens, including seven different varieties of indigo plants. On display in the studio were silk and silk hemp naturally dyed textiles, shawls and wall hangings. Over 80 visitors came from as far as Europe and Japan. Esme conducted tours for visitors on a beautiful sunny afternoon; followed by a talk on different natural dye techniques that she uses in her work.

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June 4, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: British Columbia Researcher Opens Her Dye Garden for Tour

Controversial ‘Urban Homesteading’ Jules Dervaes (1947-2016)

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Jules Dervaes (1947 – December 2016) was an urban farmer and a proponent of the urban homesteading movement.

From Wikipedia:

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Self-sufficient in the city

Dervaes has a one-fifth acre lot in Pasadena, California,on which he and his family raise three tons of food per year. This provides 75 percent of their annual food needs, 99 percent of their produce and helps them sustain an organic produce business. They also raise ducks, chickens, goats, bees, compost worms and are running an aquaponics fish experiment.

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June 1, 2017   Comments Off on Controversial ‘Urban Homesteading’ Jules Dervaes (1947-2016)

An Urban Winery Creates Rhubarb Wine

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Rhubarb is a hearty crop that grows well in Maine. We get our rhubarb from Maine farms and use it to make tasty wines we are sure you will love.

By Kathleen Pierce
Urban Eye
May 17, 2017

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Rhubarb, it’s not just for pie.

Two Mainers say the crimson plant that grows prolifically in the spring makes the perfect elixir. In the former Rockingham Electric Supply Co. in Portland’s East Bayside, Pete Dubuc and Amanda O’Brien are making rhubarb wine in small batches using simple ingredients from Maine.

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May 23, 2017   Comments Off on An Urban Winery Creates Rhubarb Wine

Young Dairy Farmers from Rajasthan’s Kota City sell Cow Dung Cakes online on Amazon

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“People basically want it for religious purposes in these cities,” Singh added.

NewsGram Desk
May 8, 2017

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The product is packaged in such a way that the cakes don’t break.

For starters, the dung, which is a semi-liquid mixture, is first dried. It is then put into a circular die which goes through a heat-shrinking process. The finished product is then packed in cardboard boxes and dispatched.

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May 14, 2017   Comments Off on Young Dairy Farmers from Rajasthan’s Kota City sell Cow Dung Cakes online on Amazon

The New Farm: Our Ten Years on the Front Lines of the Good Food Revolution

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Just released: The inspiring story of a family that quit the rat race and left the city to live out their ideals on an organic farm

By Brent Preston
Penguin Random House Canada
May 2017

It’s true that Brent Preston and Gillian Flies did leave the city and move to the country, and they did make a lot of stupid mistakes, some of which are pretty funny in hindsight. But their goal from the beginning was to build a real farm, one that would sustain their family, heal their environment, and nourish their community. It was a goal that was achieved not through bucolic self-reflection, but through a decade of grinding toil and perseverance.

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May 5, 2017   Comments Off on The New Farm: Our Ten Years on the Front Lines of the Good Food Revolution

10 Urban Farmers Bringing Fresh Food to New York City

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Iyeshima Harris.

Favorite thing about farming in NYC: “Having to educate adults and my peers about the importance of food justice.

By Katherine Ripley
NYC Food Policy Centre
Apr 26, 2017

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Iyeshima Harris is a farm manager for Ecostation New York and an organizer for the Youth Food Justice Network. She is currently transitioning from being an urban farmer to being a political organizer advocating for food justice. Iyeshima believes that urban farming is just one component of food justice, and she wants youth in the city to understand why people fight for food. Iyeshima also wants youth in the city to experience what she experienced growing up in Jamaica, where her great grandmother had a garden, and her family did not need to go to the supermarket for anything.

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May 3, 2017   Comments Off on 10 Urban Farmers Bringing Fresh Food to New York City

City Farmer Gets New “.eco” Domain Name

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City Farmer’s new website [www.cityfarmer.eco] features our Compost Demonstration Garden and our coming 40th anniversary next year. Visit the site here.

Leading global brands like Tesla, Google and LG have bought .eco domain names, taken the .eco pledge and set up .eco profiles.

Press Release
Dot ECO
April 25, 2017

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VANCOUVER, BC – Starting today, businesses, organizations and individuals can own a .eco domain, the new dedicated environmental domain extension for people and brands committed to positive change for the planet. The .eco domain comes to market following a nine-year collaborative effort among more than 50 environmental non-profits, all with a shared vision to bring a trusted symbol of environmental responsibility to the Internet.

“Consumers will recognize .eco as the new global identity for brands and organizations committed to positive environmental change,” said Trevor Bowden, co-founder of .eco and Big Room Inc., a certified B Corporation located in Vancouver, BC. “Early .eco domain holders have already inspired a positive ripple effect, encouraging other brands to register and promoting transparency and a new level of accountability in how companies broadcast their social, environmental and CSR mandates.”

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April 26, 2017   Comments Off on City Farmer Gets New “.eco” Domain Name

GROWKIT – The Urban Agriculture Kit for Beginners

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A Growbag (equipment + potting soil), a Growpack (plug plants + organic fertilizer) and a Growguide (a set of audio classes).

From their Indiegogo site
2017

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Noocity Urban Ecology is a start-up based in Oporto (Portugal) focused on the facilitation of Urban Agriculture. The name Noocity comes from mixing the prefix NOO, representing collective consciousness (based on the noosphere concept), with the word CITY, representing the urban universe.

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April 25, 2017   Comments Off on GROWKIT – The Urban Agriculture Kit for Beginners

Is Boston the next urban farming paradise?

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Freight Farms has spread north from Boston to Canada, and Pope says there are over just over 100 of the company’s container farms operating in the US alone.

By Oset Babur
The Guardian
Apr 16, 2017

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Freight Farms has spread north from Boston to Canada, and Pope says there are over just over 100 of the company’s container farms operating in the US alone. The company outfits each 40-ft container with the equipment for the entire farming cycle, from germination to harvest. This set of equipment, which the company calls Leafy Green Machine (LGM), creates a hydroponic system, a soil-free growing method that uses recirculated water with higher nutrient levels to help plants grow.

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April 24, 2017   Comments Off on Is Boston the next urban farming paradise?

India: Startups That Want You to Grow Your Own Food

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“We have an estimated 16,000 square kilometres of unused rooftop space in India. If we can turn 10 percent into farms, there’s a big opportunity.”

By Pranay Parab
Gadgets 360
10 April 2017

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he biggest challenge for terrace and balcony gardens is seepage. Over time, water stagnation tends to weaken building structures and by the time this visible through signs such as dripping ceilings, the damage is already done. Khetify says its “khet” (farm) boxes use drip irrigation to avoid this problem. Similarly, the other startups also say they take precautions to ensure that water doesn’t stagnate on roofs or balconies.

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April 18, 2017   Comments Off on India: Startups That Want You to Grow Your Own Food