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Milwaukee: Growing Power’s loss saddens community leaders

The Growing Power cafe and market, at 2719 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, is permanently closed after the nonprofit ran into financial difficulties. (Photo by Elliot Hughes)

Growing Power’s website has been stripped of all content and workers could be seen emptying the cafe-market at 2719 N King Drive on Wednesday. The institution has dissolved.

By Elliot Hughes
Milwaukeens
December 1/ update Dec 10, 2017

Excerpt:

That news hits hard for some community leaders, who appreciated Growing Power for its green, sustainable food practices, its influence on urban farming and the healthy food it spread throughout the city. But those interviewed feel good about the future of urban farming and that of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, where the nonprofit had a cafe-market.

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December 11, 2017   No Comments

Inside a farm hidden under the streets of Paris in an abandoned parking garage

Since late 2016, La Caverne/Cycloponics has grown vegetables in a 37,700-square-foot farm underneath the streets of Paris.

By Leanna Garfield
Business Insider
Dec 6, 2017

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It’s an underground farm by La Caverne/Cycloponics, a local indoor farming startup that harvests lettuce, herbs, and mushrooms in a space it calls la caverne (the cave).

The 10-person team calls its farm “the cave.” It’s located beneath a 300-unit affordable housing complex. The space was formerly an abandoned parking garage.

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December 9, 2017   No Comments

Herbs From the Underground in Lower Manhattan, New York City

Katherine Chester, a farm hand at Farm One, harvests for a morning delivery. Credit Sarah Blesener for The New York Times.

Farm One just opened an indoor rare herb and flower garden in a TriBeCa basement, and many prominent chefs are flocking to it.

By Alyson Kruegerdec
New York Times
Dec 6, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

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Farm One grew out of this research. In April 2016 the new company started growing products at a small indoor farm at the Institute of Culinary Education, also in Lower Manhattan, on Liberty Street. By August, the farm had its first client: Daniel Boulud’s Daniel. By the end of the summer, the herbs had sold out, which led Farm One to open a second location this fall, at 77 Worth Street.

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December 7, 2017   No Comments

Canada: Made-in-Toronto devices aim to make indoor gardening simple

Modgarden founder Aamar Khwaja. Photo by Samuel Engelking.

Consumer demand for cannabis-centric systems is also high

By Rae Ann Fera
Now
November 24, 2017

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Of course, when people think of growing herbs indoors, a different variety comes to mind.

With federal legislation legalizing marijuana, including growing at home, coming in July 2018, that other herb is on the radars of Modgarden and HiGarden.

HiGarden has already designed a four-pot prototype of the VIGA in anticipation of the four-plant growing limit the law will allow, but beyond that, no modifications have been made, largely because weed is still illegal.

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November 30, 2017   No Comments

New Northeast Portland food center to unite restaurants, urban farms

A new food center to be housed in the old Delphina’s Bakery.

The space will function as a very well-equipped commissary kitchen, featuring both a massive walk-in fridge and freezer, an extensive cookbook library, double dish pits and a separated baker’s stall

Oregonian
Nov 22, 2017

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In food circles, Northeast Portland’s Cully neighborhood might be best known for two things: it’s patchwork of urban farms, and the unlikely collection of quality restaurants lining Northeast 42nd Avenue.

A new food center coming to the old Delphina’s Bakery seeks to unite these two elements with a restaurant, a bakery, a green grocer and more.

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November 30, 2017   No Comments

A $1,000 bottle of wine grows in Brooklyn on a first-of-its-kind rooftop vine

Baby grapes being grown on a rooftop in Brooklyn. The first-ever rooftop vineyard brings the idea of urban agriculture to the wine industry. Rooftop Reds expects 30 cases of the bottles to be ready in 2019.

Rodenhouse invested $500,000 in the business. Once Rooftop Reds received the investment, it was able to move into a larger, permanent 14,800-square-foot rooftop space.

By Rene Brinkley
CNBC
Nov 16, 2017

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The Navy Yard agreed to lease the land if he met his goal. Shomaker raised $16,820, and in the spring of 2014, he started a nursery vineyard in a temporary space on the roof of a Navy Yard building.

Once he had the first grapes planted, Shomaker turned his attention back to money. He met with John Rodenhouse, the owner of award-winning Point of the Bluff Vineyards in upstate New York. “I was able to show him what I had put together. He could see the space at the Navy Yard and the grape vines. The fact that this was off the ground made it easy for him to say, ‘This looks like it has merit.'”

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November 23, 2017   Comments Off on A $1,000 bottle of wine grows in Brooklyn on a first-of-its-kind rooftop vine

Growing Power founder Will Allen to retire as nonprofit’s debts mount

Growing Power, a locally grown food operation, has several greenhouses in urban areas growing seasonal vegetables, fish, poultry and meat. It also raises yellow perch and tilapia in aquaponic tanks. Rick Wood / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Growing Power has eight pending judgments totalling $485,525, according to Circuit Court records.

By Sarah Hauer
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Nov. 20, 2017

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Additionally, Will Allen faces a $196,375 pending judgment filed by First Farmers Bank and Trust.

Filings with the Internal Revenue Service from 2012 through 2015 show the nonprofit running deficits each year, some years in excess of $2 million.

At its peak, Growing Power had nearly 150 employees, Allen said.

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November 21, 2017   Comments Off on Growing Power founder Will Allen to retire as nonprofit’s debts mount

Urban Farming Technologies Crop Up in Homes, Restaurants

Cam MacKugler waters a seedsheet at the Food Loves Tech event in Brooklyn, Nov. 3, 2017.

How do you obtain the freshest, locally grown produce in a big city? For an increasing number of urbanites, the answer is to grow it yourself.

By Tina Trinh
VOA
Nov 14, 2017

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Cam MacKugler can help. MacKugler was at the recent Food Loves Tech event in Brooklyn, New York showing off Seedsheets, roll-out fabric sheets embedded with seed-filled pods.

The sheets are placed atop soil in a home planter or an outdoor garden. When watered, the pods dissolve and plants sprout in 10 days (for pea shoots) to 70 days (for dragon carrots).

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November 21, 2017   Comments Off on Urban Farming Technologies Crop Up in Homes, Restaurants

Canada: True Grit Farm Produces Micro and Baby Greens in Langely, BC

The CSA program will run for 24 weeks (May to October). Two sizes will be offered; a full share, and a half share.

By Ashlee Brillert
True Grit Farm
Nov. 2017

Excerpts from Their Facebook Page:

Not much makes us happier than a nice full greenhouse! We’ve started to use coconut coir as seed cover instead of our soil mix to top some of our more delicate micros for the winter months. We find it helps us to avoid mould issues as it keeps some moisture in, but also has aeration properties. During the summer months our micros need misting on the hour as they dry out so quickly. During the winter we have the opposite problem where you can easily end up watering too much (or at the wrong time) and having micros sit wet overnight. Putting micros to bed wet we find can quickly give you mould issues! Coconut coir helps us with this, and keeps our watering down to twice per day in winter

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November 19, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: True Grit Farm Produces Micro and Baby Greens in Langely, BC

Dallas combats food desert with new seedling farm to help grow your own

Dallas’ urban farming community is coming together to help combat a food desert in South Dallas by launching a source of low-cost plants for gardeners.

By Teresa Gubbins
Dallas Culture Map
11.13.17

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“In fact, South Dallas is one of the largest food deserts in the country,” he says. “While there have been positive results with the many new urban farming and gardening efforts in recent years, there is still work to be done. The Seedling Farm aims to overcome some of the barriers to successful local agricultural production and help boost garden yield in South Dallas. It helps everyone in the urban farm system, facilitating others to grow their businesses.”

The Seedling Farm will be open year-round and will provide a variety of seasonal fruit and vegetable plants at a nominal cost, along with professional in-person advice. Community members — both individuals and groups — can participate via four steps: “meet, select, grow, and go.”

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November 19, 2017   Comments Off on Dallas combats food desert with new seedling farm to help grow your own

Innovations from Cleveland’s urban farms are taking root around the world

Rid-All Green Partnership, a thriving, three-acre green space.

Four of Cleveland’s thriving urban farms that exemplify the movement’s roots in building communities and creating opportunities: Chateau Hough, Green City Growers, Rid-All-Green Partnership, and Ohio City Farm

By Billy Hallal
Freshwater
November 09, 2017

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Randy McShepard is well aware of the common misconceptions about urban farming in Cleveland. “People say, ‘The soil’s contaminated! You can’t do it!’ or ‘There are just three months of good weather in Cleveland!’”

But McShepard is proving them wrong. He’s a co-founder of the Rid-All Green Partnership, a thriving, three-acre green space in the struggling but strengthening Kinsman neighborhood.

Rid-All has found creative ways around typical urban agriculture obstacles. They grow cold-weather crops like collard greens and kale, harvesting 11 months out of the year. As for the soil, they make their own. Wood chips and food waste (of which they use up to 50,000 pounds a week during peak season) decompose for months to form Rid-All’s “Black Gold,” a profitable compost soil that ships all across the state.

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November 15, 2017   Comments Off on Innovations from Cleveland’s urban farms are taking root around the world

Urban Flower Farm Raising Thousands for Des Moines City’s First Mobile Flower Truck

Scattered across backyards throughout the Des Moines area, our urban farm grows local, sustainable cut flowers that reflect the season. From tulips to sweet peas, peonies to dahlias, and everything in between.

By Jodi Whitworth
WhoTV
October 29, 2017

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Moeller’s goal is to turn a 1972 Ford ice cream truck into a mobile flower truck.

“We’ll scoot across the city just like area food trucks and offer our blooms. So it’s just like bringing the fresh cut, farm local blooms right to the customer.”

The bouquets will be arranged from the gardens of urban flower farms from across the city.

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November 4, 2017   Comments Off on Urban Flower Farm Raising Thousands for Des Moines City’s First Mobile Flower Truck

Africa: In Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon, recycled materials to grow food in the city

For J2D_Afrique, the solution lies in growing vegetables out of kits made up of old plastic bottles and rice sacks.

By Pierre Nka
Le Quotidien de l’économie
African Business Magazine
27 October 2017

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Given the scarcity of fertile land in the urban environment, urban agriculture using discarded plastic bottles has emerged as a potential alternative in Yaoundé, a city which is facing demographic pressure. “Young people come to the cities to look for work. It’s becoming urgent to build more housing and the pressure is such that the peri-urban areas are starting to disappear,” Kondzou explained.

His theory is clear: “when we speak about urbanisation, we’re talking about houses. Building houses means using concrete, and concrete is not good for agriculture.” While land that used to be cultivable is increasingly being paved over, there is no drop in the amount of food that needs to be produced.

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November 4, 2017   Comments Off on Africa: In Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon, recycled materials to grow food in the city

Marc Gasol, The Great Memphis Grizzlies Center, Grows His Own Fruits And Veggies

From Illustration by Kofong Hsia. WSJ

“The process of growing my own food. It helps mind and body. This is my delicious little heaven.” Marc Gasol.

By Corbin Smith
Sports Vice
Jun 27 2017

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As you can see, here, Marc is gardening in that finest but most thoroughly neglected of excellent gardening clothes: The basketball short and the athletic sandal. The cultural norms of the garden would have most people wearing a pastel cargo, a croc. Marc approaches the soil like an outsider, here. Basketball shorts, nice and breezy, a pair of athletics sandals, and a handsome tank top, allow the Spaniard to really suck the whole of the sunshine into his arms, surprisingly well toned for the offseason.

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October 21, 2017   Comments Off on Marc Gasol, The Great Memphis Grizzlies Center, Grows His Own Fruits And Veggies

Toledo, Ohio restaurant to open 8,000-square-foot urban indoor aquaponics farm to supply four area restaurants

New location for Balance Pan-Asian Grill to include urban farm. (Source: WTOL)

Mr. Karamchandani said the Balance operation will use tilapia and prawns, and it will grow all types of leafy greens, any type of fruiting vegetable (such as brussel sprouts), all types of peppers, and herbs. Prawns can be harvested for use in Balance menu items, but the chain does not use fish.

By Jon Chavez
Toledo Blade
Oct 12, 2017

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But next to the 2,300 square foot restaurant the owners plan to build an 8,000-square-foot urban indoor aquaponics farm that will grow enough vegetables, fish, and shrimp to supply their soon-to-be four area restaurants.

“We will grow product and 70 percent of it will be used in our restaurants. The rest we will sell to restaurants in town and in Ann Arbor,” said Mr. Karamchandani. “We’re going to pull out a lot, tons of produce once this gets going.”

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October 21, 2017   Comments Off on Toledo, Ohio restaurant to open 8,000-square-foot urban indoor aquaponics farm to supply four area restaurants