New Stories From 'Urban Agriculture Notes'
Random header image... Refresh for more!

Category — Entrepreneurs

Fortune: Kimbal Musk on ‘How Millennials Will Forever Change America’s Farmlands’

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

Kimbal Musk is the co-founder of The Kitchen, a family of companies that pursue an America where everyone has access to real food. He sits on the boards of Tesla, SpaceX and Chipotle Mexican Grill.

By Kimbal Musk
Fortune
Mar 21, 2017

Excerpt:

Tiny plots on rooftops and small backyards are popping up all across America, particularly in urban areas that have never been associated with food production. These micro-farms aren’t meant to earn a profit or feed vast numbers of people, but they reflect the Millennial generation’s desire to forge a direct connection with the food they consume.

[Read more →]

March 26, 2017   No Comments

Los Angeles: Company feeds growing edible landscaping trend

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

These raised beds are installed at one of the California apartment complexes. Photo: Farscape.

A small agrihood consisting of eight to 10 raised beds, six orchard trees and mulching starts around $20,000 and only goes up from there as the size and complexity is increased.

By Jill Odom
Total Landscape Care
Mar 14, 2017

Excerpt:

Farmscape has currently installed over 600 urban farms to date and maintains more than 250 of those locations.

The smaller agrihoods can be designed to fit 500 square feet while large agrihoods can take up several acres of land.

“We design each project to match the neighborhood and the future residents,” Hermanson said.

[Read more →]

March 21, 2017   No Comments

Singapore: Spa Esprit’s Cynthia Chua on urban farming and her new Farm to Beauty brand

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

Cynthia Chua. A pioneer in everything from introducing waxing to expanding our gastronomical palette, Chua wants us to consider the viability of urban farming, not just for food but for beauty ingredients too.

Calendula is very good as anti-inflammatory product, especially post-threading and tweezing. With whatever we’ve grown, we are able to produce about 1,600 bottles. That was just 10-20 per cent of the garden being used.

By Renée Bachelor
Buro
Nov 18, 2016

Excerpt:

Now Chua is doing the seemingly impossible, working in partnership with Raffles City Shopping Centre and Edible Gardens to cultivate and hand harvest plants and herbs in a secret, rooftop farm stretching 10,000 square feet on top of Raffles City.

Tucked away on the seventh floor, more than 1,600 herbs and plants across 16 varieties have been grown, harvested and blended into beauty products. We visited the farm at sundown and it was pretty magnificent to see plants thriving within our urban landscape. Some of the plants that feature heavily in the first two products were aloe vera and calendula — these products will available at Strip and Browhaus outlets from this month.

Read the complete article here.

March 18, 2017   No Comments

95-year-old Landscape Architect, Cornelia Oberlander, Describes Her Mother’s Gardening Book

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

Horticulturist Beate Hahn published ‘The Garden Primer for Kids and Mother’ in 1935.

By Michael Levenston
City Farmer
Mar 14, 2017
(Must see! Mike)

At her home/office in Vancouver, Canada’s famous landscape architect shows us one of her mother’s books on gardening. The book’s artist, Ursel Bartning (1905 – 1990), featured Cornelia in many of the images throughout the book including the cover.

[Read more →]

March 15, 2017   No Comments

Medical Marijuana Company Donates Gardening Supplies, Expertise To Calgary Urban Farm Charity

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+


Cam Battley, Senior Vice President with Aurora Cannabis Inc., stands in one of the ten marijuana grow rooms. Gavin Young/Postmedia.

“This is one of the single largest contributions we’ve had to the growing side of what we do,” Hughes said.

By Shawn Logan
Calgary Herald
March 6, 2017

Except:

The donated pots and propagation trays are used for cloning cannabis plants that are among the 7,000 kilograms of medical marijuana being grown at the company’s central Alberta facility annually.

And the expertise, said Battley, will acquaint the Grow Calgary farmers with some of the latest practices in pesticide-free agriculture, using so-called ‘good bugs’ for pest control as well as other cutting edge cultivation tools.

[Read more →]

March 11, 2017   Comments Off on Medical Marijuana Company Donates Gardening Supplies, Expertise To Calgary Urban Farm Charity

Educating Children about Sustainable Food Production

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

Educational aquaponics program for schools

By Jonathan Luckhurst
Sea to Sky Aquaponics
Custom Food Production Systems

Excerpt from fundraising site:

Sea to Sky Aquaponics is in need of funds to expand its educational aquaponics program for schools. Funds will be used to:

(1) develop an aquaponics program that directly applies to the biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics curriculums;
(2) design and build a wider variety of aquaponic systems
(3) attend the Amazing Agriculture event at Northlands (Edmonton, May 2017).
Sea to Sky Aquaponics has set a minimum goal of $5000 to achieve these aims.

[Read more →]

March 10, 2017   Comments Off on Educating Children about Sustainable Food Production

British designer Vanessa Harden’s Subversive Gardener line of jewelry and accessories

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

They tap into the urban, guerrilla gardening movement in which gardeners take over vacant lots or concrete medians for gardens. Harden creates ball caps with hidden garden rakes, rings with garden tools embedded in the design and other sly, clever accessories.

By Vanessa Harden
(Must see. Mike)

Tools for Her is the new collection of accessories designed to function as guerrilla gardening tools. Tools for Her presents a trio of brass ‘nail-dusters’ that can be used as a spade, rake and shovel in urban gardening. Each tool is paired with fabulous nail polish and seed varieties to stylishly integrate gardening assaults into the guerrilla gardener’s daily routine.

[Read more →]

March 8, 2017   Comments Off on British designer Vanessa Harden’s Subversive Gardener line of jewelry and accessories

How to Turn an Abandoned Factory in North Philadelphia into a Thriving Mushroom Farm

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+


From left: Tyler Case, Brian Versek, and Dan Howling at the North Philly farm.

“They’re doing it right, the mushrooms are always consistent, and the flavor is just killer. The quality is so high that we get to utilize all parts of the mushroom. We make mushroom oil and stocks, taking advantage of everything they give us.”

By Phil Dmochowski
Munchies Vice
Feb 27, 2017

Excerpt:

Our approach to the farm takes us through one of Philadelphia’s most blighted areas. Driving down Front Street, we pass over “El Campamento,” a homeless enclave regarded by the DEA as the East Coast’s largest heroin market. While most locals are quick to avoid the area, this stretch is part of Tyler’s regular commute. Where I see serial neglect, he finds possibility for renewal. To succeed in this business, he tells me you have to “think like a mushroom.” It’s a mantra that makes his choice of location feel apt: In nature, fungi have an unparalleled ability to manage decay and restore healthy, fertile environments at the molecular level.

[Read more →]

March 5, 2017   Comments Off on How to Turn an Abandoned Factory in North Philadelphia into a Thriving Mushroom Farm

Urban farmers grow crops in Brooklyn parking lot

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

Square Roots farmers grow crops in 10 steel shipping containers converted into hydroponic farms. Square Roots aims to expand to 20 metropolitan areas by 2020.

By Eric Girard
Metro
Feb 21

Excerpt:

Square Roots raised seed financing to build the campus, which cost more than $100,000. Then, 10 young farmers were chosen from more than 500 applicants for a yearlong stint that started in November.

One of them is Electra Jarvis, 27, an Alphabet City resident who grows kale, mustard greens, and Salanova lettuce and is working on cilantro.

[Read more →]

February 27, 2017   Comments Off on Urban farmers grow crops in Brooklyn parking lot

The Most Important Modern Farmer Might Be The Urban Cowboy

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+


This beautiful woman came to libertadurbanfarm and volunteered today. She also taught me about what I thought were weeds were actually a tasty green eaten in the Philippines and then she donated kneeling pads, a crap ton of seeds and bought some hot sauce. (From the Tweet under photo.)

Libertad Urban Farm is also one of about 40 community-run spaces, each with their own social justice projects, that grow serrano peppers for The Bronx Hot Sauce.

By Heather Corcoran
Good Food
February 10, 2017

Excerpt:

In the South Bronx, The BLK ProjeK’s Libertad Urban Farm is a women-led space for economic development. “You’re not having a real conversation about poverty if you’re not talking about women and children being the most affected by poverty,” explains BLK Projek executive director Tanya Fields, who founded the project three years ago. “It’s hard being a mother no matter where on the spectrum you are, but when you start to talk about the intersectional disparity, those who are the most marginalized are the ones who bare the greatest brunt of disparity. In a society like ours, the further you move away from the proximity of whiteness, the bigger you feel the disparity.”

[Read more →]

February 16, 2017   Comments Off on The Most Important Modern Farmer Might Be The Urban Cowboy

Darius Jones: A Hard-knock Teen Turned Urban Farmer in Chicago

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+


Darius Jones with easter egg radishes.

Jones knows from experience that urban farming is a tranquil space that is welcoming to people from diverse backgrounds. It was also calming to a kid who needed a way out.

By Christopher Nelson
NBC News
Feb 10, 2017

Excerpt:

As a teen growing up on Chicago’s West Side, Darius Jones got in trouble with the law.

He pleaded guilty to a felony and spent two years locked up. But the time spent at Cook County Jail led him to a garden boot camp. And that garden program led him to his life’s work: urban agriculture.

“The only reason I wanted to work for the garden was because, over the two years of sitting in max, I only went outside twice,” said Jones, who grew up in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood. “It helped me reflect on life. It helped me to reevaluate my situation.”

[Read more →]

February 13, 2017   Comments Off on Darius Jones: A Hard-knock Teen Turned Urban Farmer in Chicago

United Kingdom: Meet the hobby farmers, the City types spending their free time working the land

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

Part-time farmer Nigel Tuck, at Golland Farm, works for a Swedish bank.

Despite being unable to tell one end of a sheep from another, well-paid City workers continue to buy up chunks of British countryside as an answer to all their problems.

By Fred Redwood
The Telegraph
Jan 28, 2017

Excerpt:

How easy was it for an advertising executive to turn his hand to farming all of a sudden? “The bureaucracy is straightforward and much of the work is logical and sequential,” says Richard, 56. “You just follow the times of the year and stick to a routine. Yet to be really successful involves a huge learning curve. Things like the breeding lines of sheep are enormously complicated and the simplest things can be surprisingly complex.” Grimsacre Farm, listed with Humberts for £1?million, is under offer.

[Read more →]

February 5, 2017   Comments Off on United Kingdom: Meet the hobby farmers, the City types spending their free time working the land

Two of Martha Stewart’s Favourite Garden Gadgets

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+


10 gallon Compost Tea Brewer from Rittenhouse.

Compost Tea Brewers and and an Indoor Seed Starter

Excerpts from Wall Street Journal Jan 22, 2017

“One of the healthiest ways to feed your plants is to make compost tea, a combination of compost and water that’s heated to a certain temperature and brewed like regular tea. It doesn’t smell. I use the Rittenhouse Compost Tea Brewer. I have the 10- and 25-gallon systems, but they come in small sizes, too, so you can use one even if you only have a porch full of plants.”

[Read more →]

February 2, 2017   Comments Off on Two of Martha Stewart’s Favourite Garden Gadgets

Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

Forthcoming March 2017

By Erin Benzakein, Julie Chai, Michele M. Waite (Photographer)
Chronicle Books
(March 7, 2017) 308 pages

From Erin Benzakein, a leader in the locaflor farm-to-centerpiece movement and owner of internationally renowned Floret Flower Farm, Cut Flower Garden is equal parts instruction and inspiration—a book overflowing with lush photography of magnificent flowers and breathtaking arrangements organized by season. This beautiful guide to growing, harvesting, and arranging gorgeous blooms year-round gives readers vital tools to nurture a stunning flower garden and use their blossoms to create showstopping arrangements.

[Read more →]

February 1, 2017   Comments Off on Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms

Urban Farmer brings lettuce to Long Island

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

East Northport resident Jonathan Bernard is on a mission to bring urban farming to Long Island.

His goal revenue for the year is $150,000. While accounting isn’t a necessary skill for farming, it does help when he focuses on the business side of things.

By Paige McAtee
Patch
January 20, 201

Excerpt:

Bernard, 24, is a graduate from Half Hollow Hills West High School and Stony Brook University, where he earned his Bachelor’s in accounting.

The accountant-turned urban farmer, who has always loved to cook and grow vegetables, gave up crunching numbers to focus on urban farming with Square Roots. He officially started farming in October.

[Read more →]

February 1, 2017   Comments Off on Urban Farmer brings lettuce to Long Island