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Air farming: The lucrative business of selling fresh air to those in polluted cities

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In heavily-polluted cities like Beijing and Shanghai, people are paying upwards of $160 for a single jar of air

By Paige Cockburn
ABC Australia
Feb 8, 2016

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Leo De Watts from Britain has jumped on the bandwagon; selling jars of air collected from locations like Yorkshire, Somerset and Wales.

The air from each region is described in elaborate detail that may be surprising for those who do not consider themselves “air connoisseurs”.

Welsh air for example has a “morning dew feel to it” with “vibrant and flavoursome undertones” whilst air originating from Somerset has “unblemished qualities”.

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February 9, 2016   No Comments

Staten Island, New York, apartment hires city’s first resident farmer

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Zaro Bates was just hired as the city’s first urban tenant farmer.

Zaro Bates, a Brooklyn woman with extensive urban farming experience, will get a salary of around $40,000 and a free apartment at the $150 million, 900-unit Urby rental complex in the Stapleton section.

By Mary Kay Linge
New York Post
January 31, 2016

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A Staten Island apartment complex has hired the city’s first resident farmer, who will run its ­organic mini-farm, rooftop beehives and compost operation.

“A farm as a selling point, an amenity, like a gym — that’s what this is,” said Frank “Turtle” Raffaele of Queens-based cafe chain Coffeed, which is partnering with Ironstate Development to get the initial 3,000 to 5,000 square feet of street-level crops going. “It’s going to be really game-changing.”

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January 31, 2016   No Comments

Canada: Richmond, BC ‘Spirulina’ farm now in operation

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Algabloom International’s staff toast their nomination for a pair of Small Business BC Awards with a shot of spirulina algae, a long-lived species of algae, said to have a host of health benefits.

Pondering the future with a ‘superfood’– blue green algae

Philip Raphael
Richmond News
January 28, 2016

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Algabloom International is the creation of Soheyl and Susan Mottahedeh, who set up shop about a year ago to start growing the spirulina species which is often called a “super food” for its claims to provide health benefits that far outstrip other foods rich in minerals, protein and antioxidant properties.

Working from their River Road premises, where they employ 10 people, their 3,300-square-foot operation’s capacity can grow about 28 kilos of algae a day.

“We’re algae farmers,” said Soheyl proudly.

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January 30, 2016   Comments Off on Canada: Richmond, BC ‘Spirulina’ farm now in operation

Good Earth Collective, an New Zealand initiative which delivers home grown vegetables to needy families

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Yelena Bebich is happy to be sharing her garden’s vegetables with people in need. Photo by Emily Ford.

“It’s just very handy and fantastic for families to get good food. It’s healthy food straight from the garden,” Walker says.

By Emily Ford
Stuff.Co.nz
January 25 2016

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Run by Bebich and her sister, Tereza Bebich, the pair deliver vegetable boxes every week to families and charitable organisations.

It relies on fresh fruit and vegetables from Bebich’s garden, as well as regular donations from 10 growers – friends who put their hands up to help when she had extra seedlings.

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January 28, 2016   Comments Off on Good Earth Collective, an New Zealand initiative which delivers home grown vegetables to needy families

Vietnam’s Da Nang farmers benefit from growing flowers on ‘golden’ urban land

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Farmers have borrowed unused land on Luong Nhu Hoc Street, a prime spot located in Hai Chau District in the central city of Da Nang, to grow flowers, with the backdrop being luxurious edifices. Tuoi Tre.

Dozens of farmers in the central city of Da Nang have been able to earn good incomes from growing flowers on unused land pieces at ‘golden’ locations while beautifying the hub at the same time.

Tuoi Tre News
Updated : 01/20/2016

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As the “golden” land plots are situated next to arteries, T-junctions or crossroads, these growers do not need to rent stalls in Tet flower markets to display their produce for the year’s biggest festive occasion.

Nguyen Van Tri, who has been engaged in the farming model for more than six years now, is happy that his 2,000 pots of daisies, housed in a 600-square-meter land piece at the April 30-Nguyen Huu Tho T-junction, are thriving well.

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January 25, 2016   Comments Off on Vietnam’s Da Nang farmers benefit from growing flowers on ‘golden’ urban land

Véritable – The Autonomous Indoor Garden

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Kickstarter success: €114,009 pledged of €50,000 goal

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The lighting system automatically stays on for 16hrs a day and follows a natural 8hr night cycle.

The LEDs have been selected specifically for their wavelengths, their efficiency (Lumens/W) and their durability. The blue and white spectrum of the LEDs mimics natural daylight and ensures an optimal growth rate for plants. This means plants develop quickly, promoting large leaf surface and rich flavors (the production of essential oils).

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January 24, 2016   Comments Off on Véritable – The Autonomous Indoor Garden

Holly farms provided early Gig Harbor, Washington farmers with a source of winter income

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Dawn Ancich-Stanton, a local artist, longtime Gig Harbor resident is framed by the holly grove at the Wilkinson Family Farm Park. Photo by Lee Giles III.

At one point, Gig Harbor was home to the second largest private commercial holly farm in North America: Hollycroft Gardens.

By Andrea Haffly
News Tribune
Jan 6, 2016

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At one point, Gig Harbor was home to the second largest private commercial holly farm in North America: Hollycroft Gardens.

The farm — located just off Soundview Drive overlooking the water — was owned by Philip H. Peyran, a varnish salesman who moved to Gig Harbor in 1914.

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January 9, 2016   Comments Off on Holly farms provided early Gig Harbor, Washington farmers with a source of winter income

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

Maryland’s ‘Hungry Harvest’ has recovered 300,000 pounds of produce from going to waste

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Will be featured on ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’ on January 8, 2016

Lutz co-founded Hungry Harvest in May 2014 after learning that six billion pounds of fresh produce is thrown away every year.

The organization sells “surplus” produce, produce that would otherwise be wasted because of its odd size or shape. This produce is no different quality than produce you would buy at a grocery store or farmer’s market.

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December 28, 2015   Comments Off on Maryland’s ‘Hungry Harvest’ has recovered 300,000 pounds of produce from going to waste

This Tiny Rooftop Farm Is Hoping To Revolutionize NYC’s Craft Breweries

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A rooftop hop farm expanding its organic production and gathering space in Brooklyn, NY.

By William Mathis
Gothamist
Dec 14, 2015

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Over the course of the summer, the hop plants grew and twisted up agricultural twine. When the time came to harvest, the Tinyfield farmers cut down the vines and picked the hop flowers. This year, they harvested enough hops to produce an amber ale (a 100 gallon batch) with Lithology Brewing, a small brewery in Patchogue on Long Island. But next year, they plan to grow more. Hop plants naturally produce a two-three times greater yield in their second year and the farmers hope to add additional plants in the spring.

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December 22, 2015   Comments Off on This Tiny Rooftop Farm Is Hoping To Revolutionize NYC’s Craft Breweries

Detroit’s Penrose Market Garden accepting applications for market growers

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View from Grower’s apartment—pre-construction

Small Plot INtensive SPIN-Farming business model that has been documented to generate $68,000 and more per ½ acre

By Beth Hagenbuch
GrowTown

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GrowTown is currently implementing an entrepreneurial market garden business in Detroit, Michigan. The Penrose Market Garden is being developed by GrowTown under a
2015 Kresge grant to be a profitable sub-acre urban market garden business that generates significant income for a market grower. The GrowTown model integrates this local food business into an urban affordable housing development and neighborhood.

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December 20, 2015   Comments Off on Detroit’s Penrose Market Garden accepting applications for market growers

NYC Parks Honors Local Leader of Green Earth Urban Gardens With ‘Golden Trowel’

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Green Earth Urban Gardens operates public projects throughout Queens to expand access to healthy local food, to provide gardens for seniors and special-needs youth, to secure community service opportunities for high school students, and to help beautify local parks and playgrounds.

Queens Gazette
Dec 9, 2015

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In her acceptance speech, Maureen Regan spoke directly to Parks Commissioner Silver and Councilman Mark Levine about Parks Equity and what it means to Green Earth Urban Gardens Inc. Borrowing a term from the city’s ‘Parks without Borders’ initiative, she stated, “As a Queens environmental leader, we are a ‘Non-Profit Without Borders’ in the World’s Borough. Our group is not just about cleaning parks, but aims to address ‘Parks Equity’ by creating Enabling Gardens in our parks. We must think about those young people who cannot play or work in our green spaces as most of us do, we must think about the mentally ill, and how we can retrofit our green spaces to upgrade crowded areas like Maple Playground in Downtown Flushing and Weeping Beech Park, where homeless flock.

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December 15, 2015   Comments Off on NYC Parks Honors Local Leader of Green Earth Urban Gardens With ‘Golden Trowel’

City of Surrey, BC, wants 80% of the food served to be locally grown

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Blueberry farm in Surrey, BC

My goal is to take the knowledge, skills and abilities of our young farmers and provide them with some lease-hold agreement, financing, so we can have some young agricultural people in the system to start producing food in the City of Surrey for the people of Surrey,” he said.

By Stefania Seccia
24 hours
December 2, 2015

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“The number-one thing that stops anybody farming in the city is the cost of the land,” he said. “But there’s plenty of room out there today, around the city, that’s not being fully utilized for agricultural purposes.”

With the dwindling number of farmers, compounded by unused agricultural land often being bought by private firms hoping to remove the ALR designation, Starchuk said the project might be the missing link to spawn new interest in harvesting that a younger population may have thought impossible.

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December 10, 2015   Comments Off on City of Surrey, BC, wants 80% of the food served to be locally grown

Investor sues Will Allen’s Milwaukee venture as for-profit urban farm sprouts weeds

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Thomas Schmitt (left) and Will Allen are shown at the site of a proposed urban farm location at N. 10th St. and W. North Ave. A school could also be opened at the site. Photo by Bruce Vielmetti.

The lawsuit lists six causes of action. It claims three kinds of misrepresentation by Schmitt and Allen along with breach of fiduciary duty.

By Bruce Vielmetti
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Nov 29, 2015

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A Racine County woman claims her accountant, Thomas Schmitt of Greenfield, misled her into investing $200,000 in a company he and Allen started called Will Allen Farms LLC, a “loss-laden” start-up that Schmitt said would cut her tax bill immediately and possibly return capital gains in the future. Debra Hoyer’s timely investment would also help the company obtain $3 million in financing from a private equity firm, she claims she was told.

Hoyer, a nurse who works in medical equipment sales, says Schmitt told her the company was developing an aquaponics farm at a former industrial laundry on Milwaukee’s near north side. But the site is now mostly an eyesore to neighbors, with little cleanup and no farming taking place.

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November 30, 2015   Comments Off on Investor sues Will Allen’s Milwaukee venture as for-profit urban farm sprouts weeds

Activist Grace Lee Boggs dies at 100 – promoted urban agriculture

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Photo by Robin Holland.

“Her greatest honor ever was speaking at the graduation of the Freedom Growers, a group of young people working on an urban farm”

Written by Roger Bybee
Wisconsin Gazette
20 November 2015

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She promoted urban agriculture on the vast acres of land left empty by torn-down factories and housing. That effort provided meaningful, community-building work and a plentiful supply of healthy food to residents, who otherwise lived in “food deserts” where fast-food restaurants and corner groceries supplied limited diets.

Her experiments in urban agriculture helped reinforce similar efforts in other cities, such as Milwaukee’s Walnut Way and Growing Power project, led by Will Allen, said longtime Milwaukee activist James Godsil.

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November 27, 2015   Comments Off on Activist Grace Lee Boggs dies at 100 – promoted urban agriculture