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Grubbly Farms is raising black soldier flies as a substitute for wild-caught fish in food for livestock and farmed seafood

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A 5500 sq ft facility just outside of Atlanta.

By feeding pre-consumer food waste to insects we can decrease the amount of volume required by landfills as well as reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.

By Alison Moodie
The Guardian
Aug 6, 2016

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Warner and Pittaluga are running their business out of a warehouse in Doraville, Georgia, and they plan to hire their first full-time employee this month. Their initial business involves drying larvae and selling them whole as chicken treats. The farm hopes to generate enough revenue and raise more money to buy equipment for making fish meal, a process that involves extracting oil from dehydrated larvae and then grounding the larvae into a protein powder.

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September 22, 2016   No Comments

Nevada: Brothel partners with city to create 100 acre garden to feed the needy

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“Most of the brothels are great community partners,” he said.

By Denise Rosch
3 News
Sept. 12, 2016

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“We have a lot of veterans who depend on this food bank. Some are in their 80’s. They have enough money for rent and utilities and that’s it. They’re here every week getting food,” said Hampton.

Next year, fresh vegetables could be added to the grocery list. Just down the road from the VFW, Sheri’s Ranch hopes a community garden will help alleviate the strain on the food bank. The local brothel plans to donate about 100 acres of land to make the project happen. The business said it is even willing to provide the water. Nye County Commissioner Dan Schinhofen is helping to coordinate the project.

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September 19, 2016   No Comments

The Farmer’s Office

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New book: Tools, Tips and Templates to Successfully Manage a Growing Farm Business

By Julia Shanks
New Society Publishers
Sept 1, 2016

You decided to become a farmer because you love being outside, working the land and making a difference in the way we eat and farm.

And when you decided to become a farmer, you also became an entrepreneur and business person. In order to be ecologically and financially sustainable, you must understand the basics of accounting and bookkeeping, and learn how to manage a growing business.

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September 16, 2016   No Comments

Philippines: Manila’s Urban Agri Trade Fair showcases products and services for urban farming

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These are sprouted vegetable seedlings which are harvested for salad soon after they have developed a few true leaves. They are very tender and nutritious.

Growing food plants in the urban setting can be undertaken as a personal hobby to grow plants for home consumption or it can also be undertaken as an honest-to-goodness money-making project

By Zac Sarian
MB.com
September 4, 2016

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Fresh vegetables and fruits as well as processed products will be available for sale to the visitors. Other items will include grow bags, growing media, seeds, ready-to-plant seedlings, planting materials of exotic fruit trees, organic fertilizers, garden tools, and many others.

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September 10, 2016   Comments Off on Philippines: Manila’s Urban Agri Trade Fair showcases products and services for urban farming

Young British hop grower left the City to reinvigorate family farm

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Russ Huskins is a fourth-generation hop farmer.

“Every hop grower in the country would be planting Fuggle if it was not susceptible to the potentially devastating virus, wilt.

By Jack Watkins
FG Insight
Sept 2, 2016

The British Hop Crop:

There are about 50 specialist British hop growers. These are concentrated in Kent, East Sussex and Surrey in the South East, and in Hereford and Worcestershire in the Midlands

In 1872 there were 29,137ha (72,000 acres) of hops in the UK, 60 per cent of which were in Kent. Today there are 404ha (1,000 acres) across the country

There are 72 known varieties of English hops

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September 9, 2016   Comments Off on Young British hop grower left the City to reinvigorate family farm

Copenhagen: An Urban Farm That Is a Cross Over Between Art and Architecture

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‘At Space10, we envision a future where we grow much more food inside our cities. Food producing architecture could enable us to do so.’ – says Carla Cammilla Hjort, Director of Space10. Photography: Rasmus Hjortshøj.

The Growroom: exploring how cities can feed themselves through local food producing architecture

By Space10
at CHART Art Fair in Copenhagen
Aug 2016
(Must see. Mike)

Space10 and architects Mads-Ulrik Husum & Sine Lindholm co-created a stunningly beautiful urban farm that was exhibited at CHART ART FAIR in Copenhagen this weekend. With the Growroom, Space10 wants to spark conversations about how we can bring nature back into our cities, grow our own food and tackle the rapidly increasing demand for significantly more food in the future.

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August 31, 2016   Comments Off on Copenhagen: An Urban Farm That Is a Cross Over Between Art and Architecture

Welcome to Tha Flower Factory: Vacant East Baltimore lot blossoms into something beautiful

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waltWalker Marsh created “Tha Flower Factory,” by transforming a vacant lot in East Baltimore into a half-acre full production flower farm. He submitted a winning idea in Baltimore City’s Growing Green Design Competition and hopes to inspire other urban farmers while beautifying the neighborhood, reducing pollution levels and providing job training. (Courtesy of the Mayor’s Office).

Walker’s idea represents a creative way of thinking about supporting urban agriculture, eliminating blight, reducing stormwater runoff, lowering lead levels, adding a community resource, providing job training and beautifying the city.

By Zoe Zellers
WWMT West Michigan
August 18th 2016

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What happens when residents walk by and see the beauty that has bloomed on their block? What’s their reaction like and how does that make you feel?

Everyone loves it! Folks have seen it from the very beginning when the growers and I were just out there moving rocks around to beautiful sunflowers popping up. I have received nothing but support and it makes me feel accomplished because I know people enjoy what I’m doing.

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August 26, 2016   Comments Off on Welcome to Tha Flower Factory: Vacant East Baltimore lot blossoms into something beautiful

Atlanta Resorts’ rooftop garden takes farm-to-table to a higher level

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Resorts Chefs. Resorts culinary staff, standing from left Steve Klawitter and David Wong, and Robert Levenson, seated, enjoy creating menu items with the garden’s produce.

“So consider this year a 2.0. We went out early with seedlings and basically doubled what we did last year with a lot more tomatoes, squash, eggplant, every herb you can think of.”

By Scott Cronick
Atlanta City Weekly
Aug 16, 2016

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Guests can also taste four types of tomatoes (Roma Plum, San Marzano Plum, Rutgers and Brandywine), five types of peppers (bell, Cubanelle, Serrano, jalapeno and Thai hot ), and other vegetables including eggplant, cucumber, bitter melon and luffa.

“The chefs personally harvest them,” Batten says. “They put a lot of pride in being able to go out and grow and then harvest. If they need something quick or have an idea for something, they don’t have to wait for an order to come in.”

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August 22, 2016   Comments Off on Atlanta Resorts’ rooftop garden takes farm-to-table to a higher level

Nanofarm: The first appliance that grows food for you

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Kickstarter drive begins

By Replantable
Aug. 22, 2016

From January 2016 until just a few weeks ago, 30 nanofarms have been put through their paces in the homes of our beta testers. Each beta tester has had the chance to harvest between 2-4 crops of produce, and they are very happy with the results.

While the beta testers agree the nanofarm does a great job growing food, they had lots of helpful criticism that led to the added features you see in the production model:

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August 22, 2016   Comments Off on Nanofarm: The first appliance that grows food for you

Philadelphia Obituary: Mary S. Corboy, city farm pioneer

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When Philadelphia magazine awarded Ms. Corboy the Philadelphian of the Year in 2008, the magazine wrote: “Armed with a BlackBerry and a sarcastic wit, Mary Seton Corboy is showing Philadelphia that the solution might be right beneath our feet.”

By Bonnie L. Cook
Philly.com
Aug 9, 2016

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In 1998, she found that vehicle in Greensgrow, a one-acre lot at 2501 E. Cumberland St. on which she built raised gardens and greenhouses to grow herbs and produce. What she couldn’t produce she had trucked in from local growers: peaches from South Jersey, tomatoes from Lancaster County, and meats, cheeses, and breads from farms within a short drive of Philadelphia.

The project was intended to breathe life into the long-neglected Philadelphia neighborhood – and it did.

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August 12, 2016   Comments Off on Philadelphia Obituary: Mary S. Corboy, city farm pioneer

Detroit plots course on land use as leader in urban farming

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Greg Willerer, owner of Brother Nature Produce, harvests some leafy greens for a local restaurant. He farms in the city’s north Corktown neighborhood and is one of dozens of Detroit farmers trying to carve out a living. Photo by Larry Peplin.

Willerer and other farmers are eager to expand land ownership in a city that is a national leader in urban farming. But city planners don’t have green thumbs when it comes to figuring out how much of the vacant land should be farmed and how much preserved for other uses.

By Marti Benedetti
Crains’ Detroit Business
Aug 6, 2016

Except:

Dan Carmody, Eastern Market president, said Detroit is a national leader in urban farming because of “the sheer number of people participating in it.”

He said there are 20,000 people working on 1,400 gardens or growing sites in the city.

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August 11, 2016   Comments Off on Detroit plots course on land use as leader in urban farming

Chicago Community embraces its garden theater

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Devene Parker and Aida Zeleke of Green Scene Chicago’s Summer Stock Ensemble take a seat under the still-growing scenery for their upcoming play.

All the action takes place in the Winthrop Harmony Arts Garden, which flourishes where a long-vacant three-flat in Uptown, then a trash-covered lot, once stood.

By Sue Ontiveros
Chicago Sun Times
Aug 1, 2016

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We’re accustomed to theatrical ventures where the crew builds and paints the necessary scenery. This is the first one I can remember where the theater troupe planted and watered it.

But that’s just what’s happening as Green Scene Chicago’s Summer Stock Teen Ensemble gets ready for its free performances Aug. 11 and 12 of “Jacklyn and the Beanstalk,” a fresh approach to the childhood classic. The play talks about conquering fears while putting in a good word for beans. (In this case, purple pole beans.)

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August 7, 2016   Comments Off on Chicago Community embraces its garden theater

The no-stink, no-mess, biodegradable food scrap container that goes right into your compost

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Made from 100% recycled corrugated boxes

By Gabe, Greg and Glenn
PostModern

The idea for {POST}MODERN grew (literally) from stinky plastic buckets in our families’ kitchens. About 10 years ago, our hometown of Seattle started curbside collection of food scraps. We loved the idea of composting food waste, but the countertop containers and compostable bag liners were disgusting, wet, stinky additions to our homes. So, we started working on ways to make collecting food scraps easy and clean.

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July 31, 2016   Comments Off on The no-stink, no-mess, biodegradable food scrap container that goes right into your compost

Urban farming plan earns woman statewide award in Rome, New York

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sunyChristina Carambia stands at her family garden in Hounsfield, NY, with the check she earned from SEFCU for her start-up business. She wants to build indoor gardens at the building.

Christina Carambia’s Underground Greens is a business plan that was chosen this spring for a Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise award in the statewide New York Business Plan Competition.

By Steve Jones
Rome Sentinel
July 9, 2016

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Working in her “vertical farm,” Christina envisions 40 Romans, each assigned to maintaining 1,000 square feet of vegetables.

“I’d like to be able to give jobs to local people like myself, to single moms like myself who can work from 9 in the morning after they drop off their kids at school until 3 in the afternoon,” Christina continues. “So many single moms and dads are coming up to me and telling me they want to be a part of this. Since many features of indoor farming can be automated – such as watering and temperature control — I can offer a flexible work schedule.”

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July 14, 2016   Comments Off on Urban farming plan earns woman statewide award in Rome, New York

The Grand ‘Beedapest’ Hotel – the world’s first luxury bee hotel

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(Must see video. Mike) The hotel itself is made from balsa wood and includes traditional hollow tubes in the bedrooms, which is a popular nesting choice for solitary bees. Other key features, such as sugar water baths and ultraviolet patterns, have been included based on scientific research that suggests that bees are attracted to these, and will therefore be enticed to enter the bee hotel to get some much needed rest and relaxation.

We’ve just created the world’s poshest insect residence: a luxury bee hotel, in partnership with Kew Gardens!

By Taylors Tea of Harrogate since 1886

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Our teas need bees

Without these buzzy little flavour creators, life would be very bland. Research has found that animal pollination makes the tastiest fruit, and many of the ingredients in our wonderfully distinctive fruit and herbal teas – created with the help of the plant experts at Kew Gardens – need bees simply to survive. or Click on the packs to see for yourself.

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July 13, 2016   Comments Off on The Grand ‘Beedapest’ Hotel – the world’s first luxury bee hotel