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

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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.

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

Educating Children about Sustainable Food Production

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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

The Most Important Modern Farmer Might Be The Urban Cowboy

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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.”

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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

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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.”

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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

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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.

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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

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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.”

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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

Western Australia’s ‘Green World Revolution’ Builds Urban Farms

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Toby Whittington is using urban farming as a platform to create employment opportunities. Photo by Attila Csaszar.

More than 120 long-term unemployed Western Australians have grown their future opportunities at an urban farm in East Perth during the past two years, supplying fresh produce to more than 30 restaurants and cafes across the metro area four days a week.

By Katie McDonald
Business News Western Australia
Jan 31, 2017

Excerpt:

“We want to work towards introducing a farm like this in every major suburb in Perth, to have 100 farms with 600 people employed.

“Then we can start to talk about how we’re having an economic effect on poverty and unemployment.”

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January 31, 2017   Comments Off on Western Australia’s ‘Green World Revolution’ Builds Urban Farms

Antwerp, Belgium: ‘Caffungi’ urban farming – Turning coffee ground into oyster mushrooms

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(Be sure to turn on English subtitles. Use the gear icon at the bottom of the YouTube image.)

‘In Belgium, too, we have an excess of organic waste, such as, for example, the large amounts of coffee grounds from espresso and other coffee machines.

From their Kisskissbankbank site

Excerpt:

CAFFUNGI LOVE BALLS

When we produce bulk we often deal with overproduction. Because of that we went looking for a way to use these leftovers and avoid they end up thrown away. This is how the Caffungi Love Balls came to life. The balls are artisanally made with oyster mushrooms. We use chickpeas, beans and loads of fresh herbs such as coriander and parsley. We get these ingredients at local farms. All balls are hand rolled and don’t contain preservatives. Our Caffungi Love Balls are 100% natural, free, local and vegan.

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January 27, 2017   Comments Off on Antwerp, Belgium: ‘Caffungi’ urban farming – Turning coffee ground into oyster mushrooms

FarmedHere, a pioneer of the new wave of commercial urban farms in the Chicago area, is closing its 90,000-square-foot facility for good

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Jose Velazquez dumps apples in a pressing machine Jan. 13, 2017, at Here Holdings’ processing plant in Carol Stream. Its FarmedHere operation is ceasing growing operations to focus on making food products at the plant. (James C. Svehla / Chicago Tribune)

“There’s a lot of good that FarmedHere did for indoor farming and hopefully lessons learned will prove beneficial for businesses that come after,” Thomann said.

By Greg Trotter
Chicago Tribune
Jan 16, 2017

Excerpt:

Last year, FarmedHere arrived at a crossroads: Grow large enough to offset the considerable labor and energy costs — or instead focus the business on making branded products, Laurell said. Ultimately, the company decided return on investment looked significantly better by giving up the farm.

“The more I learned about the reality of farming, it led to a change of strategy,” Laurell said.

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January 23, 2017   Comments Off on FarmedHere, a pioneer of the new wave of commercial urban farms in the Chicago area, is closing its 90,000-square-foot facility for good

Many Urban Farmers Use Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

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Portion of large infographic. See complete graphic here.

Infographic

By PartSelect
GHHERGICH&Co.
Oct 2016

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a concept that gained traction in the US in the 1990s, and has grown exponentially in popularity in the last few years. The concept of a CSA is beneficial on many levels, both for farms and for consumers. In a nutshell, CSA works to offer shares to members of their communities for a (usually quite reasonable) set price. In return, the customer receives a box of fresh, seasonal produce at regular intervals, usually weekly or monthly.

This arrangement is beneficial to farmers who work in an industry where it is normal for fluctuations in their business to occur. It gives farmers a baseline of support throughout the year, and can help them with cash flow ahead of their usual harvest.

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January 20, 2017   Comments Off on Many Urban Farmers Use Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)