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Workshop at Guelph conference connects urban agriculture with social justice


Urban agriculture has the unique ability to address social, political and economic community problems

By Chris Seto
Guelph Mercury
Feb 2, 2015


The hour-long workshop saw more than 70 people in attendance, sitting in a large room in the University Centre. The speakers were forced to get through their presentations quickly because they seemed to have too much information for the short amount of time they were given.

The first speaker Redfield introduced was Mik Turje, a filmmaker from Vancouver, who showed a 12 minute documentary exploring the issues around urban farming and agriculture.

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February 11, 2015   Comments Off

Food Tank Summit: “Cultivating Better Urban Food Systems”

Features a group of advocates for changing where we grow our foods and how we think about the origin of our food.

Written by Maggie Roth, GWU Student
2015 Food Tank Summit
Jan 28, 2015


The panel’s last speaker was instantly recognizable to most in the audience: winner of the James Beard Foundation Medal, restauranteur, head judge on television’s Top Chef, and passionate food activist, Chef Tom Colicchio. As a special guest at the Food Tank Summit, Colicchio recalled his own experiences with urban farming in Elizabeth N.J., watching his grandfather grow vegetables in five-gallon containers.

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January 30, 2015   Comments Off

Watch Berkeley’s free lecture series on fixing the world’s broken food systems

Michael Pollan’s Edible Education 101 lecture, “A Brief History of the Modern Food System” streamed live from the University of California, Berkeley, Jan 26, 2015

By Vlad Savov
January 28, 2015


Some of the world’s preeminent food policy thinkers and researchers are taking part in a new Edible Education lecture series at UC Berkeley this spring semester, and their lectures are being made available to stream online. Starting this Monday with an introductory note from Michael Pollan (video above, jump to the 9-minute mark to skip the preamble), the series will be updated weekly with contributions from Marion Nestle, Eric Schlosser, and Raj Patel. You can stream those live on the day itself and participate in a Q&A on Twitter and Facebook, or you can just pick up the video on YouTube later on.

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January 28, 2015   Comments Off

Second Midwest Urban Farmers Summit (MWUF Summit)


March 14 and 15, 2015 at The Plant in Chicago.

By Katie Williams
Chicago Patchwork Farms
Jan 25, 2015

The summit will provide an opportunity for urban farmers from across the region to come together and discuss the unique benefits and challenges of growing food on a production scale in their cities and towns. The idea was born out of a breakout session of production-based urban farmers at the 2012 Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) conference, in which it became immediately clear we shared the same questions and that talking with each other was a valuable experience.

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January 26, 2015   Comments Off

For students around the globe – Free MetroAg Online Course November 3-December 19, 2014

Michigan State University’s ‘Food Knowledge Cloud’. Open-access courses and resources to students around the globe.

In the Urban Agriculture course, there are items to read, videos, presentations and a weekly discussion question with a moderator

Instructor John Stone
Content Developers:
Dr. Henk C. van Latesteijn, Managing Director of Van Latentejin Consultancy and former CEO of TransForum
Dr. Chris Peterson, Michigan State University Professor and Director of the MSU Product Center- Food, Ag, Bio.
Sander Mager, Managing Director of Licence to Grow and former VP of TransForum
(Must see. Mike)


This free, 6-week online course is designed to build awareness of metropolitan agriculture and how agriculture can play a vital role in cities around the world focusing on areas such as food production, recreation, waste management, and health care. The course is offered jointly through Michigan State University and MetroAg Innoversity. The course features archived webinars with experts around the world, resources for digging deeper and a facilitated discussion forum with weekly questions.

Led by Ph.D John Stone, Manager of Research & Engagement for the Global Innoversity Program in Metro Food at MSU This self-paced learning experience increases awareness of metropolitan agriculture and is designed to build a network of collaborators. The course is open to anyone.

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October 20, 2014   Comments Off

First-ever New York City Honey Week Sept 8-14


A Celebration Of The Busy Bees Who Pollinate The City That Never Sleeps

Honey-themed dinners featuring Chefs Angelo Romano & Katy Peetz as well as Max Sussman at The Cleveland

Honey tastings at Brooklyn Grange and Murray’s Cheese (with Marina Marchese)

A honey cooking class with Rebekah Peppler at Haven’s Kitchen

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August 24, 2014   Comments Off

White House Kitchen Garden Tours

First Lady Michelle Obama and White House Chefs join children from Bancroft and Tubman Elementary Schools to harvest vegetables.

Tours consist of a guided tour of the White House Kitchen Garden and beehive, and depending on the public tour schedule, may include a visit inside the White House.

Tours of the White House Kitchen Garden are available to school and community groups with an interest in gardening and healthy eating. A maximum of 25 people may tour the garden at one time, and there is no age limit. Kitchen Garden tours are typically held on weekday mornings.

To apply for a White House Kitchen Garden tour, fill out the application below. Please include background information about your group and tell us why you would like to tour the White House Kitchen Garden.

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August 17, 2014   Comments Off

‘Urban Agriculture and Food Activism’ at The New School, New York City

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This Food Studies course is open to the public via The New School’s non-credit Continuing Education program, as well as to matriculating students.

Beginning August 27, 2014
Wednesdays, 4 – 5:50 pm,
Kristin Reynolds, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Environmental Studies and Food Studies
The New School

Course Description:

This course explores urban agriculture’s role in the urban environment, both internationally and in the United States. As a class, we examine various forms, functions, organizational models, and motivations for engaging in city farming and gardening. We consider how forms such as community gardens, community farms, school gardens, and commercial urban agriculture have been integrated into the urban fabric to produce social and environmental benefits.

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August 10, 2014   Comments Off

Detroit’s 17th annual urban gardens and farms tour


Get down on the farm without leaving the city on Detroit tours

By Angelica Euseary
Detroit Free Press
Aug 4, 2014


There’s an opportunity to get an up-close look at nearly 40 of Detroit’s finest community farms and gardens Wednesday at the 17th annual urban gardens and farms tour.

Bus and guided bike tours will take people to gardens affiliated with churches, community groups, city residents and urban agriculture advocates as part of a three-hour event presented by Keep Growing Detroit, an urban agriculture promotion, education and support group.

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August 5, 2014   Comments Off

‘Engineering for Urban Agriculture’

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Session 147 – July 14, 2014

Moderator: Hala Chaoui, PhD, EIT
Agricultural Engineer
Urbanfarmsorganic Inc

There is a new technical session that is now part of the international annual meeting of Agri and Biological Engineers ( The session is on ‘Engineering for Urban Agriculture”, and it includes panelists and paper presenters, from academia and the industry. The idea is to focus on the tech side of urban agriculture, and discuss how to make urban Ag less labor intensive, ecologically sound and affordable.

See Session 147. Look down the linked page.

July 3, 2014   Comments Off

Urban farming, school gardening focus of Charlottesville, VA tour

Spring crops at 6th Street.

An article about gardens at California schools initially sparked the idea for a similar project in Charlottesville.

The Daily Progress
June 21, 2014


On Saturday, the middle school garden was among the stops of the Cultivate C’ville tour of urban farms now growing food at homes, community gardens and schools throughout the city.

The other stops on the tour were the mini-orchard of fruit and nut trees at Casa Alma, a Catholic worker community on Nassau Street; the Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville at Monticello Avenue and Sixth Street Southeast; a community garden on Fifth Street Southwest; and the New Roots Garden, which the International Rescue Committee sponsors for refugee families, on Fourth Street Southwest.

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July 1, 2014   Comments Off

Ateliers d’été de L’agriculture Urbaine et de La Biodiversité Paris


Du 30 Juin Au 2 Juillet 2014

Du lundi 30 juin au mercredi 2 juillet, Natureparif (Agence régionale pour la nature et la biodiversité en Île-de-France) organise les Ateliers d’été de l’agriculture urbaine et de la biodiversité, à Paris et en Île-de-France, à la Halle Pajol, 20 Esplanade Nathalie Sarraute dans le 18ème arrondissement de Paris.

Trois conférences plénières et une vingtaine de tables rondes thématiques ouvertes au public réuniront de multiples acteurs de l’agriculture urbaine, français et étrangers (chercheurs, collectivités, institutions, entrepreneurs, associations et collectifs citoyens).

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June 29, 2014   Comments Off

“Urban Food Production” (HORT 435)

Sam E. Wortman, an assistant professor of crop sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.

New Online Class at University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign

Sam E. Wortman, PhD
Assistant Professor, Urban Food Production
Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign

In this class, students will explore the opportunities and challenges of growing food in cities through scientific literature, case studies, online discussions, and an on-farm service-learning project. Students will discover production methods used on vacant lot urban farms and in controlled environment, hydroponic systems. As a final project, students will work in teams to integrate course concepts into a proposal for a new urban farm.

This class may provide an opportunity for professional development or progress toward an online MS degree in Horticulture or Crop Sciences at UIUC.

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June 25, 2014   Comments Off

Urban Agriculture the Focus of June 27 Webinar

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The 90-minute webinar is sponsored by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, which is directed by Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

By Gant Team
Gant Daily
23 Jun 2014


The webinar will feature the following researchers:

– Carolyn Dmitri, an applied economist at New York University, focuses on food systems and food policy. She currently is studying urban agriculture in 15 cities around the country, as well as food access issues in urban settings.

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June 23, 2014   Comments Off

Metro Denver Building Urban Farmers

Urban farmer Greg Hammerly plants tomatoes at Sweet Ridge Farms in Wheat Ridge. Photos by AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post.

Last year was her best to date: Granata estimates she cleared $15,000 in net income and earned between $7-$8 an hour.

The Metro Denver Building Urban Farmers Program focuses on developing the capacity of existing and start-up producers on urban farms. For this program, an urban farm is defined as a farm of less than 2 acres that grows or donates more than $1000 of vegetables/fruit/eggs/meat/dairy/flowers/herbs and/or value added products per year. While urban farm business models include indoor aquaponics and non-profit community farms, we will focus primarily on business planning principles for for-profit urban farms including multi-plot CSAs/NSAs.

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May 31, 2014   Comments Off