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‘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

Pedals to Produce – San Francisco Urban Agriculture Bike Tour

A celebration of local food systems and life on two wheels!

May 6, 2014


Stop Number 3: NOMADgardens

After biking through Sunday Streets in Bay View and the Dogpatch we made our way to Mission Bay to visit NOMADgardens. NOMADgardens just opened two weeks ago and is already off to great start. NOMADgardens is a ‘roaming’ community garden. The space is occupying an empty lot in the thick of the developing Mission Bay. Stephanie the founder and other workers at NOMADgardens greeted us to tell us about the current garden and the future of the space.

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May 7, 2014   Comments Off

‘The Food From Here’ Conference Report


The conference attracted over 90 delegates representing several different countries

The Food From Here Conference was hosted by the Centre for Agroecology and Food Security (CAFS) at Coventry University on Wednesday 3rd July 2013.

The aim of the conference was to prompt discussion about the policy tools and practical actions that are needed to support short food supply chains and in particular encourage innovation in the light of recent food scares and the consistent interest in sourcing ‘local’ foods. Acknowledging that many cities have developed policies to promote short food chains and that the European Commission is interested in the potential of this sector to improve small farmer incomes and deliver high quality foods, the conference included speakers who could share experiences from a range of European countries.

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May 7, 2014   Comments Off

Food Security in an Urbanizing Society – a course June 02-13


“From home gardens to agro-parks: working towards resilient agrifood systems serving densely populated areas”

On June 02-13 CDI (Center for Development Innovation) part of Wageningen UR
Rural Sociology Group (RSO Wageningen UR)
Metropolitan Food Cluster team (Alterra, Food & Biobased Research and LEI)
The RUAF Foundation (Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security)

Agricultural production and markets from a spatial perspective
With increasing urbanisation, rural-urban food systems are essential in ensuring food security. The Metropolitan Food Cluster (MFC) approach, in which food production and market systems are integrated into a holistic, systemic and spatial manner, is slowly gaining a foothold in the rural and urban planning agendas. The model incorporates innovative change processes with technical, social and cultural aspects in an adaptive manner, addressing the challenges of complex food systems.

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April 12, 2014   Comments Off

Free Webinar Will Focus on Urban Farming Viability

Woman and Wheelbarrow; Les Heures du Boulvé – Anthony Gross, born 1905 – died 1984 (artist).

“Urban Farms: Commercial Farms or Socially Minded Operations?” April 29, 2014

Carolyn Dimitri, Associate Professor of Food Studies at NYU Steinhardt
Andy Pressman, National Center for Appropriate Technology Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

Local food was once considered to be in the purview of consumers and small-scale producers. Recently, policymakers, including those residing in cities, began embracing local food systems as a solution to a myriad of urban problems, including lack of green space and a dearth of healthy food availability. As part of this shift in policy, cities and other jurisdictions have embraced production in the urban environment.

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April 8, 2014   Comments Off

La Faim Des Terres 24-25 Avril, 2014, Paris


Foncier and Gouvernance alimentaire des régions urbaines

Suite au colloque inaugural HUNGRY CITY, Nourrir la ville de demain de décembre 2012, IUFN vous propose une nouvelle rencontre internationale autour des enjeux de la gouvernance alimentaire durable des régions urbaines. Elle s’inscrit dans un cycle de conférences bisannuelles qu’IUFN souhaite partager avec la communauté internationale.

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April 4, 2014   Comments Off

‘Carrot City’ exhibition still travelling after five years


Featured in 25 venues on three continents

By Mikaila Kukurudza
The Eye Opener
Mar 25, 2014


What started out as conference with no more than 50 guests discussing innovative ideas about urban agriculture has evolved into an international exhibition that tours the globe. The exhibition, called Carrot City, is currently in its fifth year and has been featured in 25 venues on three continents.

“It cultivated here and just blossomed all over the world … it’s wonderful,” said Sebastian Lubczynski, Carrot City’s first research assistant and Ryerson architecture masters student.

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March 30, 2014   Comments Off

Two food and urban farming conferences in The Netherlands in May 2014


Take action? Collaborative action for more sustainable food systems
PUREFOOD Conference, May 14th, Utrecht (The Netherlands)

On Wednesday May 14th 2014, the international PUREFOOD conference will take place in Utrecht (The Netherlands): “Take action? Collaborative action for more sustainable food systems.” This day marks the finalization of the EU-funded PUREFOOD program. The conference is connected to the Day of Urban Farming (‘Dag van de Stadslandbouw’), which takes place on May 15th in Utrecht.

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March 17, 2014   Comments Off

First Conference on Urban Gardens in Andalusia, Spain


By Raúl Puente Asuero
Comité Pro-Parque Educ. Miraflores
Profesor Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla

On March 29 we will celebrate in Bujalance (Cordoba – Spain) the First Conference on Urban Gardens in Andalusia. Language: Spanish.
The Conference is especially directed to associations and councils that have a few gardens in its municipality or are planning to create one soon.
The Conference will be the start of a series of discussions aimed at creating a network of Urban Gardens in Andalusia in the near future.
If you are interested, you can write to me ( or to the e-mail

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March 8, 2014   Comments Off

The Market Gardener


A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming

By Jean-Martin Fortier
New Society Publishers
March 2014

Les Jardins de la Grelinette is a micro-farm located in Eastern Quebec, just north of the American border. Growing on just 1.5 acres, owners Jean-Martin and Maude-Helene feed more than 200 families through their thriving CSA and seasonal market stands and supply their signature mesclun salad mix to dozens of local establishments. The secret of their success is the low-tech, high-yield production methods they’ve developed by focusing on growing better rather than growing bigger, making their operation more lucrative and viable in the process.

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February 3, 2014   Comments Off