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Urban Edge farm program offers immersion-style learning in California

First Generation Farmers Executive Director Alli Cecchini, right, and Project Manager Ellie Vanhof, left, harvest some vegetables on Cecchini’s family land in Discovery Bay, Calif. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

A $200,000 grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program is a launch pad for the immersive learning experience.

By Lou Fancher
East Bay Times
January 1, 2018

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For the first cohort of students, many of them women and/or people of color, immigrants, refugees, veterans or farmers-to-be with limited resources, the land is a classroom. Instruction comes from First Generation and experts from the National Center for Appropriate Technology and UC Cooperative Extension. Participation in the program represents opportunity and fulfills dreams the first-time farmers hold of agricultural avocation, economic stability, families, homesteads and permanence.

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January 6, 2018   No Comments

2017 ‘Green Bay Press’ Person of the Year for work with community gardens program

Drew Scheler and Bethany Thier (Photo: Submitted by Drew Scheler)

With the white paper and sponsor/donor packets, the program has the materials to reach its $1 million fundraising goal by the end of 2018.

Peter Frank
USA Today Network-Wisconsin
Dec 30, 2017

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So Scheler gave the students in his professional writing course an assignment: “Our main goal is to create an endowment that stabilizes and grows these community gardens rather than leaves them to these political debates that happen every two years.”

The idea worked on two levels:

» It could help to stabilize a valuable program in the community.

» It would bring St. Norbert students closer to their community.

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January 6, 2018   No Comments

$100,000 To Expand Urban Farm In Binghamton, New York

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To make room for the expansion, the city is using FEMA funds to demolish 13 flood-prone properties around the Tudor Street farm, adding two more acres of land to plant on.

By Amy Hogan
WICZ-TV
Dec 12, 2017

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More fresh food and youth employment opportunities is what $100,000 is buying for Binghamton. The state grant is going to VINEs, a community garden organization that has an urban farm on Tudor Street in the city, where area youth learn about agriculture and other life skills.

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December 21, 2017   Comments Off on $100,000 To Expand Urban Farm In Binghamton, New York

Whole Foods helping Backyard Growers grow

Backyard Growers has built the Willowood Community Garden.

Launched in February 2014, Whole Cities Foundation is the third independent nonprofit foundation established by Whole Foods Market.

By Joann Mackenzie
Gloucester Times
Dec 1, 2017

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Gloucester’s Backyard Growers has grown yet another garden, this one with the help of Whole Foods Markets’ Whole Cities Foundation.

Backyard Growers was awarded a $5,000 Community First Grant by the nonprofit foundation, one of three founded to support thriving, self-sustaining local community food systems.

The money, received earlier this fall, has helped add a garden of raised beds — this one in Willowood public housing on Maplewood Avenue — to Backyard Growers’ 67 edible garden beds already in place and thriving in low-income housing communities throughout the city.

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December 10, 2017   Comments Off on Whole Foods helping Backyard Growers grow

Berkeley Food Institute Receives $295,000 to Strengthen Urban Agriculture and Food Security

Jennifer Sowerwine, Ph.D., Lead Principal Investigator and Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources.

To improve the ecological resilience and economic viability of urban and peri-urban farming systems and improve urban food distribution systems to reduce waste and meet fresh produce needs of low-income consumers.

BFI
Nov 29, 2017

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The project team will work to improve the sustainability and resilience of urban farms by building health of soils, conserving water, and promoting beneficial insects. Researchers will also evaluate the effectiveness of existing urban and peri-urban food access and food distribution methods for meeting food needs of urban low-income, food insecure communities.

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Gaza: Enhancing sustainable urban food systems in the Gaza Strip

Proposal: Seeks to continue working towards Palestinian agricultural policies to enhance resilience and sustainability and on the other hand it will support and facilitate local urban agriculture initiatives based on local economic development, local community innovation and youth employability.

Ahmed Sourani – GUPAP Coordinator
GUPAP – The Gaza Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Platform
GUPAP Work plan 2018-2021

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In 2017, GUPAP was established as an independent Palestinian NGO with its own legal status. In the coming years, GUPAP will adopt the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact and promote different actions for promoting local food production by:

1. Promoting and strengthening urban and peri-urban food production and processing based on sustainable approaches and integrate urban and peri-urban agriculture into agriculture and food policies and city development and resilience plans.

2. Seeking coherence between the city and nearby rural food production, processing and distribution, focussing on smallholder producers and family farmers, paying particular attention to empowering women and youth.

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December 3, 2017   Comments Off on Gaza: Enhancing sustainable urban food systems in the Gaza Strip

Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill School Gets Millions In Greenhouse Funding

The Urban Assembly Unison School is one of seven schools slated to receive greenhouse funding from Eric Adams’ $7 million initiative.

By Kathleen Culliton
Patch Staff
Nov 29, 2017

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“This is about keeping Brooklyn’s kids at the forefront of innovation and growing their futures,” said Borough President Adams.

“Young people across the borough will now have the opportunity to learn about growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, and plants that will empower them to make healthy choices.”

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Growing Power founder Will Allen to retire as nonprofit’s debts mount

Growing Power, a locally grown food operation, has several greenhouses in urban areas growing seasonal vegetables, fish, poultry and meat. It also raises yellow perch and tilapia in aquaponic tanks. Rick Wood / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Growing Power has eight pending judgments totalling $485,525, according to Circuit Court records.

By Sarah Hauer
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Nov. 20, 2017

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Additionally, Will Allen faces a $196,375 pending judgment filed by First Farmers Bank and Trust.

Filings with the Internal Revenue Service from 2012 through 2015 show the nonprofit running deficits each year, some years in excess of $2 million.

At its peak, Growing Power had nearly 150 employees, Allen said.

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November 21, 2017   Comments Off on Growing Power founder Will Allen to retire as nonprofit’s debts mount

Slowly-vanishing fruit farms in urban Utah County are still pumping out produce

One of Carlos Chavez’s produce farms in Orem.

Owner Carlos Chavez doesn’t own any of his roughly 10 plots of 2- to 8-acre farmland in Orem and surrounding cities, but rather he leases it from year-to-year.

By Isaac Hale
Daily Herald
Oct 16, 2017

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What was once a dirt road and open hills surrounding the farm about 45 years ago is now very much a part of Pleasant Grove city, with paved roads and residential houses. Almost everything directly surrounding his farm has been developed, but it hasn’t been a bother to the Guernseys. Though, it’s apparent that the value of land in the area has skyrocketed.

“We’ve had several people offer to buy since my parents first bought it 45 years ago,” said Guernsey. “For me, it’s never been a decision. I’m not going to sell; I’m not going to turn my property into houses. I’m certain that it’s inevitable one of these days, but as long as I’m alive we’re going to keep it like it is. If we had accepted any one of those offers we could have retired early and lived very nicely.”

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October 24, 2017   Comments Off on Slowly-vanishing fruit farms in urban Utah County are still pumping out produce

Illinois: McHenry County College to expand urban agriculture program with $500,000 donation

Aquaponics and hydroponics growing stations in the MCC Greenhouse.

The project stems from recommendations of local and regional planning efforts that highlight the need to invest in sustainable local food systems in Illinois

By Northwest Herald
Sept 4, 2017

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A two-year pilot program will allow students to research sustainable agricultural trends and practices, develop programming to support the needs of farmers, facilitate partnerships across the agriculture community and promote the use of sustainable practices and food production in the region.

Ultimately, the goal is for students to learn small-scale organic food production in a farm setting year-round, according to the release.

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Ohio Food bank’s ‘urban farms’ provide fresh produce, job training

Mike Kelley of Clarfield Farms plants Hungarian hot wax peppers.

At the end of the month, officials plan to award other local, urban gardeners and farmers $140,000, part of a $300,000 grant the food bank received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

By Rita Price
The Columbus Dispatch
Jul 12, 2017

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The goals at both farms are to transform empty, inner-city land into operations that can supply needy residents with fresh produce and provide opportunities for jobs, training and civic engagement.

“We have, between the two farms, about 10 acres, and we’re farming about 5 right now,” said Jill Jess of the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. “Last year, we grew about 42,000 pounds of produce.”

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Massachusetts Department of Agricultural has awarded $1.5 million in urban farming grants over five years

Boston Medical Centre Rooftop Farm.

The “eat local” movement, which has generated new interest in where food comes from, has helped fuel the small, but growing, number of urban farms in the state, Arruda said.

By Gerry Tuoti
The Herald News
Jun 23, 2017

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“It’s great that the at the city and state level they are being supportive of trying to figure out how to make urban agriculture work and thrive,” Stoddard said.

Since it launched its urban agriculture grant program in 2012, the state has awarded funding to projects in cities across the state, including Somerville, Salem, Boston and Worcester. The Department of Agricultural Resources will begin reviewing applications for the next round of grant funding in July.

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June 29, 2017   Comments Off on Massachusetts Department of Agricultural has awarded $1.5 million in urban farming grants over five years

Scotland: Edinburgh City Farm is looking to tackle its debts by offering yoga classes

On Friday morning, join Karen Nimmo for an 8-week course of morning yoga.

Gorgie City Farm, which has been in the city for 38 years, had been threatened with closure due to rising costs and a large reduction in external funding last year.

Farming UK
May 31, 2017

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Chief executive Josiah Lockhart told the Edinburgh Evening News creating a sustainable business model would allow the farm to be enjoyed for generations to come.
He said: “The appeal was really a way to help bide the farm some time to help put things in place to help it be more sustainable.

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June 5, 2017   Comments Off on Scotland: Edinburgh City Farm is looking to tackle its debts by offering yoga classes

US graham cracker brand, Annie’s, has donated $100,000 to urban farmland project Gangsta Gardener in Los Angeles, California.

Ron Finley has many titles: Fashion Designer, The Renegade Gardener, Guerilla Gardener, Gangsta Gardener, Head Trouble Maker but most importantly Revolutionary.

By Douglas Yu
Bakery and Snacks
Apr 6, 2017

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However, he is now facing eviction by city officials unless he can come up with $500,000 to purchase the property. Through his GoFundMe campaign, he has raised $485,000.

Annie’s president John Foraker told BakeryandSnack the company will “spread awareness and make noise” until the required funds are raised.

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April 10, 2017   Comments Off on US graham cracker brand, Annie’s, has donated $100,000 to urban farmland project Gangsta Gardener in Los Angeles, California.

Detroit urban farm receives $100,000 in grants to repurpose blighted home site


This blighted home in Detroit’s North End neighborhood was razed by Michigan Urban Farming Initiative for $5,000 to make way for a cistern and outdoor community recreation space to be completed this summer.

The city of Detroit spends about $13,000 on average to tear down homes

By Tyler Clifford
Crain’s Detroit Business
Mar 27, 2017

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Minneapolis-based Target Corp. provided the all-volunteer nonprofit a $25,000 grant to convert the roughly 2,300-square-foot property into a cistern using technology produced by Saginaw-based Blue Thumb Inc., MUFI President Tyson Gersh said. France-based Garnier LLC also provided a $25,000 grant, in addition to a $50,000 grant in conjunction with New Jersey-based TerraCycle, to develop outdoor recreational space and supporting infrastructure, he said.

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April 4, 2017   Comments Off on Detroit urban farm receives $100,000 in grants to repurpose blighted home site