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The environmental benefits of urban farming get even more complicated when we consider indoor “vertical farms,” which are often touted as a sustainable option that use less soil and water. Although designs differ, some of these set-ups can use an enormous amount of energy, especially if they require artificial lighting.
By Brad Plumer
May 16, 2016
“It’s hard to make sweeping generalizations here,” Santo told me. When designed right, urban farms can make some modest but valuable improvements to the sustainability of our food system. But when designed poorly, they can end up being even worse for the environment — say, if they’re using fertilizer inefficiently and polluting nearby waters with nitrogen run-off.
In our conversation, Santo mentioned one feature of urban farms that often gets shortchanged in dry policy discussions: “They can reconnect people with how to grow food.”
May 22, 2016 No Comments
Vacant Lots To Vibrant Plot
By Raychel Santo Anne Palmer Brent Kim
John Hopkins Centre for Liveable Future
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Recommendations for framing the merits of urban agriculture.
Urban agriculture should be evaluated for the multifaceted nature of its outcomes – social, health, environmental, and economic – and not merely for its potential outputs in terms of food production or economic development measures.
The list below offers a number of evidence-based talking points for advocates seeking to advance urban agriculture policy and programs:
1) Urban agriculture’s most significant benefits center around its ability to increase social capital, community well-being, and civic engagement with the food system.
May 9, 2016 Comments Off on A Review Of The Benefits And Limitations Of Urban Agriculture
“As a young person, it’s really hard to get into employment if you don’t have either the networks or qualifications or haven’t had to practice those skills,” Stewart said.
By Alice Cannet
April 25 2016
One of Cultivate’s volunteers had been out of work and education for seven years before joining the group.
She had since put spent nearly 100 hours in the garden in the last three months and was studying horticulture at the National Trades Academy.
April 28, 2016 Comments Off on Urban farm gives fresh start to youth and homeless in Christchurch, New Zealand
Welcome to Bell Manor Community Garden.
Stonegate Community Health Centre releases video in support of their food efforts
Apr 23, 2016
“Many of our residents live on fixed or low incomes. Providing the opportunity to grow their own fresh, healthy food is often a necessity, not a luxury,” Julia Graham, Stonegate CHC’s community food program co-ordinator, said in a statement.
In recent years, the garden has come to serve an even greater need, as the nearby Valu-Mart, which provided the only walkable access to fresh food in the community, was closed two years ago to make way for condominiums.
April 27, 2016 Comments Off on Toronto: Bell Manor Community Garden users talk about the benefits of growing in a ‘magical place’
“It’s amazing how urban gardening and urban agriculture really connects people, because food crosses all cultural and language barriers.”
By Lisa Johnson
Apr 12, 2016
Then the man opened Google Translate, an app that provides two-way speech translation.
“I am a tomato farmer from Syria,” the man said, through his phone.
“I was stoked and I said, ‘oh, you like tomatoes?'” said Stone, who invited his new neighbour into his greenhouse.
April 16, 2016 Comments Off on Tomatoes and Google connect a Canadian urban farmer to new Syrian neighbour
“The not-for-profit, through its project, has provided the medical facility fresh organic vegetables that are grown without using chemical fertilisers.”
By Badri Chatterjee
Hindustan Times Mumbai
Apr 11, 2016 0
Three years ago, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) set out on a green mission to convert a one-acre barren land on the campus of a medical research facility in Navi Mumbai into an organic farm.
The once-barren plot is now grows herbs, vegetables plants and fruit trees, which are fed to patients undergoing treatment at the facility. This urban farm is also home to more than 80 species of birds and 25 species of butterflies and moths.
The NGO, Green Souls, has ever since been promoting urban farming to city dwellers, who are encouraged to grow food on building terraces, balconies and small plots of land.
April 15, 2016 Comments Off on India: Urban farm in Navi Mumbai grows food for patients
Director of Urban Farming Carrie Hargrove gives a tour March 10 at the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture. CCUA has partnered with The Food Bank to increase the amount of produce available to low-income community members. Nick Schnelle/Tribune.
“One square foot over the course of a season can produce several heads of lettuce, several pounds of carrots and several pounds of green onions,” Hargrove said.
By Caroline Dohack
Sunday, March 20, 2016
“You hear of gardeners during the summer leaving zucchini on neighbors’ doorsteps. It can come so fast and it can be hard to keep up with. It hurts to see that go to waste,” Hargrove said. “If you’re a good gardener or even just a kind-of-good gardener, you will get so much produce that you will want and need to share it. It might as well share with people who would really appreciate it.”
March 25, 2016 Comments Off on Individuals, organizations grow fresh produce to donate to food pantries in Columbia, Missouri
Betty O’Raw, a resident of O’Carroll Villas, is glad to see someone is finally caring for the space. Residents and ex-offenders maintain it together.
By Louisa Mcgrath
February 17, 2016
This year, spring might look a bit different from the windows of O’Carroll Villas on Cuffe Street in the south inner-city. On a patch of land below, work will soon be underway on a new vegetable garden.
Last summer, residents of the council flats met with local city councillor Sonya Stapleton, who at the time was with People Before Profit but is now independent, and members of the Dublin-based charity Care After Prison (CAP), which helps rehabilitate ex-offenders.
February 24, 2016 Comments Off on In Dublin’s Inner-City, Ex-Offenders And Residents Grow A Community Garden Together
The garden mentorship program started three years ago with the mission of helping families and individuals with limited resources learn to grow their own fresh, healthful foods
By Caroline Dohack
February 7, 2016 at 12:00 am
“A lot of times, people want to be able to grow food but don’t know how to cook it. Other times, we give people plants they’ve never seen before and don’t know how to prepare. We’ve had a couple of mothers feeding up to five children before who want to learn how to prepare foods efficiently. Other people have never tried eggplant and don’t know what to do with it,” DeMarco said.
To date, CCUA has served 143 clients through Opportunity Gardens and usually serves between 80 to 100 clients at a given time. It currently has the capacity to accept as many as 45 new clients, DeMarco said.
February 11, 2016 Comments Off on Urban Agriculture Mentorship Program in Columbia, Missouri
“When you put beauty in a place that has none, that’s a game changer.”
— Ron Finley, the “Gangster Gardener”
Delila Vallot – Director
Rafael Marmor – Producer
Christopher Leggett – Producer
John Legend – Executive Producer
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South Los Angeles. What comes to mind is gangs, drugs, liquor stores, abandoned buildings and vacant lots. The last thing that you would expect to find is a beautiful garden sprouting up through the concrete, coloring the urban landscape. As part of an urban gardening movement taking root in South LA, people are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. Calling for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these “gangster gardeners” are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America.
February 10, 2016 Comments Off on “Can You Dig This” – John Legend’s documentary about four “gangster gardeners”
Good Earth Collective, an New Zealand initiative which delivers home grown vegetables to needy families
“It’s just very handy and fantastic for families to get good food. It’s healthy food straight from the garden,” Walker says.
By Emily Ford
January 25 2016
Run by Bebich and her sister, Tereza Bebich, the pair deliver vegetable boxes every week to families and charitable organisations.
It relies on fresh fruit and vegetables from Bebich’s garden, as well as regular donations from 10 growers – friends who put their hands up to help when she had extra seedlings.
January 28, 2016 Comments Off on Good Earth Collective, an New Zealand initiative which delivers home grown vegetables to needy families
Volunteers working to transform empty plot of land into a community garden for veterans.
“There’s nothing in the Harrisburg area for the veterans to do. There’s no place for them to gather in fellowship,” says Angel Newman.
By Uyen Le
Jan 6, 2016
Newman and several members of the community teamed up to transform this empty lot into a community garden for vets. And the project is picking up speed with more volunteers and donations for fencing, park benches, and new sidewalks.
“The engineers are going to come and cut the curb to make it wheelchair accessible. and redo the whole sidewalk so it’s an easy ride down to the gate,” says Newman.
January 10, 2016 Comments Off on New community garden catered to veterans in Augusta, Georgia
Urban agriculture is what we call it – San Diego
By Dave Good
Dec. 2, 2015
Moss, her coif kept in check with a headband, wears all black in spite of the heat, but she won’t be here long. “I’m not a farmer. I’m a community organizer. And right now, I’m organizing space for neighborhood parks and community gardens. I’m doing the same thing up in Compton [her mother still lives there] as I do here.”
Moss is 57. She says she was born in South Central in Los Angeles. “We moved to Compton when I was four. So I been there,” she says in a way that implies she’s experienced the worst of the worst of West Coast ghetto living. She remembers that her father kept a small backyard garden. “No, I didn’t help out, except for watering. He always told us to water.” Moss has lived here in Southeast for decades.
December 9, 2015 Comments Off on “I’m not a farmer. I’m a community organizer.”
Meet Juan, Eladia and Manuel. Eladia commented, “I grew up in Guadalajara, where my father grew frijol and maiz. My mother always had a garden, and I helped. My husband Juan, this is his very first time.” Photo by Geneviève Villamizar.
Pevec hopes that Fat City Farmers can put more gardens on school grounds.
Article Geneviève Joëlle Villamizar
Photography Illene Pevec & Geneviève Joëlle Villamizar
Roaring Fork Lifestyle
Sept 27, 2015
“There is a common misconception that all Mexican immigrants are former farmers,” comments Illene Pevec, a food activist with the nonprofit Fat City Farmers. Pevec sees a disconnect between local Mexican families and the worldwide farm-to-fork movement. Her desire is “to see all families – especially Mexican families – participating in the gardening community, growing their own food and gaining the benefits of food independence. Mexico has the highest rate of diabetes in the world and fresh vegetable consumption is a healthy way to help prevent this.”
November 25, 2015 Comments Off on Fat City Farmers Grow Kids, Community And Food
For Mohammad, the Garden and Farm project has opened the door to integration in Cleveland, which has proven to be a welcoming new home for him and his family.
By Raluca Besliu
August 13, 2015
Mohammad is also the manager of a game-changing initiative for education, urban farming and refugee integration, the Learning Garden and Production Farm. Created as a collaboration between The Refugee Response and The Urban Community School (UCS), the Garden and Farm occupies six vacant parcels adjacent to the school. They act as a learning space, where children participate in hands-on lessons that complement and enhance the curriculum in a wide variety of subject areas, including math, art and science.
November 24, 2015 Comments Off on Afghan refugee leads game-changing urban farm in Cleveland