Category — Land
ALFREA will strengthen the local food economy by connecting gardeners with land, help and experts, while creating a new platform for food producers and gardening professionals.
GALLOWAY, N.J. (January 5, 2017) – An ambitious New Jersey startup launched a pilot project in June 2016. The online platform is designed to build a stronger local food economy in South Jersey, the Philadelphia region and, eventually, across the nation.
Conceived and built right here in New Jersey, Alfrea is a revolutionary idea that brings the disruptive power of the sharing economy to food. The website makes homegrown food accessible to everyone – even people with no land, no gardening experience and no time to plant, grow or harvest food.
March 28, 2017 No Comments
The executive director of Sole Food says it needs to leave its space by November and options for a new location are limited.
By Liam Britten
CBC News Posted
Mar 21, 2017
Ableman says Sole Food has already lost some of its space at the corner of Main and Terminal for a new social housing project and it has also lost the lease for its operation underneath the viaducts and will have to leave by November.
It has secured an extension to the lease on the farm under the First Avenue Viaduct and its original location at the Astoria Hotel in the Downtown Eastside “continues to limp along,” but Ableman says an air of precariousness surrounds all its sites.
March 22, 2017 No Comments
The program adopts a profit sharing concept where the farmers secure 80 percent of the revenue while the administration gets 20 percent.
March 1, 2017
An urban farming plot has been developed on 1.7 hectares of disputed land on Jl. Pramuka Raya, Central Jakarta, by the municipality administration as part of its efforts to utilize unproductive land for economic activities.
The city administration has launched programs to develop productive activities on idle land across Jakarta
March 7, 2017 Comments Off on Indonesia: Disputed land plot converted into urban farming
75 percent of farmland of farmland in Toronto’s Metro Region is unprotected and at risk of being paved over
By Vawn Himmelsbach
Feb 18, 2017
Fresh City Farms leases private land, including two acres of federal land in Downsview Park, though tenure affects long-term planning. Its latest project is a 4,000 square foot greenhouse, expected to be up and running this spring, on land owned by wireless solutions company Baka Communications.
February 27, 2017 Comments Off on Fighting Greater Toronto’s Sprawl With Urban Farms
The site is OK for mulch, not growing
By Tom Troy
Feb 17, 2017
Mr. Jackson said city officials are trying to work with him, and have suggested two other sites to place the wood chips. He said the Bancroft Street site is covered with concrete, so he would be able to compost there, but not grow vegetables.
“There’s definitely negotiations going on. I have a letter from economic development stating that they are working with me to get a new site,” Mr. Jackson said.
February 22, 2017 Comments Off on City of Toledo, Ohio offers vacant lot to urban farmer
It has been nine months since the City of Dallas put more than $3 million on the line to lure a grocer to South Dallas. Surprisingly, no one has accepted the offer.
By Courtney Gilmore
Feb 10, 2017
City leaders are now looking for alternative solutions to bring fresh produce into food desert communities.
“If we can’t get the big grocery stores to come in, then we grow our on,” said Wilson.
Currently, they are scouting a few places to start an urban farm. There is a lot of land in south Dallas and the area is prime for redevelopment.
February 17, 2017 Comments Off on Urban Farming Expands in South Dallas
“The cost of buying land in the Lower Mainland is high. Resources like this one are going to help more farmers access land.”
By Amy Reid
Feb 16, 2017
A website that’s been almost two years in the making aims to change Surrey’s agricultural future for the better.
The new “land-linking” website, created by the City of Surrey and a Young Agrarians group, aims to connect landowners with farmers.
February 17, 2017 Comments Off on Canada: Surrey, BC launches ‘land-linking’ website focusing on farming
“They realized they were in town for university, they wanted to contribute to the community in the meaningful way. That work fed a community; they’re committed to a system to improve it,” says Barnes.
By Ellis Koifman
Feb 12, 2017
Last November, Heather Barnes and Graham Bracken, two former Western students in law and economics/philosophy respectively, were inspired by the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI).
“They grow a lot of food organically and they funnel it right back into the community,” says Barnes. “While we were there people walked up [to the urban farm] and they walked away with food.”
February 16, 2017 Comments Off on Canada: Urban agriculture comes to London, Ontario
Native Americans are losing their ability to live off the land as it has crumbled into the Gulf of Mexico. Some of them are trying to figure out how to survive on what’s left.
By Barry Yeoman
Food and Environmental Network
Southern Foodways Alliance’s Gravy podcast, The Lens
February 9, 2017
A few decades ago, the Pointe-au-Chien tribal members of Louisiana fed themselves well—they fished in nearby waters, raised livestock, planted fruits and vegetables, trapped marsh hens, and even hunted turtle and alligator. But as the tides, driven higher by climate change, started to eat up the tribe’s territory leaving fewer places to put a garden or raise livestock and less terrain to hunt and forage for wild plants, the tribe turned to processed foods. And as water levels continued to rise, so did rates of diabetes and cholesterol.
February 15, 2017 Comments Off on Louisiana tribes restore traditional diets in the face of climate change
They call the development exciting because the 190 families who live next door at the Springview Apartments will have fresh food right at their door steps.
By Sue Calberg,
February 09, 2017
“The best way to trick kids to eat veggies is to get them to grow it. They see the entire process from seed to plate,” said Lucke, who added that a number of community partners have been working for at least two years to make this day a reality. “We knew that the east side was a food desert. We knew that the east side didn’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. And so having an urban micro-farm, we felt, would be a good step in the right direction.”
February 14, 2017 Comments Off on Sprawling urban garden coming to San Antonio’s east side
Some urban farmers who spoke to ZwNews have expressed their fears that the floods being experienced in the country at the moment could lead to serious food insecurity.
By Lovemore Lubinda
Jan 20, 2017
Kudakwashe Tagara, another Harare resident who last season had to send some of his urban farming produces to his parents in the rural areas (Mutoko) after they failed to harvest more to eat, said the floods have affected their livelihoods to a greater extent.
“The situation is compromising our ability to fend for our families; all my small fields dotted along the Mukuwisi River have been rendered a complete write-off. I won’t get anything this year, my aging parents in Mutoko depend on what I provide them,” he said.
January 31, 2017 Comments Off on Flooding impacts urban agriculture in Zimbabwe
Click on image for larger file. Maps show where projected urban expansion until 2030 is expected to result in cropland loss. Competing areas (red) hold croplands but have a high probability (>75%; medium scenario) of becoming urbanized by 2030.
Urban agriculture, the expansion of farming into areas farther from urban centers, and farming intensification practices (such as the heavy use of fertilizers), will offset some of the loss of farmland, say the scientists.
By Andrew Amelinckx
January 27, 2017
(Must read. Mike)
The study, “Future urban land expansion and implications for global croplands,” published last month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, finds that by 2030, as much as 86.5 million acres of productive farmland worldwide—between two and four percent of total farmland—will be lost as the world’s so called mega-cities, generally defined as being more than ten million residents, and the adjoining areas, called “mega urban regions,” take over prime agricultural croplands to make room for a growing population and their activities.
January 29, 2017 Comments Off on By 2030 Megacities May Devour More Than 86 Million Acres of Prime Farmland
Towards Regenerated and Productive Vacant Areas through Urban Horticulture: Lessons from Bologna, Italy
Six case studies representing this variety of vacant areas were identified and evaluated
By Daniela Gasperi, Giuseppina Pennisi, Niccolò Rizzati, Francesca Magrefi, Giovanni Bazzocchi, Umberto Mezzacapo, Monique Centrone Stefani, Esther Sanyé-Mengual, Francesco Orsini, and Giorgio Gianquinto
In recent years, urban agriculture has been asserting its relevance as part of a vibrant and diverse food system due to its small scale, its focus on nutrition, its contribution to food security, its employment opportunities, and its role in community building and social mobility. Urban agriculture may also be a tool to re-appropriate a range of abandoned or unused irregular spaces within the city, including flowerbeds, roundabouts, terraces, balconies and rooftops. Consistently, all spaces that present a lack of identity may be converted to urban agriculture areas and, more specifically, to urban horticulture as a way to strengthen resilience and sustainability.
January 19, 2017 Comments Off on Towards Regenerated and Productive Vacant Areas through Urban Horticulture: Lessons from Bologna, Italy
The Ron Finley Project, the non-profit that drew international recognition for its community garden in South Los Angeles, is facing eviction from the land where founder Ron Finley first planted seeds in 2010.
By Jennifer Swann
January 6, 2017
After years of financial problems, the property on Exposition Boulevard was purchased at a foreclosure auction by the real estate investment company Strategic Acquisitions for $379,003 last November, according to L.A. County records. But Finley, the longtime activist and self-described “gangsta gardener” who had been leasing the property, is not leaving his garden — and the community it serves — without a fight.
“They’re used to people caving in and we’re not planning on caving in,” he told the Weekly. “What I try to do is the right thing, and I’m confident in that. You can take all you want, but you can’t take my soul.”
January 14, 2017 Comments Off on South L.A. “Gangsta Gardener” Ron Finley Fights to Save His Garden From Eviction
They even filled in the swimming pool from the old apartment complex (that again, due to Portland’s temperate climate, was very underused) to make room for more garden space.
By Scott Cooney
Green Living Ideas
Jan 2, 2017
In addition, as food is so central to a sustainable community, probably the most impressive part of Kailash is the garden. Or should we say gardens – there are 46 private garden plots for resident use, and an extensive community garden. They also have a bamboo micro-forestry project, berry bushes, grapevines, fruit orchards, and a greenhouse. They have also created areas dedicated for wildlife habitat, including bird houses, bat houses, bee boxes and reptile gardens.
January 11, 2017 Comments Off on Portland Urban Intentional Community has 46 private garden plots for resident use