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The Giving Farm in Orange County – 8 acres, 375 partners and 87,500 pounds of produce

Students in Westminster High School’s agriculture program harvest acorn squash growing in the fields at the school in Westminster.

“This is a small showcase of what agriculture can be for the new generations,” said third-generation Orange County farmer A.G. Kawamura, who served as California’s agriculture secretary from 2003 to 2010 and started the nonprofit OC Harvest, now known as Solutions for Urban Agriculture.

By Theresa Walker
Orange County Register
November 22, 2017

Excerpt:

The eight acres of farmland at Westminster High, the largest remaining public school farm in Orange County, is at the heart of an initiative to grow fresh produce for the food bank to give to those who rely on the bounty of others in times of need.

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November 29, 2017   No Comments

Take A Stroll Through Detroit’s Urban Agrihood

(Must see video. Mike)

MUFI grows over 20,000 pounds of produce a year on average, and much of it goes to local households, food pantries, and churches.

By Robin Runyan, Sam Reichman, And Logan Siegel
Curbed
Nov 15, 2017
(Must see video. Mike)

Excerpt:

While Detroit has many urban farms, the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) has recently amped up the discussion about development around these farms. Last winter, the non-profit announced their proposed urban agrihood around their two-acre farm in the North End. Curbed’s video team recently visited the farm to see the impact on real estate in the area.

An agrihood is an alternative neighborhood growth model, positioning agriculture as the centerpiece of a mixed-use development. There are some agrihoods around the country, but this is the first within a city.

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November 22, 2017   Comments Off on Take A Stroll Through Detroit’s Urban Agrihood

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

Excerpt:

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

Indonesia: City of Jakarta has 600 hectares of farmland

An urban farming area along the riverside in Jl. Raden Saleh II in Cikini, Central Jakarta. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

“In a city like Jakarta, urban farming is ideal for residents who want to farm in a limited space.”

The Jakarta Post
Sept 27, 2017

Excerpt:

“Not everyone knows that the total area of rice fields in Jakarta is 600 hectares, which is owned by the private sector. The land is spread across East, West and North Jakarta,” the head of food security division of the Jakarta Fisheries, Agriculture and Food Security Agency, Mujiati, said on Tuesday.

To encourage farming among residents in the capital, Mujiati said her agency launched an urban farming program in 2016. The program aims to encourage residents to utilize open spaces at home for farming.

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October 4, 2017   Comments Off on Indonesia: City of Jakarta has 600 hectares of farmland

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: The Benefit of Nature in High Density Urban Areas


We must keep every scrap of nature in and around our cities. Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.
– E.O. Wilson in The Biophilia Hypothesis (1984)

By Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, Project Director
and Deanne Manzer, Project Researcher MLA
and Kaitlyn Gillis, Project Advisor
June 26, 2017
(Must see.) Mike

Excerpt:

Greening Strategies

– Every home within a 5 min walk to a greenspace
– Restore or enhance 25ha of natural areas
– 30ha of additional public park – 20,000 trees planted
– 200 public greening projects
– 100 ha of green roofs and
walls, including 33 ha dedicated to urban agriculture
– 200 ha of skyrise greenway (1/2 the size of Stanley park)
– 400km of park connectors – 0.8ha of parkland / 1,000
residents

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Japan to keep urban farmland green with new incentives

New tax and leasing incentives will help keep “productive greenspace” under cultivation.

Flexible leasing system will help connect businesses, nonprofits with available land

Nikkei Asian Review
Sept 6, 2017

Excerpt:

TOKYO — Japan is planning tax incentives and changes to the way land is leased to keep urban farmland from being turned into housing as a current program nears expiration and more farmers retire without apparent successors.

Starting in 1992, Japan designated roughly 13,000 hectares of urban land nationwide, and around 3,200 hectares in Tokyo, as “productive green space,” offering 30 years of tax incentives to those who would use the land for agricultural purposes. In 2022, those incentives will expire for roughly 80% of the land in the program.

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Hilltop Urban Farm in South Pittsburgh is set to become the largest urban farm in the USA

Dignitaries at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Hilltop Urban Farm. Photo by Brian Conway.

“First ribbon-cutting for a farm in probably 100 years in the City of Pittsburgh,” quipped Mayor Bill Peduto at the future site of Hilltop Urban Farm, a 107-acre property in the city’s tiny St. Clair neighborhood in South Pittsburgh that includes 23 acres of farmland.

By Brian Conway
Next Pittsburg
August 24, 2017

Excerpt:

Hilltop Urban Farm will include, among other things, a three-acre CSA farm, three-acre farmer incubation program, one-acre youth farm, farmer’s market building, 5000-square foot event barn, stormwater retention ponds, fruit orchards, public community garden, an education center and more.

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August 31, 2017   Comments Off on Hilltop Urban Farm in South Pittsburgh is set to become the largest urban farm in the USA

Japan’s Farm Ministry To Promote Rental Of Urban Farmland

Japan’s municipalities have designated an estimated 134 sq. km of land for urban agriculture.

By Jiji
Japan Times
Aug 20, 2017

Excerpt:

The agriculture ministry plans to establish a new system for promoting urban agriculture by making it easier to rent farmland, ministry sources have said.

Currently, people who want to rent out farmland must get permission from their local agriculture committees. Under the proposed system, municipal governments, instead of local committees, would examine the prospective borrowers’ land-use plans and approve the rental proposal if it includes agricultural experience events, the supplying of food for school meals or other activities that support local communities.

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Meet a Woman Who Keeps 500 Plants in Her Brooklyn Apartment

Oakes with one of her hundreds of plants.

For 11 years, Oakes has lived in a 1,200-square-foot converted industrial space in Williamsburg, which is filled with 500 plants, including a living wall, an irrigated vertical garden constructed out of mason jars, and, in a closet garden, edible plants ranging from the familiar (herbs, greens) to the exotic (a pineapple plant, curry leaves—the latter of which she raves about).

By Dan Nosowitz on July 14, 2016
Photographs by Aliza Eliazarov
Modern Farmer
July 14, 2016

Excerpt:

Her apartment is an attempt to cram a country house into a Brooklyn apartment. None of that is really possible in the city, but Oakes does her best: a vermiculture kit beneath the kitchen sink, a compost bin, LED lighting systems, a sub-irrigation system for certain plants, and plants, plants everywhere. Succulents line the bathroom. An old sled on which her pots and pans are hung also include low-light-tolerant philodendrons.

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Canada: B.C. gardeners dig into yard-sharing

Rose Dykstra in the front yard of her Vancouver home on Aug. 5. Dykstra uses her front yard, and that of a neighbour, to grow flowers for her business, Front Yard Flower Co. By Jason Payne.

Regular homeowners who want to share their space with non-commercial gardeners can use the Young Agrarians U-Map to offer up their yards, and gardeners can look at the existing land listings.

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
Aug 8, 2017

Excerpt:

Both Dykstra and Single-Dain lamented the existence of a dedicated Vancouver website for homeowners and gardeners interested in yard-sharing. Victoria-based LifeCycles Project hosted a yard-sharing website at sharingbackyards.com for several years and had expanded it to 58 cities before the platform collapsed.

“We were running without funding and I tried to write some grant applications while I scaled up,” said former project leader Chris Hawkins. “After the economic collapse it just got harder and harder to get grants, especially as we weren’t regarded as a startup.”

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As California’s labor shortage grows, farmers race to replace workers with robots

He has calculated that the pool of potential immigrants from rural Mexico shrinks every year by about 150,000 people.

By Geoffrey Mohan
La Times
Photography By Gary Coronado
July 21, 2017 | Reporting From Salinas, Calif.

Excerpt:

“We don’t see — no matter what happens — that the labor problem will be solved,” said Soren Bjorn, president of Driscoll’s of the Americas.

That’s because immigrant farmworkers in California’s agricultural heartlands are getting older and not being replaced. After decades of crackdowns, the net flow across the U.S.-Mexico border reversed in 2005, a trend that accelerated through 2014, according to a Pew Research Center study. And native-born Americans aren’t interested in the job, even at wages that have soared at higher than average rates.

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Flock of sheep move through streets of Montreal to carry on lawnmowing duties

Volunteer shepherds guide a flock of sheep to their new park Wednesday, July 26, 2017 in Montreal. The sheep are part of a pilot project where they act as eco-friendly lawn mowers, chewing on the long grass, but also help by eating vegetation that poses a threat to public green spaces.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

She says the animals have become stars in the neighbourhood, drawing people together and letting them experience a taste of farm life in the city.

Morgan Lowrie
The Canadian Press
July 27, 2017

Excerpt:

With only a few bleats of protest, a flock of woolly, four-legged lawnmowers took a rare stroll through the streets of Montreal on Wednesday to take up their duties in a new city park.

The six ewes and four lambs were carefully herded along the sidewalk from one park to another with the help of shepherds and volunteers holding up orange barricades.

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West Oakland Moves Forward With Plan To Sell Urban Farming Plot To Former Black Panther


2015. Welcome to West Oakland Farms, where former Black Panther Elaine Brown is helping ex-cons by giving them ownership in an urban farm.

Former Black Panther Elaine Brown wants to develop affordable housing and business opportunities for people who were formerly incarcerated.

By Scott Morris
Hoodline
June 28, 2017

Excerpt:

Brown, who headed the Black Panther Party from 1974 to 1977, began developing the 0.71-acre plot as an urban farm almost two years ago through her nonprofit, Oakland and the World Enterprises. In last night’s session, the council voted 6–0 to clear the way for the city administrator to sell the property.

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Florida: Fleet Farming launches in Jacksonville – Grow a garden in your yard without lifting a finger

More than 55,000 households don’t have easy access to fresh food in Duval County.

By Letisha Bereola
Action News Jax
Apr 28, 2017

Excerpt:

Here’s how it works: A homeowner donates their lawn and some cash for startup costs. Then a group of volunteers tend to the garden—you don’t have to lift a finger. You keep a share of the crop—the rest goes to local farmer’s markets or restaurants.

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June 10, 2017   Comments Off on Florida: Fleet Farming launches in Jacksonville – Grow a garden in your yard without lifting a finger

Mapped: Where New York City’s millions of square feet of farmland are hidden

Click on image for larger file. Source: Columbia University, UDL, Farming Concrete, Thread Collective, BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research

At about 2 million square feet, Queens County Farm in Floral Park is by far the Big Apple’s biggest.

By Frank Chaparro
Business Insider
05 Jun 2017

Excerpt:

In the 2017 edition of its annual TransformingWorld Atlas, which uses maps to illustrate global economic, political and investment trends, Bank of America Merrill Lynch included a map of the five boroughs and their numerous farms, greenhouses, and community gardens.

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June 7, 2017   Comments Off on Mapped: Where New York City’s millions of square feet of farmland are hidden