Category — Land
Agrihoods are popping up like peppers coast-to-coast. The Cannery, near Sacramento, has a 7.5-acre farm. Prairie Crossing outside Chicago is anchored by a 100-acre farm.
Nov 22, 2015
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He was nervous about urban sprawl, and decided to develop a community his way. Today, Serenbe has 1,000 acres. Its clusters of homes are surrounded by walking trails and horse stables. But at the center of it all: 25 acres set aside for agriculture.
“The first 20 lots that I priced were sold in 48 hours,” said Hygren. “And the next group [was] sold in about six weeks. So I realized that there was actually the market demand for what we were talking about.”
November 23, 2015 No Comments
What is the “trend” here? Are we likely to see barns and silos dotting our cityscapes? No, that is hardly the point. What is important—and trending—is the new vision that has urban land as that most precious and flexible of resources. The idea that the end of one productive use of a real estate asset spells the extinction of value and the sunsetting of opportunity is an idea whose time is over.
Author: Hugh F. Kelly
Christopher J. Potter, PwC, Canada, Miriam Gurza, PwC, Canada, Frank Magliocco, PwC, Canada
Study by Pricewaterhouse Coopers and the Urban Land Insitute (ULI)
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7. Food Is Getting Bigger and Closer
This may be the ultimate in niche property types: adaptive use with a vengeance (or at least with veggies).
The classic theory of urban places relegates agriculture to the hinterlands, as virtually every kind of vertical construction has superior “highest-and-best-use” characteristics, bringing greater investment returns to land value than growing food. This is absolutely true in most cases. But there are places in more cities than we might imagine where neighborhood land is cheap or older buildings sit idle, and where median incomes are low and the need for fresh food is high. Some are the “hollowed out” areas of Detroit as well as Camden and Newark, New Jersey. But there is a surprisingly significant level of activity in places like Brooklyn, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., where “foodies” of all generations abound.
November 23, 2015 No Comments
Shepherds have held the right since at least 1273 to use droving routes across land that used to be open fields before Madrid became a sprawling metropolis.
Oct 25, 2015
MADRID (AP) — Spanish shepherds have led 2,000 sheep through the streets of Madrid in defense of age-old droving, grazing and migration rights that are increasingly threatened by urban sprawl and fenced-in pastures.
Tourists and children were surprised to see wide avenues blocked off in the Spanish capital to let the woolly parade — bleating loudly and clanking bells — cross the city, accompanied by sheepdogs.
November 17, 2015 No Comments
Reno Councilman David Bobzien said he wants to find out if the city owns any available parcels they could lease to Lost City Farm before next planting season
By Mike Higdon
Nov 6, 2016
“Times are changing and land values are on the rise,” Lyndsey Langsdale and Toni Ortega wrote on Lost City Farm homepage. “Our local economy is on an upswing which is great for many reasons, but unfortunately has forced us to turn a new page for Lost City Farm.”
Lost City Farm grew vegetables, herbs and flowers in the middle of Reno for their on-site stand, local restaurants and Great Basin Community Food Co-op over the last three years. They also created community workshops and lectures at the University of Nevada, Reno.
November 13, 2015 Comments Off on Midtown Reno’s urban farm closing, seeks new spot
The heir to the throne, who is himself a farmer, says it is easy for those who live in urban areas to forget how much the UK depends on those who have farmed the land for generations.
By Rebecca English
Royal Correspondent For The Daily Mail
10 November 2015
‘Regardless of which member or members of the family are actively involved in running the farm, their husbands, wives, partners and children help to keep alive schools, shops, pubs, transport, local entertainment, charities and all the other services that rural society needs if it is to thrive.
‘Small farms tend to be the repositories of vital genetic diversity through the breeding of pedigree and native breeds of livestock, and heritage varieties of vegetables, cereals and fruit.
November 11, 2015 Comments Off on Prince Charles calls on city dwellers to support the ‘invisible’ farming industry
Current Issue: Volume 8, Issue 2 (2015)
Transformation of Urban Vacant Lots for the Common Good: an Introduction to the Special Issue
Peleg Kremer, Villanova UniversityFollow
Zoé Hamstead, The New School
Vacant land is a common condition in urban areas across the globe. Individuals, organizations, government agencies and scholars across the world are advocating, transforming, and governing urban vacant land in many different ways. This special issue builds on the Vacant Acres Symposium that was hosted by 596 Acres and The Tishman Environment and Design Center in New York, NY in April 2014, to understand the multiple ways in which these activities are taking place and share the lessons they offer by tapping into the knowledge and experiences of practitioners and scholarship focused on the work of transformation.
October 19, 2015 Comments Off on ‘Cities and the Environment’ publishes: “Urban Vacant Land and Community Access”
In 1800, more than 75% of the American population made their income directly or indirectly from agriculture. Today, that percentage is approximately 2%, and less than half of those actually make a living wage from their farm.
By Levi Gardner
Oct 6th, 2015
Drive through the city to see abandoned lots with a “For Sale” sign, and you are faced with a fascinating conundrum. Inquire from a real estate agency the value of that property and they will de facto respond with its financial value. They may value the property with its worth as a building, a parking lot or green space. But they will likely not respond with its worth with any other metric than one that has a dollar sign attached to it.
October 14, 2015 Comments Off on The different facets in the relationship between urban agriculture and placemaking.
“We’re in a new era,” Governor Jerry Brown explained. “The idea of nicely green grass fed by water every day—that’s going to be a thing of the past.”
By Megan Garber
Aug 30, 2015
California, drought notwithstanding, remained home to stretches of imported greenery—around homes, around malls, atop golf courses dotting the desert with their false oases.
A2005 NASA study derived from satellite imaging—the most recent such study available—found that turf grasses took up nearly 2 percent of the entire surface of the continental U.S. And that was including the vast stretches of land that remained undeveloped.
September 5, 2015 Comments Off on The Atlantic: A green, neatly trimmed symbol of the American dream has outlived its purpose
Our organic veggies could be growing in contaminated soil.
By Katharine Gammon
July 21, 2015
They found that in the majority of examples, eating vegetables grown in the contaminated soils studied was safe. Levels of contaminants in root vegetables, such as carrots, were higher than in tomatoes and collard greens. But the researchers said there was no reason to avoid gardening in city soils, as long as precautions are taken.
“Washing hands thoroughly after gardening, covering pathways with woodchips or gravel, and keeping soil moist during dry and windy conditions to prevent dust generation are all effective preventative measures to ensure safe gardening,” said Ganga Hettiarachchi, a soil chemist at Kansas State University and lead author of the study.
July 28, 2015 Comments Off on Here’s how to keep homegrown food safe
Minutes from the City centre, eight farms on the market, including 1870s heritage farm.
Jul 13, 2015
The NCC is looking for “all types” of owners, from beginners to experienced farmers, and are willing to consider a wide variety of potential uses for the land, Leonard told CBC’s Ottawa Morning on Monday.
July 24, 2015 Comments Off on Ottawa Greenbelt properties up for rent to urban farmers
Apples and berries grow in small gardens May 27 at The Gates, a new subdivision in South Columbia. The gardens, called The Orchard at The Gates, also will provide a space for community education for the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture. Photo by Beatriz Costa-Lima.
An edible landscape that not only will beautify the neighborhood but also supply its residents with locally grown food.
By Kylee May
June 4, 2015
COLUMBIA — Adam Saunders spent much of Wednesday crawling on his hands and knees and pulling weeds from around the bushes and trees he and others have planted at The Gates, a residential subdivision being developed near Old Plank Road in south Columbia. Every once in a while, he’d pause to pick a blueberry or a raspberry from one of the bushes and munch on it.
The Gates in many ways will be like the other subdivisions that have been popping up in this fast-growing area. Combined with the nearby Barcus Ridge, the 273-acre property will feature about 270 upscale homes along curvy streets and cul-de-sacs in a neighborhood largely surrounded by woods.
June 11, 2015 Comments Off on South Columbia subdivision to feature edible landscaping
June 10, 2015 Comments Off on Californians Paint Their Lawns Green
At the same time, interest in local food — both commercially produced and in community gardens — skyrocketed. The number of community gardens within the city jumped to 208 in 2014 from 161 in 2012, the report noted.
By Bartley Kives
Winnipeg Free Press
June 2, 2015
Winnipeg is considering ways to ensure agricultural production persists within city limits as the number of farms declines and demand for local food increases.
A report to be considered by council’s property and development committee today calls for the city to look at preserving some agricultural land on a permanent basis, devising new zoning categories for specialized farms and creating a new food policy council that could direct city facilities to purchase more local food.
June 9, 2015 Comments Off on Winnipeg City report digs into zoning to preserve agricultural land inside Perimeter
Mayor Duggan announced this month that he’ll launch a program soon to lease vacant lots to residents for $25 a year per lot.
By John Gallagher
Detroit Free Press
May 30, 2015
Detroit is known worldwide as a leader in the community-gardening movement. Detroiters have created more than 1,000 community farm plots in the past decade or so. Nonprofits such as Earthworks Urban Farm on the east side and D-Town Farm on the west side are among the best-run examples of urban agriculture in the nation.
June 7, 2015 Comments Off on What’s next for Detroit’s vacant lots and who decides?
The MWD estimates that removing one square foot of grass in Southern California saves 42 gallons of water a year.
By Taylor Goldenstein
May 25, 2015
Demand for rebates to replace grass with drought-tolerant landscaping has overwhelmed water officials and prompted questions about the future of the highly popular program.
The Metropolitan Water District’s program, which pays homeowners and businesses $2 per square foot to replace grass, ran short of funds this month due to a surge in demand.
May 25, 2015 Comments Off on Rebate funds to replace grass are being drained in California