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Meet a Woman Who Keeps 500 Plants in Her Brooklyn Apartment

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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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August 14, 2017   No Comments

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

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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

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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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August 9, 2017   No Comments

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

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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.

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“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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July 29, 2017   Comments Off on As California’s labor shortage grows, farmers race to replace workers with robots

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

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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

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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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July 27, 2017   Comments Off on Flock of sheep move through streets of Montreal to carry on lawnmowing duties

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

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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

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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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July 3, 2017   Comments Off on West Oakland Moves Forward With Plan To Sell Urban Farming Plot To Former Black Panther

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Canada: The Perils of Lawn Care

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Cecilia Wessels said her husband Theunis was “calm, in control”

A picture of a man in Canada calmly mowing his lawn with a menacing tornado swirling in the background has gone viral on social media.

BBC
June 4, 2017

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Mrs Wessels told the BBC she was sleeping in the house on Friday – but then was woken by her nine-year-old daughter who was concerned that her father would not abandon his lawn-mowing and hide inside from the tornado.

“My daughter was the most upset, saying ‘Mum, what we gonna do?'”

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June 4, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: The Perils of Lawn Care

Canada: An urban farm beneath BC Hydro power lines in Langley?

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Plans call for cultivation of urban agriculture along the 23 acre (9.4 ha) BC Hydro transmission right-of-way.

The City of Langley, along with the Metro Vancouver regional authority and Kwantlen Polytechnic University have announced plans for a Langley Urban Agriculture Demonstration Project.

By Monique Tamminga
Langley Times
May 3, 2017

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“This project aims to bring compatible urban farming to a power line corridor in an established single family residential neighbourhood,” said Roy Beddow, deputy director of Development Services and Economic Development at the City of Langley.

“In addition to demonstrating the potential for local food production, the project will also create community partnerships and educational opportunities while enhancing amenity values in a utility corridor.”

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May 9, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: An urban farm beneath BC Hydro power lines in Langley?

New Jersey-Based Startup Helps People Grow Their Own Food

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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.

Press Release.

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.

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March 28, 2017   Comments Off on New Jersey-Based Startup Helps People Grow Their Own Food

The pace of Vancouver development killing Downtown Eastside urban agriculture, group claims

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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

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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.

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March 22, 2017   Comments Off on The pace of Vancouver development killing Downtown Eastside urban agriculture, group claims

Indonesia: Disputed land plot converted into urban farming

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(Foto : Jhon Syah Putra Kaban / Beritajakarta.com)

The program adopts a profit sharing concept where the farmers secure 80 percent of the revenue while the administration gets 20 percent.

News Desk
Jakarta Post
March 1, 2017

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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

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March 7, 2017   Comments Off on Indonesia: Disputed land plot converted into urban farming

Fighting Greater Toronto’s Sprawl With Urban Farms

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Member farmers harvest mizuna green beds at Fresh City Farms two acre farm at Downsview Park.

75 percent of farmland of farmland in Toronto’s Metro Region is unprotected and at risk of being paved over

By Vawn Himmelsbach
Toronto Star
Feb 18, 2017

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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.

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February 27, 2017   Comments Off on Fighting Greater Toronto’s Sprawl With Urban Farms

City of Toledo, Ohio offers vacant lot to urban farmer

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Thomas Jackson cleans up a pile of wood chips, branches, and tree stumps in an attempt to beautify the neighborhood around his Milburn Avenue home in Toledo.

The site is OK for mulch, not growing

By Tom Troy
The Blade
Feb 17, 2017

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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.

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February 22, 2017   Comments Off on City of Toledo, Ohio offers vacant lot to urban farmer

Urban Farming Expands in South Dallas

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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
NBCDFW
Feb 10, 2017

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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.

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February 17, 2017   Comments Off on Urban Farming Expands in South Dallas