Category — Land
“Acquiring land is honestly probably the easiest part of doing all this. It’s the commitment, the stamina, learning how to do it and doing it every single day: That’s the hard part.”
By Dan Charles
December 31, 2013
Across the country, there’s a wave of interest in local food. And a new generation of young farmers is trying to grow it.
Many of these farmers — many of whom didn’t grow up on farms — would like to stay close to cities. After all, that’s where the demand for local food is.
The problem is, that’s where land is most expensive. So young farmers looking for affordable land are forced to get creative.
January 8, 2014 Comments Off
Modern Farmer Magazine Capitalizes on a Trend
By Christine Haughney
New York Times
September 17, 2013
When a fledgling magazine gets former President Bill Clinton to contribute an article, you would think he would be featured on the cover. But the cover model for the current issue of the quarterly Modern Farmer is a sleepy-looking goat. Mr. Clinton is mentioned between articles on outer space farming and soil cuisine.
The magazine, which offers advice on building a corn maze and articles on the effect of climate change on lettuce and oysters, is trying to carve out a new niche on the newsstand.
September 21, 2013 Comments Off
Americans spend more than 30 billion dollars on lawn care each year
By Arnie Cooper
“Flip through any Greek cookbook with a decent number of pictures and you’re instantly aware that tomatoes and eggplants are 50 percent of the ingredients,” she says. And when they tired of moussaka, Jennifer whipped up Indian recipes like masala green beans with fenugreek and bhagan bharta, an eggplant dish. It was, however, her grandmother’s “Chicago Hots,” a relish made with cherry tomatoes, celery, bell pepper, and onion that turned out to be the most popular.
September 7, 2013 Comments Off
Since 2009, the Los Angeles has paid $1.4 million to homeowners willing to rip out their front lawns
Jessica Seglar and her fiancé, Dominic Nguyen, of Long Beach, Calif., decided to replace their lawn with Ceanothus, a lilac native to California, and other drought-tolerant plants. Photo by Monica Almeida/The New York Times.
Arid Southwest Cities’ Plea: Lose the Lawn
By Ian Lovett
New York Times
August 11, 2013
In Mesa, Ariz., the city has paid to turn nearly 250,000 square feet of residential lawn into desertscape.
More than one million square feet of grass has been moved from Los Angeles residences since the rebate program began here in 2009. New parks provide only token patches of grass, surrounded by native plants. Outside City Hall, what was once a grassy park has been transformed into a garden of succulents.
August 15, 2013 Comments Off
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) estimates that about 1.1 million ha of farmland exist in “urban-like areas” and are producing ¥2.6 trillion worth of products.
By Kunio Tsubota
Paper Presented During the International Workshop on Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in the Asian and Pacific Region Held in the Philippines on 22-26 May 2006
Development Of Urban Agriculture-Related Issues And Policy Responses In Japan
As in most other Asian countries, majority of Japanese people have been living in limited alluvial plains or basins and agriculture used to be the major economic activity. Towns have developed as trading centers or castle towns of feudal landlords in these areas. Except in Kyoto and Nara, no well-organized city plans have been applied in Japan. Urban areas have expanded naturally to outward agricultural and forest areas. Virtually no clear borders have been marked between towns and countryside.
Toyotomi Hideyoshi gained full control of Japan in the late 16th century and conducted a comprehensive farmland survey nationwide. Each plot of farmland in the village was registered, by which farmers were tied up with land and feudal taxes. During the Edo era (1603-1868), Tokyo (Edo) and Osaka developed as mega cities with estimated population of 1 million each. However, most of current urban areas of these cities were still pure rural villages producing vegetables and rice.
June 21, 2013 Comments Off
“The plants didn’t appear to have been there long.”
Post and Courier
May 2, 2013
Charleston police are trying to determine how 20 marijuana plants ended up growing in a community garden near a downtown public housing complex.
Police were tipped off Monday that someone was growing the pot in a plot near 105 Logan St., in Robert Mills Manor, home to 222 families.
May 3, 2013 Comments Off
Manitoba farmers grappling with impacts and legality of municipal herbicide use
By Larry Powell
Feb 19, 2013
There, they became the first and only producers in the province at the time to market certified organic seedlings, such as tomatoes, peppers and medicinal herbs, to fellow growers. Over the years, their rural homestead became a gathering point for others who shared their passion for a simpler way of living.
While no longer officially certified as organic, the two were still producing their plants without the use of chemicals when tragedy struck in 2010. To their horror, as Neufeld put it, “Every single one of our plants curled up grotesquely and died!” He estimates this resulted in a revenue loss of $10,000.
February 20, 2013 Comments Off
Tips for growing safely in the city and preventing childhood lead poisoning
University of Cincinnati Health and Medical News
Bill Menrath – Lead expert and Senior Research Associate, UC Department of Environmental Health
Nick Newman, DO – Director, Pediatric Environmental Health and Lead Clinic, cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Lead experts from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center talk about ways to reduce the risk of lead exposure when gardening on city plots.
February 2, 2013 Comments Off
Kent Mullinix, Director Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security at the Institute for Sustainable Horticulture of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, looks over some under used land in Richmond on Wednesday. Photo by Ian Lindsay.
More crops, better processing would keep billions of food dollars in the Vancouver Lower Mainland says researcher
By Randy Shore
Jan 31, 2013
“If the available underutilized ALR (Agricultural Land Reserve) land was put to use in these small-scale, human-intensive farm operations, they could satisfy Surrey’s demand for 24 commonly consumed crops and animal products, create almost 2,500 jobs, and contribute over $173 million in gross receipts to Surrey’s agriculture sector, more than doubling the current size of the industry in Surrey,” the Kwantlen report states.
It was commissioned by Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts to estimate the economic potential of fallow land. City staff have been creating a strategy based on that document. It will come to council in the next few weeks, she said.
January 31, 2013 Comments Off
Proposed sale of about 177 acres to Hantz for $520,000
By Chad Halcom and Dustin Walsh
Nov 21, 2012
The Detroit City Council tabled for now the proposed sale of 1,956 city-owned lots to Hantz Woodlands LLC, and will hold a public hearing on John Hantz’s plan to develop a tree farm on Detroit’s east side.
The council, after hearing citizen feedback on the purchase, agreed to reschedule the proposed sale of about 177 acres to Hantz for $520,000. The lots are on the near east side between Van Dyke and St. Jean Street and Jefferson and Mack Avenue.
The council expects to take the issue up again at its meeting Dec. 11.
November 21, 2012 Comments Off
Landowners and aspiring farmers can meet each other – kind of like speed dating, but for agriculture.
By Emma Jacobs
November 12, 2012
Many farmers want their farms to be located close to a city – especially organic farmers who’d like to sell their produce at big urban farmers markets. But the price of land within range of a big city is sky high and only getting higher.
Most small farmers buy their land, but some are now looking to lease in suburban or exurban areas. And to do that, they’re using something straight out of Fiddler On The Roof: A matchmaker.
November 14, 2012 Comments Off
Mapping public and private spaces of urban agriculture in Chicago through the analysis of high-resolution aerial images in Google Earth
Fig. 2. Examples of Google Earth reference images used to identify sites of food production in the city of Chicago: (A) community garden on the city’s far south side and (B) residential garden on the near south side.
The production area of home gardens identified by the study is almost threefold that of community gardens.
By John R. Taylor, Sarah Taylor Lovell
Landscape and Urban Planning
Vol 108, Issue 1
Oct 2012 pages 57-70
Although always a part of city life, urban agriculture has recently attracted increased attention from diverse groups in the United States, which promote it as a strategy for stimulating economic development, increasing food security and access, and combatting obesity and diabetes, among other goals. Developing effective policies and programs at the city or neighborhood level demands as a first step the accurate mapping of existing urban agriculture sites. Mapping efforts in major U.S. cities have been limited in their focus and methodology. Focusing on public sites of food production, such as community gardens, they have overlooked the actual and potential contribution of private spaces, including home food gardens, to local food systems. This paper describes a case study of urban agriculture in Chicago which used the manual analysis of high-resolution aerial images in Google Earth in conjunction with ArcGIS to identify and map public and private spaces of food production.
October 11, 2012 Comments Off
The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust has been established to honour Her Majesty The Queen for a lifetime of service. The Trust is open to donations from individuals, groups and organisations – from the UK, the Commonwealth and the wider world – for the duration of the Jubilee Year.
Our “Urban food theme” will encourage urban communities to grow vegetables both to consume themselves and to sell for income.
Excerpt from their site:
We will work with city authorities to encourage them to make space available to allow city dwellers to have access to land for food gardens. This can be a range of different spaces including balconies, rooftops, kerb sides and even containers such as rubbish skips, enabling people to feed themselves, earn an income and improve their diets.
August 2, 2012 Comments Off
Landshare UK has a community of more than 59,000 growers
Landshare Canada brings together people who have a passion for home-grown food, connecting those who have land to share with those who need land for cultivating food. The concept of Landshare began in the UK, launched through the River Cottage television program in 2009, and has since grown into a thriving community of more than 59,000 growers, sharers and helpers across the country. Now that Landshare is here in Canada, we welcome you to come and take part in this fantastic initiative.
May 14, 2011 1 Comment
Photo by Kevin Bauman from website 100 Abandoned Houses. See more here.
Estimated cost $1 million
By Maxwell Strachan
The Huffington Post
March 24, 2011
Bank of America, the country’s largest bank by assets, has announced an initiative to demolish one hundred abandoned Detroit homes currently under the bank’s ownership, a task that CEO Brian T. Moynihan says will “help ‘right-size’ the city,” according to the Detroit Free Press.
The bank, which estimates the costs at $1 million, says the land plots will be donated to the city “for green space, urban farming or redevelopment.”
March 25, 2011 2 Comments