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High speed chase ends in community garden in Waterloo, Iowa

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Truck crashes into community garden.

I didn’t realize it really wiped out nearly every boxes they came across. He must have gone airborne when they hit the dirt pile,” said Marshall.

By Taylor Bailey
KWWl
Aug 22, 2016

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The white pick up truck ended up at Grace Gardens, right across from the Boys and Girls Club in Waterloo. Grace Garden is designed to provide free produce to people in the Walnut neighborhood.

The owner of the garden Judy Marshall says she heard it all happen and she was in shock after most of her crops were destroyed.

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August 31, 2016   Comments Off on High speed chase ends in community garden in Waterloo, Iowa

Nanofarm: The first appliance that grows food for you

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Kickstarter drive begins

By Replantable
Aug. 22, 2016

From January 2016 until just a few weeks ago, 30 nanofarms have been put through their paces in the homes of our beta testers. Each beta tester has had the chance to harvest between 2-4 crops of produce, and they are very happy with the results.

While the beta testers agree the nanofarm does a great job growing food, they had lots of helpful criticism that led to the added features you see in the production model:

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August 22, 2016   Comments Off on Nanofarm: The first appliance that grows food for you

City Farmer featured in ‘Sustainable Gardens’ episode – Metro Vancouver TV

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Lynsey Dobbie, Garden Educator, City Farmer/Compost Demonstration Garden

The Sustainable Region TV Series
Episode 7
Metro Vancouver
July 6, 2016

The landscaping at the Annacis Research Centre and the City Farmer Demonstration Garden exemplifies sustainable approaches outlined in Metro Vancouver’s new, online Grow Green Guide. And we look at an herbal alternative to a grass lawn.

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July 31, 2016   Comments Off on City Farmer featured in ‘Sustainable Gardens’ episode – Metro Vancouver TV

Economic crisis bares hunger problem in Venezuela – some turn to urban farming

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vencookIn this June 1, 2016 photo, Petra Lezama prepares a salad with vegetables from her roof garden, where she keeps a photo of Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela. Lezama and her husband Francisco are government supporters who have turned to urban gardening to keep fresh vegetables in their diets, as fresh produce has become an unaffordable luxury for many. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) See more photos in Daily Mail.

Francisco Salazar, head of a community council that works in Caracas slums, says he and his neighbors are growing beets, black beans, lettuce and dozens of other vegetables in a large community garden.

By Fabiola Sanchez
Associated Press
July 04, 2016

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Some Venezuelans who had given up produce as an unaffordable luxury are now turning to urban farming to get vegetables back into their diets.

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July 5, 2016   Comments Off on Economic crisis bares hunger problem in Venezuela – some turn to urban farming

Fast-Food Chains Are Getting Into Farming Their Own Produce

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B.Good Got A Farm! And It’s On An Island!

B.Good, in Boston, is embarking on a new experiment in hyperlocal sourcing.

By Adele Peters
Fast Co-Exist
06.30.16

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They began growing kale in an unused alley next to a restaurant. In 2015, they started buying kale from an urban farmer using a hydroponic shipping container in Boston, and then began operating their own kale-filled shipping container under a local highway.

The island farm seemed like a natural next step. The island has an unusual history; for years, it served as the site of homeless shelters, and a farm next to the shelters helped feed residents and doubled as a job training program. But when the rickety bridge leading from Boston to the island was declared unsafe and demolished in 2014, the farm and shelters were abandoned.

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July 5, 2016   Comments Off on Fast-Food Chains Are Getting Into Farming Their Own Produce

Urban farms may sprout up in city parks in Glendale, Arizona

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irspCommunity Services Director Erik Strunk, Assistant Director of Community Services Tim Bernard and Parks and Recreation administrator Mike Gregory address the council on urban farming on undeveloped park land throughout the city. Photo by Darrell Jackson.

Heroes Regional Park has approximately 50 acres, Orangewood approximately 38 acres and Northern Horizon approximately 28 acres. City staff has researched either allowing use at cost to the farmers or leasing the land.

By Darrell Jackson,
The Glendale Star
June 16, 2016

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Parks and Recreation Administrator Mike Gregory told council the potential for farming of the land would help with aesthetics by making current land a green belt and help control blowing dust.

“We discussed an interim farming to improve the appearance and limiting dust control,” Gregory said. “It would be the responsibility of the farmers to maintain the land and they would pay for any water used on the land.”

Councilmember Lauren Tolmachoff asked staff about the option on leasing the land to potential farmers, rather than just allowing them to use the land free of charge.

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June 19, 2016   Comments Off on Urban farms may sprout up in city parks in Glendale, Arizona

Thieves steal $10k of tools from community garden in Ballarat, Australia

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stolenFive sheds at the Ballarat Community Garden were emptied by heartless thieves on Friday night devastating members including John Ditchburn. Picture: Kate Healy

Armed with wire cutters thieves sliced the wire of cyclone fencing, squeezing through gates to enter the garden.

By Olivia Shying
The Courier
June 14, 2016

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Mr Burns and the several hundred people connected to the garden are gutted after the senseless attack. Mowers, mulchers, electric hand tools and marquees were taken from five separate sheds.

“We were broken into last Thursday. (Potential) thieves were stopped by one of our members who saw them inside the garden looking at the sheds,” Mr Burns said.

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June 19, 2016   Comments Off on Thieves steal $10k of tools from community garden in Ballarat, Australia

Common Roots Urban Farm Bringing Fresh Produce to Buffalo’s East Side

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Common Roots also offers an Agriculture Farm Share program for those who want to pay one price in advance for the season’s produce.

By LaMonica Peters
Cable News Buffalo
Sunday, May 22, 2016

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“I think this area in particular, there’s not a lot of food available, fresh local food,” she said. “A lot of people in this community are low income. Not everybody drives, there are a lot seniors. People aren’t able to go far out to get what they need.”

One of the main crops at the Common Roots Urban Farm are peas. They’re planted in April and they’ll grow up a trellis and be harvested by June.

“We grow over 35 different varieties of vegetables,” Dumas said. “We did add some grapes last year and some raspberries. We have a small fruit orchard that’ll be producing in a few years.”

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May 27, 2016   Comments Off on Common Roots Urban Farm Bringing Fresh Produce to Buffalo’s East Side

Growing vegetables in shopping carts

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Gro-Carts lined with straw and hay, and then filled with soil, seeds and seedlings. PNG

The cart gardens could serve others with limited garden space, such as low-income seniors who live in a high-rise with a balcony and want a vegetable garden. As well, eight of the carts are being used at a women’s shelter

By Kim Pemberton
Vancouver Sun
April 26, 2016

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She said that while the original idea was for someone who is homeless to use a cart to grow food, she acknowledges it would be difficult if they are already pushing a cart to store their belongings. But the idea could still be used if two homeless people wanted to share the mobile garden and take turns tending it, she said.

Last year, the two women won the top prize in the SFU Surrey-Central City student engagement competition and were awarded $3,000.

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May 2, 2016   Comments Off on Growing vegetables in shopping carts

Houston’s Hope Farms Breaks Ground

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hopeRecipe for Success Foundation celebrated Earth Day 2016 by officially breaking ground on Hope Farms.

Houston’s New Urban Farming Project Will Provide Fresh Produce, Farmer Training, Nutrition Education and Community Gathering Space in Historic Sunnyside

By Jovanna David
Press Release
Apr 22, 2016

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Located on seven acres in the heart of Houston’s historic Sunnyside neighborhood, the new Hope Farms will use organic methods to generate significant food crops in the midst of one of the city’s largest food deserts, while training military veterans to become successful agri-entrepreneurs.

Hope Farms is a critical component in achieving Recipe for Success Foundation’s mission to change the way children understand, appreciate and eat their food and to mobilize the community to provide healthier diets for children.

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April 27, 2016   Comments Off on Houston’s Hope Farms Breaks Ground

Brooklyn community garden fights for its life in the courts

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marshmKids roasting marshmallows in the garden.

The gardeners are petitioning both the city and state to take the plot by eminent domain and formally turn it into parkland, with the garden protected in perpetuity.

By Bill Weinberg
The Villager
Apr 14, 2016

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But in November, a notice of eviction from the Makhanis was placed inside one of the garden beds. This was the beginning of a complicated legal battle that is still not resolved, and on which the fate of the garden hangs.

The entity demanding eviction of the garden is Housing Urban Development LLC of the Makhani brothers, who have a history of dubious doings — beginning with the company’s name, obviously intended to sow confusion with the federal department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). They are claiming the property on very murky grounds.

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April 18, 2016   Comments Off on Brooklyn community garden fights for its life in the courts

A farm deep inside a Brooklyn warehouse may lead the way to large-scale urban agriculture

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CLOSED LOOP: Waste from tilapia in Jason Green’s tanks fertilizes herbs, which then filter the water. Both the greens and the fish are sold to restaurants. Photo: Buck Ennis.

Aquaponics once seemed like a hobby could be the future for growing food in New York City

By Cara Eisenpress
Crain’s New York Business
Apr 10, 2016

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At Edenworks, the Whole Foods agreement will let Green expand from a small warehouse in East Williamsburg, where his team has spent 18 months and $1.3 million in venture capital proving the concept of its modular farm, nurturing 50 pounds of tilapia and floating seed trays of chard, arugula and basil.

The farm’s products are chemical-free, even if they are not labeled organic. That has less to do with the fact that organic fish food is not always available than it does with the cost of getting products certified organic, Green said.

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April 15, 2016   Comments Off on A farm deep inside a Brooklyn warehouse may lead the way to large-scale urban agriculture

Tucson, Arizona has a 4,100-year-old continuous history of agriculture inside the city limits.

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UNESCO recognizes Tucson as a City of Gastronomy

By Von Diaz
Splendid Table
April 1, 2016

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In December 2015, Tucson, Arizona, was named a City of Gastronomy in the Creative Cities Network by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It is the first city in the U.S. to receive the designation.

Gary Nabhan, W.K. Kellogg Chair in Southwest Borderlands Food and Water Security at The University of Arizona, explains what that means for the city.

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April 7, 2016   Comments Off on Tucson, Arizona has a 4,100-year-old continuous history of agriculture inside the city limits.

A Community Garden Is Sprouting Up In The Middle Of Downtown Los Angeles

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labVolunteers building planters for the Spring Street Community Garden (via Facebook).

“These are low investments with a really high return for the community.”

By Danny Jensen
Laist
Mar 21, 2016

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What was once just an unused, weed-covered stretch of dirt next to a parking garage on Spring St. between 2nd and 3rd streets, will become the Spring Street Community Garden next month, according to Downtown News. Volunteers from the neighborhood have been working for months to clear the 2,700-square-foot lot, and are about halfway through building 40 three-by-four and six-by-two feet raised planters that will then be filled with nutrient-rich soil (as not surprisingly, the dirt in the urban lot did not test well for growing veggies).

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March 27, 2016   Comments Off on A Community Garden Is Sprouting Up In The Middle Of Downtown Los Angeles

Forbes: Urban Farming: Fad Or Futureproof?

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Indoor farms might offer a new way to feed our cities (Credit: Bryghtknyght, CC BY 3.0 Wikipedia)

But for me, with ‘hundreds of millions of urban dwellers suffer(ing from) under-nutrition’, anything that helps to bring nutritious food closer to the urban table can only be worth pursuing.

By Laurie Winkless
Forbes
March 9, 2016

Excerpt:

However questionable the profitability of the farms reviewed in this paper may be, urban farming continues to hit headlines. And that is for a simple reason – with more people living in cities than ever before, the race is on to find better ways to feed us. Across the world there are some seriously high-tech projects that are attempting to reinvent crop-farming. After the 2011 earthquake in Tohuko, Japan, a previously unused part of a Fujitsu factory became the country’s first viable indoor vertical farm. Blue and red LEDs illuminate stacked trays of salad leaves, while they are hydrated using a water mist (BRIEF ASIDE: These wavelengths are chosen because they increase the rate of photosynthesis, making the whole ‘turning sunlight into food’ process a lot more efficient).

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March 15, 2016   Comments Off on Forbes: Urban Farming: Fad Or Futureproof?