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Concerns included having a fly farm close to other residences, fly containment, the manure used in the fly production and impacts on property.
By Larry Meyer
The Argus Observer
Nov 5, 2015
The Malheur County Planning Commission heard the issue at its Sept. 24 meeting and approved a conditional-use permit for a commercial activity with farm use in the propagation, harvesting and preparation of insects for use in animal food and research.
Skip Cockerum, of Ontario, said his company, Fly Farm Products, produces such things as fish bait and feed for caged or wild birds. He has a small property along Clark Boulevard, near the Malheur Experiment Station, that includes a small shop as well as a house.
November 12, 2015 Comments Off on Neighbors abuzz about fly farm in Vale, Oregon
“This centre will deliver a range of educational programs for aspiring urban gardeners and community members to learn how to produce their own food in a socially, environmentally and economically responsible way.”
By Keira Jenkins
Oct 22, 2015
The 10-year agreement gives the community group, and their partners in the Urban Agriculture Australia Initiative, access to 19 hectares of land next to the wetlands to develop an environmental education centre.
Canberra City Farm president Jodie Pipkorn said the new licence opened up a wide range of possibilities and has given the group certainty for the next decade.
October 30, 2015 Comments Off on Australia: Canberra City Farm establishes new community garden at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands
Kits come with one pack of organic seeds, one balanced bag of organic soil and one container to grow the plant in
By Chad Corzine
The Urban Agriculture Company
Excerpt from Kickstarter
Urban Agriculture grow kits simplify the process of city gardening by providing you with everything needed for a fun and easy growing experience. All of our grow kits come with one pack of organic seeds, one balanced bag of organic soil and one container to grow the plant in. Our containers are made from 100% recycled tea bags allowing for perfectly drained and aerated soil, not to mention a very cool urban look. We offer a variety of flowers, cooking herbs and vegetables to help urban dwellers have a well-rounded garden.
October 27, 2015 Comments Off on ‘Urban Agriculture Grow Kits’
Land Blessing Ceremony leader Louis Alemayehu talks about the importance of giving back what is taken from the earth while volunteers sprinkle basil, tobacco, corn meal and rice around one of the many oak trees that live in the park and farm. Photo by Lisa Young / Agri News.
“As you work here planting seeds, physical and spiritual, you are giving back to the land and become part of the prophecy that says peace is possible.”
By Lisa Young
Oct 15, 2015
With 12.7 acres in total owned by the city, 5.5 acres will be leased to nonprofit Frogtown Farm and be devoted to the urban farm. For its inaugural year, the focus was on soil building and working toward organic certification.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s Deep Roots organics recycling program donated more than 400 yards of soil to the farm. Much of the farmland is currently planted to an oat/pea cover crop mix, though there are some leafy greens growing along the edges of sidewalks. Before winter sets in, those greens will be dug up and transferred to the farm’s newly-erected hoop house.
October 25, 2015 Comments Off on Frogtown Park and Farm in St. Paul, Minnesota
Food City Scenario is featured in the October issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine and will be exhibited at the ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo in Chicago in November.
University of Arkansas
Oct 5, 2015
The Community Design Center led an interdisciplinary team at the University of Arkansas for Food City Scenario, which speculates on what Fayetteville might look like if the city’s growth integrated local urban food production sustainable enough to create self-sufficiency. Fayetteville’s population of 75,000 is expected to double over the next 20 years. In addition, although the region is the most prosperous in the state, it also has one of the nation’s highest child hunger rates.
October 11, 2015 Comments Off on ‘Food City’ Design Wins American Society of Landscape Architects Award
Working professionals through the week, and farmers on the weekend.
By K. Bhumika
Sept 24, 2015
Garden city it may not be any more. But urban organic farming capital it should soon be, going by the number of people who are taking to their farming seriously. Working professionals through the week, and farmers on the weekend. Worrying about codes and markets through the week, and rain water harvesting, earthworms and manure on the weekends. They head out with their families to the city’s outskirts where they raise vegetables, fruits, paddy, millets, and a hope for their children’s future. They use their harvests in their kitchens, and share with friends and relatives.
October 6, 2015 Comments Off on India: Bengaluru’s sprouting weekend farmers
RUAF joins the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative
RUAF annual report 2014
In 2014, the RUAF Foundation continued to support governments and other stakeholders who wish to design, implement and monitor urban agriculture and urban food policies and programmes. RUAF engaged with over 90 local and international partner organisations to work in 30 cities in 24 different countries around the world. In doing so, RUAF demonstrated:
• its innovation capacity in bridging emergency and development issues (see RUAF projects in Liberia and Gaza),
September 17, 2015 Comments Off on RUAF – Resources Urban Agriculture and Food – Update 25
Before launching an urban farm, the producer should consider the effect of scale along with substantial production risks. Expect small, single digit returns on their investment with the need for development of an appropriate business strategy.
By Frank Gublo,
Michigan State University Extension
Posted on August 17, 2015
Every week Michigan State University Extension educators and MSU Product Center counselors receive inquiries about the feasibility of starting a farm. In recent years, the interest in sustainable urban agriculture as a tool for repurposing cities such as Detroit has grown but has produced few ventures at a commercial scale. Financial sustainability urban farm operations we see in southeast Michigan however is still questionable. This is due to the smaller scale, lower prices of fruit and vegetable crops, and the production management skills of the farmer-producer. The dream of becoming a full time urban farmer is a lofty goal that few will achieve. Strategy, realistic planning, and beautiful execution of the farm plans are critical in achieving a successful outcome.
August 25, 2015 Comments Off on Urban farms need financially sound business models to be truly sustainable
In areas around big cities like Beijing, farms are also offering leisure and tourism activities.
By Lili Sams
August 1, 2015
In 2014, Chinese farms had more than 1.2 billion visitors, according to the China Tourism Association. That’s up from more than 900 million visitors in 2013, which generated $4.7 billion in revenue. To put the popularity of farm tourism in perspective, that accounts for about a third of all holidays in the country.
Farms offer residents of China’s biggest metropolises a refreshing break from urban life, while giving rural populations the chance to earn a decent living.
August 9, 2015 Comments Off on Tourism-focused farms give Chinese city dwellers a break from urban life
The $1.3 million renovation will allow the company to grow year-round and hire 20 people.
July 22, 2015
An unused warehouse in Indianapolis is being transformed to create fresh produce and jobs.
Right now the building, off of South Rural Street, is filled with old cars. In a few months, it’ll be replaced with produce. Vegetables you’ll be able to buy in local grocery stores.
July 29, 2015 Comments Off on Urban agriculture project to transform unused warehouse in Indianapolis
By Claire Smith
The Happy Chicken Coop
Chickens were domesticated around 9000 years ago in Indian and Eastern Asia. Since then they have been the source of much amusement, enjoyment and food.
July 17, 2015 Comments Off on Infographic: 14 Ways Keeping Backyard Chickens Saves Your Garden and the Environment
Put the Flux device in the water reservoir to monitor the delicate water chemistry and give you automated alerts about what needs adjusting.
By Abigail Leichman
July 15, 2015
Whether you’re growing berries in Brooklyn or kale in Karachi, a small device coming soon from an Israeli entrepreneur will help you grow it better on water, hydroponically.
“Our solution based on sensors and community lets individuals and smallholder farms access cutting-edge hydroponics technologies, until now available only to big industry,” says Karin Kloosterman, Jaffa-based CEO of Flux.
July 15, 2015 Comments Off on Hydroponic Gadget for City Farmers
The roof top garden beds on their King Street home, in which the Fitzgeralds plant vegetables and herbs, resemble what they witnessed on their journey.
By Jonathan Waddell
HALIFAX — Special to The Globe and Mail
Jun. 18, 2015
She, and her husband and builder, Brainard Fitzgerald, wanted to see how urban agriculture was accomplished in countries where the practice was a necessity. Their rare partnership harkens back to the roots of the profession when architects combined the talents of designer and craftsman.
She proposed to visit countries in Central and South America and Cuba, a place to which Ms. Fitzgerald now takes her students from Dalhousie University School of Architecture.
June 28, 2015 Comments Off on Modern Halifax house features rooftop urban agriculture
Managing change and building resilience: A multi-stressor analysis of urban and peri-urban agriculture in Africa and Asia
Resilience of UPA systems is being undermined by urban growth pressures
By Jon Padghama, Jason Jabbourb, Katie Dietrichc,
Volume 12, June 2015, Pages 183–204
START and UNEP, along with several partners in Africa and South Asia, recently completed a 9-city assessment of urban and peri-urban agriculture that focused on the environmental dimensions of UPA. An article in Urban Climate synthesizing the findings of the assessment is available here. The article examines how poor governance, haphazard urban growth patterns and extreme events are amplifying impacts on UPA systems that may undermine the capacity of UPA systems to meet urban food as well as adaptation needs.
The assessments can be accessed at http://start.org/programs/upa
May 16, 2015 Comments Off on Managing change and building resilience: A multi-stressor analysis of urban and peri-urban agriculture in Africa and Asia
The holes and the legend on Ori will guide your sowing and planting experience.
The main purpose in the use of Ori is to help you determine growing spaces between the plants on your gardening surface. It can be considered as a gardening ruler with a twist of design.
May 16, 2015 Comments Off on Ori: Handmade tool from Slovenia to help you determine growing spaces between the plants