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Belgian start-up plans 150 urban roof top farms

Belgian start-up Peas&Love has secured 1.2 million euro in investments to develop 150 urban farming projects… on rooftops. Currently the company has developed two urban roof top farms in Brussels and two in Paris.

By Karin Bosteels
Published in Food
07/06/2018

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Three years into its existence, Peas&Love accounts for 600 allotments, divided over the rooftops of shopping centre Cameleon in Brussels, the World Trade Center in Brussels, a hotel in Paris and the headquarters of BNP Paribas Fortis, also in the French capital. Locals can rent a 3 sqm parcel for 38 euros per month, in which a professional gardener takes care of up to 70 kinds of fruit, vegetables or herbs according to the principles of permaculture: the only thing you have to do yourself, is the harvest. “It’s cheaper than buying your fruit and vegetables in the supermarket”, says founder Jean-Patrick Scheepers.

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June 15, 2018   No Comments

Couple jump from their small urban patch to the big time in Salt Lake City

Elliot Musgrove harvests spinach at Top Crops urban farm in Salt Lake City. (Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Einerson said Utah’s farming community remains relatively small and “everybody knows everybody

By Kathy Stephenson
Salt Lake City Tribune
June 7, 2018

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Most Utah farmers have been in the business for decades, growing food on large tracts — just as their parents and grandparents did — in rural areas of the Beehive State.

But Amanda Theobald and Elliot Musgrove, owners of Top Crops, aren’t part of that traditional farming mold. These 30-year-old farmers operate in the heart of Salt Lake City on a quarter acre — a portion of which is borrowed from the neighbor.

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June 14, 2018   No Comments

How one urban farm in Philadelphia was lost: La Finquita’s finale

“La Finquita,” or little farm in the 1980’s. Photo: Jessica Noon.

“Nothing will replace this space in terms of the community or farming value,” said Noon. When the farewell party was over, “I felt like someone I was in love with was like, ‘I’m never going to see you again.’ ”

By Jen Kinney
Plan Philly
June 5, 2018

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It started with a lock and a “No Trespassing” sign. They appeared one day on the fence at Lawrence and Master streets, next to a hand-painted sign reading, “La Finquita,” or little farm.

That winter, in 2016, the group of neighbors who had been tending this North Philadelphia garden for years cut the lock and kept on planting. New locks appeared. It was the start of a legal battle for possession of the property that concluded last month with a settlement.

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June 12, 2018   No Comments

Urban farming comes to South Troy

Dara Silbermann stands in her farm stand garden May 25, 2018 in Troy, N.Y. (Skip Dickstein/Times Union)

A pioneering urban farmer is transforming a South Troy corner lot used by the city to dump snow into a 2,600-square-foot micro-farm and farm stand to sell fresh produce to neighborhood residents.

By Kenneth C. Crowe II
Times Union
May 25, 2018

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A $300 investment to buy the lot at 492 Second St. from the city set Dara Silbermann on the track to owning her piece of farmland where the small Bake A Del convenience store stood at the corner location until it was heavily damaged in a 1987 fire.

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The redemptive power of gardening: Insight from a pioneer’s work with ex-offenders

The Garden Project has expanded to include a public effort to engage youth and adults in the rehabilitative benefits of horticulture. Image Credit: The Garden Project

Center for a Livable Future hosts Cathrine Sneed, founder of The Garden Project

By Katie Pearce
HUB
May 4, 2015

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It all started with The Grapes of Wrath. Sneed found inspiration from the John Steinbeck classic while battling major kidney disease in 1982—a fatal case, doctors told her.

“I believe the message of book is that when people connect with land, they are hopeful,” Sneed said.

In the short time she believed she had left, Sneed—who was then working in legal services for the sheriff’s office—started a new program to put inmates to work reviving an abandoned farm on the property of the San Francisco County Jail.

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May 11, 2018   Comments Off on The redemptive power of gardening: Insight from a pioneer’s work with ex-offenders

Mayor Boosts Urban Farming to Oakland Students

Celebrity cook Ayesha Curry was also there to promote urban farms

East Bay
Apr 24, 2018

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Celebrity cook Ayesha Curry and the Mayor of Oakland were joined by students of the Oakland Unified School District at the Oakland Whole Foods Market on Tuesday to have a cook off to promote healthy eating and urban farming.

The day started with a gardening workshop where students were taught about the science of photosynthesis and how to plant their own gardens by Back to the Roots — an Oakland-based startup that aims to reconnect communities with farming with its organic indoor gardening kits.

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April 30, 2018   Comments Off on Mayor Boosts Urban Farming to Oakland Students

1917: What the Business Man Saw in the Back Yard

Click image to see larger file. Business men find employees’ gardens one of the best investments they can make. This one, provided by the National Cash Register Company, of Dayton , Ohio, is yielding $2000 a year to the boys from vegetables, and healthier, more industrious and more skillful workers to the company.

Underneath Discarded Tins and Cast-Off Shoes He Detected Soil on Which His Employees Could Grow Corn and Grow Better

By W. F. French
The Nation’s Business
April 1917
(Must read. Mike)

Millions of back yards and vacant lots await the how and the spade of the on-coming and swelling ranks of the amateur gardener. Everywhere ground which had been an eyesore will bud and blossom.

The Department of Agriculture has placed the stamp of approval on the home and garden club movement by appointing H. M. Conolly, of the State Relations Service, to direct the work in the City of Washington. He will tell thousands of amateur grubbers what to do and how to do it.

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Canada: Principal live-tweets City Farmer wormshop for Grade 1/2 class


The principal of University Hill in Vancouver live-tweeted Andrea’s wormshop

City Farmer has provided wormshops to Vancouver schools for 25 years as part of our continuing effort to teach people about the value of recycling organic waste. The program is more popular that ever under the leadership of Andrea Lucy.

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April 24, 2018   Comments Off on Canada: Principal live-tweets City Farmer wormshop for Grade 1/2 class

I’m not sure connected planters will ever succeed

See the video show here.

Now, a company called Grow has announced its first product, the Grow Duo.

By Ashley Carman
The Werge
Apr 7, 2018

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It’s a large planter for outdoor use that comes with a companion iOS / Android app, a moisture sensor for the soil, temperature sensors for both the soil and outside air, and a light sensor for the sun. It hooks up to a user’s hose, so there’s no need to water the plants; its automated sprinklers take care of it.

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April 15, 2018   Comments Off on I’m not sure connected planters will ever succeed

India: Leafy towns can firefight urban heat – Urban farming boosts nutritional security

Pandals are special framed structures used for vegetables with twine like stems. The weak climbers utilize this support, which protects the produce from soiling and increases exposure to sunlight and aeration.

Urban as well as periurban agriculture can help achieve nutritional security, even as one agrees that food security needs to come from villages.

Dr M S Swaminathan
Deccan Chronicle
Apr 8, 2018
The author is Father of Indian Green Revolution. He is recipient of the first World Food Prize, in 1987.

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It is time we graduated from food security to nutritional security. Fruits and vegetables can be grown by individuals to supplement nutritional needs. There is something known as hidden hunger. You might be getting enough food, but the nutrients that your body needs might be absent from your food. Your food might not have sufficient iron, protein or zinc content. This is where rooftop and homestead kitchen gardens can be useful.

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April 13, 2018   Comments Off on India: Leafy towns can firefight urban heat – Urban farming boosts nutritional security

Don’s Finest Living Foods delivers super-young sprouts and veggies to health-conscious customers

Don DeLillo: Putting his money where our mouths are in Huntington Station, NY.

$4,000, self-invested, to equip his first basement farm

By Amy Onorato
Innovateli
Apt 6, 2018

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And so, Don’s Finest Living Foods was born. DeLillo took roughly $4,000 he saved up from his job at Empire LED and poured it into equipment he would need to build an urban farm in the basement of his parents’ Huntington Station home.

Once his crops were flourishing, he used word-of-mouth networking and a website to build a local customer base, which places regular orders on a “subscription-like” basis, DeLillo said.

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Canada: “We no longer own a shovel” – Langley, BC, community garden ravaged by thieves

Gardening tools, copper wiring and entire trees are just some of the things that have been stolen from the site, according to Smith, who estimates that they have lost $15,000 worth of equipment to theft.

By Tiffany Goodwein
CTV Vancouver
March 29, 2018

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A popular community garden in Langley is forced to close its doors for the season because of rampant theft.

“We were getting things stolen every single day in January and February,” said Amanda Smith of the Maples Discovery Gardens Community Co-op.

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April 5, 2018   Comments Off on Canada: “We no longer own a shovel” – Langley, BC, community garden ravaged by thieves

Plan To Promote Kitchen Gardening Culture In Punjab

A 2012 video showing an earlier program by the Government of Punjab.

Punjab agriculture department has sold 50,000 summer vegetable seed kits on subsidized rates across the province.

By Mohammad Ali
Urdu Point
Mar 28, 2018

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SIALKOT, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 12th Mar, 2018. Punjab agriculture department has sold 50,000 summer vegetable seed kits on subsidized rates across the province. The sources in agriculture department told APP on Monday, the government was very keen to promote kitchen gardening to enable people to get fresh home grown vegetables.

The step has been taken for the promotion of kitchen gardening culture and to create awareness about the importance and utility of home grown fresh vegetables across the province. Kitchen gardening has gained popularity among people especially the women folk in different districts including Sialkot.

The kitchen gardening is actively attaching highest importance in the wake of upsurge in prices, malnutrition, poverty alleviation and consumption of fresh and home grown vegetables.

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Local garden becomes family business venture in Houston, Texas

Amy Williams (bottom left) with husband and children standing by their backyard garden.

With a garden to upkeep, and business to run, Williams also homeschools. She says it’s never easy to find the perfect balance, especially with five kids, but gardening and the creation of Underhill has provided amazing learning opportunities for the kids.

By Zarah Parker
Leader News
Mar 8, 2018

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From backyard garden in our local community to a small business, Amy Williams is keeping the gardening tradition alive in the family with Underhill Urban Farm Co, a non-GMO, organically grown farm and garden that uses heirloom seeds, that are all locally grown.

Her father, an organic farmer, taught her the ins and outs of farming, while her mother taught her how to can different items, like pickles, jams, and jellies. Growing up with fruits and veggies in the backyard and on the table was something Williams was used to. So, it was natural that she’d have a garden of her own and use it to teach her children as well.

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Social entrepreneur sprouts urban farming program to help inner city children live healthier lives in Charlotte, North Carolina

From left: Ryan Dunn with Earnest Porter and Aliya Hillian in the greenhouse at the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA in Atlanta. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Dunn)

“You see these kids going to school every day with a [soda and candy] bar and then they couldn’t sit still,” Dunn said. “They’d be full of sugar or hungry, and have a bad attitude or make bad decisions relating to others, and not understand why.”

By American Heart Association News
Feb 28, 2018

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Dunn cofounded the nonprofit Next Generation Youth Center in 2013, a mentoring program serving kids on probation, and arranged for each to get a box of food from the food bank where the program met. He now works as an urban agriculture consultant, offering programs for students and community groups.

He said his lessons are rooted in the science of farming with the goal of producing healthy food-producing plants, but serve as allegory for the bigger life lessons of patience, perseverance and the importance of overall health and nutrition.

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March 7, 2018   Comments Off on Social entrepreneur sprouts urban farming program to help inner city children live healthier lives in Charlotte, North Carolina