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Proposed urban farm at the city’s former St. Clair Village public housing site in Pittsbugh

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One day be one of the coun­try’s larg­est ur­ban farms

By Diana Nelson Jones
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 14, 2014


The Hill­top Al­liance is work­ing with Grow Pitts­burgh, the Penn State Co­op­er­a­tive Ex­ten­sion and the Al­le­gheny Land Trust to make that hap­pen. The al­li­ance is a non­profit um­brella whose staff or­ga­nizes proj­ects with ad­vo­cates from or­ga­ni­za­tions in nine south­ern neigh­bor­hoods.

The St. Clair Vil­lage pub­lic hous­ing site, which con­tained 465 units at its peak, was fully de­mol­ished by 2010. What’s left of the neigh­bor­hood — 209 peo­ple in pri­vately owned homes — needs ev­ery­thing a farm would pro­vide: fresh food, a chance for en­ter­prise, and youth train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion.

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July 24, 2014   No Comments

Complaints low one year after Lakewood, Colorado expands urban ag

Matt Post holds his daughter, Morgan, 9 months, on the back of Daisy the goat in the backyard of their home in Lakewood. City Council passed an ordinance allowing backyard chickens and goats one year ago. (Seth McConnell, YourHub)

Since April 2013, the city has issued 52 permits for hens, eight for goats, seven for ducks and 26 for beekeeping on residential lots 6,000 square feet or smaller.

By Austin Briggs
Denver Post


From April 2013 through June 2014, there have been five complaints on bees, 20 for chickens and one on dwarf goats.

“There has not been an uptick in complaints,” said city planner Paul Rice.

“I’ve been surprised, but there has yet to be any complaints in my ward,” Councilman Paul agreed.

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July 24, 2014   No Comments

National Geographic: Urban Farming Yields Fresh Foods, Land Reuse


In backyards and on once-barren city lots, local growers produce crops and livestock.

By Martha M. Hamilton
for National Geographic
May 18, 2014


A new wave of urban agriculture is flourishing because it benefits consumers concerned about sustainably grown food as well as cities with land to spare. It started in 2008, fueled both by economic stress and concerns about nutrition, childhood obesity, and diabetes highlighted by First Lady Michelle Obama.

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May 19, 2014   Comments Off

Brooklyn Hotel to have 20,000 Square Foot Public Rooftop Farm

Closeup of rooftop farm. Click on image for larger file.

May 2, 2014


The Level Hotel being developed by Zelig Weiss at 55 Wythe Avenue in North Williamsburg will look like a Jetsons style tower above a narrow base with a well lit half block of shops below. The rendering appeared on a website of the Shopping Center Group, whose SCG-Retail is leasing out the commercial space in the as-yet-unbuilt complex.

The complex will include a 183-room luxury hotel and the whole thing, including retail and office space, will be 320,000 square feet, as previously reported. The site is located between North 12th and North 13th streets. SCG-Retail is leasing 40,000 square feet of retail, including 20,000 square feet on the ground floor with ceilings 18 to 23 feet high. There will also be a 20,000 square foot rooftop farm that will be open to the public. The whole shebang is supposed to be completed this year, according to the retail listing flyer. We suspect that timetable has changed.

Read the complete article here.

May 14, 2014   Comments Off

These Algae Farms Cover The Walls Of Buildings And Soak Up Carbon


Urban farming meets plankton. Walls might be the next frontier.

By Adele Peters
Fast Coexist
Apr 28, 2014


“Micro-organisms like algae are like bacteria–it’s one of those things that in our culture people try to get rid of,” Griffa says. “But algae offer incredible potential because of their very intense photosynthetic activity.” Algae take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen while growing. Compared to a tree, micro-algae are about 150 to 200 times more efficient at sucking carbon out of the air.

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May 11, 2014   Comments Off

Land Accessibility Among Urban Crop Farmers in Lagos, Nigeria


Benefits Potentials of Urban Crop Farming

By Christopher Odudu
LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing

It is generally felt that agricultural production is located in the rural areas to be exploited to provide food for the teeming population especially the population of our towns and cities. Only little is known of the rising importance of crop farming taking place in various towns and cities world-wide. The activity enhances households’ food security, income, employment and makes numerous contributions to a city’s social, economic and environmental development.

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May 2, 2014   Comments Off

Urban farming reverses unsustainable practices and cultivates community resources

Our Harvest Cooperative – Photo: Bobby Gayol.

Sixty-nine percent of Cincinnati residents live 1.5 miles or more from a mainstream grocery store

By Judy George
City Beat
Apr 9, 2014


For Cincinnati to grow more food, more land must be committed to sustainable production and more farmers need to be trained. Our Harvest, a worker-owned cooperative in College Hill, recently began an incubator farm to work toward that goal.

Last year, Our Harvest grew 45,000 pounds of produce on land it leased in Wooden Shoe Hollow and at the 30-acre Bahr Farm in College Hill, feeding 200 CSA members and supplying fresh vegetables to a variety of retail outlets. In March, it leased 100 more acres to grow food in Morrow.

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April 24, 2014   Comments Off

‘Farm City’ author’s new book ‘Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild’


Author Novella Carpenter on the success of ‘Farm City,’ being a mother and her newest book (release date June 17, 2014)

By John Liberty
April 12, 2014


The topics of urban farming, eating healthier and, when possible, buying locally, are very popular right now, but the conversation can be tricky, too, Carpenter said. The success of “Farm City” has propelled her into an advocacy role.

Carpenter said she avoids “preaching” to people about the virtues of eating locally, or establishing your own garden. She said in low income communities such as hers, families are struggling to make ends meet. As such, many people are eating foods high in sugar leading to an “epidemic” where one in three children have diabetes. Carpenter said one in every two children in her community have diabetes.

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April 14, 2014   Comments Off

‘Roddy’ Victory Garden Cartoon – 1943


Green Hornet Comics #14
September 1943
Pencils: Jourdain

An obscure cartoon within a popular ‘Green Hornet’ issue. See the one page comic on the next page.

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March 18, 2014   Comments Off

Urban Chicken Farming 101

From Bonterra’s chef Lia Huber

Have you ever dreamed about raising your own chickens? Bonterra’s chef Lia Huber did, and jumped into doing it two years ago. Here, she tells all — the why, the how, and the what to really expect.

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March 9, 2014   Comments Off

Panoramic view of Brooklyn Grange – Urban Rooftop Farm

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Favorite crops grown on the Grange roof year after year

Excerpt from their website:

Salad Mixes
Our greens mix is a fresh blend of spicy mustards, sweet lettuces, bitter chicories, and bright colors. Our signature mixes evolve throughout the year, depending on which leaves prefer cool weather, warm weather, and varying sunlight. Kales, chicories, and spinach survive the winter, and pop up sweet and crisp in the early spring.

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January 4, 2014   Comments Off

1952 Netherlands – The city dweller and his allotment

A short video of a Dutch allotment garden (in Dutch)

International Congress of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners 2014 in Utrecht – The Netherlands.

The congress of the Office International du Coin de Terre et des Jardins Familiaux will be held from 28 till 30 August 2014. The Dutch federation, AVVN, will organize this congress. Delegates from 15 countries, representing over 3 million families, will visit Utrecht and discuss the developments and trends in allotment and leisure gardening.

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November 18, 2013   Comments Off

Roof-Top Farming in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dhaka roof farmer with his goats. “Dr.M.H.Rahman: I served the Dhaka community through my Veterinary Hospital. The Hospital is still open in my absence. I encouraged people to rear goats, pigeons, ducks and even Japanese quail on their roof-tops since these items have a big market value as there is a consumer preference for micro-livestock. The animal manure is also a source of fertilizer for pot nurseries in Dhaka where this has been the practice for some time.”

Roof-top farming in Dhaka city, where crops include goat, spinach, jute, lemon, guava and many other vegetables that are grown throughout the year.

By Dr.Mohemmed Habibur Rahman, Professor of Pathology, Department of Pathology, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh
At present: School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Agriculture and Consumer Science, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana. P.O.Box: LG 586, Legon
All photos by Dr.Mohemmed Habibur Rahman.

The Case for Building-Integrated Food chain in the inner city

Beyond energy cost, there are additional vulnerabilities in our conventional food-production system. Political crisis like hartal, natural calamities like too much rain, little rain and even flood in the north disrupts communication and in the long-term, reduction of flows water from the upstream will cause water shortages in Bangladesh and its primary vegetable-producing regions. These vulnerabilities are reviving interest in growing food locally (using available resources by the innovative Bangladeshis – once the bottomless basket), and even on the roof tops.

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October 21, 2013   Comments Off

Rent the Chicken – Serving Armstrong, Allegheny, Butler, Indiana, and surrounding counties in Western PA


Raise your own farm fresh eggs with our Chicken and Coop rentals.

By Homestead Phil & Jenn

Excerpt from their website:

Chicken and Coop Rentals:
Thought of Raising Backyard Chickens? Every Spring, thousands of chickens are sold at local farm supply stores. Often these chickens die before they are ready to start laying eggs (16-30 weeks). Children quickly realize that chickens are not as fun as the Xbox and parents find out that chickens can not be house broken! The costs quickly start becoming more and more, then chickens are “sent to the farm”. Other people think about chickens but think they don’t have the space, worry about regulations, or just don’t know what they need. Do you build or buy a coop? Do you buy peeps?

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October 7, 2013   Comments Off

India’s Farm University Holds Seminar on Rooftop Gardening

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University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, celebrates its Golden Jubilee year with Urban Horticulture and Organic Roof Top Gardening Seminar – Oct 27, 28, 2013

Excerpt from brochure:

Urban Agriculture (Krishi) necessarily connoting the
pursuit of horticulture is now the new buzz in the life of people
of the metropolises. Gardening has always served as a balm for
these sore souls. The realm of kitchen garden – growing one’s
own food including medicine around homes and in the new
acres’ bought nearer their city homes is leading to revolutions
of sort.

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September 25, 2013   Comments Off