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Iowa: Growing Food and Transforming Communities: Farming on Vacant Land

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Volunteers with their harvest at the Waverly Community Sharing Garden.

“The county owns 160 acres in Johnson County within Iowa City city limits, and it’s an incredible resource.”

By Lindsey Moon & Charity Nebbe
Iowa Public Radio
Feb 3, 2016

Excerpt:

Sellz is the first county-level local foods and planning specialist to be hired in the state of Iowa. Iowa State University Extension has been helping to organize urban gardens like the Community Sharing Garden in Waverly, but Sellz’s job is the first position of it’s kind in local government.

During this Talk of Iowa conversation, host Charity Nebbe talk with Sellz about her new post and some of the things she is hoping to do, including an effort called Grow Johnson County, whish aims to turn the old country poor farm into an urban garden.

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February 11, 2016   No Comments

Istanbul’s farmers fight to keep historic urban agriculture

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An aerial view of Yedikule gardens.

Istanbul is struggling to keep its centuries-old farming plots due to the drive for modernisation. Dozens of farmers face being kicked off the land they have cultivated for generations.

By Van Meguerditchian
The Observers
Feb 5, 2016
(Must see. Mike)

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The Yedikule (“Castle of the Seven Towers”) gardens, planted and taken care of by local farmers for generations, are located right outside the old city walls in the southern tip of European Istanbul. The area is a UNESCO-protected site that contains the old walls that guarded what was then Constantinople from outside invaders.

After losing most of their storage areas and sheds in January, when city authorities dismantled them by force, the farmers and their families now fear they will lose their gardens by this spring – and that Istanbul’s city center will lose its 1,500-year-old agricultural practice.

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February 6, 2016   No Comments

Jammu and Kashmir in Northern India Promote Urban Agriculture

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View of Dal Lake, Srinagar city and Kashmir valley.

Keeping the scope of urban agriculture in view Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-Jammu) is creating awareness on urban agriculture among the urban and peri-urban people of the province.

Dr.Banarsi Lal
Daily Excelsior
Jan 22, 2016

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Agriculture is the mainstay of Jammu and Kashmir’s economy. About 80 per cent of J&K population depends on agriculture. The total geographical area of this state is 2, 22, 236 sq. km and the population is 1, 25, 48,926 (Census 2011). Over the years, the farmers of the state have adopted new agricultural technologies but still the state is having low productivity of almost all the crops. Like other states of the country, people from rural areas of Jammu and Kashmir are migrating towards the urban areas.

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January 26, 2016   Comments Off on Jammu and Kashmir in Northern India Promote Urban Agriculture

Arizona State University project to create physics-based model to study the effects of establishing neighborhood gardens

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Alex Mahalov (left) and Stephen Shaffer discuss “what if” scenarios related to converting vacant lands around Phoenix into urban farms.

“On a larger scale, if we were to convert all the current vacant integrated lands in Phoenix into crops, would we be able to irrigate them for the next 80 years, or would they just last for two or three years and we’d run out of water? We can start looking at these kinds of scenarios,”

By Rhonda Olson
Arizona State University
Jan 22, 2016
(Must see. Mike)

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The interdisciplinary team from ASU, consisting of computational and climate scientists, mathematicians, statisticians, geoscientists and social scientists, will help predict the yields of crops and to study “what if” scenarios and optimize outcomes of future crops.

For example, the team will study what would happen if vacant lands around the Phoenix metropolitan area were converted to farms. The model will be able to take a future map of the city expansion and samplings based on current densities, and use that data to predict a future city scenario. Bringing food closer to consumers with less shipping means fresher, more nutritious food available at lower cost.

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January 25, 2016   Comments Off on Arizona State University project to create physics-based model to study the effects of establishing neighborhood gardens

‘The Farm on the Roof’ about Brooklyn Grange

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Coming April 5, 2016 – The founders of Brooklyn Grange, the world’s largest green rooftop farm, share their inspirational story of changing the world through entrepreneurship.

The Farm on the Roof: What Brooklyn Grange Taught Us About Entrepreneurship, Community, and Growing a Sustainable Business
By Anastasia Cole Plakias
Avery (April 5, 2016)
288 pages

In their effort to build the world’s first and largest commercial green rooftop farm, the founders of Brooklyn Grange learned a lot about building and sustaining a business while never losing sight of their mission—to serve their community by providing delicious organic food and changing the way people think about what they eat. But their story is about more than just farming. It serves as an inspirational and instructional guide for anyone looking to start a business that is successful while making a positive impact.

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January 20, 2016   Comments Off on ‘The Farm on the Roof’ about Brooklyn Grange

County of San Diego to explore urban agriculture incentive zones

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The Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones Act defines “urban” as an area within the boundaries of an urbanized area including at least 250,000 people, so land in a small town within an urban metropolitan area is eligible.

By Joe Naiman
Village News
December 13, 2015

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No dwellings may be built on the property while it is under a contract, although structures which support agriculture such as tool sheds, greenhouses, produce stands, and instructional space are allowed. Both commercial and non-commercial agriculture are permitted on land with Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone contracts. A contract can include a prohibition on the use of pesticides or fertilizers although pesticides or fertilizers allowed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program would be permitted.

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December 19, 2015   Comments Off on County of San Diego to explore urban agriculture incentive zones

Informal Urban Agriculture: The Secret Lives of Guerrilla Gardeners

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First major critical evaluation of guerrilla gardening in the UK

By Michael Hardman and Peter Larkham
Springer
Fall 2015

The book explores how unused and under-used urban spaces – from grass verges, roundabouts, green spaces – have been made more visually interesting and more productive, by informal (and usually illegal) groups known as “guerrilla gardeners”. The book focuses on groups in the English Midlands but the work is set in a broad international context and reveals how and why they undertake this illegal activity.

Guerrilla gardening is usually viewed uncritically and promoted as a worthwhile activity: this study provides a more balanced evaluation and focuses on its contribution in terms of local food production.

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December 8, 2015   Comments Off on Informal Urban Agriculture: The Secret Lives of Guerrilla Gardeners

Dutch innovations usher in new era of high-tech urban sustainability including a floating dairy farm

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The world’s first floating (dairy) farm.

Knoester said he is in talks with authorities and organizations in Anwerp and London to implement similar projects.

by Maria Vasileiou
Xinhua News Agency
Nov 27, 2015

Excerpt:

In mid-December, a floating dairy platform will start to be constructed in Rotterdam. It will be secured to the northern banks of Mass in the old port of Merwenhaven, an area being gradually transformed into a site of innovative business in the fields of clean tech, medical and food.

Peter van Wingerden, mastermind of this project, called it “a high-tech lab” that is “completely sustainable”. “The world population is growing, whilst the number of arable land is decreasing. The big question is how and where we can produce healthy food. We can do it on the water, eliminating the journey from farm to store completely as most large cities are built near water,” he told Xinhua.

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December 5, 2015   Comments Off on Dutch innovations usher in new era of high-tech urban sustainability including a floating dairy farm

Neighbors abuzz about fly farm in Vale, Oregon

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Containers of equipment sit outside a proposed fly farm.

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

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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.

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November 12, 2015   Comments Off on Neighbors abuzz about fly farm in Vale, Oregon

Australia: Canberra City Farm establishes new community garden at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands

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Linda Ayliffe, joint team leader of the propagation and gardening group for City Farm, was happy to see the signing of a licence for a new community garden. Photo: Jay Cronan.

“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
Canberra Times
Oct 22, 2015

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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.

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October 30, 2015   Comments Off on Australia: Canberra City Farm establishes new community garden at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands

‘Urban Agriculture Grow Kits’

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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
2015

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.

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October 27, 2015   Comments Off on ‘Urban Agriculture Grow Kits’

Frogtown Park and Farm in St. Paul, Minnesota

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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
AgriNews
Oct 15, 2015

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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.

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October 25, 2015   Comments Off on Frogtown Park and Farm in St. Paul, Minnesota

‘Food City’ Design Wins American Society of Landscape Architects Award

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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

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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.

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October 11, 2015   Comments Off on ‘Food City’ Design Wins American Society of Landscape Architects Award

India: Bengaluru’s sprouting weekend farmers

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Working professionals through the week, and farmers on the weekend.

By K. Bhumika
The Hindu
Sept 24, 2015

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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.

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October 6, 2015   Comments Off on India: Bengaluru’s sprouting weekend farmers

RUAF – Resources Urban Agriculture and Food – Update 25

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RUAF joins the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative

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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),

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September 17, 2015   Comments Off on RUAF – Resources Urban Agriculture and Food – Update 25