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Ever dream of chucking it all for the simple life? Read this first.
By Jesse Hirsch
September 15, 2014
Many small farms take in apprentices or interns (a largely semantic distinction) for a growing season. According to Thistlethwaite, this is an all but mandatory step in your farm journey. And not just for one season. She suggests apprenticing for three to four years before you even consider starting your own farm. This will not only provide a basic knowledge base, but also ensure that farming is something you enjoy. “[Apprenticing] is gut check time,” she says. “It gives you the chance to ask yourself: ‘Is this really who I am?’”
September 17, 2014 No Comments
This empty lot at 433 Prairie Ave. in Providence will soon hold a greenhouse that will produce fresh produce for the surrounding community. The Lots of Hope program, which began last year with support from the Rhode Island Foundation, has already resulted in the creation of two farms. Photo by Kris Craig/The Providence Journal.
“This new greenhouse will be a place where neighbors of all ages can come to learn and work together to build a more sustainable city.”
By Richard Salit
Aug 19, 2014
The city has recently had success taking empty urban lots and turning them into productive vegetable gardens. Now city officials want to go a step further when their next “Lots of Hope” project turns vacant space into a greenhouse.
The greenhouse, to be built this fall on a small lot at 433 Prairie Ave., is intended to provide fresh, healthy food for the surrounding community. Low-cost leases will help farmers succeed and the produce will be made available to school food service vendors, which are required to purchase 15 percent of their food locally.
September 16, 2014 No Comments
Starting Sept. 8, owners of empty lots could save thousands of dollars a year in property taxes in exchange for allowing their land to be used for agriculture for five years or more.
By Tara Duggan
August 31, 2014
“I have heard from literally hundreds of residents who would like to have the opportunity to farm, but the waiting lists for a lot of our community gardens are over two years long,” said Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, who wrote the local legislation. “There is simply not enough space.”
This law could change that.
September 2, 2014 Comments Off
30 children and young people with disabilities looked after animals at Brooks Farm
By Natalie Glanvill
This is Local London
19th August 2014
A group of young volunteers, which has helped out at a city farm for 30 years, will not be allowed to work there after it changed hands, it has emerged.
The ‘Farm Family’, which includes about 30 children and young people with disabilities, or those at risk of getting involved in crime, looked after animals at Brooks Farm in Skeltons Lane Park, Leyton, when it was managed by Waltham Forest council.
August 26, 2014 Comments Off
Affecting urban areas, ecosystems, and agriculture.
By Pacific Institute
60% of the state is experiencing exceptional drought – the most severe drought category. – and it is only getting worse since it will be another 2-3 months before the rainy season.
Since January 2014, 3800 wildfires have burned 44,000 acres in California, compared to an average of 2,800 wildfires burning 35,200 acres on average.
Currently, more than 58% of the state is now considered to be in exceptional drought, up from 37% last week.
August 11, 2014 Comments Off
“We sell to Whole Foods, whose regional headquarters is in Munster, Ind. Right now, we sell primarily to wholesale resellers and are looking at servicing select restaurants.”
By Melissa Wiley
July 24, 2014
Green Sense Farms, which opened last May in Portage, Ind., grows herbs, micro- and leafy greens 22 hours a day, 365 days year, in 25-foot-tall carousels via light recipes powered by 7,000 LEDs courtesy of Royal Philips, a Dutch technology firm. The LEDs, which emit less heat than traditional fluorescent lights, allow Colangelo and team to plant crops in closer proximity, thereby harvesting more pounds of produce per square foot and excising both sun and soil as variables.
August 1, 2014 Comments Off
One day be one of the country’s largest urban farms
By Diana Nelson Jones
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.
July 24, 2014 Comments Off
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
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.
July 24, 2014 Comments Off
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 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.
May 14, 2014 Comments Off
Urban farming meets plankton. Walls might be the next frontier.
By Adele Peters
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.
May 11, 2014 Comments Off
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.
May 2, 2014 Comments Off
Sixty-nine percent of Cincinnati residents live 1.5 miles or more from a mainstream grocery store
By Judy George
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.
April 24, 2014 Comments Off
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.
April 14, 2014 Comments Off
Green Hornet Comics #14
An obscure cartoon within a popular ‘Green Hornet’ issue. See the one page comic on the next page.
March 18, 2014 Comments Off