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An Ann Arbor Man Is Creating A Diverse, World-Class Urban Farm

He has his eye on a larger piece of land about a mile from where he is currently located and hopes to continue to keep growing and supplying healthy organic produce to restaurants and markets in Washtenaw County.

By Lisa Barry
WEMU
Aug 1, 2017

On the road to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, Melvin Parson inherited a small piece of farmland in Ann Arbor from a friend who had recently passed away. That sparked his interest in agriculture. As he looked into it, he noticed a lack of diversity in those selling and buying fresh produce inspiring him to one day create a world-class urban farm.

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August 7, 2017   Comments Off on An Ann Arbor Man Is Creating A Diverse, World-Class Urban Farm

Canada: Maple Ridge teens take on city hall over backyard chickens

Blythe Parry (left) and Janelle Pomeroy have taken their fight to raise backyard chickens to city hall in Maple Ridge. Now they are teaching people how to raise chickens as a way to enlist others to join their battle. Nick Procaylo / Png

Backyard chicken farming has flourished in Vancouver in recent years with more than 220 urban farmers registered with the city as of last year. West Vancouver and Surrey are among other jurisdictions that allow the practice.

By Matt Robinson
Vancouver Sun
July 30, 2017

Excerpt:

Janelle Pomeroy had been raising chickens in her backyard for about two years by the time she got the knock on the door.

It was a bylaw enforcement officer who gave the Maple Ridge teen one week to get rid of her hens or face consequences. Backyard chickens are not welcome in the city, the teen was told.

That was last year, and it was one of the catalysts for a campaign by Pomeroy, her sister, and her friend Blythe Parry for a rule change on Maple Ridge chickens.

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August 4, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Maple Ridge teens take on city hall over backyard chickens

Chicago Synagogue’s Urban Farm Thrives

Some of the fruits and vegetables harvested from the KAMII farm.

The KAMII farm now comprises two 50-foot-long plots of cultivated crops and two mostly self-sustaining “food forests”

By Aimee Levitt
Forward
July 11, 2017

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The farm at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago is very much an urban farm, with a bus line running past the side entrance, and tourists passing by to see Barack Obama’s former home across the street; so, the volunteer farmers do not feel obligated to wake up at the crack of dawn. Still, they prefer to work in the cool of a summer morning, so by 9:30 a.m. on a recent Sunday — farm day — the weekly harvest was well underway.

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July 18, 2017   Comments Off on Chicago Synagogue’s Urban Farm Thrives

UK: Deptford (London) has its first vertical farm and it could hold the key to our urban future

Founders of Vertical Future, Jamie and Marie-Alexandrine Burrows.

A new vertical farm has opened its doors in Deptford housed within a previously disused warehouse.

Locating the farms in urban locations can also help to cut down on delivery miles thus reducing emissions and helping to combat poor air quality, while crops can be grown year round regardless of season or weather.

Founders of Vertical Future, Jamie and Marie-Alexandrine Burrows said in a statement that their planned network of London sites will do more than just provide crops and produce, but also provide community outreach and engagement projects to help tackle some of our most pressing urban problems.

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July 15, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Deptford (London) has its first vertical farm and it could hold the key to our urban future

Canada: Greenhouse in a Train – Design Idea for Vancouver’s Arbutus Greenway

We actually ended up winning the Audience Choice Award for the most exciting project

Post by Iva Jankovic
Her Blog
July 1, 2017

Our final project challenged us to come up with a conceptual redesign of a park space by applying principles of biophyllic design, prospect-refuge theory, and environmental psychology, with the goal to maximize public health benefit.

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July 4, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Greenhouse in a Train – Design Idea for Vancouver’s Arbutus Greenway

Goats Clean Up Parks and Educate Communities on Urban Farming

Due to their unique digestive systems, goats are able to consume invasive weeds without redistributing any of the seeds in their excrement.

By Aine Creedon
Non Profit Quatrely
Jun 16, 2017

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Amy Weaver, owner of Five Fridges Farm, says the most surprising outcome of the project has been the community support that has erupted. Over the past few years, the goats have become a big hit with local residents, which flock to visit the hard workers cleaning up their parks.

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June 22, 2017   Comments Off on Goats Clean Up Parks and Educate Communities on Urban Farming

Urban farming reaches new heights at 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Emily Saeger, full-time gardener at Faithful Farms, harvests produce to send downstairs to the Levi’s Stadium kitchens. (Courtesy Isha Salian)

The Atlanta Falcons are following suit with a raised-bed garden of their own. Boston’s Fenwick Park set up a rooftop garden in 2015, and San Francisco’s AT&T Park boasts a vegetable garden behind center field.

By Isha Salian
The Mercury News
June 10, 2017

Excerpt:

Taken together, the unexpected confluence of professional sports and organic gardening signals just how far the sustainability conversation reaches — but also accentuates the role corporate patronage plays in enabling green urban design. Authentic local food production and energy savings aside, these gourmet, microgreen-rich enterprises are a far cry from the gritty, empty lot urban farms that defined the urban agriculture movement for the last two generations.

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June 16, 2017   Comments Off on Urban farming reaches new heights at 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

The Aquaponic Farmer

Forthcoming: A Complete Guide to Building and Operating a Commercial Aquaponic System

By Adrian Southern & Whelm King
New Society Publishers
Sept 1, 2017

Aquaponic farming — raising fish and vegetables together commercially — is the most promising innovation for a sustainable, profitable, localized food system. Until now, systems have largely focussed on warm-water fish such as tilapia. A lack of reliable information for raising fish and vegetables in the cool climates of North America and Europe has been a major stumbling block.

The Aquaponic Farmer is the game changer.

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June 2, 2017   Comments Off on The Aquaponic Farmer

From homestead to farm stand, how a Kansas City couple grows in the city

Daniel Heryer and Brooke Salvaggio have built a life with the their two sons, Solomon and Percy on their 13-acre urban farm, Urbavore. Photo by Rich Sugg.

“We live so differently than everyone else, we’re total freaks, we know that, but we believe what we’re doing is, in some ways, noble,” Salvaggio says.

By Jennifer Mazi
Kansas City
May 23, 2017

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Now, a decade and two children later, farmers Brooke Salvaggio and Daniel Heryer, both 35, are on their knees weeding radishes on a sunny Wednesday morning. They discuss who will do what on the 13.5-acre plot of land they call Urbavore Farm, a nearly round-the-clock urban agricultural endeavor they have built from scratch in a quiet, working-class neighborhood 5 miles east of the Country Club Plaza.

There are few vacations, little time off, date-night scarcity.

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June 1, 2017   Comments Off on From homestead to farm stand, how a Kansas City couple grows in the city

India: The urban farmers battling Bangalore’s concrete jungle

A farm flanked by new apartment buildings in Varthur. Photo by Prabhu Mallikarjunan.

Students from the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism report from Bangalore in southern India.

BBC News
May 27, 2017
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Excerpt:

The once-rural farming community is now part of eastern Bangalore, near the city’s mighty IT campuses. This rapid urbanisation has thrust urban farmers like Hanumanthappa, who is 45, into a fraught relationship with the city. They are confronted with a choice: continue farming under adverse conditions, or sell their land.

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May 28, 2017   Comments Off on India: The urban farmers battling Bangalore’s concrete jungle

Canada: Alberta Community Garden helps women in Rwanda

Shirley Ross won the University of Alberta’s Community Advocate Award Monday for her work at the university’s two-acre Green and Gold Community Garden.

A team of 100 volunteers grow more than 60 varieties of vegetables and sell them, with all proceeds going to the Tubahumurize Association in Rwanda to help women who have been traumatized by genocide and domestic abuse.

By Kevin Maimann
Metro
May 15 2017

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The garden is the association’s core source of funding and helps finance trauma counselling, health education, sewing and embroidery training and small business loans for the women.

“With the counselling programs that are provided, sometimes they’re speaking for the first time about their experience. They can be part of groups where they know that they’re not alone,” Ross said. “It helps them both socially but also economically.”

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May 16, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Alberta Community Garden helps women in Rwanda

Reuters Africa: No set menu to feed cities’ growing appetite

Yet despite the benefits of urban farming, simply boosting the numbers of city farmers will not guarantee that cities can feed everyone or protect their food supply, experts say.

By Astrid Zweynert
Reuters Africa
May 15, 2017

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“Local agricultural production has to be part of a diverse food system to become a reliable secure food source for growing urban populations,” Pay Drechsel of the International Water Management Institute in Colombo told the Bonn conference.

Migration from rural areas to fast-growing cities in the developing world adds more complexity as an increasing number of people living in informal settlements and slums turn to urban farming, studies have shown.

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Uganda: Diana Nsubuga utilizes limited city space for efficient urban farming in the Kulambiro suburb of Kampala

Dr. Diana Nsubuga calls on educated people not to shy away from farming and to embrace it for the numerous benefits it has.

NTV
May 11, 2017
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Excerpt:

The cow that was originally given as a wedding gift to Dr Diana Nambatya Nsubuga seven years ago, has turned out to be a game changer. The cow was the beginning of an experiment in urban farming that has changed Nsubuga’s life

Nsubuga, a trained doctor and public health professional, lives in Tuba Zone in the Kulambiro suburb of Kampala. The neighbourhood is in an urban setting which many would not consider conducive for farming.

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May 11, 2017   Comments Off on Uganda: Diana Nsubuga utilizes limited city space for efficient urban farming in the Kulambiro suburb of Kampala

Indonesia: Urban farming craze catches on across Jakarta

JState High School (SMAN) 110 North Jakarta is the first school to harvest the Youth & Urban Farming program.

Part-time farmer by day, fire fighter by night, Suprizal is a member of the Cendana Farmer Group, a group of five residents who take care of a small farm.

By Winda A. Charmila
The Jakarta Post
April 21 2017

Excerpt:

Despite the scorching sun, Suprizal, 35, could barely contain his excitement as he prepared to plant vegetables and herbs for local residents in his neighborhood in Palmerah, West Jakarta.

Along with his neighbors, Suprizal planted the crops on a 160-square-meter plot of land, whose owner had asked a community unit (RT) head to utilize it.

All plants are organic. We use compost and do not use pesticides,” he said.

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April 27, 2017   Comments Off on Indonesia: Urban farming craze catches on across Jakarta

Edible Gardens Enliven Industrial Properties, Accelerate Valuations

Lara Hermanson, Co-Founder & Principal, Farscape.

Urban farms can help to attract new industrial businesses, accelerate property values, and engender camaraderie between co-workers.

By Lara Hermanson,
Co-Founder & Principal, Farmscape
Connecticut Area Development
April 2017

Excerpt:

Landscaping, within industrial parks, has dual problems of being both expensive and visually underwhelming. Bright green lawns need mowing and fertilizing, while water is either in too much abundance or so sparse it’s impossible to maintain decent-looking grass. Bushes and trees need to be carved into lollipop shapes and noisy blowers tidy up — right when you need to get on the phone. The results are that these outdoor spaces aren’t welcoming, let alone inspiring, to clients and employees. One solution to address all these issues is for industrial parks to introduce an “urban farm.”

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April 22, 2017   Comments Off on Edible Gardens Enliven Industrial Properties, Accelerate Valuations