Category — Planning
Venice Williams shows some of the peppers grown at Alice’s Garden, a community garden in Milwaukee that serves as an incubator for food businesses. Williams hopes to acquire land to expand through a new program in which the city will turn over tax foreclosed properties for as little as $100 to people who want to grow gardens, create parks and establish food-related businesses. Photo by Associated Press.
Milwaukee selling tax-foreclosed properties at low cost for food promise
By M. L. Johnson
Nov 26, 2013
But the most attention-grabbing part of Milwaukee’s plan is selling tax-foreclosed properties, perhaps for as little as $100, to people who promise to produce food. The goal is to create radical change by focusing resources — at least initially — on one neighborhood, and to have residents lead the way. In other words, they want to make it “Home GR/Own.”
The seeds have been planted in Lindsey Heights, a neighborhood just northwest of downtown. Adams’ home is less than three miles from City Hall, but economically, the areas are worlds apart. The median household income here is $22,838, half that of downtown, and the unemployment rate is six times higher at nearly 24 percent, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
December 6, 2013 No Comments
Dennis Popowich operates JD Cedars on his five acres in Langley and is thinking about using more of his land to grow food crops. He plans to attend an all-day workshop on small lot farming. Photograph by: Ric Ernst, Vancouver Sun.
In the British Columbia township, about half the 940 agricultural plots under four hectares in size are fallow
By Randy Shore
November 22, 2013
Dozens of would-be farmers have signed up for a small-lot farming workshop in Langley, a community with about 10,000 hectares of unused farmland.
The Township of Langley is home to the most “parcelized” farmland in Metro Vancouver with nearly three quarters of its agricultural lots under four hectares — about 940 in all. Nearly half of the township’s land in the Agricultural Land Reserve is lying idle.
December 2, 2013 No Comments
Today, the Rotterdam Food Bank garden offers more than 3,000 residents access to healthier choices.
By Rachel Keeton
City officials and residents have come together to create one of the most coherent, citywide urban agriculture programs in Europe. The municipal government has made food production a priority, facilitating private initiatives through its generous regulations and open-minded approach to creative strategies. The city believes that urban agriculture offers multiple benefits: local food production encourages social interaction, increases public green space, mitigates the urban heat-island effect and strengthens biodiversity. Reduced transport distances lower net production of carbon dioxide, and innovative practices inspire others to get on board.
December 1, 2013 No Comments
Of the approximately 192 community gardens in Minneapolis, 70% percent are food-producing.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
A draft of the MPRB Urban Agriculture activity plan is available for public review and comment between November 6, 2013 and December 31, 2013.
Minneapolis boasts an extensive network of non-profit groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations, and individual residents that support the city’s well-established urban agriculture community. Within the last several years, initiatives including Homegrown Minneapolis and the City’s adoption of an Urban Agriculture Policy Plan have expanded the community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, consume and compost more healthy, sustainable and local foods. As Policy Plan implementation continues and trends for urban agriculture activities evolve, citywide efforts of this type have helped residents and policymakers develop consensus about the topic of urban agriculture and related food system goals.
November 26, 2013 Comments Off
Farm Advocates Push to Shape Minneapolis’ Food Systems—and Future
By Jon Collins
Nov. 25, 2013
“One of the most contentious things at the City Council was this notion that the city development and urban agriculture were at odds with each other,” Cioffi said. “Our argument was that it’s not either business and housing or urban agriculture—it’s both.”
Cioffi said policy makers need to see past the warm fuzzies of urban agriculture, and start taking it seriously as an alternative form of economic and social development:
November 26, 2013 Comments Off
The existing zoning code in the City of Boston is about to undergo a momentous makeover: farming will become a permissible use of land in Boston.
Nov 13, 2013
Christine Chilingerian is a Volunteer Attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation, and this week’s contributor. She speaks about the importance of zoning for urban farms, and describes some of the ways Article 89 will benefit Boston residents.
Say “Yes” to Healthy Food in Boston
The existing zoning code in the City of Boston is about to undergo a momentous makeover: farming will become a permissible use of land in Boston. Urban agriculture will provide improved access to healthy food in the city. It will also allow environmentally sustainable economic growth by reducing carbon emissions and transportation costs through closing the physical distance between farms and urban consumers. With this new zoning change, Boston is about to become a greener place.
November 18, 2013 Comments Off
Urban agriculture Magazine No. 26
Sustainable financing can be viewed from two perspectives. According to the first, an adequate mix of public and private financing, and significant reliance on local finance options, for any activity is necessary to avoid dependency on external funding (often project related). The second perspective relates to the purpose of the investment, focusing here on value chains in the sanitation and (peri)urban agricultural (UPA) sectors.
November 14, 2013 Comments Off
Developing temporary, community-based projects on private land presents unique challenges for all stakeholders involved
Prepared by Shifting Growth Garden Society
2nd Ed. Oct 15, 2013
This Community Consultation for Best Community Uses of Temporary Gardens on Private Vacant Lands Best Practises paper is designed to assist community groups who would like to start a community garden on a private property. This paper was designed to communicate that proper community consultations enhance the long-term value of development projects and properties. This paper focuses on community gardener organizations that are in the process of acquiring private, vacant properties, in order to create temporary community gardens, and outlines the processes of acquiring land, consulting with the community, educating and creating additional benefits for local community members, and relocating gardens to alternative sites.
November 12, 2013 Comments Off
‘The more of these urban farms that we have then the greater the food security of the city and the region.’
By Brittany Ruess
October 28, 2013
Duschack described urban farms as “market gardens,” meaning growers are not targeting wholesalers, but local buyers like farmer’s markets or restaurants. These urban farms/market gardens grow “specialty crops,” or rather, anything that is not a commodity like soybeans or corn. Tomatoes and flowers are specialty crops, for example.
St. Louis urban farms, she said, tend to support the demographics of the community. In north St. Louis where an African American population is higher, Duschack said urban farmers grow okra, collard greens and have an interest in green tomatoes. The Burmese population living in south St. Louis grows long beans.
November 9, 2013 Comments Off
Fruit and vegetable prices are up 30% since 2008, while overall inflation was 13% and wage rises much lower.
Oct 5, 2013
Still, allotments are cheap—rents are usually around £40 ($65) a year—with the scarce land rationed using queues. The waiting list is equivalent to half the allotments in England, but supply of new plots is inflexible. Only 1,950 new strips of land have been set up by councils in the past two years. They are expensive to develop—a typical one costs £2,000.
November 7, 2013 Comments Off
Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud reckons we could use 30% of urban parkland for communal food production. Maybe, but it’s not necessary and the price we’d pay would be too high
By Alan Davies
Oct 28, 2013
If urban parkland were to be the sort of serious food source envisaged by Mr McCloud there’d inevitably be pressure for fencing, fertilisers, machines, trucks, and night-time operation. Maintaining the amenity of residents and providing reliable and economic water supply would add to costs and make it difficult to be competitive compared to non-urban locations.
October 31, 2013 Comments Off
Can one of America’s poorest cities pull off a resurgence through urban agriculture and local food?
By Michael J. Coren
Oct 18, 2013
When the foreclosure crisis hit Milwaukee, the city was already reeling from the loss of 70,000 manufacturing jobs and a poverty rate that pushed 30 percent. Yet an opportunity emerged when the financial crisis met the local food movement.
As head of the Home Gr/own initiative, Tim McCollow, a city government program manager, is turning Milwaukee’s thousands of vacant lots and idled citizens into a source of food and jobs.
October 31, 2013 Comments Off
Grocers who integrate and grow their own produce on rooftop farms and at local distribution centres can benefit from multiple revenue streams, reducing costs by at least 37%, according to an Oliver Wyman analysis.
By Michael Lierow
Oliver Wyman Sustainability Blog
Oct 22, 2013
Commercial-scale urban agriculture presents opportunities for grocers to benefit from multiple revenue streams, while hedging against uncertain climate futures and meeting consumer demand for locally grown, organic food.
With changing global climates, securing a stable supply chain of fresh produce has become more costly: Unpredictable seasonal rains pose threats to regular crop yields; and rising fossil fuel costs threaten to increase already large transportation costs.
October 28, 2013 Comments Off
“I was drawn to urban agriculture because I felt there were too many young people being murdered in my hometown.”
By Andrew Cook.
MIT Co-Lab Radio
Oct 17, 2013
I’m a believer in urban agriculture. But my belief isn’t rooted in an interest in gardening, biodiversity, or the environmental benefits of reduced food miles (though those are all great). I was drawn to urban agriculture because I felt there were too many young people being murdered in my hometown.
The causes of violence in American cities are of course numerous and complex. But in the debate over what causes violence and how to stop it, some common themes frequently appear: a lack of jobs, poor public education, disinvestment in inner city neighborhoods. Added up, these factors can be labeled more broadly as systemic racism and economic injustice. The point is that the problem of violence is so interwoven into our cities’ patterns that any solution to it must be similarly cross-cutting and holistic.
October 26, 2013 Comments Off
Flint is about to address the issue of urban livestock, as in “should we, or shouldn’t we?”
By Mark Whittington
Urban Farm Hub
Oct 17, 2013
Flint, Michigan is committing to urban farming zones, having designated several ‘Urban Green Zones’ within a mile of the city center. The largest, on the east side of Flint, encompasses some 30 blocks with another major green zone on the north side of town, as well as smaller ones throughout the city.
October 24, 2013 Comments Off