Category — Planning
Urban Agriculture – One estimate puts total production last year at 400,000 pounds of produce in the city alone
By Patrick Sisson
November 20, 2015
In a similar vein, smaller scale startups, colorful offshoots of the urban agriculture movement, have also attempted to resolve urban issues. Afterhouse, a collaborative project between Abigail Murray, Steven Mankouche and the Archolab collective, seek to add a geothermal greenhouse to a burnt-out building on Burnside Street. Obsessed with gardening but depressed by the short growing season, the group decided to, in effect, create a Mediterranean climate in Michigan by digging out a semi-subterranean greenhouse.
November 28, 2015 No Comments
Agrihoods are popping up like peppers coast-to-coast. The Cannery, near Sacramento, has a 7.5-acre farm. Prairie Crossing outside Chicago is anchored by a 100-acre farm.
Nov 22, 2015
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He was nervous about urban sprawl, and decided to develop a community his way. Today, Serenbe has 1,000 acres. Its clusters of homes are surrounded by walking trails and horse stables. But at the center of it all: 25 acres set aside for agriculture.
“The first 20 lots that I priced were sold in 48 hours,” said Hygren. “And the next group [was] sold in about six weeks. So I realized that there was actually the market demand for what we were talking about.”
November 23, 2015 No Comments
What is the “trend” here? Are we likely to see barns and silos dotting our cityscapes? No, that is hardly the point. What is important—and trending—is the new vision that has urban land as that most precious and flexible of resources. The idea that the end of one productive use of a real estate asset spells the extinction of value and the sunsetting of opportunity is an idea whose time is over.
Author: Hugh F. Kelly
Christopher J. Potter, PwC, Canada, Miriam Gurza, PwC, Canada, Frank Magliocco, PwC, Canada
Study by Pricewaterhouse Coopers and the Urban Land Insitute (ULI)
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7. Food Is Getting Bigger and Closer
This may be the ultimate in niche property types: adaptive use with a vengeance (or at least with veggies).
The classic theory of urban places relegates agriculture to the hinterlands, as virtually every kind of vertical construction has superior “highest-and-best-use” characteristics, bringing greater investment returns to land value than growing food. This is absolutely true in most cases. But there are places in more cities than we might imagine where neighborhood land is cheap or older buildings sit idle, and where median incomes are low and the need for fresh food is high. Some are the “hollowed out” areas of Detroit as well as Camden and Newark, New Jersey. But there is a surprisingly significant level of activity in places like Brooklyn, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., where “foodies” of all generations abound.
November 23, 2015 No Comments
24 Urban Farmer and Edible Landscaping Organizations Took Part
By Zsuzsi Fodor and Shelby Tay
Vancouver Urban Farners Society (VUFS)
November 18, 2015
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A new study conducted by the Vancouver Urban Farming Society (VUFS), supported by the City of Vancouver and Vancity Credit Union, reveals a diverse range of practices and business models emerging as growing food in cities becomes increasingly commonplace.
VUFS Executive Director, Marcela Crowe notes “this study is an important step towards developing recommendations & providing strategic business support for a fast growing sector, and reveals the depth of ingenuity and innovation that urban farming here in Vancouver employs.”
November 21, 2015 No Comments
Vancouver’s Urban Farming Society releases a study detailing the practice of urban agriculture in the City of Vancouver
The city’s two dozen urban farms operate in a legal grey zone.
By Randy Shore
November 17, 2015
• Urban farmers have been using front and back yards as growing space throughout the city, but so far none have reached the scale required for real financial success. Lawn conversions have been a catalyst for communities and homeowners that want to embrace a more sustainable way of life, but small scattered growing spaces are not particularly efficient.
• Indoor cultivation, on rooftops, in basements and warehouse space allows urban farmers to achieve greater control over the growing environment and exploit hydroponic methods and vertical farming techniques. Sky Harvest is successfully growing certified organic microgreens in a warehouse space. But a promising attempt at vertical farming in a rooftop greenhouse collapsed under high technology costs.
November 18, 2015 No Comments
The Oldest Divide: With roots dating back to our Founding, America’s urban-rural split is wider than ever.
By Victor Davis Hanson
The author is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
From Hesiod’s Works and Days to Virgil’s Georgics, the connection between farming and morality was always emphasized as a check on urban decadence and corruption. What was gained by the city’s great universities, monumental edifices, churches, and pageantry was often lost through the baleful effects of being cut off from nature and defining success through intangibles such as transient goods, status, and material luxuries. Physical and mental balance, practicality, a sense of the tragic rather than the therapeutic—all these were birthed by rural life and yet proved essential to the survival of a nation that would inevitably become more mannered, sophisticated, and urban.
November 15, 2015 Comments Off on Today, 1 farmer supports 99 urbanites in the USA
Ultimately, the agropolitan approach will discourage rural-urban migration through the dispersal of development in regions outside Metro Manila. Creating and opening urban growth centers outside the metropolis will help largely in decongesting it. It will also prevent people from leaving their hometowns to look for that very elusive “greener pasture.”
By Felino A. Palafox, Jr.
November 4, 2015
The urban farming concept should be embraced by Metro Manila if it intends to improve its food resiliency efforts, especially if drought in the agricultural areas occurs. Homes and buildings can very much adopt this. Certain vegetables and fruits such as kangkong, a variety of tomato, eggplant, cabbage, and maybe even garlic, among others, can be grown locally in the community. In working with the urban poor, the indigenous people, and survivors of natural calamities, among others, Palafox Associates and Palafox Architecture Group have incorporated the concept of growing your own food in the design of affordable housing.
November 11, 2015 Comments Off on The ‘Agropolitan’ approach to development for the Philippines
The heir to the throne, who is himself a farmer, says it is easy for those who live in urban areas to forget how much the UK depends on those who have farmed the land for generations.
By Rebecca English
Royal Correspondent For The Daily Mail
10 November 2015
‘Regardless of which member or members of the family are actively involved in running the farm, their husbands, wives, partners and children help to keep alive schools, shops, pubs, transport, local entertainment, charities and all the other services that rural society needs if it is to thrive.
‘Small farms tend to be the repositories of vital genetic diversity through the breeding of pedigree and native breeds of livestock, and heritage varieties of vegetables, cereals and fruit.
November 11, 2015 Comments Off on Prince Charles calls on city dwellers to support the ‘invisible’ farming industry
Murray Hallum’s simple aquaponics units using fibreglass tanks made at Maclay North, south of Brisbane, Queensland. Murray has been a remarkable pioneer of home-based and small commercial units that are well-meeting a need for sub-tropical equipment.
A regular online newsletter devoted to best urban food production using developing technologies.
By Geoff Wilson
Vol. 1 No. 1.
As an agribusiness journalist and communicator for the last 58 career years it has been my observation that sound, urban-based growing of food and greenery has big advantages for humans. G. Wilson
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Innovative urban algae farming for food – only some eight major species of an estimated world total of 73,000 algal species are currently harvested commercially for human foods. Yet the growing of algae foods and feeds on clean agribusiness wastes and clean carbon dioxide wastes is relatively easy technology that has enormous implications for existing agribusiness companies operating in urban locations. Two important products are algal omega-3 oils and and high quality algal proteins.
Further advancement of urban hydroponics and urban aquaponics – the former being now well advanced in rural areas, but easily adaptable for urban sites close to fresh food markets, while the latter is currently transforming from mostly a scientific hobby into a commercial reality for urban and peri-urban sites.
November 8, 2015 Comments Off on Geoff Wilson’s ‘CitiesAlive’ – First Issue
Rapid urbanization is affecting urban and peri-urban agriculture in the Tamale Metropolitan area, Ghana
Stakeholders at the second meeting held in Tamale on Thursday, made inputs into the compilation of a strategic policy agenda to enable the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly encourage urban and peri-urban agriculture.
By Abdul Karim Naatogmah
Oct 30, 2015
A policy narrative produced by a group of stakeholders who convened in early 2015 in Tamale, said rapid urbanization is affecting urban and peri-urban agriculture in the Tamale Metropolitan area.
One of the most critical concerns captured in the report is the decrease in available lands as chiefs prefer to sell plots to private developers.
November 5, 2015 Comments Off on Rapid urbanization is affecting urban and peri-urban agriculture in the Tamale Metropolitan area, Ghana
There are now over 285 urban farms and community gardens in 43 cities nationwide and across the globe that contribute data to the Farming Concrete Data Collection Toolkit. Design Trust and Farming Concrete.
By Eric Oh
Oct 30, 2015
The project, lead by a core group of farmers and gardeners from New York City, includes twenty methods across five categories to measure gains in any farm or garden:
1. Food Production, measured by (i) crop and (ii) harvest counts;
2. Health Benefits, measured by (iii) changes in attitude, (iv) good moods, (v) healthy eating, and (vi) beauty of the garden;
November 5, 2015 Comments Off on World’s First Public Urban Agriculture Database
Pictured is the Woodland Community Garden. Photograph by: Jason Payne, Vancouver Sun
The simple act of food growing resonates in so many positive ways: improving neighbourhood safety, building links between generations and cultures, making people healthier and happier, relieving poverty, beautifying brownfield sites, educating kids about where their food comes from, improving diets and animating underused park lands and recycling organic waste.
By Peter Ladner, a former Vancouver city councillor, is author of The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way We Feed Cities. He writes a weekly column for Business in Vancouver, a weekly newspaper he co-founded.
Nov 1, 2015
At David Thompson Secondary School, Fresh Roots, a non-profit organization, staged what I consider the consummate food-growing coalition, more than living up to its mission to “create thriving neighbourhood gathering places for learning, sharing, and connecting.” Coordinated by the ebullient Ilana Labow, they turned part of the school ground into a professionally-managed educational farm by engaging the students, teachers, grounds staff, parents and neighbours.
November 2, 2015 Comments Off on Former Vancouver city councillor: Growing food in public places brings people together
Rendering of area adjacent the historic Chene Ferry market (it is in the background on the left) with RecoveryPark’s proposed commercial greenhouses bio-swales to control water runoff and cleanse the environment. Photo: Mannik Smith Group
RecoveryPark is an effort to grow food commercially inside the city and use the profits to support SHAR, a drug addiction recovery agency, including putting recovering addicts and ex-offenders to work.
By John Gallagher
Detroit Free Press
October 25, 2015
The deal will see the city lease and eventually sell about 400 parcels near Chene and Ferry to RecoveryPark, Wozniak said. The operation will pay $105 per acre per year in lease payments to the city and eventually buy the land for about $3,500 per acre.
The project is bounded by I-94 on the north, Forest on the south, St. Aubin on the west and Chene on the east.
October 31, 2015 Comments Off on Detroit’s Recoverypark To Get 40 Acres For Urban Agriculture
Mayor says: “I see urban agriculture as a growing part of our economic and food landscape. I don’t know that it will ever be the silver bullet for food production or for economic development but it’s another tool in the toolbox. People in our urban cores require healthy options for food, and urban farms and farmers markets are one way to address these inequalities.”
By Cyrus Moulton
Telegram & Gazette Staff
Oct. 24, 2015
“There have been a lot of people who have been very excited about farming and having an opportunity to farm in Worcester, to raise chickens, etc.” Mr. Novick said. “Now we have a spot in the city which is exempt from the laws that hold people back, and if we can work with folks, we can make a place where that is available.”
It’s an effort that has the support of several groups involved with farming in Worcester, including the mayor’s office and the Planning Department, which is working on a project to amend the zoning code to allow for commercial agriculture in the city.
October 31, 2015 Comments Off on Urban Agriculture at Donker Farm in Worcester, Massachusetts will help change zoning code
Where fewer than two percent of Americans now grow food for a living — coupled with the average age of farmers at 56 — a need for rapid, creative solutions is now at hand.
By Forest Pritchard
As a result, for a new generation of farmers who insist on following their dreams, the time has come to get creative.
In the Washington DC area, farmers Eric Plaksin and Rachel Bynum finished a multi-year vegetable apprenticeship, but knew that the price of land in the area — many tens of thousands of dollars per acre in the suburban-dense region — made financing and purchasing nearly impossible. Factor in a house for them to live in, as well a location within a reasonable distance to a customer base, and their farming ambitions quickly became a moon shot.
October 27, 2015 Comments Off on Farming Without Owning Land, How Is That Possible?