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Temple Beth Israel in Pomona, California to start urban farm

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Temple Beth Israel, Pomona, CA

Temple Beth Israel in Pomona and the Claremont-based non-profit Uncommon Good have partnered to turn close to 10,000 square feet of the house of worship’s land into an urban farm

By Monica Rodriguez
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Oct 10, 2014

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“It’s an exciting proposition and I hope we will be a model for others,” said Rabbi Jonathan Kupetz of Temple Beth Israel.

A ground breaking ceremony for the project will begin at 11:30 a.m. today at the temple, 3033 N. Towne Ave.

For years temple leaders talked about using the land in a way that would benefit those struggling to provide food for their families but parts of the idea – such as who would take on the responsibility of caring for the land and the crops it produced – could never be fully worked out, Kupetz said.

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October 22, 2014   No Comments

Michigan Churches Were Planning Huge Urban Farm For The Poor, But Neighbors Complained

The neighbors were concerned about increased traffic, preserving the historic property, and worries that their property values could fall.

Inquisitr
Oct 4, 2014

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Several churches were planning to team up to offer the community a huge urban farm in Battle Creek that would help families put healthy, fresh food on the table. The pastors of eight Methodist churches in “Cereal City” noticed that a lot of people were going hungry every day. Beside Washington Heights United Methodist Church, acres of land sat vacant.

“I mentioned we had this land that we could start a garden,” said Marshall Murphy Jr., Pastor of Washington Heights United Methodist Church in an interview with News Channel 3. The pastors of the eight churches in Battle Creek, Michigan came up with a plan. Two of the pastors excitedly talked with News Channel 3 about their plans for the urban garden on Tuesday.

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October 14, 2014   No Comments

3 Acre Plot in Missoula Fairgrounds

freedomLate Summer, 2012 View of the Missoula County Fairgrounds. Freedom Farms is located within the dark polygon at the bottom. Click on image for larger file.

“If we can have all these beer breweries in town, we can certainly have just as many food growers.”

By Taylor Wylie
Montana Kaimin
Sept 30, 2014

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This idea — creating gardens and miniature farms in metropolitan areas — is part of a national urban agriculture movement. This involves anything from planting simple, individual gardens, to the large-scale growing of fruits, vegetables, herbs and animals within city limits.

In Missoula alone, there are four main organizations that focus on urban agriculture: 1000 New Gardens, Missoula HIVE, the P.E.A.S Farm/Garden City Harvest and Freedom Gardens.

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October 10, 2014   Comments Off

Ripe City Urban Farm in Tallahassee, Florida

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“So many people were like me, where they had no idea where food was growing.”

WTXL TV
Sept 30, 2014

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The farm is located near midtown at the old location of the popular Ten-Speed Greens.

Produce from the farm goes to local restaurants like Cypress, Bread and Roses Kitchen, and Sweet Pea cafe. You can also find Ripe City selling their veggies at the Frenchtown Heritage Marketplace.

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October 8, 2014   Comments Off

New Orleans Vietnamese Urban Farmers

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Photograph by Rush Jagoe.

The Vietnamese community in New Orleans was into urban farming long before it became trendy — they were doing it as early as 1975.

By Jake Swearingen
Modern Farmer
September 25, 2014

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Daniel Nguyen moved from California to New Orleans to become a firefighter — but he ended up becoming a lifeline for farmers. Nguyen, 25, and business partner Khai Nguyen (no relation), began their work as community organizers in reaction to two natural disasters.

Hurricane Katrina not only devastated New Orleans, it also showed how vulnerable the city was to interruptions in the food supply chain. “It took two years after Katrina for Winn-Dixie supermarket to come back,” says Nguyen.

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October 5, 2014   Comments Off

Inside Lost Boys Acre, New Brighton’s ‘Experimental Urban Farm’ – Minnesota

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Courtney Morton gets some cherrie tomatoes from Kristie Kellis.

The farm is reinventing an old barter-based model – and ruffling a few feathers along the way.

By Kim Palmer
Vita-Mn
9/17/2014

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The Lost Boys farmers hope to do more than fill fridges and stock pantries: They’re on a mission to sow change, by teaching and encouraging others to forge a closer connection to the food they eat.

They visit schools, host interns and march in parades, wearing their Lost Boys T-shirts. Many urban dwellers don’t have a clue how to produce their own food, Kristie Kellis said. “It’s not that they aren’t interested or are lazy. They don’t know how. We went from growing our own food to wanting to inspire.”

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September 25, 2014   Comments Off

Milwaukee Urban Discovery Farm

In the 2014 season, (14) farmers are participating in the Urban Discovery Farm

The Milwaukee Urban Discovery Farm (MUDF) researches the economic viability and social capital of urban agriculture while empowering small-scale farmers in the region. We do so by facilitating land access and providing technical and educational resources for selling local food. Participants – or “micro-farmers” – learn sustainable methods to increase their food production while cultivating buyer relationships with partnered Milwaukee restaurants, markets, and food co-ops.

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September 25, 2014   Comments Off

10 Great Urban Agriculture Projects in San Antonio

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Local Sprout is an urban farm on the Eastside of San Antonio.

The San Antonio Housing Authority Gardens are located at 11 housing complexes around the city

By Nora Kako
Foodtank
Aug 30, 2014

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1. The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is currently planting an urban farm around First Children’s Hospital as part of a new program designed to educate children and residents about nutrition. The gardens will be adjacent to the Hospital Teaching Kitchen, which will offer nutrition cooking courses taught by the Culinary Institute of America. The vegetables and herbs grown in the gardens will be used in the teaching kitchen and dining area of the hospital.

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September 9, 2014   Comments Off

Jack Dog Farms: Urban farming in South Minneapolis

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Jack Dog Farms uses the community-supported-agriculture (CSA) model for generating income

By Judy Peacock
Twin Cities Daily Planet
August 01, 2014

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Urban farmers Corrine Bruning and Justin Wells started Jack Dog Farms in 2013 and named it after their 9-year-old German shepherd, Jack. Next-door neighbor Zhen-Qi Acupuncture (2213 E. 38th St.) leases the property to them.

In just one year, Corrine and Justin have transformed a vacant, unproductive lot on a busy street into a welcoming green space for fruits, veggies, herbs, and flowers. A visitor to their urban farm will see neat plots of dirt separated by grass. Each plot contains a different crop—familiar ones like tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, and onions, and some not so familiar like arugula, kale, chard, and bok choi. A nearby fire hydrant provides water.

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August 11, 2014   Comments Off

10 Urban Farms in St. Louis

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Gateway Garlic Urban Farm owner Mark Brown his Spanish Roja garlic. Photo by Caroline Yoo.

“I enjoy introducing people to new varieties of produce, such as the three kinds of carrots I planted this year — ‘Amarillo Yellow,’ ‘Cosmic Purple’ and ‘Scarlet Nantes,'” says Ezel Stone Urban Farm owner Thomas Hood.

By Sara Graham
St Louis Riverfront Times
Jul. 31 2014

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When you think of a “farm,” you likely imagine a sweeping vista of corn, soybean and wheat fields. And this is, in fact, what you see on much of Missouri’s more than 27 million acres of rural farmland. However, there is rapidly growing interest in producing food closer to where we live, in the urban cores of our major cities. Previously abandoned lots and underutilized rooftops are being transformed into productive “foodscapes” in St. Louis.

In just the past couple of years, we’ve witnessed an explosion in urban agriculture, led by city residents who want to increase local access to fresh food, to serve as an example for healthy eating, and provide a model of self-sufficiency. Here are ten of Gut Check’s favorites.

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August 9, 2014   Comments Off

Can urban farming flourish in the high desert? Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Gaia Gardens is in full production in southeast Santa Fe. Photo by Conor L Sanchez.

Last year, Gaia Gardens brought in just over $21,000 from sales. Their total expenses were $16,000, leaving the farm with about $5,000 in net revenue.

By Conor L Sanchez
Sante Fe Reporter
July 29, 2014

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The city of Santa Fe, however, has yet to produce a policy that addresses urban farming. Last summer, the Public Works Committee considered a resolution that ordered city staff to look at ways for urban agriculture to be integrated into land use, but that didn’t get far. Now, the Santa Fe Food Policy Council is preparing what it calls “a comprehensive food plan,” part of which addresses urban agriculture. This fall, those formal recommendations are expected to land before city and county officials.

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August 7, 2014   Comments Off

An oasis in the food desert: Fresh Future Farm aims to revitalize North Charleston, S. Carolina

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The planned Fresh Future Farm will include beehives, a chicken coop, composting and areas for tours and demonstrations in addition to more traditional crops, said Germaine Jenkins, a master gardener. Provided/Fresh Future Farm.

“Local foods and community gardens are part of the solution to that, but they’re just part of it,” he said. “They’ve got to make changes in lifestyle – people taking control of their own cooking, really.”

By Katie West
The Post and Courier
Jul 20 2014

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The idea is simple. Jenkins, a certified master gardener, wants to establish a nonprofit urban farm on 0.75 acres of the grounds of the former Chicora Elementary School on Success Street. It would be more than just a place to grow and buy fruits and vegetables: It would be an entire community food operation, with an on-site store to sell produce, toiletries and other groceries. School groups and residents could come to tour the facilities or take classes on farming, cooking and the food industry, and underemployed people in the area could be trained on the skills they’d need to work on the farm or start

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July 28, 2014   Comments Off

Community center in Petersburg, Virginia will see new life as an urban farm

new1.5Duron Chavis, a Virginia State University graduate, is the project director of the community garden, which is funded by a $1.5 million federal grant.

$1.5 million federal grant, is a collaboration with Virginia State University faculty

By Leah Small
Progress
July 21, 2014

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Petersburg residents will have access to an array of peppers, tomatoes and other vegetables. Fresh tilapia will also be grown with the help of indoor aquaponic units. Aquaponics involves raising fish and plants together. The fish waste becomes plant fertilizer and the water is filtered by the plants. Vegetables will be grown via hydroponics, in which plants are grown without soil in water, with additional nutrients.

The hydroponic and aquaponic growing units will be placed in the community center’s gymnasium. Other parts of the building will be used for nutrition classes and community outreach efforts.

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July 27, 2014   Comments Off

Philadelphia Urban Creators enact their bold plan to educate, energize, empower and unite

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“This one thing, food, can literally cure every last one of the intangible crises,” Kayembe says. “Violence, hunger, health—people are violent because they’re hungry.

By Molly O’Neill
Grid Magazine
July 2014

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A chain-link fence surrounds the lot where a warehouse once stood. Inside, a graffiti mural painted over a brick wall proclaims the farm’s name, Life Do Grow. This property, at 11th and Dakota Streets, is the beating heart of the Philadelphia Urban Creators (PUC), a nonprofit organization striving to enrich the lives of North Philadelphia residents through urban agriculture.

It’s an unexpected burst of life in the middle of the neighborhood.

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July 26, 2014   Comments Off

Selling from home in Denver

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The city charges a one-time fee of $20 for the licenses and state law caps sales for home-produced foods at $5,000 per item per year.

By Brandon Rittiman
9News KUSA-TV
July 15, 2014

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The city passed an ordinance Tuesday designed to enable urban farmers to sell their crops from home, taking advantage of Colorado’s 2012 Cottage Food Act.

For Deb Neeley, it started with six cherry tomato plants she planted one summer.

They were a gateway. Soon she couldn’t get enough of growing her own food.

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July 24, 2014   Comments Off