Category — United States
By Sara Ventiera
Jan. 15 2015
Situated right on the East River, the new space will feature similar elements to the previous plot — the actual farm, an open lawn, Brooklyn Bike Park, the Sunday supper series — but it will include new and improved components such as more shaded areas, a covered patio, pick-your-own produce, grass craters and recliners, a series of workshops, and new dinner options.
January 27, 2015 No Comments
Sunil Patel, right, of Patchwork Urban Farms, and Darcel Eddins of Bountiful Cities, check out a chicken at the urban farm in Asheville, N.C., that the two are collaborating. Patel’s vision is to create an environment where the land that produces people’s food is the land on which those same people already live, work and play.
If all this land in this city just sitting there can actually be productive land, I’ll be able to take advantage of it in a farm-to-table way.”
By Mike Cronin
January 16, 2015
Patel’s vision is to create an environment where the land that produces people’s food is the land on which those same people already live, work and play.
Patel and Patchwork have obtained permission to use six plots of land through crop sharing. Those plots range from a tenth of an acre to 1.5 acres. They are located throughout Asheville and in Swannanoa.
Patel plans to form more land partnerships this year, he said.
January 27, 2015 No Comments
Duo plan juice bar, community garden sites in downtown Kokomo
By Martin Slagter
Jan 16, 2015
Martin and Renshaw will implement the next chapter of The Living Garden with Living Garden Creations, which will include a start-up Living Garden Juice Bar and a Kokomo Urban Agriculture Initiative, with business and residential locations already donating land for 10 different project sites.
The result, Martin said, will be a balance between a business and nonprofit model to help Kokomo make good use of its urban green spaces.
January 26, 2015 No Comments
The Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC), which spearheaded the West Shore Green Zone, is hoping this is the start of an urban farming trend in the borough. (Courtesy of Living Restoration)
Using 200 towers, Living Restoration planted kale, lettuce, Swiss chard, bok choy and more on a West Shore vertical farm.
By Tracey Porpora
December 13, 2014
The farm was planted in October on Bloomfield Avenue on underutilized property in the West Shore Green Zone owned by ADCO Electrical Co.
The West Shore, viewed as New York City’s “final frontier” of vacant industrially zoned land, will also soon be home to seven new businesses.
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Ellen Frost of Local Color Flowers only buys flowers from within a 100-mile radius
By Yvonne Wenger,
The Baltimore Sun
Nov 12, 2014
“Flowers are a good option for people who are interested in farming but want to try something different or have a niche that sets them apart from food growers,” Frost said. “For us, it’s exciting as a viable entrepreneurial option for farmers, and to eliminate blight.”
With about a dozen urban farms operating in Baltimore, city officials are investigating other ways to use vacant lots, said Jenny Guillaume, the Growing Green Initiative coordinator for the city’s Office of Sustainability. The city started a push for more community gardens in 2011 to uplift blighted neighborhoods, give families access to more healthy food options and help unemployed residents earn money.
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Heather Hava, right, who is working on a doctorate in aerospace engineering sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, describes a computerized system she is developing with other graduate students participating in the exploration HABitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge.
The ROGR robots can visit a specific plant to deliver water or to locate and grasp a fruit or vegetable. If an astronaut requests tomatoes for a salad, the system decides which specific plants have the ripest tomatoes and assigns parallel harvesting tasks to ROGR.
By Bob Granath
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida
July 7, 2014
For more than a half-century, NASA has made the stuff of science fiction into reality. Researchers are continuing that tradition by designing robots to work in a deep-space habitat, tending gardens and growing food for astronaut explorers. It sounds like a concept from Star Wars, but a team of graduate students from the University of Colorado Boulder is now developing the innovative technology to make it possible.
As astronauts explore beyond Earth, they will need to make their habitat as self-sustaining as possible. This includes growing fruits and vegetables.
November 17, 2014 Comments Off
The project is funded by a $350,000 grant from Humana Foundation
November 3, 2014
Politicians and community groups gathered in Austin last week to break ground on a community farm they hope will provide badly needed fresh produce to the West Side and educate residents on the importance of good nutrition.
The project, which is being funded by a $350,000 grant from Humana Foundation, will be located on an 8,000-square-foot lot across the street from the PCC Community Wellness Center, 5425 W. Lake St.
PCC President and CEO Robert Urso said the farm will be a step in combating the scarcity of fresh produce in Austin, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated as a “food desert” because the area does not have easy access to fresh, healthy and affordable food.
November 15, 2014 Comments Off
The farm is about a third of an acre. It is small, because city lots are small.
By Diane Desenberg
Ground Breaking Roots
June 12, 2014
I asked Mary if she thought New Roots Urban Farm could make a profit, if the collective chose to. She pointed out that the land is held in some kind of trust, so there is no mortgage. They don’t use large farm equipment, so they don’t have onerous capitalization costs. All they would have do would be to increase the size of the CSA and they would immediately see a profit. Mary, herself, is working on a startup called Bee Simple, which sells honey, microgreens, and soap. The New Roots collective is supportive of her efforts.
November 5, 2014 Comments Off
“People are taking advantage of idle properties in the public domain in other cities, but we were the first ones to do it here.”
By Dave Soref
Oct 26, 2014
Amanda Fuller and Peter Thiong met in 2011 while working for a nonprofit promoting urban agriculture in West Louisville. When that organization shut its doors two years later, Fuller and Thiong decided to take matters into their own hands. Incorporating under the name Lots of Food, they purchased five contiguous vacant lots from the Louisville Land Bank Authority and got to work.
“Lots of Food is located is an area that most people would probably describe as economically depressed,” Fuller tells Organic Connections. “It is the oldest part of Louisville, the area right along the riverfront where the port used to be (the neighborhood is called Portland). So, it is historically significant and interesting in that way; it’s just very poor right now and has been neglected for a long time.
November 1, 2014 Comments Off
By the end of the season, it’s expected that $20,000 worth of produce will have been pulled from the vines of Farm 18’s one-acre plot.
By Jason Kane And Ariel Min
PBS News Hour
October 28, 2014
WHEELING, W.Va. — When Danny Swan first broke ground on his West Virginia farm in June 2008, his rototiller hit a baby doll. Then some porcelain plates. Then a pair of pantyhose.
It didn’t take him long to discover that pieces of an entire urban neighborhood were buried beneath the soil — “bricks and rocks and everything else contained in houses that used to be here,” he said.
October 29, 2014 Comments Off
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
“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.
October 22, 2014 Comments Off
The neighbors were concerned about increased traffic, preserving the historic property, and worries that their property values could fall.
Oct 4, 2014
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.
October 14, 2014 Comments Off
“If we can have all these beer breweries in town, we can certainly have just as many food growers.”
By Taylor Wylie
Sept 30, 2014
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.
October 10, 2014 Comments Off
“So many people were like me, where they had no idea where food was growing.”
Sept 30, 2014
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.
October 8, 2014 Comments Off
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
September 25, 2014
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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