Category — United States
Zaro Bates operates and lives on a 5,000-square-foot farm on Staten Island, which may make her the city’s only commercial farmer-in-residence.
By Kenneth R. Rosen
New York Times
March 10, 2017
Ms. Bates had hardly seen farmland as a child. Her parents, who moved to Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, in the early 1990s, rarely took the family upstate. They had the backyard of their home, but no green thumbs between them. The yard was a play space.
After graduating from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell, where she studied developmental sociology, Ms. Bates volunteered as a groundskeeper at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Mass.
March 11, 2017 Comments Off on A Staten Island Urban Farmer
Our visitors often don’t know the basics, so I teach the basics, like how to use a shovel or push a wheelbarrow. I often teach what real food looks like as well, with lessons like how to find a tomato amidst its green leaves.
By Sasha Kanno
Long Beach Post
Feb 27, 2017
Sasha is the founder of Long Beach Local, an agriculture-based nonprofit and the farmer and vision behind Farm Lot 59.
Farm Lot 59 is our amazing place to come to. It’s a peaceful oasis surrounded by nature and varieties of plants from around the globe. It’s a safe place where people of any race and gender can share and receive full respect. It’s not about farming—well, it is—but it’s more. It’s about food policy, transparency, the restaurant industry, retail, chemistry, soil science, education, food culture… it’s endless. Your local farm is a hub for all kinds of good things.
March 8, 2017 Comments Off on Farm Lot 59 Issues Call to Action for Urban Agriculture – Long Beach, California
“The first step for a garden is not to overbuild it the first year,” he said. “Start with a 4-foot-by-8-foot garden. It needs to be small and manageable. It will become overwhelming if it’s too large.”
By Greg Ewell
Feb 17, 2017
CommonWealth Urban Farms of OKC cofounder and farm manager Elia Woods said she sees it, too, when people visit their farm at 3310 N. Olie Ave.
“We have a hunger inside of us to be connected to the natural world,” she said. “No matter how happy you might be at an office job, you still have that need.”
February 20, 2017 Comments Off on Urban farmers cultivate community and a connection to the land in Oklahoma City
The Urban Farm grows food for the Interfaith Food Pantry and Morristown High School. Remaining produce is sold at cost via the farm stand.
By Mitchell Baker
Feb 13, 2017
Shaun Ananko is starting his seventh year as director of agriculture and education for Grow It Green Morristown, a nonprofit that provides fresh, locally grown food for Greater Morristown.
From two Morristown venues – the Early Street Community Garden, and the Urban Farm at Lafayette on Hazel Street–the organization pursues its mission of creating green space and educating residents about where their food comes from.
February 19, 2017 Comments Off on Meet Morristown, New Jersey’s Famous Farmer: Shaun Ananko
This beautiful woman came to libertadurbanfarm and volunteered today. She also taught me about what I thought were weeds were actually a tasty green eaten in the Philippines and then she donated kneeling pads, a crap ton of seeds and bought some hot sauce. (From the Tweet under photo.)
Libertad Urban Farm is also one of about 40 community-run spaces, each with their own social justice projects, that grow serrano peppers for The Bronx Hot Sauce.
By Heather Corcoran
February 10, 2017
In the South Bronx, The BLK ProjeK’s Libertad Urban Farm is a women-led space for economic development. “You’re not having a real conversation about poverty if you’re not talking about women and children being the most affected by poverty,” explains BLK Projek executive director Tanya Fields, who founded the project three years ago. “It’s hard being a mother no matter where on the spectrum you are, but when you start to talk about the intersectional disparity, those who are the most marginalized are the ones who bare the greatest brunt of disparity. In a society like ours, the further you move away from the proximity of whiteness, the bigger you feel the disparity.”
February 16, 2017 Comments Off on The Most Important Modern Farmer Might Be The Urban Cowboy
“I love still being able to live in a city,” he said. “Albuquerque is an urban environment but it has a rural feel to it.”
By Elaine D. Briseño
February 5th, 2017
Matlick wasn’t quite ready to trade in his ticket to the concrete jungle though. He wanted to farm while still having access to city life. Matlick said when he was growing up urban farms and community gardens were not something available to city dwellers. He said he’s seen it become more popular among his peers, but like him, although they embrace the craft, they aren’t necessarily willing to abandon city living all together.
February 10, 2017 Comments Off on Millennials are getting back to the land — in backyard gardens and urban plots
Three different rooms inside their house have been developed into labs for growing and experimenting on plants.
By Kyle Martin
North Texas Daily
Feb 1, 2017
The meticulous organization stands out at the Tree Folk Farm and without it, nothing would work as it should. Among the chickens, trees, fruits, vegetables, seedlings and spores are Andrea and Matt. On their farm, everything has a place and a purpose.
On their 1.3 acre plot of land, the Gorhams have chickens, a goat named Oreo, persimmon trees, tomatoes, assorted fruits and vegetables. Most crucial to their farm right now, however, is the 40-60 pounds of specialty mushrooms they grow and sell at $6-$10 per pound to locals and local businesses around the DFW area.
February 7, 2017 Comments Off on North Texas: Tree Folk Urban Farm
Twitter: 1,336 followers, Instagram: 422 followers, Facebook: 2,217 likes
By Heidi Andrianos
NYC Food Policy Centre
Jan 17, 2017
East New York Farms!
Twitter handles/hashtags: EAST NEW YORK FARMS!, @ENYFARMS
Instagram handles: enyfarms
Facebook name: East New York Farms!
Overview: Our work includes two weekly farmers markets, a Youth Internship Program serving 35 children, a gardener assistance program, maintenance of three farms, a mini-grant program, and a Community Educator program that leads over 85 cooking demonstrations per year.
February 7, 2017 Comments Off on 11 NYC Urban Agriculture Organizations to Follow on Social Media Right Now
Nearly 25 percent more Americans grew their own food in 2015 than in 2008, and food-growing households in urban areas increased 29 percent, from 7 million in 2008 to 9 million, in 2013, according to the National Gardening Association.
By Georgann Yara
Jan. 24, 2017
By the time Peterson made the decision to make Urban Farm his only job last year, he had been accustomed to living frugally. He was growing most of his own food and lived what he preached. He was an adjunct professor at ASU from 2011-2016, and had done a few other jobs before to make ends meet.
“I learned to live lightly. Sustainability is about not consuming a lot,” he said.
February 4, 2017 Comments Off on The ‘Urban Farm’ in Phoenix teaches people how to grow their own food
The Yisrael family’s urban farm has flourished in the middle of a food desert, planting the seeds for a whole new farm-to-fork movement
By Tori Masucci Cummins
Sac town Magazine
Jan 16, 2017
Urban homesteaders Chanowk and Judith Yisrael, along with their nine children, have converted their yard and a neighboring lot into a half-acre farm consisting of a chicken coop, a small orchard producing everything from plums to goji berries, and gardens bursting with crops like Ethiopian kale, Swiss chard and collard greens. They’ve also taught themselves how to compost, cultivate seeds and make jams and soaps.
January 23, 2017 Comments Off on Sacramento Home Grown
Urban Seed is a new farming facility in the first of eight phases aimed at building a 3-acre greenhouse
By Katie Visconti
Las Vegas Sun
Jan. 22, 2017 |
PublicUs, Eat and Carson Kitchen incorporate farm-to-table finds. Gardens are being integrated into the curriculum at neighborhood schools through Green Our Planet. Chef Donald Lemperle and creative director Kelly Bennett of Vegenation are partnering with Vegas Roots Community Garden and Create a Change School Garden to change the way food can be served and enjoyed.
January 22, 2017 Comments Off on Las Vegas embraces education about eco-living and access to fresh, healthy produce grown locally
“Provide healthy foods in a lower income neighborhood that has been kind of neglected for awhile and really utilize that as a cornerstone of transforming the overall community in terms of economic development, health, education,” said Clark.
By Angelina Perez
My High Plains
Not only will they grow food, they will teach community members how to garden as well and provide them an opportunity to help the area.
“During the course of growing we are going to have volunteer days as well, where people can come help us weed, help us pick the vegetables and just maintain the property, stuff like that,” said Melius.
January 4, 2017 Comments Off on Urban Farm Growing to Help San Jacinto, California
“The more I’ve read, the more I’ve talked with other new farmers, I think this really is kind of the direction of the future for agriculture,” Jespersen said.
By Collin Ruane
Dec 21, 2016
Forget big fields and acres of land, this residency program is set in the heart of Omaha. The Big Muddy Urban Farm is fixed inside a Midtown neighborhood. It’s an opportunity to learn about farming and the business behind it. Taylor Jespersen is one of a select few residents ready to take part in the aspiring farmer residency program.
“The urban farming thing is very new to me, but I’m excited to see what that looks like,” said Jespersen.
December 31, 2016 Comments Off on Urban farm project heading for Midtown Omaha
Video by Deborah Levenson.
The federal government has declared Prince Georges County, Md. a “food desert” because many residents have trouble getting to grocery stores that sell fresh fruits and vegetables.
Excerpt from ECO City Farm’s website:
ECO City Farms has converted previously vacant land into a highly productive farming enterprise that produces healthy vegetables, fruit, herbs, eggs and honey. Our produce is Certified Naturally Grown by fellow farmers who establishes an international grassroots alternative to the USDA Certified Organic Program. We employ environmentally sound, chemical-free, permaculture farming methods and support others to do the same.
We provide in-depth, hands-on technical and practical training in urban agriculture through apprenticeships and internships and courses. In conjunction with Prince George’s Community College and other partners, we offer a wide range of Continuing Education Credit courses and a certificate in Commercial Urban Farming. Students range from beginners to seasoned experts.
December 24, 2016 Comments Off on In Urban Edmunston, Maryland, Eco City Farms Grows Enough Produce to Feed 250 People Each Year
Largest urban farm in Detroit’s North End will transform into a five-acre landscape combining art, architecture, sustainable ecologies, and new market practices
By Robin Runyan
Dec 9, 2016,
Within this two-year project, these groups will:
Explore ways to reactivate existing architectures with innovative locally rooted programming,
Take the site off-grid by creating artful and functional infrastructures,
Foster worker-owned businesses as economic drivers, and
Integrate the arts into the fabric of community life.
December 17, 2016 Comments Off on Detroit’s Oakland Avenue Urban Farm has snagged a $500,000 grant from ArtPlace America