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Musician ‘Prince’ Generously Supported Urban Agriculture

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Taja Sevelle is an advocate for urban farming in Detroit but that’s after her musical career was touched by Prince.

Taja Sevelle: “We would be down to $2 and get a call. He’s sending some money. He donated part of his perfume sales. He did a concert in New York. He just had a big heart, you know.”

Fox 2
Apr 21, 2016

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“He helped urban farming, you know. He saw the vision. We talked to Paisley, and he saw the big vision because he’s a big visionary and he really wanted the world to love each other and you know that’s what, that’s what I’m about. That’s what my music’s about. That’s what my work with urban farming is about. I saw all this unused land in the city and I had lived on a farm for three years and I thought why are people struggling to eat when we can plant food on this land

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June 15, 2017   No Comments

Brooklyn ‘Square Roots’ startup aims to feed an urban world

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Peggs estimates that farmers take home between $30,000 and $40,000 total by the end of the year.

By Melissa Fares
Reuters
June 6, 2017

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Nabeela Lakhani, 23, said reading “Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal” in high school inspired her to change the food system.

Three nights per week, Lakhani assumes the role of resident chef at a market-to-table restaurant in lower Manhattan.

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June 12, 2017   No Comments

Jones Valley Teaching Farm in Birmingham, Alabama

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Gather from Jones Valley Teaching Farm on Vimeo.

Catch a glimpse into how Jones Valley Teaching Farm’s Good School Food program positively impacts students across all grades in Birmingham City Schools.

From their website:

We design and build teaching farms in Birmingham, Alabama. Currently, we operate our downtown farm, five Pre-K–8 teaching farms known as “Farm Labs,” and Woodlawn High School Urban Farm.

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June 8, 2017   Comments Off on Jones Valley Teaching Farm in Birmingham, Alabama

Chicago: Urban Farm At Old Robert Taylor Home

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Legends South Farm. Click on image for larger file.

The largest farm in the Windy City Harvest program, Legends Farm serves as an incubator for six farm businesses run by graduates of its apprenticeship program and a business and entrepreneurship course.

CBS
May 19, 2017

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A South Side neighborhood that once was notorious for poverty and crime has become the home of a new urban farm that helps teach youth how to grow food responsibly.

The Legends Farm site sits on land that was once part of the Robert Taylor Homes public housing complex, at 45th and Federal. Where high-rise Chicago Housing Authority towers once stood, there are now upscale town homes surrounding a two-acre farm.

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May 25, 2017   Comments Off on Chicago: Urban Farm At Old Robert Taylor Home

Her Korean grandmother taught her to love the soil, now she’s starting an urban farm in Columbus, Georgia

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Sharayah Davis, right, travels with her maternal grandmother, Hui Beesley, who inspired her to start an urban farm in Columbus.

“My vision for my city is for nobody to be without food,” Sharayah Davis said

By Alva James-Johnson
Ledger-Enquirer
Apr 28, 2017

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“That woman, she can grow anything; she has had fruit trees, blueberries, vegetables, Nappa cabbages, squash, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers and sweet potatoes,” said Davis of her maternal grandmother, Hui Beesley, who lives near Fort Benning. “… To this day, the potatoes are my favorite vegetable to grow and to harvest because she would always have us dig them up for her. We would spend entire days as kids getting our hands dirty, and it was the coolest thing – like a treasure hunt.”

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May 6, 2017   Comments Off on Her Korean grandmother taught her to love the soil, now she’s starting an urban farm in Columbus, Georgia

East Austin urban farm raises awareness about agriculture

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HausBar Farms is a super-sustainable urban farm and guesthouse in the heart of Austin, TX.

By Gerardo Gonzalez
The Daily Texan
Apr 26, 2017

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Though Barger maintains beneficial rapport with the community, she did run into some issues with the city. In 2012, complaints from neighbors prompted a city inspection, which found several code violations on the lot, forcing Hausbar to shut down.

As a result, urban farm supporters began calling for changes to Austin’s urban farm code. Barger said she worked with the city to clear up the violations on her lot and was eventually allowed to open the farm again.

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May 5, 2017   Comments Off on East Austin urban farm raises awareness about agriculture

Fresh Future Farm in North Charleston is an Educational Model

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Fresh Future Farm now employs five staff members to manage the store and the field. Employees are paid through store revenue and donations.

By Tony Bertauski
Post and Courier
Apr 23, 2017

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What’s the hardest part about running an urban farm? Jenkins said growing the food was the easiest. Finding land and donations to get the farm started and keep it running has been the most challenging.

Limehouse Produce donated topsoil to start raised beds for the row crops. Enterprise Rental Car donated a mobile building for the grocery store. The rest of the land is a diverse garden of row crops and fruit trees that is harvested and sold inside the store.

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April 30, 2017   Comments Off on Fresh Future Farm in North Charleston is an Educational Model

A Former Corporate Banker Plants New Roots in Urban Farming in Austin, Texas

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Rodriguez Boughton pours a layer of topsoil to prepare a new area for seedlings. Lynda Gonzalez/Reporting Texas

On a half-acre, she’s managed to grow 195 types of herbs, edible flowers and vegetables, whose seeds originated from across the globe.

By Molly Smith
Photography By Lynda Gonzalez
Reporting Texas
Apr 11, 2017

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Her business background, paired with Texas’ year-round growing season, attracted Carroll, 25, to the position. “Farms fail because farmers have no business experience,” he said. “Farmers need to think like bankers.”

La Flaca sources produce, including chilhuacles, to seven Austin restaurants, including Olamaie, L’Oca D’Oro and Mattie’s at Green Pastures. It also sells produces to its neighbors in the cul-de-sac.

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April 19, 2017   Comments Off on A Former Corporate Banker Plants New Roots in Urban Farming in Austin, Texas

Indianapolis: Urban Patch Is A Family Affair

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Video: Urban Patch honored as one of ioby’s 2012 Heroes in Our Backyards: Reimagining Vacant Space (Must see. Mike)

Moore’s grandfather Albert ran a large urban agriculture project in the 1940s, which served as the inspiration for Urban Patch.

By Kate Franzman
Indianapolis Monthly
April 2017

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Urban Patch aims to improve Indy’s inner city by means other than gentrification. Cofounder Justin Moore, an urban designer for the New York City Department of Planning, grew up in the historically black Mapleton–Fall Creek neighborhood, where he, his parents, and two brothers started Urban Patch by purchasing an abandoned house with a credit card. They fixed up the home—and have done so with dozens of buildings since—and rented it at-cost to black residents.

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April 17, 2017   Comments Off on Indianapolis: Urban Patch Is A Family Affair

Bend, Oregon: Full Rotation Farms, a successful urban farming operation created a year ago

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For eight months last year, Curtis worked six days a week, he said, and during peak season, he worked 12-hour days for six straight weeks.

By Ronnie Wilde
The Bulletin
Apr 4, 2017

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Though there are other urban farmers in the region, what makes Curtis’ approach unique is that he does not own the land he uses. He farms in other people’s yards. With the blessing of participating homeowners, Curtis cultivates lawns, gardens and unused land and turns those spaces into productive food-producing plots. In 2016, he utilized three yards on the Westside of Bend, and was feeding 13 Full Rotation Farms member families by April 15. By June, he was in peak season, and continued to supply vegetables through December.

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April 11, 2017   Comments Off on Bend, Oregon: Full Rotation Farms, a successful urban farming operation created a year ago

A Staten Island Urban Farmer

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Zaro Bates and her husband, Asher Landes, farm land between two apartment buildings in Stapleton, Staten Island. They live at the complex, too. Credit Emon Hassan for The New York Times.

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

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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.

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March 11, 2017   Comments Off on A Staten Island Urban Farmer

Farm Lot 59 Issues Call to Action for Urban Agriculture – Long Beach, California

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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.

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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.

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March 8, 2017   Comments Off on Farm Lot 59 Issues Call to Action for Urban Agriculture – Long Beach, California

Urban farmers cultivate community and a connection to the land in Oklahoma City

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Photo Garett Fisbeck / Oklahoma Gazette)

“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
Oklahoma Gazette
Feb 17, 2017

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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.”

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February 20, 2017   Comments Off on Urban farmers cultivate community and a connection to the land in Oklahoma City

Meet Morristown, New Jersey’s Famous Farmer: Shaun Ananko

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Shaun Ananko comes to the CSE greenhouse everyday to water the seeds that eventually will be planted at the Urban Farm. Photo by Mitchell Baker.

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
Morristown Green
Feb 13, 2017

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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.

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February 19, 2017   Comments Off on Meet Morristown, New Jersey’s Famous Farmer: Shaun Ananko

The Most Important Modern Farmer Might Be The Urban Cowboy

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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
Good Food
February 10, 2017

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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.”

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February 16, 2017   Comments Off on The Most Important Modern Farmer Might Be The Urban Cowboy