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Nevada: Brothel partners with city to create 100 acre garden to feed the needy

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“Most of the brothels are great community partners,” he said.

By Denise Rosch
3 News
Sept. 12, 2016

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“We have a lot of veterans who depend on this food bank. Some are in their 80’s. They have enough money for rent and utilities and that’s it. They’re here every week getting food,” said Hampton.

Next year, fresh vegetables could be added to the grocery list. Just down the road from the VFW, Sheri’s Ranch hopes a community garden will help alleviate the strain on the food bank. The local brothel plans to donate about 100 acres of land to make the project happen. The business said it is even willing to provide the water. Nye County Commissioner Dan Schinhofen is helping to coordinate the project.

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September 19, 2016   No Comments

Chicago: 28–year-old master gardener started three organic urban farms

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“It definitely keeps you sane when you’re in an urban environment that is sometimes full of conflict.”

By Amy Rutledge
WGN TV
Sept 12, 2016

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While the community is labeled a “food desert,” Stephanie and her helpers – many of them special needs students– teach kids and adults in the neighborhood how to grow food to feed their own families or even supplement their income.

Together with resident Godwin Akpan, who manages a neighborhood food bank, Dunn is spreading healthy food across the area. They’re even hosting their first big farmers market this fall, which they hope sales will raise money to expand the urban gardening and farming initiative.

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September 18, 2016   No Comments

Urban Farming in Hartford, Connecticut Helps Locals, Growers Improve Their Lives

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Knox, Inc. provides gardening space to 500 farmers throughout the region.

By Todd Piro
NBC Connecticut
Sept 9, 2016

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Now, thanks to Knox’s training on how to increase crop yields, along with their help providing business planning and connections, Christian, can feed his neighbors, while growing his own business.

“It turned out many of them did like the idea of taking their garden plots and their growing abilities to the next level,” Ron Pitz, Executive Director of Knox, Inc. said.

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September 17, 2016   No Comments

The Fight to Feed Detroit

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Herbs on sale at Eastern Market in Detroit. (Danielle Walquist Lynch/Flickr)

(3rd in a series) To mend the city’s food system, urban farmers and entrepreneurs are working to funnel fresh produce and artisanal goods to local tables.

By Jessica Leigh Hester
The Atlantic: City Lab
Aug 31, 2016

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These organizations are working to ford considerable chasms in terms of access. Across the transit-strapped city, where nearly one-third of Detroiters don’t own a vehicle, many residents have a hard time reliably procuring nutritious produce. County-wide, nearly 23 percent of residents are estimated to be food insecure. Research from the National Poverty Center found that in Metro Detroit, food insecurity was exacerbated by the recession and disproportionately affected black families; the effects are particularly pronounced among families with delinquent bills or other debts, found a survey conducted by the University of Michigan.

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September 1, 2016   Comments Off on The Fight to Feed Detroit

Growing Pains for Detroit’s Urban Farms

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Alyssa Trimmer and her partner grow vegetables on lots in Detroit’s Virginia Park neighborhood. (Jessica Leigh Hester/CityLab)

(2nd in series) Agriculture flourishes in the city’s vacant lots—but can it survive the push towards revitalization?

By Jessica Leigh Hester
The Atlantic: City Lab
Aug 30, 2016

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Two years ago, Brittany Bradd, an activist in Detroit’s Brightmoor neighborhood, bought an acre of land that she planned to farm. Ever since, she’s been trying to buy an additional property that remains in limbo. “Some lots are just paperwork in boxes,” she says. Another farmer told me that he plans to visit the Land Bank in person—he wants to leave with a receipt in hand.

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September 1, 2016   Comments Off on Growing Pains for Detroit’s Urban Farms

Detroit’s Urban Growers Are Farming for Their Lives

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Murals testify to the community-minded design of Mark Covington’s farm. (Jessica Leigh Hester/CityLab)

This is the first installment of a three-part series. The second will explore how urban agriculture fits in to the city’s redevelopment plans; the third dives in to putting the harvest to use.

By Jessica Leigh Hester
From The Atlantic
City Lab
Aug 29, 2016

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By selling his produce at markets and to local restaurants, Willerer is able to support his family from his land. He sells about 200 pounds of salad greens each weekend at Eastern Market, one of the country’s oldest produce marts; an 8-oz. bag of his greens goes for $5. His home and farm are insurance policies against another economic tumble.

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August 31, 2016   Comments Off on Detroit’s Urban Growers Are Farming for Their Lives

Portland, Oregon’s Urban Agriculture Scene

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City of Portland’s ‘Food’ specialist Steve Cohen who gave them a tour of thriving urban agriculture ventures and community gardens around the City.

By Chef Arthur Gordon and Anya
Irregardless Blog
Aug 16, 2016

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The Ariadne Garden is a double lot located in the heart of NE Portland. Established in 1993, it is now managed by the Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust. Some of the Portland Ariadne birds eye view healthiest soil in Portland is found here, nurturing the most delicious food available. Ariadne is a self-sustaining retailer, selling its own flowers (peonies, roses, yarrow, lilies, gladiola, zinnias) and produce (tomatoes and starts, lettuces, escaroles, mustards, kales, beans, squash, raspberries, etc.) to those who visit its onsite produce stand.

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August 24, 2016   Comments Off on Portland, Oregon’s Urban Agriculture Scene

Urban Farming is taking root in Baltimore

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Maya Kosok at her flower Farm Hillen homestead. Photo Christopher Myers.

At the heart of the matter is determining what Boyd calls “the highest and best use” of city land. For urban farmers, that is agriculture.

By Amy Mulvihill
Baltimore Magazine
Aug 2016

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In recent years, the city has adopted a suite of regulations to better accommodate farming, everything from rewriting the rules about livestock (bees, miniature goats, rabbits, and chickens are allowed now in limited numbers) to clarifying the building code to permit lightweight, temporary greenhouses called hoop houses. Perhaps most ambitiously, last year the City Council passed an Urban Agriculture Property Tax Credit that provides a 90 percent tax break to farmers who produce $5,000 worth of crops annually. There is also a pending rewrite of the city’s zoning code, which would codify urban agriculture in almost all of Baltimore’s residential zones.

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August 21, 2016   Comments Off on Urban Farming is taking root in Baltimore

St. Louis: Green thumbs plant a bright future for cities

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Dat Le and Joe Van Betuw harvest zucchini squash at an urban farm at 2200 Pine St. in Downtown St. Louis. photo by Ursula Ruhl.

Urban farm becomes a gathering place for planters, growers & educators

By Brian Ruth
Webster-Kirkwood Times
Aug 10, 2016

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Rachel Deffenbaugh is the manager of the 2.5-acre farm located on Pine Street in downtown St. Louis. She started with Gateway Greening through AmeriCorps Vista and has been at the farm for the last six years.

“We really help to solidify a lot of the programming clients are learning already, and help them appropriate it into their daily lives,” she said.

Gateway Greening also has a teen employment program called “Dig-It,” which draws teens from areas with high poverty rates, echoing Brown’s crew of mostly young, near-Northside students.

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August 14, 2016   Comments Off on St. Louis: Green thumbs plant a bright future for cities

Las Vegas: Urban Seed Breaks Ground And Plans To Revolutionize Local Farming

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Renderings of the future Urban Seed greenhouse array. Click on image for larger file.

“I said, ‘Urban farming is coming to Las Vegas. This has to be a local thing. This has to be a local story.” – Rachel Wenman

Al Mancini
Vegas Seven
July 20, 2016

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On July 29, the company will break ground on the first of eight hydroponic greenhouses set for a desolate swath of Wynn Road between Tropicana and Flamingo, the beginning of a five-year plan to bring 100 such structures to the Valley, as well as a production studio, commercial kitchen and event space. Thanks to their incandescent green glow, the greenhouses will be visible from the Strip. Those facilities and the production studio will be part of Urban Seed’s forthcoming educational and charitable foundation. And Urban Seed’s champions and employees—who consist of more foodies than tech nerds—fervently believe they will launch a worldwide farming revolution while making Las Vegas an environmentally responsible source of high-end produce.

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August 7, 2016   Comments Off on Las Vegas: Urban Seed Breaks Ground And Plans To Revolutionize Local Farming

How Chicago Became a Leader in Urban Agriculture

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From the world’s largest rooftop garden to the country’s biggest indoor aquaponic farm, Chicago is leading the nation in urban food production. Here’s why this is happening.

By Emily Scott
Chicago Inno
July 28, 2016

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Rincón said he is especially excited to see how engineers can make urban agriculture more tech-focused. Possible applications could include mobile apps providing services from urban farms — think Uber for composting — and using precision agriculture technology on smaller, urban farms.

But in order for companies to thrive, Rincón said urban agriculture needs to have support from pre-existing companies — and startups need to make sure they’ve built an argument that their idea is worth investment.

Creating sustainable business models will also be critical — Rhodes said this is “key for the growth of the industry” of urban agriculture and making Chicago a national leader for urban agriculture.

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August 4, 2016   Comments Off on How Chicago Became a Leader in Urban Agriculture

$2.8M expansion starts at Tilth’s seven-acre urban farm in Seattle

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setgarFour greenhouses will be added as well as a farm stand, children’s garden, rain gardens, a commercial kitchen, office space and a classroom.

Since the farm opened in 2012, 30,000 pounds of food has been grown there with help from over 2,000 volunteers, Burke said.

By Lynn Porter
Daily Journal of Commerce
July 14, 2016

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Four greenhouses will be added on the seven-acre site, as well as a farm stand, children’s garden, rain gardens and hand-crafted wetland markers. There will also be a commercial kitchen, office space, a classroom, and a circle drive for school buses, delivery vehicles and physically disabled visitors.

A new hand-crafted iron gate at Beer Sheva Park was recently installed to improve pedestrian access.

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July 19, 2016   Comments Off on $2.8M expansion starts at Tilth’s seven-acre urban farm in Seattle

Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series by the Ohio State University Extension office

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Takes place between July 30 and Aug. 14.

Tours:

Urban fruit and vegetable production and marketing at Franklinton Gardens

Large-scale urban farm, Clarfield Farm

Multi-location, mission-drive urban farm, Italian Village Urban Farm

Demonstration food garden tour at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Garden Campus at the Franklin Park Conservatory

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July 18, 2016   Comments Off on Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series by the Ohio State University Extension office

Urban farming plan earns woman statewide award in Rome, New York

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sunyChristina Carambia stands at her family garden in Hounsfield, NY, with the check she earned from SEFCU for her start-up business. She wants to build indoor gardens at the building.

Christina Carambia’s Underground Greens is a business plan that was chosen this spring for a Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise award in the statewide New York Business Plan Competition.

By Steve Jones
Rome Sentinel
July 9, 2016

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Working in her “vertical farm,” Christina envisions 40 Romans, each assigned to maintaining 1,000 square feet of vegetables.

“I’d like to be able to give jobs to local people like myself, to single moms like myself who can work from 9 in the morning after they drop off their kids at school until 3 in the afternoon,” Christina continues. “So many single moms and dads are coming up to me and telling me they want to be a part of this. Since many features of indoor farming can be automated – such as watering and temperature control — I can offer a flexible work schedule.”

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July 14, 2016   Comments Off on Urban farming plan earns woman statewide award in Rome, New York

How are urban agriculture projects in St. Louis investing in more than just food?

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City Seeds director Syndey Boyle with former St. Patrick Center client Deborah at the farm in June.

The International Institute currently has two farms, each of which is divided into small plots of land shared by people who came to the United States as refugees.

By Kim Oswalt
ST Louis Public Radio
July 5, 2016

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Just a few blocks north of Union Station in downtown St. Louis, a 2.5-acre farm sits hidden in plain sight next to the on-ramp for I-64. Despite its size and relatively busy location, few people are aware of its existence.

It isn’t the only farm in the area that no one knows about.

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July 11, 2016   Comments Off on How are urban agriculture projects in St. Louis investing in more than just food?