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Urban farms in Cleveland: small but mighty

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rgdchTanya Holmes grandkids helping out at Ka-La Healing Garden. Photo by Bob Perkoski.

So many of Cleveland’s neighborhoods are defined as food deserts, with just 25 percent of residents living within a five-minute walk to a full service grocery.

By Karin Connelly Rice
Freshwater Cleveland
May 12, 2016

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When you think about small urban farms, you’re creating healthy human habitats that lead to sustainable environments,” says Destinee Henton, community outreach coordinator for Ohio City Inc., which oversees Ohio City Farm. “Being in an urban environment like Cleveland, there is so much food imported from other areas. [Urban farms] are reclaiming areas where we’re able to eat food from the land.”

Three Cleveland farmers in particular are offering up the food they grow on their compact urban plots. Not only are they solving the problem of food access, they are teaching the next generation how to grow their own food and the importance of nutritious food and a healthy lifestyle.

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May 17, 2016   No Comments

Help Save Little City Gardens, San Francisco’s Last Commercial Farm

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It is a 3/4 acre urban farm in San Francisco, and it is an experiment in the economic viability of small-scale urban market-gardening.

At 214 Cotter Street in the Excelsior is Little City Gardens, a six-year-old plot of land that claims to be the last commercial farm in the city and county of San Francisco — and it’s facing eviction. Next Saturday, May 21, at 11 a.m., a coalition of organizations will rally to thwart its demolition (at the hands of a private school that wants to erect buildings on the parcel).

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May 14, 2016   No Comments

How Urban Farms Are Changing the Way We Eat

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“It’s the best basil we’ve ever had, and they’re able to produce it for us year-round,” says John Karangis, the executive chef at Union Square Events

By Lisa Elaine Held
Eater
Apr 12, 2016

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In each of its markets, BrightFarms has partnered with major chains, like Giant and Acme, and the produce often hits shelves within 24 hours of being picked, a fact that means it’s almost guaranteed to be longer-lasting than other greens. “I want to help people eat healthier food, and making it flavorful and delicious is a big part of that,” Lightfoot says.

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April 17, 2016   Comments Off on How Urban Farms Are Changing the Way We Eat

Real Estate Brokerage Firm Names the Top 10 U.S. Cities for Urban Farming

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10topEugene, OR, Burlington, VT, Santa Rosa, CA, Greenville, SC, Orlando, FL, San Francisco, CA, Albuquerque, NM, Columbia, SC, Tampa, FL, Raleigh-Durham, NC.

Ranking Based on Number of Homes Listed for Sale in 2015 with Gardens, Greenhouses or Chicken Coops

By Christin Camacho
Business Wire
Apr 13, 2016
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Eugene topped the list, with 20.5 percent of all home listings containing at least one keyword.

“It’s not uncommon for homeowners in Oregon to have chickens or honey bees,” said Matthew Brennan, a Redfin real estate agent in Portland. “The city of Portland allows homeowners to keep up to three animals, including chickens, ducks, doves, pigeons, pygmy goats and rabbits, without permits. Oregonians have a hankering for that sustainable lifestyle and Eugene is more affordable and has more space than Portland.”

The City of Eugene, like Portland, has played a big role in facilitating urban agriculture by allowing residents to keep more animals, like chickens and goats, on their property.

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April 14, 2016   Comments Off on Real Estate Brokerage Firm Names the Top 10 U.S. Cities for Urban Farming

Women urban farmers in Portland are part of a national trend

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Rockwood Urban Farm, owned by Leah Rodgers, is located in East Portland among apartments, home, a hot-rod garage, an air conditioning shop and the rush of urban traffic.

Young women today, especially in Portland, are increasingly channeling their activism into farming as a way to advance the food movement.

By Jennifer Anderson
Portland Tribune
Mar 15, 2016

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Leah Rodgers isn’t a typical farmer, and her farm isn’t a typical farm. For one, Rodgers is a 37-year-old woman; most U.S. farmers are men, and their average age is 57.

For another, her 1-acre lot is smack-dab in the middle of East Portland, near David Douglas High School — next to homes, a hot-rod garage, an air-conditioning shop, and the rush of traffic on Southeast Stark Street. Her operation, Rockwood Urban Farm, is a hyperlocal CSA farm, which stands for community-supported agriculture, selling its produce largely to neighbors and restaurants.

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March 19, 2016   Comments Off on Women urban farmers in Portland are part of a national trend

Urban Farmer Brooke Salvaggio Reflects On Kansas City’s Organic Scene

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Farmer Brooke Salvaggio holds one of her chickens at Urbavore Urban Farm. Photo by Julie Denesha/Kcur.

According to Salvaggio, the “buy/eat local” sentiment is a trend — one that’s on the decline.

By Jen Chen
KCUR 89.3
Feb 12, 2016

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Salvaggio runs the Badseed Farmers Market, which she is closing Feb. 26. She also produces fruits, vegetables and eggs at Urbavore Urban Farm, her 13.5 acre farm on the east side of Kansas City.

Her journey from surburbia to living off the land started during her teenage years.

She was a self-described jaded teen, a party girl who did everything under the sun. She was unhappy, but she didn’t know why.

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February 20, 2016   Comments Off on Urban Farmer Brooke Salvaggio Reflects On Kansas City’s Organic Scene

Bridgeport, Connecticut’s ‘Green Village Initiative’

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Green Village Initiative is a nonprofit in Bridgeport, Connecticut whose mission is to create social, economic and environmental change with its urban farm, 13 community gardens, 24 school gardens and youth leadership program.

From their website:

Reservoir Community Farm, GVI’s urban farm, is a 1.7-acre farm located in Bridgeport’s North End neighborhood. The farm’s primary focus is to educate the community on growing pesticide-free, nutritious vegetables in an urban setting, and produce is sold to our neighbors at affordable prices at our on-site farm stand.

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February 19, 2016   Comments Off on Bridgeport, Connecticut’s ‘Green Village Initiative’

“Can You Dig This” – John Legend’s documentary about four “gangster gardeners”

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CAN YOU DIG THIS – Trailer from Delirio Films on Vimeo.

“When you put beauty in a place that has none, that’s a game changer.”
— Ron Finley, the “Gangster Gardener”

Delila Vallot – Director
Rafael Marmor – Producer
Christopher Leggett – Producer
John Legend – Executive Producer
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South Los Angeles. What comes to mind is gangs, drugs, liquor stores, abandoned buildings and vacant lots. The last thing that you would expect to find is a beautiful garden sprouting up through the concrete, coloring the urban landscape. As part of an urban gardening movement taking root in South LA, people are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. Calling for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these “gangster gardeners” are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America.

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February 10, 2016   Comments Off on “Can You Dig This” – John Legend’s documentary about four “gangster gardeners”

Richmond, Virginia: ‘So much is happening in urban agriculture in the city and region’

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Produce from the 31st Street Baptist Church urban farm helps provide fresh vegetables to the homeless and hungry to whom it serves daily hot lunches. Photo courtesy of Linda Marshall.

Talk about urban farming in Richmond and the 31st Street Baptist church is a good place to start.

By Tina Griego
Richmond Magazine
Jan 31, 2016

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Pastor Henderson put two-and-two together and said to his congregation: “It’d be a shame to obtain this land and do nothing with it for a couple years. Let’s create a garden.”

He turned to Mrs. Pearcie, a congregant possessed of a green thumb so mighty, the pastor could only marvel.

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February 7, 2016   Comments Off on Richmond, Virginia: ‘So much is happening in urban agriculture in the city and region’

Stephenville, Texas – Half-acre: The urban farm next door

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Milton Horner hangin’ out with his goat buddies on the family’s urban farm behind their house in Stephenville.

“We had 21 squash plants, got about 200 cantaloupe, and we had watermelon, 40 tomato plants, and three rows of 60 okra plants,” Woodrow says.

By J. Michael Ross
Stephenville Empire-Tribune
Jan 29, 2016

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Asked to tell us about the family’s urban farming and beekeeping, Woodrow replies, “I think people would be amazed by what we get out of a one-half-acre urban farm. We have bees, goats, chickens, ducks, a vegetable garden, several kinds of fruit trees – peaches and pears ? and six pecan trees.”

Everything on the Horner Urban Farm is eco-friendly and efficient. Witness the 2,500-gallon rain-water collection system and drip lines running to various parts of the growing spaces.

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February 4, 2016   Comments Off on Stephenville, Texas – Half-acre: The urban farm next door

5 Acre Urban Farm Leaving Old Fourth Ward in Atlanta

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We want you to know that our Wheat Street Garden farm site is leaving the Old Fourth Ward in 2016. We are uprooting 5 acres of produce, fruit trees, green houses, chickens and fish

By Josh Breen
Curbed Atlanta
Jan 26, 2016

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Truly Living Well, as business association leaders explained, “was brought in as a temporary use for the vacant land, to keep it in active use for the benefit of the community and to discourage squatters, illegal dumping, etc.,” the post reads. Truly Living Well “is relocating, per the agreement they entered into when as they agreed to create the garden. The unfortunate part is that TLW wasn’t able to find other vacant land nearby, but land is now so valuable in the O4W (finally) that a low-intensity use such as an urban garden is no longer viable.”

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February 1, 2016   Comments Off on 5 Acre Urban Farm Leaving Old Fourth Ward in Atlanta

Spiritual farming with Steven Wynbrandt

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Steven Wynbrandt, standing in front of a long, raised row of his boutique, nutrient-rich compost. Such rows, typically used to produce large quantities of compost, are called windrows. All photos courtesy of Steven Wynbrandt.

“The simple act of growing my own food [created] a ‘compostball’-snowball of asking deeper questions about how I see the future of this world and the future that I want to create.”

By Esther D. Kustanowitz
Jewish Journal
Jan. 20, 2016

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In 2009, Wynbrandt transformed the backyard of his family home — located not far from Overland Avenue in West L.A. — into a thriving urban garden. Now he is producing a special compost (fertilizer) that he will sell to farms and individuals to help them grow plentiful, vibrant, delicious and nutrient-filled crops in a garden of any size. Wynbrandt says his compost business will produce between 200,000 and 400,000 pounds of organic and nutrient-rich fertilizer this spring.

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January 24, 2016   Comments Off on Spiritual farming with Steven Wynbrandt

Urban Farmers given room to grow in Phoenix

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Although PHX Renews already provides the water and supplies for 150 garden beds, they continuously have a waiting list, Waldeck said.

By Melanie Whyte
Downtown Devil
January 19, 2016

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The MANA House is a transitional living program in downtown Phoenix for Marines, Army, Navy, and Air Force veterans. Its kitchen uses urban farming to grow produce for meals, according to Ken Leonard, project manager for the program’s community garden.

“I grow it, I cook it, and I’m the chef,” he said.

According to Leonard, the garden has several purposes; first, it supplements the kitchen.

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January 23, 2016   Comments Off on Urban Farmers given room to grow in Phoenix

CommonWealth Urban Farms in Oklahoma City

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oklElia Woods, left, explains how the Common Wealth Urban Farms works to visitors recently. Photo by Kyle Phillips/The Norman Transcript.

“There are a whole bunch of neighbors who are involved in this. This is just a great way for people in a diverse community to get to know each other and learn how to live healthier.”

By Michael Kinney
Eagle Tribune
Jan 18, 2016

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The farm was the brainchild of Elia Woods, who grew up in Chicago before moving to Oklahoma. She has always been into gardening, but a few years ago she decided she wanted to do do more.

“I’ve always loved gardening and they tend to get bigger and bigger,” Woods said. “The point came where I knew I just wanted to get deeper into it. A little seed was formed about having the idea of having an urban farm and a teaching farm. I got together with some other people who had (a) similar interest and we just spent the first year talking about what we might want to do. Out of that, the more specific vision of CommonWealth emerged.”

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January 22, 2016   Comments Off on CommonWealth Urban Farms in Oklahoma City

Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville, Virginia

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Todd Niemeier squats among rows of vegetables for a portrait at the gardens behind Friendship Court. Photo by Ryan M. Kelly.

For every half-hour of work in a garden, a person gets a wooden “farm token.” The token can be redeemed for vegetables by the person who earned it, or put in a community jar for others to redeem on Market Day.

By David A. Maurer
Daily Progress
Dec 25, 2015

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Niemeier’s farm of choice wasn’t a big spread in the Midwest. It’s three community gardens in Charlottesville where an abundance of organic produce is grown, as well as friendships among people who otherwise might never meet.

Niemeier is operations director for the Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville. His job includes overseeing the community gardens at Friendship Court, Sixth Street and West Street.

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December 29, 2015   Comments Off on Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville, Virginia