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$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   No Comments

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   No Comments

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   No Comments

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   No Comments

Kentucky: Berea Urban Farm seeks to inspire other communities

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bureaDirector Richard Olson at the urban farm.

Next year, Olson said he hopes to offer a tilling service to residents for a reduced fee.

By Critley King
Richmond Register
July 5, 2016

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Just a little more than two years after Berea Urban Farm (BUF) began, the crops are flourishing with innovation, and Director Richard Olson is hoping they can be an inspiration to other communities.

“We refer to this as an educational market garden,” said BUF Director Richard Olson. “We have multiple goals. One, of course, is to produce fresh local food to increase food security and the health of our neighborhood and community. Beyond that, we want to teach people where food comes from, how they can grow food and particularly get kids involved.”

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July 10, 2016   Comments Off on Kentucky: Berea Urban Farm seeks to inspire other communities

Atlanta’s urban farmers show creativity growing food in the city

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atlaxOne of Freewheel Farm’s three city farms, this one in Grant Park, is devoted to growing herbs. Wire hoops over rows provide a structure for plastic or fabric row cover to protect the herbs from early or late frosts. / Photo credit: Freewheel Farm

Any patch of land can become a farm.

By C. W. Cameron
Atlanta Journal Constitution
July 1, 2016

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Some ply their trade on dozens of acres far from city lights, while others weed their gardens within sight of schools, golf courses or the Georgia Dome. All sell at local farmers markets or through a community-supported agriculture program, or both.

Andrea Ness and Andy Friedberg are farming about 1¼ acres along the Westside Trail of the Beltline. They’re Aluma Farm, and they have a lease with Atlanta Beltline Inc. to garden on a 5-acre former industrial lot at the intersection of the Adair Park, Oakland City and Capitol View neighborhoods.

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July 6, 2016   Comments Off on Atlanta’s urban farmers show creativity growing food in the city

Former banker makes urban farming footprint with her pearls on in Mississippi

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cindytCindy Ayers-Elliott, owner of Foot Print Farms, talks about the Farm-in-A-Box small gardens at her farm in South Jackson Friday.
(Photo: Elijah Baylis/The Clarion-Ledger)

Her Foot Print Farms on South Drive in west Jackson commands a surprising 68-acre sprawl inside the city limits. Inside the gate, the country feel takes over.

By Sherry Lucas
The Clarion-Ledger
June 27, 2016

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Its proximity to downtown is a key plus for chef Nick Wallace, who’ll do a Kellogg Foundation lunch there in July, bringing at-risk youth for a garden tour, harvest and farm kitchen setup that cooks it right there.

“There are a lot of other farms I love, but everybody else is so far away,” Wallace said. Foot Print is a quick dash from downtown for coffee, a stroll and a chat about what she could grow for him. “She can teach me things, and I can teach her, too.” A recent success was butter squash, a pale yellow zucchini grown to a uniform 5 inches and perfect for restaurants. “That helps her go out and sell it in the community.”

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July 2, 2016   Comments Off on Former banker makes urban farming footprint with her pearls on in Mississippi

Fleet Farming builds bike-powered urban farms

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farmflFred Lake and Justin Vandenbroeck at Fleet Farming’s farmlette at 10th and Campbell streets in West Oakland. Photo: Kate Williams

Over the last two years, the program has grown from five pilot farms to 24 converted lawns and around 4,000 pounds of harvested produce across three international programs in Florida, Oakland and Uganda

By Kate Williams
NOSH
June 27, 2016

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I met Vandenbroeck and Lake at Fleet Farming’s farmlette in the yard of Bay Community Fellowship at 10th and Campbell. Fleet Farming is managing a modest three-bed operation in the back of the church’s yard. I spied rows of tatsoi and teensy radish sprouts, but much of the rest of the produce was harvested the previous Sunday during a “swarm ride.”

It is these swarm rides that are the heart and soul of Fleet Farming. Community members near and far gather twice a month to do work on the farmlettes — harvesting, seeding, building rows — and they travel between the locations on bicycle.

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July 1, 2016   Comments Off on Fleet Farming builds bike-powered urban farms

Growing Greens in the Spare Room as ‘Vertical Farm’ Start-Ups Flourish

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baltgrCity-Hydro owners Zhanna and Larry Hountz started growing microgreens in a spare room in their Baltimore rowhouse a year and a half ago. Credit Matt Roth for The New York Times

It has revenue of under $500,000, but was profitable enough in 2014 that Mr. Albert quit his day job as a landscape architect to farm full time.

By Eilene Zimmerman
New York Times
June 29, 2016

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They include City-Hydro, a farm built in a spare bedroom on the second floor of Larry and Zhanna Hountz’s three-story rowhouse in Baltimore. Mr. Hountz came to urban farming out of necessity. After a serious car accident, he was unable to leave his house for two years and had trouble concentrating. He couldn’t go back to his previous job as a digital security consultant.

“Zhanna had gone to the grocery store and bought some heirloom tomatoes. They were about $7 a pound,” he said. “I thought, ‘I could grow those.’”

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June 30, 2016   Comments Off on Growing Greens in the Spare Room as ‘Vertical Farm’ Start-Ups Flourish

Urban farm brings fresh produce from farm to fork in Edmonton, Maryland

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farmfLead Farmer of ECO City Farms, Deborah Wren, discusses weekly selection with farm share member Abby Wilkerson. Photo by Lindsay Myers. Edmonston is a town in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

“Eighty to eighty-five percent of our population lives in urban areas, so why don’t we bring the food closer to them?”

By Lindsay Myers
Hyattsville
June 18, 2016

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Amanda West, operations manager at ECO City Farms, said farm shares are becoming more popular in urban areas. “The farm share as a concept has been around for a while, but it’s a whole new concept for Prince George’s County. What we’re doing is saying, ‘Here’s another way you can get your food. It doesn’t have to come from a grocery store,’” said West.

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June 24, 2016   Comments Off on Urban farm brings fresh produce from farm to fork in Edmonton, Maryland

Florida Lawns Are Being Transformed Into Edible Farms

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The popular Fleet Farming program that converts under-used yards could be coming to a garden near you soon.

By Dominique Mosbergen
Senior Writer, The Huffington Post
June 1, 2016

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Row upon neat row of tomatoes, carrots, sweet lettuce and arugula are growing in the front yard of his home in Orlando, Florida.

“I just think that the whole idea of lawns, especially in a place like Florida, is absurd,” Henderson told NPR this month. “Once you get to the point where you realize that you can eat your lawn, I think it makes a whole lot of sense.”

Henderson’s yard wasn’t always so edible.

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June 6, 2016   Comments Off on Florida Lawns Are Being Transformed Into Edible Farms

Report: Community and home gardens increase vegetable intake and food security of residents in San Jose, California

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mesaThe La Mesa Verde program in San Jose helps low-income families to establish their own vegetable gardens. A pilot study found that gardening in either a community or backyard space made a significant contribution to gardeners’ daily vegetable intake.

“Gardening made a substantial contribution to vegetable intake regardless of socioeconomic background or previous gardening experience,” said co-author Lucy Diekmann, a postdoctoral researcher in the Food and Agribusiness Institute at Santa Clara University.

By Susan Algert, UC ANR Cooperative Extension
Lucy Diekmann, Santa Clara University
Leslie Gray, Santa Clara University
Marian Renvall, UC San Diego Department of Medicine
California Agriculture 70(2):77-82. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v070n02p77.
April-June 2016.
(Must read. Mike.)

Abstract:

As of 2013, 42 million American households were involved in growing their own food either at home or in a community garden plot. The purpose of this pilot study was to document the extent to which gardeners, particularly less affluent ones, increase their vegetable intake when eating from either home or community garden spaces. Eighty-five community gardeners and 50 home gardeners from San Jose, California, completed a survey providing information on demographic background, self-rated health, vegetable intake and the benefits of gardening.

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June 4, 2016   Comments Off on Report: Community and home gardens increase vegetable intake and food security of residents in San Jose, California

Urban farming rises in Iowa

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quinJenny Quiner harvests lettuce at the Dogpatch Urban Gardens on May 12 just north of Des Moines.(Photo: Bryon Houlgrave/The Register)

Iowa’s population has been shifting from rural to urban for more than 100 years. In 1900, only 25 percent of Iowans lived in an urban area, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Today, 64 percent of residents live in a city.

By Linh Ta
Des Moines Register
May 27, 2016

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Jenny Quiner’s last day as a high school science teacher was Friday. Next week, she launches her new career as a full-time urban farmer.

Quiner, 31, is one of a growing number of urban millennials establishing roots in Iowa’s most prominent profession.

“It is a reconnection to the soil,” said Craig McEnneny, chairman of Des Moines Area Community College’s agribusiness program.

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June 3, 2016   Comments Off on Urban farming rises in Iowa

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   Comments Off on Urban farms in Cleveland: small but mighty

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