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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   No Comments

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   No Comments

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   No Comments

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

Millennials are getting back to the land — in backyard gardens and urban plots

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Click on image for larger file. Sam Hedges, left, and Seth Matlick harvest fennel from a hoop house on the Vida Verde farm in the North Valley. (Jim Thompson/Journal)

“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
Albuquerque Journal
February 5th, 2017

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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.

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February 10, 2017   Comments Off on Millennials are getting back to the land — in backyard gardens and urban plots

North Texas: Tree Folk Urban Farm

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Andrea and Matt Gorham.

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

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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.

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February 7, 2017   Comments Off on North Texas: Tree Folk Urban Farm

11 NYC Urban Agriculture Organizations to Follow on Social Media Right Now

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Twitter: 1,336 followers, Instagram: 422 followers, Facebook: 2,217 likes

By Heidi Andrianos
NYC Food Policy Centre
Jan 17, 2017

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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.

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February 7, 2017   Comments Off on 11 NYC Urban Agriculture Organizations to Follow on Social Media Right Now

The ‘Urban Farm’ in Phoenix teaches people how to grow their own food

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Greg Peterson, owner of The Urban Farm in Phoenix, kneels in his garden July 10, 2017. He sells and educates people about growing citrus trees in the Valley. (Photo: Michael Chow/The Republic)

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
Arizona Republic
Jan. 24, 2017

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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.

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February 4, 2017   Comments Off on The ‘Urban Farm’ in Phoenix teaches people how to grow their own food

Sacramento Home Grown

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South Oak Park farmers Judith and Chanowk Yisrael want to change “the hood for good” by helping bring fresh produce to food deserts around the region. Portrait courtesy of the Israel family.

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

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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.

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January 23, 2017   Comments Off on Sacramento Home Grown

Las Vegas embraces education about eco-living and access to fresh, healthy produce grown locally

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Vegas Roots Community Garden.

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 |

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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.

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January 22, 2017   Comments Off on Las Vegas embraces education about eco-living and access to fresh, healthy produce grown locally