Category — United States
Owner of Mama’s Meatball will grow produce for restaurant at site off Calle Joaquin; other parcels are available for sublease
By David Sneed
November 18, 2013
The first farmers are getting ready to break ground at City Farm, a 20-acre urban farming cooperative in San Luis Obispo’s Calle Joaquin agricultural reserve.
Nicola Allegretta, owner of Mama’s Meatball restaurant, and farm manager Derron Dike plan to grow produce, such as herbs, tomatoes and squash, on the site for the restaurant. City Farm is administered by Central Coast Grown, a group that advocates local farming.
December 2, 2013 No Comments
The group has developed a small urban farm, a campus garden at FSU, community gardens at the Teen Youth Center, and a Food & Environmental science curriculum at the ‘Second Chance’ school called the Agrinauts Training Program.
Video from Tyler Lee. This film was produced in Dr. Andy Opel’s Advanced Documentary course at Florida State University.
Excerpt from: ‘Tallahassee Sustainability Group – The Student Organization That Grew’ on Food Politic by Tove K. Danovich
The Tallahassee Sustainability Group, brainchild of brothers Wes and TJ Shaffer and Jake Jennings, was founded in 2010 as a student association at Florida State University. Dedicated to bringing sustainable farming techniques, fresh food, and education to the surrounding community, TSG’s role has grown far beyond the campus.
November 29, 2013 No Comments
“We have a bunch of tiny fields throughout the city, and they’re kind of in clusters.”
By Jeff Nelson
November 5, 2013
After a slow morning, Stone’s Throw Urban Farm’s crew is packing up leftover produce. “I would say 200 to 300 people pass through our stand every day,” Stone’s Throw co-founder Hanson says, putting fresh goods—everything from bright-red tomatoes and salad-ready greens—in crates to return to their refrigerated trailer. Despite the sluggish turnout, much due to the inclement weather, their stand’s pile of excess produce is considerably smaller than most nearby vendors’.
November 26, 2013 Comments Off
“I’ve had these two seemingly conflicting desires. One to be in a city; the other, to be a farmer.”
By Isabelle Chapman
November 14, 2013
North Brooklyn Farms, founded last spring by Ryan Watson, 29, and Henry Sweets, 31, occupies 8,000 square feet of land in Williamsburg and functions as a community space and a vegetable garden of sorts.
“This [space] is about being a part of the earth, and being connected to the earth,” Sweets said last Sunday afternoon as he sat in a chair looking out over Havemeyer Park, where North Brooklyn Farms is located.
November 25, 2013 Comments Off
Video: Hantz Woodlands announces approval for 140-acre urban farm in Detroit.
Hantz Farms begins prepping for the planting of thousands of hardwood trees on nearly 150 acres by next fall.
By Gus Burns
October 19, 2013
It’s taken five years, but this week Gov. Rick Snyder approved the sale of nearly 150 acres, 1,500 parcels, to Hantz Woodlands, a private business, for about $500,000.
Urban farming has been discussed and tested as a possible land-use solution for Detroit’s enormous inventory of empty lots, but never on this scale.
The price equates to about $300 each parcel, but doesn’t include the nearly $3 million the company plans to invest over the first three years.
November 23, 2013 Comments Off
Go to Minute 38:52 of the video.
“In Detroit the urban farm is really the last line of defence.”
CNN’s Parts Unknown
Season 2 – Detroit
Nov 10, 2013
“In Detroit approximately 40 square miles have been reverted to basically unused green space. In many cities so-called urban farming may be looked upon by cynics like me as an affectation. Here in Detroit it’s not. With nature taking back the landscape block by block, the urban farm is really the last line of defence. D-Town sits of the western border of Detroit.”
November 13, 2013 Comments Off
The core of the Center will be a working farm that showcases cutting-edge, yet affordable, water, space and energy efficient growing techniques, like recirculating hydroponics.
November 6, 2013
The Recirculating Farms Coalition and the New Orleans Food and Farm Network broke ground on a unique community farm and food center in New Orleans, “Growing Local NOLA.” Amid much celebrating, city and state officials, along with others offered support, congratulatory remarks and well wishes for the future.
November 13, 2013 Comments Off
See firefighters water the community garden
Excerpt from their funding site:
For more than 2 years Hamtown Farms, a community garden featuring raised beds and a significant fruit orchard (including the exotic pawpaw), has been dramatically reshaping the landscape of Hamtramck Michigan.
Launched in 2011 with full city support and overwhelming volunteer involvement, Hamtown Farms cleaned up 9 city-owned lots that had sat vacant, littered and neglected for nearly 40 years.
Farm organizers wished to buy the property from the very beginning, and the city depserately wanted to sell the property. Unfortunately all city-owned property in the south side of Hamtramck was frozen due to a lawsuit filed in the 1970′s.
November 12, 2013 Comments Off
Amy Matthews built her southside vegetable farm from the ground up—literally. And she’s taking urban farming in Indianapolis to another level.
By Evan West
Oct 15, 2013
Matthews started South Circle Farm in 2011, on just under 2 acres of abandoned city lots a couple of miles from the center of downtown Indianapolis. Making a fuss over a woman’s dirty hands might strike you as old-fashioned (Look, Pa, a lady farmer!). But it wasn’t so long ago that a woman taking the lead in an agricultural enterprise was relatively rare in this state. When the U.S. Census of Agriculture first counted farms with female operators in 1978, they made up only 3 percent of the total. At last count, in 2007, roughly one in every 10 farms in Indiana was manned by a woman.
October 31, 2013 Comments Off
A wrecking crew demolishes a derelict structure at 3050 Belvidere on Detroit’s east side Friday, as part of the celebration of work getting started for the Hantz Woodlands project. Photo by Joseph Murphy/Bassett & Bassett.
Hantz gets approval to start urban woodlands project in Detroit
By John Gallagher
Detroit Free Press
Oct 18, 2013
Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr has approved the sale of some 1,500 blighted parcels of land in the city to the Hantz Woodlands urban agriculture project.
The final approval will allow Hantz to begin razing blighted structures on the east-side parcels and to begin planting hardwood trees for eventual harvesting. The effort has been called the largest urban farming and reforestation project in the U.S.
October 25, 2013 Comments Off
Take a self-guided tour of some of metro Detroit’s fabulous food sites
By Metro Times Staff
Oct. 2, 2013
Every autumn, folks pack the kids in the car and head out to the country, looking for a connection to the land by visiting apple orchards. But has anybody considered that the city and its suburbs are increasingly places where you can also feel that connection? We’ve put together a nowhere-near-exhaustive list of some of those places, and zoomed in on what they have to offer and how they manage to thrive even though they’re not out in the country. Have a look. —Michael Jackman
In the Boston-Edison Historic District, surrounded by many of Detroit’s historically significant homes, a tire-mark trail worn into the grassy terrain leads straight to Food Field, a local farm that provides fresh, affordable produce for the city.
October 13, 2013 Comments Off
By John Collins
LOWELL — Two years after Lydia Sisson and Francey Slater planted the seeds of their idea to encourage more “urban farming” by opening a designated place for city residents to grow their own vegetables, Mill City Grows has grown faster than either dreamed or expected.
Since the nonprofit organization was founded in September 2011, about 80 families and 270 gardeners have taken up Mill City Grows on its offer to lease a 4-foot-by-10-foot, boxed soil bed for $20 a year to grow a culturally diverse variety of vegetables, fruits and flowers of their choosing, Slater said.
October 13, 2013 Comments Off
Experts say women are gravitating to small-scale farming that is very consumer-based, and doesn’t require barns or silos because the food is going right from farm to farmers market.
By Patricia Montemurri
Detroit Free Press
September 29, 2013
Marilyn Barber, 57, of Detroit was laid off from a university employment service job and now farms and teaches small-scale farming to others at Earthworks farm on the site of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen on the city’s east side. This, from a woman whose own mother called to remind her to water the backyard garden that mom traveled from Columbus, Ohio, to plant.
“The passion hadn’t hit me,” joked Barber, while recently tending Earthworks’ Thursday farm stand. “Now, I call my mom and say, ‘Guess what we grew today.’”
October 8, 2013 Comments Off
Designers will leave enough green space to permit residents to develop outdoor gardens and to take advantage of a winter greenhouse.
By Dyke Hendrickson
Aug 24, 2013
A residential townhouse development stressing solar power, water recycling, composting and urban farming is being planned on an abandoned five-acre site off Route 1, the first of its kind in Newburyport.
Developing the property is Hall and Moskow, the firm that produced The Tannery on Water Street.
October 6, 2013 Comments Off
Gardens For Good contest by Nature’s Path
Excerpt from Michigan Urban Farming blog:
As many documentaries, news reports, and personal experience shows, there are few big name grocery stores in Detroit. Recently, Whole Foods Markets opened in Detroit and has become a wonderful partner for MUFI; however, there is still a need for greater community access to fresh produce at very affordable prices. MUFI works to make this possible not only through a community garden, but volunteers can also learn how to do the same work at their own homes, bringing fresh produce to their backyard,
September 29, 2013 Comments Off