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East Portland Urban Farmer

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Urban farmer Richard Dickinson sells vegetables at the Lent’s International Farmers Market in East Portland, Ore. (Photo Gosia Wozniacka/Associated Press)

He appreciates immigrants and the diverse foods, languages and customs they bring. He says neighborhood associations need to create places where everyone feels welcome.

By Gosia Wozniacka
Associated Press
July 27, 2015

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Richard Dickinson has lived in East Portland since the 1990’s and saw firsthand the impact of unfettered growth and the city’s neglect. “It dissipated the whole social fabric of the area,” Dickinson said. Because the neighborhoods’ old rural character still remains — larger lots, towering Douglas Firs — Dickinson set out to re-build community through agriculture. He began farming on empty properties near his home, with the owners’ permission, and selling or giving away the bounty at a makeshift farm stand on his street.

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August 3, 2015   No Comments

Governors Island adds to New York City’s growing urban farm scene

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The Governors Island Teaching Garden provides a “seed to plate” curriculum. (Credit: Maggie O’Neill)

The garden grows 48 varieties of produce, as well as edible flowers that students can pick and eat at the flower bed.

By Maggie O’neill
AM New York
July 26, 2015

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The Governors Island Teaching Garden is one of the latest urban farms to serve the NYC landscape, which already boasts farms on rooftops, in parks and at Randall’s Island.

A joint effort of GrowNYC and the Trust for Governors Island that was completed in May, the 8,000-square-foot garden is dedicated to educating children in New York about urban agriculture and healthy eating. It hosts public school visits and summer camp groups on weekdays from April through November, and it is open to the public for family visits on weekends during the island’s public season from May to September.

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August 2, 2015   No Comments

North Memphis Urban Farmers need a tractor


Watch this compelling video. (Mike)

The tractor will help them continue to transform vacant lots in North Memphis’ most blighted neighborhoods and provide naturally grown local produce

Excerpts from their Kickstarter website:

The City of Memphis faces many challenges. Among them are blighted vacant lots, food deserts, health challenges, and unemployment. North Memphis Farmer’s Collective seeks to take these challenges and turn them into solutions by using what others see as waste as the fertilizer for vacant lots, thereby turning decay and blight into blossoming Urban Farms.

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July 30, 2015   No Comments

Detroit urban farm aims to sell 20,000 pounds of vegetables

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“We have 400-500 catfish and blue gill growing in the fish pond”

By Jon Zemke
Model D
July 21, 2015

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Link and Alex Bryan launched the urban farm in 2011 after purchasing a four-acre lot from the Michigan Land Bank. The one square block sits on the 1600 block of Lawrence Street. It previously served as the home Peck Elementary School before it was torn down.

Today Peck Produce, also known as Food Field, grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetables on the site, including leafy greens, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, ginger, artichokes, and parsnips. Last year the urban farm sold 16,000 pounds of produce.

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July 26, 2015   No Comments

Lafayette Greens spreads gospel of farming in Detroit

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Lafayette Greens Co-ordinator Romondo Woods II of Detroit, tidies the garden on July 10. Lafayette Greens is an urban garden under the care of the Greening of Detroit and is situated in the center of downtown Detroit on Lafayette Boulevard at Shelby just a block off Campus Martius. (Photo: Donna Terek / The Detroit News)

“People our age should know how to harvest land because you never know what can happen where these skills can come in handy.”

By Kyla Smith,
The Detroit News
July 12, 2015

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Nestled in the busy heart of downtown, Lafayette Greens has become more than simply a community garden.

More than a year after Greening of Detroit took over the gardens near Lafayette and American coney islands, it’s become something of a classroom and community meeting place. Along with 35 raised garden beds and benches, the hotspot along Lafayette Boulevard now hosts free evening classes on belly dancing, yoga, tai chi and gardening.

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July 21, 2015   Comments Off on Lafayette Greens spreads gospel of farming in Detroit

10 Detroit Urban Farms Rooting Goodness Into The City

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Keep Growing Detroit, The Michigan Urban Farming, Brother Nature Produce Initiative, Brother Nature Produce, Fresh Cut Flower Farm, Spirit of Hope Farm, Oakland Avenue Community Farm, Earthworks, ACRE Community Farm, Freedom Freedom

By Stephanie Held
Daily Detroit
Jul 6, 2015

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According to the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, there are about 10 million acres of farmland in Michigan and the state is home to 52,194 farms.

As Detroit’s landscape has changed with depopulation, urban agriculture has sprung up in lots and fields across the city. Besides simply growing food, these are places to learn, teach, and spend quality time.

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July 16, 2015   Comments Off on 10 Detroit Urban Farms Rooting Goodness Into The City

MintPress Visits Detroiters Reclaiming The City’s Image

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Kate Cramer-Herbst cleans out a vegetable box in Detroit, April 10, 2010. Detroit communities are transforming vacant, often-blighted land into a source of fresh food and place for community to come together. Click on image for larger file.

“Much more than agricultural, a spiritual change is taking place in the minds of the people.”

By Derrick Broze
Mint Press News
June 11, 2015

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Since its inception as an offshoot of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in 1997, Earthworks Urban Farm has blossomed into gardens spread throughout several lots, the EAT program and a growing list of volunteers. The farm, which supplies the soup kitchen, is run by a team volunteers who also educate the community about sustainable food practices.

Like many of the city’s urban farming and community gardening initiatives, Earthworks has started taking advantage of empty homes and lots, converting them into storage and planting spaces.

Detroiters have always taken care of themselves, Caprice Wood told MintPress. She added: “It might be new for the younger generation but the older generations have been doing this their whole life.”

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June 18, 2015   Comments Off on MintPress Visits Detroiters Reclaiming The City’s Image

In Houston, Young Urban Farmers Are Champions Of Change

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A company leased them the 1.2 acre vacant lot, and the pair transformed it into a farm for organic herbs, fruits and vegetables.

By Sally MacDonald
My Fox Houston
May 25, 2015

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Texas has more farms than any other state, but most of farm country is getting older. The average age of a farmer is 58. Sally MacDonald reports on the recent increase in people under age 34 who are trying out their green thumbs with hopes of changing communities.

In the middle of Houston’s East End, sits what many see as Houston’s first private farm inside the 610 Loop.

Finca Tres Robles is Spanish for Three Oaks Farm.

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June 5, 2015   Comments Off on In Houston, Young Urban Farmers Are Champions Of Change

The Best Urban Farming In Chicago

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Chicago has a bevy of urban farming options for the most novice to serious green thumbs in the city.

ChicagoList
May 20, 2015

Big Delicious Planet
62nd Street Garden
Windy City Harvest
The Peterson Garden Project
St. Paul And The Redeemer Food Garden
Global Garden Refugee Training Farm
Wood Street Urban Farm and Training Center
Growing Power’s Chicago Iron Street Farm
The Plant
The Gary Comer Youth Center Rooftop Garden

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Global Garden Refugee Training Farm

By Lisa White

I first found out about, and fell in love with, the story of the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm after reading Mike Sulla’s awesome profile in the Reader. Tucked away in Albany Park, the plot of land was transformed into a thriving garden after 100 families from Bhutan and Burma took over the spot. What started out small has grown within the refugee community, and now there are more applicants than farm plots.

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May 30, 2015   Comments Off on The Best Urban Farming In Chicago

U.S. senator donates tractor to help with city’s urban farming in Kansas City

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The tractor from Blunt to the long-time Democrat shows that some missions know no party lines.

By Laura McCallister
By Bonyen Lee, News Reporter
KCTV5
May 09, 2015

Excerpt:

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) –
An unlikely gift from Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is helping an urban farming group to break ground on vacant lots throughout the city’s east side.

Retired city councilwoman and community advocate Carol Coe sits atop the treasured gift.

“We have been trying to get a tractor for five years,” she said.

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May 19, 2015   Comments Off on U.S. senator donates tractor to help with city’s urban farming in Kansas City

West Sacramento Expands Urban Farms

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West Sacramento Urban Farm’s location at 5th & C Street. Photo: Kristi Garrett

GRO1000 is ScottsMiracle-Gro’s commitment to support the creation of more than 1,000 community gardens and green spaces in the U.S., Canada and Europe by 2018

Globe Newswire
West Sacramento, Calif.
April 15, 2015

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The 5th and C Street Urban Farm in West Sacramento received a GRO1000 grant from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and The U.S. Conference of Mayors to expand urban agriculture in the city and increase healthy food accessibility for area residents. Funding for the project is part of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company’s national GRO1000 gardens and green spaces program.

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April 26, 2015   Comments Off on West Sacramento Expands Urban Farms

Urban Farming in Alaska – Powerhouse Fruits and Veggies

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Goats in Alaska and Making Simple Cheese. Demonstration on how to make goat cheese. Includes information on Municipality of Anchorage regulations on raising goats in the city.

Courses by University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Cooperative Extension Service
2015

City & suburban agriculture takes the form of backyard, roof-top & balcony gardening, community gardening in vacant lots & parks, roadside urban fringe agriculture & livestock grazing in open space. Explore information on & tools for urban agriculture. $10 per class or sign up for all eight for $50. Classes will be held at the Anchorage District Office, 1675 C St. Wed., March 11, 4 – 6 pm

Alaska Powerhouse Fruits and Veggies. Plan to plant the most nutritious bets for your garden. Wed., March 18, 4 – 6 pm

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March 17, 2015   Comments Off on Urban Farming in Alaska – Powerhouse Fruits and Veggies

Forest Farm Opening at Battery Park in New York

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Plants in the more-than-20,000-square-foot garden will include some familiar fruits and veggies, like blueberries and blue oyster mushrooms, as well some lesser-known items, such as a mango-like fruit called Paw Paw.

By Irene Plagianos
DNA Info
March 2, 2015

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“We realized how shady the area was so we decided to utilize that space,” said Brownstein. “We think it’s the city’s first Forest Farm.”

Aside from the shade, the farm, which is being built with help from local high school students, is different from other farming plots.

Students and volunteers working on the farm will be able to wind through the shady land, which will offer more of a foraging-in-the-woods experience than a typical farm’s harvest.

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March 10, 2015   Comments Off on Forest Farm Opening at Battery Park in New York

Rising Pheasant Farms grows urban ag operation on east side of Detroit

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Photo: Ali Lapetina, Neidea.

“We just bought four more lots.”

By Jon Zemke
ModelDMedia
Feb 10, 2015

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It’s the dead of winter in Michigan, but Rising Pheasant Farms is not sitting idle. The urban farm on Detroit’s near east side is growing its production capability and space in an effort to expand operations.

“We just bought four more lots,” says Carolyn Leadley, owner & farm manager for Rising Pheasant Farms. “We will be up to a half acre in the next couple of years.”

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February 20, 2015   Comments Off on Rising Pheasant Farms grows urban ag operation on east side of Detroit

Dervaes Family of Pasadena Back in the News

Last year, the Dervaes family topped $60,000 in sales from their urban farm

CBS Los Angeles
Feb 2015

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Former teacher-turned-farmer Jules Dervaes has spent 30 years turning his property into profit by morphing his one-fifth of an acre of land into an urban farm.

“When I ended up here in 1985, I brought the country life into the city,” Dervaes said. “I wanted to break free of the supermarkets which were dependent on industrial agriculture, factory farms, everything that’s not natural, and I wanted to be natural and I wanted my kids to have a natural life.”

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February 13, 2015   Comments Off on Dervaes Family of Pasadena Back in the News