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City Blossoms has worked with over 3000 children and youth in various gardening projects
By Bonnie Averbuch
Feb 23, 2014
1. City Blossoms aims to increase youth awareness about caring for themselves and the environment through gardening. Over the past nine years, City Blossoms “has designed a unique method of developing and managing robust green spaces where children and youth are engaged as the main cultivators”, specializing in “an art-based, hands-on approach that emphasizes the strengths and unique qualities of each learning center.” All of City Blossoms programs work with the needs of the local environment and community members.
March 4, 2014 No Comments
From rooftops to abandoned lots, from school yards to greenhouses, gardens and farms are popping up all over Boston as urban agriculture and the local food movement continues to grow.
By Bonnie Averbuch
Feb 15, 2014
4. CitySprouts provides a school gardening program that is integrated into the Boston Public School’s curriculum. CitySprouts is currently operating in 12 public schools in Cambridge, MA. The organization also provides support and resources to public schools across Boston. These services are available through three different programs: Classroom to Garden, which supports teachers as they extend their lessons into the school gardens; Food Education through food-producing school gardens; and CitySprouts Summer Intern Program, which helps youth build connections with their local food system and the urban natural environment.
February 23, 2014 Comments Off
Two students in Harrisonburg, Virginia, turned up every last bit of its front, back and side yards into a farm.
By Andrew Jenner
January 23, 2014
When they applied for a business license, however, they hit a major speedbump. City ordinances, which often aspire to an antiseptic Leave it to Beaver-ish ideal for neighborhood life, prohibited farming. Their business license was denied, and Warren and Frere were informed that Collicello Gardens was an outlaw operation. (This occurred late in the summer, and to the city’s non-draconian credit, it didn’t try to prevent them from finishing out the CSA season.)
January 31, 2014 Comments Off
A Seattle charity organization is now in the urban farming business
By Gary Chittim
KING 5 News
January 27, 2014
(Must see. Mike)
The Millionair Club Charity has created a hydroponic farm in the basement of its Seattle shelter.
Farm Manager Chris Bajuk said hydroponics is by far the most environmental form of farming. He explained there are no pests, so no pesticides, no emissions and very little transportation of the crops. The Club will use the fresh produce to feed homeless and jobless vistors to the shelter and will donate some to other local charities. It will also sell some of it to local restaurants like Tuta Bella.
January 29, 2014 Comments Off
Nolan Schmidt, left, and Adrien Lim, pose among raised planter beds for herbs at Tower Urban Family Farms, located in Fresno’s Tower District. Smith said it took some wrangling to meet city codes, but the operation is now offering food at local farmer’s markets. Photo by Eric Paul Zamora.
They supply herbs and greens to four local restaurants, which appreciate Schmidt’s use of interesting ingredients like red Russian kale, Bloomsdale spinach and speckled peach tomatoes.
By Robert Rodriguez
The Fresno Bee
January 13, 2014
A trained chef, Nolan Schmidt plants his urban farm in the Tower District with visions of recipes in his head.
Schmidt carefully selects the herbs and vegetables for his organic farm based on their flavor, how it looks on a plate and how well they produce. Some plants, like pineapple sage, he grows just for himself.
January 21, 2014 Comments Off
1.3 acre vacant lot, two ponds, 4,000 Tilapia fish, processes up to 40,000 pounds of food waste per week
By Suji Strain-Kokich
The Case Foundation
Jan 9, 2014
After three years of operation the Rid All Green Partnership has converted a 1.3 acre vacant lot into a thriving farm, replete with two greenhouses, four hoop houses, two ponds harvesting more than 4,000 Tilapia fish, a teepee and an industrial compost station that processes up to 40,000 pounds of food waste per week. Their cadre of more than 500 volunteers supports the organization in this fearless endeavor to change the way that vacant land is viewed and utilized in Ohio and many other urban communities.
January 19, 2014 Comments Off
Emerald Street Urban Farm, Marathon Urban Farm, Walnut Hill Farm, Bartram’s Garden Community Farm and Food Resource Center, Greensgrow Farm, Mill Creek Urban Farm, Farm 51, Urban Girls Produce, Mort Brooks Memorial Farm, Germantown Kitchen Garden
By Kathleen Corr
Jan 2, 2014
6. Mill Creek Urban Farm
Located in West Philadelphia, Mill Creek Farm is an educational farm whose mission extends beyond the farm’s half acre. As the farm’s website explains, “we envision a world in which everyone has access to affordable, healthy, culturally appropriate food, and were local communities work collaboratively to build a food system that is socially just and environmentally and economically sustainable.” Want to be a part of Mill Creek Farm’s mission? Join one of the interactive tours or community skill-share workshops hosted on the farm!
January 18, 2014 Comments Off
First year farmer Justin Simms talks about his decision to make a life change and create InTownAg, an urban farming business. In the interview he speaks about the ups and downs of his first year farming yards in Portland.
Excerpt from his InTownAg website:
InTownAg is created from our experience in landscape architecture and environmental science. These fields led us to focus on incorporating multifunctional design into cities. How can our landuse planning combine ecological, social, and economic services?
There is ample land in our neighborhoods with homeowners eager to convert their yards to gardens. Garden sharing is becoming mainstream as seen by the Wall Street Journal article ‘The Rise of the Lazy Locavore’
January 17, 2014 Comments Off
Our dream is to build an urban farm/market on what is left of our family’s homestead. We believe good food is a right not a privilege.
Derek and Kamise Mullen
My wife and I are starting an organic farm on her family’s property. Everitt Farms is located between Garrison St. and Kipling St. on the south side of Alameda Ave. in Lakewood Colorado. Lakewood is the largest of the Denver suburbs and Alameda Ave. is the heart of Lakewood. It has been identified by the city as their downtown corridor. The city planners describe the future of Alameda Ave as “a Grand Parkway to the Mountains”. This 30 acre property, what’s left of our family’s homestead, sits alongside this corridor. Our long term goal is to build an urban agriculture center (a combination of a working farm, teaching facility and community market place) all supplied by the farm, and surrounding community, operated using the best modern technologies combined with old world techniques and built with reclaimed materials.
January 10, 2014 Comments Off
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 Comments Off
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 Comments Off
“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