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Portland, Oregon’s Urban Agriculture Scene

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City of Portland’s ‘Food’ specialist Steve Cohen who gave them a tour of thriving urban agriculture ventures and community gardens around the City.

By Chef Arthur Gordon and Anya
Irregardless Blog
Aug 16, 2016

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The Ariadne Garden is a double lot located in the heart of NE Portland. Established in 1993, it is now managed by the Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust. Some of the Portland Ariadne birds eye view healthiest soil in Portland is found here, nurturing the most delicious food available. Ariadne is a self-sustaining retailer, selling its own flowers (peonies, roses, yarrow, lilies, gladiola, zinnias) and produce (tomatoes and starts, lettuces, escaroles, mustards, kales, beans, squash, raspberries, etc.) to those who visit its onsite produce stand.

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August 24, 2016   No Comments

Urban Farming is taking root in Baltimore

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Maya Kosok at her flower Farm Hillen homestead. Photo Christopher Myers.

At the heart of the matter is determining what Boyd calls “the highest and best use” of city land. For urban farmers, that is agriculture.

By Amy Mulvihill
Baltimore Magazine
Aug 2016

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In recent years, the city has adopted a suite of regulations to better accommodate farming, everything from rewriting the rules about livestock (bees, miniature goats, rabbits, and chickens are allowed now in limited numbers) to clarifying the building code to permit lightweight, temporary greenhouses called hoop houses. Perhaps most ambitiously, last year the City Council passed an Urban Agriculture Property Tax Credit that provides a 90 percent tax break to farmers who produce $5,000 worth of crops annually. There is also a pending rewrite of the city’s zoning code, which would codify urban agriculture in almost all of Baltimore’s residential zones.

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August 21, 2016   No Comments

St. Louis: Green thumbs plant a bright future for cities

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Dat Le and Joe Van Betuw harvest zucchini squash at an urban farm at 2200 Pine St. in Downtown St. Louis. photo by Ursula Ruhl.

Urban farm becomes a gathering place for planters, growers & educators

By Brian Ruth
Webster-Kirkwood Times
Aug 10, 2016

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Rachel Deffenbaugh is the manager of the 2.5-acre farm located on Pine Street in downtown St. Louis. She started with Gateway Greening through AmeriCorps Vista and has been at the farm for the last six years.

“We really help to solidify a lot of the programming clients are learning already, and help them appropriate it into their daily lives,” she said.

Gateway Greening also has a teen employment program called “Dig-It,” which draws teens from areas with high poverty rates, echoing Brown’s crew of mostly young, near-Northside students.

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August 14, 2016   Comments Off on St. Louis: Green thumbs plant a bright future for cities

Las Vegas: Urban Seed Breaks Ground And Plans To Revolutionize Local Farming

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Renderings of the future Urban Seed greenhouse array. Click on image for larger file.

“I said, ‘Urban farming is coming to Las Vegas. This has to be a local thing. This has to be a local story.” – Rachel Wenman

Al Mancini
Vegas Seven
July 20, 2016

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On July 29, the company will break ground on the first of eight hydroponic greenhouses set for a desolate swath of Wynn Road between Tropicana and Flamingo, the beginning of a five-year plan to bring 100 such structures to the Valley, as well as a production studio, commercial kitchen and event space. Thanks to their incandescent green glow, the greenhouses will be visible from the Strip. Those facilities and the production studio will be part of Urban Seed’s forthcoming educational and charitable foundation. And Urban Seed’s champions and employees—who consist of more foodies than tech nerds—fervently believe they will launch a worldwide farming revolution while making Las Vegas an environmentally responsible source of high-end produce.

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August 7, 2016   Comments Off on Las Vegas: Urban Seed Breaks Ground And Plans To Revolutionize Local Farming

How Chicago Became a Leader in Urban Agriculture

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From the world’s largest rooftop garden to the country’s biggest indoor aquaponic farm, Chicago is leading the nation in urban food production. Here’s why this is happening.

By Emily Scott
Chicago Inno
July 28, 2016

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Rincón said he is especially excited to see how engineers can make urban agriculture more tech-focused. Possible applications could include mobile apps providing services from urban farms — think Uber for composting — and using precision agriculture technology on smaller, urban farms.

But in order for companies to thrive, Rincón said urban agriculture needs to have support from pre-existing companies — and startups need to make sure they’ve built an argument that their idea is worth investment.

Creating sustainable business models will also be critical — Rhodes said this is “key for the growth of the industry” of urban agriculture and making Chicago a national leader for urban agriculture.

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August 4, 2016   Comments Off on How Chicago Became a Leader in Urban Agriculture

$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   Comments Off on $2.8M expansion starts at Tilth’s seven-acre urban farm in Seattle

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   Comments Off on Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series by the Ohio State University Extension office

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   Comments Off on Urban farming plan earns woman statewide award in Rome, New York

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   Comments Off on How are urban agriculture projects in St. Louis investing in more than just food?

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