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New Orleans golf course transformed into city’s biggest urban farm with an Eco-Campus

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The City Park birding corridor runs along the side of farm and provides a more wild contrast to the farmed environment.

By Lucy Wang
Inhabitat
Sept 18, 2017

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A former golf course in New Orleans’ City Park has been transformed into the city’s biggest urban farm—Grow Dat Youth Farm. The seven-acre sustainable farming nonprofit features a low-energy Eco-Campus built with seven recycled shipping containers and designed by Tulane University architecture students. The urban farming and leadership program teaches local youth how to sustainably grow fruits and veggies that are then sold to CSAs, local restaurants, and markets, as well as donated to neighborhoods lacking access to healthy, fresh food.

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September 24, 2017   No Comments

Dayton, Ohio Urban Farm founder angered by city’s Garden Station eviction

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Lisa Helm, the founder of Dayton Urban Grown Farm, stands among the plantings at the co-op and training farm. Helm also founded Garden Station, which was evicted from a city-owned property last year. Cornelius Frolik / Staff

“We should write an obituary for the garden, because it’s dead and it did not die of natural causes,” Helm said.

By Cornelius Frolik
Dayton Daily News
Sept. 17, 2017

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The land at Wayne Avenue and Fourth Street, which belonged to the city, was transferred to Kentucky developer Weyland Ventures, which has converted an industrial building across the street into hip, new urban lofts.

The developer has proposed creating an urban entertainment and housing district called Oregon East, featuring a blend of uses.

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September 23, 2017   No Comments

Urban farms, beacons of self-reliance, change the Buffalo landscape

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Mayda Pozantides takes a cover off of some vegetables at the Groundwork Market Garden on Genesee Street. This marks the first year the farm has yielded crops. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

Eleven urban farms help lead the way in Buffalo. Several will be stops on the ninth annual GObike Buffalo Tour de Farms bicycling event next Saturday, Sept. 16.

By Scott Scanlon
Buffalo News
September 8, 2017

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Mayda Pozantides slings burgers two nights a week in an Allentown restaurant but her career aspirations involve something much more grounded.

She wants to be a full-time farmer in the City of Buffalo.

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September 10, 2017   Comments Off on Urban farms, beacons of self-reliance, change the Buffalo landscape

Queen City Acres Makes a Go of Urban Farming in Vermont

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Farmer Ethan Thompson.

Thompson’s main plot produces mostly baby greens such as mizuna, mesclun from High Mowing Organic Seeds and red Russian kale

By Suzanne Podhaizer
Seven Day
Aug 29, 2017

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Thompson was on the verge of quitting when he found a YouTube series on profitable urban farming. “I was sitting at the computer, and what popped up is this fellow who’s making a living growing food in other people’s backyards,” he explained. “Seeing how other people had done it, I was finally able to envision how I might do it.”

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September 3, 2017   Comments Off on Queen City Acres Makes a Go of Urban Farming in Vermont

After Two Decades, a Philadelphia Urban Farm Grapples with Growing Pains

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Greensgrow Farms copes with the recent loss of its founding farmer, a gentrifying neighborhood, and a changing landscape for good food.

By Robert Digiacaomo
Local Eats
08.22.17

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Two decades in, Greensgrow’s leaders have much to celebrate. But they also have a lot to consider. The presence of the farm has helped gentrify its surrounding working-class neighborhood, a problem common to cities around the country. As Philadelphia’s good-food landscape has expanded, Greensgrow faces competitors ranging from supermarkets stocking more local and organic foods to other urban farms in Philly to meal-kit delivery services like Blue Apron or Purple Carrot.

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August 29, 2017   Comments Off on After Two Decades, a Philadelphia Urban Farm Grapples with Growing Pains

An Ann Arbor Man Is Creating A Diverse, World-Class Urban Farm

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He has his eye on a larger piece of land about a mile from where he is currently located and hopes to continue to keep growing and supplying healthy organic produce to restaurants and markets in Washtenaw County.

By Lisa Barry
WEMU
Aug 1, 2017

On the road to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, Melvin Parson inherited a small piece of farmland in Ann Arbor from a friend who had recently passed away. That sparked his interest in agriculture. As he looked into it, he noticed a lack of diversity in those selling and buying fresh produce inspiring him to one day create a world-class urban farm.

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August 7, 2017   Comments Off on An Ann Arbor Man Is Creating A Diverse, World-Class Urban Farm

Homegrown in New York, Food From Around the World

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Jose Ramos, 89, is a retired maintenance worker from Puerto Rico who works in a community garden every day in the summer. Credit Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times.

This summer, the Parks Department’s GreenThumb program — the nation’s largest community garden program — has grown to 553 gardens, up from 501 in 2009.

By Winnie Hu
New York Times
July 30, 2017

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Bill LoSasso, the director of GreenThumb, said the program had increased its efforts to create more community gardens across the city, especially in largely immigrant communities where many newcomers have roots in agricultural areas. Its budget has increased to $2.9 million annually from $720,000 three years ago, and its staff has nearly doubled to 35 people, who provide training and support and free materials like plants, shovels and wheelbarrows.

“Sometimes when you arrive in a new place, you don’t have a network you can tap into for support,” Mr. LoSasso said. “By joining a community garden, you’re joining a network of neighbors who are coming from diverse backgrounds who can help new members of their community to get settled.”

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August 5, 2017   Comments Off on Homegrown in New York, Food From Around the World

The unconventional farmer: Getting back to our roots at Roots Micro Farm in Flagstaff, Arizona

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Roots Micro Farm, two unconventional 25-year-olds: Joshua and Madelyn Chance.

This summer, Roots Micro Farm has consistently produced 22 pounds of lettuce per week.

By Taylor Haynes
Arizona Daily Sun
Jul 27, 2017

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Their hardwork has paid off. The Chance’s greens may be found at Root Public House, Pizzicletta, Brix, Criollo or Shift. They hope to begin producing during all four seasons, with the help of humble hoop houses.

“[We love] showing people you can grow a lot of food in such a small space,” Madelyn says. “It’s refreshing to be small and in town—people can just walk right by.”

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August 4, 2017   Comments Off on The unconventional farmer: Getting back to our roots at Roots Micro Farm in Flagstaff, Arizona

Urban Farming In Kansas City

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Mekhi and Mekhia Johnson picking tomatoes at Nile Valley Aquaponics, an urban farm at 29th and Wabash. Credit Andrea Tudhope / KCUR 89.3

Audio Program Visits Urban Farmers

By Gina Kaufmann & Andrea Tudhope
KCUR
July 17, 2017

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Keisha Johnson, beginner master gardener, Nile Valley Aquaponics

Greg Garbos, owner, City Bitty Farm

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July 24, 2017   Comments Off on Urban Farming In Kansas City

Wisconsin: Couple’s ‘micro-mini farm’ venture began as a hobby

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Carly and Joseph Ledger harvest Rattail Radishes at their 1/6-acre plot land at the UW Extension Firefly Ridge community gardens in Wauwatosa.

Carly describes “the joy of working with the soil and being outside. I can’t put a price on it. I feel like my whole life has been bringing me here.”

By Anne Schamberg
Journal Sentinel
July 16, 2017

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It was a brainstorming session that led to the name Aromatic Acres. And for the quibblers out there, she notes that “we personally aren’t farming on acres of land, but our garden is located on 11 acres of community garden space.”

The aromatics include more than 30 different herbs, for both culinary and medicinal use, that range from pineapple sage and anise hyssop to bronze fennel and epazote. They also grow cut flowers, many of which are edible, and a selection of veggies including heirloom tomatoes and oddballs like Mexican sour gherkins and those radish seed pods, an heirloom variety also known as rat’s tail radish.

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July 23, 2017   Comments Off on Wisconsin: Couple’s ‘micro-mini farm’ venture began as a hobby

Hantz Farms seeing new success with urban farming in Detroit

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To date, Hantz Farms has torn down 62 structures while planting more than 24,000 saplings. It’s the regular mowing that has the remaining neighbors most pleased.

By Matthew Smith
WXYZ)
Jun 30, 2017

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He points out that their idea isn’t rocket science. Years ago the mind trust behind Hantz Farms wanted to build trees that reaped fruit: apple trees, and similar bushes. The neighborhood reaction wasn’t good. The fear was that more pests would be drawn to the area, so the Hantz Farms group pivoted and devoted their work toward planting hardwoods that could one day be harvested as a timber crop.

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July 6, 2017   Comments Off on Hantz Farms seeing new success with urban farming in Detroit

Musician ‘Prince’ Generously Supported Urban Agriculture

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Taja Sevelle is an advocate for urban farming in Detroit but that’s after her musical career was touched by Prince.

Taja Sevelle: “We would be down to $2 and get a call. He’s sending some money. He donated part of his perfume sales. He did a concert in New York. He just had a big heart, you know.”

Fox 2
Apr 21, 2016

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“He helped urban farming, you know. He saw the vision. We talked to Paisley, and he saw the big vision because he’s a big visionary and he really wanted the world to love each other and you know that’s what, that’s what I’m about. That’s what my music’s about. That’s what my work with urban farming is about. I saw all this unused land in the city and I had lived on a farm for three years and I thought why are people struggling to eat when we can plant food on this land

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June 15, 2017   Comments Off on Musician ‘Prince’ Generously Supported Urban Agriculture

Brooklyn ‘Square Roots’ startup aims to feed an urban world

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Peggs estimates that farmers take home between $30,000 and $40,000 total by the end of the year.

By Melissa Fares
Reuters
June 6, 2017

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Nabeela Lakhani, 23, said reading “Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal” in high school inspired her to change the food system.

Three nights per week, Lakhani assumes the role of resident chef at a market-to-table restaurant in lower Manhattan.

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June 12, 2017   Comments Off on Brooklyn ‘Square Roots’ startup aims to feed an urban world

Jones Valley Teaching Farm in Birmingham, Alabama

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Gather from Jones Valley Teaching Farm on Vimeo.

Catch a glimpse into how Jones Valley Teaching Farm’s Good School Food program positively impacts students across all grades in Birmingham City Schools.

From their website:

We design and build teaching farms in Birmingham, Alabama. Currently, we operate our downtown farm, five Pre-K–8 teaching farms known as “Farm Labs,” and Woodlawn High School Urban Farm.

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June 8, 2017   Comments Off on Jones Valley Teaching Farm in Birmingham, Alabama

Chicago: Urban Farm At Old Robert Taylor Home

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Legends South Farm. Click on image for larger file.

The largest farm in the Windy City Harvest program, Legends Farm serves as an incubator for six farm businesses run by graduates of its apprenticeship program and a business and entrepreneurship course.

CBS
May 19, 2017

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A South Side neighborhood that once was notorious for poverty and crime has become the home of a new urban farm that helps teach youth how to grow food responsibly.

The Legends Farm site sits on land that was once part of the Robert Taylor Homes public housing complex, at 45th and Federal. Where high-rise Chicago Housing Authority towers once stood, there are now upscale town homes surrounding a two-acre farm.

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May 25, 2017   Comments Off on Chicago: Urban Farm At Old Robert Taylor Home