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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

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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

South Circle Farm, two miles south of downtown Indianapolis

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Amy Matthews, an Indianapolis native, returned to the city after 10 years of living out of state to start South Circle Farm. The farm, located two miles south of downtown Indianapolis, features vegetables, chickens and bees.

Amy Matthews is not your average farmer. She didn’t grow up on a farm.

By Amie Sites, Field Editor
Agri News Indianapolis
February 02, 2015

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Matthews was inspired by groups implementing community gardens and urban farms. After a few years of traveling to different places, including Montana, Chicago, Cleveland and Alaska, she returned to Indianapolis and started South Circle Farm.

Matthews has found that she enjoys working outside and that the work changes seasonally. The spring and summer pick up, and then in the fall and winter things begin to slow down.

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February 13, 2015   Comments Off on South Circle Farm, two miles south of downtown Indianapolis

North Brooklyn Farms is Laying New Roots this Spring

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North Brooklyn Farms via Facebook.

North Brooklyn Farms is on a year-to-year lease for the next three to five years.

By Sara Ventiera
Village Voice
Jan. 15 2015

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Situated right on the East River, the new space will feature similar elements to the previous plot — the actual farm, an open lawn, Brooklyn Bike Park, the Sunday supper series — but it will include new and improved components such as more shaded areas, a covered patio, pick-your-own produce, grass craters and recliners, a series of workshops, and new dinner options.

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January 27, 2015   Comments Off on North Brooklyn Farms is Laying New Roots this Spring

Asheville, N.C. man begins drive to establish urban farmers

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Sunil Patel, right, of Patchwork Urban Farms, and Darcel Eddins of Bountiful Cities, check out a chicken at the urban farm in Asheville, N.C., that the two are collaborating. Patel’s vision is to create an environment where the land that produces people’s food is the land on which those same people already live, work and play.

If all this land in this city just sitting there can actually be productive land, I’ll be able to take advantage of it in a farm-to-table way.”

By Mike Cronin
Asheville Citizen-Times
January 16, 2015

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Patel’s vision is to create an environment where the land that produces people’s food is the land on which those same people already live, work and play.

Patel and Patchwork have obtained permission to use six plots of land through crop sharing. Those plots range from a tenth of an acre to 1.5 acres. They are located throughout Asheville and in Swannanoa.

Patel plans to form more land partnerships this year, he said.

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January 27, 2015   Comments Off on Asheville, N.C. man begins drive to establish urban farmers

Living Garden Creations hopes to spur urban gardening in Kokomo, Indiana

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Adam Renshaw and Haley Martin stand in front of what will become The Living Garden Juice Bar on N. Phillips Street on January 14, 2015. Photo by Kelly Lafferty Gerber.

Duo plan juice bar, community garden sites in downtown Kokomo

By Martin Slagter
Kokomo Tribune
Jan 16, 2015

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Martin and Renshaw will implement the next chapter of The Living Garden with Living Garden Creations, which will include a start-up Living Garden Juice Bar and a Kokomo Urban Agriculture Initiative, with business and residential locations already donating land for 10 different project sites.

The result, Martin said, will be a balance between a business and nonprofit model to help Kokomo make good use of its urban green spaces.

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January 26, 2015   Comments Off on Living Garden Creations hopes to spur urban gardening in Kokomo, Indiana

Urban agriculture makes its way to Staten Island’s West Shore Green Zone

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The Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC), which spearheaded the West Shore Green Zone, is hoping this is the start of an urban farming trend in the borough. (Courtesy of Living Restoration)

Using 200 towers, Living Restoration planted kale, lettuce, Swiss chard, bok choy and more on a West Shore vertical farm.

By Tracey Porpora
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December 13, 2014

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The farm was planted in October on Bloomfield Avenue on underutilized property in the West Shore Green Zone owned by ADCO Electrical Co.

The West Shore, viewed as New York City’s “final frontier” of vacant industrially zoned land, will also soon be home to seven new businesses.

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December 27, 2014   Comments Off on Urban agriculture makes its way to Staten Island’s West Shore Green Zone

Baltimore City eyes investing in urban flower farming

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Ellen Frost of Local Color Flowers.

Ellen Frost of Local Color Flowers only buys flowers from within a 100-mile radius

By Yvonne Wenger,
The Baltimore Sun
Nov 12, 2014

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“Flowers are a good option for people who are interested in farming but want to try something different or have a niche that sets them apart from food growers,” Frost said. “For us, it’s exciting as a viable entrepreneurial option for farmers, and to eliminate blight.”

With about a dozen urban farms operating in Baltimore, city officials are investigating other ways to use vacant lots, said Jenny Guillaume, the Growing Green Initiative coordinator for the city’s Office of Sustainability. The city started a push for more community gardens in 2011 to uplift blighted neighborhoods, give families access to more healthy food options and help unemployed residents earn money.

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November 20, 2014   Comments Off on Baltimore City eyes investing in urban flower farming