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Farming in the City: Washington DC’s Urban Agriculture Movement

Little Wild Things Farm from Mary Ackley on Vimeo.

DC’s urban farming scene is growing – its tendrils reaching into notable bars and restaurants all over the city.

By Amanda Weisbrod
Ontap Magazine
June 2, 2018

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When she was getting started, Ackley grew traditional vegetables but decided to switch to edible flowers and microgreens because they mature faster, allowing her to experiment more with varieties and growing techniques. Microgreens are sprouts of vegetables, herbs and leafy greens that pack an even bigger punch of nutrients and vitamins compared to their full-grown selves.

Many gourmet dishes are incomplete without fresh microgreens, so some of the best chefs in the city flock to Little Wild Things to get their fix. To Nick Bernel, one of The Pub’s four co-owners, this was one of the coolest parts of having a “zen garden” in their basement.

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June 8, 2018   No Comments

Urban farming comes to South Troy

Dara Silbermann stands in her farm stand garden May 25, 2018 in Troy, N.Y. (Skip Dickstein/Times Union)

A pioneering urban farmer is transforming a South Troy corner lot used by the city to dump snow into a 2,600-square-foot micro-farm and farm stand to sell fresh produce to neighborhood residents.

By Kenneth C. Crowe II
Times Union
May 25, 2018

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A $300 investment to buy the lot at 492 Second St. from the city set Dara Silbermann on the track to owning her piece of farmland where the small Bake A Del convenience store stood at the corner location until it was heavily damaged in a 1987 fire.

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June 1, 2018   Comments Off on Urban farming comes to South Troy

Canada: Small-scale farmers drawn into land-use debate in Richmond (Metro Vancouver)

Daniel Garfinkel says he has a lot of fun prepping the soil for early seedlings in April. The manager of the Richmond Farm School trains new growers in farm management and techniques. (Jennifer Gauthier)

Several small-scale tenant farmers told StarMetro they have felt afraid of speaking out, fearing it could threaten their relationships with their landlords.

By Melanie Green
StarMetro
May 26, 2018

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Now, years later, he trains new farmers at the Richmond Farm School, an experiential program created by Kwantlen Polytechnic University, which reopened this year. The nine-month, one-day-a-week program was created to focus on small-scale, high-production and cost-efficient urban farming.

The farm school enrolled 18 people this year — 90 per cent of whom are women — who are learning crop management, soil science, beekeeping, and farm business planning.

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May 28, 2018   Comments Off on Canada: Small-scale farmers drawn into land-use debate in Richmond (Metro Vancouver)

Canada: These Vancouver millennials are getting their hands dirty and growing local food, one veggie at a time

Camil Dumont, head farmer and executive director of Inner City Farms, stands in a backyard plot in East Vancouver where he grows some of his veggies. (Jennifer Gauthier / For StarMetro)

“Young farmers need clear action that encourages small-scale regenerative farming through land trusts, start-up grants, caps on home size, and changes to the ALR,” Levy said.

By Melanie Green
MetroStar
May 24, 2018

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Eight years later, Dumont is the executive director of Inner City Farms, a non-profit sprouted from the desire to grow food locally.

“New farmers tend to be chomping at the bit to get in the sustainable food game,” Dumont said. “But that mountain of enthusiasm is not always a mountain of realism.”

Dumont is part of the rising urban agricultural movement, where there’s been a spike of millennials and first-generation farmers getting their hands dirty. Unlike other Canadian cities, Vancouver is the one urban centre with a younger farming age, according to the 2016 Statistics Canada census.

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May 25, 2018   Comments Off on Canada: These Vancouver millennials are getting their hands dirty and growing local food, one veggie at a time

Beauty in the Hood – Urban Roots cultivates farming in Springfield, MO

Melissa Young-Millsap converted a run-down lot into a farming oasis. See Photo Gallery: Urban Roots Farm

Urban Roots Farm grows 114 vegetable varieties year-round.

By Christine Temple
SBJ
April 30, 2018

The 1.7-acre lot in West Central that houses Urban Roots Farm LLC was once a neighborhood dumping ground.

“It was a completely blighted piece of property,” says owner Melissa Young-Millsap. “There were couches and mattresses and broke-down appliances – there was drug abuse and prostitution.”

Beyond the mess, Young-Millsap saw possibility.

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May 7, 2018   Comments Off on Beauty in the Hood – Urban Roots cultivates farming in Springfield, MO

Urban farm provides fresh food to Kansas City restaurants

What started in a basement quickly became a booming business. Missing Ingredient hopes to expand into a larger space to meet the demands of a growing clientele.

By Megan Strickland
KSHB
Apr 11, 2018

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Many restaurants in the Kansas City area embrace the “farm-to-table” concept, promising diners the finest dishes with local, fresh ingredients.

Where is the farm that is supplying the table?

One farm is located in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City, Missouri. Missing Ingredient is an urban farm that supplies food to more than 20 restaurants and makes almost 80 deliveries a week.

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April 18, 2018   Comments Off on Urban farm provides fresh food to Kansas City restaurants

They Turned This Miami Church Into a Farm

And now their produce is available at Whole Foods

By Carlos Frías
Miami Herald
April 06, 2018

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St. Simon’s Episcopal church was going broke. It’s a tiny squat building on 4 acres of land in south Miami-Dade County, with a tiny congregation. That’s when a new member of the congregation, Moses Kashem, came up with an idea. A young farmer, he Emily Michot emichot@miamiherald.com
Moses Kashem had a crazy idea — or so everyone else thought.

The son of a Muslim Indian father and a Catholic Italian mother, he wanted to turn the four unused acres surrounding a Miami Episcopal church into an urban organic farm.

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April 12, 2018   Comments Off on They Turned This Miami Church Into a Farm

Indiana: Fishers to embrace agriculture in new city park

The farm is expected to be operational this summer, with programming available.

Fast-growing Fishers is preserving a 32-acre plot for an urban farm, to educate residents about food production while also helping to ease hunger.

By Scott Olson
North of 96th
Mar 16, 2018

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“We’re very excited about this project,” Fadness told IBJ. “We think it’s a unique spin on parks. I think it’s going to be really amazing.”

Fishers AgriPark, which Fishers officials say will be the largest park in the country dedicated solely to a working farm, will feature crop fields, some livestock, aquaponics, an outdoor classroom, farmers market and eating area. Beehives and honey production also will be available.

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March 22, 2018   Comments Off on Indiana: Fishers to embrace agriculture in new city park

Norway: This chef built an urban farm in the Arctic


Vidmar’s lonely greenhouse is rich with produce all year-long thanks to seasonal crop swaps that take advantages of conditions. (Photo: NBC News/YouTube)

When tapping into the ebb and flow of that challenging climate — the greenhouse is just 650 miles from the North Pole

By Christian Cotroneo
Mother Nature Network
March 15, 2018
(Must see. Mike)

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It all adds up to an unlikely oasis. Vidmar, a transplant from Florida who came to the area as a chef, provides the town with its only locally grown produce. Until he founded Polar Permaculture Urban Farm, everything from vegetables to eggs, had to be flown into the region. The situation left the Longyearbyen dwellers paying exorbitant prices for basic food, which was often exposed to the vagaries of flight conditions.

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March 20, 2018   Comments Off on Norway: This chef built an urban farm in the Arctic

Behind the Rise and Fall of Growing Power

Growing Power’s Milwaukee farm. (Photo credit: Will Allen)

The urban farming powerhouse had a global reputation. Then, it collapsed last year under mounting debt, prompting big questions about what happened and what comes next.

By Stephen Satterfield
Civil Eats
03.13.18

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People close to the organization were saddened by the news of its dissolution, but many were not surprised. As far back as 2014, the Chicago chapter of Growing Power had begun to move toward independent accounting and funding strategies. Warning signs about Growing Power’s financial health were embedded in its mandatory annual filings and felt by its vendors.

And despite Allen’s passion and dedication, he may have suffered from a bit of founder’s syndrome. Fisher theorizes that Allen’s inability to empower and retain an operational management team was the main cause of the organization’s collapse.

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March 18, 2018   Comments Off on Behind the Rise and Fall of Growing Power

Brooklyn urban nonprofit farm and food pantry faces closure

In December, the Jacksons started a GoFundMe site to save the farm. They’re hoping to raise $28,000 to maintain their various programs.

By Dana Arschin
Fox 5
Feb 14 2018

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It may look like your typical community garden, but a mini farm nestled on Decatur Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn is saving lives.

Robert and Devanie Jackson created this urban farm in 2004. For this married couple of 34 years, it is their way of giving back to the community they came from. The full name is Brooklyn Rescue Mission Urban Harvest Center and its full intention is to provide free, local produce to thousands of hungry Brooklyn families. Soon though, these gates could close for good.

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February 21, 2018   Comments Off on Brooklyn urban nonprofit farm and food pantry faces closure

San Francisco Urban Farm To Rise As Symbol Of Social Justice

Alvina Wong (right) tries to untangle a lengthy garden hose with Marilyn Duran at the Hummingbird Farm in San Francisco

The once-fallow field, owned but previously unused by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, is on its way to becoming an urban farm capable of growing up to 1,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables each year

By Dominic Fracassa
San Francisco Chronicle
January 14, 2018

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The College Hill Learning Garden in Bernal Heights was the agency’s first such program. Opened in April 2016, the center is designed to teach students about healthy food and environmental sustainability and is operated by Education Outside, a nonprofit focused on science and environmental education.

The new garden is the PUC’s second urban agriculture program, and the third is still “under consideration,” according to Tracy Zhu, the agency’s acting community benefits manager.

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January 20, 2018   Comments Off on San Francisco Urban Farm To Rise As Symbol Of Social Justice

Turning a Football Field into a Farm

Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College, at the organic farm on the school’s campus in Dallas, The farm used to be the school’s football field.

We’ve grown over 50,000 pounds of food since then. We give away ten percent of everything we grow. We call that tithing to the community.

By Jeffrey R. Young
EdSurge
Jan 9, 2018

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I’m sitting there, and I got some advice from another college president who said, “When you’re with people of means, you should just ask them for something. Get them in the habit of thinking that your institution is something that they should support.” So I mentioned to Trammell, I said, “Hey, you know, people in our neighborhood, they don’t have a grocery store. I think people should have a grocery store.” Without missing a beat, he sidesteps the grocery store conversation and says, “You know, what I’m really passionate about are community gardens.”

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January 16, 2018   Comments Off on Turning a Football Field into a Farm

Canada: Vancouver Program matches landless farmers with unused open spaces

Ava and Jeffrey Reeve are young landless farmers raising sheep, ducks and chickens on Fred Glasbergen’s agricultural land in Langley. Gerry Kahrmann / Png

The land-matching program screens owners of under-utilized land and farmers ready to start a business, supporting both parties in the development of legal contracts.

By Glenda Luymes
Vancouver Sun
January 7, 2018

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With a $25,000 investment from the provincial and federal governments, the pilot project led by the B.C. Young Agrarians and the Farm Folk City Folk Society aims to create seven to nine new farm operations in Metro Vancouver in 2018.

A similar project in Surrey last year helped connect several farmers and landowners, including David Feldhaus. Hoping to see his land used for agriculture, the landowner was introduced to a chef-turned-vegetable farmer through the Young Agrarians.

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January 14, 2018   Comments Off on Canada: Vancouver Program matches landless farmers with unused open spaces

This urban farmer is changing the Des Moines foodscape

Dogpatch Urban Gardens sits in the middle of Des Moines and has turned an acre of land to a garden and farm stand selling other local producers goods. Farmer Jenny Quiner says she hopes others will start growing their own food as well. Brian Powers/The Register

The local restaurants who utilize her organic produce are a who’s who of the Des Moines culinary scene.

By Brian Taylor Carlson
Des Moines Register
Jan 4, 2018

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Jenny Quiner pulls back giant tarps to check the fragile lettuces growing in her high tunnel greenhouse. Rows of perky green lettuces sprout from the ground. She recovers them, then steps outside into the frigid winter to check on the cover crops in the fields that protect and enrich the soil.

The scene looks like most any other vegetable farm you would see across Iowa. But there’s one significant difference: It’s in the middle of a residential neighborhood.

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January 13, 2018   Comments Off on This urban farmer is changing the Des Moines foodscape