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Inner city kale on the rise! Urban farmers in BC transforming yards

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Katie Ralphs and Ruth Warren.

Katie Ralphs and Ruth Warren are the women behind City Beet, an urban farm in Vancouver that grows 50 different crops on 14 yards

By Christina Turner
Rabble.Ca
April 10, 2014

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City Beet’s practices demonstrate, almost to an extreme, how environmentally friendly urban farming can be. They grow all of their produce in the same 10-block radius, get around by bike and members pick up their weekly produce share at a local café.

Ralphs admits that she and Warren struggle with the question of food accessibility. Local food is expensive and remains out of reach for many, especially in a stratified city like Vancouver. “We only really interact with people who can afford to join our CSA or own a house that we can farm on,” Ralphs says.

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April 22, 2014   No Comments

Growing the Benefits of Urban Agriculture in New York City

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Five Borough Farm II

Authors:
Lee Altman, Urban Planning Fellow
Liz Barry, Outreach Fellow
Martin Barry, Green Infrastructure Fellow
Christopher Englese, Video Fellow
Kaja Kühl, Urban Planning Fellow
Philip Silva, Outreach Fellow
Barbara Wilks, Green Infrastructure Fellow

Design Trust for Public Space
March 2014

Part how-to guide and part reference, Five Borough Farm II: Seeding the Future of Urban Agriculture in New York City builds on the findings from the first Five Borough Farm publication to equip farmers and gardeners, support organizations, policymakers, and funders with the tools and information to measure, maximize and expand the benefits of urban agriculture.

New York City’s community gardens and urban farms come in all shapes and sizes. Some gardens squeeze into narrow vacant lots once occupied by stately brownstones. Some farms sprawl across industrial rooftops the size of city blocks. Some grow dense with fruits and vegetables while others focus on giving neighbors a quiet open space where they can relax and get to know each other.

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April 21, 2014   No Comments

Big city farming in Chicago

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Green goodies: Farm supervisor Maureen Maitland works with micro greens at Urban Till in Chicago. David Pierini/staff photographer.

Neighborhood-based urban farm aims to revolutionize food supply chain

By Timothy Inklebarger
Austin Weekly News
April 8th, 2014

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The owners of Urban Till, which operates the 30,000-square-foot urban farm, opened their doors to a select group of about 100 restaurateurs, chefs, sustainable food advocates and industry insiders for the first time on March 21. The facility gives them a glimpse into what the budding entrepreneurs say is the future of farming

Participants met at a bar in Chicago’s West Loop and were bused out to the location, which Urban Till’s owners want to remain secret for now. They were treated with gourmet delicacies and high-end cocktails using the farm’s myriad variety of greens and herbs.

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April 19, 2014   No Comments

Vancouver’s new Victory Gardeners transform Vancouver’s backyards and rooftop

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At Victory Gardens, Samantha Phillips, Sandra Lopuch and Lisa Giroday are helping to transform Vancouver’s backyards and rooftops into gardens that provide residents and businesses with their own vegetables. Photo by Rob Newell.

Victory Gardens harkens back to the days when people did their patriotic duty by growing their own food

By Martha Perkins
Westender
April 9, 2014

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So the three friends decided to start their own gardening business and called it Victory Gardens. Not only do they hire themselves out to create gardens — they just established a rooftop garden at HootSuite’s headquarters and one for Acorn, the vegetarian restaurant — but they also host workshops and seminars on growing your own vegetables.

Winning the $25,000 prize from the Co-operators’ National Co-op Challenge will help them spread the message even further. They’re using the money to produce an educational series of YouTube videos that show people how to create and nurture their own urban vegetable gardens.

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April 14, 2014   No Comments

New Haven Farms triples capacity in Connecticut

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Photo by Blair Seideman.

“Our eight farms total about half an acre, and this new farm is an acre.”

By Tasnim Elboute
Yale Daily News
April 4, 2014

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New Haven Farms, an urban agriculture non-profit that provides free produce to disadvantaged residents, is in the process of acquiring a new farm that will triple its food output.

NHF works to combat both food insecurity and health conditions including diabetes and obesity by providing families with fresh produce and nutrition lessons for one season. The organization currently operates eight small garden sites throughout the city, growing 5,500 pounds of produce feeding 20 families over the winter and 40 over the summer. The new farm on Burr Street, which totals one acre, will dramatically increase the amount of food NHF can produce.

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April 12, 2014   No Comments

Urban farming: full-time careers and a farm too

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Raena and Rob Blusson balance their careers in Vancouver with farm life in the suburbs. Photo by Kelsey Klassen.

Raena and Rob Blusson both have full-time jobs in Vancouver, yet begin and end each day on their working 10-acre farm in Maple Ridge

Kelsey Klassen
Westender
April 9, 2014

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For one Vancouver couple, the concept of farm-to-table didn’t exactly translate to dining at Fable a few nights each month.

In 2011, Raena and Rob Blusson made their urban farming dream a reality — purchasing a 10-acre plot of land in Maple Ridge while living and working downtown.

Three years later, the duo now wakes up every morning in Maple Ridge, tends to the animals and chores, and then rides the West Coast Express into the heart of Vancouver to continue their full-time careers in the mining sector.

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April 11, 2014   No Comments

City agriculture sprouts in Korea

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Weekend farm (Yonhap).

According to the Seoul Agricultural Technology Center, rooftop gardens are expected to save people about 16.6 percent on heating and cooling costs

By Suk Gee-hyun
The Korea Herald
Mar 28, 2014

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A growing number of schools in major cities are teaching these lessons by making gardens in empty spaces or on rooftops. In Seoul, a total of 62 schools were offered related subsidies and educational guides by the city government last year.

Among Korean schools joining the move, Myeongeok Elementary School in Daegu won the top prize in a school farming competition hosted by the Rural Development Administration in 2013.

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April 9, 2014   Comments Off

Reclaim Urban Farm in Edmonton, Alberta

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Urban farmers Ryan Mason and Cathryn Sprague. Lone Acacia Photography.

Reclaim has approximately 15 plots slated for use during the upcoming season

By Meaghan Baxter
VUE Weekly
March 26, 2014

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Sprague and Mason acknowledge securing land—and permission from the city—was a simple task, as many of the land owners are individuals who do not have time to maintain a garden themselves but value the fresh produce that comes with it, or seniors who are no longer physically able to manage the upkeep themselves.

“Our model is really focusing on community as well, so really being able to connect with the land owners and have a relationship with people who own the land as well,” Mason notes, adding a shout out to the land owners, without whom Reclaim wouldn’t exist. “Lots of the land owners have said, ‘I’m interested in learning how to grow food,’ so they’ll be involved in some way, even if it’s just coming and looking over our shoulder every once in a while. It creates immediate relationships and food connections.”

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April 7, 2014   Comments Off

The backyard farming movement continues to grow in Colorado Springs

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Adam Atencio in his backyard, where his garden beds are ready for another season of production.

When novice urban farmers understand what they’re up against, they’re less likely to burn out.

By Michelle Mercer
KRCC.org
Mar 26, 2014

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On a Saturday afternoon, Buckley’s Homestead Supply Store is as busy as a barnyard at feeding time. The store is packed with people taking classes on fruit tree care & chicken disease prevention. A steady stream of customers arrives to stock up on homesteading essentials.

Rachel Gutierrez was one of them. Gutierrez joined the urban homesteading movement five years ago. Her first step was to rip out her lawn and plant all varieties of vegetables. But she says her water bill grew a lot faster than her plants.

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April 4, 2014   Comments Off

Sprout City Farms breaks ground with a new garden in Denver

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Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy, fourth from left, helps community members and representatives from Sprout City Farms break ground March 18, 2014, on a community garden in Mountair Park. Photo by Alison Hatch.

The Mountair Park garden will probably produce 5,000 pounds of produce the first year

By Austin Briggs
Denver Post
03/24/2014

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A food desert on the east side of Lakewood is on its way to having a small oasis of fresh produce that will feed the neighborhood as well as provide educational opportunities.

Sprout City Farms has partnered with the city of Lakewood and leaders from the Two Creeks neighborhood to grow a variety of crops on a 1¼ acre plot in Mountair Park in an area the U.S. Department of Agriculture has labeled a food desert.

That means residents in low-income areas don’t have access to fresh food within a half mile, said Lakewood associate planner Alexis Moore.

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March 31, 2014   Comments Off

Ford Motors Commercial Features Detroit Urban Farmer Pasho Murray


Upside: Anything is Possible. Why do we work so hard? There are a lot of opinions. Pashon Murray, founder of Detroit Dirt (http://www.detroitdirt.org) explains that for some of us, it’s about trying to make the world a better place.

Ford Just Destroyed Cadillac’s Ad Praising Rich Guys Who Work All The Time

By Aaron Taube
Business Insider
Mar. 27, 2014

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In order to draw a contrast, Ford mimicked the structure of Cadillac’s commercial. Only it decided to use Pasho Murray, a real woman who founded Detroit Dirt, a company that turns waste into compost and sells it to people who want to create urban gardens.

Murray looks out at a landfill and wonders why Americans aren’t more like other countries who buy locally-grown food.

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March 30, 2014   Comments Off

Detroit urban farming project uncovers grisly past

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Michael Score, president of Hantz Farms, stands on the site of a planned farm in inner-city Detroit with a burned and abandoned house in front of him and a garage behind him that was just discovered last week while clearing out wild brush. Photo by Alex Panetta.

Build a farm near crackhouses, and all bets are off about what stories the soil might tell.

By Alexander Panetta
Mar 23, 2013
The Canadian Press

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DETROIT – Stunning things are being discovered in an effort to clear land for a new farm in inner-city Detroit.

Last week, workers found a building. The crumbling brick-sided structure was either a garage or a shed, and had been hidden by the wild brush that has sprouted in the east end of the economically suffering city.

Ask about the building, and they point to a dog. There it is, dead, with a bullet hole through its ribs. It appears to be a brown mastiff, sprawled out on the grass where it was found last Friday. It looks neatly groomed and is still wearing a collar.

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March 29, 2014   Comments Off

Lee County, Florida Urban Farm Tour Part 1: Estero’s Better Food Farm

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Chad Jonas, owner of Better Food Farm, describes urban farming techniques. Photo by Mckenzie Cassidy.

Lee County is on the forefront of urban farming with new operations opening every year.

By Mckenzie Cassidy
Sanibel-Captiva Islander
March 7, 201

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Lee County is on the forefront of urban farming with new operations opening every year. It has become so trendy that the county teamed up with University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) to host a tour where current and retired farmers can learn about cutting edge methods.

Four farms — each open less than a year — were visited by a bus full of “agrotourists” on Feb. 27 as part of the Lee County Urban Farm Tour.

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March 16, 2014   Comments Off

27-acre Urban Farm Planned For Shuttered Detroit School

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Kettering’s campus is outlined in orange.

Officials padlocked 35 schools about seven years ago, followed by 29 more in 2009. Of 172 schools that were open in 2010, about 100 remain open.

By Corey Williams
Associated Press
March 12, 2014

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DETROIT (AP) – A nearly 27-acre urban farm that will provide produce for Detroit public school students’ meals is planned at a former high school as part of the district’s efforts to reuse empty buildings instead of tearing them down.

The Kettering Urban Agricultural Campus will include hoop houses for an extended growing season, land redevelopment for planting and a food processing facility, Detroit Public Schools spokeswoman Jennifer Mrozowski told The Associated Press Wednesday ahead of an official announcement.

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March 13, 2014   Comments Off

Urban agriculture movement grows in Memphis

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Roots Memphis Farm Academy farm manager and co-executive director Mary Phillips uses a seed block maker to transplant Red Russian Kale seedlings. Photo by Daily News/Andrew J. Breig.

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors donated $25,000 to help Green Leaf fulfill a plan to grow the size of the urban farming initiative to eventually include a total of 25 lots.

By Amos Maki
Memphis Daily News
Mar 6, 2014

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The vacant homes and lots on Jennette Place near Walker Avenue and Mississippi Boulevard in South Memphis began germinating like an urban form of kudzu. They appeared like an invasive species in this proud neighborhood, spreading quickly, choking the life from viable properties and growing into a scourge that at one point seemed impossible to eradicate.

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March 12, 2014   Comments Off