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Chicago: Urban Farm At Old Robert Taylor Home

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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   No Comments

Malaysia: ‘Feed Our Loved Ones’ to revolutionize urban farming

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FOLO Farms began converting the food waste into compost to grow organic vegetables

By Billy Toh
The Edge Markets
May 08, 2017
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“We have been recovering food waste and farming for two years now. We are slowly but surely proving that it is possible to grow our own healthy food for our loved ones, families and friends (80 families now, in fact), powered by food waste that we recover from the city. We see an opportunity to go from an urban farm to inspiring an urban farm movement — we want to work with farmers, developers, the public sector, waste management companies, schools and so on to bring this to every Taman, every city in Malaysia,” Chua says.

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May 14, 2017   No Comments

British Columbia boasts the highest proportion of female farmers in Canada, according to 2016 agriculture census

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Elana Evans (left) and Maddy Clerk (right) operate City Beet Farm in Vancouver. (City Beet Farm)

Urban farming and women

By Belle Puri
CBC
May 12, 2017

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City Beet Farm is a commitment between the two farmers and a community of homeowners.

The pair grow a wide diversity of vegetables and flowers on 16 properties in the city.

Homeowners receive a weekly box of vegetables in exchange for the use of their land.

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May 13, 2017   Comments Off on British Columbia boasts the highest proportion of female farmers in Canada, according to 2016 agriculture census

Her Korean grandmother taught her to love the soil, now she’s starting an urban farm in Columbus, Georgia

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Sharayah Davis, right, travels with her maternal grandmother, Hui Beesley, who inspired her to start an urban farm in Columbus.

“My vision for my city is for nobody to be without food,” Sharayah Davis said

By Alva James-Johnson
Ledger-Enquirer
Apr 28, 2017

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“That woman, she can grow anything; she has had fruit trees, blueberries, vegetables, Nappa cabbages, squash, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers and sweet potatoes,” said Davis of her maternal grandmother, Hui Beesley, who lives near Fort Benning. “… To this day, the potatoes are my favorite vegetable to grow and to harvest because she would always have us dig them up for her. We would spend entire days as kids getting our hands dirty, and it was the coolest thing – like a treasure hunt.”

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May 6, 2017   Comments Off on Her Korean grandmother taught her to love the soil, now she’s starting an urban farm in Columbus, Georgia

East Austin urban farm raises awareness about agriculture

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HausBar Farms is a super-sustainable urban farm and guesthouse in the heart of Austin, TX.

By Gerardo Gonzalez
The Daily Texan
Apr 26, 2017

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Though Barger maintains beneficial rapport with the community, she did run into some issues with the city. In 2012, complaints from neighbors prompted a city inspection, which found several code violations on the lot, forcing Hausbar to shut down.

As a result, urban farm supporters began calling for changes to Austin’s urban farm code. Barger said she worked with the city to clear up the violations on her lot and was eventually allowed to open the farm again.

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May 5, 2017   Comments Off on East Austin urban farm raises awareness about agriculture

Chatting with the founders of Alma Backyard Farms in Los Angeles

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Our focus is on reconnecting people through their food and to each other. Waste stems from a lack of connectedness.

By Noelle Carter
LA Times
Apr 26, 2017

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Where do you find the land to farm? Do you really farm in backyards?

Erika Cuellar: We started in backyards, but we’ve grown. We have a partnership with a transitional home in South L.A., and that particular home houses predominantly “lifers” — men who have served life sentences. We’ve basically transformed the outside of this home that houses 16 guys into an urban farm with a garden, chickens and about 20 fruit trees. It’s really about taking underutilized land and making it productive. We don’t farm acres of land; everything is urban, and they are small farms.

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May 4, 2017   Comments Off on Chatting with the founders of Alma Backyard Farms in Los Angeles

Fresh Future Farm in North Charleston is an Educational Model

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Fresh Future Farm now employs five staff members to manage the store and the field. Employees are paid through store revenue and donations.

By Tony Bertauski
Post and Courier
Apr 23, 2017

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What’s the hardest part about running an urban farm? Jenkins said growing the food was the easiest. Finding land and donations to get the farm started and keep it running has been the most challenging.

Limehouse Produce donated topsoil to start raised beds for the row crops. Enterprise Rental Car donated a mobile building for the grocery store. The rest of the land is a diverse garden of row crops and fruit trees that is harvested and sold inside the store.

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April 30, 2017   Comments Off on Fresh Future Farm in North Charleston is an Educational Model

Franciscan Nun’s Title is Urban Farm and Facilities Coordinator

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Sister Rita Wienken checks over new greenhouse plants with assistant farmer Aaron Lucius, a Fostoria native. Photo by Vicki Johnson.

Toledo GROWs, which started in 1996, is part of Toledo Botanical Garden and is housed at the 3-acre Robert J. Anderson Urban Agriculture Center, 900 Oneida St., Toledo.

By Vicki Johnson
The Advertiser Tribune
Apr 23, 2017

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Also, the program encourages people to learn how to grow and eat healthful, nutrient-rich food. To that end, the program in 2016 distributed 7,575 free packets of seeds, grew and distributed 7,521 free plants, served more than 6,500 people through community gardens and received 6,000 volunteer hours that were donated to the program.

At the urban farm, 3,751 pounds of produce were harvested, 900 people attended an annual seed swap that takes place annually on the last Saturday of February, and 795 pounds of honey were harvested from the beehives at the farm and main Toledo Botanical Garden campus.

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April 29, 2017   Comments Off on Franciscan Nun’s Title is Urban Farm and Facilities Coordinator

A Former Corporate Banker Plants New Roots in Urban Farming in Austin, Texas

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Rodriguez Boughton pours a layer of topsoil to prepare a new area for seedlings. Lynda Gonzalez/Reporting Texas

On a half-acre, she’s managed to grow 195 types of herbs, edible flowers and vegetables, whose seeds originated from across the globe.

By Molly Smith
Photography By Lynda Gonzalez
Reporting Texas
Apr 11, 2017

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Her business background, paired with Texas’ year-round growing season, attracted Carroll, 25, to the position. “Farms fail because farmers have no business experience,” he said. “Farmers need to think like bankers.”

La Flaca sources produce, including chilhuacles, to seven Austin restaurants, including Olamaie, L’Oca D’Oro and Mattie’s at Green Pastures. It also sells produces to its neighbors in the cul-de-sac.

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April 19, 2017   Comments Off on A Former Corporate Banker Plants New Roots in Urban Farming in Austin, Texas

Indianapolis: Urban Patch Is A Family Affair

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Video: Urban Patch honored as one of ioby’s 2012 Heroes in Our Backyards: Reimagining Vacant Space (Must see. Mike)

Moore’s grandfather Albert ran a large urban agriculture project in the 1940s, which served as the inspiration for Urban Patch.

By Kate Franzman
Indianapolis Monthly
April 2017

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Urban Patch aims to improve Indy’s inner city by means other than gentrification. Cofounder Justin Moore, an urban designer for the New York City Department of Planning, grew up in the historically black Mapleton–Fall Creek neighborhood, where he, his parents, and two brothers started Urban Patch by purchasing an abandoned house with a credit card. They fixed up the home—and have done so with dozens of buildings since—and rented it at-cost to black residents.

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April 17, 2017   Comments Off on Indianapolis: Urban Patch Is A Family Affair

Urban farm in Victoria, BC, expands, hopes to grow 10,000 lbs of produce

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Topsoil’s new space includes 15,000 square feet to grow fresh produce and offers more sun exposure.

CTV Vancouver Island
April 7, 2017

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The local food producer works with chefs in Victoria at the beginning of the season and customizes what it grows based on what the chefs need.

The founder of the business says the open site allows them to operate in full transparency.

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April 13, 2017   Comments Off on Urban farm in Victoria, BC, expands, hopes to grow 10,000 lbs of produce

Bend, Oregon: Full Rotation Farms, a successful urban farming operation created a year ago

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For eight months last year, Curtis worked six days a week, he said, and during peak season, he worked 12-hour days for six straight weeks.

By Ronnie Wilde
The Bulletin
Apr 4, 2017

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Though there are other urban farmers in the region, what makes Curtis’ approach unique is that he does not own the land he uses. He farms in other people’s yards. With the blessing of participating homeowners, Curtis cultivates lawns, gardens and unused land and turns those spaces into productive food-producing plots. In 2016, he utilized three yards on the Westside of Bend, and was feeding 13 Full Rotation Farms member families by April 15. By June, he was in peak season, and continued to supply vegetables through December.

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April 11, 2017   Comments Off on Bend, Oregon: Full Rotation Farms, a successful urban farming operation created a year ago

The pace of Vancouver development killing Downtown Eastside urban agriculture, group claims

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The executive director of Sole Food says it needs to leave its space by November and options for a new location are limited.

By Liam Britten
CBC News Posted
Mar 21, 2017

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Ableman says Sole Food has already lost some of its space at the corner of Main and Terminal for a new social housing project and it has also lost the lease for its operation underneath the viaducts and will have to leave by November.

It has secured an extension to the lease on the farm under the First Avenue Viaduct and its original location at the Astoria Hotel in the Downtown Eastside “continues to limp along,” but Ableman says an air of precariousness surrounds all its sites.

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March 22, 2017   Comments Off on The pace of Vancouver development killing Downtown Eastside urban agriculture, group claims

Washington DC: Kelly Miller Farm awarded $150,000 in seed money

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A USDA spokesman said the farm will serve as a model for organizations across the country that want to help consumers understand how their food is produced, especially in urban settings.

By Whitney Pipkin
Green Biz
Mar 6, 2017

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After attending the District’s historically Black Howard University, Bradshaw, 35, stumbled into urban agriculture while trying to teach in an after-school program at a public charter school that has since closed. The students would arrive each day with stomachs full of the Teddy Grahams and Kool-Aid the school provided as snacks only to bounce off the walls during his lessons on “character development.” Then, they’d crash.

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March 13, 2017   Comments Off on Washington DC: Kelly Miller Farm awarded $150,000 in seed money

A Staten Island Urban Farmer

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Zaro Bates and her husband, Asher Landes, farm land between two apartment buildings in Stapleton, Staten Island. They live at the complex, too. Credit Emon Hassan for The New York Times.

Zaro Bates operates and lives on a 5,000-square-foot farm on Staten Island, which may make her the city’s only commercial farmer-in-residence.

By Kenneth R. Rosen
New York Times
March 10, 2017

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Ms. Bates had hardly seen farmland as a child. Her parents, who moved to Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, in the early 1990s, rarely took the family upstate. They had the backyard of their home, but no green thumbs between them. The yard was a play space.

After graduating from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell, where she studied developmental sociology, Ms. Bates volunteered as a groundskeeper at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Mass.

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March 11, 2017   Comments Off on A Staten Island Urban Farmer