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Urban agriculture growing in popularity in West Virginia

WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

The West Virginia Urban Agriculture Conference will be held Sept. 17-19.

By Nicky Walters
WOWK TV
Aug 20, 2015

Excerpt:

There is a garden on Charleston’s West Side maintained by a group called West Virginia SAGE. The garden is made up of several raised beds. According to the most recent United States Department of Agriculture Census there are 956 small or urban farms in West Virginia. Agriculture leaders say that number has grown by an estimated 23 percent.

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August 29, 2015   No Comments

Not just an urban garden in Arlington — an urban farm

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Ryan Lee at his Arlington Farm. Photo by Cristin Wilson.

Customers will pay him $500 a year and, in return, they’ll get a basket of whatever fresh vegetables are available during the growing season.

By Cristin Wilson
Jacksonville Com
Aug 12, 2015

Excerpt:

Ryan Lee lives in a comfortable University Park home in Arlington, surrounded by other houses.
Which is why visitors are surprised to see his farm. Not just a garden … a farm.

During spring growing season, he has all sorts of vegetable plants to tend. And starting this year, he has sold the bounty at a stand, a welcome offering to people who come upon it as they drive down University Club Boulevard. Everything is freshly picked — he picks on Saturdays and sells on Sundays It’s all organic. And it’s a strange site in a city neighborhood — a true urban farm.

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August 22, 2015   No Comments

Farming Isn’t Just for the Country Anymore in North Omaha

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Vandals dug up 15 dwarf fruit trees, “so that was a bit discouraging,” Callie said. But she’s not giving up.

WOWT News Omaha
Aug 7, 2015

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North Omaha is showing signs of a new look. Abandoned and unsightly lots are being transformed into self-sustainable urban farms.

Calandra Ferguson Cooper may not look the part but she’s a USDA Registered Farmer. What makes her unique is that she farms in North Omaha.

She said, “I got tired of seeing all these vacant lots that were in North Omaha and I had an opportunity to buy some of the lots.”

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August 20, 2015   No Comments

Vancouver Vertical Hydroponic Farms can feed urban communities while reducing carbon emissions

greenguysGreen Guys on the Drive have 11 CSA members

Via numerous extremely efficient urban farms, community members gain access to local fresh food while reducing their carbon footprint.

By Co-founders, Brandon, Win and Dan
Green Guys on the Drive
August, 2015

Excerpt from their proposal:

The pictures used in this proposal were taken over the course of three years, by a group called Green Guys on the Drive (6), located in Vancouver, British Columbia who currently operate East Vancouver’s only community supported hydroponic urban vegetable farm. They have 11 CSA members who each pay $200 at the start of the season to receive their share of the farm’s weekly harvest which is sufficient for 2 people. They currently have one farm tended to by three co-founders, Brandon, Win and Dan. The farm consists of three VHF units with a total capacity of 320 plants and a footprint of 34 ft2. This works out to a density of 9.4 plants/ft2 which is more than 3 times the density of traditional soil based planting for lettuce (a leafy green) (7).

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August 13, 2015   Comments Off on Vancouver Vertical Hydroponic Farms can feed urban communities while reducing carbon emissions

Montreal: The growing pains of urban agriculture

montanimGarden animator Vera Martynkiw helps Aisha Alvarez measure some of the edible flowers she picked at the St-Thomas collective garden in N.D.G., which organizes kid-friendly activities. Peter Mccabe / Montreal Gazette

There are 128 hectares of Montreal land being used for urban agriculture initiatives, with the participation of 42 per cent of Montrealers.

Donna Nebenzahl,
Montreal Gazette
More from Donna Nebenzahl,
August 1, 2015

Excerpt:

But as it expands, urban agriculture must walk a fine line. In densely populated neighbourhoods, there are many factors to consider.

In N.D.G., for example, a sidewalk gardening project was scuttled after a condo owner claimed that the vegetable beds deterred renters from the ground floor space he owns. A proposal to house chickens in community gardens in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve has started this month, but the SPCA is worried that these animals will be neglected or abandoned in their urban setting.

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August 7, 2015   Comments Off on Montreal: The growing pains of urban agriculture

Hastings Urban Farm in Vancouver BC

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Sarah Common is the manager of the Hastings Urban Farm and executive director for Hives for Humanity. — Dan Toulgoet photo.

A growing number of working farms are turning unused patches of pavement into verdant fields of local produce, providing Vancouver with greater food security and healthier options.

By Robert Mangelsdorf
Westender
Aug 6, 2015

Excerpt:

Hastings Urban Farm is one of an increasing number of working farms in Vancouver that have managed to turn unused patches of pavement into verdant fields of local produce, providing greater food security for the surrounding community.

In addition to providing low barrier employment through its honorarium program, the Hastings Urban Farm also provides workshops for local residents on how to grow and preserve their own food, and even allows them to perform their community service hours there.

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August 6, 2015   Comments Off on Hastings Urban Farm in Vancouver BC

East Portland Urban Farmer

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Urban farmer Richard Dickinson sells vegetables at the Lent’s International Farmers Market in East Portland, Ore. (Photo Gosia Wozniacka/Associated Press)

He appreciates immigrants and the diverse foods, languages and customs they bring. He says neighborhood associations need to create places where everyone feels welcome.

By Gosia Wozniacka
Associated Press
July 27, 2015

Excerpt:

Richard Dickinson has lived in East Portland since the 1990’s and saw firsthand the impact of unfettered growth and the city’s neglect. “It dissipated the whole social fabric of the area,” Dickinson said. Because the neighborhoods’ old rural character still remains — larger lots, towering Douglas Firs — Dickinson set out to re-build community through agriculture. He began farming on empty properties near his home, with the owners’ permission, and selling or giving away the bounty at a makeshift farm stand on his street.

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August 3, 2015   Comments Off on East Portland Urban Farmer

Governors Island adds to New York City’s growing urban farm scene

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The Governors Island Teaching Garden provides a “seed to plate” curriculum. (Credit: Maggie O’Neill)

The garden grows 48 varieties of produce, as well as edible flowers that students can pick and eat at the flower bed.

By Maggie O’neill
AM New York
July 26, 2015

Excerpt:

The Governors Island Teaching Garden is one of the latest urban farms to serve the NYC landscape, which already boasts farms on rooftops, in parks and at Randall’s Island.

A joint effort of GrowNYC and the Trust for Governors Island that was completed in May, the 8,000-square-foot garden is dedicated to educating children in New York about urban agriculture and healthy eating. It hosts public school visits and summer camp groups on weekdays from April through November, and it is open to the public for family visits on weekends during the island’s public season from May to September.

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August 2, 2015   Comments Off on Governors Island adds to New York City’s growing urban farm scene

North Memphis Urban Farmers need a tractor


Watch this compelling video. (Mike)

The tractor will help them continue to transform vacant lots in North Memphis’ most blighted neighborhoods and provide naturally grown local produce

Excerpts from their Kickstarter website:

The City of Memphis faces many challenges. Among them are blighted vacant lots, food deserts, health challenges, and unemployment. North Memphis Farmer’s Collective seeks to take these challenges and turn them into solutions by using what others see as waste as the fertilizer for vacant lots, thereby turning decay and blight into blossoming Urban Farms.

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July 30, 2015   Comments Off on North Memphis Urban Farmers need a tractor

Detroit urban farm aims to sell 20,000 pounds of vegetables

lawburlOne square block sits on the 1600 block of Lawrence Street.

“We have 400-500 catfish and blue gill growing in the fish pond”

By Jon Zemke
Model D
July 21, 2015

Excerpt:

Link and Alex Bryan launched the urban farm in 2011 after purchasing a four-acre lot from the Michigan Land Bank. The one square block sits on the 1600 block of Lawrence Street. It previously served as the home Peck Elementary School before it was torn down.

Today Peck Produce, also known as Food Field, grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetables on the site, including leafy greens, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, ginger, artichokes, and parsnips. Last year the urban farm sold 16,000 pounds of produce.

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July 26, 2015   Comments Off on Detroit urban farm aims to sell 20,000 pounds of vegetables

Lafayette Greens spreads gospel of farming in Detroit

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Lafayette Greens Co-ordinator Romondo Woods II of Detroit, tidies the garden on July 10. Lafayette Greens is an urban garden under the care of the Greening of Detroit and is situated in the center of downtown Detroit on Lafayette Boulevard at Shelby just a block off Campus Martius. (Photo: Donna Terek / The Detroit News)

“People our age should know how to harvest land because you never know what can happen where these skills can come in handy.”

By Kyla Smith,
The Detroit News
July 12, 2015

Excerpt:

Nestled in the busy heart of downtown, Lafayette Greens has become more than simply a community garden.

More than a year after Greening of Detroit took over the gardens near Lafayette and American coney islands, it’s become something of a classroom and community meeting place. Along with 35 raised garden beds and benches, the hotspot along Lafayette Boulevard now hosts free evening classes on belly dancing, yoga, tai chi and gardening.

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July 21, 2015   Comments Off on Lafayette Greens spreads gospel of farming in Detroit

Chicago to start urban agriculture produce bus in food deserts

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Angela Dejun, 33, shops for produce onboard the Fresh Moves bus parked outside the Lawndale Christian Health Center in 2012. Now the project is back. (Jose M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday took another crack at launching a produce bus project that aims to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to parts of Chicago

By Bill Ruthhart
Chicago Tribune
July 10, 2015

Excerpt:

Asked what’s different about the program this time around, Allen didn’t hesitate: “We grow our own food.”

Under Food Desert Action’s previous business model, the foundation purchased produce and turned around and sold it on the buses, operating on thin price margins. Allen argued she has far less overhead than that previous setup since her nonprofit Growing Power, which started and still operates farms in Milwaukee, provides much of the food the bus will sell.

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July 20, 2015   Comments Off on Chicago to start urban agriculture produce bus in food deserts

10 Detroit Urban Farms Rooting Goodness Into The City

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Keep Growing Detroit, The Michigan Urban Farming, Brother Nature Produce Initiative, Brother Nature Produce, Fresh Cut Flower Farm, Spirit of Hope Farm, Oakland Avenue Community Farm, Earthworks, ACRE Community Farm, Freedom Freedom

By Stephanie Held
Daily Detroit
Jul 6, 2015

Excerpt:

According to the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, there are about 10 million acres of farmland in Michigan and the state is home to 52,194 farms.

As Detroit’s landscape has changed with depopulation, urban agriculture has sprung up in lots and fields across the city. Besides simply growing food, these are places to learn, teach, and spend quality time.

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July 16, 2015   Comments Off on 10 Detroit Urban Farms Rooting Goodness Into The City

Beecher, Michigan urban farmer bringing dream of organic market to life

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Plans to open an organic market, after acquiring the vacant property at 5362 N. Saginaw Street, near the intersection of Princeton Avenue. King said some outdoor vending will be open in a few weeks. Jake May | MLive.com

King purchased the building for about $3,000

By Sarah Schuch
Mlive
June 17, 2015

Excerpt:

King started Harvesting Earth eight years ago in vacant lots on Princeton Avenue. He now has multiple properties next to each other with three hoop houses growing produce, like tomatoes, kale, peppers and strawberries.

In 2013, it became the first urban farm in Genesee County to be certified organic.

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June 26, 2015   Comments Off on Beecher, Michigan urban farmer bringing dream of organic market to life

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

Excerpt:

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