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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   No Comments

Rock-star BC urban farmer is all about the money

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Curtis Stone with some fresh kale at one of his Kelowna, BC urban farming operations. Stone is an expert at farming profitably on small parcels of land.

If you want to earn a good living, put ideology in your back pocket, advises Curtis Stone

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
February 5, 2015

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“When I look around Vancouver at the yards that are being farmed there are 20 different vegetables growing at every location and that just isn’t going to work,” he said in a phone interview from a Florida beach. “You’ve got to specialize and that means if you have a thousand square feet to work with at one location, do the whole thing in carrots in straight rows, like a real farm.”

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February 14, 2015   No Comments

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   No Comments

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   No Comments

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

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

10 Projects Incorporating Urban Agriculture

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Place of Hidden Waters Tacoma, Washington. Photo by Tucker English.

By Ron Nyren
Urban Land. The Magazine of the Urban Land Institute
January 5, 2015

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The coastal Salish people of the Pacific Northwest traditionally lived in longhouses—long, narrow structures built out of cedar that housed multiple families alongside a shared outdoor space. In designing the Place of Hidden Waters for the Puyallup Tribal Housing Authority in Tacoma, Washington, Seattle architecture firm Environmental Works Community Design Center followed the longhouse model in structuring 20 new townhouses along an outdoor linear gathering place, as well as renovating 26 existing townhouses and a gymnasium on the site. To protect an important wildlife corridor, development is clustered on the eastern half of the site.

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January 24, 2015   Comments Off

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

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

Urban farming coming to Austin

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The project is funded by a $350,000 grant from Humana Foundation

By Austintalks
November 3, 2014

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Politicians and community groups gathered in Austin last week to break ground on a community farm they hope will provide badly needed fresh produce to the West Side and educate residents on the importance of good nutrition.

The project, which is being funded by a $350,000 grant from Humana Foundation, will be located on an 8,000-square-foot lot across the street from the PCC Community Wellness Center, 5425 W. Lake St.

PCC President and CEO Robert Urso said the farm will be a step in combating the scarcity of fresh produce in Austin, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated as a “food desert” because the area does not have easy access to fresh, healthy and affordable food.

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November 15, 2014   Comments Off

7 elaborate urban farms

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Kelly and Erik’s Los Angeles homestead. Photo by Emily Ho.

With the “moderate cost” of food for the average 19 to 50-year-old man in the U.S. at $295.90 per-month, according to the USDA, why wouldn’t you want to feed yourself from the land where you’re already paying to live?

By Ilyce Glink
CBS Moneywatch
November 1, 2014

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Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen practice what they call “radical home ec.” Their Los Angeles home, which is often featured on their homesteading blog Root Simple, features a 1/12th-acre lot with bee hives, a chicken coop, fruit trees, vegetables, a rain barrel, a twig-burning stove, a solar dehydrator and compost bins.

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November 8, 2014   Comments Off

2 Black Guys + 2 Green Thumbs = A Healthier Earth

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Photo Credit: Kierra Gray

“Earth Healthy is an urban agriculture company based locally in the North Texas area.

By Donald Allen
The Dallas Weekly
Oct 29, 2014.

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Plummer later mentioned, “A lot of African Americans think about farming with a negative stigma because you know most of us said, ‘When I get off this farm I ain’t neva comin’ back!’, but we’re not doing that type of farming any longer. We’re not doing the large 100, 200, 300 acre farms; we’re doing urban farming, we’re doing farming within the community. We’re doing it in ‘hoop houses’. We’re able to control the environment where we can now grow winter crops in the summer and summer crops in the winter.”

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November 7, 2014   Comments Off

New Roots Urban Farm – St. Louis

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The farm is about a third of an acre. It is small, because city lots are small.

By Diane Desenberg
Ground Breaking Roots
June 12, 2014

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I asked Mary if she thought New Roots Urban Farm could make a profit, if the collective chose to. She pointed out that the land is held in some kind of trust, so there is no mortgage. They don’t use large farm equipment, so they don’t have onerous capitalization costs. All they would have do would be to increase the size of the CSA and they would immediately see a profit. Mary, herself, is working on a startup called Bee Simple, which sells honey, microgreens, and soap. The New Roots collective is supportive of her efforts.

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November 5, 2014   Comments Off

Turning Louisville Kentucky’s Vacant Lots into Lots of Food

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“People are taking advantage of idle properties in the public domain in other cities, but we were the first ones to do it here.”

By Dave Soref
Organic Connections
Oct 26, 2014

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Amanda Fuller and Peter Thiong met in 2011 while working for a nonprofit promoting urban agriculture in West Louisville. When that organization shut its doors two years later, Fuller and Thiong decided to take matters into their own hands. Incorporating under the name Lots of Food, they purchased five contiguous vacant lots from the Louisville Land Bank Authority and got to work.

“Lots of Food is located is an area that most people would probably describe as economically depressed,” Fuller tells Organic Connections. “It is the oldest part of Louisville, the area right along the riverfront where the port used to be (the neighborhood is called Portland). So, it is historically significant and interesting in that way; it’s just very poor right now and has been neglected for a long time.

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November 1, 2014   Comments Off

Photo essay: What’s growing in West Virginia’s urban ruins?

wesvirgFarm manager Jocelyn Carlson waters freshly planted lettuce at Farm 18. Photo by Ariel Min/PBS NewsHou.

By the end of the season, it’s expected that $20,000 worth of produce will have been pulled from the vines of Farm 18’s one-acre plot.

By Jason Kane And Ariel Min
PBS News Hour
October 28, 2014

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WHEELING, W.Va. — When Danny Swan first broke ground on his West Virginia farm in June 2008, his rototiller hit a baby doll. Then some porcelain plates. Then a pair of pantyhose.

It didn’t take him long to discover that pieces of an entire urban neighborhood were buried beneath the soil — “bricks and rocks and everything else contained in houses that used to be here,” he said.

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October 29, 2014   Comments Off