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Indiana: Creating The Largest Urban Farm In The State

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Mat Davis, right, food justice coordinator at the Flanner House, speaks with Jonathan Lawler, owner and operator of Brandywine Creek Farms, about testing the soil near the Flanner House in preparation to develop a farm on 2 1/2 acres in the heart of the largest food desert in the city on Nov. 11, 2016. (Photo: Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar)

Indianapolis – Flanner Farms will sprout next year on the 2½-acre campus of Flanner House, 2424 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. It’s not a community garden, but rather a 1.3-acre working farm. And it won’t just feed people; it will teach them how to grow their own food.

By Maureen C. Gilmer
Indy Star
Nov 19, 2016

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Over the summer, Lawler learned about Flanner House and its work to feed surrounding neighborhoods. He and his three sons delivered a truckload of produce to the center, and there he met Brandon Cosby, executive director. It didn’t take long for Cosby to see that Lawler would be an ally in his quest to take the 118-year-old center back to its agrarian roots.

“We are getting back to the historic legacy of Flanner House,” said Cosby, who took over as executive director earlier this year.

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November 27, 2016   No Comments

1930: Only working farm in Manhattan 86 years ago

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213thJune 8, 1933. Broadway, east side, north from 213th Street, with the N.E. corner in the foreground. Behind the billboards is a truck garden.

213and10 Manhattan area today. Click on image for larger file.

The farmer’s children can’t lay in the street, however. They might get hit by a taxi.

About New York
By Richard Massock
Corsicana Daily
Aug 23, 1930
(Early use of the term ‘urban agriculture’. Mike)

Urban Agriculture

Right here on Manhattan Island, with its skyscraper, tenements, subways and million population, there’s a farm.

It is the only one in town and it is bounded on three sides by seven story apartments. On the other side is the Tenth Avenue elevated railroad. It is an easy tomato’s throw from Broadway at 213th Street.

It is not, of course, a rancho. It is just a city block in size and it belongs to a New Orleans man who rents it to the Benedettos, Vincent, his wife, their four boys and five girls.

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November 25, 2016   No Comments

Bogota, Columbia: She Turned a Massive Garbage Dump Into An Urban Farm

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See the video here.

Bogota: 7,800,000 population. Transformation of a landfill into a farm. school, urban garden

Directed by Fernando Caneque and Paula Serna
Filmed by Daniel Barbosa
Towards the Human City
CAD Productions
(Must see. Mike)

Rosa Evelia Poveda Guerrero, known to her friends and acquaintances as Rosita, is an inspiring and tireless woman who believes in the power of urban agriculture to solve the feeding needs of the urban poor.

In 2003, Rosa found an 1,800-meter dumpsite that was inhabited by homeless beggars in the Eastern hills of Bogotá. Having dreamt about the opportunity of having an urban farm, Rosa decided to look for the owner of this site, who gave it to her under a commodatum (gratuitous loan). Then, she moved into the dumpsite, setting up a provisional camp, and started working with her two sons on cleaning the waste that had been piling up during the past 40 years.

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November 24, 2016   No Comments

Knoxville, Tennesse man charged after pick ax attack at urban community farm

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Timothy A. Whitaker. (Photo: Knox County Detention Facility)

Khann Chov, Beardsley’s urban agriculture director, and Assistant Urban Agriculture Director Adam Caraco both suffered skull fractures, among other injuries, according to Caraco’s father, Carmen Caraco.

By Hayes Hickman
Knoxville News Sentinel
Nov 10, 2016

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A recently hired staffer at a Knoxville nonprofit community farm has been charged in a bizarre attack on two of his co-workers after allegedly striking them in their heads with a pair of gardening tools.

Timothy A. Whitaker, 52, had to be held down by others until police arrived following the assault at Beardsley Community Farm on Tuesday morning, according to arrest warrants.

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November 16, 2016   Comments Off on Knoxville, Tennesse man charged after pick ax attack at urban community farm

Calgary: Urban farmer Kye Kocher transforms backyards into large-scale gardens

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Kye Kocher in his inner city farm in Calgary, Alta. Photo by Leah Hennel.

Four years into his farming career, the 31-year-old is the president of YYC Growers (a co-op of urban and rural farmers in the Calgary area), tends to 14 plots in his area and operates a personal farm out of his own inner-city backyard.

By Kerianne Sproule and Leah Hennel,
Calgary Herald
Nov 7, 2016

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As an urban farmer, he partners with homeowners in Calgary’s West Hillhurst neighbourhood, transforming their backyards into large-scale gardens. Kocher plans, preps and tends to their backyard plots and harvests the resulting crops. In return, the homeowners receive a portion of the farm-fresh veggies (Kocher also sells some of the produce to local restaurants and markets), and their backyards are no longer sitting stagnant.

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November 15, 2016   Comments Off on Calgary: Urban farmer Kye Kocher transforms backyards into large-scale gardens

Indianapolis’ Urban Farms Help Tackle Urban Problems

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Children at Public Greens’ microfarm learn about growing food.Photo by Stacy Newgent courtesy of Patachou Foundation.

When you think of urban agriculture many people tend to picture cities like New York or San Francisco. But in Indiana, a state more associated with large farms growing commodity crops like wheat and soybeans, there’s a quiet revolution taking place in Indianapolis.

By Andrew Amelinckx
Modern Farmer
November 4, 2016

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The city’s newest urban agricultural venture, Farm 360, was launched late last year with the twin missions of employing local folks, especially those who been incarcerated and have had a hard time finding good work, and repurposing blighted properties in the city’s Near Eastside neighborhood. The company is also growing vegetables using a hydroponic system that incorporates LED lighting, which uses 60 percent less electricity then traditional lighting systems.

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November 12, 2016   Comments Off on Indianapolis’ Urban Farms Help Tackle Urban Problems

Green Guerrillas since 1973! – NYC Food Based Community Organization Spotlight

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Since 1973 Green Guerillas has been creating partnerships between people who care about the earth and believe in the power of community gardening to transform neighborhoods.

By New York City Policy Centre
at Hunter College
2016

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How they do it: Green Guerillas helps community gardeners get the materials, people power, and funding they need to strengthen vibrant community gardens, produce bountiful harvests, and engage youth.

Mission: “Green Guerillas uses a unique mix of education, organizing and advocacy to help people cultivate community gardens, sustain grassroots groups, grow food, engage youth, and address issues critical to the future of their gardens.”

Latest project/campaign: Youth Poised – a program that challenges youth to evaluate applications and award grants to food-growing community garden groups in central Brooklyn.

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November 7, 2016   Comments Off on Green Guerrillas since 1973! – NYC Food Based Community Organization Spotlight

Urban Farm Plus Chickens Located at Business Property in Boston

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See video of business with urban farm plot.

Miner says the trend is growing because people want to know where their food comes from, cities want to shed their “food desert” labels and businesses want to offer a better work/life balance.

By Elizabeth Hopkins
WFXT
Oct. 5, 2016

Excerpt:

Above the hustle and bustle of Watertown, don’t be surprised if you hear the cluck of chickens.

In that city, a hot pink chicken coop sits in an unusual space and it marks a trend that’s bringing “farm living” into the heart of urban areas.

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October 13, 2016   Comments Off on Urban Farm Plus Chickens Located at Business Property in Boston

Turning Derelict Buildings into an Urban Farm in Detroit

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At a tax auction, social psychology student Tyson Gersh, now 26, and a fellow Michigan alum paid $5,025 for a six-unit apartment complex in the city’s blighted North End, to act as the center of operations as they converted a nearby, 1.5-acre plot of land into an urban farm.

By Lauren Rothman
Munchies Vice
October 6, 2016

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Today, Gersh and vice-president Molly Hubbell’s Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) not only produces thousands of pounds of organic produce each year, but also takes advantage of existing infrastructure in the community: Projects include a rainwater cistern made by waterproofing the foundation of a derelict home, and outfitting a former commercial building as a retail store for added-value products like pesto and tomato sauce.

We spoke with Gersh about MUFI’s location-specific approach to urban farming.

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October 8, 2016   Comments Off on Turning Derelict Buildings into an Urban Farm in Detroit

Lethbridge, Alberta urban farmer grows on 18 plots of land (about an acre in size)

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Josh Hellawell farms 18 plots of land. His largest piece of equipment is a Toyota Forerunner, and he doesn’t use any synthetic chemicals or fertilizers.

Hellawell said he also strives to be carbon neutral by limiting travel time in his work, delivering to CSAs instead of having 40 clients drive to him, and by striving for short distances between food source and customer.

By Barb Glen
Western Producer
Sept 29, 2016

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The arrangement with city property owners involves a contract entitling them to 10 percent of the vegetable crop and requires them to provide water. A liability clause protects both parties from lawsuits in the event of injury to anyone involved.

The contract also requires Hellawell to maintain the farming area, which must be at least 1,000 sq. feet.

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October 6, 2016   Comments Off on Lethbridge, Alberta urban farmer grows on 18 plots of land (about an acre in size)

Tiny urban farm in Lomita, California yields bounty fit for iconic restaurant

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Ginger Rivera and Ryan Roelen have turned their large Lomita back yard into an organic farm that now supplies local chefs. The two grow everything from tomatoes, citrus, avocados, pumpkins and a variety of chilis. (Steve McCrank/Daily Breeze/SCNG)

Rivera intends to get what’s known as a state cottage food license so she can sell beet bread, habanero mustard, marmalade chile, zucchini bread and other creations she makes and bakes from the products they grow.

By Nick Green
Daily Breeze
Sept 24, 2016

Excerpt:

Ryan Roelen had grown corn since the age of 4, progressed from there to growing chiles on his balcony apartment and, finally, bought three-quarters of an acre in Nicaragua where he planted citrus trees and other native plants when he wasn’t surfing.

But even that was a largely foreign concept to his girlfriend, Ginger Rivera, whom he had first met in the second grade before the two graduated in 1991 from South High School in Torrance.

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October 2, 2016   Comments Off on Tiny urban farm in Lomita, California yields bounty fit for iconic restaurant

Nevada: Brothel partners with city to create 100 acre garden to feed the needy

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“Most of the brothels are great community partners,” he said.

By Denise Rosch
3 News
Sept. 12, 2016

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“We have a lot of veterans who depend on this food bank. Some are in their 80’s. They have enough money for rent and utilities and that’s it. They’re here every week getting food,” said Hampton.

Next year, fresh vegetables could be added to the grocery list. Just down the road from the VFW, Sheri’s Ranch hopes a community garden will help alleviate the strain on the food bank. The local brothel plans to donate about 100 acres of land to make the project happen. The business said it is even willing to provide the water. Nye County Commissioner Dan Schinhofen is helping to coordinate the project.

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September 19, 2016   Comments Off on Nevada: Brothel partners with city to create 100 acre garden to feed the needy

Chicago: 28–year-old master gardener started three organic urban farms

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“It definitely keeps you sane when you’re in an urban environment that is sometimes full of conflict.”

By Amy Rutledge
WGN TV
Sept 12, 2016

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While the community is labeled a “food desert,” Stephanie and her helpers – many of them special needs students– teach kids and adults in the neighborhood how to grow food to feed their own families or even supplement their income.

Together with resident Godwin Akpan, who manages a neighborhood food bank, Dunn is spreading healthy food across the area. They’re even hosting their first big farmers market this fall, which they hope sales will raise money to expand the urban gardening and farming initiative.

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September 18, 2016   Comments Off on Chicago: 28–year-old master gardener started three organic urban farms

Urban Farming in Hartford, Connecticut Helps Locals, Growers Improve Their Lives

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Knox, Inc. provides gardening space to 500 farmers throughout the region.

By Todd Piro
NBC Connecticut
Sept 9, 2016

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Now, thanks to Knox’s training on how to increase crop yields, along with their help providing business planning and connections, Christian, can feed his neighbors, while growing his own business.

“It turned out many of them did like the idea of taking their garden plots and their growing abilities to the next level,” Ron Pitz, Executive Director of Knox, Inc. said.

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September 17, 2016   Comments Off on Urban Farming in Hartford, Connecticut Helps Locals, Growers Improve Their Lives

Ottawa’s ‘Britannia Backyard Edibles’ looking for room to grow their business

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Madeleine Maltby and Matthew Mason-Phillips are working hard to grow their business, Britannia Backyard Edibles. (Laurie Fagan/CBC)

“It’s almost become pathological … Wherever I’m walking or driving I’m always scanning. ‘What kind of backyard is that? What could I grow?'”

By Laurie Fagan
CBC News
Sep 05, 2016

Excerpt:

Along with Madeleine Maltby, 27, Mason-Phillips co-owns Britannia Backyard Edibles, an urban farming operation now in its second year. Together they’ve transformed 10 backyards — and one front yard — into vegetable garden.

Mason-Phillips says there’s a good supply of fertile but underused green space in central Ottawa that could be put to work for food production.

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September 11, 2016   Comments Off on Ottawa’s ‘Britannia Backyard Edibles’ looking for room to grow their business