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Canada: Rapper tells the story of Frisch Farms Vancouver

Gabriel Pliska raps about CSA urban farming as he walks through the streets of Vancouver.

FRISCH is the German word for FRESH. Frisch sounds fresher. Kinda crisp and crunchy like a fresh snap pea.

By Gabriel Pliska
Frisch Farms
2017

Excerpt:

It was in the Spring of 2012 when I moved back to Canada from Germany where I was teaching English and semi-retired…

Then once in Vancouver, I started growing vegetables in some raised garden beds with new roommates in Kitsilano and I remembered how much fun it was to garden with my mother while growing up in Ottawa as a child. I knew gardening was my passion!

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November 20, 2017   No Comments

Innovations from Cleveland’s urban farms are taking root around the world

Rid-All Green Partnership, a thriving, three-acre green space.

Four of Cleveland’s thriving urban farms that exemplify the movement’s roots in building communities and creating opportunities: Chateau Hough, Green City Growers, Rid-All-Green Partnership, and Ohio City Farm

By Billy Hallal
Freshwater
November 09, 2017

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Randy McShepard is well aware of the common misconceptions about urban farming in Cleveland. “People say, ‘The soil’s contaminated! You can’t do it!’ or ‘There are just three months of good weather in Cleveland!’”

But McShepard is proving them wrong. He’s a co-founder of the Rid-All Green Partnership, a thriving, three-acre green space in the struggling but strengthening Kinsman neighborhood.

Rid-All has found creative ways around typical urban agriculture obstacles. They grow cold-weather crops like collard greens and kale, harvesting 11 months out of the year. As for the soil, they make their own. Wood chips and food waste (of which they use up to 50,000 pounds a week during peak season) decompose for months to form Rid-All’s “Black Gold,” a profitable compost soil that ships all across the state.

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November 15, 2017   No Comments

Texas: Square Mile using urban farming to cultivate growth in San Jacinto

Square Mile urban farm.

“Help bring produce, healthy food, into the community as well as teach people how to use this farming method themselves, so they can bring in supplemental income and we can really foster a little bit of economic development.”

By Nicolette Perrone
News Channel 10
Nov 1, 2017

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What began over the summer as concrete and dirt, has now become a farm that just had its first harvest.

The farm is providing residents with keys to economic growth and health to reinvent San Jacinto as a vibrant part of Amarillo.

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November 7, 2017   Comments Off on Texas: Square Mile using urban farming to cultivate growth in San Jacinto

Herban Sprout is growing fresh food in Martinsburg, W. Virginia

Matt Denton in front of new 24-by-40 foot plot.

They sell to 13 restaurants and cafés in Martinsburg and Shepherdstown, W.Va., Greencastle, Pa., Winchester, Va., and Hagerstown.

By Robin Murphy
The Herald-Mail
Oct 20, 2017

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Established in February of 2015 on a eighth of an acre, Herban Sprout grew into a viable business from the Denton’s doing smaller deliveries of excess greens to the local community.

“We were already farming for our family on a smaller scale. Every spare minute we had we were spending out in the garden.” Stephanie Denton said. “It was a natural decision. This is what we want to be doing anyway, so we decided to do it on a larger scale.”

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October 30, 2017   Comments Off on Herban Sprout is growing fresh food in Martinsburg, W. Virginia

Canada: Urban Farming Works In Windsor

Bishop’s Urban Farm.

These are not large acreages, or acreages at all, for that matter. One of the plots is actually in their backyard.

By Ian Shalapata
The Square
17 October 2017

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The enterprising couple are simply returning city land to vegetable production sites. Instead of cutting their lawn in the summer, they go through a number planting, harvesting, and replanting cycles using the same soil beds with a goal of producing as many crops as is possible to meet the demand they are creating.

These are not large acreages, or acreages at all, for that matter. One of the plots is actually in their backyard. The secret, Kavanaugh told The Square, rests squarely in the types of crops that are grown along with systems to increase effectiveness and efficiency.

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October 25, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Urban Farming Works In Windsor

The Most Surprising Little Urban Farm in L.A. Is on a Mar Vista Side Street

Photo Courtesy Of Casamor Farm.

Farm sells its produce on the honor system, and ”it works perfectly”

By Joshua Lurie
Los Angeles Magazine
October 16, 2017

Excerpt:

Kohler is a Swiss national who has cultivated a small vegetable patch in every home he’s had in L.A. In 2014 he converted his front and back yards into a “food garden” by planting 30 fruit and nut trees and replacing the lawn with growing beds.

He launched the farm stand in 2016 as a way to share his surplus harvest with neighbors, putting out vegetables every Sunday and encouraging visitors to “pay what you want.” Kohler says farm stands that operate on an honor system are an “integral part of the agricultural landscape” in Switzerland. Friends questioned whether a similar endeavor would work in L.A., but Kohler persisted and learned “it works perfectly.”

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October 24, 2017   Comments Off on The Most Surprising Little Urban Farm in L.A. Is on a Mar Vista Side Street

Ohio: Urban farms help in Youngstown’s recovery

As the city of Youngstown has shrunk from 170,000 residents to fewer than 65,000 from the 1950s until present day, according to Atlantic Magazine and numerous other sources, the housing stock has noticeably deteriorated. But now, occasional bright green spots are defiantly rearing up out of the urban decay.

By Richard Weiner
Akron Legal News Reporter
October 12, 2017

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“We have definitely seen growth in locally-produced food,” said Melissa Miller, who runs the Lake to Rive Food Cooperative. The co-op serves and draws from farmers in an eight-county area that includes Mahoning County.

“We have seen a rise in niche products,” coming from these small, lot-sized farms, Miller said. These include Avant Garden, a mushroom farm in downtown Youngstown, and Unabandoned, a two-lot herb farm that, among other products, makes essential oils out of their herbs and Avant’s mushrooms.

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October 18, 2017   Comments Off on Ohio: Urban farms help in Youngstown’s recovery

Canada: Vancouver’s Sole Food Street Farms to move to new home in Olympic Village

Site plan for the new location of the Sole Food Urban Street Farm at West 1st Avenue and Crowe Street. Credit: City of Vancouver Click image to see larger file.

North America’s largest urban farm is preparing to move south across False Creek, from their current home at Pacific and Carrall, to a new spot in the Olympic Village.

By Peter Meiszner
Urban YVR
October 16, 2017

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Sole Food needs to move nearly 2,000 planter boxes to the new site by the end of October. Three shipping containers will also be set up on the property to house supplies and office space for the operation.

Produce from the farm will be processed on-site for distribution through farmers markets, delivery to restaurants and also sold on-site. Operating hours will be from dawn to dusk, seven days a week, and the farm will be open to the public Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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October 17, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Vancouver’s Sole Food Street Farms to move to new home in Olympic Village

Canada: Urbanite Finds Success Growing Organic Choy for Vancouver Market

Caroline Chiu is an organic farmer who has found success growing Chinese vegetables. Photo by Jennifer Gauthier / For Metro.

In fact, more than 90 per cent of produce grown in the Lower Mainland in the 1920s was cultivated by Chinese farmers in a system segregated by racist policies of the time, according to historian Kay Anderson, author of Vancouver’s Chinatown.

By Wanyee Li
Metro
Oct 06 2017

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Farming wasn’t the dream career Caroline Chiu’s parents had in mind for their daughter but the budding entrepreneur has found that organic Chinese veggies are a hit in Vancouver.

The 28-year-old started her half-an-acre farm in Richmond, called Riverside Farm, after completing farm school at Kwantlen Polytechnic University two years ago. She tapped into her own commnunity to find success in Vancouver’s rapidly growing local-food scene.

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October 7, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Urbanite Finds Success Growing Organic Choy for Vancouver Market

Chicago: When farm to table is just a few blocks away

Jen Rosenthal. Photo by John R. Boehm.

Farmers at Legends have to work 50 hours of community service per season for each eighth of an acre they farm, including helping Legends residents with the community garden or holding workshops on cooking or growing crops.

By Ben Feldheim
Crain’s Chicago Business
Sept 22, 2017

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Jen Rosenthal walks beside a row of green pea tendrils bearing small, cloverlike leaves and thin stems. She kneels down to cut the top halves. Sugar snap peas would grow from their flowers if left to mature, but Rosenthal has found leaves from this particular type pack a lot of bright flavor. Place them in water after harvesting and they don’t deteriorate quickly like their siblings. It’s one of many lessons Rosenthal has learned in the two years she’s been growing produce at Legends Farm, a training site for urban farmers through the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest program.

“Some restaurants try growing these on-site, but without the rich soil they get too leggy and spindly,” Rosenthal said of the pea plants while standing in one of the lower drainage rows that run parallel between the more elevated crop rows at Legends. “We’ll let some blossom and harvest peas before they all come out to make more room for peppers and eggplants.”

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September 27, 2017   Comments Off on Chicago: When farm to table is just a few blocks away

New Orleans golf course transformed into city’s biggest urban farm with an Eco-Campus

The City Park birding corridor runs along the side of farm and provides a more wild contrast to the farmed environment.

By Lucy Wang
Inhabitat
Sept 18, 2017

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A former golf course in New Orleans’ City Park has been transformed into the city’s biggest urban farm—Grow Dat Youth Farm. The seven-acre sustainable farming nonprofit features a low-energy Eco-Campus built with seven recycled shipping containers and designed by Tulane University architecture students. The urban farming and leadership program teaches local youth how to sustainably grow fruits and veggies that are then sold to CSAs, local restaurants, and markets, as well as donated to neighborhoods lacking access to healthy, fresh food.

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September 24, 2017   Comments Off on New Orleans golf course transformed into city’s biggest urban farm with an Eco-Campus

Canada: Vancouver’s Sole Food Street Farms Takes On Poverty With Urban Agriculture

Click image to see larger file. “One of the things we love most about urban farming is the chance to bring colour and life to unexpected places.”

It’s one of the largest of its kind in North America.

By Lois Abraham
Canadian Press
09/18/2017

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The crops grow in 10,000 specially designed containers on what were once vacant lots.

The urban farm, one of the largest in North America, has helped deal with the chronic problems in the community.

“You walk down Hastings Street in the middle of the afternoon and see somebody on the sidewalk with a needle in their arm or somebody else kind of pirouetting in the middle of the street high on crack and you make judgements. We all do,” says Ableman.

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September 24, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Vancouver’s Sole Food Street Farms Takes On Poverty With Urban Agriculture

Dayton, Ohio Urban Farm founder angered by city’s Garden Station eviction

Lisa Helm, the founder of Dayton Urban Grown Farm, stands among the plantings at the co-op and training farm. Helm also founded Garden Station, which was evicted from a city-owned property last year. Cornelius Frolik / Staff

“We should write an obituary for the garden, because it’s dead and it did not die of natural causes,” Helm said.

By Cornelius Frolik
Dayton Daily News
Sept. 17, 2017

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The land at Wayne Avenue and Fourth Street, which belonged to the city, was transferred to Kentucky developer Weyland Ventures, which has converted an industrial building across the street into hip, new urban lofts.

The developer has proposed creating an urban entertainment and housing district called Oregon East, featuring a blend of uses.

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September 23, 2017   Comments Off on Dayton, Ohio Urban Farm founder angered by city’s Garden Station eviction

Urban farms, beacons of self-reliance, change the Buffalo landscape

Mayda Pozantides takes a cover off of some vegetables at the Groundwork Market Garden on Genesee Street. This marks the first year the farm has yielded crops. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

Eleven urban farms help lead the way in Buffalo. Several will be stops on the ninth annual GObike Buffalo Tour de Farms bicycling event next Saturday, Sept. 16.

By Scott Scanlon
Buffalo News
September 8, 2017

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Mayda Pozantides slings burgers two nights a week in an Allentown restaurant but her career aspirations involve something much more grounded.

She wants to be a full-time farmer in the City of Buffalo.

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September 10, 2017   Comments Off on Urban farms, beacons of self-reliance, change the Buffalo landscape

Queen City Acres Makes a Go of Urban Farming in Vermont

Farmer Ethan Thompson.

Thompson’s main plot produces mostly baby greens such as mizuna, mesclun from High Mowing Organic Seeds and red Russian kale

By Suzanne Podhaizer
Seven Day
Aug 29, 2017

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Thompson was on the verge of quitting when he found a YouTube series on profitable urban farming. “I was sitting at the computer, and what popped up is this fellow who’s making a living growing food in other people’s backyards,” he explained. “Seeing how other people had done it, I was finally able to envision how I might do it.”

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September 3, 2017   Comments Off on Queen City Acres Makes a Go of Urban Farming in Vermont