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Urban farmers cultivate community and a connection to the land in Oklahoma City

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Photo Garett Fisbeck / Oklahoma Gazette)

“The first step for a garden is not to overbuild it the first year,” he said. “Start with a 4-foot-by-8-foot garden. It needs to be small and manageable. It will become overwhelming if it’s too large.”

By Greg Ewell
Oklahoma Gazette
Feb 17, 2017

Excerpt:

CommonWealth Urban Farms of OKC cofounder and farm manager Elia Woods said she sees it, too, when people visit their farm at 3310 N. Olie Ave.

“We have a hunger inside of us to be connected to the natural world,” she said. “No matter how happy you might be at an office job, you still have that need.”

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February 20, 2017   No Comments

Meet Morristown, New Jersey’s Famous Farmer: Shaun Ananko

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Shaun Ananko comes to the CSE greenhouse everyday to water the seeds that eventually will be planted at the Urban Farm. Photo by Mitchell Baker.

The Urban Farm grows food for the Interfaith Food Pantry and Morristown High School. Remaining produce is sold at cost via the farm stand.

By Mitchell Baker
Morristown Green
Feb 13, 2017

Excerpt:

Shaun Ananko is starting his seventh year as director of agriculture and education for Grow It Green Morristown, a nonprofit that provides fresh, locally grown food for Greater Morristown.

From two Morristown venues – the Early Street Community Garden, and the Urban Farm at Lafayette on Hazel Street–the organization pursues its mission of creating green space and educating residents about where their food comes from.

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February 19, 2017   No Comments

The Most Important Modern Farmer Might Be The Urban Cowboy

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This beautiful woman came to libertadurbanfarm and volunteered today. She also taught me about what I thought were weeds were actually a tasty green eaten in the Philippines and then she donated kneeling pads, a crap ton of seeds and bought some hot sauce. (From the Tweet under photo.)

Libertad Urban Farm is also one of about 40 community-run spaces, each with their own social justice projects, that grow serrano peppers for The Bronx Hot Sauce.

By Heather Corcoran
Good Food
February 10, 2017

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In the South Bronx, The BLK ProjeK’s Libertad Urban Farm is a women-led space for economic development. “You’re not having a real conversation about poverty if you’re not talking about women and children being the most affected by poverty,” explains BLK Projek executive director Tanya Fields, who founded the project three years ago. “It’s hard being a mother no matter where on the spectrum you are, but when you start to talk about the intersectional disparity, those who are the most marginalized are the ones who bare the greatest brunt of disparity. In a society like ours, the further you move away from the proximity of whiteness, the bigger you feel the disparity.”

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February 16, 2017   No Comments

Millennials are getting back to the land — in backyard gardens and urban plots

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Click on image for larger file. Sam Hedges, left, and Seth Matlick harvest fennel from a hoop house on the Vida Verde farm in the North Valley. (Jim Thompson/Journal)

“I love still being able to live in a city,” he said. “Albuquerque is an urban environment but it has a rural feel to it.”

By Elaine D. Briseño
Albuquerque Journal
February 5th, 2017

Excerpt:

Matlick wasn’t quite ready to trade in his ticket to the concrete jungle though. He wanted to farm while still having access to city life. Matlick said when he was growing up urban farms and community gardens were not something available to city dwellers. He said he’s seen it become more popular among his peers, but like him, although they embrace the craft, they aren’t necessarily willing to abandon city living all together.

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February 10, 2017   Comments Off on Millennials are getting back to the land — in backyard gardens and urban plots

North Texas: Tree Folk Urban Farm

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Andrea and Matt Gorham.

Three different rooms inside their house have been developed into labs for growing and experimenting on plants.

By Kyle Martin
North Texas Daily
Feb 1, 2017

Excerpt:

The meticulous organization stands out at the Tree Folk Farm and without it, nothing would work as it should. Among the chickens, trees, fruits, vegetables, seedlings and spores are Andrea and Matt. On their farm, everything has a place and a purpose.

On their 1.3 acre plot of land, the Gorhams have chickens, a goat named Oreo, persimmon trees, tomatoes, assorted fruits and vegetables. Most crucial to their farm right now, however, is the 40-60 pounds of specialty mushrooms they grow and sell at $6-$10 per pound to locals and local businesses around the DFW area.

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February 7, 2017   Comments Off on North Texas: Tree Folk Urban Farm

11 NYC Urban Agriculture Organizations to Follow on Social Media Right Now

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Twitter: 1,336 followers, Instagram: 422 followers, Facebook: 2,217 likes

By Heidi Andrianos
NYC Food Policy Centre
Jan 17, 2017

Excerpt:

East New York Farms!

Twitter handles/hashtags: EAST NEW YORK FARMS!, @ENYFARMS

Instagram handles: enyfarms

Facebook name: East New York Farms!

Overview: Our work includes two weekly farmers markets, a Youth Internship Program serving 35 children, a gardener assistance program, maintenance of three farms, a mini-grant program, and a Community Educator program that leads over 85 cooking demonstrations per year.

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February 7, 2017   Comments Off on 11 NYC Urban Agriculture Organizations to Follow on Social Media Right Now

The ‘Urban Farm’ in Phoenix teaches people how to grow their own food

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Greg Peterson, owner of The Urban Farm in Phoenix, kneels in his garden July 10, 2017. He sells and educates people about growing citrus trees in the Valley. (Photo: Michael Chow/The Republic)

Nearly 25 percent more Americans grew their own food in 2015 than in 2008, and food-growing households in urban areas increased 29 percent, from 7 million in 2008 to 9 million, in 2013, according to the National Gardening Association.

By Georgann Yara
Arizona Republic
Jan. 24, 2017

Excerpt:

By the time Peterson made the decision to make Urban Farm his only job last year, he had been accustomed to living frugally. He was growing most of his own food and lived what he preached. He was an adjunct professor at ASU from 2011-2016, and had done a few other jobs before to make ends meet.

“I learned to live lightly. Sustainability is about not consuming a lot,” he said.

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February 4, 2017   Comments Off on The ‘Urban Farm’ in Phoenix teaches people how to grow their own food

Sudbury, Ontario Gets an Urban Farm

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Joseph Leblanc, executive director of the Social Planning Council, told the community services committee Monday of the organization’s plans for transforming a 1.5-acre ill-used plot of land into an urban oasis of all things vegetatively edible.

By Mary Katherine Keown,
The Sudbury Star
January 16, 2017

Excerpt:

Ward 8 Coun. Al Sizer wanted to know how residents would be able to access the foods grown and produced from the farm. Leblanc talked about the possibility of launching a market or mobile market in Sudbury, or establishing community dinners at which the goods would be served. There is also the possibility of partnering with existing organizations, such as Better Beginnings Better Futures, to host larger-scale meals.

“We’ll look at some of those finer details,” Leblanc said. “Certainly there are feeding programs, so student nutrition programs and community suppers and stuff.

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January 25, 2017   Comments Off on Sudbury, Ontario Gets an Urban Farm

Sacramento Home Grown

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South Oak Park farmers Judith and Chanowk Yisrael want to change “the hood for good” by helping bring fresh produce to food deserts around the region. Portrait courtesy of the Israel family.

The Yisrael family’s urban farm has flourished in the middle of a food desert, planting the seeds for a whole new farm-to-fork movement

By Tori Masucci Cummins
Sac town Magazine
Jan 16, 2017

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Urban homesteaders Chanowk and Judith Yisrael, along with their nine children, have converted their yard and a neighboring lot into a half-acre farm consisting of a chicken coop, a small orchard producing everything from plums to goji berries, and gardens bursting with crops like Ethiopian kale, Swiss chard and collard greens. They’ve also taught themselves how to compost, cultivate seeds and make jams and soaps.

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January 23, 2017   Comments Off on Sacramento Home Grown

Las Vegas embraces education about eco-living and access to fresh, healthy produce grown locally

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Vegas Roots Community Garden.

Urban Seed is a new farming facility in the first of eight phases aimed at building a 3-acre greenhouse

By Katie Visconti
Las Vegas Sun
Jan. 22, 2017 |

Excerpt:

PublicUs, Eat and Carson Kitchen incorporate farm-to-table finds. Gardens are being integrated into the curriculum at neighborhood schools through Green Our Planet. Chef Donald Lemperle and creative director Kelly Bennett of Vegenation are partnering with Vegas Roots Community Garden and Create a Change School Garden to change the way food can be served and enjoyed.

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January 22, 2017   Comments Off on Las Vegas embraces education about eco-living and access to fresh, healthy produce grown locally

Urban Farm Growing to Help San Jacinto, California

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“Provide healthy foods in a lower income neighborhood that has been kind of neglected for awhile and really utilize that as a cornerstone of transforming the overall community in terms of economic development, health, education,” said Clark.

By Angelina Perez
My High Plains
12/22 2016

Excerpt:

Not only will they grow food, they will teach community members how to garden as well and provide them an opportunity to help the area.

“During the course of growing we are going to have volunteer days as well, where people can come help us weed, help us pick the vegetables and just maintain the property, stuff like that,” said Melius.

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January 4, 2017   Comments Off on Urban Farm Growing to Help San Jacinto, California

Urban farm project heading for Midtown Omaha

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“The more I’ve read, the more I’ve talked with other new farmers, I think this really is kind of the direction of the future for agriculture,” Jespersen said.

By Collin Ruane
WOWT News
Dec 21, 2016

Excerpt:

Forget big fields and acres of land, this residency program is set in the heart of Omaha. The Big Muddy Urban Farm is fixed inside a Midtown neighborhood. It’s an opportunity to learn about farming and the business behind it. Taylor Jespersen is one of a select few residents ready to take part in the aspiring farmer residency program.

“The urban farming thing is very new to me, but I’m excited to see what that looks like,” said Jespersen.

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December 31, 2016   Comments Off on Urban farm project heading for Midtown Omaha

In Urban Edmunston, Maryland, Eco City Farms Grows Enough Produce to Feed 250 People Each Year

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Video by Deborah Levenson.

The federal government has declared Prince Georges County, Md. a “food desert” because many residents have trouble getting to grocery stores that sell fresh fruits and vegetables.

Excerpt from ECO City Farm’s website:

ECO City Farms has converted previously vacant land into a highly productive farming enterprise that produces healthy vegetables, fruit, herbs, eggs and honey. Our produce is Certified Naturally Grown by fellow farmers who establishes an international grassroots alternative to the USDA Certified Organic Program. We employ environmentally sound, chemical-free, permaculture farming methods and support others to do the same.

Farmer Training:

We provide in-depth, hands-on technical and practical training in urban agriculture through apprenticeships and internships and courses. In conjunction with Prince George’s Community College and other partners, we offer a wide range of Continuing Education Credit courses and a certificate in Commercial Urban Farming. Students range from beginners to seasoned experts.

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December 24, 2016   Comments Off on In Urban Edmunston, Maryland, Eco City Farms Grows Enough Produce to Feed 250 People Each Year

Detroit’s Oakland Avenue Urban Farm has snagged a $500,000 grant from ArtPlace America

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The Oakland Avenue Urban Farm Team, in front of the Farm’s Community House in Detroit’s North End. Click on image for larger file.

Largest urban farm in Detroit’s North End will transform into a five-acre landscape combining art, architecture, sustainable ecologies, and new market practices

By Robin Runyan
Curbed Detroit
Dec 9, 2016,

Excerpt:

Within this two-year project, these groups will:

Explore ways to reactivate existing architectures with innovative locally rooted programming,
Take the site off-grid by creating artful and functional infrastructures,
Foster worker-owned businesses as economic drivers, and
Integrate the arts into the fabric of community life.

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December 17, 2016   Comments Off on Detroit’s Oakland Avenue Urban Farm has snagged a $500,000 grant from ArtPlace America

NYC Public Housing (NYCHA) Farms – A Twist on Urban Agriculture

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Two more NYCHA farms will likely be established by the end of 2018, but final details are still under consideration regarding location

By Beth Krietsch
New York City Food Policy Centre
Dec 7, 2016

Excerpt:

Each morning, 24-year-old Nalijha Trammell rises before the sun for a 7:30 a.m. start to her work day at one of four urban farm sites scattered throughout Brooklyn and Harlem. As a member of Green City Force’s Urban Farm Corps, Trammell works alongside 24 of her peers to develop and maintain working urban farms on New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments in Canarsie, Brownsville, Red Hook, and East Harlem.

Trammell and her fellow 18-to-24-year-old corps members, all of whom are NYCHA residents, work diligently each day on various farming tasks, from planting seeds and weeding gardens to harvesting produce and delivering cooking demonstrations to NYCHA residents.

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December 15, 2016   Comments Off on NYC Public Housing (NYCHA) Farms – A Twist on Urban Agriculture