Category — Urban Farm
City Blossoms has worked with over 3000 children and youth in various gardening projects
By Bonnie Averbuch
Feb 23, 2014
1. City Blossoms aims to increase youth awareness about caring for themselves and the environment through gardening. Over the past nine years, City Blossoms “has designed a unique method of developing and managing robust green spaces where children and youth are engaged as the main cultivators”, specializing in “an art-based, hands-on approach that emphasizes the strengths and unique qualities of each learning center.” All of City Blossoms programs work with the needs of the local environment and community members.
March 4, 2014 No Comments
Support your local urban farmers (and local rural farmers of course), and know where your food comes from.
By Vita Mavronicolas, Digital Storyteller
Fire and Light Media Group
Southlands Heritage Farm is a unique nature and agricultural reserve in Vancouver that most people are surprised to learn exists! They offer a number of camps, programs and workshops for youth right in the city as well as a weekly farmers market.
February 26, 2014 No Comments
From rooftops to abandoned lots, from school yards to greenhouses, gardens and farms are popping up all over Boston as urban agriculture and the local food movement continues to grow.
By Bonnie Averbuch
Feb 15, 2014
4. CitySprouts provides a school gardening program that is integrated into the Boston Public School’s curriculum. CitySprouts is currently operating in 12 public schools in Cambridge, MA. The organization also provides support and resources to public schools across Boston. These services are available through three different programs: Classroom to Garden, which supports teachers as they extend their lessons into the school gardens; Food Education through food-producing school gardens; and CitySprouts Summer Intern Program, which helps youth build connections with their local food system and the urban natural environment.
February 23, 2014 No Comments
6th Edition of the ‘Vancouver Lonely Planet’
By John Lee
Release Date: Feb. 1 2014
City Farmer Society has managed the Compost Garden at 2150 Maple Street since 1981 when it began as a demonstration organic food garden. Since then we have welcomed many thousands of visitors. Our latest project is a ‘Climate Change Adaptation Garden’ on the site. (Mike)
Excerpt from Lonely Planet guidebook:
“Don’t be put off by the name: this verdant city garden is an oasis among the backstreets of Kits. A rustic plot with a cob shed, compost toilet and wild and cultivated areas of flowers and vegetables, it’s a great place for gardeners to visit.
February 20, 2014 Comments Off
Two students in Harrisonburg, Virginia, turned up every last bit of its front, back and side yards into a farm.
By Andrew Jenner
January 23, 2014
When they applied for a business license, however, they hit a major speedbump. City ordinances, which often aspire to an antiseptic Leave it to Beaver-ish ideal for neighborhood life, prohibited farming. Their business license was denied, and Warren and Frere were informed that Collicello Gardens was an outlaw operation. (This occurred late in the summer, and to the city’s non-draconian credit, it didn’t try to prevent them from finishing out the CSA season.)
January 31, 2014 Comments Off
A Seattle charity organization is now in the urban farming business
By Gary Chittim
KING 5 News
January 27, 2014
(Must see. Mike)
The Millionair Club Charity has created a hydroponic farm in the basement of its Seattle shelter.
Farm Manager Chris Bajuk said hydroponics is by far the most environmental form of farming. He explained there are no pests, so no pesticides, no emissions and very little transportation of the crops. The Club will use the fresh produce to feed homeless and jobless vistors to the shelter and will donate some to other local charities. It will also sell some of it to local restaurants like Tuta Bella.
January 29, 2014 Comments Off
Nolan Schmidt, left, and Adrien Lim, pose among raised planter beds for herbs at Tower Urban Family Farms, located in Fresno’s Tower District. Smith said it took some wrangling to meet city codes, but the operation is now offering food at local farmer’s markets. Photo by Eric Paul Zamora.
They supply herbs and greens to four local restaurants, which appreciate Schmidt’s use of interesting ingredients like red Russian kale, Bloomsdale spinach and speckled peach tomatoes.
By Robert Rodriguez
The Fresno Bee
January 13, 2014
A trained chef, Nolan Schmidt plants his urban farm in the Tower District with visions of recipes in his head.
Schmidt carefully selects the herbs and vegetables for his organic farm based on their flavor, how it looks on a plate and how well they produce. Some plants, like pineapple sage, he grows just for himself.
January 21, 2014 Comments Off
1.3 acre vacant lot, two ponds, 4,000 Tilapia fish, processes up to 40,000 pounds of food waste per week
By Suji Strain-Kokich
The Case Foundation
Jan 9, 2014
After three years of operation the Rid All Green Partnership has converted a 1.3 acre vacant lot into a thriving farm, replete with two greenhouses, four hoop houses, two ponds harvesting more than 4,000 Tilapia fish, a teepee and an industrial compost station that processes up to 40,000 pounds of food waste per week. Their cadre of more than 500 volunteers supports the organization in this fearless endeavor to change the way that vacant land is viewed and utilized in Ohio and many other urban communities.
January 19, 2014 Comments Off
Emerald Street Urban Farm, Marathon Urban Farm, Walnut Hill Farm, Bartram’s Garden Community Farm and Food Resource Center, Greensgrow Farm, Mill Creek Urban Farm, Farm 51, Urban Girls Produce, Mort Brooks Memorial Farm, Germantown Kitchen Garden
By Kathleen Corr
Jan 2, 2014
6. Mill Creek Urban Farm
Located in West Philadelphia, Mill Creek Farm is an educational farm whose mission extends beyond the farm’s half acre. As the farm’s website explains, “we envision a world in which everyone has access to affordable, healthy, culturally appropriate food, and were local communities work collaboratively to build a food system that is socially just and environmentally and economically sustainable.” Want to be a part of Mill Creek Farm’s mission? Join one of the interactive tours or community skill-share workshops hosted on the farm!
January 18, 2014 Comments Off
First year farmer Justin Simms talks about his decision to make a life change and create InTownAg, an urban farming business. In the interview he speaks about the ups and downs of his first year farming yards in Portland.
Excerpt from his InTownAg website:
InTownAg is created from our experience in landscape architecture and environmental science. These fields led us to focus on incorporating multifunctional design into cities. How can our landuse planning combine ecological, social, and economic services?
There is ample land in our neighborhoods with homeowners eager to convert their yards to gardens. Garden sharing is becoming mainstream as seen by the Wall Street Journal article ‘The Rise of the Lazy Locavore’
January 17, 2014 Comments Off
City on track to exceed its greenest-city goals
By Randy Shore
January 2, 2014
Vancouver continues to make progress toward the goals set in the Greenest City Action Plan, adding more than 400 community garden plots and opening two new farmers markets in the past year.
With more than 4,166 garden plots established on city-owned and privately held land to date, Vancouver is on pace to meet its objective to create 5,000 plots five years early. The plan set a goal of doubling the city’s neighbourhood food assets by 2020.
January 11, 2014 Comments Off
Our dream is to build an urban farm/market on what is left of our family’s homestead. We believe good food is a right not a privilege.
Derek and Kamise Mullen
My wife and I are starting an organic farm on her family’s property. Everitt Farms is located between Garrison St. and Kipling St. on the south side of Alameda Ave. in Lakewood Colorado. Lakewood is the largest of the Denver suburbs and Alameda Ave. is the heart of Lakewood. It has been identified by the city as their downtown corridor. The city planners describe the future of Alameda Ave as “a Grand Parkway to the Mountains”. This 30 acre property, what’s left of our family’s homestead, sits alongside this corridor. Our long term goal is to build an urban agriculture center (a combination of a working farm, teaching facility and community market place) all supplied by the farm, and surrounding community, operated using the best modern technologies combined with old world techniques and built with reclaimed materials.
January 10, 2014 Comments Off
The people invested in the future of the farm say they will prioritize community ownership and shared responsibility for the space, a pivot from a failed model that depended heavily on a single organization, Marathon.
By Cary Betagole
Hidden City Philia
December 16, 2013
Borish, who professes a genuine interest in urban agriculture, was actively involved with the farm at first.
“We wanted to pair a sustainable farm with a for-profit restaurant to see if it could underwrite our goals,” said Borish. “We had pretty lofty goals and positive energy but big challenges as well.”
Among those challenges was being able to accept EBT debit cards at the farm stand, which are used by people receiving financial assistance from the state.
December 21, 2013 Comments Off
She has a fish pond with 2,000 catfish that have been harvested twice and sold locally after achieving one-kilogramme weight. There are 17 Friesian heifers in the zero-grazing unit, 10 of them in milk.
By Dorothy Kweyu
Nov 29, 2013
The farm also has kienyeji (indigenous) chicken, which lay at least 10 eggs every day. “I don’t buy eggs,” Mrs Karanja says. Some of her chickens are from Uganda and are serviced by a cockerel from India.
“We want to breed them and see how it works,” she says. Mrs Karanja’s believes the birds coming from abroad will be more resistant to fowl diseases. The Ugandan breed is perceived to have more meat, and with the hens showing an 80-90 per cent hatching rate, she is onto something big.
December 9, 2013 Comments Off
Demand for our produce is constantly growing and new markets are popping up all the time, but we all agree that if we only scaled up by a factor of two, it would stop being an enjoyable hobby and start being a very low paying job!
By Kirsten Bradley
Dec 4, 2013
- Whats the total square meters you’ve got under cultivation?
We’ve got precisely 182 sq.m under cultivation – 14 x 13m long beds (it’s a nightmare to plan given 13 doesn’t divide well!)
- How many work hours (total) do you estimate per week are getting spent on this patch, spread across how many people?
We’ve been keeping a tally of hours spent on the project (including time spent planning etc.), which in the first six months added up to roughly 500 hours, so about 20hrs / week shared between the three of us.
Our normal work week is Monday afternoons planting and weeding, Saturdays picking and selling. A lot of time has been spent in setting up infrastructure (fencing, post-harvest wash stand etc.) which will (hopefully!) taper off in the future.
December 7, 2013 Comments Off