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Hundreds of Volunteers Turn Out to Help Build Washington D.C.’s “Largest-Scale Urban Farm”


“When you do urban farming, the first constraint is land,” she says. “We don’t have space. So we can’t spread out like you could in Nebraska or even rural Maryland.

By Andrew Giambrone
Washington City Paper
September 29, 2015


A three-acre, $5 million piece of land owned by the D.C. Housing Authority is getting a makeover into an urban farm that will feature a garden, a nature trail, and a plaza.

On Saturday, hundreds of volunteers from local agencies, companies, and organizations pitched in to lay the foundation for the East Capitol Farm. The partnership aims to transform a vacant lot into the city’s “largest-scale urban farm,” directly west of the Capitol Heights Metro station.

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Stone’s Throw Urban Farm finds city spaces to grow produce in in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Robin Major (center) and Eric Larsen size up the footings for a high tunnel they are building on the Stones Throw Urban farm on Dale Street in St. Paul. Photo by Brian Peterson.

Stones Throw Urban farm has converted 14 vacant lots in Minneapolis and St. Paul into mini-farms during the past four years

By Tom Meersman
Star Tribune
Sept 27, 2015


“What’s fairly new is that there’s more interest and more public recognition that urban agriculture can bring benefits to the city, regardless of whether you’re the one farming or not,” she said.

Those benefits include green space and better aesthetics in communities, she said, and “food sovereignty,” which means options for people in neighborhoods that don’t have grocery stores. “Those are places where people rely on corner stores which can’t necessarily get the best produce because they don’t have enough volume or turnover or cooler space,” Dawson said.

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Sacramento agriculturalists turn their yards into gardens to feed the city

Judith and Chanowk Yisrael dig their urban ag lifestyle. Photos By Kevin Cortopassi.

“Any family can do it,” she says about growing her own food. “And as families pass by, they actually see it.”

By Janelle Bitker
News Review


Chanowk Yisrael stands tall above a plot of dark green leaves, stems and pods, ready to harvest. He nimbly slices off okra into a brown wicker basket with his tool of choice: a machete.

No, no, no, he insists, laughing. He doesn’t have a weird thing for machetes. He just grabbed it for some reason. Besides, his clippers are unavailable— he already handed them to four volunteers harvesting bright red Thai chili peppers. His helpers are down in the dirt, breathing in the clean, urban farm air, saying things like “so peaceful” with a sigh. Chanowk’s shoulder-length dreads bounce with him as he scours beds for more peppers prime for plucking.

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Urban Adamah to Break Ground on New Farm in West Berkeley


“We envisioned a new home on the site that would double the size of our existing space and dramatically increase our impact in the community through the expansion of our food production and educational programs.”

By Emilie Raguso
Berkeleyside NOSH


A sustainable agriculture organization with plans for an ambitious urban farm, and a training program for the next generation of farmers, is slated to break ground over the next few days on a project set to cover more than 2 acres of vacant land in West Berkeley.

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Portland State University gave their counterparts from Montreal, Canada, a grand tour of the City’s urban farms

Rooftop Garden at Noble Rot Restaurant. See more about the garden.

Both cities — while much different in size — share the same latitude and a population that is “environmentally oriented,” McClintock says.

By Jennifer Anderson
Portland Tribune
Sept 15, 2015


Eight PSU graduate students took eight Canadian graduate students to meetings and site visits at some of Portland’s best-kept secrets: urban gardens that have sprouted in recent years to help fight hunger, empower low-income residents, educate children, and give youth and adults access to healthy food right in their backyard or neighborhood.

It’s fascinating stuff for planners, since it is a byproduct of gentrification in hot spots like Portland, says Nate McClintock, the PSU assistant professor who spearheaded the student exchange.

“Essentially, urban agriculture arises where there’s vacant land, cheap land, a low market rate or wherever food justice activity pops up,” McClintock says. “So many of these projects produce food to address the so-called food desert.”

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Urban Farms in Washington DC

Gail Taylor runs Three Part Harmony Farm in Northeast Washington’s Brookland neighborhood. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

The Shaw nursery Old City Green has re-christened itself Old City Farm, piled soil onto 1,000 square feet of concrete, and planted basil, lemon grass and tomatillos.

By Lavanya Ramanathan
Washington Post
September 4, 2015


I’m not a professional social worker or therapist, or whatever,” says Gail Taylor, who runs Three Part Harmony Farm, “but every year, incredible numbers of people come to our farm and heal themselves, just by putting their hands in the dirt.”

Before she found her own salvation in the soil, “I spent way too much time on Capitol Hill,” the 36-year-old former legislative director says in a way that must elicit sympathetic nods in this city full of people who have spent too much time on Capitol Hill.

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Educational farm in Oxford, UK about to open

Vision of a City Farm from Zoe Broughton on Vimeo.

UK Green Party leader Natalie Bennett visits site and supports the project

Oxford Mail
Sept 3, 2015


Oxford City Farm, off Cornwallis Road in Cowley, is being built for those living in the city who may have never seen a working farm, or have learned where food comes from.

The farm’s steering group plans to turn the once-derelict site into an innovative community space, and is submitting a planning application to Oxford City Council this week.

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You can walk from Downtown Indianapolis high-rises to prolific plots of land

The Public Greens restaurant micro-farm on Monon Trail in Broad Ripple. The plot is one of five Tyler Henderson manages in Indianapolis for Growing Places Indy.
(Photo: Liz Biro/The Star)

Around 100 urban farms and community gardens are here in Indianapolis

By Liz Biro
Indy Star
Aug 28, 2015


Walking from Downtown Indy’s Chase tower, you could be at South Circle farm in 30 minutes. The Southside farm’s cheerful buzz is just 2 miles away. There, you’ll see humming bee hives flanked by blooming lavender, bulging rows of rainbow chard, seedlings jamming a greenhouse and Matthews’ beaming face under a wide-brimmed, straw hat.

Trying to find something that doesn’t grow here seems impossible. Raspberries, kales, lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, green beans. Matthews sets two or three crops per bed per season on 1½ acres that she had to re-soil due to lead contamination on the site. The process took three years, but Matthews is tenacious.

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Urban agriculture growing in popularity in West Virginia

WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

The West Virginia Urban Agriculture Conference will be held Sept. 17-19.

By Nicky Walters
Aug 20, 2015


There is a garden on Charleston’s West Side maintained by a group called West Virginia SAGE. The garden is made up of several raised beds. According to the most recent United States Department of Agriculture Census there are 956 small or urban farms in West Virginia. Agriculture leaders say that number has grown by an estimated 23 percent.

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Not just an urban garden in Arlington — an urban farm

Ryan Lee at his Arlington Farm. Photo by Cristin Wilson.

Customers will pay him $500 a year and, in return, they’ll get a basket of whatever fresh vegetables are available during the growing season.

By Cristin Wilson
Jacksonville Com
Aug 12, 2015


Ryan Lee lives in a comfortable University Park home in Arlington, surrounded by other houses.
Which is why visitors are surprised to see his farm. Not just a garden … a farm.

During spring growing season, he has all sorts of vegetable plants to tend. And starting this year, he has sold the bounty at a stand, a welcome offering to people who come upon it as they drive down University Club Boulevard. Everything is freshly picked — he picks on Saturdays and sells on Sundays It’s all organic. And it’s a strange site in a city neighborhood — a true urban farm.

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Farming Isn’t Just for the Country Anymore in North Omaha


Vandals dug up 15 dwarf fruit trees, “so that was a bit discouraging,” Callie said. But she’s not giving up.

WOWT News Omaha
Aug 7, 2015


North Omaha is showing signs of a new look. Abandoned and unsightly lots are being transformed into self-sustainable urban farms.

Calandra Ferguson Cooper may not look the part but she’s a USDA Registered Farmer. What makes her unique is that she farms in North Omaha.

She said, “I got tired of seeing all these vacant lots that were in North Omaha and I had an opportunity to buy some of the lots.”

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Vancouver Vertical Hydroponic Farms can feed urban communities while reducing carbon emissions

greenguysGreen Guys on the Drive have 11 CSA members

Via numerous extremely efficient urban farms, community members gain access to local fresh food while reducing their carbon footprint.

By Co-founders, Brandon, Win and Dan
Green Guys on the Drive
August, 2015

Excerpt from their proposal:

The pictures used in this proposal were taken over the course of three years, by a group called Green Guys on the Drive (6), located in Vancouver, British Columbia who currently operate East Vancouver’s only community supported hydroponic urban vegetable farm. They have 11 CSA members who each pay $200 at the start of the season to receive their share of the farm’s weekly harvest which is sufficient for 2 people. They currently have one farm tended to by three co-founders, Brandon, Win and Dan. The farm consists of three VHF units with a total capacity of 320 plants and a footprint of 34 ft2. This works out to a density of 9.4 plants/ft2 which is more than 3 times the density of traditional soil based planting for lettuce (a leafy green) (7).

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Montreal: The growing pains of urban agriculture

montanimGarden animator Vera Martynkiw helps Aisha Alvarez measure some of the edible flowers she picked at the St-Thomas collective garden in N.D.G., which organizes kid-friendly activities. Peter Mccabe / Montreal Gazette

There are 128 hectares of Montreal land being used for urban agriculture initiatives, with the participation of 42 per cent of Montrealers.

Donna Nebenzahl,
Montreal Gazette
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August 1, 2015


But as it expands, urban agriculture must walk a fine line. In densely populated neighbourhoods, there are many factors to consider.

In N.D.G., for example, a sidewalk gardening project was scuttled after a condo owner claimed that the vegetable beds deterred renters from the ground floor space he owns. A proposal to house chickens in community gardens in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve has started this month, but the SPCA is worried that these animals will be neglected or abandoned in their urban setting.

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Hastings Urban Farm in Vancouver BC

Sarah Common is the manager of the Hastings Urban Farm and executive director for Hives for Humanity. — Dan Toulgoet photo.

A growing number of working farms are turning unused patches of pavement into verdant fields of local produce, providing Vancouver with greater food security and healthier options.

By Robert Mangelsdorf
Aug 6, 2015


Hastings Urban Farm is one of an increasing number of working farms in Vancouver that have managed to turn unused patches of pavement into verdant fields of local produce, providing greater food security for the surrounding community.

In addition to providing low barrier employment through its honorarium program, the Hastings Urban Farm also provides workshops for local residents on how to grow and preserve their own food, and even allows them to perform their community service hours there.

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East Portland Urban Farmer

Urban farmer Richard Dickinson sells vegetables at the Lent’s International Farmers Market in East Portland, Ore. (Photo Gosia Wozniacka/Associated Press)

He appreciates immigrants and the diverse foods, languages and customs they bring. He says neighborhood associations need to create places where everyone feels welcome.

By Gosia Wozniacka
Associated Press
July 27, 2015


Richard Dickinson has lived in East Portland since the 1990’s and saw firsthand the impact of unfettered growth and the city’s neglect. “It dissipated the whole social fabric of the area,” Dickinson said. Because the neighborhoods’ old rural character still remains — larger lots, towering Douglas Firs — Dickinson set out to re-build community through agriculture. He began farming on empty properties near his home, with the owners’ permission, and selling or giving away the bounty at a makeshift farm stand on his street.

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