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Vancouver Trending: Urban farming on the grow

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whel A wheelbarrow in the fields at UBC Farm. Amy Logan/For Metro

Vancouver is experiencing an urban farming renaissance of sorts and the city has even launched a two-year pilot project to help legitimize farming in the city.

By Amy Logan
For Metro
May 20 2016

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“There’s an enthusiasm, a sense of resilience and civic engagement,” said Marcela Crowe, Executive Director of the Vancouver Urban Farming Society (VUFS).

The city recently adopted a two-year urban farming pilot. The goal of the project is to “help legitimize urban farming from a land use perspective, and create a consistent approach to urban farming inquiries,” according to the City’s Urban Farming Policy Report.

Besides Vancouver’s long growing season and focus on sustainability, the city’s efforts to promote local agriculture may account for a boom in urban farming. Vancouver aims to increase citywide and neighbourhood food assets by 50 per cent above 2010 levels.

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May 21, 2016   No Comments

Commercial urban farm partnerships to take over Calgary’s city land

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oikeFilmmaker Kai Cabodyna aka “Wabi Sabi Libra,” left with Dennis Scanland, Kate Stenson, Ward 9 Coun. Gian-Carlo Carra and Kye Kocher stand in front of the lot that could soon be an urban commercial farm operation. Photo Helen Pike.

City councillor Gian Carlo-Carra is hoping to partner with growers to bring urban farms to Bridgeland

By: Helen Pike
Metro
May 13 2016

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“We really want to make urban agriculture and urban farming a viable thing in Calgary,” said Carra. “We’re also trying to take this amazing place, this great neighbourhood of Bridgeland-Riverside and recognize the historic practice of farming vacant lots.”

The lots, which form various phases of “The Bridges,” a mixed-use development project led by the City of Calgary, are still stagnant and moving slowly. So, in the meantime, Carra is hoping something else will grow in the area.

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May 19, 2016   No Comments

Urban farms in Cleveland: small but mighty

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rgdchTanya Holmes grandkids helping out at Ka-La Healing Garden. Photo by Bob Perkoski.

So many of Cleveland’s neighborhoods are defined as food deserts, with just 25 percent of residents living within a five-minute walk to a full service grocery.

By Karin Connelly Rice
Freshwater Cleveland
May 12, 2016

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When you think about small urban farms, you’re creating healthy human habitats that lead to sustainable environments,” says Destinee Henton, community outreach coordinator for Ohio City Inc., which oversees Ohio City Farm. “Being in an urban environment like Cleveland, there is so much food imported from other areas. [Urban farms] are reclaiming areas where we’re able to eat food from the land.”

Three Cleveland farmers in particular are offering up the food they grow on their compact urban plots. Not only are they solving the problem of food access, they are teaching the next generation how to grow their own food and the importance of nutritious food and a healthy lifestyle.

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May 17, 2016   No Comments

Help Save Little City Gardens, San Francisco’s Last Commercial Farm

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It is a 3/4 acre urban farm in San Francisco, and it is an experiment in the economic viability of small-scale urban market-gardening.

At 214 Cotter Street in the Excelsior is Little City Gardens, a six-year-old plot of land that claims to be the last commercial farm in the city and county of San Francisco — and it’s facing eviction. Next Saturday, May 21, at 11 a.m., a coalition of organizations will rally to thwart its demolition (at the hands of a private school that wants to erect buildings on the parcel).

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May 14, 2016   Comments Off on Help Save Little City Gardens, San Francisco’s Last Commercial Farm

A tiny backyard urban ‘commercial’ farm in Vancouver BC

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Kitz Kitz Farm. Photo by Michael Levenston. Click on image for larger file.

Welcome to KitzFarm!

From Leigh Wilson’s website
May 8 2016

Salad pick today;
Chard
Rocket
Red and yellow mustard
Baby beet tops
Mizuna
Sorrel
Celeriac
And a green onion

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May 12, 2016   Comments Off on A tiny backyard urban ‘commercial’ farm in Vancouver BC

How Urban Farms Are Changing the Way We Eat

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“It’s the best basil we’ve ever had, and they’re able to produce it for us year-round,” says John Karangis, the executive chef at Union Square Events

By Lisa Elaine Held
Eater
Apr 12, 2016

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In each of its markets, BrightFarms has partnered with major chains, like Giant and Acme, and the produce often hits shelves within 24 hours of being picked, a fact that means it’s almost guaranteed to be longer-lasting than other greens. “I want to help people eat healthier food, and making it flavorful and delicious is a big part of that,” Lightfoot says.

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April 17, 2016   Comments Off on How Urban Farms Are Changing the Way We Eat

Real Estate Brokerage Firm Names the Top 10 U.S. Cities for Urban Farming

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10topEugene, OR, Burlington, VT, Santa Rosa, CA, Greenville, SC, Orlando, FL, San Francisco, CA, Albuquerque, NM, Columbia, SC, Tampa, FL, Raleigh-Durham, NC.

Ranking Based on Number of Homes Listed for Sale in 2015 with Gardens, Greenhouses or Chicken Coops

By Christin Camacho
Business Wire
Apr 13, 2016
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Eugene topped the list, with 20.5 percent of all home listings containing at least one keyword.

“It’s not uncommon for homeowners in Oregon to have chickens or honey bees,” said Matthew Brennan, a Redfin real estate agent in Portland. “The city of Portland allows homeowners to keep up to three animals, including chickens, ducks, doves, pigeons, pygmy goats and rabbits, without permits. Oregonians have a hankering for that sustainable lifestyle and Eugene is more affordable and has more space than Portland.”

The City of Eugene, like Portland, has played a big role in facilitating urban agriculture by allowing residents to keep more animals, like chickens and goats, on their property.

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April 14, 2016   Comments Off on Real Estate Brokerage Firm Names the Top 10 U.S. Cities for Urban Farming

The executive director of the Vancouver Urban Farming Society talks about this emerging sector

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marcMarcela Crowe, at an urban farm at 57th and Cambie, said the Vancouver Urban Farming Society’s mandate is to grow the sector through education, advocacy, business support and networking. Photo Dan Toulgoet.

On the Record with Marcela Crowe: In 2013, urban farmers sold about $418,000 worth of produce to residents.

By Naoibh O’Connor
Vancouver Courier
April 12, 2016

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What does urban farming look like in Vancouver right now?
The data needs to be updated. We don’t have any data for 2016 or even 2015. But we do have data from 2013. That was the last time a large census of urban farms in Vancouver took place. This will have changed, but there are approximately 14 urban farms in Vancouver. The largest one [Sole Food Street Farms] has about four acres of land. [That goes] all the way to maybe a handful of backyard farms totalling 5,000 square feet. There’s really that variety in terms of scale. In 2013, urban farmers sold about $418,000 worth of produce to residents. The farms are located throughout the city. They’re in the Downtown Eastside, they’re in Mount Pleasant, they’re in the east end and they’re in the West Side, Kitsilano area.

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April 13, 2016   Comments Off on The executive director of the Vancouver Urban Farming Society talks about this emerging sector

City Farmer’s Head Gardener, Sharon Slack, Makes Vancouver Newspaper Frontpage Twice in 6 weeks

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Sharon Slack, 73, says she prefers working at City Farmer in Kisilano to the typical retirement ‘image’ sold in advertisements. Photo by Arlen Redekop.

“Unretired seniors are working overtime”

By Denise Ryan
The Vancouver Sun
April 8, 2016

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Sharon Slack, 73, head gardener at City Farmer in Kitsilano, said she finds the traditional idea of retirement preposterous.

“The whole image they sell you about retirement — all those TV ads that say: Retire! Do all the things you want to do! Travel! Entertain! Good grief,” she said. “I didn’t do that when I was young. Why in the world would I do it now?”

Slack loves her job, but work isn’t just a pleasure — it’s also a practical matter, she said.

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April 8, 2016   Comments Off on City Farmer’s Head Gardener, Sharon Slack, Makes Vancouver Newspaper Frontpage Twice in 6 weeks

A Mobile Farm on Wheels to Survive an Edmonton Winter

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A mobile farm and training centre that enables teachers and students to practice urban agriculture

Prairie Urban Farm is launching a crowdfunding campaign to build a mobile Farm on Wheels. Designed to be part farm and part training facility, the 40-foot shipping container will house an innovative farm built tough enough to survive an Edmonton winter.

Located at the University of Alberta South Campus, Prairie Urban Farm is a one-acre demonstration farm that has been working with Edmonton communities to grow fresh produce, build a community of urban farmers, and provide awareness and skill-building in sustainable agriculture and food systems.

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March 30, 2016   Comments Off on A Mobile Farm on Wheels to Survive an Edmonton Winter

Women urban farmers in Portland are part of a national trend

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Rockwood Urban Farm, owned by Leah Rodgers, is located in East Portland among apartments, home, a hot-rod garage, an air conditioning shop and the rush of urban traffic.

Young women today, especially in Portland, are increasingly channeling their activism into farming as a way to advance the food movement.

By Jennifer Anderson
Portland Tribune
Mar 15, 2016

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Leah Rodgers isn’t a typical farmer, and her farm isn’t a typical farm. For one, Rodgers is a 37-year-old woman; most U.S. farmers are men, and their average age is 57.

For another, her 1-acre lot is smack-dab in the middle of East Portland, near David Douglas High School — next to homes, a hot-rod garage, an air-conditioning shop, and the rush of traffic on Southeast Stark Street. Her operation, Rockwood Urban Farm, is a hyperlocal CSA farm, which stands for community-supported agriculture, selling its produce largely to neighbors and restaurants.

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March 19, 2016   Comments Off on Women urban farmers in Portland are part of a national trend

Victoria, BC, urban famers targeting production of 100,000 pounds in the city

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Chris Hildreth, CEO of Topsoil, and Ally Dewji, development manager at Dockside Green, among rows of planters. Photograph By BRUCE STOTESBURY, Times Colonist.

“My goal is to really take over as many vacant areas as we can in the city, produce as much food as possible only a couple of blocks away from the restaurants we are supplying,” Hildreth said.

By Carla Wilson
Times Colonist
March 12, 2016

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Urban farmer Chris Hildreth is setting out 2,400 pots on vacant land at Dockside Green to supply three nearby restaurants with a range of freshly picked produce in the coming months.

He’ll be planting soon, hoping to begin delivering food late next month and carry on through to winter. “My focus is cities and I think that cities need to become more sustainable,” Hildreth, CEO of Topsoil, said Friday.

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March 15, 2016   Comments Off on Victoria, BC, urban famers targeting production of 100,000 pounds in the city

Leila Trickey: Portrait of an urban farmer in Burnaby, BC

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LielLeila Trickey grew up on a farm in Ontario. She spent her childhood roaming wide open spaces. Decades later, she runs an urban farm with her partner in Burnaby’s Big Bend area.

Everything grows well in our garden, because it used to be a chicken farm, so the soil is really rich from the chicken poo.

By Jennifer Moreau
Burnaby Now
March 10, 2016

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You could say farming is in Leila Trickey’s genes. Her homesteader parents and five siblings lived on an Ontario farm, and her childhood was shaped by wide open spaces and fresh earth. When Trickey grew up, she moved to more urban pastures, but she still felt a nostalgia for the land.

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March 11, 2016   Comments Off on Leila Trickey: Portrait of an urban farmer in Burnaby, BC

New Vancouver, BC, bylaws will regulate urban farmers

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Small-scale farms have sprung up around the region, boosted by community agriculture programs that allow farmers to sell crops in advance.

Intention is to encourage growth of farming, not inhibit it, city says

By Matthew Robinson
Vancouver Sun
February 25, 2016

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Camil Dumont, the head farmer at Inner City Farms said the proposed regulations could help standardize the industry.

“I think most of the people in the community that do urban food production are pretty on the ball, but it only takes one group to do something untoward for everyone to feel the brunt of it. From that perspective, I think it’s pretty good. It gives us a bit of a safety net,” he said.

“The fear is that it’s going to restrict the community from growing as much food as possible. … I want urban farming to be a vibrant and healthy part of our city and hopefully this is something that helps.”

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February 27, 2016   Comments Off on New Vancouver, BC, bylaws will regulate urban farmers

Urban Farmer Brooke Salvaggio Reflects On Kansas City’s Organic Scene

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Farmer Brooke Salvaggio holds one of her chickens at Urbavore Urban Farm. Photo by Julie Denesha/Kcur.

According to Salvaggio, the “buy/eat local” sentiment is a trend — one that’s on the decline.

By Jen Chen
KCUR 89.3
Feb 12, 2016

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Salvaggio runs the Badseed Farmers Market, which she is closing Feb. 26. She also produces fruits, vegetables and eggs at Urbavore Urban Farm, her 13.5 acre farm on the east side of Kansas City.

Her journey from surburbia to living off the land started during her teenage years.

She was a self-described jaded teen, a party girl who did everything under the sun. She was unhappy, but she didn’t know why.

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February 20, 2016   Comments Off on Urban Farmer Brooke Salvaggio Reflects On Kansas City’s Organic Scene