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

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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   No Comments

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

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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   No Comments

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

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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   No Comments

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

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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

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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

After Two Decades, a Philadelphia Urban Farm Grapples with Growing Pains

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Greensgrow Farms copes with the recent loss of its founding farmer, a gentrifying neighborhood, and a changing landscape for good food.

By Robert Digiacaomo
Local Eats
08.22.17

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Two decades in, Greensgrow’s leaders have much to celebrate. But they also have a lot to consider. The presence of the farm has helped gentrify its surrounding working-class neighborhood, a problem common to cities around the country. As Philadelphia’s good-food landscape has expanded, Greensgrow faces competitors ranging from supermarkets stocking more local and organic foods to other urban farms in Philly to meal-kit delivery services like Blue Apron or Purple Carrot.

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August 29, 2017   Comments Off on After Two Decades, a Philadelphia Urban Farm Grapples with Growing Pains

Urban farm coming to downtown Mobile, Alabama

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“All year long — we will produce every single week… We harvest close to 10,000 plants. Lettuce, herbs, salad mixes,” said Speetjens.

By Lee Peck
Fox 10
Aug 13, 2017

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Dale and Angela Speetjens are the masterminds behind Shipshape Urban Farms. Angela has a background in horticulture and will manage the farm. They’ll use eight repurposed shipping containers, they’ll grow the equivalent of a 20-acre farm on a 1/4 of an acre.

They’ll use a process called hydroponics — an efficient method of growing plants without soil in nutrient rich water. It maximizes the process from start to finish and takes the environmental pressures out of the equation.

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August 20, 2017   Comments Off on Urban farm coming to downtown Mobile, Alabama

Salt Lake City: Two blocks from the Rio Grande homeless shelter, these women found peace and purpose on an urban farm

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Eve top dresses a row of tomatoes with fresh compost at the Wasatch Community Gardens’ Green Team farm. (Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune)

That once-blighted 1.5-acre parcel has become a thriving urban farm, and Nikki is back for the first full, 10-month season of Wasatch Community Gardens’ Green Team.

By Matthew Piper
Salt Lake City Tribune
Aug 8, 2017

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Team members earn $9 an hour for a minimum of 20 hours per week and attend Friday classes on job skills. The land is leased by Salt Lake City’s Redevelopment Agency at a cost of $1 per year, and the produce is sold at a cut rate to the Head Start program for disadvantaged children.

Nikki was able to leave the nearby shelter after teammate Ira obtained housing and invited her to become her roommate. For those who are still homeless, The Road Home makes an exception to its 30-day turnout policy and allows them to stay for the full season, uninterrupted.

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August 15, 2017   Comments Off on Salt Lake City: Two blocks from the Rio Grande homeless shelter, these women found peace and purpose on an urban farm

An Ann Arbor Man Is Creating A Diverse, World-Class Urban Farm

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He has his eye on a larger piece of land about a mile from where he is currently located and hopes to continue to keep growing and supplying healthy organic produce to restaurants and markets in Washtenaw County.

By Lisa Barry
WEMU
Aug 1, 2017

On the road to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, Melvin Parson inherited a small piece of farmland in Ann Arbor from a friend who had recently passed away. That sparked his interest in agriculture. As he looked into it, he noticed a lack of diversity in those selling and buying fresh produce inspiring him to one day create a world-class urban farm.

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August 7, 2017   Comments Off on An Ann Arbor Man Is Creating A Diverse, World-Class Urban Farm

The unconventional farmer: Getting back to our roots at Roots Micro Farm in Flagstaff, Arizona

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Roots Micro Farm, two unconventional 25-year-olds: Joshua and Madelyn Chance.

This summer, Roots Micro Farm has consistently produced 22 pounds of lettuce per week.

By Taylor Haynes
Arizona Daily Sun
Jul 27, 2017

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Their hardwork has paid off. The Chance’s greens may be found at Root Public House, Pizzicletta, Brix, Criollo or Shift. They hope to begin producing during all four seasons, with the help of humble hoop houses.

“[We love] showing people you can grow a lot of food in such a small space,” Madelyn says. “It’s refreshing to be small and in town—people can just walk right by.”

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August 4, 2017   Comments Off on The unconventional farmer: Getting back to our roots at Roots Micro Farm in Flagstaff, Arizona

Urban Farming In Kansas City

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Mekhi and Mekhia Johnson picking tomatoes at Nile Valley Aquaponics, an urban farm at 29th and Wabash. Credit Andrea Tudhope / KCUR 89.3

Audio Program Visits Urban Farmers

By Gina Kaufmann & Andrea Tudhope
KCUR
July 17, 2017

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Keisha Johnson, beginner master gardener, Nile Valley Aquaponics

Greg Garbos, owner, City Bitty Farm

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July 24, 2017   Comments Off on Urban Farming In Kansas City

How urban agriculture swept through Greater Cleveland

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Chateau Hough on Cleveland’s East Side. Photo by Patrick Cooley.

The county has between 30 and 40 urban farmers

By Patrick Cooley
Cleveland.com
July 17, 2017

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By putting empty lots to use and creating jobs in impoverished neighborhoods, urban farms appear to provide many benefits to the communities they inhabit.

“It’s putting that land to some use, particularly in cities that are shrinking,” said Usher, the assistant professor at the Ohio State. “And I think it can build community pride and social capital.”

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July 23, 2017   Comments Off on How urban agriculture swept through Greater Cleveland

Wisconsin: Couple’s ‘micro-mini farm’ venture began as a hobby

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Carly and Joseph Ledger harvest Rattail Radishes at their 1/6-acre plot land at the UW Extension Firefly Ridge community gardens in Wauwatosa.

Carly describes “the joy of working with the soil and being outside. I can’t put a price on it. I feel like my whole life has been bringing me here.”

By Anne Schamberg
Journal Sentinel
July 16, 2017

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It was a brainstorming session that led to the name Aromatic Acres. And for the quibblers out there, she notes that “we personally aren’t farming on acres of land, but our garden is located on 11 acres of community garden space.”

The aromatics include more than 30 different herbs, for both culinary and medicinal use, that range from pineapple sage and anise hyssop to bronze fennel and epazote. They also grow cut flowers, many of which are edible, and a selection of veggies including heirloom tomatoes and oddballs like Mexican sour gherkins and those radish seed pods, an heirloom variety also known as rat’s tail radish.

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July 23, 2017   Comments Off on Wisconsin: Couple’s ‘micro-mini farm’ venture began as a hobby

Hantz Farms seeing new success with urban farming in Detroit

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To date, Hantz Farms has torn down 62 structures while planting more than 24,000 saplings. It’s the regular mowing that has the remaining neighbors most pleased.

By Matthew Smith
WXYZ)
Jun 30, 2017

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He points out that their idea isn’t rocket science. Years ago the mind trust behind Hantz Farms wanted to build trees that reaped fruit: apple trees, and similar bushes. The neighborhood reaction wasn’t good. The fear was that more pests would be drawn to the area, so the Hantz Farms group pivoted and devoted their work toward planting hardwoods that could one day be harvested as a timber crop.

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July 6, 2017   Comments Off on Hantz Farms seeing new success with urban farming in Detroit

Family of four farms in San Francisco

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Photo: Kathleen Duncan, The Chronicle.

Jamie Chan and her husband Blas Herrera have an urban farm in their backyard where they grow their own food, raise chickens and harvest honey from their beehives.

By Kat Duncan
San Francisco Examiner
June 18, 2017

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Later that morning, students streamed eagerly into the homestead to learn about growing their own food, raising chickens, harvesting honey and even got their hands a bit dirty. They potted small plants to take home with them, hugged chickens, and asked questions about homesteading within city spaces.

“The bigger benefits of urban gardening of any kind, in a container or in the ground, is that it can build community and send a message to people about what we value,” Chan said. “We can become ecological stewards in this new generation of concrete and landfills.”

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June 24, 2017   Comments Off on Family of four farms in San Francisco