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Silent meditation used to halt construction at the Gill Tract a second time in Albany, California

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Occupy The Farm uses a broad spectrum of tactics, including direct action, to reclaim and expand the commons for sustainable farming and community education

By Occupy the Farm
Press Release
Feb 8th, 2016

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Community members, students, and UC faculty have put forth an alternative proposal to use all twenty acres of the historic Gill Tract as a Center for Urban Agriculture and Food Justice, serving the University of California’s mission of research and education for the public good, while also operating as a productive urban farm that provides students, workers, and community members with access to affordable local produce. This proposal better aligns with UC President Napolitano’s Global Food Initiative as well as the sustainability and climate mitigation policies of the state of California.

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February 12, 2016   No Comments

Vancouver city requirements curb urban farming enthusiasm

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Yet if Vancouver policies support urban farming, bylaws and regulations are another matter.

By Peter Mitham
Business Vancouver
Feb. 9, 2016

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City staff confirmed that council is set to receive and consider a new policy by month’s end “to support and better enable urban farming,” but it will be limited to recommendations; bylaws and an actual business licence legitimating urban farms remain some ways off.

Staff also declined to address other issues facing urban farms, such as compliance with civic zoning and fire code.

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February 10, 2016   No Comments

Richmond, Virginia: ‘So much is happening in urban agriculture in the city and region’

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Produce from the 31st Street Baptist Church urban farm helps provide fresh vegetables to the homeless and hungry to whom it serves daily hot lunches. Photo courtesy of Linda Marshall.

Talk about urban farming in Richmond and the 31st Street Baptist church is a good place to start.

By Tina Griego
Richmond Magazine
Jan 31, 2016

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Pastor Henderson put two-and-two together and said to his congregation: “It’d be a shame to obtain this land and do nothing with it for a couple years. Let’s create a garden.”

He turned to Mrs. Pearcie, a congregant possessed of a green thumb so mighty, the pastor could only marvel.

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February 7, 2016   No Comments

Stephenville, Texas – Half-acre: The urban farm next door

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Milton Horner hangin’ out with his goat buddies on the family’s urban farm behind their house in Stephenville.

“We had 21 squash plants, got about 200 cantaloupe, and we had watermelon, 40 tomato plants, and three rows of 60 okra plants,” Woodrow says.

By J. Michael Ross
Stephenville Empire-Tribune
Jan 29, 2016

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Asked to tell us about the family’s urban farming and beekeeping, Woodrow replies, “I think people would be amazed by what we get out of a one-half-acre urban farm. We have bees, goats, chickens, ducks, a vegetable garden, several kinds of fruit trees – peaches and pears ? and six pecan trees.”

Everything on the Horner Urban Farm is eco-friendly and efficient. Witness the 2,500-gallon rain-water collection system and drip lines running to various parts of the growing spaces.

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February 4, 2016   No Comments

5 Acre Urban Farm Leaving Old Fourth Ward in Atlanta

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We want you to know that our Wheat Street Garden farm site is leaving the Old Fourth Ward in 2016. We are uprooting 5 acres of produce, fruit trees, green houses, chickens and fish

By Josh Breen
Curbed Atlanta
Jan 26, 2016

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Truly Living Well, as business association leaders explained, “was brought in as a temporary use for the vacant land, to keep it in active use for the benefit of the community and to discourage squatters, illegal dumping, etc.,” the post reads. Truly Living Well “is relocating, per the agreement they entered into when as they agreed to create the garden. The unfortunate part is that TLW wasn’t able to find other vacant land nearby, but land is now so valuable in the O4W (finally) that a low-intensity use such as an urban garden is no longer viable.”

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February 1, 2016   No Comments

Spiritual farming with Steven Wynbrandt

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Steven Wynbrandt, standing in front of a long, raised row of his boutique, nutrient-rich compost. Such rows, typically used to produce large quantities of compost, are called windrows. All photos courtesy of Steven Wynbrandt.

“The simple act of growing my own food [created] a ‘compostball’-snowball of asking deeper questions about how I see the future of this world and the future that I want to create.”

By Esther D. Kustanowitz
Jewish Journal
Jan. 20, 2016

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In 2009, Wynbrandt transformed the backyard of his family home — located not far from Overland Avenue in West L.A. — into a thriving urban garden. Now he is producing a special compost (fertilizer) that he will sell to farms and individuals to help them grow plentiful, vibrant, delicious and nutrient-filled crops in a garden of any size. Wynbrandt says his compost business will produce between 200,000 and 400,000 pounds of organic and nutrient-rich fertilizer this spring.

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January 24, 2016   Comments Off on Spiritual farming with Steven Wynbrandt

Urban Farmers given room to grow in Phoenix

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Although PHX Renews already provides the water and supplies for 150 garden beds, they continuously have a waiting list, Waldeck said.

By Melanie Whyte
Downtown Devil
January 19, 2016

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The MANA House is a transitional living program in downtown Phoenix for Marines, Army, Navy, and Air Force veterans. Its kitchen uses urban farming to grow produce for meals, according to Ken Leonard, project manager for the program’s community garden.

“I grow it, I cook it, and I’m the chef,” he said.

According to Leonard, the garden has several purposes; first, it supplements the kitchen.

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January 23, 2016   Comments Off on Urban Farmers given room to grow in Phoenix

CommonWealth Urban Farms in Oklahoma City

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oklElia Woods, left, explains how the Common Wealth Urban Farms works to visitors recently. Photo by Kyle Phillips/The Norman Transcript.

“There are a whole bunch of neighbors who are involved in this. This is just a great way for people in a diverse community to get to know each other and learn how to live healthier.”

By Michael Kinney
Eagle Tribune
Jan 18, 2016

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The farm was the brainchild of Elia Woods, who grew up in Chicago before moving to Oklahoma. She has always been into gardening, but a few years ago she decided she wanted to do do more.

“I’ve always loved gardening and they tend to get bigger and bigger,” Woods said. “The point came where I knew I just wanted to get deeper into it. A little seed was formed about having the idea of having an urban farm and a teaching farm. I got together with some other people who had (a) similar interest and we just spent the first year talking about what we might want to do. Out of that, the more specific vision of CommonWealth emerged.”

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January 22, 2016   Comments Off on CommonWealth Urban Farms in Oklahoma City

Hobart City Farm in Tasmania produces bumper garlic crop in small space

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“There’s a lot of community gardens in Australia, but we’re set up as a market garden, so we’re selling produce, renting the land – we’re business owners really.”

By Amy Bradney-George
www.freshplaza.com
1/14/2016

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Ms Stewart says only a quarter of their small site is dedicated to garlic, with the growing area just 15 by 20 metres. A significant amount of the crop has already been sold to local businesses, with more set to be available to consumers through the farm’s online store.

“We’ve just sold somewhere in the realm of 200kg to the Tasmanian Black Garlic Company,” she says.

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January 17, 2016   Comments Off on Hobart City Farm in Tasmania produces bumper garlic crop in small space

Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville, Virginia

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Todd Niemeier squats among rows of vegetables for a portrait at the gardens behind Friendship Court. Photo by Ryan M. Kelly.

For every half-hour of work in a garden, a person gets a wooden “farm token.” The token can be redeemed for vegetables by the person who earned it, or put in a community jar for others to redeem on Market Day.

By David A. Maurer
Daily Progress
Dec 25, 2015

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Niemeier’s farm of choice wasn’t a big spread in the Midwest. It’s three community gardens in Charlottesville where an abundance of organic produce is grown, as well as friendships among people who otherwise might never meet.

Niemeier is operations director for the Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville. His job includes overseeing the community gardens at Friendship Court, Sixth Street and West Street.

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December 29, 2015   Comments Off on Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville, Virginia

Detroit’s Penrose Market Garden accepting applications for market growers

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View from Grower’s apartment—pre-construction

Small Plot INtensive SPIN-Farming business model that has been documented to generate $68,000 and more per ½ acre

By Beth Hagenbuch
GrowTown

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GrowTown is currently implementing an entrepreneurial market garden business in Detroit, Michigan. The Penrose Market Garden is being developed by GrowTown under a
2015 Kresge grant to be a profitable sub-acre urban market garden business that generates significant income for a market grower. The GrowTown model integrates this local food business into an urban affordable housing development and neighborhood.

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December 20, 2015   Comments Off on Detroit’s Penrose Market Garden accepting applications for market growers

Urban Roots in Grand Rapids, Michigan, serves as a platform for education and empowerment through urban agriculture

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Levi Gardner has big plans for Urban Roots, including a mobile classroom, a new facility in the Madison Square neighborhood and more permaculture projects. Photo by Johnny Quirin.

Gardner expects to fulfill his overarching $1 million vision for the space over the long term, with five years as the current goal for a fundraising campaign.

By Charlsie Dewey
GRBJ
December 11, 2015

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First, Urban Roots plans to launch a mobile classroom so it can partner with other organizations on how to plant a community garden and educate them on the techniques needed to sustain their new food source.

“Everybody thinks a community garden is really cool, but they don’t exactly know how to do it,” Gardner said.

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December 18, 2015   Comments Off on Urban Roots in Grand Rapids, Michigan, serves as a platform for education and empowerment through urban agriculture

City Farm in Swansea – Wales’ only community farm – needs support to survive

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Farmers’ Union of Wales president Glyn Roberts visited the Swansea Community Farm (SCF) to see the multi-award winning project for himself and drum up support for the Fforestfach site.

“It would be a massive step backwards in efforts made to connect urban and rural life if this community farm is forced to close.”

Farming UK
Dec 9, 2015

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They need to raise £20,000 before Christmas and £50,000 by the end of March to ensure operations keep on running.

As a working farm they have always aimed to reconnect people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities with their food, their environment and each other and do this through a range of unique and exciting educational, volunteering, training and play projects.

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December 15, 2015   Comments Off on City Farm in Swansea – Wales’ only community farm – needs support to survive

Refrigeration system would help urban farms in West Sacramento, promote local economy

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“It’s easier to get junk food at a corner store than it is to access fresh food,” says Fredric Blum, who is farming on a former vacant lot in West Sacramento. The West Sacramento Urban Farm Program is asking Book of Dreams readers to help it buy a cooler for storing produce. Photo by Lezlie Sterling

The program has since acquired four urban farm sites that yield up to 30,000 pounds of produce per month.

By Brenna Lyles
Sac bee
Dec 4, 2015

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West Sacramento Urban Farm is asking Book of Dreams readers to help fund a refrigerated aggregation facility that would reduce food spoilage, thus expanding the organization’s reach throughout surrounding food desert communities, such as Knights Landing.

The aggregation facility “will have a tremendous impact in opening up access to fresh food for new people that we haven’t been able reach before,” Bernal said. “It will change not only the farmers’ access to new markets, but the number of consumers who have access to healthier local food.”

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December 12, 2015   Comments Off on Refrigeration system would help urban farms in West Sacramento, promote local economy

Urban farmer shares wealth in Kelowna, BC

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Curtis Stone, left, shows off an impressive cucumber.

He’s developed his urban farming business into a successful, profitable company by using borrowed and leased backyards from members of the community.

By Nicholas Johansen
Castanet
Dec 4, 2015

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Stone “rents” the land from the homeowner by delivering them a basket of fresh produce every week.

“Our overhead is very low because of that, because we’re always producing food,” he said.

He’s been successful by selling his crop directly to a number of key chefs in town.

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December 12, 2015   Comments Off on Urban farmer shares wealth in Kelowna, BC