Category — Urban Farm
The tractor from Blunt to the long-time Democrat shows that some missions know no party lines.
By Laura McCallister
By Bonyen Lee, News Reporter
May 09, 2015
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) –
An unlikely gift from Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is helping an urban farming group to break ground on vacant lots throughout the city’s east side.
Retired city councilwoman and community advocate Carol Coe sits atop the treasured gift.
“We have been trying to get a tractor for five years,” she said.
May 19, 2015 No Comments
Update May 2015 – RUAF – Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security
This RUAF Update informs you about our latest activities including:
• CITYFOOD network
• Milan Urban Food Policy Pact
• CityFoodTools workshop on city region food system assessment
• Role of urban agriculture in working with refugees in Jordan
• WABEF: using slaughterhouse waste for bio-energy production
• Successful course on Food Security in an Urbanising Society
• Young Expert Programme
May 18, 2015 No Comments
GRO1000 is ScottsMiracle-Gro’s commitment to support the creation of more than 1,000 community gardens and green spaces in the U.S., Canada and Europe by 2018
West Sacramento, Calif.
April 15, 2015
The 5th and C Street Urban Farm in West Sacramento received a GRO1000 grant from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and The U.S. Conference of Mayors to expand urban agriculture in the city and increase healthy food accessibility for area residents. Funding for the project is part of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company’s national GRO1000 gardens and green spaces program.
April 26, 2015 Comments Off on West Sacramento Expands Urban Farms
Plants in the more-than-20,000-square-foot garden will include some familiar fruits and veggies, like blueberries and blue oyster mushrooms, as well some lesser-known items, such as a mango-like fruit called Paw Paw.
By Irene Plagianos
March 2, 2015
“We realized how shady the area was so we decided to utilize that space,” said Brownstein. “We think it’s the city’s first Forest Farm.”
Aside from the shade, the farm, which is being built with help from local high school students, is different from other farming plots.
Students and volunteers working on the farm will be able to wind through the shady land, which will offer more of a foraging-in-the-woods experience than a typical farm’s harvest.
March 10, 2015 Comments Off on Forest Farm Opening at Battery Park in New York
“We just bought four more lots.”
By Jon Zemke
Feb 10, 2015
It’s the dead of winter in Michigan, but Rising Pheasant Farms is not sitting idle. The urban farm on Detroit’s near east side is growing its production capability and space in an effort to expand operations.
“We just bought four more lots,” says Carolyn Leadley, owner & farm manager for Rising Pheasant Farms. “We will be up to a half acre in the next couple of years.”
February 20, 2015 Comments Off on Rising Pheasant Farms grows urban ag operation on east side of Detroit
If you want to earn a good living, put ideology in your back pocket, advises Curtis Stone
By Randy Shore
February 5, 2015
“When I look around Vancouver at the yards that are being farmed there are 20 different vegetables growing at every location and that just isn’t going to work,” he said in a phone interview from a Florida beach. “You’ve got to specialize and that means if you have a thousand square feet to work with at one location, do the whole thing in carrots in straight rows, like a real farm.”
February 14, 2015 Comments Off on Rock-star BC urban farmer is all about the money
Last year, the Dervaes family topped $60,000 in sales from their urban farm
CBS Los Angeles
Former teacher-turned-farmer Jules Dervaes has spent 30 years turning his property into profit by morphing his one-fifth of an acre of land into an urban farm.
“When I ended up here in 1985, I brought the country life into the city,” Dervaes said. “I wanted to break free of the supermarkets which were dependent on industrial agriculture, factory farms, everything that’s not natural, and I wanted to be natural and I wanted my kids to have a natural life.”
February 13, 2015 Comments Off on Dervaes Family of Pasadena Back in the News
Amy Matthews, an Indianapolis native, returned to the city after 10 years of living out of state to start South Circle Farm. The farm, located two miles south of downtown Indianapolis, features vegetables, chickens and bees.
Amy Matthews is not your average farmer. She didn’t grow up on a farm.
By Amie Sites, Field Editor
Agri News Indianapolis
February 02, 2015
Matthews was inspired by groups implementing community gardens and urban farms. After a few years of traveling to different places, including Montana, Chicago, Cleveland and Alaska, she returned to Indianapolis and started South Circle Farm.
Matthews has found that she enjoys working outside and that the work changes seasonally. The spring and summer pick up, and then in the fall and winter things begin to slow down.
February 13, 2015 Comments Off on South Circle Farm, two miles south of downtown Indianapolis
By Sara Ventiera
Jan. 15 2015
Situated right on the East River, the new space will feature similar elements to the previous plot — the actual farm, an open lawn, Brooklyn Bike Park, the Sunday supper series — but it will include new and improved components such as more shaded areas, a covered patio, pick-your-own produce, grass craters and recliners, a series of workshops, and new dinner options.
January 27, 2015 Comments Off on North Brooklyn Farms is Laying New Roots this Spring
Sunil Patel, right, of Patchwork Urban Farms, and Darcel Eddins of Bountiful Cities, check out a chicken at the urban farm in Asheville, N.C., that the two are collaborating. Patel’s vision is to create an environment where the land that produces people’s food is the land on which those same people already live, work and play.
If all this land in this city just sitting there can actually be productive land, I’ll be able to take advantage of it in a farm-to-table way.”
By Mike Cronin
January 16, 2015
Patel’s vision is to create an environment where the land that produces people’s food is the land on which those same people already live, work and play.
Patel and Patchwork have obtained permission to use six plots of land through crop sharing. Those plots range from a tenth of an acre to 1.5 acres. They are located throughout Asheville and in Swannanoa.
Patel plans to form more land partnerships this year, he said.
January 27, 2015 Comments Off on Asheville, N.C. man begins drive to establish urban farmers
By Ron Nyren
Urban Land. The Magazine of the Urban Land Institute
January 5, 2015
The coastal Salish people of the Pacific Northwest traditionally lived in longhouses—long, narrow structures built out of cedar that housed multiple families alongside a shared outdoor space. In designing the Place of Hidden Waters for the Puyallup Tribal Housing Authority in Tacoma, Washington, Seattle architecture firm Environmental Works Community Design Center followed the longhouse model in structuring 20 new townhouses along an outdoor linear gathering place, as well as renovating 26 existing townhouses and a gymnasium on the site. To protect an important wildlife corridor, development is clustered on the eastern half of the site.
January 24, 2015 Comments Off on 10 Projects Incorporating Urban Agriculture
The Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC), which spearheaded the West Shore Green Zone, is hoping this is the start of an urban farming trend in the borough. (Courtesy of Living Restoration)
Using 200 towers, Living Restoration planted kale, lettuce, Swiss chard, bok choy and more on a West Shore vertical farm.
By Tracey Porpora
December 13, 2014
The farm was planted in October on Bloomfield Avenue on underutilized property in the West Shore Green Zone owned by ADCO Electrical Co.
The West Shore, viewed as New York City’s “final frontier” of vacant industrially zoned land, will also soon be home to seven new businesses.
December 27, 2014 Comments Off on Urban agriculture makes its way to Staten Island’s West Shore Green Zone
Ellen Frost of Local Color Flowers only buys flowers from within a 100-mile radius
By Yvonne Wenger,
The Baltimore Sun
Nov 12, 2014
“Flowers are a good option for people who are interested in farming but want to try something different or have a niche that sets them apart from food growers,” Frost said. “For us, it’s exciting as a viable entrepreneurial option for farmers, and to eliminate blight.”
With about a dozen urban farms operating in Baltimore, city officials are investigating other ways to use vacant lots, said Jenny Guillaume, the Growing Green Initiative coordinator for the city’s Office of Sustainability. The city started a push for more community gardens in 2011 to uplift blighted neighborhoods, give families access to more healthy food options and help unemployed residents earn money.
November 20, 2014 Comments Off on Baltimore City eyes investing in urban flower farming
The project is funded by a $350,000 grant from Humana Foundation
November 3, 2014
Politicians and community groups gathered in Austin last week to break ground on a community farm they hope will provide badly needed fresh produce to the West Side and educate residents on the importance of good nutrition.
The project, which is being funded by a $350,000 grant from Humana Foundation, will be located on an 8,000-square-foot lot across the street from the PCC Community Wellness Center, 5425 W. Lake St.
PCC President and CEO Robert Urso said the farm will be a step in combating the scarcity of fresh produce in Austin, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated as a “food desert” because the area does not have easy access to fresh, healthy and affordable food.
November 15, 2014 Comments Off on Urban farming coming to Austin
With the “moderate cost” of food for the average 19 to 50-year-old man in the U.S. at $295.90 per-month, according to the USDA, why wouldn’t you want to feed yourself from the land where you’re already paying to live?
By Ilyce Glink
November 1, 2014
Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen practice what they call “radical home ec.” Their Los Angeles home, which is often featured on their homesteading blog Root Simple, features a 1/12th-acre lot with bee hives, a chicken coop, fruit trees, vegetables, a rain barrel, a twig-burning stove, a solar dehydrator and compost bins.
November 8, 2014 Comments Off on 7 elaborate urban farms