Category — Urban Farm
She has a fish pond with 2,000 catfish that have been harvested twice and sold locally after achieving one-kilogramme weight. There are 17 Friesian heifers in the zero-grazing unit, 10 of them in milk.
By Dorothy Kweyu
Nov 29, 2013
The farm also has kienyeji (indigenous) chicken, which lay at least 10 eggs every day. “I don’t buy eggs,” Mrs Karanja says. Some of her chickens are from Uganda and are serviced by a cockerel from India.
“We want to breed them and see how it works,” she says. Mrs Karanja’s believes the birds coming from abroad will be more resistant to fowl diseases. The Ugandan breed is perceived to have more meat, and with the hens showing an 80-90 per cent hatching rate, she is onto something big.
December 9, 2013 No Comments
Demand for our produce is constantly growing and new markets are popping up all the time, but we all agree that if we only scaled up by a factor of two, it would stop being an enjoyable hobby and start being a very low paying job!
By Kirsten Bradley
Dec 4, 2013
- Whats the total square meters you’ve got under cultivation?
We’ve got precisely 182 sq.m under cultivation – 14 x 13m long beds (it’s a nightmare to plan given 13 doesn’t divide well!)
- How many work hours (total) do you estimate per week are getting spent on this patch, spread across how many people?
We’ve been keeping a tally of hours spent on the project (including time spent planning etc.), which in the first six months added up to roughly 500 hours, so about 20hrs / week shared between the three of us.
Our normal work week is Monday afternoons planting and weeding, Saturdays picking and selling. A lot of time has been spent in setting up infrastructure (fencing, post-harvest wash stand etc.) which will (hopefully!) taper off in the future.
December 7, 2013 No Comments
Owner of Mama’s Meatball will grow produce for restaurant at site off Calle Joaquin; other parcels are available for sublease
By David Sneed
November 18, 2013
The first farmers are getting ready to break ground at City Farm, a 20-acre urban farming cooperative in San Luis Obispo’s Calle Joaquin agricultural reserve.
Nicola Allegretta, owner of Mama’s Meatball restaurant, and farm manager Derron Dike plan to grow produce, such as herbs, tomatoes and squash, on the site for the restaurant. City Farm is administered by Central Coast Grown, a group that advocates local farming.
December 2, 2013 No Comments
The group has developed a small urban farm, a campus garden at FSU, community gardens at the Teen Youth Center, and a Food & Environmental science curriculum at the ‘Second Chance’ school called the Agrinauts Training Program.
Video from Tyler Lee. This film was produced in Dr. Andy Opel’s Advanced Documentary course at Florida State University.
Excerpt from: ‘Tallahassee Sustainability Group – The Student Organization That Grew’ on Food Politic by Tove K. Danovich
The Tallahassee Sustainability Group, brainchild of brothers Wes and TJ Shaffer and Jake Jennings, was founded in 2010 as a student association at Florida State University. Dedicated to bringing sustainable farming techniques, fresh food, and education to the surrounding community, TSG’s role has grown far beyond the campus.
November 29, 2013 No Comments
Mason Street Farm partners Jesse Brown, left, and Angela Moran (with her four-year-old daughter, Ruby) inside the farm’s new aquaponics greenhouse. Moran and Brown hope to raise at least $10,000 for a new solar panel system and intern training program through a fundraising dinner.
“A massive amount of food can be grown in a small space, and that’s what people want.”
By Daniel Palmer
October 28, 2013
Above the fish are long troughs filled with porous pumice stones, while sprouting green leaves and vines push their way up towards the greenhouse’s opaque roof.
The process is a closed-loop water system that allows farmers to grow plants and vegetables without soil and recycles more than 90 per cent of the collected rainwater. Fish excrement provides necessary nutrients to the plants, and the resulting plant run-off is then pumped back into the water tank carrying bacterial nutrients for the fish.
November 27, 2013 Comments Off
“We have a bunch of tiny fields throughout the city, and they’re kind of in clusters.”
By Jeff Nelson
November 5, 2013
After a slow morning, Stone’s Throw Urban Farm’s crew is packing up leftover produce. “I would say 200 to 300 people pass through our stand every day,” Stone’s Throw co-founder Hanson says, putting fresh goods—everything from bright-red tomatoes and salad-ready greens—in crates to return to their refrigerated trailer. Despite the sluggish turnout, much due to the inclement weather, their stand’s pile of excess produce is considerably smaller than most nearby vendors’.
November 26, 2013 Comments Off
“I’ve had these two seemingly conflicting desires. One to be in a city; the other, to be a farmer.”
By Isabelle Chapman
November 14, 2013
North Brooklyn Farms, founded last spring by Ryan Watson, 29, and Henry Sweets, 31, occupies 8,000 square feet of land in Williamsburg and functions as a community space and a vegetable garden of sorts.
“This [space] is about being a part of the earth, and being connected to the earth,” Sweets said last Sunday afternoon as he sat in a chair looking out over Havemeyer Park, where North Brooklyn Farms is located.
November 25, 2013 Comments Off
Urban Farming: “This is good socially, it’s good environmentally, it’s good economically.”
November 15, 2013
Beyond making an impact on the mindset of consumers, Ran found that a Fresh City model could encourage less overall consumption and pollutant emission. “We just did a study running our greenhouse gas emissions and getting your produce from Fresh City rather than [a big box grocer] is 75% less greenhouse gas emissions in terms of the farm-to-table transportation.”
November 24, 2013 Comments Off
Video: Hantz Woodlands announces approval for 140-acre urban farm in Detroit.
Hantz Farms begins prepping for the planting of thousands of hardwood trees on nearly 150 acres by next fall.
By Gus Burns
October 19, 2013
It’s taken five years, but this week Gov. Rick Snyder approved the sale of nearly 150 acres, 1,500 parcels, to Hantz Woodlands, a private business, for about $500,000.
Urban farming has been discussed and tested as a possible land-use solution for Detroit’s enormous inventory of empty lots, but never on this scale.
The price equates to about $300 each parcel, but doesn’t include the nearly $3 million the company plans to invest over the first three years.
November 23, 2013 Comments Off
Go to Minute 38:52 of the video.
“In Detroit the urban farm is really the last line of defence.”
CNN’s Parts Unknown
Season 2 – Detroit
Nov 10, 2013
“In Detroit approximately 40 square miles have been reverted to basically unused green space. In many cities so-called urban farming may be looked upon by cynics like me as an affectation. Here in Detroit it’s not. With nature taking back the landscape block by block, the urban farm is really the last line of defence. D-Town sits of the western border of Detroit.”
November 13, 2013 Comments Off
The core of the Center will be a working farm that showcases cutting-edge, yet affordable, water, space and energy efficient growing techniques, like recirculating hydroponics.
November 6, 2013
The Recirculating Farms Coalition and the New Orleans Food and Farm Network broke ground on a unique community farm and food center in New Orleans, “Growing Local NOLA.” Amid much celebrating, city and state officials, along with others offered support, congratulatory remarks and well wishes for the future.
November 13, 2013 Comments Off
See firefighters water the community garden
Excerpt from their funding site:
For more than 2 years Hamtown Farms, a community garden featuring raised beds and a significant fruit orchard (including the exotic pawpaw), has been dramatically reshaping the landscape of Hamtramck Michigan.
Launched in 2011 with full city support and overwhelming volunteer involvement, Hamtown Farms cleaned up 9 city-owned lots that had sat vacant, littered and neglected for nearly 40 years.
Farm organizers wished to buy the property from the very beginning, and the city depserately wanted to sell the property. Unfortunately all city-owned property in the south side of Hamtramck was frozen due to a lawsuit filed in the 1970′s.
November 12, 2013 Comments Off
We compost organics so that fresh and sustainable food can be grown on-site. An organic farm in a mobile box!
By Nick Hermes, Wes Regan and Matthew Pattinson.
Urban Stream team
Excerpt from their crowd funding site:
Our first product is the urban micro-farm, which combines vermicomposting with hydroponics and mushroom growing in a re-purposed shipping container with a greenhouse roof.
We’re launching this campaign to fund the construction of our next urban micro-farm. Our prototype is running well and we have made a few design optimizations so that we can grow even more greens in our next unit but we don’t have the funds on hand to build it.
November 4, 2013 Comments Off
Amy Matthews built her southside vegetable farm from the ground up—literally. And she’s taking urban farming in Indianapolis to another level.
By Evan West
Oct 15, 2013
Matthews started South Circle Farm in 2011, on just under 2 acres of abandoned city lots a couple of miles from the center of downtown Indianapolis. Making a fuss over a woman’s dirty hands might strike you as old-fashioned (Look, Pa, a lady farmer!). But it wasn’t so long ago that a woman taking the lead in an agricultural enterprise was relatively rare in this state. When the U.S. Census of Agriculture first counted farms with female operators in 1978, they made up only 3 percent of the total. At last count, in 2007, roughly one in every 10 farms in Indiana was manned by a woman.
October 31, 2013 Comments Off
Michael Ableman, co-founder of Sole Foods urban farm, believes in the power of food and organic farming
By Randy Shore,
October 18, 2013
Farmer and author Michael Ableman left the citrus and avocado groves of California to farm Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside; an unusual storyline, to say the least.
Of course, Ableman did a lot of living in the 40 years between joining a farm commune in California at the age of 18 and co-founding an urban farm in the heart of Vancouver. He also founded California’s Center for Urban Agriculture, penned three best-selling books and created the Centre for Arts, Ecology and Agriculture, which he runs from his home, Saltspring Island’s Foxglove Farm.
October 26, 2013 Comments Off