Category — Urban Farm
Miner says the trend is growing because people want to know where their food comes from, cities want to shed their “food desert” labels and businesses want to offer a better work/life balance.
By Elizabeth Hopkins
Oct. 5, 2016
Above the hustle and bustle of Watertown, don’t be surprised if you hear the cluck of chickens.
In that city, a hot pink chicken coop sits in an unusual space and it marks a trend that’s bringing “farm living” into the heart of urban areas.
October 13, 2016 Comments Off on Urban Farm Plus Chickens Located at Business Property in Boston
At a tax auction, social psychology student Tyson Gersh, now 26, and a fellow Michigan alum paid $5,025 for a six-unit apartment complex in the city’s blighted North End, to act as the center of operations as they converted a nearby, 1.5-acre plot of land into an urban farm.
By Lauren Rothman
October 6, 2016
Today, Gersh and vice-president Molly Hubbell’s Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) not only produces thousands of pounds of organic produce each year, but also takes advantage of existing infrastructure in the community: Projects include a rainwater cistern made by waterproofing the foundation of a derelict home, and outfitting a former commercial building as a retail store for added-value products like pesto and tomato sauce.
We spoke with Gersh about MUFI’s location-specific approach to urban farming.
October 8, 2016 Comments Off on Turning Derelict Buildings into an Urban Farm in Detroit
Hellawell said he also strives to be carbon neutral by limiting travel time in his work, delivering to CSAs instead of having 40 clients drive to him, and by striving for short distances between food source and customer.
By Barb Glen
Sept 29, 2016
The arrangement with city property owners involves a contract entitling them to 10 percent of the vegetable crop and requires them to provide water. A liability clause protects both parties from lawsuits in the event of injury to anyone involved.
The contract also requires Hellawell to maintain the farming area, which must be at least 1,000 sq. feet.
October 6, 2016 Comments Off on Lethbridge, Alberta urban farmer grows on 18 plots of land (about an acre in size)
Ginger Rivera and Ryan Roelen have turned their large Lomita back yard into an organic farm that now supplies local chefs. The two grow everything from tomatoes, citrus, avocados, pumpkins and a variety of chilis. (Steve McCrank/Daily Breeze/SCNG)
Rivera intends to get what’s known as a state cottage food license so she can sell beet bread, habanero mustard, marmalade chile, zucchini bread and other creations she makes and bakes from the products they grow.
By Nick Green
Sept 24, 2016
Ryan Roelen had grown corn since the age of 4, progressed from there to growing chiles on his balcony apartment and, finally, bought three-quarters of an acre in Nicaragua where he planted citrus trees and other native plants when he wasn’t surfing.
But even that was a largely foreign concept to his girlfriend, Ginger Rivera, whom he had first met in the second grade before the two graduated in 1991 from South High School in Torrance.
October 2, 2016 Comments Off on Tiny urban farm in Lomita, California yields bounty fit for iconic restaurant
“Most of the brothels are great community partners,” he said.
By Denise Rosch
Sept. 12, 2016
“We have a lot of veterans who depend on this food bank. Some are in their 80’s. They have enough money for rent and utilities and that’s it. They’re here every week getting food,” said Hampton.
Next year, fresh vegetables could be added to the grocery list. Just down the road from the VFW, Sheri’s Ranch hopes a community garden will help alleviate the strain on the food bank. The local brothel plans to donate about 100 acres of land to make the project happen. The business said it is even willing to provide the water. Nye County Commissioner Dan Schinhofen is helping to coordinate the project.
September 19, 2016 Comments Off on Nevada: Brothel partners with city to create 100 acre garden to feed the needy
“It definitely keeps you sane when you’re in an urban environment that is sometimes full of conflict.”
By Amy Rutledge
Sept 12, 2016
While the community is labeled a “food desert,” Stephanie and her helpers – many of them special needs students– teach kids and adults in the neighborhood how to grow food to feed their own families or even supplement their income.
Together with resident Godwin Akpan, who manages a neighborhood food bank, Dunn is spreading healthy food across the area. They’re even hosting their first big farmers market this fall, which they hope sales will raise money to expand the urban gardening and farming initiative.
September 18, 2016 Comments Off on Chicago: 28–year-old master gardener started three organic urban farms
Knox, Inc. provides gardening space to 500 farmers throughout the region.
By Todd Piro
Sept 9, 2016
Now, thanks to Knox’s training on how to increase crop yields, along with their help providing business planning and connections, Christian, can feed his neighbors, while growing his own business.
“It turned out many of them did like the idea of taking their garden plots and their growing abilities to the next level,” Ron Pitz, Executive Director of Knox, Inc. said.
September 17, 2016 Comments Off on Urban Farming in Hartford, Connecticut Helps Locals, Growers Improve Their Lives
“It’s almost become pathological … Wherever I’m walking or driving I’m always scanning. ‘What kind of backyard is that? What could I grow?'”
By Laurie Fagan
Sep 05, 2016
Along with Madeleine Maltby, 27, Mason-Phillips co-owns Britannia Backyard Edibles, an urban farming operation now in its second year. Together they’ve transformed 10 backyards — and one front yard — into vegetable garden.
Mason-Phillips says there’s a good supply of fertile but underused green space in central Ottawa that could be put to work for food production.
September 11, 2016 Comments Off on Ottawa’s ‘Britannia Backyard Edibles’ looking for room to grow their business
Vancouver restaurants are taking the 100-mile diet a step further and growing their own ingredients here in the city
By Robert Mangelsdorf
Aug 31, 2016
“Growing the botanicals was definitely something that was instilled in me working at the Sooke Harbour House on Vancouver Island,” she says. “It’s an incredibly inspired place. I learned a ton there, that ethos, and had an opportunity to experience on a daily basis the opportunities of the plants as they present themselves.
“Now it’s about the flower,” she continues, “then it’s the seed, then it’s about the fruit, then it’s the root. It’s not just about saying we have beets and tomatoes to work with. We have this entire world of potential from these plants, that’s what gets me excited when it comes to creating menus.”
September 1, 2016 Comments Off on Vancouver Chefs Grow Their Own
(3rd in a series) To mend the city’s food system, urban farmers and entrepreneurs are working to funnel fresh produce and artisanal goods to local tables.
By Jessica Leigh Hester
The Atlantic: City Lab
Aug 31, 2016
These organizations are working to ford considerable chasms in terms of access. Across the transit-strapped city, where nearly one-third of Detroiters don’t own a vehicle, many residents have a hard time reliably procuring nutritious produce. County-wide, nearly 23 percent of residents are estimated to be food insecure. Research from the National Poverty Center found that in Metro Detroit, food insecurity was exacerbated by the recession and disproportionately affected black families; the effects are particularly pronounced among families with delinquent bills or other debts, found a survey conducted by the University of Michigan.
September 1, 2016 Comments Off on The Fight to Feed Detroit
(2nd in series) Agriculture flourishes in the city’s vacant lots—but can it survive the push towards revitalization?
By Jessica Leigh Hester
The Atlantic: City Lab
Aug 30, 2016
Two years ago, Brittany Bradd, an activist in Detroit’s Brightmoor neighborhood, bought an acre of land that she planned to farm. Ever since, she’s been trying to buy an additional property that remains in limbo. “Some lots are just paperwork in boxes,” she says. Another farmer told me that he plans to visit the Land Bank in person—he wants to leave with a receipt in hand.
September 1, 2016 Comments Off on Growing Pains for Detroit’s Urban Farms
This is the first installment of a three-part series. The second will explore how urban agriculture fits in to the city’s redevelopment plans; the third dives in to putting the harvest to use.
By Jessica Leigh Hester
From The Atlantic
Aug 29, 2016
By selling his produce at markets and to local restaurants, Willerer is able to support his family from his land. He sells about 200 pounds of salad greens each weekend at Eastern Market, one of the country’s oldest produce marts; an 8-oz. bag of his greens goes for $5. His home and farm are insurance policies against another economic tumble.
August 31, 2016 Comments Off on Detroit’s Urban Growers Are Farming for Their Lives
A diverse assortment of flowers, vegetables and herbs grow past Lisa Taylor’s fence line, right to the sidewalk of her cozy Riversdale home.
By Michelle Berg
August 18, 2016
“By growing food in the city, people in the community experience firsthand what growing food looks like and the work and energy that goes into their food before it ends up on their plate,” she says.
This year she has started a new business called Biodivercity Farms. She and her husband, Jason Fege, find creative ways to use smaller spaces within the city to grow produce that is boxed up and delivered to 23 customers each week of the growing season.
August 25, 2016 Comments Off on Saskatoon, Canada: Inner city farming has its advantages
City of Portland’s ‘Food’ specialist Steve Cohen who gave them a tour of thriving urban agriculture ventures and community gardens around the City.
By Chef Arthur Gordon and Anya
Aug 16, 2016
The Ariadne Garden is a double lot located in the heart of NE Portland. Established in 1993, it is now managed by the Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust. Some of the Portland Ariadne birds eye view healthiest soil in Portland is found here, nurturing the most delicious food available. Ariadne is a self-sustaining retailer, selling its own flowers (peonies, roses, yarrow, lilies, gladiola, zinnias) and produce (tomatoes and starts, lettuces, escaroles, mustards, kales, beans, squash, raspberries, etc.) to those who visit its onsite produce stand.
August 24, 2016 Comments Off on Portland, Oregon’s Urban Agriculture Scene
Green Collar Foods Operations Director Darren Riley explains the process called aeroponics that mists the bare roots of plants like this kale that grow under fluorescent lights on shelves at the indoor farm. Neighboring Supino Pizzeria buys the company’s kale. Brandy Baker, The Detroit News.
The city is considering regulations that could expand indoor agriculture even more.
By Breana Noble
The Detroit News
August 15, 2016
The urban agriculture ordinance, however, assumes indoor farming would be large-scale, said city planner Kathryn Underwood. To increase the zoning district, the City Planning Commission sent an amendment to the City Council for consideration that would take into account smaller operations. It is expected to vote on the proposal in the fall.
“(The amendment) recognizes (indoor farming) can happen at very large scales and very small scales,” Underwood said. “It will allow more of it to happen.”
August 21, 2016 Comments Off on Indoor farms give vacant Detroit buildings new life