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Governors Island adds to New York City’s growing urban farm scene

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The Governors Island Teaching Garden provides a “seed to plate” curriculum. (Credit: Maggie O’Neill)

The garden grows 48 varieties of produce, as well as edible flowers that students can pick and eat at the flower bed.

By Maggie O’neill
AM New York
July 26, 2015

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The Governors Island Teaching Garden is one of the latest urban farms to serve the NYC landscape, which already boasts farms on rooftops, in parks and at Randall’s Island.

A joint effort of GrowNYC and the Trust for Governors Island that was completed in May, the 8,000-square-foot garden is dedicated to educating children in New York about urban agriculture and healthy eating. It hosts public school visits and summer camp groups on weekdays from April through November, and it is open to the public for family visits on weekends during the island’s public season from May to September.

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August 2, 2015   No Comments

North Memphis Urban Farmers need a tractor


Watch this compelling video. (Mike)

The tractor will help them continue to transform vacant lots in North Memphis’ most blighted neighborhoods and provide naturally grown local produce

Excerpts from their Kickstarter website:

The City of Memphis faces many challenges. Among them are blighted vacant lots, food deserts, health challenges, and unemployment. North Memphis Farmer’s Collective seeks to take these challenges and turn them into solutions by using what others see as waste as the fertilizer for vacant lots, thereby turning decay and blight into blossoming Urban Farms.

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July 30, 2015   No Comments

Detroit urban farm aims to sell 20,000 pounds of vegetables

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“We have 400-500 catfish and blue gill growing in the fish pond”

By Jon Zemke
Model D
July 21, 2015

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Link and Alex Bryan launched the urban farm in 2011 after purchasing a four-acre lot from the Michigan Land Bank. The one square block sits on the 1600 block of Lawrence Street. It previously served as the home Peck Elementary School before it was torn down.

Today Peck Produce, also known as Food Field, grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetables on the site, including leafy greens, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, ginger, artichokes, and parsnips. Last year the urban farm sold 16,000 pounds of produce.

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July 26, 2015   No Comments

Lafayette Greens spreads gospel of farming in Detroit

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Lafayette Greens Co-ordinator Romondo Woods II of Detroit, tidies the garden on July 10. Lafayette Greens is an urban garden under the care of the Greening of Detroit and is situated in the center of downtown Detroit on Lafayette Boulevard at Shelby just a block off Campus Martius. (Photo: Donna Terek / The Detroit News)

“People our age should know how to harvest land because you never know what can happen where these skills can come in handy.”

By Kyla Smith,
The Detroit News
July 12, 2015

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Nestled in the busy heart of downtown, Lafayette Greens has become more than simply a community garden.

More than a year after Greening of Detroit took over the gardens near Lafayette and American coney islands, it’s become something of a classroom and community meeting place. Along with 35 raised garden beds and benches, the hotspot along Lafayette Boulevard now hosts free evening classes on belly dancing, yoga, tai chi and gardening.

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July 21, 2015   No Comments

Chicago to start urban agriculture produce bus in food deserts

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Angela Dejun, 33, shops for produce onboard the Fresh Moves bus parked outside the Lawndale Christian Health Center in 2012. Now the project is back. (Jose M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday took another crack at launching a produce bus project that aims to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to parts of Chicago

By Bill Ruthhart
Chicago Tribune
July 10, 2015

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Asked what’s different about the program this time around, Allen didn’t hesitate: “We grow our own food.”

Under Food Desert Action’s previous business model, the foundation purchased produce and turned around and sold it on the buses, operating on thin price margins. Allen argued she has far less overhead than that previous setup since her nonprofit Growing Power, which started and still operates farms in Milwaukee, provides much of the food the bus will sell.

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July 20, 2015   No Comments

10 Detroit Urban Farms Rooting Goodness Into The City

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Keep Growing Detroit, The Michigan Urban Farming, Brother Nature Produce Initiative, Brother Nature Produce, Fresh Cut Flower Farm, Spirit of Hope Farm, Oakland Avenue Community Farm, Earthworks, ACRE Community Farm, Freedom Freedom

By Stephanie Held
Daily Detroit
Jul 6, 2015

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According to the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, there are about 10 million acres of farmland in Michigan and the state is home to 52,194 farms.

As Detroit’s landscape has changed with depopulation, urban agriculture has sprung up in lots and fields across the city. Besides simply growing food, these are places to learn, teach, and spend quality time.

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July 16, 2015   Comments Off on 10 Detroit Urban Farms Rooting Goodness Into The City

Beecher, Michigan urban farmer bringing dream of organic market to life

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Plans to open an organic market, after acquiring the vacant property at 5362 N. Saginaw Street, near the intersection of Princeton Avenue. King said some outdoor vending will be open in a few weeks. Jake May | MLive.com

King purchased the building for about $3,000

By Sarah Schuch
Mlive
June 17, 2015

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King started Harvesting Earth eight years ago in vacant lots on Princeton Avenue. He now has multiple properties next to each other with three hoop houses growing produce, like tomatoes, kale, peppers and strawberries.

In 2013, it became the first urban farm in Genesee County to be certified organic.

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June 26, 2015   Comments Off on Beecher, Michigan urban farmer bringing dream of organic market to life

MintPress Visits Detroiters Reclaiming The City’s Image

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Kate Cramer-Herbst cleans out a vegetable box in Detroit, April 10, 2010. Detroit communities are transforming vacant, often-blighted land into a source of fresh food and place for community to come together. Click on image for larger file.

“Much more than agricultural, a spiritual change is taking place in the minds of the people.”

By Derrick Broze
Mint Press News
June 11, 2015

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Since its inception as an offshoot of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in 1997, Earthworks Urban Farm has blossomed into gardens spread throughout several lots, the EAT program and a growing list of volunteers. The farm, which supplies the soup kitchen, is run by a team volunteers who also educate the community about sustainable food practices.

Like many of the city’s urban farming and community gardening initiatives, Earthworks has started taking advantage of empty homes and lots, converting them into storage and planting spaces.

Detroiters have always taken care of themselves, Caprice Wood told MintPress. She added: “It might be new for the younger generation but the older generations have been doing this their whole life.”

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June 18, 2015   Comments Off on MintPress Visits Detroiters Reclaiming The City’s Image

‘IndyGrown’ in Indianapolis promotes local urban farms

Although there are more than 100 urban farms in Indianapolis, four urban farms are working together to educate the public about their efforts.

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The tour and increased marketing efforts of IndyGrown are helping to promote and raise awareness of urban agriculture in Indianapolis, said Emily Toner, Purdue Extension urban agriculture educator in Marion County.

“Urban agriculture, whether in the form of a farm or garden, is a direct point of contact people have with their food,” she said. “When we turn an urban space into a space to grow food, it connects people to agriculture.”

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June 7, 2015   Comments Off on ‘IndyGrown’ in Indianapolis promotes local urban farms

In Houston, Young Urban Farmers Are Champions Of Change

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A company leased them the 1.2 acre vacant lot, and the pair transformed it into a farm for organic herbs, fruits and vegetables.

By Sally MacDonald
My Fox Houston
May 25, 2015

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Texas has more farms than any other state, but most of farm country is getting older. The average age of a farmer is 58. Sally MacDonald reports on the recent increase in people under age 34 who are trying out their green thumbs with hopes of changing communities.

In the middle of Houston’s East End, sits what many see as Houston’s first private farm inside the 610 Loop.

Finca Tres Robles is Spanish for Three Oaks Farm.

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June 5, 2015   Comments Off on In Houston, Young Urban Farmers Are Champions Of Change

The Best Urban Farming In Chicago

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Chicago has a bevy of urban farming options for the most novice to serious green thumbs in the city.

ChicagoList
May 20, 2015

Big Delicious Planet
62nd Street Garden
Windy City Harvest
The Peterson Garden Project
St. Paul And The Redeemer Food Garden
Global Garden Refugee Training Farm
Wood Street Urban Farm and Training Center
Growing Power’s Chicago Iron Street Farm
The Plant
The Gary Comer Youth Center Rooftop Garden

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Global Garden Refugee Training Farm

By Lisa White

I first found out about, and fell in love with, the story of the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm after reading Mike Sulla’s awesome profile in the Reader. Tucked away in Albany Park, the plot of land was transformed into a thriving garden after 100 families from Bhutan and Burma took over the spot. What started out small has grown within the refugee community, and now there are more applicants than farm plots.

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May 30, 2015   Comments Off on The Best Urban Farming In Chicago

U.S. senator donates tractor to help with city’s urban farming in Kansas City

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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
KCTV5
May 09, 2015

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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.

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May 19, 2015   Comments Off on U.S. senator donates tractor to help with city’s urban farming in Kansas City

Shanghai’s Green Ring Generates Half of The City’s Food

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Update May 2015 – RUAF – Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security

This RUAF Update informs you about our latest activities including:

Ongoing activities:
• 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

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May 18, 2015   Comments Off on Shanghai’s Green Ring Generates Half of The City’s Food

West Sacramento Expands Urban Farms

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West Sacramento Urban Farm’s location at 5th & C Street. Photo: Kristi Garrett

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

Globe Newswire
West Sacramento, Calif.
April 15, 2015

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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.

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April 26, 2015   Comments Off on West Sacramento Expands Urban Farms

Forest Farm Opening at Battery Park in New York

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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
DNA Info
March 2, 2015

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“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.

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March 10, 2015   Comments Off on Forest Farm Opening at Battery Park in New York