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Temple Beth Israel in Pomona, California to start urban farm

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Temple Beth Israel, Pomona, CA

Temple Beth Israel in Pomona and the Claremont-based non-profit Uncommon Good have partnered to turn close to 10,000 square feet of the house of worship’s land into an urban farm

By Monica Rodriguez
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Oct 10, 2014

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“It’s an exciting proposition and I hope we will be a model for others,” said Rabbi Jonathan Kupetz of Temple Beth Israel.

A ground breaking ceremony for the project will begin at 11:30 a.m. today at the temple, 3033 N. Towne Ave.

For years temple leaders talked about using the land in a way that would benefit those struggling to provide food for their families but parts of the idea – such as who would take on the responsibility of caring for the land and the crops it produced – could never be fully worked out, Kupetz said.

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October 22, 2014   No Comments

Chestnut farmer on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon

A Low-Tech Organic Chestnut Farmer from Cooking Up a Story on Vimeo.

Chris Foster of Cascadia Chestnuts

By Rebecca Gerendasy
Cooking Up a Story
Oct 14, 2014

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I’ve had a curiosity about chestnuts for many years – since childhood, actually. We used to go Fall hunting for the ‘perfect’ chestnut as they fell to the ground. But those were horse chestnuts, not the edible type. There was the old classic song, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, kept alive most notably by the Nat King Cole version. But the edible kind weren’t available by the time I was growing up – most of the big American chestnut trees were wiped out by a fungus in the early 1900’s. For me, chestnuts were a mythical food.

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October 14, 2014   No Comments

Michigan Churches Were Planning Huge Urban Farm For The Poor, But Neighbors Complained

The neighbors were concerned about increased traffic, preserving the historic property, and worries that their property values could fall.

Inquisitr
Oct 4, 2014

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Several churches were planning to team up to offer the community a huge urban farm in Battle Creek that would help families put healthy, fresh food on the table. The pastors of eight Methodist churches in “Cereal City” noticed that a lot of people were going hungry every day. Beside Washington Heights United Methodist Church, acres of land sat vacant.

“I mentioned we had this land that we could start a garden,” said Marshall Murphy Jr., Pastor of Washington Heights United Methodist Church in an interview with News Channel 3. The pastors of the eight churches in Battle Creek, Michigan came up with a plan. Two of the pastors excitedly talked with News Channel 3 about their plans for the urban garden on Tuesday.

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October 14, 2014   No Comments

Urban Agriculture in and around Chicago

2 Hour Presentation By Local City Farmers

Oct 1, 2014

Local agriculturists discuss growing food in Chicago’s urban environment at this event hosted by Windy City Sustainability. This program was produced by Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV).

October 11, 2014   Comments Off

3 Acre Plot in Missoula Fairgrounds

freedomLate Summer, 2012 View of the Missoula County Fairgrounds. Freedom Farms is located within the dark polygon at the bottom. Click on image for larger file.

“If we can have all these beer breweries in town, we can certainly have just as many food growers.”

By Taylor Wylie
Montana Kaimin
Sept 30, 2014

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This idea — creating gardens and miniature farms in metropolitan areas — is part of a national urban agriculture movement. This involves anything from planting simple, individual gardens, to the large-scale growing of fruits, vegetables, herbs and animals within city limits.

In Missoula alone, there are four main organizations that focus on urban agriculture: 1000 New Gardens, Missoula HIVE, the P.E.A.S Farm/Garden City Harvest and Freedom Gardens.

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October 10, 2014   Comments Off

Ripe City Urban Farm in Tallahassee, Florida

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“So many people were like me, where they had no idea where food was growing.”

WTXL TV
Sept 30, 2014

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The farm is located near midtown at the old location of the popular Ten-Speed Greens.

Produce from the farm goes to local restaurants like Cypress, Bread and Roses Kitchen, and Sweet Pea cafe. You can also find Ripe City selling their veggies at the Frenchtown Heritage Marketplace.

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October 8, 2014   Comments Off

New Orleans Vietnamese Urban Farmers

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Photograph by Rush Jagoe.

The Vietnamese community in New Orleans was into urban farming long before it became trendy — they were doing it as early as 1975.

By Jake Swearingen
Modern Farmer
September 25, 2014

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Daniel Nguyen moved from California to New Orleans to become a firefighter — but he ended up becoming a lifeline for farmers. Nguyen, 25, and business partner Khai Nguyen (no relation), began their work as community organizers in reaction to two natural disasters.

Hurricane Katrina not only devastated New Orleans, it also showed how vulnerable the city was to interruptions in the food supply chain. “It took two years after Katrina for Winn-Dixie supermarket to come back,” says Nguyen.

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October 5, 2014   Comments Off

Inside Lost Boys Acre, New Brighton’s ‘Experimental Urban Farm’ – Minnesota

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Courtney Morton gets some cherrie tomatoes from Kristie Kellis.

The farm is reinventing an old barter-based model – and ruffling a few feathers along the way.

By Kim Palmer
Vita-Mn
9/17/2014

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The Lost Boys farmers hope to do more than fill fridges and stock pantries: They’re on a mission to sow change, by teaching and encouraging others to forge a closer connection to the food they eat.

They visit schools, host interns and march in parades, wearing their Lost Boys T-shirts. Many urban dwellers don’t have a clue how to produce their own food, Kristie Kellis said. “It’s not that they aren’t interested or are lazy. They don’t know how. We went from growing our own food to wanting to inspire.”

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September 25, 2014   Comments Off

Milwaukee Urban Discovery Farm

In the 2014 season, (14) farmers are participating in the Urban Discovery Farm

The Milwaukee Urban Discovery Farm (MUDF) researches the economic viability and social capital of urban agriculture while empowering small-scale farmers in the region. We do so by facilitating land access and providing technical and educational resources for selling local food. Participants – or “micro-farmers” – learn sustainable methods to increase their food production while cultivating buyer relationships with partnered Milwaukee restaurants, markets, and food co-ops.

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September 25, 2014   Comments Off

Bristol, England to provide urban farming inspiration as EU Green Capital

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Steve Glover, pioneer of Bristol’s urban agriculture. Photograph by Elisabeth Braw.

Gearing up for its role as EU Green Capital 2015, Bristol’s agricultural scene is growing

By Elisabeth Braw
The Guardian
9 September 2014

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Steve Glover doesn’t mind being called an unlikely pioneer of sustainable urban agriculture. A few years ago he didn’t even know how to grow organic vegetables, let alone on a deserted piece of land next to Bristol’s train station.

Today, Glover is supplying high-end local restaurants with vegetables and salads from his farm, the Severn Project. His staff, those that grow and pick the produce are recovering drug addicts.

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September 20, 2014   Comments Off

Grow Calgary seeks massive expansion for urban farm

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Paul Hughes of Grow Calgary, pictured with his son Mac, is hoping to create the world’s largest urban farm here in Calgary. Photograph by Calgary Herald.

Last year, Grow Calgary produced 20 truckloads of food for the food bank

By Annalise Klingbeil
Calgary Herald
September 2, 2014

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The man behind Canada’s largest urban agriculture farm — a 4.5-hectare pocket of land near Canada Olympic Park that produces truckloads of produce for the food bank — wants to grow the operation into the world’s largest urban farm.

Paul Hughes said Grow Calgary has made a request to the provincial government for an additional 254 hectares of land on the transportation utility corridor that would be used to grow everything from carrots to cabbage, zucchini and turnips.

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September 13, 2014   Comments Off

Saving Detroit, One Tree at a Time

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Detroit: Between 20 and 30 square miles of city real estate sat abandoned

By Monte Reel
Business Week
September 02, 2014

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So there it was—the conceptual seed of Hantz Woodlands, the most quixotic and wildly ambitious response to the in-your-face challenge that is contemporary Detroit. Hantz, the chief executive officer of a billion-dollar investment group in the Detroit suburbs, says he is pouring tens of millions of dollars of his own money into the project because he believes private enterprise can solve urban America’s problems more effectively than can the public sector. He has bought thousands of blighted city lots, and he has purchased tens of thousands of hardwood saplings. To date, none of the trees are sturdier than wispy reeds, but together they represent what his backers in City Hall are labeling “the world’s largest experiment in urban agriculture.”

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September 11, 2014   Comments Off

10 Great Urban Agriculture Projects in San Antonio

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Local Sprout is an urban farm on the Eastside of San Antonio.

The San Antonio Housing Authority Gardens are located at 11 housing complexes around the city

By Nora Kako
Foodtank
Aug 30, 2014

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1. The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is currently planting an urban farm around First Children’s Hospital as part of a new program designed to educate children and residents about nutrition. The gardens will be adjacent to the Hospital Teaching Kitchen, which will offer nutrition cooking courses taught by the Culinary Institute of America. The vegetables and herbs grown in the gardens will be used in the teaching kitchen and dining area of the hospital.

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September 9, 2014   Comments Off

Chicago’s urban farms have yet to harvest sustainable jobs, better health

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Chicago City Farm. Photo by Mike/Flickr.

A handful of programs have flourished but several others have withered on the vine.

By Monica Eng
WBEZ
August 27, 2014

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Chicago’s urban farming movement has always held out the promise of sustainable employment. But more than a decade after it first took root, why aren’t there more well-paying jobs?

“Thats not realistic,” says Angela Mason the director of Botanic’s Windy City Harvest, which trains ex-offenders in agricultural skills as a path toward employment. “Our intention in launching the incubator program, and what most family farms do now, is [provide] supplemental income. It’s not their only income. A lot of people romanticize farming but that’s very challenging in this day and age. We don’t support local food in a way that makes it economically viable for a person to go out and only farm for a living.”

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September 5, 2014   Comments Off

An Urban Homestead Tour with Justin Tiret in Portland

An Urban Homestead Tour with Justin Tiret from Cooking Up a Story on Vimeo.

Video story by Rebecca Gerendasy.

How much can you grow on a small parcel of land?

By Rebecca Gerendasy
Cooking Up a Story
August 2014

This video tour of an urban homestead with Justin Tiret shows us his backyard garden in Portland, Oregon. Tiret is able to grow and raise much of the annual food production to meet his family’s needs. On a 1/4 acre lot, Justin and his wife Tracey raise feral bees for honey and candle wax, chickens for eggs, hazelnuts (a work in progress for the actual nuts),

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August 22, 2014   Comments Off