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Urban Farm Growing to Help San Jacinto, California

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“Provide healthy foods in a lower income neighborhood that has been kind of neglected for awhile and really utilize that as a cornerstone of transforming the overall community in terms of economic development, health, education,” said Clark.

By Angelina Perez
My High Plains
12/22 2016

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Not only will they grow food, they will teach community members how to garden as well and provide them an opportunity to help the area.

“During the course of growing we are going to have volunteer days as well, where people can come help us weed, help us pick the vegetables and just maintain the property, stuff like that,” said Melius.

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January 4, 2017   Comments Off on Urban Farm Growing to Help San Jacinto, California

Urban farm project heading for Midtown Omaha

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“The more I’ve read, the more I’ve talked with other new farmers, I think this really is kind of the direction of the future for agriculture,” Jespersen said.

By Collin Ruane
WOWT News
Dec 21, 2016

Excerpt:

Forget big fields and acres of land, this residency program is set in the heart of Omaha. The Big Muddy Urban Farm is fixed inside a Midtown neighborhood. It’s an opportunity to learn about farming and the business behind it. Taylor Jespersen is one of a select few residents ready to take part in the aspiring farmer residency program.

“The urban farming thing is very new to me, but I’m excited to see what that looks like,” said Jespersen.

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December 31, 2016   Comments Off on Urban farm project heading for Midtown Omaha

In Urban Edmunston, Maryland, Eco City Farms Grows Enough Produce to Feed 250 People Each Year

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Video by Deborah Levenson.

The federal government has declared Prince Georges County, Md. a “food desert” because many residents have trouble getting to grocery stores that sell fresh fruits and vegetables.

Excerpt from ECO City Farm’s website:

ECO City Farms has converted previously vacant land into a highly productive farming enterprise that produces healthy vegetables, fruit, herbs, eggs and honey. Our produce is Certified Naturally Grown by fellow farmers who establishes an international grassroots alternative to the USDA Certified Organic Program. We employ environmentally sound, chemical-free, permaculture farming methods and support others to do the same.

Farmer Training:

We provide in-depth, hands-on technical and practical training in urban agriculture through apprenticeships and internships and courses. In conjunction with Prince George’s Community College and other partners, we offer a wide range of Continuing Education Credit courses and a certificate in Commercial Urban Farming. Students range from beginners to seasoned experts.

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December 24, 2016   Comments Off on In Urban Edmunston, Maryland, Eco City Farms Grows Enough Produce to Feed 250 People Each Year

Detroit’s Oakland Avenue Urban Farm has snagged a $500,000 grant from ArtPlace America

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The Oakland Avenue Urban Farm Team, in front of the Farm’s Community House in Detroit’s North End. Click on image for larger file.

Largest urban farm in Detroit’s North End will transform into a five-acre landscape combining art, architecture, sustainable ecologies, and new market practices

By Robin Runyan
Curbed Detroit
Dec 9, 2016,

Excerpt:

Within this two-year project, these groups will:

Explore ways to reactivate existing architectures with innovative locally rooted programming,
Take the site off-grid by creating artful and functional infrastructures,
Foster worker-owned businesses as economic drivers, and
Integrate the arts into the fabric of community life.

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December 17, 2016   Comments Off on Detroit’s Oakland Avenue Urban Farm has snagged a $500,000 grant from ArtPlace America

NYC Public Housing (NYCHA) Farms – A Twist on Urban Agriculture

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Two more NYCHA farms will likely be established by the end of 2018, but final details are still under consideration regarding location

By Beth Krietsch
New York City Food Policy Centre
Dec 7, 2016

Excerpt:

Each morning, 24-year-old Nalijha Trammell rises before the sun for a 7:30 a.m. start to her work day at one of four urban farm sites scattered throughout Brooklyn and Harlem. As a member of Green City Force’s Urban Farm Corps, Trammell works alongside 24 of her peers to develop and maintain working urban farms on New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments in Canarsie, Brownsville, Red Hook, and East Harlem.

Trammell and her fellow 18-to-24-year-old corps members, all of whom are NYCHA residents, work diligently each day on various farming tasks, from planting seeds and weeding gardens to harvesting produce and delivering cooking demonstrations to NYCHA residents.

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December 15, 2016   Comments Off on NYC Public Housing (NYCHA) Farms – A Twist on Urban Agriculture

Movie: ‘Farming Detroit – The Urban Farming Revolution’

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Must see film! Mike – (however it is restricted to a USA audience on YouTube online

[If you can learn to use VPN – Virtual Private Network, then you can see the film. I did from Canada. Mike]
A must-see movie for everyone this holiday season!! Make the effort to watch it. Mike

Directed by Jackson Nguyen and Todd Crites
Produced by Pilgrim Studios for FYI
2015 A & E Televison
Online on Dec 10, 2016

Excerpt from Eater Detroit:

Over the weekend, lifestyle channel FYI turned the lens on Detroit’s urban agriculture scene with the premiere of a new documentary Farming Detroit. The hour-long film follows a series of different farms around the area including Brother Nature Produce, Burnside Farm, MUFI, Central Detroit Christian Farm and Fishery, Buckets of Rain, and HUDA Clinic and Urban Garden. Filmmakers look at how each farm operates and services the community in a different way from Brother Nature’s relationship with local restaurants to Buckets of Rain’s involvement with the homeless shelters.

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December 14, 2016   Comments Off on Movie: ‘Farming Detroit – The Urban Farming Revolution’

How an Urban Farm is Feeding L.A. County’s Homeless

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The farm will handily top its 2016 goal to send 6,000 pounds of food into the kitchen—one summer day alone, the harvest included 100 pounds of heirloom tomatoes.

By Mary MacVea
Los Angeles Magazine
Nov 30, 2016

Excerpt:

Eight miles from downtown, amid the warehouses and factories and railroad tracks of Bell, Corinne McAndrews plots out two rows of Purple Queen garlic. “I want to be part of a new way of thinking about urban agriculture,” she says of GrowGood, the farm she manages here. This isn’t a communal plot; it isn’t really a commercial one, either. GrowGood harvests food for people who are in no position to sort through the produce at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Spread over one-and-a-half acres of U.S. Army land that a few years ago, she says, was “void of biological life,” its dozens of varieties of vegetables and herbs and 50 fruit trees serve as the engine of GrowGood’s mission: sending its harvest to the large homeless shelter across the parking lot.

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December 7, 2016   Comments Off on How an Urban Farm is Feeding L.A. County’s Homeless

Washington D.C. Urban Gardens Bring Low-Cost, Fresh Produce To City’s Food Deserts

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Jacquana McIntyre started as a volunteer and now manages one of DC UrbanGreen’s farms at Fort Stanton in Southeast Washington, D.C. Photo by Larisa Epatko/PBS NewsHour

“I always wanted to work outside,” she said. The former children’s day care worker noted that kids enjoy digging in the earth and learning how plants grow. But if they’re scolded for getting dirty, they tend to lose that curiosity.

By Larisa Epatko
PBS and NPR
November 24, 2016

Excerpt:

Lelia Parker grew up on a farm in rural Virginia and moved to the U.S. capital 30 years ago, seeking a more urban environment. But she still gets the gardening itch.

Down the street from her Southeast D.C. home is a community garden, where tidy beds of succulent zucchini, peppers and squash grow.

The garden is operated by the nonprofit group DC UrbanGreens. Not long ago, Parker discovered the site and began telling her neighbors about it and about how to cook with fresh vegetables instead of canned. Now she’s a board member and the group’s outreach coordinator.

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December 3, 2016   Comments Off on Washington D.C. Urban Gardens Bring Low-Cost, Fresh Produce To City’s Food Deserts

Indiana: Creating The Largest Urban Farm In The State

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Mat Davis, right, food justice coordinator at the Flanner House, speaks with Jonathan Lawler, owner and operator of Brandywine Creek Farms, about testing the soil near the Flanner House in preparation to develop a farm on 2 1/2 acres in the heart of the largest food desert in the city on Nov. 11, 2016. (Photo: Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar)

Indianapolis – Flanner Farms will sprout next year on the 2½-acre campus of Flanner House, 2424 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. It’s not a community garden, but rather a 1.3-acre working farm. And it won’t just feed people; it will teach them how to grow their own food.

By Maureen C. Gilmer
Indy Star
Nov 19, 2016

Excerpt:

Over the summer, Lawler learned about Flanner House and its work to feed surrounding neighborhoods. He and his three sons delivered a truckload of produce to the center, and there he met Brandon Cosby, executive director. It didn’t take long for Cosby to see that Lawler would be an ally in his quest to take the 118-year-old center back to its agrarian roots.

“We are getting back to the historic legacy of Flanner House,” said Cosby, who took over as executive director earlier this year.

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November 27, 2016   Comments Off on Indiana: Creating The Largest Urban Farm In The State

1930: Only working farm in Manhattan 86 years ago

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213thJune 8, 1933. Broadway, east side, north from 213th Street, with the N.E. corner in the foreground. Behind the billboards is a truck garden.

213and10 Manhattan area today. Click on image for larger file.

The farmer’s children can’t lay in the street, however. They might get hit by a taxi.

About New York
By Richard Massock
Corsicana Daily
Aug 23, 1930
(Early use of the term ‘urban agriculture’. Mike)

Urban Agriculture

Right here on Manhattan Island, with its skyscraper, tenements, subways and million population, there’s a farm.

It is the only one in town and it is bounded on three sides by seven story apartments. On the other side is the Tenth Avenue elevated railroad. It is an easy tomato’s throw from Broadway at 213th Street.

It is not, of course, a rancho. It is just a city block in size and it belongs to a New Orleans man who rents it to the Benedettos, Vincent, his wife, their four boys and five girls.

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November 25, 2016   Comments Off on 1930: Only working farm in Manhattan 86 years ago

Bogota, Columbia: She Turned a Massive Garbage Dump Into An Urban Farm

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See the video here.

Bogota: 7,800,000 population. Transformation of a landfill into a farm. school, urban garden

Directed by Fernando Caneque and Paula Serna
Filmed by Daniel Barbosa
Towards the Human City
CAD Productions
(Must see. Mike)

Rosa Evelia Poveda Guerrero, known to her friends and acquaintances as Rosita, is an inspiring and tireless woman who believes in the power of urban agriculture to solve the feeding needs of the urban poor.

In 2003, Rosa found an 1,800-meter dumpsite that was inhabited by homeless beggars in the Eastern hills of Bogotá. Having dreamt about the opportunity of having an urban farm, Rosa decided to look for the owner of this site, who gave it to her under a commodatum (gratuitous loan). Then, she moved into the dumpsite, setting up a provisional camp, and started working with her two sons on cleaning the waste that had been piling up during the past 40 years.

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November 24, 2016   Comments Off on Bogota, Columbia: She Turned a Massive Garbage Dump Into An Urban Farm

Knoxville, Tennesse man charged after pick ax attack at urban community farm

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Timothy A. Whitaker. (Photo: Knox County Detention Facility)

Khann Chov, Beardsley’s urban agriculture director, and Assistant Urban Agriculture Director Adam Caraco both suffered skull fractures, among other injuries, according to Caraco’s father, Carmen Caraco.

By Hayes Hickman
Knoxville News Sentinel
Nov 10, 2016

Excerpt:

A recently hired staffer at a Knoxville nonprofit community farm has been charged in a bizarre attack on two of his co-workers after allegedly striking them in their heads with a pair of gardening tools.

Timothy A. Whitaker, 52, had to be held down by others until police arrived following the assault at Beardsley Community Farm on Tuesday morning, according to arrest warrants.

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November 16, 2016   Comments Off on Knoxville, Tennesse man charged after pick ax attack at urban community farm

Calgary: Urban farmer Kye Kocher transforms backyards into large-scale gardens

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Kye Kocher in his inner city farm in Calgary, Alta. Photo by Leah Hennel.

Four years into his farming career, the 31-year-old is the president of YYC Growers (a co-op of urban and rural farmers in the Calgary area), tends to 14 plots in his area and operates a personal farm out of his own inner-city backyard.

By Kerianne Sproule and Leah Hennel,
Calgary Herald
Nov 7, 2016

Excerpt:

As an urban farmer, he partners with homeowners in Calgary’s West Hillhurst neighbourhood, transforming their backyards into large-scale gardens. Kocher plans, preps and tends to their backyard plots and harvests the resulting crops. In return, the homeowners receive a portion of the farm-fresh veggies (Kocher also sells some of the produce to local restaurants and markets), and their backyards are no longer sitting stagnant.

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November 15, 2016   Comments Off on Calgary: Urban farmer Kye Kocher transforms backyards into large-scale gardens

Indianapolis’ Urban Farms Help Tackle Urban Problems

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Children at Public Greens’ microfarm learn about growing food.Photo by Stacy Newgent courtesy of Patachou Foundation.

When you think of urban agriculture many people tend to picture cities like New York or San Francisco. But in Indiana, a state more associated with large farms growing commodity crops like wheat and soybeans, there’s a quiet revolution taking place in Indianapolis.

By Andrew Amelinckx
Modern Farmer
November 4, 2016

Excerpt:

The city’s newest urban agricultural venture, Farm 360, was launched late last year with the twin missions of employing local folks, especially those who been incarcerated and have had a hard time finding good work, and repurposing blighted properties in the city’s Near Eastside neighborhood. The company is also growing vegetables using a hydroponic system that incorporates LED lighting, which uses 60 percent less electricity then traditional lighting systems.

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November 12, 2016   Comments Off on Indianapolis’ Urban Farms Help Tackle Urban Problems

Green Guerrillas since 1973! – NYC Food Based Community Organization Spotlight

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Since 1973 Green Guerillas has been creating partnerships between people who care about the earth and believe in the power of community gardening to transform neighborhoods.

By New York City Policy Centre
at Hunter College
2016

Excerpt:

How they do it: Green Guerillas helps community gardeners get the materials, people power, and funding they need to strengthen vibrant community gardens, produce bountiful harvests, and engage youth.

Mission: “Green Guerillas uses a unique mix of education, organizing and advocacy to help people cultivate community gardens, sustain grassroots groups, grow food, engage youth, and address issues critical to the future of their gardens.”

Latest project/campaign: Youth Poised – a program that challenges youth to evaluate applications and award grants to food-growing community garden groups in central Brooklyn.

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November 7, 2016   Comments Off on Green Guerrillas since 1973! – NYC Food Based Community Organization Spotlight