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A growing number of young Americans are leaving desk jobs to farm

Liz Whitehurst picks greens at Owl’s Nest Farm in Upper Marlboro, Md., on Nov. 9. Whitehurst is the owner and operator of the farm, which sells its produce at a D.C.-area farmers market, to restaurants and through CSA shares. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)

For only the second time in the last century, the number of farmers under 35 years old is increasing, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest Census of Agriculture. Sixty-nine percent of the surveyed young farmers had college degrees — significantly higher than the general population.

By Caitlin Dewey
Washington Post
November 23, 2017

Liz Whitehurst dabbled in several careers before she ended up here, crating fistfuls of fresh-cut arugula in the early-November chill.

The hours were better at her nonprofit jobs. So were the benefits. But two years ago, the 32-year-old Whitehurst — who graduated from a liberal arts college and grew up in the Chicago suburbs — abandoned Washington for this three-acre farm in Upper Marlboro, Md.

She joined a growing movement of highly educated, ex-urban, first-time farmers who are capitalizing on booming consumer demand for local and sustainable foods and who, experts say, could have a broad impact on the food system.

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November 24, 2017   Comments Off on A growing number of young Americans are leaving desk jobs to farm

Pakistan: ‘Kitchen gardening’: Punjab Agriculture Department to sell 0.15 million seed kits on subsidized rates

Women in particular are taking keen interest in getting fresh vegetables and prefer to consume home grown vegetables.

By Sarmad Mahmud
Business Recorder
Oct 23, 2017

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Punjab Agriculture department has made necessary arrangements for selling 1,50,000 seed kits on subsidized rates during Rabi crop in the province. The step has been taken to promote “kitchen gardening culture” and create awareness about the importance and utility of home grown fresh vegetables across the Province.

Sources in agriculture department told Business Recorder on Sunday that kitchen gardening has gained popularity among the people especially the women folk in different districts of Punjab including Sialkot. The kitchen gardening in the recent past has gained high importance in the wake of upsurge in prices, malnutrition, poverty alleviation and consumption of fresh and home grown vegetables.

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October 30, 2017   Comments Off on Pakistan: ‘Kitchen gardening’: Punjab Agriculture Department to sell 0.15 million seed kits on subsidized rates

Tanzania Food Gardening Network (TaFoGa Net)

Plate 2: Drive-in Farmers Group receives extensions services from Kinondoni Agricultural and Livestock officers.

Gender Roles In Urban Agriculture: The Case Of Horticulture In Kinondoni Municipality, Dar Es Salaam

By Alphonce Kyessi and Fred George Njegeja (TaFoGa Net)
Dar Es Salaam
November, 2012

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Executive Summary

A descriptive horticulture study was conducted to assess the status of gender roles in urban agriculture in Kinondoni Municipality Council – Dar es Salaam; as a unit of analysis in broad dimension relating to tenure security, gender and age, health, social, economic, culture, attitude, knowledge and practice. Sustainable Cities International Program assigned this study on baseline data collection to TaFoGa Net with an objectives of reviewing literature and policy framework for horticulture practices in Tanzania, determine spatial factors for horticulture activities – type and scale, where located, land tenure access and security / tenure rights, identify horticulture resources support including extension services, credit facilities, water supply, energy, etc.

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September 15, 2017   Comments Off on Tanzania Food Gardening Network (TaFoGa Net)

The Woman Hobby Farmer

Female Perspectives on Farming Challenges and Solutions

By Karen Lanier
CompanionHouse Press.
Forthcoming Sept 2017

Hobby farming is alive and thriving in urban, semi-rural, suburban, and rural areas across the country, and female farmers have been cited as the fastest growing sector within the farming community in recent years. With more than 1 million women in the United States and Canada describing farming as their primary source of income, and many more for whom hobby farming is just that—a hobby—the time is right for a publication dedicated to hobby farming from a female perspective.

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June 13, 2017   Comments Off on The Woman Hobby Farmer

Meet The Ladies Who Are Growing Food In Los Angeles

Manju Kumar of Sarvodaya Farms. Photo Clarissa Wei.

“I really wish there was some way we can revert to a more agrarian culture,” Manju Kumar, farm manager of Sarvodaya Farms in Pomona says.

Link TV
May 10, 2017

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When Kumar, originally from India, moved to the greater Los Angeles area in 1986, she started growing food in her backyard. She kept it simple, like burying her food waste in the garden to increase fertility. Her fruit trees and vegetables weren’t particularly producing in abundance, but it was better than nothing

“And then I went to the Los Angeles Arboretum and learned about permaculture,” she says.

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May 19, 2017   Comments Off on Meet The Ladies Who Are Growing Food In Los Angeles

British Columbia boasts the highest proportion of female farmers in Canada, according to 2016 agriculture census

Elana Evans (left) and Maddy Clerk (right) operate City Beet Farm in Vancouver. (City Beet Farm)

Urban farming and women

By Belle Puri
CBC
May 12, 2017

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City Beet Farm is a commitment between the two farmers and a community of homeowners.

The pair grow a wide diversity of vegetables and flowers on 16 properties in the city.

Homeowners receive a weekly box of vegetables in exchange for the use of their land.

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May 13, 2017   Comments Off on British Columbia boasts the highest proportion of female farmers in Canada, according to 2016 agriculture census

It’s a season of renewal at a farm in downtown Salt Lake City

The Green Team farmers start their workdays with yoga and meditation. It’s been life-changing for the women who often suffer from stress and anxiety.

By Sandra Olney
KSL
May 5th, 2017

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Last August, Long started working on the Green Team Farm, a 1½-acre urban vegetable garden in downtown Salt Lake. And that is when Long says she started to feel like “there’s a spiritual healing in here (the farm).”

It has taken a combination of faith and hard work to transform this once garbage-strewn vacant lot into what farm director James Loomis calls an emerald eden.

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May 12, 2017   Comments Off on It’s a season of renewal at a farm in downtown Salt Lake City

Uganda: Diana Nsubuga utilizes limited city space for efficient urban farming in the Kulambiro suburb of Kampala

Dr. Diana Nsubuga calls on educated people not to shy away from farming and to embrace it for the numerous benefits it has.

NTV
May 11, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

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The cow that was originally given as a wedding gift to Dr Diana Nambatya Nsubuga seven years ago, has turned out to be a game changer. The cow was the beginning of an experiment in urban farming that has changed Nsubuga’s life

Nsubuga, a trained doctor and public health professional, lives in Tuba Zone in the Kulambiro suburb of Kampala. The neighbourhood is in an urban setting which many would not consider conducive for farming.

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May 11, 2017   Comments Off on Uganda: Diana Nsubuga utilizes limited city space for efficient urban farming in the Kulambiro suburb of Kampala

Her Korean grandmother taught her to love the soil, now she’s starting an urban farm in Columbus, Georgia

Sharayah Davis, right, travels with her maternal grandmother, Hui Beesley, who inspired her to start an urban farm in Columbus.

“My vision for my city is for nobody to be without food,” Sharayah Davis said

By Alva James-Johnson
Ledger-Enquirer
Apr 28, 2017

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“That woman, she can grow anything; she has had fruit trees, blueberries, vegetables, Nappa cabbages, squash, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers and sweet potatoes,” said Davis of her maternal grandmother, Hui Beesley, who lives near Fort Benning. “… To this day, the potatoes are my favorite vegetable to grow and to harvest because she would always have us dig them up for her. We would spend entire days as kids getting our hands dirty, and it was the coolest thing – like a treasure hunt.”

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May 6, 2017   Comments Off on Her Korean grandmother taught her to love the soil, now she’s starting an urban farm in Columbus, Georgia

Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge, joins inner-city children on Gloucestershire farm visit

Kate also joined a story-time session led by children’s author Michael Morpurgo, who founded the charity in 1976.

By Tom Powell
Evening Standard
May 3, 2017

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While helping to plant the onions, the Duchess asked: “Do any of you like onions?”

One child replied that they made their eyes water and the Duchess replied: “They make things nice and tasty. You can put onions in curries.”

She also saw a “super wriggly worm” and asked the children: “Have all of you held a worm before?”

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May 4, 2017   Comments Off on Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge, joins inner-city children on Gloucestershire farm visit

TED Talk in Vancouver, BC: Devita Davison speaks about urban agriculture in Detroit

She spoke at TED2017, April 26, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED

The abundance of vacant and abandoned lots in the city provide perfect plots of land for urban micro-farms — over 1,500 of them!

Ted Talk 2017

Detroit sees the future. Once a booming Midwestern city and industrial giant, Detroit, Michigan, is now synonymous with decline. But where others see poverty, unemployment, obesity and blight, Devita Davison sees opportunity. In this inspiring talk, the fearless farmer explains how features of Detroit’s decay actually make it an ideal spot for urban agriculture. For instance, the abundance of vacant and abandoned lots in the city provide perfect plots of land for urban micro-farms — over 1,500 of them!

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April 29, 2017   Comments Off on TED Talk in Vancouver, BC: Devita Davison speaks about urban agriculture in Detroit

Franciscan Nun’s Title is Urban Farm and Facilities Coordinator

Sister Rita Wienken checks over new greenhouse plants with assistant farmer Aaron Lucius, a Fostoria native. Photo by Vicki Johnson.

Toledo GROWs, which started in 1996, is part of Toledo Botanical Garden and is housed at the 3-acre Robert J. Anderson Urban Agriculture Center, 900 Oneida St., Toledo.

By Vicki Johnson
The Advertiser Tribune
Apr 23, 2017

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Also, the program encourages people to learn how to grow and eat healthful, nutrient-rich food. To that end, the program in 2016 distributed 7,575 free packets of seeds, grew and distributed 7,521 free plants, served more than 6,500 people through community gardens and received 6,000 volunteer hours that were donated to the program.

At the urban farm, 3,751 pounds of produce were harvested, 900 people attended an annual seed swap that takes place annually on the last Saturday of February, and 795 pounds of honey were harvested from the beehives at the farm and main Toledo Botanical Garden campus.

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April 29, 2017   Comments Off on Franciscan Nun’s Title is Urban Farm and Facilities Coordinator

The Most Important Modern Farmer Might Be The Urban Cowboy


This beautiful woman came to libertadurbanfarm and volunteered today. She also taught me about what I thought were weeds were actually a tasty green eaten in the Philippines and then she donated kneeling pads, a crap ton of seeds and bought some hot sauce. (From the Tweet under photo.)

Libertad Urban Farm is also one of about 40 community-run spaces, each with their own social justice projects, that grow serrano peppers for The Bronx Hot Sauce.

By Heather Corcoran
Good Food
February 10, 2017

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In the South Bronx, The BLK ProjeK’s Libertad Urban Farm is a women-led space for economic development. “You’re not having a real conversation about poverty if you’re not talking about women and children being the most affected by poverty,” explains BLK Projek executive director Tanya Fields, who founded the project three years ago. “It’s hard being a mother no matter where on the spectrum you are, but when you start to talk about the intersectional disparity, those who are the most marginalized are the ones who bare the greatest brunt of disparity. In a society like ours, the further you move away from the proximity of whiteness, the bigger you feel the disparity.”

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February 16, 2017   Comments Off on The Most Important Modern Farmer Might Be The Urban Cowboy

Women urban farmers in Portland are part of a national trend

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Rockwood Urban Farm, owned by Leah Rodgers, is located in East Portland among apartments, home, a hot-rod garage, an air conditioning shop and the rush of urban traffic.

Young women today, especially in Portland, are increasingly channeling their activism into farming as a way to advance the food movement.

By Jennifer Anderson
Portland Tribune
Mar 15, 2016

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Leah Rodgers isn’t a typical farmer, and her farm isn’t a typical farm. For one, Rodgers is a 37-year-old woman; most U.S. farmers are men, and their average age is 57.

For another, her 1-acre lot is smack-dab in the middle of East Portland, near David Douglas High School — next to homes, a hot-rod garage, an air-conditioning shop, and the rush of traffic on Southeast Stark Street. Her operation, Rockwood Urban Farm, is a hyperlocal CSA farm, which stands for community-supported agriculture, selling its produce largely to neighbors and restaurants.

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March 19, 2016   Comments Off on Women urban farmers in Portland are part of a national trend

Native Women in Bolivia, Green the Outskirts of the City, Feed Their Families

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Two of the peri-urban agricultural producers of Sucre proudly show one of their greenhouses, which families from 83 poor suburban neighbourhoods have set up in their yards as part of the National Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture Programme. Credit: Franz Chávez/IPS

The initiative has 680 members so far, said Guido Zambrana, a young agronomist who runs the Urban Garden Project.

By Franz Chávez
Inter Press Service
SUCRE, Bolivia, Oct 17 2015 (IPS)

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The lunch we are served is soup made with vegetables grown in their backyard gardens, accompanied by tortillas made with cornmeal mixed with flour from different vegetables. Fresh produce is also grown in greenhouses built throughout the hills of Sucre, 2,760 metres above sea level and 420 km south of La Paz, the country’s political centre.

The women have learned how to grow vegetables and how to improve their family’s food security, Tolaba explained. “We want to reach zero malnutrition,” she said. In Sucre temperatures range between 12 and 25 degrees Celcius. But in the greenhouses, built by the families with support from the government, temperatures climb above 30 degrees.

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October 18, 2015   Comments Off on Native Women in Bolivia, Green the Outskirts of the City, Feed Their Families