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Australia: Beyond the backyard: urban farming helps city folk get back to their roots

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Melbourne sustainability not-for-profit centre Ceres operates both a one-acre certified organic urban farm at its Brunswick site and a two-and-a-half acre market garden on council land. Photograph: Ceres.

Along with fresh fruit and vegetables, city farms are providing communities with jobs, start-up programs, knowledge and social connections

By Willow Aliento
The Guardian
Feb 15, 2017

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In Perth, Green World Revolution cultivates microgreens, edible leaves, edible flowers, baby vegetables and cut herbs on 400 square metres of land in the city. A combination of raised beds constructed from recycled and repurposed materials and outdoor hydroponics is used to grow the produce.

The chief executive, Toby Whittington, says the farm currently supplies 35 restaurants around the city with fresh produce four days a week. Deliveries are made by bicycle and the farm also has a number of private clients that buy directly from the site.

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February 18, 2017   No Comments

Community Garden Plaque Celebrates the first African American woman elected to Wilmington City Council (Delaware)

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The mural at the Burton-Phelan Community Garden celebrates influential African Americans in the Eastside community.

By Lauren Huet
WDE1
Feb 13, 2017

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State Representative Stephanie T. Bolden praised Phelan.

“I think it’s very important to keep the history alive of those that came before us that made it possible for us to be where we are today,” said Bolden. “We should never forget from which we’ve come and always acknowledge what was there in the past in order for us to be successful in the future.”

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February 18, 2017   No Comments

Lansing, Michigan ‘Urban Farm Project’ apprenticeship program

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The Urbandale Farm Apprentice Program from Jeremy Herliczek on Vimeo.

“I am so happy that I’m doing this right now! This is what I should be doing with my life!”

By Scott Pohl
WKAR
Feb 12, 2017

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On a cold winter morning, the little urban farm on South Hayford Street in Lansing doesn’t look like much, but even now, there’s some growing going on in the nearby hoop house. It’s steps from Caitlin Schneider’s back door. Schneider is a former Lansing Urban Farm Project apprentice who now manages the farm. In the summer, tomatoes grow here. This winter, spinach and salad mix are still being produced.

Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing oversees this operation, which opened on a parcel that had been foreclosed in 2010. “The urban farm area,” he explains, “is comprised of about a half dozen parcels that make up a couple dozen acres in that vicinity, but it has spawned other small, urban farms in the Lansing area.

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February 18, 2017   No Comments

Urban Farming Expands in South Dallas

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It has been nine months since the City of Dallas put more than $3 million on the line to lure a grocer to South Dallas. Surprisingly, no one has accepted the offer.

By Courtney Gilmore
NBCDFW
Feb 10, 2017

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City leaders are now looking for alternative solutions to bring fresh produce into food desert communities.

“If we can’t get the big grocery stores to come in, then we grow our on,” said Wilson.

Currently, they are scouting a few places to start an urban farm. There is a lot of land in south Dallas and the area is prime for redevelopment.

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February 17, 2017   No Comments

Canada: Surrey, BC launches ‘land-linking’ website focusing on farming

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A map from a new “land-leasing” website, created by the City of Surrey in partnership with a Young Agrarians group.— Image Credit: FarmableNOW.ca

“The cost of buying land in the Lower Mainland is high. Resources like this one are going to help more farmers access land.”

By Amy Reid
Surrey Now
Feb 16, 2017

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A website that’s been almost two years in the making aims to change Surrey’s agricultural future for the better.

The new “land-linking” website, created by the City of Surrey and a Young Agrarians group, aims to connect landowners with farmers.

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February 17, 2017   No Comments

Build You Own Ikea ‘Growroom’

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The Plans: The Growroom – a spherical garden that enables people to grow their own food locally within our cities and in a beautiful and sustainable manner

The Growroom is designed by:
Sine Lindholm, Mads-Ulrik Husum & SPACE10

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The design received a lot of attention from all over the world, which is why we today release the design/cutting files and simple instructions, so people around the world can build their very own Growroom inside their own neighbourhoods.

We already know that the open source design files will be used to build The Growroom in Helsinki, Taipei, Rio de Janeiro and San Francisco, but this is just the beginning, because we hope to see The Growroom pop up in cities across the world.

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February 17, 2017   No Comments

Cultivate Baltimore

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An Urban Agriculture Workshop Series

Tue, February 28, 2017
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST

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Come join Future Harvest – CASA, UMD Extension, Real Food Farm, and the Farm Alliance of Baltimore for the 3rd Annual Cultivate Baltimore workshop series!
Every winter, our organizations come together to sharpen our skills and broaden our knowledge about urban agriculture. Cultivate Baltimore is a weekly workshop series intended for experienced growers looking to take their urban farming businesses to the next level.

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February 16, 2017   No Comments

Canada: Urban agriculture comes to London, Ontario

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The Urban Roots London founders (L-R: Heather Barnes, Graham Bracken, Jeremy Horrell and Richie Bloomfield) in the snow. Courtesy of Curtis Justrabo.

“They realized they were in town for university, they wanted to contribute to the community in the meaningful way. That work fed a community; they’re committed to a system to improve it,” says Barnes.

By Ellis Koifman
The Gazette
Feb 12, 2017

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Last November, Heather Barnes and Graham Bracken, two former Western students in law and economics/philosophy respectively, were inspired by the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI).

“They grow a lot of food organically and they funnel it right back into the community,” says Barnes. “While we were there people walked up [to the urban farm] and they walked away with food.”

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February 16, 2017   No Comments

The Most Important Modern Farmer Might Be The Urban Cowboy

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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   No Comments

Forum in Kigali, Rwanda: Growing Food In African Cities

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The State Minister for Agriculture, Fulgence Nsengiyumva, said at the event that there are about 450 hectares of marshlands developed for agriculture in Kigali City.

The Exchange
Feb 9, 2017

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Dr. Athanase Mukuralinda, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Rwanda Country representative, said that cities can for instance have vegetable gardens which can contribute to their food needs.

FAO Rwanda representative Attaher Maiga said that city dwellers can also engage in fish farming, which can be done in small spaces and can help reduce food insecurity.

Rwanda’s population is growing by 2.5 percent per year.

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February 15, 2017   No Comments

Louisiana tribes restore traditional diets in the face of climate change

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Photography by Edmund D. Fountain.

Native Americans are losing their ability to live off the land as it has crumbled into the Gulf of Mexico. Some of them are trying to figure out how to survive on what’s left.

By Barry Yeoman
Food and Environmental Network
Southern Foodways Alliance’s Gravy podcast, The Lens
February 9, 2017

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A few decades ago, the Pointe-au-Chien tribal members of Louisiana fed themselves well—they fished in nearby waters, raised livestock, planted fruits and vegetables, trapped marsh hens, and even hunted turtle and alligator. But as the tides, driven higher by climate change, started to eat up the tribe’s territory leaving fewer places to put a garden or raise livestock and less terrain to hunt and forage for wild plants, the tribe turned to processed foods. And as water levels continued to rise, so did rates of diabetes and cholesterol.

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February 15, 2017   No Comments

Martha Stewart: A Winter Harvest from My Vegetable Greenhouse

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Here’s Ryan harvesting some cutting celery, another ingredient of my green juice. This hardy annual can be used in place of celery and is easier to grow. The fine green leaves and thin hollow stems are especially good to flavor soups and stews.

Photos from her food producing greenhouse

Martha Up Close and Personal Blog
Feb 7, 2017

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My expansive outdoor vegetable garden is bare, but I’m fortunate to have lots of wonderful vegetables growing in the ground in a special greenhouse located behind my Equipment Barn. As many of you know, its design was inspired by Eliot Coleman, an expert of four-season farming.

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February 14, 2017   No Comments

Sprawling urban garden coming to San Antonio’s east side

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They call the development exciting because the 190 families who live next door at the Springview Apartments will have fresh food right at their door steps.

By Sue Calberg,
KENS 5
February 09, 2017

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“The best way to trick kids to eat veggies is to get them to grow it. They see the entire process from seed to plate,” said Lucke, who added that a number of community partners have been working for at least two years to make this day a reality. “We knew that the east side was a food desert. We knew that the east side didn’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. And so having an urban micro-farm, we felt, would be a good step in the right direction.”

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February 14, 2017   No Comments

Darius Jones: A Hard-knock Teen Turned Urban Farmer in Chicago

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Darius Jones with easter egg radishes.

Jones knows from experience that urban farming is a tranquil space that is welcoming to people from diverse backgrounds. It was also calming to a kid who needed a way out.

By Christopher Nelson
NBC News
Feb 10, 2017

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As a teen growing up on Chicago’s West Side, Darius Jones got in trouble with the law.

He pleaded guilty to a felony and spent two years locked up. But the time spent at Cook County Jail led him to a garden boot camp. And that garden program led him to his life’s work: urban agriculture.

“The only reason I wanted to work for the garden was because, over the two years of sitting in max, I only went outside twice,” said Jones, who grew up in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood. “It helped me reflect on life. It helped me to reevaluate my situation.”

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February 13, 2017   No Comments

Australia: New South Wales residents promote sustainable living through thriving community garden

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The Port Macquarie garden called The Lost Plot was initiated by the Port Macquarie Hastings Council and started in April 2014

By Emma Siossian
ABC Mid North Coast
Feb 8, 2017

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“There’s been a lot in the media I guess in the last 12 months about the multi-faceted benefits of eating locally, from a health perspective as well as an environmental perspective,” she said.

“There is a lot of interest in that in the community, especially in Port Macquarie where we have local food markets and other things happening to support what we are doing.

“There is nothing better than going and picking a fresh cucumber and then going home and making a Greek salad with it.

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February 13, 2017   No Comments