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18th Annual Tour of Detroit Gardens and Farms

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Detroit city is home to over 1,400 urban gardens and farms

Of all the remarkable statistics concerning vacant land in the city of Detroit, the fact that the city is home to over 1,400 urban gardens and farms sticks out. That’s more than 10 gardens/farms per each of the city’s 139 square miles. According to Keep Growing Detroit, an organization that promotes the development of a food sovereign city, this volume of gardens and farms has made Detroit “our nation’s capital of urban agriculture.”

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July 28, 2015   No Comments

10 Urban Agriculture Projects in Mumbai

earthoEarthoholics is an initiative started by Smita D. Shirodkar.

City Farming, Earthoholics, Fresh and Local, Green Schools Mumbai, Green Souls, Ganeshas, Mumbai Goes Green, Mumbao Organic Farmer’s Market, Under the Tree, Urban Leaves

By Lily Gordon
From foodtank.com
The Daily Meal
July 21, 2015

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City Farming is an organization that inspires students, families, and corporations to grow their own food in Mumbai—on terraces, balconies, and even the sides of buildings. Hosting weekly workshops, City Farming teaches Mumbaikars the growing methods of Dr. R. T. Doshi: with a little sugarcane waste, used polyethylene bags, soil, and seeds, the environmental impacts of pesticides, synthetic fertilizer, and the unnecessary disposal of organic waste are avoidable.

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July 28, 2015   No Comments

Here’s how to keep homegrown food safe

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Our organic veggies could be growing in contaminated soil.

By Katharine Gammon
Take Part
July 21, 2015

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They found that in the majority of examples, eating vegetables grown in the contaminated soils studied was safe. Levels of contaminants in root vegetables, such as carrots, were higher than in tomatoes and collard greens. But the researchers said there was no reason to avoid gardening in city soils, as long as precautions are taken.

“Washing hands thoroughly after gardening, covering pathways with woodchips or gravel, and keeping soil moist during dry and windy conditions to prevent dust generation are all effective preventative measures to ensure safe gardening,” said Ganga Hettiarachchi, a soil chemist at Kansas State University and lead author of the study.

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July 28, 2015   No Comments

Bordofarms: A Project Focused on Solving Deportee Economic Issues Through Urban Farming

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José de Jesús González, right, the leader of Bordofarms’ workers, begins the day tending young plants in boxes along the Tijuana River, Feb. 25, 2015. Eros Hoagland for Al Jazeera America.

Volunteers built boxes, carted dirt and planted seedlings in what organizers say are the first step in an urban farming project aimed at addressing the issue of homeless U.S. deportees.

By Miguel Marshall
Huffington Post
July 21

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The Tijuana Global Shapers Community (a diverse group of young leaders affiliated to World Economic Forum), proposed a project focused on building technology based vertical farms along the edge of the Tijuana River — a project similar to the New York highline but with a productive twist. The idea was inspired by an experience with Angel Ventures Mexico where we invested, through an Angel Group, in Home Town Farms; a startup doing vertical farming in the neighboring San Diego area.

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July 27, 2015   No Comments

City professionals farm as a community just outside of Bengalaru, India

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Bettada Budada Thota”, an 18-acre farm in Malavalli taluk, 75 km away from Bengaluru is the culmination of dreams and desires of 11 families with diverse interests.

Two local farmer families take care of the farm during weekdays

By Anitha Pailoor,
Deccan Herald
July 21, 2015

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The team cultivates millets, pulses, vegetables and some horticulture plants. Most of the crops are rainfed and drip irrigation is used to water vegetable patch and horticulture plants. They also raise cattle for the purpose of manure. At least four to five families gather at the farm every week. “Even if we are not able to make it to the farm for two weeks, we are confident that the work doesn’t suffer,” says another member Anil Nadig.

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July 27, 2015   No Comments

Roosevelt University’s two rooftop farms in Chicago

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On the 5th floor of Roosevelt University’s Loop campus, there are two rooftop vegetable gardens.

Later this summer, those vegetables and herbs will be harvested and used in Roosevelt’s dining hall.

By Karis Hustad
ChicagoInno
07/20/15

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There are five green roofs on the Wabash building, three of which create natural insulation to assist with temperature control, while two grow vegetables that are used in the dining hall. The vegetable gardens have been a bit of a living laboratory for the last three years, as students have experimented with different types of plants in order to understand what works best at a certain height with certain amounts of light. For example, tomatoes didn’t work out so well on the fifth floor said Quinsell. “Patience is a big thing,” she said, when experimenting with urban farming.

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July 27, 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

Urban rooftop farms take root above Hong Kong

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City Farm’s Osbert Lam holding a pumpkin he just harvested at his organic farm. (Photo: AFP/Philippe Lopez) (Must see video of the rooftop farm. Mike)

Rooftop farming is gaining traction around Asia, but in densely populated Hong Kong, where rooftops are aplenty, urban farms are only still beginning to seed.

By Roland Lim,
Hong Kong Bureau Chief,Channel NewsAsia
20 Jul 2015
(See video of rooftop. Mike)

Excerpt:

HONG KONG: In the unlikeliest of places, above a 14-storey industrial building’s rooftop, in the island’s eastern district of Quarry Bay, a patch of green stands out.

Local entrepreneur Osbert Lam wanted out of the rat race five years back and turned his passion project into a viable business.

His modest farm, less than a quarter of a football pitch in size, has up to 500 planter boxes available for rent at US$20 a month.

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July 26, 2015   No Comments

Unique urban agriculture container used for demonstration garden in Montreal

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Borough Mayor Russell Copeman in front of the Conserre. Click on image for larger file.

The project is aimed at promoting awareness of the potential of urban agriculture among citizens.

PR News Wire
July 20, 2015

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The Conserre is a container that was transformed into a demonstration garden in which various vegetables, fine herbs and edible flowers were planted on July 7. The project is aimed at promoting awareness of the potential of urban agriculture among citizens. The Conserre will remain at the Vendôme metro station until the fall of 2015. Every week, community education workers will be on site to maintain the garden and answers questions from citizens.

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July 25, 2015   No Comments

Seattle Urban Farm Tour

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Our first annual Urban Farm Tour will feature some of the best urban farms here in West Seattle!

The Urban Farm Tour, August 8, will include all types of urban farming and homesteading like:

home fruit orchards
chicken coops for large and small flocks
beekeeping and a hive demonstration
edible gardening for large yards, small yards, patios and parking strips

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July 25, 2015   No Comments

Photos: Vancouver couple celebrate ‘Plentifully Homegrown’

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Brilliant chard, plump carrots, tomatoes of all sizes, fragrant basil, butternut and spaghetti squash all but overflowed from the basket we carried proudly home.

By Laura Bancroft
Piper Winston
September 8, 2014

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There really is nothing like the taste of food made with homegrown produce. As Tyler and I travelled around the island a few weeks ago we made a stop in at his Aunt and Uncle’s home for our final night and were sent packing with loads of tasty, hearty vegetables. They live in a super sweet home on an acreage with horses, a plentiful garden, 2 pups and a new gaggle of baby chickens.

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July 25, 2015   No Comments

Don’t Let Food Be the Problem – Producing too much food is what starves the planet.

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Former U.N. special rapporteur Olivier De Schutter challenges the agency’s claim on hunger, stating that numbers, if anything, have remained steady and explains why local responses, not solely international actions, will defeat hunger.

By Olivier De Schutter
Foreign Policy
July 2015
[Olivier De Schutter (@DeSchutterUNSR), a legal scholar focusing on economic and social rights, served as the United Nations’ special rapporteur on the right to food from 2008 to 2014.]

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On the consumers’ side, today food-policy councils in North America invoke sovereignty; examples from Toronto to Oakland are increasingly influencing experiments elsewhere. Sovereignty has given rise to farmers markets in Mumbai and Beijing, among other cities, and to school gardens and urban agriculture as citizens seek to reconnect to local farmers and, more broadly, to the food systems on which they depend.

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July 24, 2015   No Comments

Indian film highlights migration of farmers and animal breeders to cities in search of jobs

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Bhaurao Karhade, 30, sold his farm land in Shirur taluka to fund his film titled Khwada which is based on the migration of villagers to cities.

Farmer’s son in Pune sells his land to fund his film making dream

By Anvi Mehta
DNA of Pune
19 July 2015

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A farmer’s son living in a village named Gavhanewadi, 80 kilometres from Pune, Bhaurao Karhade, 30, is one of those artists whose passion has no limits. A mass communication graduate, he sold off his farm land in Shirur taluka to make a film on the migration of villagers to cities in search of livelihood.

Bhaurao initially started out by helping his father in farming as he was asked to dropout from colleges after class 12. “I used to work on my field and take vegetables to the Pune wholesale market. I always wanted to be a filmmaker and hence joined a mass communication course and completed my graduation.

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July 24, 2015   No Comments

Ottawa Greenbelt properties up for rent to urban farmers

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Farmland to rent from Ottawa’s National Capital Commission.

Minutes from the City centre, eight farms on the market, including 1870s heritage farm.

CBC News
Jul 13, 2015

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The NCC is looking for “all types” of owners, from beginners to experienced farmers, and are willing to consider a wide variety of potential uses for the land, Leonard told CBC’s Ottawa Morning on Monday.

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July 24, 2015   No Comments

Urban farming bug bites long-time garden store owners in Cleveland

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A view inside Grace Brothers Urban Farm, Garden and Pet, located off W. 65th street in Cleveland, OH

“When I went to Ohio State for landscaping and horticulture, I never dreamed I’d be selling chickens and chicken feed one day,”

By Marcia Pledger,
The Plain Dealer
July 13, 2015

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Until three years ago, Grace had never been around a live chicken. Now he finds himself doing things like clipping chickens wings, so they can’t get away. He’s made new relations with all sorts of vendors ranging from Northeast Ohio entrepreneurs who sell him fresh eggs, butter, cheese, bacon, and pickles to gourmet items like bloody Mary mix and soaps. He also works with about 20 farmers who participate in the store’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

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July 23, 2015   No Comments