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Edgewater, Colorado joins other Jeffco cities in allowing backyard farm animals

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Homer the goat checks out the camera while his owner, Alison Williams, holds out food for him at her Edgewater home on Jan. 21. (Anya Semenoff, YourHub)

The city now regulates chickens, ducks, rabbits, miniaturized goats and beehives

By Austin Briggs
Denver Post
Jan 26, 2016

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Residents in a detached home now can have a total of three dogs and/or cats; the cap is two for people who live in an apartment. Up to six regulated animals are allowed — including any combination of chickens, ducks, rabbits, miniaturize goats and beehives (one hive counting as an animal).

Licensing and compliance will be required for all regulated animals, and the slaughter of animals is prohibited.

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February 2, 2016   No Comments

5 Acre Urban Farm Leaving Old Fourth Ward in Atlanta

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We want you to know that our Wheat Street Garden farm site is leaving the Old Fourth Ward in 2016. We are uprooting 5 acres of produce, fruit trees, green houses, chickens and fish

By Josh Breen
Curbed Atlanta
Jan 26, 2016

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Truly Living Well, as business association leaders explained, “was brought in as a temporary use for the vacant land, to keep it in active use for the benefit of the community and to discourage squatters, illegal dumping, etc.,” the post reads. Truly Living Well “is relocating, per the agreement they entered into when as they agreed to create the garden. The unfortunate part is that TLW wasn’t able to find other vacant land nearby, but land is now so valuable in the O4W (finally) that a low-intensity use such as an urban garden is no longer viable.”

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February 1, 2016   No Comments

Karnataka, India: The State Horticulture Department is also successfully promoting kitchen gardening in urban areas

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When Mhon Chumi Humtsoe shifted to Bengaluru 15 years ago, she dearly missed the greenery back home in Nagaland. She hoped to create some space for herself and toiled to put up a terrace garden on her rented premises.

According to the Department statistics, over 50,000 households have benefitted from the project in the last two years. This year it aims to reach about 20,000 households spread over 30 districts of the State. Despite all these efforts, less than 10 per cent of our terraces have gardens on them.

By Radha Prathi
Deccan Herald
August 25, 2015

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If one is under the impression that only civil society organisations and enterprising individuals are working towards the green goal, then one must stand corrected. The State Horticulture Department is also successfully promoting kitchen gardening in urban areas. Kavitha A S, senior assistant director at the Horticulture Department, Dharwad (ZP), has been actively initiating the urban population in her jurisdiction towards having a green space of their own. She explains that the government conducts demonstration on the subject in public places like parks, hostels and open grounds. Sometimes, they also arrange guest lectures by local people who have been successful in this venture.

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February 1, 2016   No Comments

Rich harvest from Egypt’s rooftop gardens

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The idea of rooftop gardening has been gaining popularity around the world as well as in Egypt. Above, a rooftop garden in a school in Qaliubiya. David Degner for The National.

When the Persian traveller Nasir Khusraw visited the Egyptian capital in about 1050, he wrote in his book the Safarnama that residents in the wealthy and densely populated area of Fustat had put gardens on the tops of their high-rises. The tallest of the buildings stood 14 storeys, and the gardens were irrigated using ox-drawn water wheels placed below.

By Patrick Werr
The National
September 9, 2015

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But the problems are myriad. One of the biggest is ownership. Very few buildings in Cairo are properly registered, especially in the poorer neighbourhoods where rooftop crops might provide the most benefit. Deciding who has the right to the roof is an obstacle.

Then there is the problem of who is responsible for the services. Many of the electricity metres in poor areas are not registered under the name of the owner. Water metres tend to be communal, so all the building’s tenants can end up financing the people irrigating and harvesting the crops on the roof.

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February 1, 2016   No Comments

Staten Island, New York, apartment hires city’s first resident farmer

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Zaro Bates was just hired as the city’s first urban tenant farmer.

Zaro Bates, a Brooklyn woman with extensive urban farming experience, will get a salary of around $40,000 and a free apartment at the $150 million, 900-unit Urby rental complex in the Stapleton section.

By Mary Kay Linge
New York Post
January 31, 2016

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A Staten Island apartment complex has hired the city’s first resident farmer, who will run its ­organic mini-farm, rooftop beehives and compost operation.

“A farm as a selling point, an amenity, like a gym — that’s what this is,” said Frank “Turtle” Raffaele of Queens-based cafe chain Coffeed, which is partnering with Ironstate Development to get the initial 3,000 to 5,000 square feet of street-level crops going. “It’s going to be really game-changing.”

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January 31, 2016   No Comments

Gary, Indiana one of 27 cities nationwide chosen for a federal initiative to eliminate food deserts

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Levi Gildon and William Young tend to the Brother’s Keeper garden recently in Gary. Gary was one of just 27 cities nationwide chosen for a federal urban agriculture program. Photo by Dan Shelton.

The federal government will give Gary technical assistance on how to turn vacant land into gardens, and identify how food hubs could revitalize downtown.

By Joseph S. Pete
The Times
Jan 25, 2016

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“I am excited about the city’s participation in this initiative,” Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said. “The opportunity aligns with our vision for revitalizing the city’s downtown; the connectivity to our local development and existing neighborhood planning initiatives: livable centers of Downtown, Emerson, Horace Mann, the Broadway Corridor and more recently, Main Street Refresh.”

“I am particularly excited about the job creation and entrepreneurship opportunities the initiative presents for local residents,” the mayor added.

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January 31, 2016   No Comments

Venezuela launchs a national conference on urban agriculture

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Under President Nicolas Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan government began promoting urban agriculture as a way to improve food sovereignty. | Photo: Minci

If we want a society that is viable, progressive, socialist and humanist, then we need … productive cities,” Maduro stated.

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Jan 30, 2016

The Venezuelan government is meeting with grassroots groups to discuss expanding the country’s urban agriculture.
Venezuela launched Saturday a national conference on urban agriculture, aimed to boost the productivity of small scale crops in major cities like Caracas.

The conference is the first of its kind in Venezuela, and will include government officials and representatives of grassroots organizations. President Nicolas Maduro is also expected to attend.

The president has said improving urban agriculture will support his government’s aim to bolster the broader economy.

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January 31, 2016   No Comments

Hong Kong’s Wild Root Organic Farm Teaches Urban Farming

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We supply seedlings and provide professional horticultural consulting, management and maintenance services for Hong Kong urban rooftop farms.

By Fai Hui

Excerpts from website and articles:

From website: We are a small organic farm located in Sheung Shui, near the Hong Kong Golf Club and next to the Agriculture Fisheries Conservation Department (AFCD) Tai Lung Experimental Organic Farm.

From: Hydroponics is a loophole for real estate developers. In most cases, building the structures for hydroponic facilities here entails clearing all trees and vegetation from the land and pouring concrete over fertile agricultural soil. This completely destroys its ecological and agricultural value. Land with low agricultural and ecological value is significantly easier to re-zone. Once re-zoned the value of the land increases by orders of magnitude. Hydroponics creates a loophole through which businessmen can destroy agricultural land on the pretext of undertaking agricultural activities.

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January 30, 2016   No Comments

In Bengaluru, India, They Sow, Nurture and Colour the Yard Green

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Hariram Pagadala Sreenath started gardening at young but got engaged in the hustle-bustle Bengaluru lifestyle.

Vyas Sivanand gets four urban gardeners and organic farmers to share tips with beginners

By Vyas Sivanand
Indian Express
23rd January 2016

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Padma Kesari, a 49-year-old homemakre, lives in JP Nagar. After her two children went abroad for higher studies in 2013, she started her journey with gardening.

She has a piece of 5,600-sq ft residential plot in Sahakar Nagar, where she grows vegetables, fruits and flowers without pesticides or other chemicals. Her main objective is to keep the plot litter-free and address the concern of the food we eat and where it comes from. This is also her effort to retain the city’s green cover.

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January 30, 2016   No Comments

Canada: Richmond, BC ‘Spirulina’ farm now in operation

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Algabloom International’s staff toast their nomination for a pair of Small Business BC Awards with a shot of spirulina algae, a long-lived species of algae, said to have a host of health benefits.

Pondering the future with a ‘superfood’– blue green algae

Philip Raphael
Richmond News
January 28, 2016

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Algabloom International is the creation of Soheyl and Susan Mottahedeh, who set up shop about a year ago to start growing the spirulina species which is often called a “super food” for its claims to provide health benefits that far outstrip other foods rich in minerals, protein and antioxidant properties.

Working from their River Road premises, where they employ 10 people, their 3,300-square-foot operation’s capacity can grow about 28 kilos of algae a day.

“We’re algae farmers,” said Soheyl proudly.

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January 30, 2016   No Comments

Building a Beehive for $60 in materials

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The directions below detail construction of the hive’s base and inner and outer covers, plus five supers for collecting honey

By Cam Pauli
Modern Farmer
January 14, 2016

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Take advantage of winter downtime and start your beekeeping venture now, before the pollinators become available for delivery in early spring. Assuming you possess basic carpentry skills—and the tools that typically accompany them—this weekend project will set you back about $60 in materials (compared with $125 to $150 for a store-bought beehive).

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January 29, 2016   No Comments

New Chicago Composting Ordinance Helps Urban Farmers

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Chicago Lights is able to run an entire urban farm on top of a concrete pad thanks to compost. Lots and lots of compost. Photo via Modern Farmer (Jacqui Cheng).

Smaller producers like community gardens, as well as those in the urban farm category, will now be able to seek out ingredients to cultivate good compost.

By Anna Boisseau
Medial Reports
Jan 27, 2016

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The ordinance creates two new categories of composters: larger scale urban farms, and tier two facilities, like community gardens. After registering with the city, these agricultural organizations can increase the size of their operation and include offsite materials. Though they cannot accept money for taking organic waste, urban farms will be able to sell their compost.

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January 29, 2016   No Comments

Peri-Urban Agriculture and Ecosystems: The Multi- Faceted Contribution to Urban Resilience (Peri-Urban 2016).

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22-23 February 2016 at India International Centre, New Delhi.

Dr. Shiraz Wajih
Gorakhpur Environment Action Group (GEAG)

We are pleased to inform you about the National Conference on ‘Peri-Urban Agriculture and Ecosystems: The Multi- Faceted Contribution to Urban Resilience (Peri-Urban 2016).

GEAG is organising this Conference in collaboration with National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), Government of India and RUAF Foundation, The Netherlands, and with support of The Rockefeller Foundation. The other strategic partners in the conference are ISET-International, CANSA and India Water Portal. The National Conference will be held on 22-23 February 2016 at India International Centre, New Delhi.

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January 29, 2016   No Comments

Webinar: Producing Compost for Urban Agriculture: Needs and Opportunities

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Presented by: Bruce Berry, Almost Urban Vegetables – Date: Wednesday February 3rd, 2016

By the Compost Council of Canada

Bruce Berry and Marilyn Firth run Almost Urban Vegetables, a 10-acre family farm, in St. Norbert, Manitoba, on the south edge of Winnipeg.

Eight years ago, they left an urban lifestyle to follow the dream of growing food and living simply.

An engineer by trade, Bruce manages the “how we’ll do it” – the logistics of materials, water, harvesting and equipment.

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January 28, 2016   No Comments

Good Earth Collective, an New Zealand initiative which delivers home grown vegetables to needy families

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Yelena Bebich is happy to be sharing her garden’s vegetables with people in need. Photo by Emily Ford.

“It’s just very handy and fantastic for families to get good food. It’s healthy food straight from the garden,” Walker says.

By Emily Ford
Stuff.Co.nz
January 25 2016

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Run by Bebich and her sister, Tereza Bebich, the pair deliver vegetable boxes every week to families and charitable organisations.

It relies on fresh fruit and vegetables from Bebich’s garden, as well as regular donations from 10 growers – friends who put their hands up to help when she had extra seedlings.

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January 28, 2016   No Comments