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First-ever New York City Honey Week Sept 8-14

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A Celebration Of The Busy Bees Who Pollinate The City That Never Sleeps

Honey-themed dinners featuring Chefs Angelo Romano & Katy Peetz as well as Max Sussman at The Cleveland

Honey tastings at Brooklyn Grange and Murray’s Cheese (with Marina Marchese)

A honey cooking class with Rebekah Peppler at Haven’s Kitchen

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August 24, 2014   No Comments

Native Americans Connect To Past Through Gardens In Chicago

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In this July 10, 2014 photo, Lilah White, left, and Natalie Cree Arguijo carry plants during a gardening exercise with the American Indian Center in Chicago. The center is using gardens to teach urban Native American youth about the importance of their connection to the land. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)

Today, there are about 27,000 people of native descent living in Chicago, a city that ranks among the nation’s biggest populations of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

By Stacy Thacker
The Big Story
Aug. 16, 2014

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CHICAGO (AP) — A train roars by as Native American children and instructors climb up a railroad embankment in Chicago, headed toward a barren patch of land that they’ll transform into a garden with edible and medicinal plants.

Some carry potted plants or spades to break up the earth hardened by the summer sun, eager to connect with their natural surroundings. They’re continuing an important cultural tradition that can be difficult to maintain for native people who, decades ago, left reservations for urban areas like Chicago, which now has one of the 10 largest native populations in the U.S.

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August 24, 2014   No Comments

Tyisa Nabanye – Urban Farm in Cape Town, South Africa

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Various project undertakings include an organic vegetable garden, an indigenous nursery, a monthly market

By Catherine Nicks
Project Manager
August 2014

We are a non-profit urban agriculture organisation growing food on the slopes of Signal Hill in Cape Town, South Africa, seeking to improve food security, promote sustainable livelihoods and create employment for our members. Tyisa Nabanye, consisting of eight members; Mzu, Lumko, Unathi, Chuma, Lizza, Vuyo, Masi and myself, started a permaculture vegetable garden created out of the voluntary labour or youth living on the site, among whom are two graduates of the Permaculture Design Course at Seed in Mitchell’s Plain.

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August 24, 2014   No Comments

Second Nature Urban Agriculture – Designing Productive Cities

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Just published, August 2014

By André Viljoen, Katrin Bohn
Routledge August 2014
300 pages
(Must see. Mike)

This book is the long awaited sequel to “Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes: Designing Urban Agriculture for Sustainable Cities”.

“Second Nature Urban Agriculture” updates and extends the authors’ concept for introducing productive urban landscapes, including urban agriculture, into cities as essential elements of sustainable urban infrastructure. It reviews recent research and projects on the subject and presents concrete actions aimed at making urban agriculture happen.

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August 23, 2014   No Comments

Seattle rooftop garden on the Stack House Apartments

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Stack House is a LEED platinum apartment complex in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. The 1,000 square foot rooftop garden is operated as an in-house production farm and serves as a new and unique amenity for this urban housing development. Photo by Joshua Lewis / Seattle Refined.

Our most successful example of a rooftop community farm

By Britt Thorson
Komo News
Aug 15, 2014

Excerpt:

“This is probably our most successful example of a rooftop community farm,” said Jessica Roundy, an Urban Farmer & Landscape Designer with SUFCo.

Built in 2013, the rooftop farm is not only beautiful but also extremely productive.

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August 23, 2014   No Comments

Canadian parliamentary budget officer wants to put bees on Parliament Hill

parlJean-Denis Fréchette is the quintessential mild-mannered bureaucrat.

Fréchette also has his eye on the parcel of land west of Centre Block that famously used to foster stray felines.

Nick Taylor-Vaisey
Macleans
August 5, 2014

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Still, those hardy bees are hours away from Fréchette’s long-time residence in the nation’s capital, a distance that has turned the policy wonk into a wannabe urban farmer, one among a growing class of city dwellers who hope to bring the charms of the hinterland—be it chickens or bees—into heavily populated neighbourhoods. But he doesn’t hope to restrict bees to his own backyard: Fréchette wants to make a home for them on Parliament Hill. He says a rooftop in the area would make an ideal home for an apiary, similar to the sky-high hives atop the Fairmont Royal York hotel in Toronto or the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Laureen Harper might approve. The Prime Minister’s wife recently appeared stoic during a run-in with the Royal York’s famous bees.)

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August 22, 2014   No Comments

An Urban Homestead Tour with Justin Tiret in Portland

An Urban Homestead Tour with Justin Tiret from Cooking Up a Story on Vimeo.

Video story by Rebecca Gerendasy.

How much can you grow on a small parcel of land?

By Rebecca Gerendasy
Cooking Up a Story
August 2014

This video tour of an urban homestead with Justin Tiret shows us his backyard garden in Portland, Oregon. Tiret is able to grow and raise much of the annual food production to meet his family’s needs. On a 1/4 acre lot, Justin and his wife Tracey raise feral bees for honey and candle wax, chickens for eggs, hazelnuts (a work in progress for the actual nuts),

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August 22, 2014   No Comments

Detroit artist Ryan Herberholz created a mural on a formerly blighted building in Detroit to help celebrate urban farming

The mural was recently completed and more than 200 people came out to help celebrate the official unveiling.

From YouTube
Aug 8, 2014

Local Good Food hub Door to Door Organics is proud to be cultivating the growth of Detroit’s urban farming movement. We commissioned Detroit artist Ryan Herberholz to create an inspiring mural on Michigan Urban Farming Initiative’s land that was once vacant but is now farmed to feed the community.

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August 21, 2014   No Comments

After delays, Chicago urban orchard project could soon bear fruit

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Chicago’s First Urban Orchard Would Be Open To The Public, And Would Replace A Blighted Strip Of Former Cta Property In Logan Square.
Courtesy Altamanu.

Rare apples, as well as its cherries, plums, and paw paws—a fruit indigenous to the northern U.S.

By Chris Bentley
Archpaper
Aug 6, 2014

On a gray plot of land vacant since 1949, urban farmer Dave Snyder wants to give Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood a taste of what he calls “the Golden Age of Apples.” “One hundred years ago there were maybe 15,000 varieties of apples commercially available in the U.S.,” he said. “America’s crop was the apple.”

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August 21, 2014   No Comments

Food Forward: Urban Agriculture Across America – TV Series

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Above is a photo not the movie. Click here to watch a full episode.

13 episodes – Premieres on PBS September, 2014

From PBS Food Forward website:

We meet farmers, chefs, teachers, scientists, fishermen and ranchers in more than 50 cities and towns across the country who are all providing new solutions to help combat America’s growing food challenges.

How did something so fundamental as food, go so fundamentally wrong?

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August 20, 2014   No Comments

Edmonton’s Reclaim Urban Farm is ‘intentionally political’ in boosting local food

recalimReclaim Urban Farm’s Ryan Mason and Cathryn Sprague pick beets, soon to be made into borscht at St. John’s Institute. Photograph by John Lucas, Edmonton Journal.

Will also teach gardening, cooking skills to disabled adults

By Liane Faulder
Edmonton Journal
August 13, 2014

Excerpt:

“It’s intentionally political,” says Mason of the farm, noting urban agriculture educates the community, generates conversations about issues such as food security and offers a model of how to make food production part of daily life.

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August 20, 2014   No Comments

“Urban farms key to hunger” says keynote speaker at 29th International Horticultural Congress

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Julian Cribb, the former CSIRO scientist and author of the books, Poisoned Planet and The Coming Famine, shared his thoughts at the 29th International Horticultural Congress (IHC) in Brisbane.

4000 delegates from more than 100 countries, the largest horticulture gathering in Australia this year, heard the message

By Ashley Walmsley
The Land
19 Aug, 2014

Excerpt:

“The city itself is poised to change. Green cities alive with vegetation, fresh food, birds and insects will replace the polluted, soulless, concrete and glass urbanscapes of today,” he said.

Giant floating greenhouses and translucent vertical urban farms were just two ideas touted by Mr Cribb. He said by 2050, urban horticulture and farming could provide half the world’s food.

“They will ensure a highly diverse, local food supply that never fails,” Mr Cribb said.

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August 19, 2014   No Comments

Proposed Floating Vertical Farms for Singapore

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“We believe these types of initiatives can be applied closer to the existing and new emerging urban centers in order to help mitigate the future food issue.”

By Adele Peters
Fast Company
July 29, 2014

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Architects from Barcelona-based design firm JAPA have proposed a new system of looping towers that could float in local harbors, providing new space for year-round crops. Called F.R.A., short for “floating responsive architecture,” the design is inspired in part by floating fish farms that have been in use locally since the 1930s.

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August 19, 2014   No Comments

University of Michigan graduate student uses vacant Detroit house for urban shrimp farming

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University of Michigan graduate student Lizzie Grobbel holding a young shrimp in a net. Photo credit: Clive Waldron.

“Detroit has an estimated 79,000 vacant homes, many of which the city wants to demolish.”

By Jeremy Allen
mlive
Aug 10, 2014

Excerpt:

Lizzy Grobbel, an environmental engineering master’s student and a Dow Sustainability Fellow at U-M, is pursuing a pilot project called “urban revitalization through sustainable small-scale aquaculture.”

Her mission: turning a vacant Detroit house into a shrimp farm.

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August 18, 2014   No Comments

Outdoor Classroom Program will start at Columbia schools this fall

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The program is a result of a recent merger between the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture and the Columbia Outdoor Classroom Project.

By Rachel Jelinek
Missourian
August 11, 2014

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The program will create outdoor spaces where students will learn how to cultivate vegetables, said Heather Gillich, education and volunteer coordinator for the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, which is overseeing the program.

Each school will have an outdoor classroom committee with teachers and parents interested in helping students get involved, Gillich said. The program will either be part of a class’ curriculum or an after-school program.

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August 18, 2014   No Comments