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Sun Valley Farming: 10 Urban Agriculture Projects in Phoenix

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University of Arizona’s Cooperative Extension offers classes designed to teach job skills and nutrition to homeless men and women in Phoenix.

By Ryan Frieson
Food Tank
July 13, 2014

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Slow Food Phoenix is part of the larger Slow Food Movement (a non-profit, eco-gastronomic, membership organization that educates people about how their food choices affect the rest of the world). Slow Food Phoenix chapter members range from professional chefs to home cooks who enjoy the philosophy of quality slow food.

Truck Farm Phoenix debuted in the Fall of 2011 with the goal of reaching out to youth in at least 25 locations including underserved school districts, farmers’ markets, youth day camps, community centers, festivals, and fairs.

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July 23, 2014   No Comments

Urban farmers now opting to rent, not buy, land

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The movement is creating a new generation of landless farmers

By Emily Schneider-Green
Atlanic Magazine
7/9/2014

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One of the city’s most well-known landless farmers is Joe Reynolds of Love is Love Farm. A lack of capital to buy his own farm plus a need to relocate closer to the city pushed Reynolds to apply for the plot of farmland in the Decatur East Lake Commons co-housing community its residents had set aside for organic farming. He’s now the resident tenant farmer at Gaia Gardens in East Lake.

“Not having to buy land allows farmers to really hit the ground running with very little investment,” explains Reynolds. “Without taking out large loans, you can get your crops growing and learn whether or not farming is something you want to do.”

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July 22, 2014   No Comments

Officials Break Ground on New Urban Farm in City of Boston, Roxbury

There are about 1,400 vacant parcels, not all of which are build-able

By Nate Boroyan
City News Writer
07/12/14

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The Garrison-Trotter Farm will occupy two formerly-vacant lots in Roxbury, becoming the first urban farm on city-owned land, BNN News reports. “[The Garrison-Trotter Farm] stems from the adoption of Article 89, which is a zoning ordinance which makes urban agriculture legal, as of right in the City of Boston,” William Epperson of the Department of Neighborhood Development told BNN news in a tapped interview (see: below).”And the city would like to use some of its vacant parcels to promote urban agriculture to bring healthy foods back to the communities to make it more accessible, and to also create jobs and give opportunities to folks who would like to get into farming.”

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July 22, 2014   No Comments

Edmonton Urban farmer facing fine for backyard chickens

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Kossowan doesn’t plan to fight the city about the complaint as he believes the bylaw will change eventually.

CBC News
Jul 21, 2014

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“I apparently have three days to rectify the situation which I find a bit unusually short … or they will issue me a $500 fine for having hens in my backyard,” Kossowan told the CBC’s Tim Adams Monday.

City council will consider making changes this summer to the bylaw to allow people to keep backyard chickens. However, animal control officer Sabrina Bergin says until the changes are actually made, poultry is still prohibited within the city limits.

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July 22, 2014   No Comments

1949 commuter train film shows Vancouver corridor land which today is in ‘community gardens versus railway dispute’

1949 film of the Interurban rail service from downtown Vancouver to Marpole and the Fraser River

Vancouver Arbutus Corridor Community Gardens could lose 60-70% of garden land space

City of Richmond Archives
Published on July 21, 2014

This clip shows the B.C.E.R. Lulu Island Line interurban on its run from downtown Vancouver through the Arbutus corridor to Marpole and the Fraser River Trestle. Filmed by tram enthusiast Ted Clark around 1949, the original 16 mm film underwent conservation treatment in 2012 and then was digitized. The complete film on DVD, along with a detailed shot list, can be purchased at the City of Richmond Archives for $20.00.

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July 21, 2014   No Comments

Groucho Marx’s Victory Garden

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Groucho’s morale-boosting message to the U.S. troops stationed in Suriname in 1943

From Letters of Note
Dec 16, 2011

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I don’t want you to worry much about the 4-Fs back home — true, we have been deprived of a few things but nothing of any importance. We don’t get much meat any more — the butcher shops have nothing in them but customers. Fortunately, I don’t rely on the stores for my vegetables. Last spring I was smart enough to plant a Victory garden. So far, I have raised a family of moles, enough snails to keep a pre-French restaurant running for a century and a curious looking plant that I have been eating all summer under the impression that it was a vegetable.

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July 21, 2014   No Comments

Grand Rapids Urban Growers and urban farming take root in Grand Rapids

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From left, Ron Wheaton, Jenny Bongiorno, Levi Gardner and Wendal Kane, urban farmers.

“Food justice would demand that people who are marginalized within the current food system have a say in what kind of system they want, but that land use be more egalitarian and serve the needs of people who are most marginalized.”

Marla R. Miller
Rapid Growth
July 10, 2014

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Grand Rapids Urban Growers is still evolving and attendees come with various perspectives, backgrounds and agendas – some grow as a business, others are fighting for food justice – but the overall goal is to facilitate communication, collaboration and accountability so the city can have a thriving local food economy that is accessible to all, says a founding member, Lance Kraai of New City Urban Farm.

Kraai works as farm director of New City Urban Farm, one of the city’s larger community supported agriculture (CSA) farms started in 2012 to employ teens during the summer in the Creston neighborhood. He and Levi Gardner, of the for-profit Urban Roots Farm, helped organize the group to provide a forum for growers to share ideas, problems and tips.

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July 21, 2014   No Comments

World cities, home to most people, to add 2.5 billion more by 2050: U.N.

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Tokyo is the world’s most populous city with 38 million inhabitants, followed by Delhi with 25 million, Shanghai with 23 million and Mexico City, Mumbai and Sao Paulo, each with around 21 million people.

“Managing urban areas has become one of the most important development challenges of the 21st century,” Wilmoth said.

By Mirjam Donath
United Nations
Jul 10, 2014

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(Reuters) – More than half of the world’s seven billion people live in urban areas, with the top “mega cities” – with more than 10 million inhabitants – being Tokyo, Delhi, Shanghai, Mexico City and Sao Paulo, according to a United Nations report on Thursday.

That proportion is expected to jump, so that more than six billion people will be city dwellers by 2045, the U.N.’s World Urbanization Prospects report said. link.reuters.com/buj42w

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July 20, 2014   No Comments

The Permaculture Kitchen

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Love Food, Love People, Love the Planet

By Carl Legge
Chelsea Green
June 2014

An introduction to cooking with local, seasonal, foraged, homegrown, fresh, and free-range produce. Recipes allow a variety of ingredients to be used, with vegetarian and vegan alternatives.

This is the ultimate introduction to economical, seasonal, and delicious cooking. The Permaculture Kitchen is written by a passionate smallholder and cook who explains how to make tasty meals using seasonal, foraged, homegrown, local, fresh, and free-range produce, including meat, and sustainably caught fish. This is a cookbook for gardeners who love to eat their own produce, and for people who enjoy a weekly veggie box, or supporting their local farmers’ market.

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July 20, 2014   No Comments

Old Manhattan Has Some Farms

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Forthcoming August 5, 2014

By Susan Lendroth (Author), Kate Endle (Illustrator)
Publisher: Charlesbridge
32 pages

My newest children’s picture book, Old Manhattan Has Some Farms, explores urban agriculture from a young child’s perspective. Slated for release by Charlesbridge Publishing on August 5, Old Manhattan employs the Old MacDonald rhyme as a framework for a lighthearted look at how communities across North America (including Canada) are adding locally grown foods to the menu.

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July 19, 2014   No Comments

Andrea Reynosa planted a 6,000-square-foot field with clover in Brooklyn

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Artists Probe Urban Agriculture

By Allison Meier
Hyperallergic
July 1, 2014

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In collaboration with Smack Mellon’s FOODshed, Alloy real estate development, and Brooklyn Grange, artist Andrea Reynosa planted a 6,000-square-foot field with clover that is sprouting red flowers alongside the Manhattan Bridge. The space was formerly a parking lot. The flourish of vibrancy is temporary, but Reynosa is planning that through the clover, a site that might otherwise be an empty construction lot will have life that will in turn ameliorate the soil before a condominium moves in.

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July 19, 2014   No Comments

The University of Minnesota is studying whether urban farming can reduce heat in metropolitan areas.

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Robin Major of Stone’s Throw Urban Farm.

“If you’re farming in a city, then you’re taking what used to be an impervious surface with little vegetation and making it pervious and growing vegetation”

By Lyra Fontaine
Minnesota Daily
July 02, 2014

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This summer, new University research will explore a new way of mitigating heat islands — urban farming — which could help reduce heat in metropolitan areas while providing a source of fresh produce and groceries to cities.

This has yet to be explored, said Katherine Klink, a geography, environment and society associate professor.

“People just haven’t thought of [urban farms] as a potential heat island mitigation strategy,” Klink said.

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July 18, 2014   No Comments

A View from Providence: Urban farmers plant their roots in the West End

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Laura Brown-Lavoie, of the Sidewalk Ends Farm on Harrison Street in Providence, brings fresh soil to the large garden, which grows Bachelor’s buttons, red Russian kale, fuschia-stemmed Swiss chard. A tin-roofed, yellow and blue chicken coop, is home to five Rhode Island Reds. Photo by Bob Thayer/The Providence Journal.

The transformation of a vacant lot “has opened my eyes to see what can happen” with such spaces.

By Karen Lee Ziner
Providence Journal
July 5, 2014

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Though the women recently started an adjunct farm in Seekonk, urban farming remains a critical mission that includes educating the public. They also sell at the Armory Farmers Market and to local restaurants.

“As someone who grew up in a city and never gardened as a kid, I just wish I’d been exposed to growing food from an earlier age,” says Laura Brown-Lavoie.

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July 18, 2014   No Comments

French supermarket introduces lumpy and misshapen fruit and vegetables – sold at a 30% discount – to combat food waste

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Intermarché launched Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables earlier this year to prove that unattractive produce is just as edible

By Martha Cliff
Mail
16 July 2014 |

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The campaign by Intermarché is supported by advertising agency Marcel who, with the help of photographer Patrice de Villiers, produced seven posters starring the unattractive produce to go alongside it.

The posters included images of the grotesque apple, the ridiculous potato, the hideous orange, the failed lemon, the disfigured eggplant, the ugly carrot, and the unfortunate clementine.

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July 17, 2014   No Comments

‘Food Fighters’ – Documentary

the FOOD FIGHTERS from Paula Kaston on Vimeo.

‘Food Fighters’ is a new Kastonmedia work, that follows the entrepreneurial Co-founders of Fresh City Farm, Ran and Phil.

Farming on a small scale is very challenging in the current economic and regulatory environment. The odds are against a small-scale farmer trying to farm sustainably. Moreover, farming in the city poses several challenges above and beyond those associated with farming in more rural areas. Our model is meant to mitigate these challenges and risks, but the degree to which we have been successful — establishing city farming as a viable economic activity for more than a handful of people — will take several more years to prove itself. Join us on this journey. We believe its a worthy undertaking.

Link here.

July 17, 2014   No Comments