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Muskegon City Commission: Sales of urban garden produce up for discussion

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Muskegon City Commission will discuss whether to allow sales of produce from urban gardens on Dec. 8

By Lynn Moore
Malive
December 08, 2014

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City officials will discuss whether they should try to accommodate community garden organizers’ desires to be able to sell their produce to earn a little extra cash to continue their operations, said City Manager Frank Peterson.

While there are ways to pressure such garden groups to be good neighbors with their farming operations, that may not be the case with individual residents, Peterson said. And that raises concerns about the potential for nuisances that the city would be unable to address, he said.

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December 8, 2014   No Comments

First Generation Farmers’ Farm Incubator Program

Our nonprofit community farm wants to launch one of the largest incubator programs in the country to train younger farmers.

By Alli Cecchini
Kickstarter
Dec 2, 2014

Excerpt from Kickstarter:

Have a small demonstration garden plus 50 acres of fertile, irrigated land in California’s East Bay Area. Right now we’re farming winter crops on five acres but we want to take full advantage of our land.

Provide weekly hands-on organic farming activities at our demonstration garden with special needs adults and high schoolers and host field trips.

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December 7, 2014   No Comments

Singapore: Aquaponic urban farm puts seniors to work

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According to Spark Architects, its Homefarm part retirement home, part retiree-run urban farm concept would achieve food security and production sustainability, and improved health and community spirit among Singapore seniors.

By Stu Robarts
Gizmag
December 2, 2014

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Spark says that its actual aim is to “generate discussion about the many potentials that can emerge from the mixing of two typically separate realms.” Specifically, in this case, it’s referencing the combination of accommodation and facilities for seniors with an urban farm. It notes the context that Singapore has a significantly aging population, growing city populations and imports over 90 percent of its food. The Homefarm concept, it says, addresses all of these issues.

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December 6, 2014   No Comments

Actress Gene Tierney grew turnips and spinach – Victory Gardener

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Movie Stars – 1943

By Jessie Henderson
Fun on The Farm
Photoplay Magazine 1943

Turnips and spinach, of all unlikely things, are what Gene Tierney raises, with the help of a part-time gardener, on her Victory acre. Gene acquired her taste for turnips in “Tobacco Road” and now she devours them raw or cooked and says they taste a bit like apples. She goes for fresh spinach salad quite as eagerly. From her twelve hens, sturdy Plymouth Rocks, Gene gets enough eggs for her kitchen and her friends ‘and’ a weekly angel-food cake that goes to the Hollywood canteen.

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December 6, 2014   No Comments

Agnès Joly chosen by the city of Paris to develop aquaponic gardening

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Agnès Joly, who has been chosen by the city of Paris to develop aquaponic gardening as part of a plan to promote urban farming and innovative green spaces, explains her farm to my friend, Nathalie.

In her above-ground garden, Agnes is tending three separate plant beds, each devoted to a different form of urban gardening, all thriving without soil.

By Honicker
News Item
Nov 30, 2014

Excerpt:

In Belleville Park at La Maison de l’air, “the House of Air,” a modern structure with a glass facade, where visitors can learn about atmospheric conditions in Paris, I meet Agnes Joly, an agricultural engineer. To explain her work to us, she takes time off from tending her aquaponic garden, a long row of above-ground edible plants fertilized by dozens of gold fish swimming in a pool at the garden’s base.

Founder of Joly Mer (mer means sea), Agnes has been chosen by the city of Paris to develop aquaponic gardening as part of a plan to promote urban farming and innovative green spaces.

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December 5, 2014   No Comments

Top local chefs offer support for Sacramento urban farming ordinance

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Saul McCoy, left, and Tirtsah Yisreal harvest squash and bed prep for the next round of crops on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 in Sacramento. Photo by Andrew Seng.

Advocates are calling for on-site sales of produce at urban farms, incentives to use vacant lots for agriculture and greater assurances that urban residents can grow produce where they live.

By Edward Ortize
Sacramento Bee
11/25/2014

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More than three dozen area chefs are calling on city and county political leaders to approve ordinances encouraging urban agriculture in Sacramento.

Proposals sought recently by the Sacramento Urban Agriculture Coalition would update zoning and sales requirements for food grown in the city and county. Chefs are confident that passage of new ordinances would encourage small-scale urban farming.

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December 5, 2014   No Comments

Green Bronx Machine Turns Bronx Students Into Urban Farmers

Stephen Ritz and his students built a tower garden in their classroom in the South Bronx to learn about urban farming and nutrition. He teaches his students about nutrition and hopes to help change schools in this generation for childhood obesity prevention and to fight juvenile diabetes.

By Julie Noblitt
Triple Pundit
November 24th, 2014
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

But one talk brought the audience to its feet for a standing ovation, and it was the one I came to the summit to see: Stephen Ritz’s rapid-fire, exhiliarating tour of how the Green Bronx Machine has helped empower and transform the lives of school children in the historically poorest congressional district in the nation, the South Bronx in New York City. How does he do this? By teaching his students how to become urban farmers.

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December 4, 2014   No Comments

Malaysian Public Urged To Join ‘Urban Farming’ Programme

malaytA new breed of urban farmers takes over a neighbourhood vacant plot.

The participants will also be provided with fertilisers and seedlings.

By Bernama
National News agency of Malaysia
Nov 2014

SERDANG, Nov 24 (Bernama) — The limited land is not an excuse for the public, especially residents of high rise buildings, not to engage in agricultural activities.

Agriculture officer Azlini Zuraida Endut of Urban Farming Division, Putrajaya Agriculture Department, urged those interested in joining the programme to register with the ministry.

“Our officers will visit them to advice on the types of plants to be grown.

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December 4, 2014   No Comments

Garden Tower Project on Kickstarter reached goal and now exceeds $273,000

Campaign sets records for the Garden Tower 2, capable of growing 50 plants in a footprint of only 4 square feet.

Press Release
Dec 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Dec. 3, 2014) – Garden Tower Project reached its goal on Kickstarter for the Garden Tower 2 in just 30 minutes and has now exceeded $273,000 in crowd funding as the campaign enters its final days. Garden Tower Project is now the third largest crowd-funding project on record for Indiana and the largest ever for Bloomington.

Backers have until midnight Sunday, Dec. 7 to support the company’s new release, which will make urban gardening possible for all, from those with limited mobility, to high-rise apartment dwellers and even entire communities facing water restrictions.

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December 3, 2014   Comments Off

‘Print’ Your Veggies? Israeli Start-Up Bringing Urban Farming to Countertops

Sea vegetable Khai-nam grows in Thailand, Myanmar and Laos

By: Tamar Auber
Jspacenews
Nov 21

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After much trial and error, the result was GreenOnyx, a countertop machine that cultivates and grows the sea vegetable automatically and then delivers the nutritious green food source at a push of a button in either liquefied or paste form.

The juice can then be used to make smoothies and the paste can be used to add nutritious to nearly any meal.

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December 3, 2014   Comments Off

Metal contamination found in Vancouver community garden, brownfield sites

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Soil research suggests study required before growing food on land near busy transportation corridors

By Randy Shore,
Vancouver Sun
December 2, 2014

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An eight-month study of Vancouver garden and agricultural soils has found levels of lead and other metals above the most stringent Canadian standards for human health.

Samples taken from the 16 Oaks community garden averaged 219 parts per million of lead, which exceeds the standard of 70 to 140 ppm for agricultural, residential and park land set by the Canadian Council of Environment Ministers.

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December 2, 2014   Comments Off

Mary Astor has a window box full of carrots and beets – Victory Gardener

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Movie Stars 1943

By Jessie Henderson
Fun on The Farm
Photoplay Magazine 1943

Mary Astor has gone so garden-minded that she has even planted onions between the calla blossoms in the lily bed. At every window, also, she has a window box full of carrots and beets; their foliage by the way, is most effective, and what a convenience to reach forth hungrily in the night and grab a square mealy the roots from the bedroom casement.

Around every tree on the lawn, instead of petunias, Mary has vegetables. Also, as she lately discovered, she has half the horned toads of the county, basking in delight in the shade of the Swiss chard. Mary, who squeals at the sight of an ant!

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December 2, 2014   Comments Off

Cambodia: For Those Who Can Afford It, Urban Farming Bears Fruit

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A catfish forms? Part of the aquaponics system at Mr Chandara’s farm. (Neou Vannarin/The Cambodia Daily)

Mr. Chandara and Mr. Sophal said that if more farmers adopted their modern cultivation methods, the country’s agriculture industry would be more stable and productive.

By Neou Vannarin
The Cambodian Daily
Nov 25, 2014

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The hydroponics system does away with many of the hassles of traditional farming while allowing vegetation to thrive in a confined urban setting, using only the electricity needed to power a small pump, Mr. Sophal said.

Since he first turned on the taps of his contraption in 2011 after taking a short course on hydroponics in Thailand, Mr. Sophal’s urban farming experiment has gone from a pet project to a full-fledged enterprise.

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December 1, 2014   Comments Off

Urban Agriculture Training program for refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants to New York City

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Zakyat’s friendships at the farm have also led to a job! Brooklyn Grange farm intern Allie directed Zakyat to Tribeca Pediatrics, where she will begin training as a medical assistant.

On two of the world’s largest rooftops farms, the Refugee and Immigrant Fund, in collaboration with Brooklyn Grange, runs the Urban Farm Recovery Project.

By Ellie Lanphier
RSF Social Finance
Nov 14, 2014

Excerpt:

Zakyat left her native Togo in West Africa three years ago to join her father in the United States. Upon her arrival in New York she began attending the English Language Learners International School in the Bronx, excelling particularly in her math and science courses. She graduated in June of 2014 after three years of hard work and hopes to go to college someday to study biology.

Zakyat joined RIF’s Urban Farm Recovery Project in March of 2014, balancing her school work with her internship at the farm. She enjoys learning about all the different vegetables and says that the program has improved her confidence to use English.

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Anaheim Aquaponics Farm To Grow Food, Jobs

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Aaron Flora of Renewable Farms.

Anaheim is teaming up with Renewable Farms to raise money for an aquaponics farm that would grow food for low-income families and create jobs in the city.

By Greg Lee
ABC7
November 26, 2014

Excerpt:

ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) — A small garden in the middle of Huntington Beach could change the future of urban farming.

“Our sustainable farms are pulling out nutritious, delicious food, but also making the environment a better place to live in,” said Aaron Flora of Renewable Farms, a non-profit focused on sustainable agriculture.

So how does Renewable Farms do it? They use a process called aquaponics.

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November 30, 2014   Comments Off