Urban Ag

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learn about rooftop farming: virtual talk and farm tour with Lindsay Allen, Higher Ground Farm

EVENT LINK: FLP SPEAKER SERIES: LINDSAY ALLEN, FARMING OPERATIONS DIRECTOR, HIGH GROUND FARM (registration required for an emailed Zoom link) Hosted by the Food Literacy Project, join this FREE online event Wednesday October 7th, at 4pm ET // 7pm PT. Learn about urban agriculture in the Boston area and how to cultivate the under-utilized space […]

Posted: October 1 2020
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opening at earthworks urban farm

EarthWorks Urban Farm are looking for a Community Outreach Specialist who will be responsible for supporting the work of the CSK EarthWorks Urban Farm team by interacting with and supporting the local community by informing those in the community of EarthWorks services, scheduling volunteer opportunities, and providing valuable information regarding initiatives within EW and the […]

Posted: November 15 2017
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farm or three ring circus? maybe both

In this feature on the Brooklyn Grange, one of the premier urban farms in the country, we ask: are there ways that rural and urban farms can work together to reform the food system?

Posted: March 27 2017
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carbon farming in los angeles

News got you down this week? Our friends at Kiss the Ground serve up another heaping video of hope.

Posted: March 9 2017
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island farm oasis in the middle of NYC

What can rural farmers and suburban schools learn from New York City's educational urban farms?

Posted: February 28 2017
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urban farming fellowships in berkeley, california

Urban Adamah in Berkeley, CA is now accepting applications for its spring, summer, and fall fellowships.

Posted: February 17 2017
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the conversation continues: hydroponics divorce people even further from the stewardship of the land

This recent submission to our series on whether or not hydroponics should be considered organic comes from Joanna Storie, a Doctoral candidate in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of Estonian University of Life Sciences. She takes a similar stance on hydroponics to our last contributor, adding that hydroponics are not sustainable […]

Posted: January 24 2017
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raising hell(gate) in urban farming

Throughout its seven years, Hellgate Farm has always done things a bit differently than other urban farms in New York City- from raising backyard chickens and housing an apiary, to producing its own hot sauce. Hellgate Farm is not your typical urban farm. Last season, crops were grown in over seven plots of land throughout […]

Posted: January 23 2017
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"hydroponics is not organic — it’s not even agriculture"

Last week we asked the Greenhorns network what you think about the vertical farm. A perennially contentious idea, are hydroponics the way to the future or are they a hackneyed and ultimately artificial solution to the current crises of our food systems. The following submission on hydroponics comes from Matthew Hoffman, a Fulbright Scholar, Norwegian Centre […]

Posted: January 22 2017
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metro buses converted into mobile food markets for low income neighborhoods

"Back in 2010, the city of Toronto (in Ontario, Canada) decided to launch a program that converts old unused metro buses into mobile grocery stores called Mobile Good Food Markets, and ever since, they've been traveling across the Toronto metropolitan area selling affordable fresh food. They have been especially successful (and helpful) in low income […]

Posted: May 9 2016
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new farm floats into the big apple

New York's Newest Urban Farm Will Float Down The Hudson River New York City's newest urban farm will look a little different from most: instead of factory-like rows of plants growing in a warehouse, it will be a lush, natural-looking food forest that floats down the Hudson River in a barge. As it docks at […]

Posted: May 1 2016
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another wet nosed love story

Posted: April 15 2016
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Occupy the Farm protesters hold rally and action to stop development of historic gill tract farmland

Thursday July 16th, 2015, 4pm Rally, 5pm Action Monroe St. & San Pablo Ave., Albany, CA On July 16th, 2015, farmers and neighbors of the historic Gill Tract will gather to hold a rally and take action to protect the historic Gill Tract Farm from looming development by UC Berkeley to build a Sprouts Supermarket, and to highlight the public health impacts […]

Posted: July 15 2015
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shopping mall developer defeats an amazing community effort


Posted: July 19 2014
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factories into farms

In Japan, Idled Electronics Factories Find New Life in Farming Struggling to Compete with Rivals in South Korea or China, Fujitsu, Toshiba and Others Try Selling Vegetables, Too By Eric Pfanner and Kana Inagaki, July 6, 2014 AIZU-WAKAMATSU, Japan—Haruyasu Miyabe used to oversee a computer-chip production line at a Fujitsu Ltd. plant here. One day […]

Posted: July 12 2014
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growing green in the bronx

[ted id=1530] A whirlwind of energy and ideas, Stephen Ritz is a teacher in New York's tough South Bronx, where he and his kids grow lush gardens for food, greenery — and jobs. Just try to keep up with this New York treasure as he spins through the many, many ways there are to grow […]

Posted: July 7 2014
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urban ag in baltimore

URBAN GREEN: HOOP HOUSES REPLACE ROW HOUSES IN BALTIMORE'S SANDTOWN by Alia Malek BALTIMORE, Md. — In Sandtown, Douglas Wheeler looks out with satisfaction over the abandoned city-block-turned-farm where he works growing all sorts of greens and lettuce — “but never iceberg” — and remembers how it used to be. “This lot was a garden […]

Posted: May 20 2014
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596 acres

596 Acres.org This map shows sites of potential community projects. We have taken several different sources of information about vacant publicly owned land, chosen the most accurate information from each and shared them here. This is our commons. We also add few private lots whose owners have volunteered their land for community use. Tools for […]

Posted: March 22 2014
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excellent ted talk: ron finley

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzZzZ_qpZ4w&w=560&h=315] Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA -- in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where "the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys."  

Posted: March 10 2014
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beautiful piece

Greening the Ghetto [vimeo http://vimeo.com/40644123] With 7 billion people on earth and the rapid urbanization of our societies, any piece of land becomes strategic in the race to feed the world. Nina Berman, a photographer from photo agency NOOR, started to document the movement of urban gardening in the Bronx, New York in 2010. In […]

Posted: March 3 2014
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kickstart city growers

looks like these good folks are getting funded! City Growers - Converting Urban Lots into Sustainable Farms City Growers is a new kind of community-centered urban farm that provides jobs for underemployed residents and fresh locally-grown produce for Boston businesses and residents. Founded in 2010, City Growers has successfully established itself as a Boston urban […]

Posted: August 6 2013
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lovely ladies seeking to buy their urban farm

Check 'em out. We are writing to ask for your support at a critical moment for Sidewalk Ends Farm. As you know, for three years now, we've worked hard to turn the vacant lot at 47 Harrison Street in Providence into the productive and fertile agricultural space it is today.    Agriculture is slow work […]

Posted: May 11 2013
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chicago urban farmers

making it happen!  Check out their kickstarter campaign Chicago ‘Cooperation Operation’ to Transform South Side Lot into Creative Farm-scapeby Whitney Richardson The Cooperation Operation (Coop Op) is a diverse group of young social & food justice activists working to create a cooperatively run urban community garden in Chicago's South Side Pullman neighborhood. A quarter of […]

Posted: May 6 2013
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urban ag land access

via Little City Gardens.  A public hearing is scheduled for tomorrow.  CA greenhorns, take action! Access to land is a crucial issue for small scale farming, both urban and rural, and as we’ve previously talked about here, insecure land tenure has been one of the biggest obstacles we’ve come across in our three years of […]

Posted: April 16 2013
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youth farm urban farm training program

An apprentice opportunity in Brooklyn, NY. Through a season on the Youth Farm, you will become intimately familiar with the tasks, challenges, and rewards of growing many varieties of vegetables and flowers appropriate to our region and diverse NYC community. Through this 20-hour per week commitment, you will gain a sense for the physical, mental […]

Posted: March 13 2013
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stupendous! soil poetry


Posted: February 12 2013
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national brownfields conference

This year the conference takes place in Atlanta, GA, and once again, Urban Ag is on the agenda. The National Brownfields Conference is the largest event in the nation that focuses on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment.  As defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a brownfield is a property that has a presence, or […]

Posted: January 9 2013
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teaching farm fellow

Timeline Start Date: March 11, 2013      OR            Start Date: May 27, 2013 End Date: March 10, 2014                        End Date: May 23, 2014 Organizational Description In 2007, the founders of Jones Valley Teaching Farm transformed three and a half acres of vacant downtown Birmingham property into an urban farm, driven by the singular vision of making […]

Posted: January 9 2013
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green city growers

How Can Urban Agriculture Go From Niche To Food System? Everyone loves a story of a plucky urban farm, but what steps do we have to take to make them a vital and integral part of how we feed our cities? by Ariel Schwartz There are few upsides to the U.S. recession that left people across […]

Posted: December 6 2012
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for the urban farm strategists in the room

Five Borough Farm - now in book form. Five Borough Farm: Seeding the Future of Urban Agriculture in New York City provides the most comprehensive picture of the city’s urban agriculture activity to date, recommends initiatives to connect farmers' and gardeners' grassroots efforts to municipal policy, and provides a framework for understanding and measuring how […]

Posted: October 4 2012
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fundraiser for cloud 9 rooftop farm

FUNdraiser! Come celebrate the fall season with Cloud 9 and Nice Roots Farm! Games, Soup, Beer, and Live Music! Sunday, September 23rd at 3 pm we will be gathering at SHARE, the future site of Cloud 9 Rooftop Farm, in the Nice Roots orchard: 2901 W Hunting Park Ave in Philadelphia. Suggested Donation of $10 […]

Posted: September 18 2012
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urban ag discussion

urban greenhorns - dial in! Orion wants your perspective. Urban agriculture is hot! Many cities now have initiatives that grow food, and their yields go far beyond broccoli and beets. Orion welcomes author Jennifer Cockrall-King and friends to discuss all of the movement's crops on July 17 at 7 p.m. Eastern, 4 p.m. Pacific. As […]

Posted: July 11 2012
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schoolyard farm

Education + urban farming - important stuff. Here's their story: We are Courtney Leeds and Justin Davidson, and together with the students, parents, teachers and neighbors of the school where our farm is located, we are Schoolyard Farms. We have each spent the last three years learning and growing and apprenticing at varying farms on […]

Posted: May 28 2012
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occupying the gill tract

Occupy the Farm Activists Reclaim Prime Urban Agricultural Land in SF Bay Area Albany, Calif., April 22, 2012 – Occupy the Farm, a coalition of local residents, farmers, students, researchers, and activists are planting over 15,000 seedlings at the Gill Tract, the last remaining 10 acres of Class I agricultural soil in the urbanized East […]

Posted: April 23 2012
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cool cities

In this issue: - A Tractor for Kansas City - Lawrence Community Orchard Opens New Territory for Public Foodscapes - Urban Agriculture Zones Considered by Missouri Lawmakers - Farm Conference Targets Minority and Limited Resource Farmers - Field News from Gibbs Road Farm - Workshop Teaches Economical High Tunnel Design - "I Want to Feel […]

Posted: April 12 2012
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nyc urban farm incubator project

You can be a part of it! WHAT:   Planning Meeting for Floyd Bennett Farm and Education Center WHEN:    March 13, 2012 from 6-8:30 PM WHERE:  Upstairs at 61 Local, 61 Bergen Street, Brooklyn @ Bergen F stop) Imagine a PLACE that brings new farmer development and farm incubation together with community food, agricultural and environmental […]

Posted: March 5 2012
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urban farmer training

The High School for Public Service Youth Farm (a partnership between the school, Green Guerillas and BK Farmyards) is offering an Urban Farmer Training Program for the 2012 season. Based at the Youth Farm, the program will offer participants the chance to learn the most efficient farming techniques, study direct marketing of fresh food, and […]

Posted: February 28 2012
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urban ag talk at the new school

Tonight! Urban Agriculture's Origins and Opportunities in Oakland: An Interdisciplinary and Participatory Approach Nathan McClintock, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University Dr. McClintock discusses his research on urban agriculture in Oakland, California, focusing on how he integrated a critical social science approach with participatory environmental science and planning research to […]

Posted: February 27 2012
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vinnie is a great speaker for urban farming conferences

and has a great set of skills to boot. See his information here on compost... Are you purchasing compost for your urban or small rural farm?  Confused by all the options, and want to make sure that your investment pays off?  Check out this article "How to Make The Most Out Of Purchased Compost" to […]

Posted: October 5 2011
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give arcadia farms a boost

Arcadia Farms, a program under the DC non-profit Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, has entered to win a $65,000 grant through Nature's Path Organic "Gardens for Good" contest. Three winning farms will be selected from the top ten finalists, so please vote for us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arcadiacenter A "Gardens for Good" grant would […]

Posted: September 26 2011