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 […]
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?
News got you down this week? Our friends at Kiss the Ground serve up another heaping video of hope.
What can rural farmers and suburban schools learn from New York City's educational urban farms?
Urban Adamah in Berkeley, CA is now accepting applications for its spring, summer, and fall fellowships.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
"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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
[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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
[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."
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Arthur and the Hamilton Crop Circle crowd have big plans for Baltimore farming. We'll be there on September 15 and the crop circle will be there for years. This is a lot easier and more fun than applying for grants from rich foundations. chip in and make it happen. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hamiltoncropcircle/hamilton-crop-circle-growing-1?ref=recently_launched