Efforts to promote sustainable transportation and projects that support access to healthy, affordable food have a lot in common. Growing Power, a national nonprofit headquartered in Milwaukee, which currently runs several urban farms and community gardens in Chicago, is looking to combine the two. They recently put out a “Request for Collaborator,” seeking a partner to create an active transportation program for their Windy City locations. read more
As the world’s resources continue to be endangered, depleted, and destroyed, we all need to imagine new solutions for the future of our cities. Rather than focusing on deficits, IDEAS CITY 2013, a festival created to examine this topic and effect change, will encourage an exploration of the resources that may be under-recognized or underutilized. In anticipation of IDEAS CITY 2013, Storefront for Art and Architecture, along with the New Museum and Architizer, are launching the StreetFest competition. read more
Will Allen, son of a sharecropper, former professional basketball player, ex-corporate sales leader and now farmer, has become recognized as among the preeminent thinkers of our time on agriculture and food policy. The founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc., a farm and community food center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Will is widely considered the leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture. read more and see videos
Presented by Georgia Farm to School Alliance, hosted by Georgia Organics, the 4th Annual Georgia Farm to School Summit will take place on Thursday, February 21 and Friday, February 22, 2013. The Summit is the largest convener of farm to school leaders in the state, and a fun, hands-on way to plug into this exciting movement.
This year’s Summit includes 16 workshops featuring experts and leaders across Georgia and 4 dynamic field trips. read more
Growing Urban Agriculture:Equitable Strategies and Policies for Improving Access to Healthy Food and Revitalizing Communities
A vibrant movement is changing the landscape, economic outlook, and vitality of cities across the country. The recent recession affected many low income communities—taking with it manufacturing centers, jobs, and people while leaving behind abandoned homes and vacant lots. Now a new crop of urban farmers, along with activists, and community organizations are turning that land into productive use and turning around their communities.
An Indiana University study that looked at consumers who buy locally grown and produced foods through farmers markets and community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs found that the venues largely attract a “privileged” class of shoppers. Read more
MINNEAPOLIS — As a swarm of people descended on the Pennwood Market in north Minneapolis, owner Ahmad Hawari watched skeptically as his corner store received a makeover. Read more
Situated on Pacific Boulevard between the busy overpass, BC Place Stadium, and the bustling seawall at False Creek, SOLEfood Urban Farm’s newest (and, at two acres, its largest) site is a highly-visible sign that urban agriculture has arrived in Vancouver.
Down below, SOLEfood co-founder Michael Ableman walks between the rows pointing out the crops: bok choy, eight types of kale and a new variety of strawberries bred in France that they’re trying out. More…
SIOUX FALLS, SD –
Community Gardens are springing up across Sioux Falls as more groups work together to beautify their neighborhoods and eat healthier.
However, the gardeners are growing a sense of community along with flowers and vegetables too.
After surviving three heart attacks, Rita Koob has more health struggles than most people. And this summer, she’s finding a reason to leave the house.
“Otherwise I’d sit on the porch all day and read,” Koob said. “This way I get to meet people and visit. It’s wonderful.” More..
The stacks of fresh green lettuce looked cool and crunchy on a hot summer day, but what most refreshed Joan Horwitt was the steady stream of new gardeners who came by Ashlawn Elementary School to drop off their bounties.
Her project, Lawns 2 Lettuce 4 Lunch, has been encouraging residents in the Bluemont, Dominion Hills and Boulevard Manor neighborhoods to join students in turning their lawns over to lettuce and other vegetables to encourage healthy eating. And it seems to be working. More…
When the organizers of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair imagined the future, they probably didn’t envision, among the jet packs and routine space travel, tomatoes growing on the roof of a parking garage.
But 50 years later, that’s exactly what’s about to happen a few blocks from the Space Needle, where residents are building a 30,000-square-foot community garden atop a two-story structure once intended for fair visitors’ cars. More..
The best view in Alameda County may be down on the farm — City View Farm, that is, a new eight-acre parcel of fruit treees and vegetables being grown on county land in an effort to create jobs while providing fresh foods in low income areas.
City View Farm is being cultivated by Dig Deep Farms & Produce, a project started in 2010 by the Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League (DSAL).
Dig Deep was designed to keep city kids out of trouble by teaching them to farm while providing needy residents with good foods in the process. More…
At the Ferry Building, San Francisco is a leader in fresh, healthy, sustainable food. But in the Tenderloin, options are generally limited to liquor stores. And the disparity between the two has not gone unnoticed.
In 2010, a small concrete plot on Larkin and McAllister was converted into theTenderloin People’s Garden: a community garden battling the “food desert” (the lack of healthy food options) in the neighborhood. More…
If you think it’s hard getting kids to eat their vegetables, wait until you try recruiting them for garden work.
But the challenge is worth it: Children just might add more healthy foods to their diet if they’ve grown them themselves.
“If a child grows herbs or vegetables, they will try them at least once,” said Mike Ferraro, whose Preferred Commerce Co. produces Growums, an animated garden program that uses online gaming technology to teach children how to raise fresh edibles and have fun doing it. More…