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PolicyLink Release Growing Urban Agriculture Report

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.

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Farm to Fork videos on University of CA TV

Agriculture isn’t just about sowing the land; it’s about finding solutions to modern problems facing our food supply.  With farmland shrinking and a hungry population growing, what’s being done to ensure an abundant food supply that will be healthier, last longer, taste better?

Nine Billion Mouths to Feed: The Future of Farming has two 10 minute episodes you can view now with episodes 3 and 4 scheduled for the next two weeks. View here

 

The Farm on Top of the City

On a rooftop farm in Brooklyn one sunny afternoon, dozens of tomato plants heavy with fruit swayed in the wind, a farmer stooped over rows of dandelion greens and the customers kept coming. They climbed through the door to the 65,000-sq.-foot roof of the Brooklyn Grange Farm, in the city’s navy yards, across the water from Manhattan, and without fail they exclaimed with delight. “I love it. This is beautiful!” said Giovanni Cipolla, a grey-haired man who bought a bunch of dandelion and remarked that the only other place he could buy greens this fresh was Italy.

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Allen hosts Urban and Small Farm Conference

Will Allen has gotten famous for raising vegetables in Milwaukee’s inner city, but he’s also growing another crop – more urban farmers.

Allen said Saturday he expected about 2,000 people from around the globe to show up for the Urban and Small Farm Conference at the Wisconsin Exposition Center over the weekend.

“We’ve got people from Africa, eastern Europe, South America, Mexico – people from all over,” the former European professional basketball player said as he lumbered across the acres of shiny, smooth concrete floor inside the conference center. Every 20 feet or so, the towering man in a knee brace and blue sleeveless sweat shirt was stopped by someone to shake hands. More…

Teens get the dirt on urban agriculture

Even in the midst of a heat wave, Jeremy Rouse, 16, on Friday watered and tended to the basil, nasturtiums and tomato plants he’s growing for his customer, the Centro Café.

Jwaun Burnside, 14, planted a squash plant in his garden plot because his customer, a local resident, put in an order.

And although she admits it takes a lot of patience, Dashanay Scott, 15, said she’s keeping a close eye on the lettuce seedlings as they poke out of the ground next to the tall broccoli plant that’s gaining height.  More…

Big Step for Big City Farming

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…

In Yonkers, floating garden teaches ‘urban farming’

YONKERS — Candice Wilson is struggling to grow a few shoots of basil and parsley in her home garden.

So while surveying rows of lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage, greens and other vegetables and herbs grown on the Science Barge in downtown Yonkers on Sunday, the city resident and amateur gardener was wowed.

“It amazes me that they can grow stuff without soil,” said Wilson, 24. “I can’t grow this at home.”

The Science Barge, a floating greenhouse and environmental education center anchored in the Hudson River just north of the Yonkers Pier, welcomed visitors aboard Sunday for a tour and workshops on growing produce without soil, or hydroponic farming.  More…

Food issues in the spotlight

The recent Rio+20 Summit upheld the right of all people to food, and the need to support small farmers and promote ecologically-sound agriculture.

FOOD security and sustainable agriculture was one of the most important topics at the recent Rio+20 Summit, for the simple reason that all of us have to eat to survive, and agriculture has to be ecologically sustainable for production to continue into the future.

While the negotiators were busily hammering out a quite satisfactory text on this topic in a small room, a more interesting discussion was taking place on Food and Nutrition Security in the huge plenary hall sitting 2,000 people.  More…

Detroit To Become Hotbed Of Urban Agriculture

The Motor City may soon be known better for it’s tomatoes than it’s cars. Urban farming initiatives have been popping up all over Detroit as a way to utilize the city’s plethora of vacant lots and  provide fresh food for local residents.

Now, Michigan State University has announced it will build a major urban agriculture research campus within the city that will position the city as a future world center for urban food systems technology and development. The agreement, signed in late June by Mayor Dave Bing and MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon outlines a program dubbed the MetroFoodPlus Innovation Cluster @ Detroit. More…

Community Gardens Grow More Than Vegetables

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..

What farms can do for cities: A chat with author Sarah Rich

A former editor at Dwell and co-founder of the Foodprint Project, Sarah Rich thinks and writes about food as a key component of today’s urban landscape. So when she and photographer Matthew Benson traveled the country recently documenting 16 public and private food-producing operations for their new book,Urban Farms, it was no surprise that the final product turned out to be an intelligent, inspiring work of art. More…

Got food scraps? Hail a ‘Compost Cab’

Jeremy Brosowsky was in a Milwaukee greenhouse in March 2010 when he had an epiphany: “What if we could take our garbage and grow food in it?”

Brosowsky, 38, was in Wisconsin to learn about urban agriculture at Growing Power, the pioneering urban farm of McArthur Genius fellow Will Allen. At the time, Jeremy was thinking about starting a rooftop agriculture business, but he was intrigued by Allen’s emphasis on the importance — and elusiveness — of fertile soil. More…

Arlington students and residents turn their lawns into lettuce gardens

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…