• Symbiotic Urban Farming And Industrial Reuse In Chicago

    July 30, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    In many former industrially important cities in the United States and around the world, solid old buildings stand empty — useless. But one green innovator is proving that such structures could instead be off-the-grid, zero emission urban food oases. John Edel is transforming a former industrial facility in Chicago’s historic Union Stockyard into a unique centre that is part vertical farm, part food-business incubator, part research and education space.
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  • Farming Goes To The City

    July 25, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    In South Dakota and Nebraska, where even in the heart of Yankton or Sioux Falls or Sioux City, anyone is within only a few minutes’ drive from open pastures and crop fields, it is difficult to not feel a connection to agriculture. But this connection that people in the Yankton area often take for granted is just as foreign as the star-filled night skies and evenings sparkling with fireflies are to residents of the major U.S. cities, such as Los Angeles and Chicago.
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  • Fight for the Right to Have Front Yard Vegetable Gardens

    July 24, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    There have been several reports in the news about people who were growing gardens in their front yards for food but were stopped by local authorities, sometimes for code violations and sometimes because neighbors did not want to look at them right in the front yard. Denise Morrison was a gardener who had planted over 100 varieties of edible and medicinal plants in both her front and back yards. She received a complaint letter from the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma and met with the officials to find out what the problem was.
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  • Urban Farms Yield Crops and Jobs for Vancouver

    July 23, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    It’s not where you’d expect to find a farm but behind BC Place, under the Georgia Street viaduct and steps away from False Creek, the green ribbed leaves and blood-red stalks of a healthy crop of rainbow chard bend in the breeze. Three months ago, this place was just an empty parking lot. Today, there are 3,000 rectangular planter boxes brimming with chard, strawberries, tomatoes, basil and daikon radishes — just a sampling of the produce sprouting here and in two other urban farms run by social enterprise SOLEfood.
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  • Can Urban Farming Go Corporate?

    July 20, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Farms have sprouted in cities across the country over the past several years as activists and idealists pour their sweat into gritty soil. Now Paul Lightfoot wants to take urban agriculture beyond the dirt-under-your-nails labor of love. He wants to take it corporate. In June, Lightfoot's company, BrightFarms, announced a deal with The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co., or A&P, to provide New York City-grown vegetables to the local chain's supermarkets year-round.
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  • Comox Valley Chefs Educating Children About Agriculture, Food

    July 19, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Merri Schwartz was frustrated when she founded Growing Chefs, a Vancouver-based non-profit organization aimed at educating kids about local and sustainable agriculture. While the Comox-born pastry chef was well-acquainted with the theories and practices of sustainable agriculture, she found that the public was not. Growing Chefs' executive director Helen Stortini explains that working in fine dining, Schwartz constantly encountered chefs who “had all this knowledge about local and sustainable food, and had great relationships with local farmers and producers… But it wasn’t getting outside of the kitchen walls.”
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  • Astronaut Launches ‘Imagine a Garden in Every School’ in Ontario

    July 18, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Green Thumbs Growing Kids hosted an event June 19th to launch their new provincial campaign, Imagine a Garden in Every School. The campaign aims to create broader community support and unite engaged communities for school food gardens “to share resources, ideas and experience, to work together on advocacy, and to make it easier for people across Ontario to start and maintain school food gardens."
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  • Chef Jasen Fontaine Serves Ingredients Grown in Hydroponic Garden

    July 17, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Minneapolis Marriott Southwest head chef, Jasen Fontaine, is now using a hydroponic garden to grow fresh herbs and vegetables served at Stacy's Grill, a Minnetonka restaurant inside the hotel. Fontaine originally wanted to create a garden on the hotel roof. "Due to planning and time, I was not able to get it all together in time, so this year, I started to talk about what I wanted to do toward the end of winter," he said.
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  • Vancouver’s Urban Fruit Orchard Blossoms in City Parks, Golf Courses

    July 13, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    The city’s urban fruit orchard is poised to expand steadily over the next eight years with new plantings planned for city parks. The city has created new orchards in three city parks in just the past couple of years — Falaise, Gaston and Slocan — with the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute and a handful of neighbourhood partners. Its goal is to create at least seven more orchards by 2020 as part of the Greenest City Action Plan.
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  • Urban Farming in Saanich Gets Serious

    July 12, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    In front of Gabe Epstein’s home is a book box – a brightly painted cabinet, marked with the simple instructions to take a book, leave a book, or both. The box is a catalyst for conversation for Epstein, one of the co-founders of Gorge Tillicum Urban Farmers (GTUF), a growing group of people within the neighbourhood who are connected by their common interest of building food security and relationships.
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