Urban Agriculture Notes

Dubai, UEA: How fruit and vegetables grown in vertical farms could soon on plates in water-scarce countries across the Middle East

1 month 2 weeks ago
Vertical farming facility. The state-of-the-art facility will harvest three US tons (2,700 kg) of herbicide-free produce. Courtesy Emirates High-density, low-water facilities – often located in the heart of major cities – could transform food production in arid climates By Daniel Bardsley The National June 28, 2018 Excerpt: As reported by The National, the newly announced […]
Michael Levenston

New York’s Rooftop Reds’ 15,000-square-foot space grows 42 rows of Bordeaux red grape vines

1 month 2 weeks ago
New Yorkers relax at world’s first rooftop winery. First 300 rooftop grown bottles of its signature red blend, will sell for $1,000 each. By Diana Kruzman Reuters June 28, 2018 Excerpt: There is zero disease pressure here,” Shomaker said, gesturing to row after row of vines in individual planter boxes, laden with not-yet-ripe grapes. “The […]
Michael Levenston

Squash Blossom Farms in Battle Creek, Michigan

1 month 2 weeks ago
Photo: Natasha Blakely/Battle Creek Enquirer “People don’t know how things are grown or how it’s done, so it’s fun being able to show people that.” By Natasha Blakely Battle Creek Enquirer June 17, 2018 Excerpt: “I like being outside all day and doing something that feels like it’s not just for me but I’m benefiting […]
Michael Levenston

Has vertical farming passed a peak on the ‘hype cycle’?

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Former head of the of US National Institute of Food & Agriculture Sonny Ramaswamy – image:HW – image:HW Several senior industry figures sounded a note of caution on the potential of urban farms at last week’s GreenTech international trade show in Amsterdam (12-14 June). By Gavin McEwan Horticulture Week June 21, 2018 Excerpt: Former head […]
Michael Levenston

From a Manhanttan Convention Center’s Roof, ‘Walk-Off Vegetables’

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Alan Steel, the president and chief executive at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, and Gwen Schantz, the chief operating officer of Brooklyn Grange. Mr. Steel is planning to build a farm atop an addition to the convention center. CreditEmma Howells/The New York TimesBy James. The Javits Center farm will have the city’s […]
Michael Levenston

Aunt Lydia’s Garden Karma

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Ann Dowd. Illustration by Tom Bachtell. The in-demand character actress Ann Dowd on her adventures with cattle prods, nuns, and hoarders. By Michael Schulman New Yorker June 25, 2018 Excerpt: The actress Ann Dowd descended from her apartment, in Chelsea, carrying a Buddha and a potted fern. Dowd, who has lived in the same housing […]
Michael Levenston

Canada: Urban agriculture starting to grow in London, Ontario

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Growing food, right here with Urban Roots. Urban agriculture, as defined by the city, is “the process of growing, processing, sharing and distributing food within the city.” By Shalu Mehta London Free Press June 22, 2018 Excerpt: Now, one of the Urban Roots founders, Richie Bloomfield, said the city strategy has enabled his group to […]
Michael Levenston

Giant garden comes to food desert in Chicago

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20,000-Square Foot Facility Has Capacity To Produce 100,000 Pounds Of Produce A Year By Erin Ivory WGN9 June 22, 2018 Excerpt: The project was a collaboration between Lawndale Christian Health Center and the Chicago Botanic Garden. It resulted in The Farm on Ogden, a 20,000-square foot facility built to grow produce to feed the community. […]
Michael Levenston

Mahindra Automotive North America Continues Investment In Detroit Urban Farming With $127,000 In Grants To Eight Local Non-Profits

1 month 3 weeks ago
Since the program’s inception in 2015, Mahindra has donated more than $425,000 in cash and farm equipment to 13 organizations Mahindra Automotive North America Jun 22, 2018 Excerpt: Now in its fourth year, the Mahindra Urban Agriculture Grant Program disbursed $127,000 in funding and equipment to eight southeast Michigan non-profits in support of sustainable farming […]
Michael Levenston

A farm just opened in front of Philadelphia’s City Hall for the summer

1 month 3 weeks ago
Pennsylvania Horticultural Center/For Phillyvoice The PHS Farm for the City is an interactive farm at City Hall that will offer free workshops and informational panels all summer. By Emily Rolen PhillyVoice Staff June 15, 2018 Excerpt: And today, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society launched “Farm for the City” right smack dab in front of City Hall. […]
Michael Levenston

Rare American blue rabbits returned to Vale Urban Farm

1 month 3 weeks ago
A Schenectady High School student from the Vale Youth Program pets one of the Bunnies.Photographer: Melissa Mackinnon / Special To The Daily Gazette Owner says social media and news coverage helped get the bunnies home. By Jake Lahut Daily Gazette Reporter June 15, 2018 Excerpt: SCHENECTADY — A pair of rabbits believed to have been […]
Michael Levenston

Germany: Schrebergarten culture’s gnomes make way for Zen gardens

1 month 3 weeks ago
A German’s private paradise. Source: dpa The centuries-old German lifestyle around allotment gardens, or schrebergarten, is in flux. Out: old guys with beer bellies and sandals. In: hipsters with high-tech grills. By Barbara Woolsey Handelsblatt Global June 15, 2018 (Must see. Mike) Excerpts: A young family of four retreats into its tiny hut. The guy […]
Michael Levenston

Sheep graze streets of Paris suburb

1 month 3 weeks ago
Urban farmers say monthly outings for their sheep bring joy to the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers. AFP The sheep make their way at a leisurely pace across zebra crossings, past cafes and petrol stations, stopping to graze at the base of graffitied public apartment blocks. AFP 14th June 2018 It’s an idyllic scene: sheep nibble […]
Michael Levenston

A former tavern and new home for Victory Garden in Milwaukee

1 month 3 weeks ago
Victory Garden Initiative is transforming this 1903 Schlitz tied house, designed by Kirchhoff and Rose, into its new headquarters, kitchen and education center. By Bobby Tanzilo On Milwaukee June 14, 2018 Excerpt: Earlier this year, Victory Garden Initiative announced that it would purchase a former corner tavern at 3279 N. Richards St. in Harambee and […]
Michael Levenston

US Bill to Provide $4 Million Annually New Research Focusing on Urban Agriculture

1 month 3 weeks ago
Universal bipartisan support, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 passed the Senate Agriculture Committee by a vote of 20-1. Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 Excerpt: Sec. 7212. Urban, indoor, and other emerging agricultural production research, education, and extension initiative. “partner with farmers to develop innovative conservation practices for urban, indoor, or other emerging agricultural practices […]
Michael Levenston

Xochimilco: Keeping Mexico City’s Agricultural Treasure Afloat

1 month 4 weeks ago
Artist’s representation of chinampa farming. More than 22 million people live in greater Mexico City, and environmental concerns are endless: trash, water shortages, air pollution. Xochimilco is one of the last green patches in the massive urban area. By Martha Pskowski Culinary Backyards June 12, 2018 Excerpt: Tenochtitlan’s height was from the 1300s to the […]
Michael Levenston
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