Urban Agriculture Notes

Superior Fresh – Largest Aquaponics Facility in the World

2 months 2 weeks ago
Uses LumiGrow LED Grow Lights LumiGrow Lighting May 21, 2018 Superior Fresh is the largest aquaponics facility in the world. Their state-of-the-art fish facility is coupled with a 3-acre glass greenhouse where they grow various leafy greens and herbs. They grow everything from seed in their greenhouse under LumiGrow grow lights and produce 1.8 million […]
Michael Levenston

Canada: Vancouver a composting all-star, says U.S.-based group

2 months 2 weeks ago
Gardener Sharon Slack and executive director Michael Levenston show off the City Farmer education centre on May 23 in Vancouver. Francis Georgian / Png “It’s all about education. We have plastic bins, wood and wire-mesh bins, metal bins, bear-proof bins and electric bins, plus worm bins, and rodent-resistant bins,” said Levenston. By Denise Ryan Vancouver […]
Michael Levenston

New York Housing Complex Residents Cultivate Urban Farms

2 months 2 weeks ago
Whether it is beets or collards or parsley, the housing residents determine what crops are planted in their complex. By Antwan Lewis Fox5NY May 24, 2018 Excerpt: Farms in New York City are pretty common. But when the farm is in the middle of a NYCHA housing complex, now that is uncommon. The urban farm […]
Michael Levenston

Farming Under the Sea for Japan’s Rare Delicacy

2 months 2 weeks ago
Mozuku is a rare underwater delicacy found off the mainland coast. Great Big Story Published May 21, 2018 Seventy miles off the coast of mainland Japan is the small island of Okinawa, home to some of the most unique seaweed in the world. Mozuku is a rare underwater delicacy found off the mainland coast. Each […]
Michael Levenston

Explaining the ‘Bee-pocalypse’ once and for all

2 months 2 weeks ago
Video story. Bees are in trouble… but not the ones you’re thinking of By William Poor The Verge May 22, 2018 Excerpt: For years now, we’ve heard “save the bees” rallying cries from the media, environmental groups, and concerned friends. We’ve read about poisonous pesticides and the ever-mysterious “colony collapse disorder,” which tends to get […]
Michael Levenston

Canada: Small-scale farmers drawn into land-use debate in Richmond (Metro Vancouver)

2 months 2 weeks ago
Daniel Garfinkel says he has a lot of fun prepping the soil for early seedlings in April. The manager of the Richmond Farm School trains new growers in farm management and techniques. (Jennifer Gauthier) Several small-scale tenant farmers told StarMetro they have felt afraid of speaking out, fearing it could threaten their relationships with their […]
Michael Levenston

Japan: Urban farmer Jon Walsh finds fertile ground in Tokyo

2 months 2 weeks ago
Jon Walsh stands in a community garden. Photo: Steve Morin Landing the Grand Hyatt Tokyo organic garden project was a huge milestone. By Joan Bailey Japan Today May 21, 2018 Excerpt: Tokyo: Seven years ago, Jon Walsh watched as earthquakes shook his home country of New Zealand and his current home in Japan. Like many, […]
Michael Levenston

Australia: EY Centre transforms its car park into an urban farm

2 months 2 weeks ago
The farm hosts vegetable patches, a hydroponic vertical farm and a vertical ‘Farmwall’, each growing their own varieties of herbs and leafy greens. The farm also produces mushrooms, grown in coffee ground waste saved from landfill. Architecture and Design May 21, 2018 Excerpt: “We are really excited about seeing what is produced out of this […]
Michael Levenston

Urban growth: meet the city farmers looking to use vacant land and abandoned buildings to transform Scotland’s food landscape

2 months 2 weeks ago
Abi Mordin and Kristina Nitsolova (blue shirt) are ‘Propogate’. They are a driving force in Urban Gardening and are photographed here at Moogety Community garden in Govan..24/05/18. (Photo by Kirsty Ande) Dr Roy Neilson, a scientist at Dundee’s James Hutton Institute, said there was “real potential” for urban growers to supply city cafes and other […]
Michael Levenston

Former orphanage now home to North Little Rock nonprofit that offers urban farming opportunities

2 months 2 weeks ago
Credit: Special to the Democrat-Gazette/JANET B. CARSON The Farm Stand at St. Joseph Center. Credit: Special to the Democrat-Gazette/Janet B. Carson In the middle of the largest and most urban county in Arkansas sits a 63-acre plot of land dedicated to urban sustainable farming. By Janet B. Carson Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette May 17, 2018 […]
Michael Levenston

Coyotes blamed for killing 27 chickens at Cincinnati urban farm

2 months 2 weeks ago
Video link. “We know we have coyotes on the property,” Lynch said. “We trapped three. We had a trapper trap three of them for us.” By NBC4 Staff May 19, 2018 Excerpt: Hungry coyotes are blamed for what some call a chicken massacre in Ohio. The canines apparently broke into an urban chicken farm owned […]
Michael Levenston

Canada: Embracing ‘citified’ agriculture means rethinking land use priorities, says U of A researcher

2 months 3 weeks ago
Michael Granzow says projects like community gardens in cities are beneficial, but they need to be part of longer-term planning that also looks at issues like land use, housing and income inequality. (Photo: Supplied) “Urban agriculture isn’t going to be the answer to all of our problems, but it’s a space of hope—a small but […]
Michael Levenston

Urban Bee Farms Transform Detroit’s Vacant Lots

2 months 3 weeks ago
Photo courtesy of Detroit Hives As the city removes thousands of blighted properties, this couple saw an opportunity to support a cooperative economy. By J. Gabriel Ware YES May 17, 2018 Excerpt: Last year, Paule and his partner, Nicole Lindsey, bought a 32,000-square-foot lot on the city’s east side from the Detroit Land Bank Authority […]
Michael Levenston

Adopt an AgLanta “Grows-A-Lot”

2 months 3 weeks ago
AgLanta “Grows-A-Lot” is a City of Atlanta program that invites entrepreneurs, non-profits, and residents to apply for a 5-year renewable license to adopt a vacant, city-owned property to start a new urban garden or urban farm in AgLanta. Jordan Johnson | Communications Manager City of Atlanta | Mayor’s Office of Resilience Together, we are producing […]
Michael Levenston

Canada: These Vancouver millennials are getting their hands dirty and growing local food, one veggie at a time

2 months 3 weeks ago
Camil Dumont, head farmer and executive director of Inner City Farms, stands in a backyard plot in East Vancouver where he grows some of his veggies. (Jennifer Gauthier / For StarMetro) “Young farmers need clear action that encourages small-scale regenerative farming through land trusts, start-up grants, caps on home size, and changes to the ALR,” […]
Michael Levenston

Yes! In My Backyard: A Home Composting Guide for Local Government

2 months 3 weeks ago
The 90-page report found that for every 10,000 households composting at home, between 1,400 and 5,000 tons per year could be diverted from curbside collection, with potential savings in avoided disposal costs alone ranging from $72,000 to $250,000. By Brenda Platt Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) 22 MAY 2018 Co-authors Brenda Platt and Colton Fagundes […]
Michael Levenston

Canada: City Farmer Sets Up Community Ping Pong Table At Entrance Gate

2 months 3 weeks ago
City Farmer's Ping Pong Table from Michael Levenston on Vimeo. Ping Pong will be a permanent fixture along the Arbutus Greenway transportation corridor in Vancouver Michael Levenston City Farmer May 24, 2018 Our Compost Garden entrance attracts more visitors than ever before. Ellie and Ryme from ‘frida&frank’ set up our new ping pong table, which […]
Michael Levenston

Kale, Not Jail: Urban Farming Nonprofit Helps Ex-Cons Re-enter Society

2 months 3 weeks ago
Gavin Raders, one of the founders of Planting Justice, an Oakland, Calif., nonprofit that combines urban farming with environmental education and jobs for ex-offenders. CreditJason Henry for The New York Times Planting Justice’s Rolling River Nursery now sells and ships some 1,100 varieties of potted trees and plants — among them, 65 different kinds of […]
Michael Levenston

Soaring farmland prices threaten future of farming in Canada

2 months 3 weeks ago
The average price of farmland in Canada has more than doubled in the last 10 years, leading to concerns about the future of agriculture in this country as a large group of farmers retires over the next decade. Consumers demand cheap food, but land prices and other factors make that impossible in Canada, she said. […]
Michael Levenston
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