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USDA adds more panels for urban agriculture

The urban and suburban county committees will work to encourage and promote urban, indoor and other emerging agricultural production practices.

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Dec 23, 2020

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Dec. 17, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced six additional locations for Farm Service Agency county committees focused exclusively on urban agriculture.

Organized under USDA’s Office of Urban Agriculture, the new committees in Atlanta, Dallas, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Orleans, Phoenix, and St. Louis join ones in Albuquerque, N.M., Cleveland, Philadelphia, Portland, Ore., and Richmond, Va. (announced earlier this year) and are part of a broader effort directed by the 2018 Farm Bill for USDA to enhance support for urban agriculture.

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December 23, 2020   Comments Off on USDA adds more panels for urban agriculture

How Urban Farming Saved a Dallas Community

Bonton Farms cultivates more than fresh food in South Dallas – it’s igniting hope for an entire community.

Freethink
5 Feb, 2020

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In an impoverished community in South Dallas, urban farming is growing not only fresh food but new opportunities for residents. Sprouting unexpectedly from the middle of the Bonton neighborhood, Bonton Farms boasts more than 42 acres of land.

Founder Daron Babcock was drawn to this downtrodden community where he now oversees one of the largest urban farms in the United States. Walking its grounds, you’ll find a goat mansion, chicken palace, turkey village, and an organic garden.

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December 16, 2020   Comments Off on How Urban Farming Saved a Dallas Community

New Urban Farm in Tampa, Florida

The new Meacham Urban Farm.

The farm sits on just over two acres and has a 20-by-25-foot farm store with room for expansion.

By Yvette C. Hammett
83 Degrees
November 10, 2020

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Urban farmers Joe Dalessio, Kristin Beauvois, and Travis Malloy are combining their talents to create the farm, built on property owned by the Hillsborough County School District. The project is in conjunction with the Tampa Housing Authority.

Some 40 fruits, vegetables, and herbs are already under production at the farm and the hope is to draw not just students on a regular basis, but city dwellers looking for fresh-picked organic produce amid the urban jungle, says Dalessio, who also owns Black Finger Farm in Lutz.

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November 16, 2020   Comments Off on New Urban Farm in Tampa, Florida

Farming in the City

Judith and Chanowk Yisrael (center) with workers Darren Comer (left) and Daniel Yisrael (right)

Thanks to urban agriculture, even the most die-hard city slickers are getting back to the land.

By Luna Anona and Photography by Create+Gather
Sacramento Magazine
November 4, 2020

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Imagine: A vacant lot transformed into a fruit garden. An apartment balcony repurposed as a tomato nursery. A backyard that functions as a grocery store. They’re all urban farms, producing food in the city—and literally changing the landscape in the process. Country and concrete can not only co–exist; they can also address food insecurity, nutrition education and healthy eating as well as carbon footprint reduction, all while creating and empowering community. Here are four little urban farms that are accomplishing big things in and around the farm-to-fork capital.

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November 9, 2020   Comments Off on Farming in the City

Soil To Table—Introducing Avenue 33 Farm in LA

Photogrpah by Robyn Beck, all rights reserved

“Urban farming isn’t going to feed the world in the same way that larger scale farming does, but it does connect people to their food,” says Eric Tomassini

By Felicity Crossland
Sierre Club Los Angeles
26 October 2020

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Avenue 33, a 1.2 acre urban farm that sits on a hillside in Lincoln Heights, 3 miles from Downtown Los Angeles, is working to prove this. The farm produces fresh cut flowers and a couple hundred varieties of both vegetables and herbs, supplying them to restaurants, chefs and the local community.

How is it possible to have a farm in the middle of Los Angeles? The answer lies in regenerative agriculture, a system of farming principles and practices that look to increase biodiversity, enrich the soils, improve watersheds, work with the ecosystem and produce healthier and more sustainable crops.

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November 2, 2020   Comments Off on Soil To Table—Introducing Avenue 33 Farm in LA

Greenies Urban Farm in San Antonio to demonstrate agriculture in the city

Project will provide food, health/wellness education, more

By Paul Schattenberg
AgriLife Today
Oct 16, 2020

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The planting and groundbreaking event was attended by more than 60 people. Hosted by Bexar County, which is funding the urban farm project, the event celebrated the urban farm’s initial crop planting.

The farm is a collaboration of Bexar County, the Bexar County Commissioners Court and AgriLife Extension in Bexar County. The project, which has an estimated construction cost of $2.1 million, is being developed on 10 acres of property previously owned by the Union Pacific Railroad and acquired by Bexar County in 2016.

When complete, Greenies Urban Farm will include demonstration and teaching gardens, an outdoor classroom and kitchen, a 300-person event center, a farmers’ market and more.

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October 23, 2020   Comments Off on Greenies Urban Farm in San Antonio to demonstrate agriculture in the city

Amid COVID-19, Urban Growers Collective distributes nearly one million pounds of produce

A committed crew helps keep UGC’s eight urban farms producing organic produce year-round.
ADAM M. RHODES

From its eight farms in Chicago, the organization serves underresourced communities on the south and west sides.

By Adam M. Rhodes
Chicago Reader
Oct 2, 2020

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We’re now in the eighth month of the COVID-19 pandemic, and millions are struggling to maintain their incomes and housing. But even before the pandemic started, one Chicago nonprofit, the Urban Growers Collective, was working to address residents’ struggles to access another basic necessity—fresh, healthy food—and the current crisis has only emboldened that work.

From mid-March to the end of September, the group delivered nearly one million pounds of produce to more than 25 partner organizations across the city, including Howard Brown Health on 63rd, Grow Greater Englewood, and West Side Mutual Aid, says UGC development associate Brandon Lov.

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October 8, 2020   Comments Off on Amid COVID-19, Urban Growers Collective distributes nearly one million pounds of produce