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Des Moines, Iowa urban farmer feeds neighbors, builds community

Rene and Monika Owczarski created an urban farm for their Des Moines, Iowa, community.

“We just really believe that food should not be a luxury item.”

Jan. 8, 2021
(AP)

Monika Owczarski, who turned a dilapidated city park into an urban farm, is now working to turn her Des Moines neighborhood into a place where nobody goes hungry.

She grows vegetables that are nutritious and culturally significant to the people of River Bend, many of them immigrants with children who attend Moulton Elementary, where students speak 30 different languages. In the summer, she works for hours before the heat sets in, again while her three kids nap, then again after they’ve gone to bed. She prices her produce based on what each person can afford, accepts food stamps and is happy to barter when people need to.

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January 13, 2021   No Comments

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

This North Philly urban farm is fighting food insecurity during COVID-19

SEE VIDEO HERE: Robert Sonder, 24, director of event management at the Urban Creators farm in North Philadelphia. Working at the site since he was a teenager, Sonder calls the 3-acre plot “magical.” JESSICA GRIFFIN / Staff Photographer

Founded by Temple University students and neighborhood activists in 2010, Urban Creators is run in large part these days by young friends in their 20s who started doing odd jobs at the farm as teens.

By Alfred Lubrano and Raishad Hardnett
Philadelphia Enquirer
Nov 24, 2020

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Once an illegal dump, set beside a SEPTA Regional Rail line, the nearly-three-acre plot is studded by trees — some in planters made of painted tires — and lined with beds normally thick with flowers and vegetables in the growing season. Run by a grassroots nonprofit called Urban Creators, it yields needed food in a supermarket desert where hunger proliferated long before the pandemic.

The farm also serves as a community commons — a nexus of artistic and entrepreneurial incubation in what neighbors call a “magical” space dotted by sheds and a pavilion used for public events. It offers safety, its organizers say, and a respite from “the ravages of systemic racism.”

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November 28, 2020   Comments Off on This North Philly urban farm is fighting food insecurity during COVID-19

Canada: Toronto is getting a new urban farm

A cover crop of rye has even already been seeded to protect and improve the soil until they can start planting veggies in spring, and a first crop of 1,800 cloves of garlic that should start budding in May has already been planted.

By Amy Carlberg
Blog TO
Nov 21, 2020

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Called Flemo Farm, the project will be located in Flemingdon Park. The farm is meant to be community-driven, with emphasis on community engagement and community farmers. There will be tours, workshops, events and a weekly on-site farm market from July to mid-October.

Five community farmers will be given access to approximately 2,400 square feet of prepared garden space, have access to all infrastructure and equipment necessary to manage their plot, participate in workshops and trainings and keep any money they earn from what they grow in their own plot.

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November 26, 2020   Comments Off on Canada: Toronto is getting a new urban farm

Scotland: Glasgow golf course could become urban farm

Glasgow Community Food Network plan.

Hopes of converting one of Glasgow’s golf courses into the city’s first urban farm ahead of COP26 have taken a step closer to becoming reality following a major award from the National Lottery to be announced today.

By Cate Devine
Herald Scotland
Nov 18, 2020

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An unprecedented £629,582 from the National Lottery Community Fund to the Glasgow Community Food Network (GCFN) means work can begin tomorrow [Friday] on transforming Glasgow’s food system and reducing its impact on the climate crisis. It is the Lottery’s largest award given to one project specifically tackling climate change in Scotland.

A project called ‘Low Carbon Sustainable Food City For All’ will be led by GCFN in partnership with Urban Roots, Glasgow Eco Trust, The Space, St Paul’s Youth Forum and Central and West Integration Network.

Nine new jobs will be advertised from tomorrow, with appointments expected to be made before the end of the year for work to begin in January.

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November 24, 2020   Comments Off on Scotland: Glasgow golf course could become urban farm

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