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Belgium: Brussels Most Impressive Indoor Vertical Farm.

Taste The Future Of Farming. In The Cellars Of An Old Brewery!

Hort Daily
Feb 25, 2021

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Microflavour Brussels cultivate in the cellars of the former Belle-Vue brewery in Molenbeek Brussels. This is done vertically to be able to produce more on a small surface. The agriculture of the future is more efficient and consumes less resources. By placing different levels on top of each other and by using vacant places in the city.

Everything grows in a controlled environment that does not depend on the vagaries of the climate. These are young vegetable shoots and herbs known as coriander, broccoli, peas, etc. They have a much higher nutritional value than the mature varieties because they store all the energy.

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March 2, 2021   No Comments

‘There was nothing we could do’: Houston urban farmers devastated by winter storm

Plant It Forward farmers Constant Ngouala and Guy Moulet lift protective sheets to survey both damaged and salvageable produce at the PIF Braeswood Church location on Saturday, Feb. 20,

“USDA doesn’t have crop insurance for farms of our size,” he said. “According to the TDA and our appraisal district, I’m not even considered an agricultural operation.”

By ShaCamree Gowdy
Chron
Feb. 24, 2021

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Constant Ngouala lost 80 percent of his crop at his Plant It Forward site in Southwest Houston, per the Houston Chronicle’s Emma Balter. In Needville, Jennifer Plihal and Peg Turrentine of Three Sisters Farm lost nearly 100 percent of their crop and a number of plants that had to be moved from a greenhouse after the power died.

“With the extended forecast of below 20 degrees, we knew there was nothing we could do to save it,” said Plihal, as reported by Balter. “We didn’t even cover anything.”

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March 2, 2021   No Comments

Singapore: 7 urban farm sites on HDB rooftops launched for public tender in Bukit Panjang, Woodlands, Sembawang

The urban farm site on the rooftop of the housing board multi-storey carpark at Block 505A Jelapang Road.PHOTO: SINGAPORE FOOD AGENCY

“It is great to see residents in the area enjoying fresh produce straight from such farms and found conveniently at nearby supermarkets,” he added.

By Ng Wei Kai
The Straits Times
Feb 23, 2021

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The Republic’s skyline is set to become a little greener.

On Tuesday (Feb 23), the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) launched seven urban farming sites on the rooftops of housing board (HDB) multi-storey carparks by way of public tender.

The sites are located in the heartland areas of Bukit Panjang, Woodlands and Sembawang. They form part of HDB’s Green Towns Programme to intensify greening in housing board estates, said the two agencies in a joint statement yesterday.

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March 1, 2021   No Comments

Meacham Urban Farm offers options and education in downtown Tampa’s food desert

“That’s our goal is to feed people. That’s it,” Dalessio said.

By: Vanessa Araiza
ABC Action News
Feb 23, 2021

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A green oasis now sits in the middle of a thriving city. Nestled between I-275 and downtown Tampa sits Meacham Urban Farm.

Joseph Dalessio is the owner and manager of the 2.1 acres.

“We do all organic bio-intensive agriculture,” Dalessio said.

Dalessio is one of three farmers at the site.

The farm sits just blocks away from downtown Tampa and the farm may look like a pop-up for many.

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March 1, 2021   No Comments

Climate Corps America: The urban farms transforming how America’s most vulnerable communities eat

In the second part of our series exploring how President Biden’s idea for a nationwide Civilian Climate Corps might work, Louise Boyle looks at an urban farm in Baltimore helping to feed low-income communities and building resilience in the face of a changing climate

By Louise Boyle
Independent
Feb 22, 2021

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The microwave plays a significantly more important role to urban farming in Baltimore than you might first imagine.

“Our butternut squash comes from a seed which makes it little and easily microwaveable,” Gwen Kokes, food and farm programme director at Civic Works, told The Independent. “For our [customers] this is really important as it might be too expensive to turn on the gas to cook or the oven might not be working.”

The squash, along with a range of produce, is grown at Real Food Farm, one branch of Civic Works urban service corps program in Maryland’s largest city.

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March 1, 2021   No Comments

Gardening for Bees, Butterflies and More

The 168-page book brings science and art to cover a range of gardens — from patio container gardens to larger-scale school and community gardens. Both food and ornamental gardens are included.

Dee Shore
NC State University
Feb 22, 2021

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Why did you write this book?

You often hear that one in every three bites of food you eat comes from food that has to be pollinated, and because we are destroying pollinator habitat, we need to be putting that back at a pretty fast rate. People might think that, at the residential scale, “Oh, those are really small spaces. They can’t possibly have a lot of impact.” But when you think about residential properties in aggregate, each contributing some pollinator habitat, the impact can be quite substantial.

So our theme through the book is, no garden is too small. I can plant one pollinator plant out in my yard and pollinators will come immediately. If someone has just a sunny balcony, that is enough room to create a mini pollinator habitat to support our bee friends.

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February 28, 2021   No Comments

Atlanta creates the nation’s largest free food forest with hopes of addressing food insecurity

Initiatives to make urban cities more edible are catching on. There are at least 70 free food forests in the country

By Carly Ryan
CNN
Feb 22, 2021

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When a dormant pecan farm in the neighborhoods of south Atlanta closed, the land was soon rezoned and earmarked to become townhouses.

But when the townhouses never came to fruition and with the lot remaining in foreclosure, Atlanta’s Conservation Fund bought it in 2016 to develop an unexpected project: the nation’s largest free food forest.

Thanks to a US Forest Service grant and a partnership between the city of Atlanta, the Conservation Fund, and Trees Atlanta, you’ll find 7.1 acres of land ripe with 2,500 pesticide-free edible and medicinal plants only 10 minutes from Atlanta’s airport, the world’s busiest airport before the pandemic struck.

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February 28, 2021   No Comments