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How a woman turned her Los Angeles backyard into an urban farm that sells to restaurants and hosts events

Here’s how Joanna Bassi built an urban farm from scratch and her advice for fellow farming entrepreneurs, including how to pivot during a pandemic. (Courtesy of Joanna Bassi)

She booked nearly $7,000 in revenue in 2020, after creating new revenue streams.

By Emily Canal
Business Insider
Feb 22, 2021

Excerpt:

Joanna Bassi was working as a product assistant on the hit show “How to Get Away with Murder,” spending LA’s sunny days trapped inside, when she re-evaluated what she wanted in life.

She desired more time outside and a way to support her community. Bassi didn’t have to look far; her unused backyard was 150 feet by 75 feet, enough space for an urban farm that could grow fresh produce for local establishments.

The founder of Rose Hill Farm located in the Montecito Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, had never been a serious farmer or gardener. “I literally just took the biggest risk knowing that I would love it,” she said.

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February 26, 2021   No Comments

Minneapolis gardener transformed gritty city lot into productive urban farm

Gardener Andy Lapham produces a lot of food at three gardens in Minneapolis’ urban core.

Resourceful Minneapolis gardener produces a bounty and sows sustainability in the heart of the city.

By Kim Palmer
Star Tribune
Feb 19, 2021

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Lapham’s biggest reclamation project is a formerly vacant, junk-strewn lot in Minneapolis’ urban core that he and others have nurtured into a lush, productive garden that grows apples, plums, berries of all kinds, sunflowers to nourish birds and bees and other pollinator plants.

Lapham doesn’t own the garden; its out-of-state owner has given him permission to grow there.

“They let me garden for free,” said Lapham, 35, whose laid-back demeanor belies his drive to produce. In return, he takes care of maintenance, snow shoveling and trimming branches that dangle into the street.

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February 24, 2021   No Comments

Canada: Urban Farmers Have Been Leaving Vancouver for Greener Pastures

Aaron Quesnel’s microgreens farm, Sky Harvest, used to be housed in an industrial warehouse in Vancouver. But the city’s policies eventually pushed it out. Photo by Nic West, courtesy of Sky Harvest.

The city aimed to host 35 urban farms by 2020, but its policies have resulted in more farm closures than openings.

By Lindsay Campbell
Tyee
Feb 22, 2021

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Less than four years ago, inside an industrial warehouse on East Vancouver’s streets of Powell and Victoria, Aaron Quesnel was living his microgreen dreams. Under stacks and stacks of towering shelves, amid the hums and florescent hues of grow lights, Quesnel and his farm staff spent their days tending to the seeds and sprouts of baby vegetables before hopping on their bicycles to deliver fresh harvests in recycled packaging. His operation, Sky Harvest, had gained a reputation amongst a loyal base of 60 restaurants and local retailers as a choice producer of nearly 20 different microgreen varieties.

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February 23, 2021   No Comments

Urban Agriculture in Europe: Transforming Communities and Changing Lives – Webinar

Carl Pickens, Landscape Architect asks: Can agriculture in New Zealand’s urban design contribute to a more sustainable future?

Sat, 27 February 2021
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM NZDT

About this Event

How can the incorporation of urban agriculture in New Zealand’s urban design and planning contribute to a more sustainable future?
In 2019, landscape architect Carl Pickens was awarded a fellowship to study world-leading practice in urban agriculture projects and policies in Europe and the United Kingdom.
Find out about the projects he visited, which included a visionary rooftop farm in Antwerps Green Quarter; a CSA 20 minutes by bike from central Amsterdam; an edible town in northern England; a project enabled by the Parisculteurs municipal growing initiative; and a quirky farm in coastal Oslo.

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February 22, 2021   No Comments

Minnesota’s Seeds Feeds persists in the fight against food insecurity

Urban agriculture is one of Seeds Feeds’ main focus areas.

Seeds Feeds is a nonprofit that focuses on using urban agriculture to fight food insecurity in neighborhoods surrounding the Twin Cities.

By Emily Beal
Grand Forks Herald
Feb 10th 2021

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“It has been a whirlwind since the pandemic hit. Those in need of food assistance have skyrocketed, and we have been doing our best to make sure their needs are being met,” said Ariel Steinman, operations director of Seeds Feeds.

With a focus in urban agriculture, Seeds Feeds has been an integral part in fighting the hunger crisis seen in its St. Lois Park community. They focus on building wellness and resilience in the Twin Cities neighborhoods, empowering and engaging marginalized groups and urban agriculture farmers, and providing education, job training and advocacy for food system change.

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February 16, 2021   Comments Off on Minnesota’s Seeds Feeds persists in the fight against food insecurity

Among the apartment and office blocks of downtown Tampa something edible grows

Just yards from The Tempo at Encore apartment building, Zach Oak, 30, harvests carrots at Meacham Urban Farm. The farm opens to the public on Feb. 13. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]

New urban farm sprouts up to meet need for fresh produce in ‘food desert’ through a partnership between the Tampa Housing Authority and three local farmers.

By Christopher O’Donnell
Tampa Bay Times
Feb8, 2021

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Barely three months ago, the 2-acre site next to the Encore housing complex in downtown Tampa was a wasteland strewn with concrete rubble. Now, rows of lettuce, kale, carrots, red cabbage, oregano and other herbs are springing out of the soil. Groundwater pumped through sprinkler systems gently rains down on plump heirloom and cherry tomatoes in three large greenhouses.

Meacham Urban Farm, a partnership between the Tampa Housing Authority and three local farmers, plans to start selling fresh vegetables, fruit and eggs to the public on Feb. 13. It is named after Christina Meacham, Tampa’s first Black school principal.

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February 15, 2021   Comments Off on Among the apartment and office blocks of downtown Tampa something edible grows

East Point, Georgia, is pilot city in new urban farm initiative

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“The average American cannot pay more for fruit, vegetables,” Webb said.

By: Lori Wilson
WSB-TV and WSBTV.com
January 29, 2021

Excerpt:

Channel 2 Anchor Lori Wilson spoke with Reynaldo “Brother” Holmes who has his own community garden, Soul Spirit Farmers in East Point.

“We really believe growing your own food is really the key to self-sustainability and really the key to true freedom,” said Holmes.

Holmes was inspired by his family’s Caribbean tradition of home gardening. His garden and produce is available to anyone who is hungry or ready to learn.

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February 4, 2021   Comments Off on East Point, Georgia, is pilot city in new urban farm initiative