The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative has just announced America’s First Sustainable Urban Agrihood: 3 acres of farmland featuring 2-acre urban garden, a 200-tree fruit orchard, a children’s sensory garden, and more nestled among vacant land and abandoned homes.
A new Aurora urban farm is an educational facility. Students will help plant, nurture, and harvest the produce, which will benefit area low-income families.
Last year, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder finally approved a plan to allow Hantz Woodlands to buy and transform 150 acres of empty or decrepit Detroit lots, and turn them into the world’s largest urban farm. The Detroit urban farming project has since made great progress, and could serve to inspire other cities to do the same.
Is all urban farming created equal? Let’s look at two interesting takes on the urban farm and how sustainable they really are.
A new urban foraging app – RipeNearMe – is aiming to take urban foraging to the next level by letting growers share, swap, or even sell their bounty.
Brooklyn Grange is the world’s largest rooftop farm, and this time-lapse video condenses their growing season into an awe-inspiring three minutes.
You know that the rise urban agriculture has meant more local, healthy food in inner cities, but these urban farms are also changing kids’ lives.
We love a good example of urban farming around here! Urban farms are such a wonderful way to transform unused or blighted spaces in big cities into lush, food-producing patches of land (or rooftop, or wall!).
Urban farming advocates like Will Allen and the nonprofit he works with called Growing Power are looking to change that by building farms in cities that grow lots of food in sometimes not a lot of space. Allen wrote a book on his urban farming efforts: The Good Food Revolution, and on Tuesday night he talked to Stephen Colbert about urban farming, food deserts, and kohlrabi. Check it out!
I ran across some gorgeous photos and the fascinating history of a community garden in the Bronx and thought that you guys would enjoy them, too!
Five Georgia legislators have introduced the “Georgia Right to Grow Act”, intended to protect the right of Georgians to grow food crops and raise chickens and rabbits for home consumption. [ … ]
The People’s Grocery in Oakland, California provides healthy food for the community.
The total dollars for local food sales are much bigger than expected- a whopping $4.8 billion in 2008, and almost double that number is predicted for 2010 according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report. And even though the percentage of local food sales are small when compared to total food sales nationally, they are significant for their impact at the local level.