Urban Agriculture News
A news service providing a review of daily news pertinent to the community of practitioners & developers that are planning & practicing alternative farming in cities.
Slide Show Highlights Urban Farmers
This slide show is a tour of some of the country’s most innovative approaches to urban agriculture. These urban farms are training entrepreneurs, teaching kids about farming, and providing food for communities. From indoor fish farms to business training for refugees, enjoy this slide show of 11 pioneers. To view the slide show, visit:http://www.salon.com/food/feature/2010/05/17/community_gardens_slide_show/slideshow.html#.
Urban Farm Magazine
It doesn’t take a farm to have the heart of a farmer. Now, due to a burgeoning sustainable-living movement, you don’t have to own acreage to fulfill your dream of raising your own food. The new Urban Farm magazine, from the editors of Hobby Farms, will walk you down the path to self sustainability. Urban Farm magazine’s mission is to promote the benefits of self sustainability and to provide the tools with which to do it on any size property.Urban Farm is informational and inspirational, filled with how-to projects, profiles of urban farmers across America, “green” and innovative products, and of course, recipes for preparing your homegrown vegetables, eggs and other farm bounty. Urban Farm magazine will be published four times in 2010 and is not yet available for subscription. Current and back issues are posted at http://www.hobbyfarms.com/urban-farm/home.aspx
Massachusettes Avenue Project
The Massachusetts Avenue Project proudly hosts the Growing Green Program, a youth development and urban agriculture program about increasing healthy food access and revitalizing the Buffalo community through urban farming, healthy nutrition, environmental stewardship and social enterprise.
Based in New York City, Just Food tackles deficiencies in food access and security by increasing the production, marketing and distribution of fresh food from community gardens and urban agriculture sites, on the one hand, and promoting Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) initiatives (food-buying clubs), on the other. Our aim is to turn “food deserts” (i.e., neighborhoods underserved by supermarkets and other food retailers) into “islands of sustainability.”
Resource Centre on Urban Agriculture and Forestry (RUAF)
RUAF is a global resource center initiated by the international Support Group on Urban Agriculture and is funded by DGIS (The Netherlands) and IDRC (Canada). The main aim of RUAF is to facilitate the integration of urban agriculture in the policies and programs of national and local governments, technical departments, research centers, and NGOs, and to facilitate the formulation of projects on urban agriculture with active involvement of all local stakeholders.
Sustain’s Urban Agriculture Site
Sustain: The Alliance for Better Food and Farming
Sustain: The Alliance for Better Food and Farming was launched at the UNED-UK hosted Healthy Planet Forum on June 17, 1999. It was formed by merging The National Food Alliance and the Sustainable Agriculture Food and Environment (SAFE) Alliance, both of which had been established for over 10 years. The site contains publications available to order and project information.
Iowa State Extension Urban Agriculture
Iowa State University Extension
Extension Urban Agriculture programs provide information and services that connect people with the land. Urban agriculture programs promote sustainability and improve quality of life in urban communities through an appreciation and understanding of our natural resources. Linda Naeve Reiman Gardens 1407 Elwood Dr. Ames, IA 50014 Phone: (515) 294-8946 E-mail:
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Study of Urban Agriculture
The 2000 report investigates the nature and characteristics of for-market city farming, obstacles to such activities, and ways of overcoming these obstacles. It also offers proponents of urban agriculture suggestions to advance the cause of city farming in environments where many are either uninformed of the multiple benefits of entrepreneurial urban agriculture, disinterested, or skeptical about its durability and longer lasting significance. The study found both supporters and skeptics of entrepreneurial urban agriculture. Obstacles to such activities were generated from the interviews conducted. These are discussed under four broad categories: site-related, government-related, procedure-related and perception-related. Ways of overcoming these obstacles are discussed, premised on the possibility that governments at all levels, local and national philanthropic foundations, and community development corporations can offer stronger support for entrepreneurial urban agriculture. Actions that specific groups could initiate to be more proactive towards the nascent movement of for-market urban agriculture are presented.
The New Village Press on Urban Agriculture
An article from a journal dedicated to building sustainable cultures, assessing the economics of urban farming.
Urban Planning and Food Security
A report proposing planning urban food systems focused on city departments that already exist, such as economic development, environment, health, and transportation. Additional discussion of a municipal Department of Food (currently nonexistent in the United States) which would allow for a comprehensive approach to local food issues, including outreach and community education, regulation, and food related services development and administration. The policies and actions outlined are intended to promote urban agriculture as a powerful instrument for building community food security and increasing economic development in North American cities.
Report of the North American Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Alliance
A primary source of energy driving the urban and peri-urban agriculture movement in the US and Canada are organizations, such as The Stop Community Food Centre in Toronto, Philadelphia’s Greensgrow Farms, Growing Power in Milwaukee and Chicago, the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture and Vancouver’s My Own Back Yard, now practicing and refining the techniques of city farming. Yet, most efforts to link these actors with one another, and with disciplines that could play supportive roles, have had limited effectiveness, due in large part to the fact that no one entity has had the creation and maintenance of such linkages as its sole focus.
Homegrown: the Case for Local Food
A 45-page report by Brian Halwell for the Worldwatch Institute: Vision for a Sustainable World, published in 2002.
No Green Acres? Try Skyscrapers
A 2005 Wired article about vertical farms.