Introducing Courtney Leeds of Schoolyard Farms in Milwaukie, OR

We’re excited to publish a new Farmer Profile of an inspiring beginning farmer every few weeks on the NYFC blog to help showcase the breadth and vision of the next generation of agricultural leaders. Teaching the kids how to fish-in transplants I’m Courtney Leeds, cofounder & director of Schoolyard Farms, a one acre urban farm in the schoolyard of Candy Lane Elementary in Milwaukie, OR. Read More  Read More

URBAN FARMING TO THE BIG SCREEN, GROWING CITIES PREMIERS AT THE PORTLAND FILM FESTIVAL

Our friends Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette of Growing Cities are premiering their film, three years in the making, at the Portland Film Festival this Sunday, September 1st (8pm) at The Fields Park, NW 10th and Overton. We first covered their process filming the urban agriculture revolution last April on the blog, and have excitedly anticipated this release ever since. The film follows the two young filmmakers as they travel cross-country visiting... Read More

Young Farmers Shine at Growing Power Conference

Will Allen, director of Growing Power, giving a tour of his farm. Recently, I had the chance to attend Growing Power’s National-International Urban & Small Farm Conference in Milwaukee.  It was a great experience, and I’m glad that I had the chance to meet lots of people from around the country interested in urban and sustainable agriculture.  The workshops I attended were terrific, and many of them were focused on helping young... Read More

Brooklyn Grange: The World’s Largest Rooftop Farm

The vegetables grow in the abundant morning sunlight. Brooklyn Grange is alive, in the truest sense of the word. This urban organic farm, located in Queens, New York, buzzes with energy from the very moment you step out of the elevator doors and onto the sunbathed rooftop. In 2009, five Brooklyn natives started this commercial enterprise to cultivate and sell fresh produce to the local community. Today, the farm stretches an acre wide and innocuously... Read More

Bootstraps @ City Grown Seattle – Introduction

I’m Becky Warner from Seattle Washington, and my farm is called City Grown Seattle.  City Grown is a multi-plot urban farm.  We are growing vegetables on a quarter acre (10,000 square feet) of growing space within northwest Seattle.  Our land is distributed among 8 different plots, of which 7 are in the yards of private homeowners and one is at a community center.  These land partners offer us the use of their space in exchange for a portion... Read More

Filmmaker Dan Susman on Filming the Urban Agriculture Revolution

I’m from farm country. Well, sort of. I grew up outside of Omaha, Nebraska in a little town called Elkhorn. We had a big yellow house with two towering maples out front, an old barn, and a couple acres of land. Don’t get me wrong, we weren’t farmers—although my parents showed me at a very early age the importance of growing my own food. Every year I planted pumpkins with names like “Big Max,” “Atlantic Giant,” and “King Jack,”... Read More

Occupy the Farm Fights Back for Urban Agriculture in the East Bay

This Earth Day, April 22, a Bay-area coalition of local residents, farmers, students, researchers, and activists called Occupy The Farm began an action protesting the loss of farmland and agricultural education in the East Bay.  The group planted over 10,000 seedlings at the Gill Tract, the last remaining 10 acres of Class I agricultural soil in the urbanized East Bay area. The Gill Tract is public land administered by the University of California,... Read More

Chicago’s New Rooftop Farm – The Urban Canopy

A new rooftop farm project by The Urban Canopy aims to show how rooftops can be used as small farms throughout Chicago to grow fresh fruits and veggies organically and sustainably. Along with farming vacant lots–or even entire abandoned buildings–rooftop farming is a vital part of the growing urban agriculture movement to recreate a local and regional food system that is both sustainable and equitable.   The Urban Canopy’s new farm... Read More

Cloud 9 Rooftop Farm. Philadelphia, PA.

We’re wandering through a dark maze of a warehouse, down corridors and up flights of stairs, and it would be eerie if not for my jubilant companions. We emerge onto the rooftop, and it’s quite a scene–the light patter of rain, a vast, dark expanse, lights and traffic noise below, and puddles accumulating where the roof sags—but it wouldn’t much resemble my image of a farm if not for my guides, who lend me a bit of their imaginations.... Read More

Ohio State Study Shows Potential for Urban Agriculture

photo by Unity Gardens According to a new study just released by Ohio State University, “Can Cities Become Self-Reliant in Food?,”  Cleveland and other major cities in the US could produce up to 100 percent of their food needs through urban agriculture.  Doing this would save up to $155 million each year, boost employment, and reduce obesity.  According to the study, Cleveland has more than 20,000 vacant lots which total about 3,000 acres,... Read More

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