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“There is a growing trend of people seeking to connect with nature and create more sustainable local food systems. A diverse variety of urban spaces are appearing across the globe. Inner city vacant plots and verges, community gardens and roof top gardens have appeared throughout urban and suburban environments. Unused spaces are being converted into productive...

25 percent of the population fled Detroit between 2000 and 2010. Large amounts of the downtown retail area are vacant as well. Meanwhile, urban homesteaders are flocking to the area in search of great deals on housing and neighborhoods with a “hipster” type vibe. “Former landscaper and University of Michigan social psychology student Tyson Gersh,...

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Just a few weeks ago in Florida, a judge made a ruling that growing vegetables in your front yard is illegal. It took place in the upscale village of Miami Shores, and now allows action to be taken against residents who want to grow food in their yards. “Seems, in at least one part of America, that growing your own food is now a crime.” “Given the high...

Farming once required a lot of space, but that’s not the case anymore. Homegrown produce is becoming more and more available to city dwellers across the world. “A company called Click & Grow wants to make farming at home as easy as pressing a button. After successfully launching the personal Smart Herb Garden last year, it has now announced a new...

Lower Manhattan is being transformed into an “Old MacDonald” type area where eager children will learn about animals and agriculture alike. “What we’re doing is transforming the seaport into an imaginative farm,” said Susanne Brose, who developed the event with Sandra Velez. Two years ago, Ms. Brose established FreshKids, a company that produces...

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“Perched on the third floor overlooking the grand river, the Hydroponic Rooftop Farm consists of Small Green Houses, Sprouting Rooms, Green Houses, and Green Tunnels. Plants are grown in a mineral-rich solution on specially constructed growing platforms under controlled temperature and lighting conditions. A variety of Asian vegetables, Western vegetables,...

“In 2009, Jason Brown signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract with the St. Louis Rams that made him the highest-paid center in the NFL. Five years later, after earning more than $25 million of that contract, Brown is a farmer who is helping to feed the hungry.” To read the entire story, visit: “ThisIsInsider.com“ ...

Dave Gorman is an instructor at Career Collegiate Institute in North Buffalo.  He works with youth who are out of school, ages 17-21, and who are looking for an alternative to traditional educational settings. “To support their students’ academic success, CCI instructional staff frequently work alongside them developing skills for dealing with everyday life...

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Organic hydroponic vegetable cultivation farm A Zoo in England now uses vertical farming systems to help feed it’s 2,000 animals. Growing food for the animals at the zoo has several advantages. By using hydroponic methods there are no weeds, or soil-borne pests. The produce will also have no toxic pesticides, be grown with less water, and the yields will be...

“Sole Food’s mission is to empower individuals with limited resources by providing jobs, agricultural training and inclusion in a supportive community of farmers and food lovers. Individuals are given basic agriculture training and are employed at the farm based on their capability.”What if farms and food production were integrated into every aspect...

A recent study took place that documented the benefits of urban agriculture. In Denver, children in local public health programs were said to be healthier when taught about where their food comes from. “I think that experience can be a really important piece of their education,” Palmer said. “There is a fair amount of evidence that when kids grow...

The home of the San Francisco 49ers has recently unveiled their new roof-top urban farm! The football stadium roof-top garden is expected to generate 150 pounds of fresh produce each week that will be used to cook up food items for club spaces and private events at the stadium “The Faithful Farm, as it’s called, isn’t a small garden patch either....

“Forget sunshine and soil to grow leafy greens and fresh vegetables for health-conscious consumers. A US venture firm is leading a new wave of future agriculture by adopting the latest technology to produce something fresher, safer and more environmentally conscious at the heart of urban spaces.” Instead of growing food, traditionally with the use of pesticides...

Urban agriculture is rare in West Virginia, and a newly proposed urban agriculture ordinance combined with the Hopecrest Chicken lawsuit has sparked a prolonged debate between neighbors about who can garden what and where. “More cities in the U.S. are experimenting with urban agriculture, by growing crops on roofs or indoors with the help of LED lighting. The...