Holistic, Organic and Natural Lawn Care

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Urban Garden Addresses Food Insecurity

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The corner of Harrison and Halsted streets doesn’t feel very rural, with traffic buzzing by the busy intersection and the Willis Tower looming in the background. But that will soon change.

Students Dorrian Neeley and Lashawn Evans, both in the undergraduate Human Development and Learning program in the College of Education, have developed UIC’s first urban garden at the intersection, aiming to address issues of sustainability and food security in low-income Chicago communities.

“Growing up in Chicago, we both know what living off the corner store can do for you,” Neeley said. “We think we can influence the community starting with this garden and hopefully expanding, so people can have the ability to feed themselves.”

Their idea blossomed in the Child and Youth Policies in Urban America course (ED 135), taught by Chris Miller, assistant clinical professor of educational policy studies. Neeley and Evans sought to study sustainable food systems as an independent project, a plan embraced by Miller and Alfred Tatum, dean of the College of Education.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT: “News.uic.edu”

How a Small Urban Farm in Virginia Beach Yields Enough Produce to Supply 2 Local Markets

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“Amanda Gerber never meant for this to happen. But there she was one day last week, dressed in a straw hat, jeans and fancy, dirt-caked cowboy boots, tromping out of a raised bed where she had been tearing out spent green bean plants.

“It’s a little overwhelming,” said Gerber, a mother of two and co-owner of Nottalotta Acres, a patchwork farm of 10 parcels totaling about 3 acres scattered around two neighborhoods in the Bayside section of Virginia Beach.

Not a lot of acres. Get it?”

Read the Original Article at: “PilotOnline.com

Ant Space: The Enlightened Ant Farm – Kickstarter Campaign

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“Each Ant Space is an ecosystem. Play with the life inside. The narrow habitat makes the game one of subtle manipulation. Sculpt the scene only from above. Drop in seeds and water, add more ants and colored sand. Intelligently design a complex balance of creatures and plants. The Ant Space will evolve over years as a co-creation between the life within and the hand that placed it there.”

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Learn how you can support Ant Space on Kickstarter!

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Baltimore Farm-In-a-Box a Potential Catalyst in Urban Revitalization

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This retrofitted ex-shipping container in a parking lot in Broadway East is hardly your grandfather’s farm. And in his skinny jeans, black sneakers and recycled-materials T-shirt, J.J. Reidy will remind no one of the guy with the pitchfork and overalls in Grant Wood’s “American Gothic.”

Reidy, 29, is the founder and CEO of Urban Pastoral Collective, a two-year-old business with a dual mission: to produce and sell fresh, whole foods in an urban setting and to help leverage the value of such foods into a movement that transforms the way Americans live and interact in cities.

Read the rest of this article at: “BaltimoreSun.com

New Program Promotes Urban Gardening, Neighborhoods in Spokane

2017-07-18_16-1.47.14Autumn and Christian are two of the urban gardening volunteers working in northwest Spokane plots for the group Growing Neighbors.

They’ve gone to property owners and asked to borrow little bits of private land in their northwest Spokane neighborhood to grow food. The organization is run by John Edmondson, who invited us to see what Growing Neighbors is doing.

To listen to the story, visit: “SpokanePublicRadio.org

Urban Farming for Everybody

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“Shantae Johnson and Arthur Shavers both grew up in Portland and both grew up gardening.

Johnson’s great-grandmother grew berries for the J.M. Smucker company, and her family grew much of its own food. Shavers helped his grandmother in the garden when he was young. After they met they kept a garden wherever they could – in community garden plots or in the back yard of a condo – but dreamed of having their own farm.

Now they’ve launched MudBone Grown, a company focused on promoting farming, education and community outreach – and a culturally specific urban food systems project at the Oregon Food Bank’s 33rd Avenue farm.

Prior to the company’s launch, Johnson worked for Multnomah County as a community health worker and breastfeeding peer counselor. Shavers had worked as a leather smith, firefighter and emergency medical technician.”

Read the FULL ARTICLE at: “TheSkanner.com

Gardening and Mental Health

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Dozens of people gathered at an urban garden on Whyte Avenue Sunday to celebrate the grand opening of the Youth Empowerment and Social Services (YESS) Urban Roots garden.

The initiative had been in the works for a few years, said associate executive director Margo Long. The project was accelerated when the group got permission to borrow the land from the City of Edmonton and built the garden in six weeks.

Long said the garden, which is located across the street from the YESS building, is a project in sustainable food growing and urban agriculture, however she said it is also about more than just vegetables.

Read more at: “GlobalNews.ca

Student Garden Offers Dirty Hands-On Lessons

597e8f2e286ed.imageThe all-natural, organic, non-GMO plant based diet — often the butt of a joke among Midwestern tables spread with comfort foods — has taken magazine covers and chic cafes by storm.

Chad and Nieko Summers are hoping to change that negative mentality locally and help return people’s food choices to their roots, all starting with school children.

In 2013, the father-son team started Healthy Harvest Urban Farms at 3900 Archer Drive, East Moline. They recently paired up with Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy in East Moline to pilot “Sprouting Minds,” a food and farming educational program.

In early May, fifth- and sixth-grade students started gardens at Healthy Harvest Urban Farms. They held their first harvest July 25, with students picking and donating 130 pounds of food for St. Mary’s food pantry.

Read the FULL article at: “QCOnline.com

“When you used to say ‘farmer,’ you wouldn’t have me as the picture.” – Sacramento

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“Chanowk Yisrael runs next door to surprise his neighbors with a bowl of cherries he just harvested with the help of 48 other members of the community. The harvest came from the school across the street, with which he has a Memorandum of Understanding agreement for the use of the garden. Yisrael, his wife Judith and her family, and their nine children are not new to urban farming. They’ve been doing it in their own backyard since 2007.

Yisrael, a skinny but muscular man in his early 40s, tells me that for some of the folks (even into their 30s), this was the first time they’d experienced the joy of pulling a piece of fruit off the vine and biting into it right then and there. It’s a life-changing experience, he says, that he provides for people year-round in his backyard garden.”

Read more of this story at: “Salon.com

L.A.’s New Urban Farm Initiative Struggles to Sow its Seeds

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Los Angeles is offering landowners financial incentives to turn their urban property into green spaces. Unfortunately, nobody has applied yet.

The program is part of the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Act (AB 551), which offers tax cuts to landowners who promise to use their property for urban gardens and agriculture for at least five years. San Francisco was the first city to sign on when the bill was passed in 2014 and Los Angeles County followed earlier this year. The City of Los Angeles will be taking applications in August.

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While the thought of luscious greenery and locally grown food sounds great, the program has had a slow start.

“We haven’t had a single contract come through,” says Bruce Durbin, Supervising Planner at Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning.

Read the FULL Article at: “KCET.org