the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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casting call for city women turning towards the farming life

Orion Entertainment
Cole Huling, a casting producer for Orion Entertainment, is currently working on a new TV series that features women who are leaving behind the city/suburban life to become farmers/ranchers/etc., working the land and raising animals. They are looking for women who have recently moved to a farm as well as women who are preparing to move.
 Women with a sense of adventure, lots of energy, and a great story to tell are encouraged to get in contact!
Contact details:
Cole Huling
Casting Producer 
Orion Entertainment


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urban farmers in the northlands

Our friends at Stone’s Throw Urban Farm need your support on Kickstarter!

Stone’s Throw Urban farm is a new vegetable operation formed through the collaboration of three urban farms in the Twin Cities. We transform vacant lots into micro-farms, and run a diversified rotation on about 18 lots around the city. We’re taking on new land this year, with the goal of feeding more people in our community and working towards paying ourselves a living wage. We will be running a 100-member vegetable CSA, selling at the Mill City Market in downtown Minneapolis, and hopefully selling directly to our neighbors.

With the new land we’re turning over this spring, we need help covering some start-up costs. We’re raising money through Kickstarter, and any amount you can give will help us feed our neighbors and grow our own livelihoods as urban farmers. We strive to be a model for urban food production across the country, and hope we can give back to this community of Greenhorns in that way.

Thanks a million for your support!

Emily and the STUF farmers

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/600855877/vacant-lots-to-vibrant-urban-farms?ref=live


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des moines green up!

some great workshops on urban farming this weekend if you’re in the area.

WHERE and WHEN:

Des Moines – Friday, 6/11, 3-6pm

Waterloo – Saturday, 6/12, 9am-12noon,

Cedar Rapids – Saturday, 6/12, 2-5pm

Marshalltown – Sunday, 6/13, 11am-2pm

Call or email for exact locations

COST: Free – space is limited, so please RSVP to reserve your spot!

WHAT: Andy Pressman, a sustainable agriculture specialist for the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) office in Shavertown, Penn., will tour Iowa, discussing how community gardens help spur neighborhood interaction and development, transform weed-covered lots into green space, and conserve resources. The half-day workshops in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Marshalltown and Waterloo, which are free and open to the public, will include a presentation on topics ranging from micro-enterprise and marketing to soil remediation, composting, and small plot tool usage.

CONTACT: Hannah Lewis, National Center for Appropriate Technology, hannahl@ncat.org, 877-327-6379 (toll free) or 515-288-0460.


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the foodprint project

Foodprint NYC is the first in a series of international conversations about food and the city. From a cluster analysis of bodega inventories to the cultural impact of the ice-box, and from food deserts to peak phosphorus, panelists will examine the hidden corsetry that gives shape to urban foodscapes, and collaboratively speculate on how to feed New York in the future. The free afternoon program will include designers, policy-makers, flavor scientists, culinary historians, food retailers, and others, for a wide-ranging discussion of New York’s food systems, past and present, as well as opportunities to transform our edible landscape through technology, architecture, legislation, and education.

Date: Saturday, February 27
Time:
1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location:
Studio-X (180 Varick St., Suite 1610, New York, NY 10014)
Free and open to the public

More info HERE


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little city gardens

Our talented and tireless artist, Brooke Budner, and her business partner Caitlyn Galloway, run a project called Little City Gardens.  Check  their website/blog.

What is Little City Gardens?
It is a small urban farm in San Francisco, and it is an experiment in the economic viability of small-scale urban market-gardening.

We have been working steadily for a year towards our aims: to craft a way for urban food production to sustain us economically, to build community through innovative, collaborative local food systems, and thus to help establish the path of ‘urban farmer’ as a career. We are motivated by the belief that urban farming should be a common livelihood in the United States as it has been, and still is, in some other countries. Through this project we are actively wondering: what does it take to make this happen? Continue reading


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bk farmyards

via our friend, Bee Ayer
BK Farmyards is a new urban farming network in Brooklyn. Our mission is to increase access to healthy affordable food to Brooklyn residents through increasing urban food production and providing jobs for urban farmers.

We started last year by turning backyards into farmyards, offering the first CSA with all produce grown in Brooklyn. We are building on last year’s success with new sites, more farmers and more CSAs. We are working with the High School for Public Service to create a new Youth Farm. We will be turning the school’s one acre lawn into a thriving, productive and educational farm. The Farm will provide fresh affordable food for the community through a CSA, while providing educational and employment opportunities for the students. Continue reading


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city farm: chicago, IL

another cool urban farming project.

City Farm is a sustainable vegetable farm bordering two very diverse Chicago neighborhoods: Cabrini-Green and the Gold Coast. The farm boasts thirty varieties of tomatoes as well as beets, carrots, potatoes, gourmet lettuces, herbs and melons. All produce is grown in composted soil generated from various sources, such as restaurant trimmings from some of the city’s finest kitchens.

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urban farmers in utah

from the National Center for Appropriate Technology
Southwest Urban Farmers Meet in Utah
UrbanFarmConf_LOGOw(11/10/09) In Salt Lake County, Utah—as in many places across the U.S.—urban development is eliminating farmland at an alarming rate. To combat this trend, county officials have identified more than 35 government properties that can be used for farms and community gardens. County commissioners and the Salt Lake City mayor all supported the idea.

As further encouragement for the region’s metropolitan farmers, the Southwest Marketing Network’s Urban Farming Conference will convene in the city on November 16. The one-day conference is designed to support the growth and vitality of urban farmers working along the Wasatch Front. Attendees will profit from a variety of information from small sustainable farm and ranch experts. Continue reading


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Amyitis Gardens

We just found out about this terrific project – check them out! davidworms

After working on Organic Farms in VT, founder David Stockhausen moved to San Francisco to learn about urban food movements.  The result is Amyitis Gardens, a San Francisco based urban farming project that links empty yards to eager hands and backyard farms to neighborhood restaurants.  The Amyitis team educates future urban farmers, installs backyard organic farms and often sells portions of the produce to restaurants as close as a few blocks away.  Amyitis strives to empower the Mission District community through healthy food, farm education, and creative networking.  They believe “you don’t have to buy the farm to be the farmer”. Amyitis encourages farmers everywhere to create a truly sustainable global food system throug bold innovation….maybe one back yard at a time.


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Somerton Tanks Farm

Almost all towns have a few extra acres of land around their transportation department, police department, water department headquarters. They currently just mow that land. Why not follow the model of the USDA’s offices and plant gardens, or even better–provide grant money, a competitive design process, and some city support to young farmers who use the land to grow produce for local markets, hospitals and institutions?It’s not just a suggestion… its happening! Check Somerton Tanks Farm and their video: http://www.somertontanksfarm.org/gallery/video.shtml

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bed-stuy farm in danger

thanks to greehorns ally Paige Churchman for alerting us to this and sending this note. Sign the petition at the end of the post!

Bed-Stuy Farm (started by Brooklyn Rescue Mission, which was one of the Brooklyn Food Conference sponsors) is at risk of losing half its land.

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For five years the Jacksons have tried to track down the owner to get permission to grow on the abandoned lot adjacent to their land. It’s been extremely frustrating. The City doesn’t know who owns it, but when someone breaks the locks at night and dumps a truckload of construction debris on the land (this happened twice four years ago), the City fines the Jacksons.

They are producing 7000+ lbs of produce a year and feeding 3000 people a month. The farm is also an educational center as well as a social magnet. Tonight, for example, there’s a workshop on soil health taught by high school students.

Now the Housing Preservation and Development Department wants to sell the lot to pay off a debt. The Jacksons have started gathering signatures (they want 1200) to send a petition to all their elected officials. They want HPD to sell one of its many other lots instead. HPD is trying to offer those other lots to the Jacksons but it would be weird to break the farm in half, and right now the double lot gives them the sun they need. The plants love it. The birds and the bees love it. The community loves it.

Please sign the petition to save the farm here: http://ow.ly/ivnZ

Further Reading:
The Daily News

Brooklyn Rescue Mission co-founder Reverend DeVanie Jackson’s speech from the Brooklyn Food Conference


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landslide community farm – pittsburgh, pa

Here’s another urban farm project to keep on your radar.

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Landslide is a Hill district based, not for profit, urban farm dedicated to being a free source of healthy food for the community. Landslide is a neighborhood and volunteer run project committed to sustainability and focused on mutual aid. We hold weekly open meetings run on consensus and regular work days for friends and neighbors to come down and volunteer with collective members. Continue reading

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