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Agriculture & Food

Instead of a Golf Course, a Farm is the Centerpiece of a New North Carolina Subdivision

Farming in the Subdivision

The feature amenity of Wetrock Farm, with 141 home sites, will be a 15-acre sustainable farm managed by professionals. Organic fruits and vegetables will be grown at the farm, which will host a farm stand and space for educational and recreational programs.[read more]

A Spatial Overview of the Nature of Cities

April 23, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Cities, Nature, and Space

Cities fragment the landscape that they occupy. If that landscape was not already transformed by agriculture, the fragments may contain remnants of natural ecosystems. The sustainability of these relatively pristine ecosystems is dependent on their size, shape, and connectivity to one another.[read more]

How Food Waste Costs Our Cities Millions

Urban Food Waste

 

It would take farm land the size of Mexico just to grow the amount of food that humans produce, but do not eat, every year. More food goes uneaten at the consumption phase of the supply chain—in places like homes, restaurants and cafeterias—than at any other stage.[read more]

Riverside Food Systems Alliance Aims to Get Results from Local Food and Agriculture Policy

Local Food Policy

When consultant Richard Conlin attended the inaugural GrowRIVERSIDE conference, he talked to people about the many ideas involving Riverside’s Greenbelt that never materialized. Conlin, who has long helped stakeholders hammer out policies, offered to help make some of these ideas a reality.[read more]

How to Communicate the Importance of Sustainable Food and Agriculture

Riverside Sustainable Food

How to set up local foods and healthy eating projects in low-income neighborhoods, and the importance of local and sustainable food and agriculture. An interview with Riverside, California City Council Member Andy Melendrez.[read more]

Healthy Riverside Initiative Emphasizes Local Food, Looks to Make County #1 Place to Live in U.S.

Healthy Riverside

Local food and agriculture is a major component of the Healthy Riverside County Initiative, designed to assist residents of Riverside County, California live healthy lives. It began in 2011, when the Riverside County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution to encourage all county departments to support healthy lifestyles.[read more]

10 High Schools That Teach Hydroponics and Aquaponics as Sustainable Urban Agriculture

This is a classroom?

Hydroponics and aquaponics are an important part of sustainable agriculture, especially in space-scarce urban areas. Numerous high schools recognize the bright future of hydroponics and aquaponics, and as a result include it as part of their curriculum.[read more]

Urban Farming Ramps Up in Sacramento with Passage of New Ordinance

Local Ordinances and Urban Farming

Food and agriculture activists have something to celebrate this year in Sacramento, California. On March 23, 2015, the City Council passed an urban farming ordinance that paves the way for food security and an inner city agricultural economy.[read more]

Women in Food: Audrey Arner Sees Diversity as the Key to Soil and Water Health

Diversity and Health

Minnesota farmer Audrey Arner believes in the strength of diversity, which is why she worked over time in order to transform a Minnesota farm from a two-crop base of corn and soybean rotation back to its previous, more natural roots of polyculture.[read more]

No Green Without Blue: Riverside Public Utility Emphasizes Water Conservation in Urban Agriculture

Urban Farming and Water Efficiency

The City of Riverside, California is committed to being green, but city officials know that in order to do this, Riverside must also be blue. And with the recent announcement of the state’s first-ever water restriction, it’s fair to say the city is ahead of the curve.[read more]

Singapore Urban Farm Design Looks to Engage Active Seniors

Urban Farming in Singapore

Imagine a senior living environment based on the hanging gardens of Babylon — a place rich with lush vegetation and beauty, but in a way that doesn’t place any additional strain on a city’s budget. In fact, it could be crafted as a way to grow the local economy. That’s the vision of SPARK Architects’ Wai Wing Yun.[read more]

Barn2Door Looks to Connect Farmers and Buyers Across the USA with a Mobile App

Networking Farmers

The Seattle direct-to-consumer marketplace Farmstr, which launched in 2013, is no more. But founder Janelle Maiocco has launched Barn2Door. Maiocco, who was followed to Barn2Door by several Farmstr colleagues, will apply lessons learned from her time at the helm of Farmstr to her new business venture.[read more]