Making a Living by Urban Farming

Making a Living by Urban Farming

As I started this project, one of my goals was to explore urban farming as a way of making a viable living in the city.  While viable means different things to different people, I would say it means generating enough income  to significantly contribute to one’s regular expenses, if not cover most of them.  Not […]

Urban Farming Shmooser

Urban Farming Shmooser

Well, I have been a busy body in the last while, meeting with all sorts of people and talking about urban farming.  So, what has happened: It looks like I have secured some funding for the urban farming working groups, though the exact amount is not yet determined.  I am hoping to generate more donations […]

First Urban Farming Meeting Scheduled!

First Urban Farming Meeting Scheduled!

Well, our potential urban farming network meeting is off and running.  We are scheduled for November 22nd – the first, of hopefully many, urban farmer get togethers. The past few weeks have been intense.  Besides reading and research, I have been meeting with lots of folks interested in urban farming.  I realized (and maybe I […]

Urban Agriculture Office in new US Senate Bill: Greening Food Deserts Act

Urban Agriculture Office in new US Senate Bill: Greening Food Deserts Act

This is some encouraging news in the US, which contrary to the perceptions of most Canadians, is usually much more progressive on sustainability issues then us conservatives here in Canada.  Obviously good for urban farming as well as community gardens and peri-urban farmers. Points from the Bill (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-4971): To increase the emphasis on urban agricultural […]

Organizational Planning for Urban Farming Network

Organizational Planning for Urban Farming Network

I think that many of the key challenges around building a successful urban farming movement/network have an organizational basis. One likely key to the success of urban farming is in developing and maintaining a cohesive organization to maintain relationships between farmers while simultaneously building opportunities for farmers and advancing the image of urban farming as […]

Defining Urban Farming

Defining Urban Farming

In order to ensure I stay on task I am going to develop a working definition of urban farming so as to track how my perspective on urban farming changes and evolves.  Accompanying the definition will be essential components of urban farming that should be considered as important aspects of the definition, though not within […]

Can’t keep up

Can’t keep up

I have so much information and so many ideas going through my head right now about what is happening in the world of urban ag. that I can’t keep up.  Let’s try to get some of them out here… 1. There is a good amount of literature coming around on urban ag., but much of […]