Continuing with Sustainability

Continuing with Sustainability

In my first blog post I talked about a number of topics including how to define sustainability. And thanks to the holidays I was able to clear a bit of head space to think a bit more about this post. The reason for defining sustainability, or the spectrum of sustainability, is so you can be […]

Urban Farming Meeting Imminent

Urban Farming Meeting Imminent

Well, our first urban farming meeting is taking place this Monday, Nov. 22.  The response has been great with 48 people confirming their attendance.  It’s actually a little more than we have room for, but its hard to complain about success! The interest in this meeting is encouraging as an indicator for the future of […]

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 […]

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 […]

More Land Thoughts

More Land Thoughts

After writing my last post I realized I was already trapped in the “give me give me give me” mind set and was neglecting what it is that urban arming can offer in return.  Realistically, for everything that urban farmers ask for they need to be able to give something in return. So when it […]

First Brainstorm

First Brainstorm

As I look into the future working groups that this project aims to facilitate I keep getting ideas and thoughts that I need to get written down before I lose them.  Which really is the whole point of this blog. I have lately been thinking about working group topics related to urban farming – what […]

Reading and Research

Reading and Research

Well, I am off and running with some research already. One of my focuses right now is finding literature on urban farming as a business.  Found a few good academic papers as well as some urban farmer websites.  I am hoping to be able to contact other urban farmers and get an idea of their […]

Deconstruction

Deconstruction

Well, I have started taking apart the sprouting system to store it for the winter.  It was the first time I had been out to the set up in a fgew weeks and it felt pretty strange to not be growing sprouts! As promised I have a video for you of me on my bike […]

A week without sprouts

A week without sprouts

Well, the sprout season is over and the downtime is nice.  But I am already looking ahead to next season.  My biggest challenge will be finding a piece of suitable land in the city for production.  I do have a few leads but still have some looking to do. I will also be making a […]

All done!

All done!

Well, that’s it.  The season is now over! 2500 bags of sprouts later! I am now about to get into writing about the project. It feels good to be done, but I am already thinking about next year.  I am still hoping to get a mechanical sprout harvester designed and built (though this is becoming […]