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Urban Farming

More people around the world are taking a look at urban farming, which offers to make our food as "local" as possible. Urban agriculture is the practice of cultivating, processing, and distributing food in or around a village, town, or city. Urban agriculture can also involve animal husbandry, aquaculture, agroforestry, beekeeping and horticulture. Growing what is needed near where people live decreases the food transportation costs and improves available fresh produce. Urban farming can add greenery to cities, reduce runoff and create awareness of local food.

Urban agriculture, including its economics, successes and challenges, will be the topic of a free Web-based seminar being offered at 2 p.m. June 27. The programs are designed for research, teaching and extension professionals and practitioners engaged in work related to the Northeast regional food system.Register for "Urban Agriculture -- Economics, Successes and Challenges: Research, Outreach and Education Implications for the Northeast" online. For more information, contact Singh-Knights at 304-293-7606 or dosingh-knights@mail.wvu.edu.

Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where "the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys."

Urban Farming Takes Root, The Boston Globe, June 21, 2014 - Small-scale growing has the potential to create jobs, clean up blighted landscapes, and improve neighborhood residents’ access to fresh, nutritious foods.

Fort Wayne Officials Work to Create Urban Farming, timesunion.com, June 15, 2015 - The city's community development department is working on a project to create urban farming within the city, starting with a pilot project in the Renaissance Pointe neighborhood, formerly known as Hanna-Creighton.

Urban Farming's mission is to create an abundance of food for people in need by supporting and encouraging the establishment of gardens on unused land and space while increasing diversity, raising awareness for health and wellness, and inspiring and educating youth, adults and seniors to create an economically sustainable system to uplift communities around the globe.



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Marharishi World Peace Vedic Organics, located in Marharishi Vedic City, Iowa, is working with establishing markets for organically grown products in grocery stores, restaurants, the Fairfield-Cedar Rapids-Des Moines corridor, as well as major grocery chains.

The USDA Valued Added Producer Grant was instrumental in getting their operation going from a working capital point of view during their first year of 2003-2004. The VAPG allowed them to grow from one small hoop house to a 540’x98’ (51,840 square foot) greenhouse in 2004. By 2008 they had to expand to another 25,920 feet to accommodate demand for their organic, grown-in-round vegetables.
Marharishi World Peace Vedic Organics can be reached by phone: 641-469-7010, by email: mayor@marharishivediccity-iowa.gov, or by mail: 1973 Grand Drive, Marharishi Vedic City (Jefferson County), IA 52556.


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