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In the News: How We’re Imagining the Future of Urban Agriculture

By Talia Isaacson / April 6, 2021

In 2019, our director Anu Ranjarajan, and Molly Riordan, now an urban agriculture specialist with our program, published a report titled “The Promise of Urban Agriculture.” This report was drawn from data collected from a wide network of active urban growers was designed to further augment our Urban Ag project. Over the past two years,…

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Healthy Soil for Urban Farm Production: Building from Scratch

By Kyle Rittenburg / January 11, 2021

Thanks to a SARE-funded grant, a nonprofit Urban Farm in Binghamton, NY, was able to experiment with new ways of creating a vegetable production field from scratch.  As we all know, a robust regional food system is an important step toward becoming a more sustainable and equitable society. While rural agriculture is the backbone of a regional…

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Extension Plants Seeds for Urban Growth

By RJ Anderson / April 1, 2019

CCE Harvest New York urban agricultural specialists travel from their Brooklyn office by bus, subway and ferry providing educational programming and on-site technical assistance in all five boroughs for commercial vegetable growers and non-profits operating commercial urban gardens. From the rooftops of New York City to the weathered sidewalks of inner-city Buffalo, urban farms are…

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Growing Urban – a Lower West Side Story

By Kelsie Raucher / October 5, 2018

Two farmers are committed to providing the Buffalo, NY community with a variety of produce. By Lynnette Wright, New York FSA Public Affairs and Outreach Specialist A Perfect Blend  Prior to their partnership, Carrie Nader had been working the land since 2014. When she was growing up, she loved helping her grandfather tend his large…

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In Camden, a Hot Sauce is Helping Young Urban Entrepreneurs Fight Poverty

By Kelsie Raucher / October 5, 2018

A teen-focused entrepreneurial program in Southern NJ offers job training and education By Suzanne Cope Last fall, a half-dozen teenagers from the Southern New Jersey city of Camden brought hot peppers they’d grown in an urban garden to a rented industrial kitchen. Donning latex gloves, they de-seeded and chopped the chilies before adding them to…

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Mushrooms Are Fruiting in Philadelphia

By Tara Hammonds / January 10, 2017

One mushroom growing operation proves farming in the city is possible and profitable. by Molly R. Bucknum Most urban farmers have a tough time finding space to grow food. Location, high rent costs, and lack of infrastructure all make securing farmland in a city difficult. That’s why Tyler Case and Brian Versek of Philadelphia were…

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Growing Edible Forests as a Community

By Tara Hammonds / January 11, 2016

Communities across the United States are establishing food forests, also known as forest gardens, to ecologically grow perennial and annual foods, herbs and medicinals for free public harvesting. by Catherine Bukowski Community food forests serve multiple educational roles such as introducing people to alternative agriculture, forest ecology, food security issues, social justice, and food literacy.…

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Small Farm in the Big City

By Carli Fraccarolli / July 6, 2015

Closing the bad-food gap in urban communities. by Regina A. Bernard-Carreno My grandfather was an “urban farmer,” in the city of Georgetown, Guyana. He farmed to eat, to feed others, and to supplement his income as a worker in the Guyanese sugar estates.  He grew things out of necessity and scarcity. Whether he found pleasure…

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From Vacant Spaces to Vibrant Places

By Sarah Diana Nechamen / January 12, 2015

By Sean Cummings The Binghamton Urban Farm is a small market garden located on the east side of Binghamton’s downtown, managed by Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES) a small not-for-profit in the City of Binghamton. Our goal at the urban farm has always been to create access to fresh affordable food where there once was none.…

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Profit per Square Foot: Tackling Challenges Unique to Urban Farming

By Patricia Brhel / April 7, 2014

Many people dream of the simple life – growing their own food, maybe even making a living as a farmer – but bills need to be paid and it’s a long commute from the peaceable kingdom to the cubicle. Can you make a living while still living in or near a city? The answer is…maybe.…

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