A 2013 Urban Agriculture Expo will be held on April 20th, 2013 at the Sabathani Community Center in Minneapolis, MN. The Expo will be from 9:00am - 1:30pm, with educational seminars beginning at 9:30am. This event is for those who currently have an urban farming enterprise, are considering starting one, are supporters of urban farming, or are just curious to learn more. No preregistration is required for the event. There is suggested donation of $5 to attend.
The 2013 Expo will include three different topic categories; growing topics, business topics, and people topics. The growing topics will...Read More
In spring 2012, Stone's Throw Urban Farm in Minnesota received an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant to explore different ways in which cover-cropping could improve depleted, urban soils while also fitting into the management requirements of a small farm.
At this event, they will be explaining their cover cropping goals, experimental design, and initial ruminations. Then, they hope to enter into a broader discussion regarding soil fertility challenges and potential solutions for urban agriculture and small-scale vegetable production in general.
PLACE: Peace Coffee, 3262 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis...Read More
The University of Minnesota Extension, the Minnesota State SARE program, and the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture havecome together again to host a bus tour of urban agriculture in the Twin Cities area.
The tour begins and ends in rooms 140A and 140B in the Plant Growth Facilities building, 1552 Gortner Avenue, University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus. Check in begins at 8:30am.
The selected sites for this year’s tour will highlight urban farms that bring communities together through agriculture. These farms show a variety of types of urban farms including :teaching...Read More
This story features the Chicago Botanic Garden and information about their NCR-SARE Research and Education Grant. Read more information about their grant project, on the online MySARE reporting system.
Source: Julie McCaffrey, Chicago Botanic Garden
GLENCOE, Ill. (May 7, 2012) – The Chicago Botanic Garden has done groundbreaking work as a result of a two-year grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The grant reaches...Read More
The news story below features three Twin Cities farmers who are merging and also planning to submit a grant proposal to the NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant program.
Source: Twin Cities Daily Planet
Three urban farms in Uptown, Phillips and Frogtown are merging to create a larger farm called Stone's Throw Urban Farms. The merger of Uptown Farmers, Concrete Beet Farmers (in Phillips) and Pigs Eye Urban Farm (Frogtown) most likely will become official by the end of October, with individual organizations dissolving and merging into one larger LLC, according to Concrete...Read More
Source: Pioneer Press
Nathan Schrecengost drives bushels of organically grown zucchini, potatoes and heirloom tomatoes six miles from his St. Paul croplands to the Lake Street farmers' market in Minneapolis, and if anyone claims his produce is more "local" than that, he'd like to see his odometer.
His four micro-farms are modestly sized, even by a hobby farmer's standards. Combined, they total three-quarters of an acre, in lots in and around St. Paul's heavily urban Frogtown neighborhood, known as the least green neighborhood in the city. And he's fine with that.
"So far, it's been...Read More
Source: USDA Blog
Kansas gardening projects and the USDA People’s Garden initiative were featured items during the Rural Rental Housing Association of Kansas (RRHAK) Annual Meeting. Aimee Omohundro from USDA Rural Development, David Coltrain from Kansas State University Research and Extension, Shari Wilson from the Kansas Association of Conservation and Environmental Education, and Terri Bradshaw from Homestead Affordable Housing discussed how to start a garden, rewards of gardening and how to get the community involved.
Terri Bradshaw, Director of Property Management for Homestead Affordable...Read More