New Report on Importance of Urban Farming

Touch the Soil News #1833 (Feature Photo – Tokyo, world’s largest city – By Morio – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,)   Historically, the global trend has been to expand cities, over the world’s best top soils. Many cities have ordinances prohibiting farming in the city. While it is hard to remove pavement and bring…

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Another Urban Farming Business Model

Touch the Soil News #1821 (Feature Photo  – Greenhouse Tomatoes – CCA SA 3.0 Unported, Mouh2jijel) Urban Ag News, brings the story of growing greenhouse vegetables for high-end clienteles. There is a trend for upscale resorts, restaurants and individuals that want to upgrade their food choices and quality. You can read the full story here: …

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Large Mall Embraces Rainforest, Secret Garden and Urban Farm

Touch the Soil News #1819 (Feature Photo  – 1 Utama  Mall – CCA SA 3.0 Unported, Cmglee) 1 Utama, is the 7th largest mall in the world. Weighing in at 5.6 million square feet (130 acres), the mall’s 713 stores are complemented by a rainforest, secret garden and urban farm. Customers can walk through the…

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Urban Farmers – Ratchet Up the Urban Food Focus

Positive Future News #926 (Feature Photo – Rooftop Farm – CCA SA 4.0 International) The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, just published a 10-point plant to boost food resilience in cities. While the article focuses on policies that cities can adopt, often times it takes local growers to promote the causes and build workable…

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Finding a Niche Farming Model – in a Progressive City Center

Positive Future News #918 (Feature Photo – Bonifacio Global City – Public Domain) The Manila Bulletin, brings us the story of how urban centers may be seeking a farm, instead of a farm seeking a place to be. The story is about a special urban development within the city of Manilla, on land that used…

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A National Urban Farm Strategy

Positive Future #871 (Feature photo – Urban Farming – CCA SA 4.0) Envisioning a national urban farm strategy, seems far a fetched, for a large nation like the United States. Where do you even start? However, for a small nation like Luxemburg – population 640,000 – in the heart of the European Union, you can…

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Manila, Philippines – Turning A City Into A Big Community Garden

Touch the Soil News #1753  (Feature Photo – Manila – CCA SA 4.0 International, John Cornett)    The Manila Bulletin reports efforts underway to accelerate the proliferation of urban food in Manila, a city in the heart of a metro area of almost 20 million people. The reason for the increasing attention to local and…

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U.S. Botanic Garden Coordinates Food Production at Public Gardens Across the Nation

Positive Future #804 (Feature photo – U.S. Botanic Garden  – CCA 3.0 Unported, Alma mater) To shore up food gardening in the U.S., The U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C. is reaching out across the nation to help promote urban food gardening. So far, they have made awards to 28 public gardens across the nation.…

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