Downtown Denver Gets Its Own Urban Farm

Touch the Soil News #1404 (Feature photo – Altius Growing Towers – courtesy of Altius Farms) The Denver Post journalist Joe Rubino reports on the Altius Farms’ new operating greenhouse in Downtown Denver. The 7,000 square foot greenhouse uses vertical towers to increase production slated for downtown establishments. You can read the full story here:…

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Pennsylvania – Picking Up Where the USDA Leaves Off

Touch the Soil News #1388 (Feature photo – Seal of the State of Pennsylvania – By Henrik – Own workBoat and plow from File:Flag of Pennsylvania.svg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7002778) For most of our lives, the larger arena of food and farming has been overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The State of Pennsylvania…

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Turning Unused Car Parking Lots into Urban Farms

Touch the Soil News #1362 (Feature photo – Biofilta Urban Farm – photo courtesy of Biofilta) Australian company Biofilta (https://www.biofilta.com.au/#/) is helping cities re-invent food in concrete jungles. Recently the company built an urban farm on top of a large parking garage in Melbourne, Australia. The South China Morning Post brings the story here: https://amp.scmp.com/lifestyle/interiors-living/article/3012990/how-urban-farms-could-solve-our-future-food-problems-and

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New York City Seeks to Use Vacant Lots for Urban Farming

Touch the Soil News #1358 (Feature photo – Urban Agriculture – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license – Arnoud Joris Maaswinkel) Curbed journalist Caroline Spivack brings us the story of New York’s city council seeking to develop every possible vacant lot owned by the city into some productive food garden. Part of the effort…

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Should Cities Buy Land and Zone the Land Agricultural?

Touch the Soil News #1337 (Feature photo – Urban Farming – CCA SA 4.0 International) The trend is gaining momentum – food, farming and food policy are being taken up by cities – often because national governments are ineffective in dealing with hunger and food security. SciDevNet reports that backyard farming is now key to…

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