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The Pros and Cons to Raising Chickens in the City

After almost two years of raising chickens in the city, I would say we know the ins and outs pretty well.

Over the years we've lost and gained birds.  We've taken in birds from our friends, hatched chicks in an incubator, hatched chicks with a broody hen, given away birds, and butchered birds. All that experience has enabled me to amass quite the list when it comes to city chickens.  So, hold onto your seats, cause away we go!

The…

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Added by Meredith Skyer on November 19, 2013 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Beeswax Candles

 

 

One of the benefits of having a bee hive in the backyard is “free” beeswax. We’ve been gathering our wax for several years, working out a way to clean it sufficiently. After some experiments, Mark bought a colander from Goodwill, lined it with an old tee-shirt, and melted the comb down over a pan of boiling water. When he lifts the colander, the hot wax streams through the fabric and cools on the surface of the water. Voila! A disc of clear beeswax!  The disc lived in the…

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Added by Charlyn on March 10, 2013 at 3:36pm — 5 Comments

Composting at the university

Firstly, sorry my bad English. I am Brazilian, and here only a privileged few can use English fluently. = (

Well, I would like to relate my experience with composting leftovers from the restaurant at my university!

The project is done by students volunteers, and there is no leaders. We rely on the help of an employee of the university that gives much value to the project (he is on the photos). Each one is responsible for performing activities in one day a week, and when…

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Added by Évellin Keith Da Collina on February 5, 2013 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

From the Group Up - Where We Are

What is From the Ground Up?

From the Ground Up is a documentary project that provides an inspiring look at gardeners in three cities, juxtaposing these modern urban farmers with the original Victory Gardeners who during WWII grew food in backyards, on balconies, any wherever they could.  At their peak, these gardeners yielded 40% of the produce consumed in the US. Today a Sacramento teacher and her young sons “take on City Hall” to fight for…

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Added by Kristi Adams on November 2, 2012 at 6:42pm — 1 Comment

Potato Harvest

            It’s been warm and sunny, but the light has shifted to golden and the potatoes are ready to be dug.  After lunch, I gather the wheelbarrow, six paper  bags, a water bottle, and a few hand tools and headed down the street to the second  garden.  Three raised beds are covered with dried, crunchy old potato vines. I push them aside, plunge my hands in, and haul out a huge red potato, followed by three or four small ones, pop them  into the bag, and move onto the next…

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Added by Charlyn on September 18, 2012 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

Growing in the City: Garden Theft & Garden Love

This morning we experienced the low point of growing food in the city, as our intern saw a few men walking away with handfuls of our garlic, which is about five months old.

We haven't had much produce theft so far, but it's always a little frustrating when it happens. I guess we don't have to worry…

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Added by Aliza Ess on April 13, 2012 at 3:47pm — 3 Comments

Who is an urban farmer? Sneak peek video!

Our latest video featuring urban farmers from across the country + stop motion vegetables.  Stay tuned for full trailer coming in April!

Added by Growing Cities on March 22, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Baltimore Chickens: Week 3 update

My friend Carey took this photo! These are three week old meat breed chickens. You can see the chickens at a week old on this earlier blog post.

My gentleman was amazing over the…

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Added by Aliza Ess on March 12, 2012 at 8:13pm — 4 Comments

Local food movement in NV victory over University's attempt to re-zone & sell/develop urban farm land

Excerpt from Nevada Farm Bureau newsletter:

Hectic Week Of Engagement With Issues:  The week, just concluding, turned out to be a full week of activity with a number of opportunities to communicate Farm Bureau policy to those who need to be aware of what Nevada farmers and ranchers think.  During the Feb. 21st public forum at the University of Nevada, Reno, (UNR) Nevada Farm Bureau and a number of Farm Bureau members joined a full-fledged turnout by…

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Added by Kimberly Phipps-Nichol on February 27, 2012 at 3:41pm — No Comments

HoneyBea Farm, the Beginning

HoneyBea taste-testing the garlic

Welcome to HoneyBea Farm. We are a small urban farmstead with just over an acre, a couple…

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Added by Jen Garrison on January 26, 2012 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Inspiring Quotes from Five Urban Farmers



Check out these inspiring quotes from our interviews with urban farmers across the country…enjoy!

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Will Allen, Urban Farmer Growing Power, Milwaukee, WI…

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Added by Growing Cities on January 20, 2012 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Oh, what a year for Growing Cities!

The end of 2011 marks a year of production on Growing Cities for Dan and I (Andrew)!  We feel so fortunate and pleased to be working on this film and can’t wait to have a final product to show everyone.  Although there is a long road ahead to reach that point we’ve really come a long way in twelve months. From dreaming of the open road and planning the itinerary last winter, to the road trip this summer, to a three-month stay in San Francisco transcribing the film – we have experienced and…

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Added by Growing Cities on December 21, 2011 at 11:04am — 2 Comments

Accidental farmers: Back to the Roots

Neither Alex Velez (pictured above with Andrew Monbouquette) nor Nikhil Arora had any idea how to grow food before they met. But in the past couple of years the two cofounders of Back to the Roots have become known as “the mushroom guys” for figuring out how to grow oyster…

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Added by Growing Cities on November 16, 2011 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Work in progress: Little City Gardens

Brooke Budner and Caitlyn Galloway (above with Dan) want nothing more than to make their living as farmers. Since last year they have tried to do just that, tilling the three-quarter acre lot tucked in the southern part of San Francisco that they call Little City Gardens.…

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Added by Growing Cities on November 4, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Chickens: Pet or Food Product?

 

So on our Baltimore foodmakers discussion board, there was a conversation between several people who own city chickens. Some love their birds as pets, and have adopted them from shelters and feed the eggs to their dogs for feed supplements or to friends. Others view their birds as livestock and have no…

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Added by Aliza Ess on July 13, 2011 at 5:00pm — 11 Comments

Boone Street Garden Update

 

For those of you new to my posts, my friend Cheryl and I have started a community garden and urban farm in Baltimore City. This link will take you to the early March section of the blog that shows us meeting with the…

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Added by Aliza Ess on June 15, 2011 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Urban Terrace Gardening recommendations

I'm about to sign a lease on a new apartment which has a significant terrace. (Such a luxury for NYC!) I'd love your recommendations on books, sites, etc. about planning a perfect terrace garden. Thanks!

Added by Jay Geneske on May 29, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The SWAT team invades our radish harvest! Only in Baltimore....

Yes, you got that right, the SWAT team! We sure had an interesting day picking our first harvest at the Boone Street community garden and urban farm!



Here I am with our first vegetable harvest of white and red radishes. That's Lolita, one of the neighbors and frequent garden visitor standing next to…

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Added by Aliza Ess on May 13, 2011 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

Seedling Mistakes

This is cross-posted from my blog www.wolfandfinch.wordpress.com. I am starting a series on the various mistakes I'm making as I set up my urban homestead in Vancouver BC. Lots of fodder as I've started my seedlings!

 

http://wolfandfinch.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/new-post-series-mistakes/

Added by Caitlin Hertzman on April 5, 2011 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Have You Met: Jerry Hebron?



This past summer, I decided I wanted to spend more time in Detroit doing some urban gardening. I called up the volunteer coordinator of the Greening of Detroit to find out about volunteer days and she sent me to the Oakland Community Garden on the north end of the city. There I met Jerry Hebron, who…

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Added by Cara Rosaen on March 28, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

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