The Urban Farmer

Author : Curtis Allen Stone
Genre : Gardening
Publisher : New Society Publishers
ISBN : 9781771421911
Type book : PDF, Epub, Kindle and Mobi
File Download : 306 page

There are twenty million acres of lawns in North America. In their current form, these unproductive expanses of grass represent a significant financial and environmental cost. However, viewed through a different lens, they can also be seen as a tremendous source of opportunity. Access to land is a major barrier for many people who want to enter the agricultural sector, and urban and suburban yards have huge potential for would-be farmers wanting to become part of this growing movement. The Urban Farmer is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else's). Major benefits include: Low capital investment and overhead costs Reduced need for expensive infrastructure Easy access to markets Growing food in the city means that fresh crops may travel only a few blocks from field to table, making this innovative approach the next logical step in the local food movement. Based on a scalable, easily reproduced business model, The Urban Farmer is your complete guide to minimizing risk and maximizing profit by using intensive production in small leased or borrowed spaces. Curtis Stone is the owner/operator of Green City Acres, a commercial urban farm growing vegetables for farmers markets, restaurants, and retail outlets. During his slower months, Curtis works as a public speaker, teacher, and consultant, sharing his story to inspire a new generation of farmers.

Farm The City

Author : Michael Ableman
Genre : Business & Economics
Publisher : New Society Publishers
ISBN : 086571939X
Type book : PDF, Epub, Kindle and Mobi
File Download : 144 page

Farm the City is an introduction to the principles, methods, and realities of starting an urban farm derived from the success of Sole Food Street Farms, one of the largest urban agricultural enterprises in North America. Covers navigating regulations and finding land, to crop planning, fundraising, marketing, and more.

Food And The City

Author : Jennifer Cockrall-King
Genre : Social Science
Publisher : Prometheus Books
ISBN : 9781616144593
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File Download : 265 page

A global movement to take back our food is growing. The future of farming is in our hands—and in our cities. This book examines alternative food systems in cities around the globe that are shortening their food chains, growing food within their city limits, and taking their "food security" into their own hands. The author, an award-winning food journalist, sought out leaders in the urban-agriculture movement and visited cities successfully dealing with "food deserts." What she found was not just a niche concern of activists but a global movement that cuts across the private and public spheres, economic classes, and cultures. She describes a global movement happening from London and Paris to Vancouver and New York to establish alternatives to the monolithic globally integrated supermarket model. A cadre of forward-looking, innovative people has created growing spaces in cities: on rooftops, backyards, vacant lots, along roadways, and even in "vertical farms." Whether it’s a community public orchard supplying the needs of local residents or an urban farm that has reclaimed a derelict inner city lot to grow and sell premium market veggies to restaurant chefs, the urban food revolution is clearly underway and working. This book is an exciting, fascinating chronicle of a game-changing movement, a rebellion against the industrial food behemoth, and a reclaiming of communities to grow, distribute, and eat locally.

Grow Your Own

Author : Angus Stewart
Genre : Gardening
Publisher : Allen & Unwin
ISBN : 9781760639709
Type book : PDF, Epub, Kindle and Mobi
File Download : 264 page

Urban environments require specific techniques to optimise growing conditions for plants. Two leading experts in horticulture and soil science teach the reader how to grow their own food-from the ground up-in this authoritative, accessible, generously photographed guide. Grow Your Own provides simple step-by-step methods and information enabling the average city dweller to grow food plants at whatever scale their time and resources permit and no matter their location, be it suburban backyard or apartment balcony. Some of the many topics covered include creating the best environment for growing (influenced by water/temperature/light/air quality), setting up the soil; fertilisers, compost and worm farms; choosing crops (annual/perennial/heirloom/modern); propagation, planting and maintenance; pest and disease management; seed saving; rooftop spaces and vertical gardens; and integrated urban farming including bees and poultry.

Farm City

Author : Novella Carpenter
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Publisher : Penguin
ISBN : 1594202214
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File Download : 290 page

Chronicles the adventures of a woman who turned a vacant lot in downtown Oakland into a thriving urban farm, complete with chickens, turkey, bees, and pigs.

Growing Better Cities

Author : Luc J. A. Mougeot
Genre : Agricultural assistance, Canadian
Publisher : IDRC
ISBN : 9781552502266
Type book : PDF, Epub, Kindle and Mobi
File Download : 119 page

Accompanying CD-ROM also has titles in French and Spanish.

The Urban Farm Handbook

Author : Annette Cottrell
Genre : Gardening
Publisher : Skipstone Press
ISBN : 1594856370
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File Download : 0 page

CLICK HEREto download the chapter on "Growing Strategies to Maximize Garden Space" fromThe Urban Farm Handbook * More than 150 sustainable resources for the Pacific Northwest * More than 90 basic home-production recipes * 75 black-and-white and 35 full color photographs * Up-to-date information on Seattle-area urban farming permits and policy Is that . . . a goat in your garage?! It might be if you've been readingThe Urban Farm Handbook: City-Slicker Resources for Growing, Raising, Sourcing, Trading, and Preparing What You Eat. In this comprehensive guide for city-dwellers on how to wean themselves from commercial supermarkets, the authors map a plan for how to manage a busy, urban family life with home-grown foods, shared community efforts, and easy yet healthful practices. More than just a few ideas about gardening and raising chickens,The Urban Farm Handbook uses stories, charts, grocery lists, recipes, and calendars to inform and instruct. As busy urbanites who have learned how to do everything from making cheese and curing meat to collaborating with neighbors on a food bartering system, the authors share their own food journeys along with those of local producers and consumers who are changing the food systems in the Pacific Northwest. Organized seasonally, this handbook instructs on: > How to maximize space for planting a variety of fruits and vegetables > Small-animal husbandry and beekeeping > Canning, drying, freezing, fermenting, and pickling techniques > Grinding grains for flour and other uses > Tips for creating a farmer-to-consumer connection > How to form a "buying club" with neighbors > "Opportunities for Change" steps to follow And so much more!

Urban Farming

Author : Tamara Thompson
Genre : Young Adult Nonfiction
Publisher : Greenhaven Publishing LLC
ISBN : 9780737768688
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File Download : 122 page

This edition includes a variety of articles on urban agriculture. Articles discuss urban agriculture as a viable solution to food insecurities; the economic sustainability of urban agriculture; the impact of urban agriculture on specific groups, such as women in developing countries; and the future of urban farming. Includes primary and secondary sources from a variety of perspectives; eyewitnesses, scientific journals, government officials, and many others.

City Farmer

Author : Lorraine Johnson
Genre : Gardening
Publisher : Greystone Books Ltd
ISBN : 9781553655190
Type book : PDF, Epub, Kindle and Mobi
File Download : 256 page

Celebrates the innovative and inspiring ways that ubran dwellers are reimagining our cities as places of food production. Original.

Farming Cuba

Author : Carey Clouse
Genre : Architecture
Publisher : Chronicle Books
ISBN : 9781616893248
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File Download : 192 page

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Cuba found itself solely responsible for feeding a nation that had grown dependent on imports and trade subsidies. With fuel, fertilizers, and pesticides disappearing overnight, citizens began growing their own organic produce anywhere they could find space— on rooftops, balconies, vacant lots, and even school playgrounds. By 1998 there were more than 8,000 urban farms in Havana producing nearly half of the country's vegetables. What began as a grassroots initiative had, in less than a decade, grown into the largest sustainable agriculture initiative ever undertaken, making Cuba the world leader in urban farming. Featuring a wealth of rarely seen material and intimate portraits of the environment, Farming Cuba details the innovative design strategies and explores the social, political, and environmental factors that helped shape this pioneering urban farming program.