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Urban Farm News Round-up

A closer look at urban farming news from around the world.

July 19, 2010

Missouri to set up urban farming committee and finance clean energy.

Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri signed two bills into law that will further the sustainability consciousness of the state. House Bill 1848 establishes the Joint Committee on Urban Farming that will investigate the expansion of urban farms and sustainable living communities throughout the state. A second bill, House Bill 1692, allows city and county governments to provide financing for energy upgrades through the Property Assessed Clean Energy program.
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Wisconsin urban farm grows tilapia and lettuce side by side.

Urban farmers in Racine, Wis., raise lettuce and tilapia in an abandoned warehouse using a no-soil, vertical, symbiotic system. By using treated fish wastewater to fertilize the growing lettuce, the urban farm estimates it can grow the same amount of food as 40 acres of land. Next to come: tomatoes.
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St. Louis urban farm wins nonprofit award.

As part of its contest to find outstanding nonprofit projects, Pepsi Refresh awarded $50,000 to St. Louis’ Gateway Greening, an urban farm run that trains people who are mentally ill, homeless or recently released from prison for jobs in landscaping and lawn care. The 2½-acre urban farm produces 9,000 pounds of food each year. 
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Michigan law allows sale of homemade products at farmers’ markets.

Farmers in Michigan will be able to sell products made in their home kitchens at farm stands and farmers’ markets without a special liscense or health department inspection thanks to two bills signed to law. The homemade products will require a label alerting consumers that the product was made in a home kitchen in addition to already required label information. 
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At-risk youth employed at New York urban farm.

A $34,000 grant will be used to employ at-risk youth in green jobs as part of the 2010 Summer Youth Employment Program in Binghampton, N.Y. As part of the program, the youth will be tending to an urban farm where an expected 3,000 pounds of produce will be grown and sold at local farmers’ markets.
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