Please take a minute to watch this fun new video about the launch of Farm City! Thanks!
We regret that we must cancel the screening of What’s Organic About Organic scheduled for tonite at 6:30p at 61 Local as part of the Chautauqua Assemblies. Community Cooking Club will honor all tickets at its next event on April 19, 2011. Stay tuned for confirmation that the film will be screened as part of that gathering. We regret any inconvenience that this late stage cancellation may have caused you. And, we hope to see you at all the other Chautauqua Assemblies coming up during the next few months. Thanks for your understanding!
- Urban Farm Business Planning 71% NO GIVE vs. 81% YES RECEIVE
- Urban Farm Financing Options, 86% NO GIVE vs. 78% YES RECEIVE
- Accessing, Leasing and Farming Land or Rooftops 81% NO GIVE vs. 76% YES RECEIVE
- Peer-to-Peer Knowledge Bank – Record Q and A for Future Reference = 81% in favor;
- Resource Library – Categorized Documents & Sites for Urban Farms (Like Enterprise Budgets, etc.) = 95% in favor
- Urban LandLink – Listing Shares, Rentals, Sales & Opportunities= 81% in favor; and
- Funding Opportunities – Tracking Grants and Investment Possibilities = 86% in favor
After using a very stripped down site appearance for the last 9 months — essentially announcing events — we felt the need to bring some order and organization to the many diverse projects now being organized under the FarmCity.US banner.
For instance, we now have a special home for Chautauqua, our new event series sparking populist education that aims to create community through food and vice versa — hosted by 61 Local Public House.
We wanted to make sure that members of the Reading Circle could find out next month’s book title without too much trouble.
The Urban Farm Business Initiative now has a place to call its own and it will be built out even more over the next few weeks.
And, we are linked more prominently to our partner-project sites at Slow Money NYC Meetup, Brooklyn Food Coalition and TheGreenest.Net blog.
In short, the “Farm City Forum” is going to really help organize all the discussions, events and information related to FarmCity.US.
Stay tuned for even more functionality as we install interactive calendars and member message boards to track peer-to-peer communications for projects such FC Reading Circle, Urban Farm Business Initiative and more.
Please feel free to leave a comment to let me know how the new look, feel and organization is working for you. We are always open to making improvements. Thanks
Derek and FarmCity.US Team
On February 22, 2011, Farm City Reading Circle kicked off the Chautauqua Assemblies at 61 Local with a discussion with author Michele Owens about her new book: Grow the Good Life: Why a Vegetable Garden Will Make You Happy, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise (Rodale 2011).
Kerry Trueman met Michele at the NOFA-NY conference and found out that her book was coming out on February 15, 2011. Timely! Thanks for Kerry’s inquiries and the generosity of Rodale Press, the club was able to get advance copies. And then, we contacted Michele Owens and she agreed to join our discussion. That was a pretty exciting way to start the Reading Circle. All told, we had about fifteen people huddled around one of the long tables in the bar.
The discussion was lively and thoughtful. We highly recommend Owen’s book. We agree with Rodale’s assessment: A lively, passionate argument for the backyard vegetable garden, drawing on science, history, and stories from the author’s garden.