Archinect - News 2014-10-24T08:04:12-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/107187789/can-urban-agriculture-work-on-a-commercial-scale Can urban agriculture work on a commercial scale? Alexander Walter 2014-08-22T18:23:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T09:59:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5e/5e5c13ee5d8a8ac44a3912d78a61c36d.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eating food that&rsquo;s grown locally and sustainably is a fantastic and increasingly popular idea, but it&rsquo;s also expensive. Producers tend to drown under marketing and distribution costs, and struggle to find retail channels for their products. To assume that urban farms can escape that trap because of their extreme proximity to consumers would be a mistake; getting food to consumers has proven a logistical nightmare for them as well.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/89062333/forget-golf-courses-subdivisions-draw-residents-with-farms Forget Golf Courses: Subdivisions Draw Residents With Farms Alexander Walter 2013-12-17T13:55:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T18:40:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e6/e6a10bcc855d8e309a29cd8aa16a8b23.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When you picture a housing development in the suburbs, you might imagine golf courses, swimming pools, rows of identical houses. But now, there's a new model springing up across the country that taps into the local food movement: Farms &mdash; complete with livestock, vegetables and fruit trees &mdash; are serving as the latest suburban amenity. It's called development-supported agriculture, a more intimate version of community-supported agriculture &mdash; a farm-share program commonly known as CSA.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/73053976/growing-fruit-activists-and-social-art Growing "Fruit Activists" and "social art" Nam Henderson 2013-05-13T13:44:00-04:00 >2013-05-13T13:45:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gc/gc6bz8mbpxw1w4ct.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The decision to go with &ldquo;edible art&rdquo; as part of a larger park renovation, rather than a standard mural, was seen as a way to foster residents&rsquo; participation, said Karly Katona, a deputy to Mark Ridley-Thomas, the local county supervisor.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Patricia Brown highlights&nbsp;the work of the group <a href="http://fallenfruit.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fallen Fruit</a>, particularly their recent&nbsp;installation&nbsp;of California's first public fruit park in Del Aire, outside Los Angeles. She also outlines a growing fruit-activist movement, who use urban agriculture as a way to explore issues of public health, public space and civic engagement.</p>