Urban Farming:New Take on Old Business

Posted by Katharine Bradley on Mar 20, 2017 at the Dallas Business and Resource Information Network

Traditionally agriculture is a rural endeavor with the average farm size in Texas of 532 acres. While current agriculture trends show farm sizes growing and the number of farms shrinking, the number of ‘small’ farms is growing with urban and suburban farming programs and opportunities expanding.

Have you thought about farming?

The US Department of Agriculture offers some important considerations prior to getting started as well as an online urban agriculture toolkit. To start any farm whether, rural or urban, there are some basic business guidelines to follow for effective farm business planning.

But, knowing local regulations, zoning and perspective is a key part of researching feasibility, and the Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions has guides available online to help with getting started in the Dallas urban farming scene.

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How one Dallas nonprofit is expanding healthy food access, one community garden at a time

Dallas Morning News
Karel Holloway, Special Contributor
It’s not necessarily about the lettuce, tomatoes and carrots. In many ways, gardens are about the good they do for the growers and others. It’s about the community.
That’s what the leaders of community gardens say.

“We all eat. We all make food memories. It’s a very important aspect of who we are,” says Susie Marshall. That aspect of food is very important to the community. It breaks down walls and breaks down barriers.”

Marshall is founder and executive director of GROW North Texas, an organization promoting sustainable local food production and healthy food access. It, in turn, is part of the Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions, which has six programs to help reduce hunger in the Dallas area.

Urban agriculture — growing good food on bits of land in cities as a way of providing healthy food — also is part of the outreach.

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2016 Dallas Hunger Summit Video

Missed the 2016 Dallas Hunger Summit? Catch up here! Expert panels included the National Commission on Hunger, Child Hunger and Healthy Food Access.

Hunger Expert Discusses USDA Report on U.S. Household Food Insecurity

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released its report, “Household Food Insecurity in the United States in 2015.” The report shows a significant decline in the national food-insecurity rate, from 14 percent to 12.7 percent in one year, which means that millions more people throughout the nation now have access to food. Director of Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) Jeremy Everett was appointed by Congress in 2014 to serve for a year on the National Commission on Hunger, which was charged with providing policy recommendations to Congress regarding programs and funds to combat domestic hunger and food insecurity.

In this Q&A from Baylor University, Everett discusses the report, food insecurity in the nation and in Texas, and which campaigns and efforts are working to reduce the number of people going without meals.

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Major Accomplishments of the Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions 2016

The Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions was created in 2012. Learn about its measurable successes through collaboration and partnerships at this video link: