Wanted: Landmark urban agriculture project

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In many ways, Oregon is playing a critical role in the urban agriculture movement. The increase in demand of local food by city dwellers has led to the surging popularity of community-supported agriculture farms and farmers markets.

Leadership from organizations like the Food Alliance and Oregon Tilth has helped raise the profile of the region as a place to redefine the food supply chain. And platforms like CleanMetrics' food impact calculator and Ecotrust's FoodHub have expanded the reach and brand of Oregon in this space.

But with all that momentum in place, Oregon is missing one critical element: business innovation.

I've collected five projects from around the country that demonstrate the big ideas that are attracting funding in the newest phase of urban agriculture development.

What would it take to get a project of the scope and scale of one of these off the ground in Oregon? If you're already working on one, let me know.

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