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UK: Disused Dundee bowling green could be turned into community garden producing food for local area

Lochee Councillor Michael Marra at the former bowling green.

“The local community will benefit hugely from this project by producing fresh nutritional food, becoming more physically active and receiving all the amazing perks of being outside.”

By Lindsey Hamilton
Evening Telegraph
April 21, 2018

Excerpt:

t’s proposed that the unused Lochee Park bowling green could be used in conjunction with the James Hutton Institute to produce a community-managed growing project.

It’s anticipated that food grown there could help alleviate food poverty and health issues in the Lochee area.

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April 26, 2018   No Comments

Canada: Struggling hands-on educational farm program connects seniors and youth in Vancouver

One young child laughs while holding a large bowl of kale he harvested himself. By Stacy Friedman.

More than 1000 urban youth have learned to plan, seed, harvest, pollinate and cook for their community. But the educational program that made it happen is in danger.

By Melanie Green
StarMetro Vancouver
Wed., April 25, 2018

Excerpt:

Vancouver—A 15-year-old program that helps seniors teach children how to grow their own veggies and cook what they’ve harvested could find itself withering on the vine.

Provincial educators are shifting toward experiential learning and say this project out of the University of British Columbia is exactly the kind of program they are looking for.

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April 26, 2018   No Comments

Urban Agriculture 2018 – 1st International Conference on Urban Agriculture and City Sustainability

9 – 11 October, 2018 – New Forest, UK

Wessex Institute
Ashurst Lodge, Ashurst, Southampton SO40 7AA, UK

Introduction

The aim of the Conference is to review and discuss ways in which urban agriculture can contribute to achieving sustainable cities.

As urban populations continue to increase it is essential to consider ways of reducing their impact in terms of use of natural resources, waste production and climate change.

The increasing number of people in cities requires new strategies to supply the necessary food with limited provision of land and decreasing resources. This will become more challenging unless innovative solutions for growing and distributing food in urban environments are considered.

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April 26, 2018   No Comments

Wood Pallet DIY Projects: 20 Building Projects to Enrich Your Home, Your Heart & Your Community

Several years ago when a friend asked Baltimore cabinet maker Stephen Fitzberger to build raised garden beds to teach Baltimore City children how to grow food, a novel idea was born.

By Stephen Fitzberger (Author), Diane Fitzberger (Author)
Fox Chapel Publishing
Jun 12 2018

He didn’t have funds for the project, so he used reclaimed wood from shipping pallets.

He started a company, Abba Woodworks, LLC, with the main objective of creating jobs and teaching skills to those who struggle finding an open door. “I realized that pallets from businesses around the city were great to use for training and making great re-purposed products while also keeping them from going to the landill. Win, win,” says Fitzgerald.

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April 25, 2018   No Comments

UK: London Red Double-Decker Urban Farm

Photo Matt Writtle.

The Farmbus is no regular red double decker: inside it’s a top-spec sustainable strawberry factory.

By Katie Strick
Evening Standard
Apr. 19, 2018

Excerpt:

The floors are lined with pot plants, tomato vines and coriander leaves. Hanging baskets swing from the handrails and the driver’s seat is blanketed in a green layer of mint, basil and thyme. Upstairs, the deck is filled with a fine, ultrasonic mist.

This is no ordinary double decker, though. This is the Farmbus, a new sustainable urban farm for the capital housed inside a converted red London bus. It opened last week at Mercato Metropolitano in Elephant and Castle, and it’ll be open throughout the summer as a pick-your-own farm and plant shop. The first batch of strawberries is expected in the next fortnight.

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April 25, 2018   No Comments

New York: Seeds Planted for Rooftop Gardens to Feed Midtown Needs

Much of the produce Inner City Farmer grows is donated to a women’s shelter and a church’s food pantry in Hell’s Kitchen. | Photo courtesy of Inner City Farmer.

A rooftop garden could provide numerous benefits — including nutritious food and job opportunities — for those who are homeless

By Dusica Sue Malesevic
Chelsea Now
Apr 18, 2018

Excerpt:

Winter, of Inner City Farmer and Mudd, of the Midtown South Community Council (MSCC), have partnered to help spread rooftop gardens in and around Midtown. Now entering its third season, Inner City Farmer grows thyme, tomatillos, and, yes, tomatoes on the roof of 205 W. 39th St.

Much of the produce — including collard greens, kale, carrots and all kinds of lettuces — is donated to the Dwelling Place, a homeless women’s shelter at 409 W. 40th St., and across the street to the food pantry Metro Baptist Church. Winter told this publication in a phone interview.

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April 25, 2018   No Comments

Canada: Principal live-tweets City Farmer wormshop for Grade 1/2 class


The principal of University Hill in Vancouver live-tweeted Andrea’s wormshop

City Farmer has provided wormshops to Vancouver schools for 25 years as part of our continuing effort to teach people about the value of recycling organic waste. The program is more popular that ever under the leadership of Andrea Lucy.

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April 24, 2018   No Comments

Eco-friendly East Austin community turns homeowners into urban farmers

The community has its own custom organic farming program called Whisper Lettuce.

Culture Map
4.17.18

Excerpt:

For those who just want to sit back and watch their garden grow, go with the Complete Care subscription. The Lettuce team will weed, service, and harvest each garden to ensure a bountiful harvest year after year. Produce grown in backyard mini-farms can be kept by the homeowner or returned to the network for “credits” that are good toward subscription prices.

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April 24, 2018   No Comments

How Assata’s Daughters Is Helping Chicago Bloom By Empowering Black Urban Farmers

The grassroots organization is planning to offer free produce to neighbors all summer.

By Tonja Renée Stidhum
Blavity
Apr 18, 2018

Excerpt:

Assata’s Daughters, a Chicago nonprofit grassroots organization, has always been here for black folks — particularly black women, evidenced by the Rekia Boyd case and beyond. In addition to advocacy, the organization offers three ongoing, free community programs that assist Chicago’s Washington Park neighborhood.

One is the community garden. Per the Daughters’ official website, “the community garden program highlights self-sustainability as an integral part of black liberation. Located off of King Drive in Washington Park, the garden provides us with the opportunity to engage youth and local community members in learning about the basics of gardening, land conservation, food justice and the importance of self-sustainment as a tool of resistance.”

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April 24, 2018   No Comments

How African cities lead: Urban policy innovation and agriculture in Kampala and Nairobi

Francis Ndolo on his farm in Landless estate, Kiambu County. He makes a huge income from urban farming. (Photo:James Wanzala/Standard) See here.

While advocacy for urban agriculture is common globally, what is not clear is under what conditions local advocacy produces policy uptake and change.

By Christopher D. Gore
Science Direct
13 April 2018

Abstract:

City governments in sub-Saharan Africa have historically been beholden to national governments. Lack of national urban policies and tensions between national and city governments are common. Yet, for decades, research has identified small-scale innovations at the urban scale. Rarely, however, are policy innovations in African cities so influential as to lead national governments to scale up city based actions. This is particularly true in sectors that have been the dominant purview of central governments. This paper examines how citizens, civil society organizations, city governments and national bureaucrats in two cities of East Africa – Kampala and Nairobi – have interacted to produce policy innovation in agriculture.

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April 23, 2018   No Comments

Big Muddy Urban Farm residency program gives young farmers a place to grow

Big Muddy Urban Farm residents.

“I want to begin to coach people how to grow their own food,” Salem said. “I will teach them you don’t have to be wealthy to eat healthy.”

By Chris Peters
Omaha World-Herald
Apr 16, 2018

Excerpt:

You could call it “The Real World: Farmer Edition.”

That’s how the aspiring farmers jokingly refer to Big Muddy Urban Farm’s 11-month residency program. From January through early December, they share a renovated Gifford Park home with the nonprofit’s executive director, Brent Lubbert, who lives in the basement.

“I guide to make sure that everything is happening and there won’t be a total failure, but to a certain extent, you learn from your failures, so I don’t impose too much if I don’t need to,” Lubbert said.

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April 23, 2018   No Comments

Philly’s urban gardeners are under siege from gentrification. Here’s what they’re doing about it.

John Lindsay and James Seward stand with fresh produce from Wiota Street Community Garden, which was saved by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority last year. Margo Reed/Staff File Photo

“There’s a sense of frustration that the Land Bank isn’t really up and running yet,” she said.

By Samantha Melamed
The Inquirer
Apr 16, 2018

Excerpt:

few years ago, Elmira Smith and her Kensington neighbors got tired of looking at the vacant lot on their block, an overgrown tangle of weeds and trash, and decided to take action.

So, they did what good neighbors do. They pitched in, filled dozens of trashbags and held volunteer days to build beds and plant flowers on what it turned out were actually three adjacent, long-abandoned parcels. It took two seasons to get the grass going, but they eventually had a plush emerald lawn.

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April 22, 2018   No Comments

It all starts with a seed… How food grows

By Emily Bone (Author), Sally Elford (Illustrator)
Usborne Publishing Ltd
1 Aug. 2017

This stylish book explains how almost everything we eat grows from seeds – including flour, rice, carrots and even chocolate. Beautifully illustrated pages show root vegetables snug in the soil, plants with crunchy leaves and lots of different fruits.

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April 22, 2018   No Comments

Philippines: Davao City agri to refurbish rooftop garden

DAVAO. In a bid to make it into an ideal agri-tourism destination, the City Agriculture’s Office is set to refurbish the rooftop garden at the City Hall Annex Building along Pichon St. (SunStar file photo)

“We cannot just tell everybody to have an organic urban garden at home when we don’t have it here. That’s why we have this model garden to show them that it’s doable even with limited space,” he added.

By Jennie P. Arado
SunStar
Apr 13, 2018

Excerpt:

The 250-square meter (sqm) roof deck garden, located on the roof deck of the City Agriculture’s Office building along Pichon St., was first launched December of 2016. During the launching, invited guests saw the different organic vegetables, herbs, and spices grown in the garden.

During an interview with CAO head Leo Brian Leuterio, they target the refurbished rooftop garden to look like a homestead. Within the 250-sqm total area of the rooftop garden, they are going to allot a 50-sqm space intended for a specialized homestead, which Leuterio said will hopefully create the impression to the visitors that urban gardening is doable and that space is not a limitation to do gardening.

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April 21, 2018   No Comments

Preparing a community garden to honor local families affected by opioid crisis

The garden will be located on Evergreen Street, Rochester. (WHAM Photo)

Families who have lost someone to drugs will have the opportunity to get a plot of the garden, as a way to memorialize their loved one.

WHAM
April 14, 2018

Excerpt:

Rochester, N.Y. – On Saturday, many volunteers began creating a community garden on an empty plot of land, that was once a haven for drug users, until the City of Rochester chose to bulldoze the abandoned house.

Volunteers were cleaning up the site on Evergreen Street in preparation for that garden, which is meant to honor those who have died from drug overdoses and give hope to those struggling.

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April 21, 2018   No Comments