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India: Gardening for nutrition in bastis (slums)

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Lady of a basti family holding her baby and showing the pumpkin she grew with pride.

“The mission of Urban Health Resource Centre is to bring about sustainable improvements in the health conditions of the urban poor by influencing policies and programmes and empowering the community.”

From their Facebook Page
Urban Health Resource Centre

Excerpt:

Slum families usually have very small houses. Therefore, they find it nearly impossible to grow enough vegetables to yield ample fresh produce to use for nutritious meals. Along with nutrition, growing plants provides confidence and a sense for making their immediate world more beautiful and natural.

Caring for plants gives a sense of well being in a place where it is most desperately needed With soft, attentive motivation and gentle perseverance, UHRC’s social facilitators encouraged slum families to grow vegetables that would thrive in their respective houses.

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June 28, 2017   No Comments

Canada: Community gardens uprooted after Manitoba Hydro ends leases

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Manitoba Hydro said new standards dictate the crown corporation must have access to corridors 24/7 in case of an emergency, and the gardens are an obstacle.

By Jeff Keele
CTV News
June 21, 2017

Excerpt:

For 40 years, Alex Kizuik and Marilyne Vandel have been growing their own fruits and veggies two doors down from their house at a community garden near Harrow Street.

“It’s great to be able to go outside, pick your lettuce, pick your onions, don’t have to go to the store,” Vandel said.

Alex Kizuik, a retired Manitoba Hydro worker, said they share the fruits of their labour with the neighbourhood.

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June 28, 2017   No Comments

Inside The Hawaiian Seed Bank – Figuring Out How To Store The Rarest Seeds On Earth

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Dustin Wolkis, NTBG’s seed bank manager.

‘We’re losing species right in front of our eyes’

By Alessandra Potenza
The Verge
Jun 21, 2017

Excerpt:

Visits to the seed bank at the National Tropical Botanical Garden begin with removing your shoes. The seed bank, on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i, is housed alongside NTBG’s collection of 80,000 dried plant specimens and rare botany books in a building that can withstand Category 5 hurricanes. It does have a vulnerability, though: pests. Funguses or bugs — like booklice — hiding in a visitor’s soles could threaten the collections. For the same reason, anything that’s brought into the building — office supplies, furniture, books — is frozen for two weeks.

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June 27, 2017   No Comments

Study says: Carbon reductions made possible by urban farming are much smaller than many had assumed

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It’s not apples and tomatoes that are responsible for most of the diet’s greenhouse gas emissions; it’s animals. Meat and dairy products contribute 54 percent of the American diet’s potential impact on climate change.

By Deena Shanker
Bloomberg
June 21, 2017

Excerpt:

There are many reasons to embrace urban agriculture. Greater access to produce could help improve the diet of city residents, and replacing pavement with soil could help abate water runoff, for example. But slowing climate change isn’t one of them. The potential economic benefits of urban farming are also less promising than proponents had hoped, the study found.

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June 27, 2017   No Comments

Alaska: Officials in Anchorage are taking steps to convert a blighted downtown property into an urban farm

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The 15-acre property in question is the former site of the Alaska Native Hospital.

Under the proposal from downtown Assembly member Christopher Constant, the area would first be tested for contamination, then potentially turned into an “urban agriculture center.”

By Zachariah Hughes
Alaska Public Media
June 21, 2017

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“The land’s been sitting fallow,” Constant said. “At this point my personal hope is that we’ll do something positive with that land. Let’s put in a farm. And I’m not talking about a garden, I mean a farm.”

Constant would like to see the area grow produce like herbs or greens that can easily be brought to markets and restaurants in Anchorage. One of the eventual goals of the farm idea is creating training and employment opportunities for people living in nearby shelters or on the streets.

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June 26, 2017   No Comments

Africa: Nursing assistant starts community garden in Gambia

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Victoria Smith and Saikou Gibba dig to plant a cassava near the at the Bwiam General Hospital in Gambia.

Gambia is one of the poorest countries in Africa, she said, because of scarce resources like water and electricity.

By Rory Wilbur
Des Moines Register
The Record-Herald
June 20, 2017

Excerpt:

On a day-to-day basis, she has worked on starting a garden at the hospital. The 90-meter garden is the first of its kind in the district to grow its own food for patients and the community.

Resources are very limited in the area, fruits and vegetable are difficult to find. Typically, most meals in Africa consist of white bread or white rice. Smith said it’s her mission to improve the health conditions of the country despite the limited resources.

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June 26, 2017   No Comments

Philadelphia: Thomas Paine Plaza will transform into a big urban farm in 2018

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PHS will bring a temporary urban farm to Thomas Paine Plaza, similar to this pop-up garden that was set up at in 2011 at 20th and Market. Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

The produce produced from the farm will be donated to Broad Street Ministry, a non-profit organization that serves the homeless.

By Melissa Romero
Curbed Philadelphia
JUN 20, 2017,

Excerpt:

Goodbye, larger than life Parcheesi pieces, hello 2,000-square-foot urban farm: Next summer, the Thomas Paine Plaza in Center City will be transformed into a large community farm that’s estimated to produce about 1,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) was just awarded a $300,000 grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage to create a “Farm for the City” at Thomas Paine Plaza, across from City Hall. The plaza is well-known for its 20-year-old “Your Move” art installation that features over-sized dominoes, chess and bingo pieces, and other game pieces scattered all over the plaza.

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June 25, 2017   No Comments

Cleveland Convention center plays host to urban farm

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More than 50 percent of the trash from the the Global Center for Health Innovation and the convention center was recycled in 2016

By Emily Bamforth,
Cleveland.Com
June 19, 2017

Excerpt:

Look out of some of the windows of the Cleveland Convention Center, and you’ll see greenery, dozens of chickens, lines of bee hives and three pigs.

It’s a sight that brings Clevelanders on their lunch breaks or enjoying downtown during the summer months peering over the top of the building from the mall above, trying to sneak a peek at the animals below.

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June 25, 2017   No Comments

‘Chicken lady’ farms in Rogers Park, Chicago, despite neighbors’ gripes

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Moah’s Ark owner Mo Cahill, of Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, will face a judge over a noise ordinance following protests over the years from neighbors about her chickens. (Alyssa Pointer / Chicago Tribune)

“I ate my beloved Whitey Bulger,” Cahill said later, when asked whether she will consume named chickens. “I love them, but they’re still chickens. This whole thing is still about food.”

By Gregory Pratt
Chicago Tribune
June 19, 2017

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Accompanied by her “director of security,” a Victorian bulldog called Biff, Mo Cahill opened the back door of a baby-blue truck she keeps in her backyard as a makeshift chicken coop.

Out streamed galline citizens of Moah’s Ark, a small urban farm on the 1800 block of West Touhy Avenue in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Cahill, 62, has about two dozen chickens and three roosters, who mostly live in the 1993 Chevy suburban or a smaller coop on a plot she owns two lots over.

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June 24, 2017   No Comments

Family of four farms in San Francisco

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Photo: Kathleen Duncan, The Chronicle.

Jamie Chan and her husband Blas Herrera have an urban farm in their backyard where they grow their own food, raise chickens and harvest honey from their beehives.

By Kat Duncan
San Francisco Examiner
June 18, 2017

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Later that morning, students streamed eagerly into the homestead to learn about growing their own food, raising chickens, harvesting honey and even got their hands a bit dirty. They potted small plants to take home with them, hugged chickens, and asked questions about homesteading within city spaces.

“The bigger benefits of urban gardening of any kind, in a container or in the ground, is that it can build community and send a message to people about what we value,” Chan said. “We can become ecological stewards in this new generation of concrete and landfills.”

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June 24, 2017   No Comments

Brazil: Public action and networks around Urban Agriculture in Sao Paulo, Montreal and Toronto

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Work in progress: Documentary about urban food systems in Brazil, Canada and France.

Thesis – Redes, Ideias E Ação Pública Na Agricultura Urbana: São Paulo, Montreal E Toronto. São Paulo 2017

By Lya Cynthia Porto De Oliveira
Public Administration and Government Study Center, at Getulio Vargas Foundation, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Paper is in Portuguese.

Abstract:

This thesis deals with an analysis of different Urban Agriculture (UA) models of public action. The theoretical model adopted is the cognitive analysis of public action, based on Pierre Muller and Yves Surel, and the actor-network theory by Bruno Latour. The purpose of the thesis is to understand the relationship dynamics between ideas, organizations, networks of action and results in the field of UA public action.

The results are understood as basic services for Urban Agriculture, that were defined according to the literature analysis in this field, and it can be offered by state and/or civil society organizations. Based on the literature review of 21 different cities, four different types of public action were identified.

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June 23, 2017   No Comments

Jack Jack’s Coffee House the ‘catalyst’ for Urban Farming on Long Island, New York

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Both Jim and Rosette visited the church, where they agreed to take over 10,000 square feet of land and create their Lawn Island Farms.

By Nicholas Esposito
Greater Babylon
June 18, 2017

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Cassandra Trimarco, a physician assistant, who is a frequent customer at Jack Jack’s, was beyond excited to see the flier, being someone who was interested in growing her own food, but was restricted land-wise.

“I would grow little basil in cans, but that never worked out,” she said laughing.

After reading the ad she called immediately.

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June 23, 2017   No Comments

A Plan Takes Root: Brockton Urban Agriculture (Massachusetts)

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The Brockton Planning Department recently released a report that it commissioned to examine the conditions for urban agriculture in Brockton, concluding that the city is fertile grounds for small-time farming

By Marc Larocque
Enterprise
June 16, 2017

Report By Andrew Kilduff and Tim Tensen
Conway School of Landscape Design
Winter 2017
(Must see. Mike)

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Cholakis, a faculty member at the Conway School. “But there’s a huge opportunity to use urban agriculture to bring people together, revitalize neighorhoods, make strong community connections and engage the schools. The most potential benefit is in that social and educational aspect.”

Brockton City Hall officials signed a contract worth up to $7,000 for the Conway School to conduct the study.

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June 23, 2017   No Comments

Goats Clean Up Parks and Educate Communities on Urban Farming

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Due to their unique digestive systems, goats are able to consume invasive weeds without redistributing any of the seeds in their excrement.

By Aine Creedon
Non Profit Quatrely
Jun 16, 2017

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Amy Weaver, owner of Five Fridges Farm, says the most surprising outcome of the project has been the community support that has erupted. Over the past few years, the goats have become a big hit with local residents, which flock to visit the hard workers cleaning up their parks.

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June 22, 2017   No Comments

Philippines: Millennials told to use ‘Farmville’ expertise in own urban gardens

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Sioco said the disinterest of the young people toward gardening nowadays could also be attributed to the loss of knowledge transfer on planting and agriculture.

By Jasper Y. Arcalas
Business Mirror
June 15, 2017

Excerpt:

The CGC chief said his company is innovating ways to encourage the millennials to venture into organic urban gardening, one of which is rolling out convenient means of gardening through the use of latest available technologies in the market.

“What we do right now is that we continuously innovate to make it a lot easier for people to venture into urban gardening, like for the millennials,” he said. “We have two technologies working on right now: one is aquaponics and the second is barrel gardening.”

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June 22, 2017   No Comments