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Spain: Network of Community Urban Gardens in Madrid organizing short film festival “Humus Film Festival”

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See some of the short films received in last year´s competition.

Wanting to receive short films from gardens in cities around the world, to enrich this festival

By Alberto Peralta
Organizer Humus Film Festival
Next event: Mar 24-26, 2017

This festival welcomes all perspectives and approaches to urban agriculture, whether amateur or professional, from surrealist or poetic visions to humorous or realistic scenarios.

Looking people who might be interested in telling a funny, personal or surreal story about the garden and the city.

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December 8, 2016   No Comments

Minneapolis Kids Rap About Urban Agriculture

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(Must see video. Mike)

Remember that “Hot Cheetos & Takis” video featuring those cute Minneapolis kids from back in 2012, which got more than 14 million views on YouTube? From that same studio comes something a bit more grown up.

By Dan Nosowitz
Modern Farmer
December 7, 2016

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The nonprofit teamed up with Beats & Rhymes, a program also based in Minneapolis that allows kids to write and produce music in a professional setting, to create a the song and video for “Grow Food.” Using the same familiar touchstones—808 beats, Atlanta-style spooky bass lines, an array Grantland described as “a banger”—Beats & Rhymes has come up with a song that’s somehow both a plea to fight against food deserts and also pretty…good. Here’s the video.

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December 8, 2016   No Comments

Oakland urban farm honored for work with children

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Checking out some kale at the Acta Non Verba farm are from left, farm manager Kana Azhari, farm assistant Yesica Martinez, student Thomas, student Raquita and educator Katina Castillo. (Photo by Pete Rosos)

Acta Non Verba among groups recognized by James Beard Foundation

By Aziza Jackson
East Bay Times
December 2, 2016

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Tucked away in a corner of an East Oakland park, a farm nurtures children as they work together to grow food, with any profits set aside for their future education.

Acta Non Verba, Latin for Deeds Not Words, is one of 46 California food-centered organizations recognized by James Beard Foundation for their community work.

Acta Non Verba has served 3,000 children since its founding in 2011. The children ages 5 to 13 plan, plant, grow, harvest and sell food for a Community Supported Agriculture program.

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December 8, 2016   No Comments

Urbanfarmerz ECommerce for Backyard Farmers

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URBANFARMERZ is a Canadian social enterprise with global ambitions whose mission is to empower backyard farmers and urban growers around the world to GROW – FEED – SHARE of their bounty through our mobile eCommerce marketplace.

Indiegogo
Dec 2, 2016

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While municipalities have begun to actively promote urban agriculture, millions of current & aspiring backyard farmers have limited access to tools to help commercialize local market opportunities.

Our solution to these problems is The URBANFARMERZ eCommerce Marketplace, an Urban-Agro Community platform bringing buyers & sellers together for the fair, direct exchange of fresh local produce while disrupting traditional supply chain models.

The platform consists of (2) key components;

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December 8, 2016   No Comments

The Ultimate Guide to Urban Farming

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Just released – Sustainable Living in Your Home, Community, and Business

By Nicole Faires
Skyhorse Publishing
Published 15 November 2016

How to maximize your food production in an urban environment.

The idea of bringing agriculture into the city has been promoted by many on both sides of the political fence: proponents of sustainability and prevention of climate change as well as those who worry about government and social instability. To address the urgent need for a shift in the way our food is produced, The Ultimate Guide to Urban Farming offers a practical education in everything there is to know about city agriculture: how to grow a lot of food in any kind of urban living situation, from apartment to full-scale commercial venture.

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December 7, 2016   No Comments

UK: Entire family of rubber ducks that have gone missing from a community garden in Twickenham

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“We would like our Ducky back and are offering a reward for his safe return.

From: This is local London
Nov 31, 2016

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Julie Hill is enlisting the public’s help to find the group of “loved ducks”, which includes Ducky the yellow duck, a spotted duck and a tiny yellow duck who belongs to a little boy who has been upset since he went missing last week.

The spotted duck went missing six months ago.

Ducky, who went missing yesterday, was given to Mrs Hill by a friend four years ago and has a special place in the family’s hearts.

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December 7, 2016   No Comments

How an Urban Farm is Feeding L.A. County’s Homeless

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The farm will handily top its 2016 goal to send 6,000 pounds of food into the kitchen—one summer day alone, the harvest included 100 pounds of heirloom tomatoes.

By Mary MacVea
Los Angeles Magazine
Nov 30, 2016

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Eight miles from downtown, amid the warehouses and factories and railroad tracks of Bell, Corinne McAndrews plots out two rows of Purple Queen garlic. “I want to be part of a new way of thinking about urban agriculture,” she says of GrowGood, the farm she manages here. This isn’t a communal plot; it isn’t really a commercial one, either. GrowGood harvests food for people who are in no position to sort through the produce at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Spread over one-and-a-half acres of U.S. Army land that a few years ago, she says, was “void of biological life,” its dozens of varieties of vegetables and herbs and 50 fruit trees serve as the engine of GrowGood’s mission: sending its harvest to the large homeless shelter across the parking lot.

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December 7, 2016   No Comments

$440K grant awarded to UC Santa Cruz for sustainable urban agriculture practices research

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Dr. Stacy Philpott showed off insect samples.

“Urban agriculture is increasingly important in supplying food for urban residents yet we lack scientific and management information about how to enhance pest control, pollination and water conservation in urban gardens in order to improve food access,” said Philpott.

By James Herrera
Monterey Herald
11/30/16

Excerpt:

“Not only is the Central Coast a leading producer of fresh produce for tables across the nation and abroad, we’re also leaders in agriculture research,” said Farr in a press release. “During my 40-plus years in elected office, I’ve been a champion for increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables and for improving sustainable agriculture practices.”

Across the nation, populations in many urban areas is growing but many residents lack access to fresh fruits and vegetables. As a result, an increasing number of these residents are growing produce in urban gardens. This research will provide information to improve sustainable practices for urban agriculture including pest control, pollination and water storage.

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December 6, 2016   No Comments

The Greater Newark Conservancy helps inner city children get a nutritious diet

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Court Street Urban Farm. Land sits next to the Krueger-Scott Mansion, an 1888 landmark once owned by a city beer baron. We’ve been able to produce over 15,000 pounds of produce during the course of one growing season! Click on image for larger file.

The conservancy recruits teenagers from all Newark high schools as paid interns. They work 25- to 30-hour weeks in the summer and 10- to 15-hour weeks during the school year.

By Jane Primerano
NJ Spotlight
Nov 30, 2016

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Besides the Court Street farm, a larger parcel on Hawthorne Street functions as a community garden where residents lease their own plots. There are 200 4- by 8-foot raised beds that are leased by residents who pay $10 a year and receive $20 worth of seeds, according to director of Urban Agriculture Justin Allen.

Robin Dougherty, the executive director of the conservancy, said the not-for-profit group would love to expand the reach of its Urban Agriculture program, but an economic boom in the city may present difficulties.

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December 6, 2016   No Comments

Terrace gardener in Bengaluru, India

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Kiran grows custard apple, rose apple, water apple, jamun, passion fruit, fig, yellow and red dragon fruits, grapes, papaya, carambola (star fruit), avocado, banana, orange, lemon, sapota (sapodilla), pomegranate, apple ber, guava and five varieties of cherry.

By Seema S Hegde
Deccan Herald
Nov 18, 2016

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Meet Kiran C Pattar. A believer in unconventional education, he has been practising terrace gardening for the past seven years. Kiran has a garden of about 400 square feet on his terrace, where he grows 25 varieties of fruits. He uses empty paint buckets and large containers to grow fruits and vegetables. He has also constructed beds for the plants using bricks, all by himself. Since he believes in the “do it yourself” attitude, he started to build the brick structures on his own and completed them successfully. He says, “It was really a fulfilling experience, although it took me quite a lot of time to complete.”

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December 6, 2016   No Comments

Tasmania: Students living with disability hone skills through volunteering in community garden

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The students visit supportive accommodation units once a week to maintain the garden. (ABC Northern Tasmania: Fred Hooper)

“For people with a disability I guess to actually master something that you can do — and you can do well — is really exciting,” Ms Jacobs said.

By Fred Hooper
ABC Northern Tasmania
Nov 30, 2016

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“It was actually quite natural to bring them out into the community so they can use the skills they’ve learnt at school in the community garden for the benefit of other people.”

One of the students working on the vegetable patch was Nathan, who said he enjoyed planting, weeding and watering the garden.

“I work in the garden school, I’m very clever,” Nathan said.

“I’m digging a hole and then I pull the plant out of the container and then put it in the hole and then put the soil back in and then put some hay or something around it and then it’s done.”

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December 5, 2016   No Comments

Wales: This Gardener Regularly Grows 100-Pound Vegetables

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Phillip who is one of 13 children, cultivated his green-fingered wizardry in the family garden.

From Great Big Stories
and Wales Online – David Owens
(Must see. Mike)

Growing up in a family of 13, Phillip Vowles learned to appreciate the effort it took to feed all his brothers and sisters. So when he started harvesting his own crop, he decided to supersize his venture. As Phillip says, “big vegetables feed big families.” Today, his giant veggies top-out at over 100 pounds and can feed more than just a few families.

“I’m retired now but I spent a life in farming after leaving school,” he said. “I was made redundant and then became a self-employed gardener, so you could say it’s in my blood.”

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December 5, 2016   No Comments

AUPA PROJECT: ‘Urban Agriculture and Food Vulnerability’.

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By Thomas Ducrocq
INRA/AgroParisTech, UMR SAD-APT
Equipe Agricultures Urbaines, Paris

My work done on the impact of gardenning in the diet of gardeners comes from 5 comunity gardens (jardins associatifs) located in deprived neighbourhoods in Paris, France, and its close suburbs.

This work is the conclusion of the 1st year of the French part of the “AUPA: Agriculture Urbaine et alimentation des Populations Vulnérables (urban agriculture and food vulnerability)” project. AUPA is led simulteanously in Sevilla (Spain) and Paris by researchers from Fance (Christine Aubry, Jeanne Pourias, Thomas Ducrocq: AgroParisTech/INRA) and Spain (Raul Puente Asuero and Ana Zarandieta-Jaen, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla).

This works explores two main topics:

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December 4, 2016   No Comments

U.S. Department of Agriculture Visits Indianapolis Urban Farm – South Circle Farm

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One official says there’s a growing interest at the federal level to improve food access issues with urban farming.

By Drew Daudeli
Indiana Public Media
November 25, 2016

Excerpt:

“This scale is just unusual,” Matthew says. “I feel like we’ve mined a lot of ideas, but there’s nothing like … I can’t go to a farm close by.”

U.S. Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Ann Bartuska says federal officials are taking an interest in urban farms, as evidenced by a speech given at the USDA earlier this year.

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December 4, 2016   No Comments

China’s CCTV News visits Singapore: Urban farming provides sustainable solutions

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“The edible garden certainly sounds like a good idea. But it’ll be difficult to develop bigger farms there, considering how small the country is. Is that right?”

Correspondent Miro Lu from Singapore
China CCTV News
Nov 28, 2016

Singapore produces very little of the food it consumes, but the city-state is now trying to become less dependent on food imports. Some people now want to make the garden city into an edible garden city, and they’re trying to teach more people how to grow their own food locally.

Link to more complete video story.

December 4, 2016   No Comments