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‘Crates to Plates Garden’ In Columbia, Missouri

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Outside of Lucky’s Market in Columbia you will find dozens of milk crates filled with vegetables and plants.

For eight-weeks during the summer, low income high school students will be employed to attend garden based classes

By Courtny Jodon
Connect Missouri
Mar 15, 2015

Excerpt:

Outside of Lucky’s Market in Columbia you will find dozens of milk crates filled with vegetables and plants.

Saturday, it hosted the first-ever Crates to Plates Garden work day. During this work day, volunteers in the community lined milk crates, filled them with soil and planted the garden’s first seeds. Members of the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture helped volunteers install the milk crate garden.

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March 27, 2015   No Comments

A massive online conference (for FREE) about home grown food

Home Grown Food Summit 2015, Apr 6-12, 2015

25+ speakers giving over 30 presentations on all different aspects of producing healthier food from your home.

Mike Adams – NaturalNews.com
8 Reasons You Are Insane If You Aren’t Growing Some Of Your Own Food

Toby Hemenway – Patternliteracy.com
Permaculture Guilds: The Building Blocks For Food Forests

Paul Wheaton – Permies.com
Gardening Without Irrigation

Joel Karsten – StrawBaleGardens.com
Straw Bale Gardening

Marjory Wildcraft – GrowYourOwnGroceries.com
How To Produce Half Of Your Food In Your Backyard In Less Than An Hour Per Day

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March 27, 2015   No Comments

Urban Agriculture in Cuba: Parts One and Two

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Growing more food in cities improves biodiversity, air pollution, green space, public health, food literacy, community engagement, employment prospects and urban regeneration.

By Alice Claydon
Landscape Institute
Mar 6, 2015
Alice Claydon is one of three Student Travel Award 2014 recipients. She recently visited Cuba to investigate urban agriculture.

Excerpt:

During my trip I discovered some of the secrets to the success of Cuba’s urban agricultural movement:

1. State support: Over forty government departments are dedicated to every aspect of low carbon organic food production providing support, training and research. Learning how to grow food is entrenched in education from nursery school upwards. Schools, hospitals and elderly care homes all have organic gardens which teach people how to grow and prepare healthy food. Widespread political propaganda also re-enforces the message that self sufficiency contributes to national security.

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March 27, 2015   No Comments

Rooftop Urban Agriculture Centre Opens on a Shopping Mall in Bangkok

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Siam Green Sky.

Chulalongkorn University has invested about 5.6 million baht to turn the 1 rai rooftop space of the seven-storey Siam Square One shopping mall into an urban agriculture learning centre.

By Karnjana Karnjanatawe
Bangkok Post
Mar 26, 2015

Excerpt:

“We will expand the green project to cover a total of 28 rai of space in and outside buildings belonging to the university in the future,” he said. Siam Green Sky is segmented into three zones. First is an innovative area consisting of a solar cell system for farming, a demonstration room showing how to produce fertiliser from organic waste and gardening plots for growing herbal, decorative plants and rice.

The second zone shows plants from many countries while the last zone is an easy-care garden for those who do not have much time, but want to plant vegetables.

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March 26, 2015   No Comments

Community Gardener finds 1984 Harrowsmith Magazine with article about City Farmer

harrowsmith1984012Cover of 1984 issue.

Red Celery in the Sunshine talks about setting up City Farmer’s gardens in the backyard of the Vancouver Energy Information Centre, near Maple Street and Sixth Avenue … where it still is!!”

By Maureen Temme
Webkeeper: Community Gardens London, Ontario
March 25, 2015

Excerpts from her blog “Saving the world in my spare time”:

Now, if you follow these columns, you’ll have heard me mention – thank – Michael Levenston for articles I’ve run across on his site City Farmer. City Farmer must surely be Canada’s longest running urban agriculture website, and even non-profit (1978!): City Farmer, Canada’s Office of Urban Agriculture.

The article I just ran across is titled Red Celery in the Sunshine, and is from Harrowsmith, April/May 1984.

The article talks about urban agriculture, biodynamics, food in the community, the importance of living soil, volunteers … all the things some of us are trying to get across to some people today!

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March 26, 2015   No Comments

Profile of an Urban Homesteader in Corvallis, Oregon

Profile of an Urban Homesteader from Cooking Up a Story on Vimeo.

As an urban homesteader—she was chosen in 2012 as 1 of 7 “Homesteaders of the Year” by Mother Earth News

By Rebecca Gerendasy
co-founder
Cooking Up a Story
Food.Farmer.Earth.
March 2015

Excerpt:

As Charlyn Ellis explains in the video, she grows a variety of fruits and vegetables on her property and tries to stay within a 100 mile radius of her home to meet her family’s year-round needs. Everything she grows is eaten on a daily basis: “the soft fruits, the herbs, the lettuces, [and] the greens”. In winter, she augments what she needs at other farms, her CSA and at the farmer’s market. Often she eats what’s in season because that’s when foods are fresh and local, and when they’re out of season—like apples from Chile, she feels they don’t taste as sweet, so she says “why bother”?

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March 25, 2015   No Comments

Sacramento City Council approves urban farm ordinance

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Yada Yisreal, 8, and Tirtsah Yisreal of Yisreal Family Farms tend to their family’s half-acre of vegetable garden in October. The Yisreal family is at the forefront of the urban farming and sustainable agriculture movement, which was aided Tuesday by Sacramento’s City Council passing a city farming ordiance. Andrew Seng Aseng@Sacbee.Com

In a 6-1 vote, the city effectively opened the door to minifarms

By Marissa Lang
Sacramento Bee
03/24/2015

Excerpt:

In a 6-1 vote, the city effectively opened the door to minifarms on private properties and in vacant lots that would be able to sell produce out of urban farm stands, despite reservations from some council members about urban beekeeping and how urban agriculture may affect those who live close to the new farms.

The new ordinance enables city residents to grow and sell food directly from their properties and offers tax incentives to landowners who allow their properties, including vacant lots in residential, commercial, industrial and manufacturing zones throughout the city, to be turned into minifarms. The farms would be restricted to 3 acres.

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March 25, 2015   No Comments

Mushroom Mini Farm Sold in Whole Foods, Home Depot

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What started as curiosity about urban farming has turned into a passion for “undoing food”

From Back to the Roots website:

In a college class, we learned that mushrooms could grow on recycled coffee grounds. After watching hours of how-to videos and turning our fraternity kitchen into a big science experiment, we eventually decided to give up our corporate job offers to instead become full-time mushroom farmers. What started as curiosity about urban farming has turned into a passion for “undoing food” and reconnecting families to it through fun, delicious and sustainable “ready to grow” and “ready to eat” products.

What type of mushroom does the Mushroom Mini Farm grow?

Our mushroom mini farm grows gourmet Pearl Oyster mushrooms. They’re commonly found in Europe and Asia and are used increasingly in a variety of cuisines for their velvety texture, smooth taste, and dense nutrient content.

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March 24, 2015   No Comments

Will Brixton City Farm in the UK be a reality?

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Brixton City Farm day by Liam N. Cohen.

The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG), a charity which supports and represents community managed farms, gardens and allotments, has nearly 200 city and school farm members from across the UK, and an estimated 200 city farms and community gardens in development.

Written by Katrin Magnussen
Brixton Blog
March 14, 2015

Excerpt:

“It all started when I house sat for a friend who keeps quails in his kitchen. I got hooked,” Tamara Russell, the chair of Brixton City Farm tells Brixton Blog’s Shelley Phelps.

Russell is part of a group of local people who have been farming animals in their homes and gardens.

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March 23, 2015   No Comments

Six designs for urban agriculture products, including a two-hen chicken coop, a raised planter bed, and a multi-story worm hotel

Build your own using open-source designs by Aker

By Ben Schiller
Fast Co-exist
Mar 13, 2015

Excerpt:

Open source product development started with software. Now it’s spreading to hardware as well. Projects like WikiSpeed and WikiHouse show how distributed groups of people can refine new designs and create products with no decisive owner.

Another example of the trend: a new Denver-based company called Aker (pronounced “acre”). Aker has six new designs for urban agriculture products, including a two-hen chicken coop, a raised planter bed, and a multi-story worm hotel, and it’s prepared to give them away for free so people can develop their own versions. You can download the blueprints from the Aker website, cut your own pieces of wood using a CNC routing machine, and assemble yourself, just as if it were an IKEA product. It won’t cost you much more than the price of plywood.

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March 23, 2015   No Comments

City Farmer’s Cob Shed with Green Roof is 12 Years Old

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The outside layer of clay belonged to famous Haida artist Bill Reid

Sculptor, George Rammell, donated Haida artist Bill Reid’s clay. “The clay I provided belonged to Haida artist Bill Reid. It provided the form for many of Bill’s sculpture projects including the “Whale” at the aquarium, and the huge bronze “Spirit Canoe” at the Vancouver airport. I also used it for my bear track project where I had a Grizzly Bear walk over 15 meters of clay from which I cast the event. It’s great to know this clay, that has such a history on the Coast, now forms the surfaces on your project.”

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March 22, 2015   No Comments

Urban agriculture a possible solution to United Arab Emirates (UAE) food needs

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Dewa’s garden in Al Quoz, above, has a plot with more than 400 vegetables. Courtesy Dewa.

Dr Rashid bin Fahad, the Minister of Environment and Water, said continued reliance on traditional agricultural practices would not resolve food supply challenges.

By Emmanuel Samoglou
The National UAE
March 11, 2015

Excerpt:

ABU DHABI – Urban agriculture in the UAE has the potential to surmount the environmental obstacles it faces to provide fresh produce to residents, agricultural experts say.

The hot weather is the main problem for farmers, but staff at Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (Dewa) building in Al Quoz have successfully grown cabbages, tomatoes and cauliflower on the rooftop.

They use Green Mat, a subsurface farming medium that helps to conserve irrigation water. It is developed by Landex Green Environmental Solution in the UAE.

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March 21, 2015   No Comments

Urban and peri-urban agriculture in low-income countries

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Workshop held in Uppsala, Sweden

SLU Global
015-02-20

Excerpt:

About 30 participants from different parts of the world, researchers, students, practioners and policymakers, came together for a one day workshop in order to highlight, discuss and identify dilemmas and gaps in knowledge related to agricultural practice in and around cities in low-income countries. The workshop was held at Sunnersta Herrgård in Uppsala, in the close surroundings to the SLU Uppsala campus.

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March 21, 2015   No Comments

LED powered CounterCrop coming to kitchens in July

Successful Kickstarter campaign raised $132,911.

Features & Benefits

Sleek Design – It’s the modern way to grow your food. CounterCrop’s clean lines and industrial design make it look great on any kitchen counter. Whether you’re whipping up mojitos with fresh mint or cutting enough greens for an entire salad, your CounterCrop is a great conversation starter when hosting dinner parties too.

Clean, Controlled Growing – Forget the dirt. CounterCrop’s self-contained, advanced hydroponic system delivers water and light at just the right time. Not to mention, with indoor gardening, you won’t have to worry about inclement weather or outdoor pests destroying your food.

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March 20, 2015   No Comments

In Los Angeles, You Can Now Use City Land for a Free Vegetable Garden

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Instead of driving to the store to get quality produce, L.A. residents can now plant gardens sandwiched in between sidewalk concrete and asphalt.

By Adele Peters
Fastcoexist
March 11, 2015

Excerpt:

Four years ago, Ron Finley was given an arrest warrant for planting carrots. Finley, who lives in South Central L.A., was tired of driving miles to find healthy food, so he’d planted a vegetable garden in the small strip of city-owned land between the sidewalk in front of his house and the street, an area he was required to maintain. The problem? The city required a $400 permit to use it as a garden, which Finley didn’t pay.

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March 20, 2015   No Comments