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Farms in the City – Food Chain Radio #579

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Every week Michael Olson produces a segment of his news-talk radio show called ‘The Food Chain’, which can be heard as a podcast. Michael is the author of the award-winning book MetroFarm, a 576-page guide to metropolitan agriculture.

This week, in his 579th show named “Farms in the City”, Michael talks with Milwaukee’s Grow Urban, New York City’s Make Brooklyn Bloom, TUAN’s Jac Smit, and urban livestock guru Jennifer Blecha. “Six decades ago, farms began leaving the city for greener pastures.

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March 3, 2008   Comments Off on Farms in the City – Food Chain Radio #579

A Stake in Your Own Salad – Victory gardens revive World War II project, with a modern twist

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“Amy Franceschini is trying to nurture the victory garden concept back to prominence – this time with a 21st-century agenda. Ms. Franceschini, 37, is the architect of a San Francisco pilot project to revive victory gardens here and beyond. She recently secured $60,000 in seed money from the San Francisco government to pay for 15 backyard plots, with the hope of expanding the effort dramatically after 2008.

“In the next two years, Ms. Franceschini and Mr. Randall will hand-pick 15 people to be the initial victory gardeners. In keeping with San Francisco’s commitment to diversity, the gardeners will mirror the city’s ethnic, geographic and economic spectrum.”

Link to article by Scott Lindlaw of The Associated Press in the Dallas Morning News February 29, 2008.

Link to “Victory Gardens 2007+ ” a concept currently being developed by Garden for the Environment and the City of San Francisco’s Department for the Environment.

March 3, 2008   1 Comment

Shitake Mushroom Cultivation Training in Nepal

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Tika Aryal teaches farmers in Nepal how to grow mushrooms to improve their livelihood. His attached report describes his education program.

“In Nepal, mushroom cultivation began in 1976. Nowadays it is a fast growing business due to its high profit. Farmers can get output within one month from ‘pleurotus’ cultivation. Nepal is also a country where mushroom can be cultivated throughout the year under natural environmental conditions.

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March 3, 2008   48 Comments