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Online Courses in Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Sustainable Urban Horticulture


The University of Guelph, in partnership with the Royal Botanical Gardens, will be offering two new online certificate programs, beginning September 2010.

Sustainable Urban Agriculture (SUA) and Sustainable Urban Horticulture (SUH) consist of five online courses each. Courses run for 12 weeks and are based in the online environment – all that is required to participate is a computer and access to the web.

Study at home or at work; there is no need to travel to the University of Guelph campus. A course facilitator provides insight, expertise and feedback during the course. Courses are designed for adult learners with busy work and family lives. We want you to succeed!

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June 7, 2010   1 Comment

German Magazine Der Spiegel – Urban Farming – Grüner wird’s nicht

Ein Berliner Stadtgarten will Gemüseanbau mit Sozialgefühl verbinden. Landwirtschaft zieht in die Metropole – und bleibt mobil: “Nomadisch Grün” heißt das Konzept. Photo by Marco Clausen.

New York and Cuba do it first, Urban Farming has now arrived in Germany

By Von Daniela Schröder, Berlin
Der Spiegel

Article in German – Excerpt:
Translate it using Google here.

Hinter den Bürotürmen wandert die Frühlingssonne über den wolkenlosen Himmel, die Luft ist erfüllt vom Lärm des Feierabendverkehrs, es riecht nach Abgasen. Unter den Füßen spürt man das Vibrieren einer vorbeifahrenden U-Bahn.

Nur wenige Schritte entfernt rauschen Pappelbäume leise im Wind, der Duft frischer Kräuter hängt in der Luft, Kinder spielen zwischen Sträuchern und Pflanzenbeeten. Ein entspannter Nachmittag auf dem Land – und das mitten in der Metropole.

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Organic Urban Farming Demo by Ryan Rowinski at Michigan State Fair 2009

Part 1 of A detailed tour of the Organic Urban Demonstration garden by Michigan State University graduate, Crop and Soil Scientist Ryan Rowinski at the Michigan State Fair Sept, 2009.

Urban Farming at the Michigan State Fair

Anonymous poster
September 4th, 2009

We did our yearly caravan to the Michigan State Fair over the weekend. Myself, my husband, the four kids, my mother-in-law, and my brother-in-law go every year together, and Sunday could not have been a more perfect day. It was in the mid 60’s, partly sunny, and just generally beautiful outside.

While my favorite things have traditionally been the livestock and the agricultural exhibits, this year I was enthralled by the Great Lakes Gardens, an example of urban farming installed right on the Michigan State Fairgrounds. It was the creation of Ryan Rowinski, who is a graduate of the Michigan State soil science program, and donated his time, experience, and obvious green thumb to the Fair this year.

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