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Vermiculture, Windowfarming and Seedbombing workshop

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DIY Urban Agriculture Skillshare from Michael Zick Doherty on Vimeo.

DIY Urban Agriculture Skillshare

Carina Molnar from CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities partnered with DoTank:Brooklyn to make the event a success.

This event was focused on getting our hands dirty by sharing urban agriculture skills with the community to teach methods of physical action. Three activities were covered: Vermiculture (indoor worm composting), Windowfarming (indoor Do-It-Yourself hydroponic farming) and Seedbombing (guerilla beautification of abandoned lots).

Link here.

November 22, 2010   Comments Off on Vermiculture, Windowfarming and Seedbombing workshop

Salt Lake County Council Considers Urban Farming Tax Incentive

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Orchard Community Gardens.

Radio Report from KCPW

11.22.2010 by Elizabeth Ziegler

(KCPW News) The Salt Lake County Council is expected to approve an urban farming tax break proposed for the upcoming legislative session. But the move could shift $6 million of the county’s tax burden onto other property owners. KCPW’s Elizabeth Ziegler reports.

Listen to the report here.

November 22, 2010   1 Comment

Just Released! FoodWorks: A Vision of New York City’s Food System

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59 proposals including lots about urban agriculture!

City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn
Monday, November 22, 2010

On November 22nd, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn unveiled an 86 page, comprehensive plan that sets a bold vision for a more sustainable food system—a ground-to-garbage approach unprecedented in the history of our city. The plan, ‘FoodWorks’, provides a blueprint for addressing issues at every phase of the food system – from agricultural production, processing, distribution, consumption and post-consumption. The proposals focus on combating hunger and obesity to preserving regional farming and local food manufacturing to decreasing waste and energy usage.

Excerpts from speech announcing report release:

Right here at Food and Finance High School, students like Lazarus are learning how to build careers and improve our city by working with food.

They’re learning how to grow vegetables in an urban environment, how to cook healthy meals, and how to market and sell their products.

In the coming months they’ll even begin composting some of their food scraps. They’ll send that compost to the High School for Public Service in East Flatbush.

In exchange, students there will send back produce from their 10,000 square foot garden.

These young New Yorkers understand the tremendous potential of our food system. The proposals outlined in FoodWorks today will help our city follow their great example.

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November 22, 2010   2 Comments