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Truck Farm: Portland’s First Mobile Educational Garden

“One of my goals for Truck Farm PDX is to show people that growing food can be doable, fun and easy.”

By Chad Walsh
Neighborhood Notes
Apr 11, 2011


Late last fall, Tom Myers bought the farm—the literal kind, not the proverbial one. But it wasn’t your typical farm, either.

More accurately, he bought a white 2002 Ford Ranger. At the time, this truck served as his transportation to and from Abernethy Elementary School, where—through AmeriCorps and Northwest Service Academy—he teaches kindergarteners through fifth-graders sustainable gardening and nutrition classes, and he heads the school’s kitchen gardening program.

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Urban farming in St. Louis helps refugees cultivate community ties, careers

Mang Khan Zam, left, and Whitney Sewell transplant seedlings to their beds on the land they are farming on Folsom Avenue in St. Louis. The farm is part of the International Institute’s Global Farms Initiative that is designed to teach immigrants and refugees organic farming skills that they can develop into careers as farmers. Photo by David Carson.

“We’re trying to get them to eat familiar foods that they can grow instead of going to fast food places.”

By Doug Moore
SLT Today
April 15, 2011


The urban agriculture program, run by the International Institute of St. Louis, is one of 19 across the country that have been funded by grants from the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services. The grants this year total $1 million nationwide, with typical local awards of about $75,000.

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Now in Brooklyn, Homegrown Tobacco: Local, Rebellious and Tax Free

Audrey Silk, with Bingo, estimates she will save thousands of dollars by processing her own cigarettes. Photo by Chang W. Lee/The New York Times.

Ms. Silk, a retired police officer grows her own tobacco and dries the leaves in her basement.

By Manny Fernandez
New York Times
February 24, 2011


The cigarettes Audrey Silk used to smoke — Parliament Lights — are made at a factory in Richmond, Va. The cigarettes she smokes these days are made and grown in Brooklyn, at her house.

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Terra Nova Schoolyard Project in Richmond BC

School Children at class in the garden

Kristin Woodhouse
BCIT Magazine
April 14, 2011

Students in Richmond are learning about food production and sustainability, but it’s not in a conventional classroom.

The Terra Nova Schoolyard Project was founded in 2006 by Chef Ian Lai, an instructor at the Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver. Frustrated by his students’ lack of knowledge about how the food cycle works, he embarked on a quest to introduce children to where their food comes from.

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