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Asphalt and Asparagus: Growing food in the city with Curtis Stone

He informed the crowd that he added another $5,000 into the business to top the season at over $65,000 in sales

By Javan
Permaculture BC
2011-11-24

Excerpt:

Victoria, BC. – Over 80 people came out to listen and ask questions of Curtis Stone, a Kelowna urban SPIN farming.

Curtis has been a practicing SPIN farmer now for over two seasons. In his first season a $8,000 investment yielded $20,000 in profit. This year he informed the crowd that he added another $5,000 into the business to top the season at over $65,000 in sales.

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November 24, 2011   2 Comments

Bangalore’s urban agriculture boom


Bangalore urban farming. Photo by Kimm St Thomas.

Bangaloreans are starting a movement to grow organic food for their families.

By Mari Marcel Thekaekara |
New Internationalist
Nov 25, 2011

Excerpt:

Before it hit the headlines in the mid nineties, as a high-tech international ‘IT city’, which Bangalored jobs from all around the globe, Bangalore was known as ‘India’s garden city’, a pensioner’s paradise. It was a charming little town, sleepy and laid back. Everyone took pride in their gardens. Even now, apart from the terrible infrastructure because the city couldn’t cope with the huge influx of people who flooded in to run the IT centres, the old parts of Bangalore town are still charming. Quiet, safe neighbourhoods filled with trees, flowers, cottages, tiled roofs, and nice old houses: generally a far nicer city than Mumbai, Delhi or Kolkata.

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November 24, 2011   1 Comment

Aspiring urban farmers can now apply for the Beginning Urban Farmer Apprenticeship program

“The amount of opportunities to get involved in small scale and urban scale farming surprised me.”

Multnomah County, Oregon
Multco.us
11/16/11

Aspiring urban farmers, listen up: Multnomah County, in partnership with Oregon State University Extension Service, is offering classroom training and hands-on, in-field apprenticeships with local farmers during an eight-month program in 2012.

The application period for the Beginning Urban Farmer Apprenticeship (BUFA), which is in its second year, opened on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The program provides season-long training for the next generation of beginning farmers who want to participate in small-scale, urban farming. Apprenticeships start April 4, 2012.

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Proposed Multilevel Elevated Urban Farm in Atlanta

Atlanta Artist and Arts Educator’s Design Selected As Semifinalist In Mayor’s Trinity Avenue Farm Design Competition

Press Release
By Meisha Card
Team Elevate

Atlanta, GA – On August 24, 2011 Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed along with City of Atlanta Officials, the University of Georgia and Wal-Mart Representatives announced an Urban Farm Design Competition to transform 0.8 acres of land located directly across from City Hall into a thriving demonstration farm. The farm would be a key component in the City of Atlanta’s Power to Change sustainability plan. Visual Artist Lillian Blades and Arts Educator Meisha Card responded to the call in designing an elevated urban farm they hope will serve as a center for sustainable farm education and a source of inspiration for individuals from all walks of life. They enlisted the help of The Epsten Group and Breedlove Land Planning to bring their design to life and collectively entered the competition as Team Elevate.

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November 24, 2011   1 Comment