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Cover Story “onearth” Magazine – Urban Farming in Africa

The Constant Gardeners – Confronting climate change and poverty, a new crop of city farmers comes of age in Africa

By Jocelyn C. Zuckerman
Onearth
November 23, 2011

Excerpt:

But as Njenga is happy to show me, they’re finding new ways to cope. We meet up with Catherine Wangui, a friendly 25-year-old sporting a newsboy cap, who tells us how, about four years ago, representatives of the French nongovernmental organization Solidarités International, which does emergency relief and reconstruction work around the world, came here and distributed old flour sacks to some of the women. They explained how to fill them with soil and rocks before poking holes in the sides and pushing in seeds.

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November 27, 2011   2 Comments

Trent University Students to Build Root Cellar

From the Field to the Cellar, to the Table

Trent Alumni Magazine
Spring 2011

Excerpt:

The construction, which will take 4-6 weeks, is just the first example of the opportunities for community building which the cellar will make possible.

The cellar will be constructed using sustainable building practices. The foundation and the walls will be made from compressed bags of earth and it will be built with a green roof. The green roof will offer insulation to the vegetables below and opportunities for educational programming.

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Urban farming: Students in Texas raise, show and sell livestock at local schools


Alex Kipple, 17, lets her lamb into one of the livestock pens at McNeil High School on Friday. Kipple and dozens of other McNeil students participate in the school’s FFA chapter, where the students learn about agriculture and are responsible for the care of their animals. Photo by Kelly West.

1,000 Texas Future Farmers of America chapters in public schools

By Andrea Ball
The American Statesman
Nov. 26, 2011

Excerpt:

The pigs are squealing, the chickens clucking, the lambs playing, the goats bleating, and the steers standing in their pen. It’s a typical morning at McNeil High School.

Livestock at school? In a part of Central Texas where people are more likely to work at Dell than run a farm?

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