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New Farming Program Plants Scientific Seeds at P.S. 20


Students mixing new soil with old in front of P.S. 20. Photo by Rebecca Sesny.

“We have all sort of lost touch with where our food is coming from.”

By Rebecca Sesny
CUNY J-School
Dec 14, 2011

Excerpt:

The administration agreed in the fall of 2010 to create a new program with initial funding coming from the PTA. Local farmer Zachary Pickens and Madiba Restaurant, which has its own rooftop garden, agreed to partner with the school to create this class. Mr. Pickens began the program in the spring of 2011, teaching third grade classes about composting and worm growing. The children grew their own lettuce and the chef at Madiba Restaurant came in to teach them how to make salads with their vegetables.

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Pet Tree Vertical Eco Planting System for Urban Farming with Limited Space

Tuvie design of the future

Designer : Dr.Hakan Gürsu

Pet Tree Vertical eco planting system has won Green Dot Awards and International Design Awards for its ingenious system. It utilizes re-used PET bottles by structuring these bottles into a unique tree-like shape that features an innovative water circulation system that collects rainwater while allowing drop irrigation. This system promotes reusing plastic bottles to reduce plastic waste in our environment and at the same time it’s a great solution for urban organic growers.

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Victory Garden stories from “An archive of British WW2 memories”

Written by the public and gathered by the BBC

A selection of letters:

Edinburgh allotments
By Elizabeth Gray

At the beginning of the war I was registered as a botanist at Edinburgh Botanic Gardens.

I was enlisted as a gardens allotment volunteer and would go round advising people how to grow food. The same thing happened in the 1914-18 war. Ground was dug up and made into allotments at Blackford hill and Inverleith Park and round about the Meadows in the heart of Edinburgh.

Most folk in Edinburgh weren’t gardeners and we showed them what to do. There was a limited number of seeds and plants and I used to take some seed from my own garden to give to people.

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