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In Yonkers, floating garden teaches ‘urban farming’


Nia, left, and Ananda Klienberg of Yonkers explore the vegetable garden at the Science Barge on the Yonkers downtown waterfront during the Sunday arts and science learning program. Photo by Melissa Elian.

A small pool of goldfish swim under a planting area

By Dwight R. Worley
The Journal News
July 1, 2012

Excerpt:

The Science Barge, a floating greenhouse and environmental education center anchored in the Hudson River just north of the Yonkers Pier, welcomed visitors aboard Sunday for a tour and workshops on growing produce without soil, or hydroponic farming.

Director Robert Walters said the tours, with special workshops held every Sunday for children ages 4 to 10, are meant to encourage “urban farming.”

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Youth Farm and Market Project invites kids aged 9-24 to garden

Twin Cities youth project

Just as school rooms empty out for the summer, Twin Cities youth gather at local garden plots to harvest and market produce. Now in it’s 18th season, Youth Farm and Market Project invites kids aged 9-24 to learn about growing healthful food and develop community engagement.

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An estimate suggests nearly 80,000 farmers migrate to cities every year in India


Photograph courtesy of VMSRF, Bengluru.

Can urban farming supply the fruit and vegetables required for modern families?

By Dr.B.N.Viswanath
President, Garden City Farmers, Chamrajpet, Bengaluru

Excerpt:

In Bengaluru, not very long before, when houses were independent with space all around, people used to grow vegetables in kitchen gardens at the back and ornamental/landscaped gardens at the front yard. As the so called development progressed, the land value increased, the land around the house disappeared and every inch is used for one or the other constructions. At present no place is there for the gardens. In the guise of development, agricultural land in and around the cities were compromised for industries. Large amount of peri-urban land is lost for industrial development. Bengaluru is just an example, but this is happening in almost all metros (cities) around the globe.

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