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“Dirt Simple” – Active Aerated Compost Tea for urban farmers in Victoria BC


Victoria’s Jared Skoreyko with new compost tea product for city gardens. Photo by Michael Levenston.

Entrepreneurs Jared Skoreyko, Steve King (science geek) and Rob Harris (logistics) have brought an active aerated compost tea to market.

By Jared Skoreyko
August 6, 2012

Dirt Simple, a new company in Victoria BC selling aerated compost tea, was started by me (Jared Skoreyko), Steve King, and Rob Harris. Steve had researched microbiology and aerated compost tea for years before he met me through our volunteer board positions with the local Cascadia Green Building Council branch. After numerous discussions and musings about what a great idea aerated compost tea is, and wondering why no one was doing it in Victoria, I decided to help translate Steve’s ideas into reality. Having built his own ‘urban farm’ with me, Rob decided to help finish the building of Steve’s aerated compost tea brewing system and, upon completion, we started ‘brewing.’ Now you can find us, Dirt Simple, and our products at various community markets around Victoria or online at dirtsimple.ca.

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August 7, 2012   1 Comment

Certificates in Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Horticulture

University of Guelph

Courses begin Monday September 10, 2012

The urban and suburban landscape is evolving. Urban dwellers have the desire to develop urban landscapes and grow food to support families, neighbourhoods and communities. Plant enthusiasts look to grow and maintain landscapes that are functional, offer sustainability and provide a strong aesthetic value in our urban environments.

The Certificates in Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Horticulture develop the potential for urban landscapes to be more than just aesthetically pleasing. Learn the strategies that allow your urban space – backyard, balcony or public lot – to become a destination for the growth of plants that is both sustainable and productive.

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Missouri Joint Committee on Urban Agriculture Releases Preliminary Report

“Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.”
– Letter from Thomas Jefferson to George Washington (1787)

Aug 6, 2012

Excerpt:

Letter from the Chairman Representative Jason Holsman

The following report was created through the collaborative efforts of many talented and dedicated public servants. The legislative work yet to be done will not be easy, but providing a sustainable, local source of food is paramount for the continuation of our society. Simply put, everyone has to eat. It is the most fundamental of human actions.

Farmers built our nation, but over the past century we have lost our connection to the land where our food is grown. Many children now live in food deserts where it is easier to obtain a bag of potato chips than a fresh tomato.

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Not All Philadelphians Embrace the Urban Farm


Mary Seton Corboy.

Mary Seton Corboy is pushing healthy food to the city’s poor, but they’re not biting.

By Jessica Goldschmidt
Philadelphia Magazine
Aug 6, 2012

Excerpt:

Mary Seton Corboy isn’t a sociologist. She is or has been a lot of things: seasoned farmhand, chef, urban agriculture pioneer, political science grad student, biodiesel enthusiast. But she is not, she tells me repeatedly, a sociologist: “If you really want to know what’s going on, you can’t sit in a think tank. We’ve been on the ground floor of this stuff a long time. All we see is what’s in front of us, and that’s why it’s so frustrating!”

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