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Little Green Thumbs in Bangalore, India

BM English School Green Club green club members 2012-13. Photo by Vinita.

Typically, urban children today are given little or no opportunity for physical contact with nature.

By Vinita
Citizen Matters
03 Aug 2012


For most schools, the start of the new academic year heralds a new beginning for various co-curricular activities. I recently participated in the inauguration of the Green Club of BM English School. For the past two years, this club has been actively involved in growing and maintaining an organic vegetable and herb garden on their school premises. The produce is used at the school canteen and the surplus shared among the members.

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‘Strathcona Community Gardens’ receives Vancouver Heritage Foundation plaque: ‘Places That Matter’

Historian Michael Kluckner (centre) presents author David Tracey (left) and Joanne Hochu (right), both from the Strathcona Community Gardeners Society, with a Vancouver Heritage Foundation plaque.

City Farmer initiated the Strathcona Community Garden project 28 years ago

The wording on the Vancouver Heritage Foundation plaque reads:

Dedicated Strathcona residents, gardeners and artists have transformed three acres of the former False Creek mud flats and city garbage dump into a flourishing community garden that has served as the model for a city-wide community garden program. Its apple orchard, herb garden and wetlands provide a much needed respite from city life.

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Vipul Sanghvi – a full fledged City Farmer in Mumbai, India

A rooftop terrace of 1000 square feet

By Urban Leaves
August 7, 2012


Who says one needs land to grow vegetables? And who feels that Organic farming practices do not give sufficient yields?
A visit to our enthusiastic member Vipul Sanghvi’s terrace will put to rest any such doubts.

After dedicatedly making Amrut Mitti for a year the roof top garden in a span of six months resembles a food forest. Renamed as the ‘Kasturi Vaatika’, this space of about 1000 sft. has been consistently yielding vegetables – enough to sustain 3 or 4 families’ daily requirements.

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New Jersey’s Largest City, Long a Symbol of Decay, Gives Urban Farming a Try

Mark Kearney, center, leads a group of students on a tour of the Court Street Urban Farm in the Central Ward section of Newark. Mr. Kearney came to the farm after getting out of prison two years ago as part of the Greater Newark Conservancy’s vocational programming for offenders. Photo by Kevin Hagen for The Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal: Down Home in Newark

By Heather Haddon
Wall Street Journal
August 8, 2012


NEWARK—Newark may be known for many things, but its homegrown hydroponic lettuce, chicken coops and bushels of local kale aren’t among them.

But city officials in New Jersey’s largest city are increasingly turning to urban farming as a tool to reclaim vacant land and provide jobs, just as similarly gritty cities like Detroit and Baltimore have already done.

“We want Newark to be a green city,” said Adam Zipkin, Newark’s deputy mayor and the director of the Department of Economic and Housing Development. “It’s an attempt to create a local food system and to grow produce here that we distribute locally.”

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Hanging Gardens of Seattle

Urban Agriculture Art

Grow City
Aug 1, 2012


Walking near the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle I came across a fun urban ag installation. Unsigned and anonymous these hanging gardens swing from tree to tree along the street, happy just to be. Tomatoes, lettuce and herbs sprout up from plastic milk jugs and an innovative drip irrigation scheme is tucked into the street trees. I assumed the garden was a guerrilla art work, until a little research this morning enlightened me –

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