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Designing a rooftop garden in Bangalore, India


Participants of the workshop inspect potted chillies and other plants at a model terrace garden at the Vittal Mallya Scientific Research Foundation in BTM Layout.

Experts wowed novice and seasoned gardeners alike at the organic terrace gardening workshops conducted over the weekend

By Manasi Paresh Kumar
Bangalore Mirror
Aug 20, 2012

Excerpt:

The audience was a fair sprinkling of young and old, but their enthusiasm was infectious. The organic terrace gardening workshops conducted by Bangalore Mirror Earth Warriors in association with Garden City Farmers Trust (GCFT) and Vittal Mallya Scientific Research Foundation (VMSRF), had both novice and seasoned gardeners in attendance. And the response was so overwhelming that the workshops, originally scheduled only for Saturday, had to be extended to Sunday.

Dr Rajendra Hegde, project leader at VMSRF, who conducted the sessions along with Lakshmi Narayan of GCFT, was peppered with queries which he fielded with ease.

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August 22, 2012   Comments Off

Report from Liz Postlethwaite’s trip to Cuba researching Urban Agriculture


Urban Agriculture in Cuba: trip during November/December 2011

By Liz Postlethwaite
38 page ebook report – online
Mar 22, 2012

Excerpt

Planning my Visit – I began planning my trip to Cuba nine months in advance of my departure. I knew that Cuba was a difficult place to communicate with via e-mails, and that I needed a specific visa in order to access any agricultural sites on the island. In order to secure this visa I needed an invitation from a reputable scientist or scientific organization in the country.

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August 22, 2012   Comments Off

$453,000 USDA grant: “The State of Urban Farming in the United States: Enhancing the Viability of Small and Medium-Sized Commercial Urban Farms”


Urban ag is diverse in production methods, and crops may be grown in vacant lots, on rooftops or in high tunnels, a type of greenhouse. Penn State photo.

Study to examine trends in urban agriculture

Penn State News Release
August 17, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Farming in the city is a hot topic in some circles, but an exact picture of urban agriculture has not yet been painted.

However, researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, along with faculty from New York University, soon will begin a study to examine the state of urban agriculture in the United States today.

The project, titled “The State of Urban Farming in the United States: Enhancing the Viability of Small and Medium-Sized Commercial Urban Farms,” is funded by a $453,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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August 22, 2012   2 Comments

Portland farm offers fermented treats, and a model of urban farming


Kombucha made by Urban Farm Fermentory in Portland.

The biggest-selling products UFF makes are its kombucha — a sweet but tangy tea fermented with bacteria and yeast, renowned for its properties for detoxification

By Emily Burnham
BDN Staff
Aug. 21, 2012

Excerpt:

At some point in the past few years, Eli Cayer fell in love with fermentation of all kinds. From the sort that goes on when you put honey or apple juice into a barrel and let it sit until it’s mead or cider, to the kind that makes nutritional, tasty treats like kombucha, kimchi and sauerkraut — if it ages in a container, it’s right up Cayer’s alley.

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August 22, 2012   Comments Off