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Community Composting in a Small Mexican Town

Jose and Compost Students with over 80 bags of compost. Lo de Marcos is a small town of some 3,000 people one hour north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Photo by Amigos de Lo de Marcos.

Jardin de Composta in Los De Marcos

Piles of yard waste no longer sit on the streets of Lo De Marcos. Burning of yard waste no longer pollutes the air. As well residents of the town receive a small income from selling the finished compost. Students at the local schools are involved in the compost process and the community garden.

Excerpt from Recycle Committee Report
November 2012 – Amigos de Lo de Marcos

Compost is being screened and bagged every Saturday morning by our compost students (Beto, Neto, Fernando, Adrian, Francisco, and Esteban). Last Saturday, they filled more than 80 bags in 4 hours.

55 bags of Compost Futures have been redeemed – 125 bags remain to be redeemed. Your compost futures may be redeemed on Wednesday or Saturday mornings at the Compost Lot.

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December 21, 2012   2 Comments

Three urban farming projects win New Orleans “Lots of Progress’ competition

Two ‘goat lawn-maintenance’ proposals go head to head.

9th Ward goat farmer’s gripe: butting heads with powers that be

By Michael Patrick Welch
The Lens
December 12th, 2012


David Young took first place, and $5,000, with his Fruity About Trees idea, which will transform two vacant lots into a citrus, banana and fig orchard.

The $2,000 third prize went to Cat Kochanski’s program called Develop Abundance, which will use hydroponic, aquaponic, and aeroponic technologies to grow fish and produce for folks in need.

Goats of Progress won $3,000 to raise goats and make them available as an eco-friendly lot-maintenance service.

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Toronto Zen Centre has a rooftop food garden


Two year old garden sits on flat-roofed garage/workshop

By Barbara Lamb
Dec. 2012

Sensei (Taigen Henderson, the teacher at the Zen Centre) built the rooftop beds himself, following guidelines in the “Square Foot Garden”. In the first year we had a steep learning curve in terms of what the beds could support (greens and herbs seemed to work best). The next year we had a variety of herbs as well as mustard greens, chard, lettuce, arugula and rapini in the beds. We also grew tomatoes and cucumbers in larger pots, as well as potatoes in grow bags. Elsewhere in the garden we had peppers, eggplants, rhubarb and ground cherries. We have raspberry canes but they have yet to produce fruit.

Both years we grew enough lettuce to feed more than 20 people in the June retreat.

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Vancouver’s Copely Community Orchard gets perennial fruit production course

EYA is offering a 5-month, high quality Organic Orchard Management Training course

2 Saturdays per month, from February to June, 2013
$100 ($75 for youth under 25)

A 5-month program designed for urban agriculture enthusiast looking to add organic perennial food production to their skill set. In-class, theoretical workshops will be complimented by hand-on skill building at Copely Community Orchard.

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