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Urban agriculture project includes middle school, neighborhood center in Madison, Wisconsin

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The Badger Rock Middle School currently has 100 sixth and seventh-graders but will expand to 150 students next year. Students learn in a state-of-the-art building on Madison’s south side. The Center for Resilient Cities hosted a grand opening celebration on Sept. 18, 2012.

“Every single plant on this site — trees, shrubs and ground cover — is edible,” she said. “To my knowledge it is the only 100 percent edible landscape in the state. There’s not one blade of turf grass.”

By Jim Massey
The Country Today
Jan 15, 2013

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MADISON — Middle school students on Madison’s south side don’t have to go far to learn how to grow, process and prepare their own food.

The students are immersed in the topic of food at Madison’s newest charter school, Badger Rock Middle School. The school, which opened in a state-of-the art building last fall, has an urban agriculture focus in conjunction with Growing Power, a nonprofit urban agriculture organization headquartered in Milwaukee. Growing Power has its Madison office in the Resilience Research Center, which also houses the school and the Resilience Neighborhood Center.

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Toronto group wants to nurture 100 new urban farmers

Makers and Eaters Unite: 100 farmers, 1 city

We help a city grow closer by putting a name to the farm and a face to the farmer. Help us incubate 100 city farmers.

Fresh City is a city farm. We incubate farmers that change lives by farming the city for a living. Heading into our third growing season we are confident that our model is scalable. We want to expand our member farmer program so that each neighborhood has a farm and a farmer. We are confident that we can have 100 farmers growing 1,000,000 pounds of produce in Toronto within the next two years. But we need your help.

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Liberia holds conference on Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture

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Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia.

President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to give Keynote

National Conference “Enhancing Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture for sustainable livelihoods”
14-15 February, 2013
University of Liberia/City Hall
Monrovia

Agriculture is seen as the backbone of Liberia, but it is estimated that Liberia only meets a third of her total food consumption requirements from local production. Cities are quickly becoming the principle territories for intervention and planning of innovative strategies that aim to eradicate urban hunger and improve livelihoods. Many urban households seek to increase their food production, as a way to provide their families with fresh and nutritious food, and some of them also sell this on the market.

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