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Hotel apiaries are the bee’s knees

Travel video showing honey used by hotel chefs

By Ashley Day
USA Today
April 2014

The next wave in the urban agriculture trend…make that swarm…is here: Hotel honeybees housed in on-site apiaries.

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Grow Dat Youth Farm at City Park teaches leadership through growing in New Orleans

“This year we hired 40 students,” Gilligan said, out of 80 applicants from several high schools.

By Judy Walker
The Times-Picayune
April 07, 2014

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Three years ago, I walked with Johanna Gilligan on a few acres of City Park near a bayou that had been designated for the project she founded, the Grow Dat Youth Farm. Basically, it’s teaching leadership and high-quality job training to teens through growing vegetables.

“It’s a holistic experience,” said Gillian, with lessons in stewardship and learning that hard work yields results. “You can’t teach that in a better way.

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The Downside to Farming Downtown

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Duck! I am literally ducking from the non-organic food scraps that might get thrown at me by the people about to read this week’s column.

By Mijune Pak
Westender
April 9, 2014

Excerpt:

Reserving ‘unwanted land’ (hard to think any even exists in Vancouver) for growing produce isn’t a bad thing, but maximizing valuable space needs to be considered.

Vertical farming or rooftop farming are two suggested urban-farming methods, but the upkeep cost of a vertical farm is outstanding — think of implementing a hydroponic system to start.

As for a rooftop garden, it also requires a pricey drainage system and it’s small scale, but so are the standard community gardens now.

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