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Ford Motors of Canada donates 1.6 acres of land to expand community garden in Windsor

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“It helps in more ways than just providing food,” Muir said. “It helps with gardening skills and it breaks down isolation.

By Joel Boyce
The Windsor Star
June 25, 2014

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The Unemployed Help Centre of Windsor can now grow double the amount of produce in their community garden after Ford Motor Company donated 1.6 acres of land.

“Our new garden will let us harvest much more,” said June Muir, CEO of the UHC.

After the neighbouring company heard the previous garden at the UHC was negatively affected by an extended parking lot, they jumped at the opportunity to help.

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“Urban Food Production” (HORT 435)

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Sam E. Wortman, an assistant professor of crop sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.

New Online Class at University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign

Sam E. Wortman, PhD
Assistant Professor, Urban Food Production
Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign

In this class, students will explore the opportunities and challenges of growing food in cities through scientific literature, case studies, online discussions, and an on-farm service-learning project. Students will discover production methods used on vacant lot urban farms and in controlled environment, hydroponic systems. As a final project, students will work in teams to integrate course concepts into a proposal for a new urban farm.

This class may provide an opportunity for professional development or progress toward an online MS degree in Horticulture or Crop Sciences at UIUC.

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Volunteers grow food for city’s needy on Wards Island farm, New York City

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Kadeesha Williams harvests beets on June 12, 2014 where farmers work at a large urban farm at HELP USA’s Supportive Employment Center on Ward’s Island. Photo by Jeremy Bales.

“My father was a vegetable farmer, so we grew a garden both in our yard and in community gardens. I am also an artist and I like this combination of art and farming. It’s a lifestyle.”

By Maria Alvarez
Newsday
June 15, 2014

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On Wards Island sits the city’s largest urban farm — an acre-plus plot of land where 8,000 pounds of vegetables, herbs and fruit are harvested each year.

The farm grows a bounty of produce — Chinese mugwort herbs, pea shoots, apples, apricots and cherries — that would be familiar to shoppers in Manhattan markets catering to the city’s wealthy and those serving the working class.

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