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Anaheim Aquaponics Farm To Grow Food, Jobs

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Aaron Flora of Renewable Farms.

Anaheim is teaming up with Renewable Farms to raise money for an aquaponics farm that would grow food for low-income families and create jobs in the city.

By Greg Lee
ABC7
November 26, 2014

Excerpt:

ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) — A small garden in the middle of Huntington Beach could change the future of urban farming.

“Our sustainable farms are pulling out nutritious, delicious food, but also making the environment a better place to live in,” said Aaron Flora of Renewable Farms, a non-profit focused on sustainable agriculture.

So how does Renewable Farms do it? They use a process called aquaponics.

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November 30, 2014   Comments Off on Anaheim Aquaponics Farm To Grow Food, Jobs

Academicians, NGOs push benefits of urban farming

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21st century farms: UPM agriculture faculty dean Prof Dr Abdul Shukor Juraimi with a vertical farming system the university is working on. Abdul Shukor believes urban agriculture holds great promise in an increasingly urban world.

In Malaysia, Abdul Shukor said rooftop gardening has potential.

By Lim Wing Hooi
The Star
Nov 29, 2014

Excerpt:

Universiti Putra Malaysia Assoc Prof Dr Yahya Awang added that the plants used in urban agriculture are types that people need daily with economic benefits that people tend to overlook.

“You don’t need to drive to buy a few leaves of lemon grass from a shop, which would cost you time, money and eventually cost the environment more than what the lemon grass would cost if you can just cut them from your backyard,” he said.

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November 30, 2014   Comments Off on Academicians, NGOs push benefits of urban farming

Seattle Tilth to create urban agriculture and learning center at Kirkland’s McAuliffe Park

The proposal is to create an “Urban Farm” offering Master Recycling Composting training, organic gardening courses, cooking and nutrition programming, urban farming

Kirkland Reporter
Nov 25, 2014

Excerpts:

An agreement, between the city and Seattle Tilth will bring an urban agricultural center to the park. Seattle Tilth’s proposal is to create an “Urban Farm” offering Master Recycling Composting training, organic gardening courses, cooking and nutrition programming, urban farming, and connections with the Edible Kirkland and Kirkland Nourishing Networks programs. Activities will begin in early 2015. The Kirkland City Council unanimously approved the agreement on Nov. 18.

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November 29, 2014   Comments Off on Seattle Tilth to create urban agriculture and learning center at Kirkland’s McAuliffe Park

Don Ameche has two cows – Victory Farmer

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Movie Stars 1943

Photoplay Magazine 1943

Fun on The Farm
By Jessie Henderson

With gardeners gone to war, the stars are having as tough a tussle over their Victory farms as any other amateurs. They have the carrots and calluses, beets and boners, to prove it.

Don Ameche hasn’t a big Victory Garden because it’s difficult to obtain help. But he does have a flock of chickens, two cows, and four young Ameches who get away with most of the product of same. The cows are a new item and Don is very proud of them – but it’s Mrs. Ameche who does the milking.

Don wants to learn but they decided he’d better learn on somebody else’s cows; because if a cow isn’t milked right, we won’t give, and who wants a cow merely as a pet.

November 29, 2014   Comments Off on Don Ameche has two cows – Victory Farmer

Urban Farmers Trade Goods and Stories at ‘Crop Swaps’

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Lila Skye, far left, and other city farmers swapped goods this month in her driveway in Richmond, Calif. Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Charles Daniels, an 80-year-old retired lawn and garden shop owner, came with apples, sorrel and pepino dulce, a South American fruit that tastes like a blend of honeydew and cantaloupe.

By Patricia Leigh Brown
New York Times
Nov. 27, 2014

Excerpt:

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Bay Area is a culinary never-never land, a place where aspiring apiarists hire beekeeping coaches, and even 7-year-olds can discuss the virtues of Himalayan salt.

That is why, on a recent Sunday, a motley group of gardeners bearing windfall harvests of habanero chiles, persimmons and prickly pear cactus fruit gathered for a “crop swap,” an urban agricultural ritual in which city farmers get together to share their surplus bounty.

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November 28, 2014   Comments Off on Urban Farmers Trade Goods and Stories at ‘Crop Swaps’

Complaints prompt Cambridge to evict synagogue’s bees

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Rabbi Liza Stern checked on her bees, mostly dormant now with the cold, which she keeps on the roof next to her synagogue in Cambridge. Photo by Joanne Rathe.

“We have children and pets, and it can be fatal. And her answer is, ‘Well, we have an EpiPen.’?”

By Billy Baker
Boston Globe
Nov 20, 2014

Excerpt:

She said they provide an educational component for children at the school, and offer a palpable connection to honey, which has an ancient symbolism in Judaism. For the Jewish new year, Stern presented homemade honey to the congregation, a tradition to symbolize a sweet new year.

The neighbors who oppose the hives say they respect all of this. But they say that the hives, how they were installed, and the impact they have had on the neighborhood are far from harmonious.

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November 28, 2014   Comments Off on Complaints prompt Cambridge to evict synagogue’s bees

Australia: Urban fringe agriculture under threat

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Ben And Mark Honey Are Facing Urban Encroachment Near Their Dairy Farm In Kiama, Nsw (Sarina Locke)

Agricultural land on the fringes of our major cities is some of the most productive in the country, but urban encroachment is putting it at risk

Producer Cathy Pryor
ABC.AU
Nov 26, 2014

Excerpt:

Wayne Shields’ farm has been in his family since the 1970s, when his father first bought the fertile patch of land on the Mornington Peninsula to Melbourne’s east. In those days, the Peninsula was a quiet rural retreat from city life, frequented by holiday makers making a pilgrimage to the coast.

Forty years later, 30 per cent of the Mornington Peninsula is classified as urban and the boundary of metropolitan Melbourne is only 500 metres from the Shields farm.

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November 27, 2014   Comments Off on Australia: Urban fringe agriculture under threat

Examining California’s Urban Farms

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University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

By Rick Paulas
KCET
November 18, 2014

Excerpts:

Do California’s policies promote urban farming or hinder it?

Rachel: Until recently there wasn’t a lot of state level policies that promoted urban farming. But we do see more of that. For example, last fall the Governor signed AD-551, which is the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Act. That’s a new law that allows private landowners to get a tax break if they lease their land for urban ag. Another example is, one area of confusion for urban farmers, particularly if they’re trying to sell to a restaurant, is you have to be what’s called an “approved source” per the California retail food code. Trying to figure out how to become an “approved source” is very confusing, it’s sort of different for every county, it’s this gray area of regulation. But the state is now dealing with that with a new law that clarifies things.

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November 27, 2014   Comments Off on Examining California’s Urban Farms

Vienna, Austria has added 530 hectares (1,310 acres) of fields and forests since WW2

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A mangalitsa piglet costing 250 euros can fetch as much as 10,000 euros when served in Vienna’s finest restaurants, according to Christoph Wiesner.

After his election in 1994, Mayor Michael Haeupl expanded urban-farming initiatives that took root in the 1980s.

By Jonathan Tirone
Bloomburg
Nov 25, 2014

Excerpt:

After his election in 1994, Mayor Michael Haeupl expanded urban-farming initiatives that took root in the 1980s. A biologist who worked at the Natural History Museum before jumping into politics, he added tracts zoned for organic farming and leased them to small businesses, turning the city into one of Austria’s biggest vegetable producers.

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November 26, 2014   Comments Off on Vienna, Austria has added 530 hectares (1,310 acres) of fields and forests since WW2

Cows in your Backyard? The challenges and opportunities of near urban agriculture

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Painting bycCarrie Marill.

Only five per cent of Ontario’s land base is suitable for farming and we are losing agriculturally productive land at an alarming rate. According to Statistics Canada, we lost 260,000 hectares of farmland between 2006 and 2011. Our food security depends on us protecting farmlands for future generations.

Greenbelt Program Manager
Environmental Defence
Nov 18, 2014

Excerpt:

Consider the case of Vaughan resident and farm owner Gilllian Evans. Located in the Greenbelt, Gill’s family farm has been in the family for generations. The farm is right next door, to a proposed housing development. The development includes land within the Greenbelt but as the development application pre-dated the Greenbelt legislation it can go ahead. Gill has been trying to gain support from Vaughan Council to provide buffers between the new housing development and her existing farm.

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November 26, 2014   Comments Off on Cows in your Backyard? The challenges and opportunities of near urban agriculture

Norwegian TV Show: “Farmer in the City”

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Farmers attempt to teach urban families how respect for agriculture can make their lives better

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The show: Farmer in the City
The producer: Strix Television
The distributor: DRG Formats
The broadcaster: TV2 (Norway)
(Must see. Mike)

Farmer in the City follows three farmers as they enter cities to meet families with “terrible” attitudes to good food and healthy living. Gardens and fridges are investigated before the farmer sets the family tasks such as creating a chicken coop or growing their own food, with a larger task following. Later, the farmer returns to see if the intervention has led to lasting change.

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November 25, 2014   Comments Off on Norwegian TV Show: “Farmer in the City”

Concordia University Greenhouses Provide Students with a Year-Round Urban Refuge

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Sprouting Green Thumbs on Campus

By Jessica Cabana
The Link
November 18, 2014

Excerpt:

Since the Concordia Greenhouse focuses on urban sustainability and community building and raising awareness of the issues surrounding food security, the new greenhouse would focus on food production and urban agriculture.

Summer is the best growing season in Montreal and, to maximize growth production, seedlings can be started in greenhouses.

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November 25, 2014   Comments Off on Concordia University Greenhouses Provide Students with a Year-Round Urban Refuge

Canada’s largest urban farm feeds the needy

Our future is growing right in your backyard

Alberta Primetime
Nov 2014

On an 11-acre parcel of land just west of Canada Olympic Park, a group of dedicated volunteers turned the soil and harvested the first crop on Canada’s largest urban agricultural farm. Our goal is to grow fresh produce for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank to ensure all Calgarians have access to healthy, local food.

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November 24, 2014   Comments Off on Canada’s largest urban farm feeds the needy

Nancy Coleman’s tomato plant went berserk with fruit – Victory Gardener

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Movie Stars 1943

By Jessie Henderson
Fun on The Farm
Photoplay Magazine 1943

On the day Nancy Coleman found she was to be a star, she bought a house and an acre of land in the Valley. It’s near the homes of Marsha Hunt and Richard Carlson. To greet their fellow actor, they each sent her a gift, with a card that said, “Welcome, Neighbour!”

From the Carlson home came a tomato plant; from Marsha Hunt lettuce seeds. The tomato plant went berserk with fruit (or is it vegetables?), till one day it broke in two from the weight of its yield – Nancy knowing naught about propping it up with sticks. The lettuce seeds, to the surprise of Nancy and Marsha both, turned into virulent weeds with yellow flowers.

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November 24, 2014   Comments Off on Nancy Coleman’s tomato plant went berserk with fruit – Victory Gardener

In Pursuit of Resilient Community Gardens

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A Comparison between Bottom-Up and Hybrid Initiatives in New York and Amsterdam

By Beatriz Pineda,
Spanish urban planner and architect living in Amsterdam
This academic article is the final product of the Research Master’s in Urban Studies conducted at the University of Amsterdam (2012-2014).

Except from Abstract:

The numerous bottom-up initiatives appearing in Western cities, especially since the outbreak of the economic crisis in 2008, leads this research to focus on the future and endurance of these projects. Sometimes implemented and maintained only by citizens, other times supported by institutions, all of these initiatives aim at becoming successful and resilient. But how to measure the resilience of these grassroots efforts is still open to debate.

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November 23, 2014   Comments Off on In Pursuit of Resilient Community Gardens