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2015 International Year of Soils – FAO

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Urban soil farming helping feed more people

By Sarah Elton
CBC News Story
April 3, 2015

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At a high school close to downtown Toronto, grade eleven student Deshanel Evans is getting back to the earth.

That is, he’s making the stuff.

As a part-time job, Evans collects kitchen scraps from the school’s culinary program and layers the carrot peelings and apple cores with leaves and other organic material in the bin. Evans then oversees the composting, turning the pile to aerate it and waiting as worms and bacteria transform the food scraps into nutrient-rich soil.

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Jaipur, India’s ‘The Living Greens’ sell light portable greenhouses for rooftops

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The Living Greens is now planning to open franchises in 10 other cities

By Francesca Ferrario
Social Story
March 25, 2015

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The Living Greens has now opened franchises in Delhi, Indore and Jodhpur where they provide greenhouses of different dimensions made of high-density polyethylene, and installing vertical gardens. For the greenhouses, the company has created a soil-less medium – much lighter than wet soil — which increases its fertility throughout the time when small quantities of an enriching powder is added to it regularly. Their vertical gardens, on the other hand, do not need soil and are ensured a healthy growth, because the team has created special containers combined with a system that recycles water in a loop.

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