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Governors Island adds to New York City’s growing urban farm scene

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The Governors Island Teaching Garden provides a “seed to plate” curriculum. (Credit: Maggie O’Neill)

The garden grows 48 varieties of produce, as well as edible flowers that students can pick and eat at the flower bed.

By Maggie O’neill
AM New York
July 26, 2015

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The Governors Island Teaching Garden is one of the latest urban farms to serve the NYC landscape, which already boasts farms on rooftops, in parks and at Randall’s Island.

A joint effort of GrowNYC and the Trust for Governors Island that was completed in May, the 8,000-square-foot garden is dedicated to educating children in New York about urban agriculture and healthy eating. It hosts public school visits and summer camp groups on weekdays from April through November, and it is open to the public for family visits on weekends during the island’s public season from May to September.

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The West Sacramento mayor taught city leaders from around the world about incubator farms

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New Urban Farm Opens in West Sacramento: Funding to support the project made possible by Wells Fargo, Community Business Bank, and the City of West Sacramento. 2014 Photo. Click on image for larger file.

At the Global Expo in Milan, Cabaldon showed other cities how to look for an opportunity to start urban farms.

CBS Sacramento
July 26, 2015

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“We wanted to shed the light on great properties like this that could be developed someday. But while we are waiting, couldn’t we do something with them?” Cabaldon said.

The cycle of people inheriting farms is no longer happening, so farms like West Sacramento’s program are needed to sustain agriculture.
“It provides so much more food security then what we had before,” Bernal said.

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USDA undersecretary tours University of Georgia’s community garden

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Kevin Concannon, U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, visited the farm and demonstration garden.

By Staff Reports
Sowegalive
July 26, 2015

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UGArden was founded in 2010 by UGA students who wanted to start a community garden on Athens Campus. The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences gave them space for the garden on a parcel of land formerly used for livestock research. Today, it’s grown into a 4-acre, sustainably managed farm that provides agricultural experience to students and fresh produce to food-insecure seniors through UGA’s Campus Kitchen program and to local food banks.

Concannon was pleased with the way UGArden serves as a venue for public service and for research into sustainable agriculture practices — including small-scale cover crop plots, a solar-powered farm building and organic production practices.

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