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Designing Educational Food Landscapes


Guidelines For Schools

By Elizabeth Nowatschin
Project Soil


In addition to educational motivations, school gardening is being driven by public health concerns about rising rates of obesity and diabetes in children; the local food and sustainable agriculture movements; increased interest in children’s environmental awareness; and social and community development goals. School food gardens have been shown to provide community building and engagement; social development for the students who work and play in these gardens; curriculum and learning that is relevant and integrated; an awareness of the environment, linked to place; increased food literacy and health of the garden participants; and an effective means to link to local food and sustainable agriculture.

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A Temporary Urban Farm Grows in Brooklyn

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“Initially, when our proposal was approved, people in the urban-farming community were like, ‘Why would you want to farm for a year?’ They thought we were crazy,”

By Talia Ralph
August 12, 2015


There’s still two or three years until that park and the adjacent apartments and offices materialize, but change is afoot on this stretch of land on the Brooklyn waterfront, which Two Trees has leant to a for-profit enterprise called North Brooklyn Farms. Spearheaded by two young urban farmers, Henry Sweets and Ryan Watson, the farm’s team of volunteers and their stable of shovels, repurposed building materials, and plants have been doing a delicate dance with one of Brooklyn’s most ambitious developers for the past three years. They’re growing okra, arugula, eggplant, kale, cucumbers, tomatoes, cut flowers, and vines—all without knowing how long they’ll be able to hold on to their patch of soil.

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Vancouver Vertical Hydroponic Farms can feed urban communities while reducing carbon emissions

greenguysGreen Guys on the Drive have 11 CSA members

Via numerous extremely efficient urban farms, community members gain access to local fresh food while reducing their carbon footprint.

By Co-founders, Brandon, Win and Dan
Green Guys on the Drive
August, 2015

Excerpt from their proposal:

The pictures used in this proposal were taken over the course of three years, by a group called Green Guys on the Drive (6), located in Vancouver, British Columbia who currently operate East Vancouver’s only community supported hydroponic urban vegetable farm. They have 11 CSA members who each pay $200 at the start of the season to receive their share of the farm’s weekly harvest which is sufficient for 2 people. They currently have one farm tended to by three co-founders, Brandon, Win and Dan. The farm consists of three VHF units with a total capacity of 320 plants and a footprint of 34 ft2. This works out to a density of 9.4 plants/ft2 which is more than 3 times the density of traditional soil based planting for lettuce (a leafy green) (7).

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Freeport, Illinois High School student farm supports CSA, weekly market

Agriculture student Kaitlynn Ramprashad and Freeport High School FFA adviser and agriculture teacher Monica Pierce harvest broccoli florets from the student garden at the high school. Tony Carton/The Journal-Standard.

Freeport sophomore Joe Gillen grew up in the city and said he is learning a lot about food production and marketing.

By Tony Carton
The Journal-Standard
Aug. 4, 2015


“When I came to the Freeport program I specifically wanted to teach urban agriculture, basically reaching kids that have little or no farm experience and then bringing something to them that they might find relevant,” Pierce said. “I studied urban youth gardening programs when I was in college and the effect that it can have on leadership development and job experience. It’s a very positive thing.”

Similar programs are already underway in Rockford, Chicago, Milwaukee and other big cities. Pierce said Freeport is a smaller town, but with a similar urban profile.

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