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ScottsMiracle-Gro Grants Program Will Fund More Than 100 Projects Nationwide in 2016

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Mayor KasimReed accepting GRO1000 grant from Scotts_MGro for ATL UrbanAG program.

Grants for Community Gardens, Greenspaces and Pollinator Habitats

Press Release
Mar 21, 2016

Excerpt:

More than 100 grants were awarded to civic and non-profit organizations nationwide to develop or improve pollinator habitats, community gardens and greenspaces.

In its sixth year, the GRO1000 Grassroots Grants are a part of the company’s commitment to support the creation of more than 1,000 community gardens and greenspaces in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe by 2018, which aligns with its 150th anniversary.

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Vancouver Tree Book: A Living City Field Guide

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More than 110 of Vancouver’s important species are profiled.

By David Tracey
Pure Wave Media
(March 15, 2016)
240 pages

Trees tell the story of a city, and Vancouver has one of the world’s greatest urban forests. Vancouver Tree Book is the key to a living laboratory unlike anywhere else on Earth.

Slim enough to fit into a pocket yet filled with detailed descriptions and hundreds of colour images, this Living City Field Guide is designed for outdoor use. Bring it with you anywhere you go to discover the quiet giants living among us. Maps to ten Tree Tour walks will help you get going.

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Feeding Cities – with Indoor Vertical Farms?

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I take strong issue with those who go to great lengths trying to convince everyone this is the solution to world hunger, fresh water challenges, and agriculture’s contribution to climate change. I have perused a number of websites focused on vertical indoor farming and have found very little beyond platitudes.

By Michael W. Hamm: C.S. Mott Professor of Sustainable Agriculture – Michigan State University and Past Director of the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems.
Food Climate Research Centre
Mar 30, 2015

Excerpt:

At the end of this analysis I am at a loss to understand why indoor vertical farms with 100% artificial light have seemed like such a good idea when there are so many other pressing issues to research if we are going to have a sustainable, resilient and secure food supply globally and within our respective nations. I am unable to find evidence that 100% artificially lit systems are a priori a solution for feeding cities and their environs. The environmental cost (judged only by carbon footprint in this case) is clearly higher than other strategies. It seems a shame that public policy or public research dollars would be diverted to 100% artificially lit systems. A better use of time, resources, and capital with greater potential for long-term impact is continued development of controlled to semi-controlled environments with the sun as the basis of production.

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