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Individuals, organizations grow fresh produce to donate to food pantries in Columbia, Missouri

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Director of Urban Farming Carrie Hargrove gives a tour March 10 at the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture. CCUA has partnered with The Food Bank to increase the amount of produce available to low-income community members. Nick Schnelle/Tribune.

“One square foot over the course of a season can produce several heads of lettuce, several pounds of carrots and several pounds of green onions,” Hargrove said.

By Caroline Dohack
Columbia Tribune
Sunday, March 20, 2016

Excerpt:

“You hear of gardeners during the summer leaving zucchini on neighbors’ doorsteps. It can come so fast and it can be hard to keep up with. It hurts to see that go to waste,” Hargrove said. “If you’re a good gardener or even just a kind-of-good gardener, you will get so much produce that you will want and need to share it. It might as well share with people who would really appreciate it.”

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March 25, 2016   Comments Off on Individuals, organizations grow fresh produce to donate to food pantries in Columbia, Missouri

Kochi, India Corporation, to promote organic farming in 5,000 city household

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John Sherry, agriculture officer at Krishi Bhavan Choornikkara, tending his vegetable garden on the terrace of his house at Mundamveli near Fort Kochi on Monday | Express

Our workers will dig ditches to plant banana and yam alternately, with ginger, tomato, green chilly, spinach, okra and the like in between, all that the consumers should do is to ensure that the daily domestic waste is used as manure.

The Hindu
Mar 20, 2016

Excerpt:

He said the farming as envisaged by the project was possible even in a household with very little land. “It’s far less expensive at Rs.535 per household, of which Rs.505 will be borne by the corporation, from its plan fund. Each family is required to spend only Rs.30. While our workers will dig ditches to plant banana and yam alternately, with ginger, tomato, green chilly, spinach, okra and the like in between, all that the consumers should do is to ensure that the daily domestic waste is used as manure,”

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March 25, 2016   Comments Off on Kochi, India Corporation, to promote organic farming in 5,000 city household

Kingman, Arizona votes to open gate to more urban agriculture

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Council OKs code change to allow more chickens per lot

By Doug McMurdo
Daily Miner
Mar 18, 2016

Excerpt:

The City Council on Tuesday in a split vote modified one section of the animal ordinance and added another.

In doing so, families living on lots smaller than 20,000 square feet – a little less than half an acre – can now have one chicken or related bird for every 1,000 square feet of lot size, for a total limit of 36.

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March 25, 2016   Comments Off on Kingman, Arizona votes to open gate to more urban agriculture

Rodale’s 6 Steps To Starting A Community Garden

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You don’t need to live in the country to get a little greenery and grow good food.

By Rol Staff
Rodale’s Organic Life
March 16, 2016

Excerpt:

2. Secure Land
In some cities, online maps like Living Lots NYC identify open spaces. Property-records departments help decipher lot ownership; private owners may lease land. Many locales have agencies that rent out public land for gardens. Terms can vary, so learn local laws and explore options for longevity, including establishing a trust.

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March 24, 2016   Comments Off on Rodale’s 6 Steps To Starting A Community Garden

Pingree Urban Farm Celebrates Birth of Quadruplet Lambs in Detroit

4kidsClick on image for larger file. The Pingree quadruplets with their “mom,” farm manager Holly Glomski. Video here.

Naming Contest:
Skyline Lambs (Whitney, Penobscot, Book, Fisher)
Lake Lambs (Michigan, Superior, Erie, Huron)
Dream Cruise Lambs (Woodward, Grand River, Gratiot, Jefferson)
Mayor Lambs (Pingree, Young, Duggan, Bing)
Ink Spots (Billy, Deek, Charlie, Hoppie)
Motown Gang (Diana, Martha, Aretha, Stevie)
Pingree Gang (Omira, Grixdale, 7 Mile, Robinwood)
Spring Lambs (Sweet Pea, Marigold, Sunflower, Clover)

Detroit, Michigan
(PRWEB)
March 23, 2016

Excerpt:

Pingree Farms is proud to announce the birth of quadruplets. A Columbia ewe gave birth to four lambs on March 6th, arriving over a three hour period starting at 3 a.m.

The birth of quadruplet lambs is rare. Only one in five-hundred births of this breed are quadruplets, and only in one in one-thousand births do all four survive. New farm manager Holly Glomski explains, “This is a very rare experience in agriculture for this particular breed of sheep. Typically they give birth to twins. Quads is really an overachievement.”

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March 24, 2016   Comments Off on Pingree Urban Farm Celebrates Birth of Quadruplet Lambs in Detroit

How Container Farming Compares To Conventional Farming

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“We’re tackling it from two different angles: linear growing feet and annual yields.”

By Freight Farms
Leafy Green Machines
March 2016

Excerpt:

Sometimes it’s hard to wrap your head around comparing vertical hydroponic growing to conventional agriculture where farmers grow horizontally in soil. To make this easier, we’re going to compare Freight Farming to conventional farming by thinking of it in linear growing feet. Something to keep in mind when comparing these methods of farming is that the LGM has the ability to grow year round, regardless of the season, whereas conventional means of farming have seasonality restrictions that limit the amount of time they’re able to grow. Here we assume that there’s a single harvest annually (per acre), because we found only 2 states (California and North Carolina) where an acre can be harvested twice per year. We also ignored any natural disasters, crop disease or animal infestation where the LGM had an unfair advantage.

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March 24, 2016   Comments Off on How Container Farming Compares To Conventional Farming

‘SEED: The Untold Story’ is having its World Premiere in Washington D.C. March 25

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“Seed is not just the source of life. It is the very foundation of our being.” – Vandana Shiva

Taggart Siegel, Director
Marc Turtletaub, Executive Producer
Marisa Tomei, Executive Producer
Jon Betz, Director
Taggart Siegel, Director

SEED: The Untold Story is a feature-length documentary featuring Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbell, and Winona LaDuke, following passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000-year old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food.

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March 23, 2016   Comments Off on ‘SEED: The Untold Story’ is having its World Premiere in Washington D.C. March 25

Community Garden Safe From Development for Another Year in Washington, DC

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Byrne, who has tended plants in the 16-plot garden since 2006, met with Brewer after securing more than 230 supporters in a petition to “preserve the last green block on H St. corridor.”

By Tim Regan
HillNow
March 15, 2016

Excerpt:

A campaign to preserve the garden started in September of 2014 when the property was enhanced with a large for sale sign. Research from the campaign discovered the garden could mitigate one inch of storm water to support the efforts by DDOE in cleaning Anacostia. Research also determined the long term values Wylie garden could do for the community:

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March 23, 2016   Comments Off on Community Garden Safe From Development for Another Year in Washington, DC

Perspective: City farming needs monitoring

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In general, fruit and vegetables produced in city environments contain more undesirable substances than rural produce.

Andrew A. Meharg
Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science
March 16, 2016
Andrew A. Meharg is a plant and soil scientist at Queen’s University Belfast, UK.

Excerpt:

It may be possible to build new cities that avoid the current contamination issues. But in existing cities, where urban farming is an afterthought, some lateral thinking is required to give urban agriculture a future. Growing non-food crops such as textile fibre plants, biomass crops and timber would make use of urban and suburban waste land, green the city, recycle waste water and biosolids, and produce crops that currently take up rural land that is ideal for food production.

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March 23, 2016   Comments Off on Perspective: City farming needs monitoring

Relocating a community garden after supermarket closes in Atlanta, Georgia

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Volunteers pose after working to move supplies from the community garden’s old location in the parking lot of the now-closed Super Giant Foods. The garden is being rebuilt at 1225 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway.

Emory Urban Health Initiative volunteers rally to relocate community garden

By Kimber Williams
Emory Report
March 15, 2016

Excerpt:

When the Emory Urban Health Initiative (UHI) first helped an organic community teaching garden take root in the parking lot of the Super Giant Foods grocery store in Northwest Atlanta’s Bankhead neighborhood, the goal was to tackle issues of food access and poverty where they lived.

By all measures, the project has succeeded — drawing local residents and community partners to help teach gardening, cooking and nutrition classes while growing fresh produce that has been provided at no cost to residents of an area that, if not strictly a food desert, suffered from limited grocery options.

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March 22, 2016   Comments Off on Relocating a community garden after supermarket closes in Atlanta, Georgia

Community gardens are scarce in Burnaby and Surrey, British Columbia, report says

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Surrey Councillor Mike Starchuk, who chairs the agricultural committee, said conditions in Vancouver are much different.

By Kent Spencer
Vancouver Sun
March 22, 2016

Excerpt:

The study reported that Burnaby and Surrey have six community gardens apiece on civic land, while Vancouver has 45.

“Other cities don’t like to be compared to Vancouver. They think it makes them look bad,” said Rice. “Surrey doesn’t have anywhere near enough community gardens for its size. Burnaby has also lagged.”

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March 22, 2016   Comments Off on Community gardens are scarce in Burnaby and Surrey, British Columbia, report says

San Antonio permits urban farmers to grow and sell their yield

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“The best thing is that you can grow and sell at your own home without getting a permit,” she said.

By Matt Stieb
San Antonio Standard
March 16, 2016

Excerpt:

As a large and sprawling city, San Antonio has a wealth of underutilized land: alleyways, rooftops and thin strips between fences that have never been looked at as an outlet for beauty or revenue. But, as of 2016, City Council has approved these lots for new growth as micro-agricultural spaces. In a December 2015 amendment to the city’s Unified Development Code, gardeners and urban farmers will be able to grow and sell their yield from almost any lot in the city.

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March 22, 2016   Comments Off on San Antonio permits urban farmers to grow and sell their yield

Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY Guide to Saving the Bees

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Forthcoming April 30, 2016

By Lori Weidenhammer
Douglas & McIntyre
April 30, 2016
240 pages

Who knew modern civilization may be brought down, not by plagues or war, but by bees? Or, more correctly, by no bees? This book investigates the growing problem of bee mortality and offers practical measures we can all take to help. In ecological terms, bees play a critical role in the survival of many plant communities and the continuation of life on this planet. No pollination, no seeds. No seeds, no future.

Now that bees are facing unprecedented levels of die-off caused by a toxic mixture of environmental stresses, a community-based effort is needed to make gardens, fields and landscapes healthy sanctuaries for bees. Just as citizens banded together to produce Victory Gardens to offset the perilous food shortages of World Wars I and II, now a similarly vital level of collective effort is needed to make our gardens into lifesaving shelters for these essential creatures.

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March 21, 2016   Comments Off on Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY Guide to Saving the Bees

InfoGraphic: Guide to Gardening and Landscaping

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Complete infographic here.

According to 2012 research, close to half of Americans gardened within the past year. Avid gardeners total
at more than 164 million enthusiasts in the US.

By Tricia
SodGod
2016

We want to inspire people to get outside and give back to the environment through gardening.

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March 21, 2016   Comments Off on InfoGraphic: Guide to Gardening and Landscaping

People in glasshouses… can save a small fortune says Daily Mail

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Growing family: Louise Anand is teaching her children Leon and Carmen the value of owning a greenhouse.

The Royal Horticultural Society offers free advice on growing fruit and vegetables in the greenhouse and garden.

By Toby Walne
Daily Mail
12 March 2016

Excerpt:

Louise Anand, 43, from Bromley, South London, says she saves up to £100 a year on salads by using her greenhouse to grow rocket, cucumber and tomatoes from packets of seeds that cost no more than £1 each. She also uses the greenhouse to brighten up her home with sunflowers and peonies she has grown from seed.

The make-up artist says: ‘You not only save on shopping by growing fruit and vegetables in a greenhouse, but the food is far tastier as you eat it when totally fresh.

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March 21, 2016   Comments Off on People in glasshouses… can save a small fortune says Daily Mail