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1,544-room Hilton Chicago Hotel has a rooftop food garden

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“We posted in the lobby that we have a rooftop garden, and people are very interested in seeing it and walking through it,” he says.

By Sarah Braley
Meetings and Conventions
Apr 26, 2016

Excerpt:

The roof garden had a good year in 2015, producing tomatoes and a lot of herbs, such as mint, rosemary, basil, lemon balm, arugula, thyme, sage, oregano, marjoram, chives and parsley. “We also had microgreens — they have a very quick turnaround. It was a constant rotation and it worked very well,” says Garcia. “We also added two beehives that the interns were responsible for handling. We got a little bit more than three gallons of honey, very good for our first time. We packaged them in little jars and gave them as gifts, and also used it for special menus.”

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April 30, 2016   Comments Off on 1,544-room Hilton Chicago Hotel has a rooftop food garden

Garden book from Manitoulin Island, Northern Ontario

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82-year-old Ed Burt shares his secrets

By Michael Erskine
The Manitoulin Express
April 15, 2016

Excerpt:

he first learned the art and science of gardening at the foot of his grandfather 82 years ago at the age of five— and a lot of the knowledge he has acquired over the years is contained in his new book, ‘My Journey in the Garden: Ed Burt’s Way of Growing Food’.

“When my grandparents came to Manitoulin they experienced some especially rough winters,” he said. “We didn’t have the transportation we have now. The railroad was 40-50 miles away and if you didn’t have a horse, it was a long way away.” Adding to the distance, the roads in those days were not ploughed in the winter and few people had a car or truck to travel the roads even if the snow wasn’t an obstacle. Growing and storing food wasn’t a hobby or pastime in those early days, it was a survival skill. “I grew up in that environment,” said Mr. Burt.

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April 30, 2016   Comments Off on Garden book from Manitoulin Island, Northern Ontario

USDA Unveils New ‘Urban Agriculture Toolkit’ for Urban Farmers and Agri-business Entrepreneurs

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Online Resource Draws on USDA’s and Partners’ Experience with Launching and Sustaining Urban Agriculture Operations Points Producers to Helpful Financial and Technical Resources

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April 29, 2016

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled the USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit, a new resource created by USDA’s Know Your Farmer team to help entrepreneurs and community leaders successfully create jobs and increase access to healthy food through urban agriculture. From neighborhood gardens grown on repurposed lots, to innovative mobile markets and intensive hydroponic and aquaculture operations, urban food production is rapidly growing into a mature business sector in cities across the country.

“Urban agriculture helps strengthen the health and social fabric of communities while creating economic opportunities for farmers and neighborhoods,” Vilsack said. “USDA’s Urban Agriculture Toolkit compiles guidance from our Know Your Farmer team and many private partners into one comprehensive resource to help small-scale producers manage all aspects of their business. From protecting soil health to marketing to schools and grocery store chains, USDA has tools to meet the needs of this new breed of innovative urban farmer and small business owner.”

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April 29, 2016   Comments Off on USDA Unveils New ‘Urban Agriculture Toolkit’ for Urban Farmers and Agri-business Entrepreneurs

Deutsche Welle: German Indoor Urban Agriculture – video report

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ECF Farmsystems GmbH – Consulting, planning and construction of aquaponics farm systems.

By Dagmar Zindel
Eco Africa
ECF Farm systems
11.04.2016

ECF Aquaponics Method
In ECF aquaponic farming systems, the process of both rearing fish and growing vegetables operates as a fully integrated and complementary system. Through this course of producing high-quality fish, water is enriched with valuable nutrients that are then passed into the greenhouse, providing the plants with natural minerals and fertilizer.

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April 29, 2016   Comments Off on Deutsche Welle: German Indoor Urban Agriculture – video report

Urban farm gives fresh start to youth and homeless in Christchurch, New Zealand

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chrzCultivate Christchurch hopes to scale up in the coming months after gaining access to two larger sites.

“As a young person, it’s really hard to get into employment if you don’t have either the networks or qualifications or haven’t had to practice those skills,” Stewart said.

By Alice Cannet
The Press
April 25 2016

Excerpt:

One of Cultivate’s volunteers had been out of work and education for seven years before joining the group.

She had since put spent nearly 100 hours in the garden in the last three months and was studying horticulture at the National Trades Academy.

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April 28, 2016   Comments Off on Urban farm gives fresh start to youth and homeless in Christchurch, New Zealand

Indonesia: Peri-urban agriculture in Jabodetabek Metropolitan Area and its relationship with the urban socioeconomic system

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insCitizen watering vegetables that planted on vacant land in the residential area in East Jakarta. Agriculture is crucial to Indonesian economic development so that discussing farmers is highly relevant as 39.96 million people. 35 percent of the total workforce — work in the agricultural sector.

Peri-urban agriculture (PUA) in the surroundings of Jakarta as well as in the East and Northeast of JMA has contributed to increasing food affordability as well as strengthening food security policy.

By Didit Okta Pribadi, Stephan Pauleit
Land Use Policy
Volume 55, September 2016, Pages 265–274

Abstract:

Peri-urban agriculture (PUA) has been proposed as an important urban element to deal with the challenges of increasing poverty, food insecurity, and environmental degradation as particularly found in rapidly expanding cities of the developing world. However, farming in the peri-urban is under strong pressure from urbanization. The economic and social roles of farming need to be better understood in order to integrate peri-urban agriculture into urban planning. This study used multivariate techniques and Geographically Weighted Regression to analyze statistical data at a village and sub-district, to explore the varying relationships between agricultural activities and urban economic activities, urban poverty and informality, as well as food security. This method was applied in the Jabodetabek Metropolitan Area (JMA) with Indonesia’s capital Jakarta at its core, and it resulted in some important findings.

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April 28, 2016   Comments Off on Indonesia: Peri-urban agriculture in Jabodetabek Metropolitan Area and its relationship with the urban socioeconomic system

Toronto: Bell Manor Community Garden users talk about the benefits of growing in a ‘magical place’

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Welcome to Bell Manor Community Garden.

Stonegate Community Health Centre releases video in support of their food efforts

Etobicoke Guardian
Apr 23, 2016

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“Many of our residents live on fixed or low incomes. Providing the opportunity to grow their own fresh, healthy food is often a necessity, not a luxury,” Julia Graham, Stonegate CHC’s community food program co-ordinator, said in a statement.

In recent years, the garden has come to serve an even greater need, as the nearby Valu-Mart, which provided the only walkable access to fresh food in the community, was closed two years ago to make way for condominiums.

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April 27, 2016   Comments Off on Toronto: Bell Manor Community Garden users talk about the benefits of growing in a ‘magical place’

Houston’s Hope Farms Breaks Ground

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hopeRecipe for Success Foundation celebrated Earth Day 2016 by officially breaking ground on Hope Farms.

Houston’s New Urban Farming Project Will Provide Fresh Produce, Farmer Training, Nutrition Education and Community Gathering Space in Historic Sunnyside

By Jovanna David
Press Release
Apr 22, 2016

Excerpt:

Located on seven acres in the heart of Houston’s historic Sunnyside neighborhood, the new Hope Farms will use organic methods to generate significant food crops in the midst of one of the city’s largest food deserts, while training military veterans to become successful agri-entrepreneurs.

Hope Farms is a critical component in achieving Recipe for Success Foundation’s mission to change the way children understand, appreciate and eat their food and to mobilize the community to provide healthier diets for children.

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April 27, 2016   Comments Off on Houston’s Hope Farms Breaks Ground

Two Guernsey show cows have moved into Bristol city centre to raise awareness of farming and food production

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“The purpose of taking these cows out of their usual rural context into an urban environment is to highlight the major disconnect that now exists between the cities we live in and the production processes that give us the food we eat.”

Press Association
Apr 22, 2016

Excerpt:

Artist Nessie Reid will live with the two cows in a marquee on the city’s bustling harbourside as part of an exhibition called The Milking Parlour.

The live installation is designed to explore the current state of farming and how its impact on issues such as climate change and health affects the future.

Ms Reid will milk the cows named Alisa and Meadowsweet, feed them and muck them out – sleeping in a tent nearby at night.

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April 27, 2016   Comments Off on Two Guernsey show cows have moved into Bristol city centre to raise awareness of farming and food production

Netherlands: Farming fish and vegetables on a The Hague office rooftop

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An empty Philips office block in the heart of The Hague is producing vegetables and fish on a commercial basis.

By Senay Boztas
Dutch News
Apr 22, 2016

Excerpts:

This dilapidated, 1950s office block in the middle of The Hague, is growing something astonishing: on its sixth floor is a 370 sqm fish farm, while the roof has been converted to a 1,200 sqm greenhouse for vegetables, making this Europe’s largest commercial urban farm.

‘I grew up on a farm in Aberdeenshire,’ says Durno. ‘One of my jobs as a six-year-old was to pick up the milk for the morning breakfast from the dairy. The only thing I got excited about was that the cream separated. We have this disconnect with what fresh is, instead of enjoying the fact that we have a good quality, fresh product in our mouths without questioning it.’

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April 26, 2016   Comments Off on Netherlands: Farming fish and vegetables on a The Hague office rooftop

An Urban Grower’s Guide: Selling the Food You Grow in Pittsburgh

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The goal of the guide is to encourage city residents to grow and sell produce by providing resources that explain the relevant rules and regulations.

By Grow Pittsburgh, Penn State Extension, and Pittsburgh Food Policy Council
April 2016

Excerpt:

Writing a Business Plan

Writing a business plan can be a long process, but these resources will help you out:

Penn State Extension provides many resources from an agriculture perspective. Visit the Creating a Business Plan page, or Start Farming, which is a comprehensive resource hub that covers the entire scope of production, business and state/federal regulations for those new to growing for profit.

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April 26, 2016   Comments Off on An Urban Grower’s Guide: Selling the Food You Grow in Pittsburgh

A Community Garden Takes Root in Las Vegas

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Rosalind Brooks plants a garden in the desert and fosters a new generation of urban farmers

By David G. Schwartz
Seven
Apr 21, 2016

Excerpt:

In 2010, Brooks founded the Tonopah Community Garden on an otherwise derelict 5 acres at 715 N. Tonopah Drive. The land came from Frank Hawkins Jr., a former Las Vegas councilman and developer.

Brooks, a Las Vegas native, embraced the chance to grow despite a lack of gardening experience because there wasn’t a public community garden in Las Vegas. Her city was missing something vital, even if no one knew it yet. A classical dancer and a schoolteacher, she was content in the classroom until she felt called to do “something greater than what I was doing.” With the support of her husband and her two college-graduate daughters, she followed her calling, although she had no idea where it would lead. “Had I known I’d be coming out of the classroom to be a farmer,” she jokes, “I would have stayed.”

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April 26, 2016   Comments Off on A Community Garden Takes Root in Las Vegas

$6.5 million urban ag system to be built at Santa Fe Community College

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greThis artist’s rendering shows a planned closed-loop urban agriculture system that is planned to be built by Ecoponex Systems LLC on the campus of Santa Fe Community College.

Micro-algae that also will be grown will be supplied to Pevig, a joint venture company in Mexico, to produce omega-3 as a nutritional supplement for humans.

By Jackie Jadrnak
Albuquerque Journal
April 20th, 2016

Excerpt:

A private New Mexico company is partnering with Santa Fe Community College to build its first urban agriculture system that will yield enough food to provide vegetables and fish for more than 16,000 people.

The $6.5 million project, which will be owned and operated by Ecoponex Systems of New Mexico LLC, is expected to create 14 direct jobs and 34 construction jobs, while SFCC will host it in connection with its Biofuels Lab in the Trades and Advanced Technology Center. CEO Benjamin Brant said the community college’s national reputation for its education efforts in green technologies that are used in the system was part of the deciding factor in locating the project here.

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April 25, 2016   Comments Off on $6.5 million urban ag system to be built at Santa Fe Community College

Korea helps urban dwellers start small rural farms

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President Park Geun-hye listens to a developer of a mobile farming game during the 2015 A Farm Show in Seoul. (Yonhap file photo)

A unique exposition designed to help urban dwellers relocate to rural areas to start small farms will kick off in Seoul next week under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs and Yonhap News Agency, South Korea’s key news service, organizers said Thursday.

By Kang Yoon-seung
Yon hap News
Apr 21, 2016

The organizers say the expo will be helpful to urban residents who are dreaming of leading a slow and peaceful life instead of being chased by hectic urban routines.

In 2014, the number of South Korean households escaping urban areas to start an agricultural career came to 44,586, up 37.5 percent from a year earlier. Although the official data is not yet available, experts said the figure is estimated to have hovered above 50,000 in 2015, which is more than a 10-fold growth from 4,067 posted in 2010.

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April 25, 2016   Comments Off on Korea helps urban dwellers start small rural farms

Sewing the seeds for a new community garden at King Edward Park in Peterborough, Ontario

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Co-ordinators Chantilly, left, and Natalie Stephenson toss earth at the future site of the King Edward Community Garden next to George St. on Tuesday April 19, 2016 at King Edward Park in Peterborough, Ont. Clifford Skarstedt/Peterborough Examiner/Postmedia Network

By Joelle Kovach
Peterborough Examiner
April 20, 2016

Excerpt:

The new garden was approved Tuesday night by the city’s board of parks and recreation.

The garden will be north of the splash pad (near the park’s border with the neighbouring property, Duffus Funeral Home).

The idea is to create a large vegetable garden with 21 plots. Each plot will be large enough to grow produce to feed a family of four.

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April 24, 2016   Comments Off on Sewing the seeds for a new community garden at King Edward Park in Peterborough, Ontario