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Urban agriculture camp for teens comes to Ottawa region

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Alex Cool-Fergus, project coordinator at Énviro Educ-Action, advertises their new urban agriculture camp for teens. Evelyn Harford / Postmedia.

The group’s urban agriculture summer camp is part of a growing trend for urbanites to connect with farms for locally produced food.

By Evelyn Harford
Ottawa Citizen
April 1, 2016 |

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The teens will get their hands dirty, planting and gardening during the three-week summer camp. They’ll learn about what it means to go from farm to table, and gain a deeper appreciation for their local food systems. They’ll even get to eat some of the produce they grow.

“Don’t bring your iPad, and don’t bring your cell phone; there’s no point,” said Cool-Fergus. “We’re going to be outside all day.”

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Two urban agriculture job openings in Brussels, Belgium

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Aquaculture senior position, Supervisory fish biologist and Technical hydroponics expert

BIGH (Building Integrated Greenhouses) develops rooftop urban farms in cities as an implementation tool for
circular economy, to ultimately increase real estate value and enhance quality of life in the city. BIGH builds these
farms and operates them. The first site which was built atop the old slaughterhouse and Foodmet site in
Anderlecht, will be operating within a few months. In the near future BIGH will develop 8 other farms in Brussels,
and in other European cities like Paris and Lyon.

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Thaw with United States Will Put Cuba’s Agroecology to the Test

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A woman picks organic green beans on the La Sazón organoponic farm in the Casino Deportivo neighbourhood of Havana, which forms part of the country’s urban agriculture system. Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS.

A total of 8,438 hectares are now cultivated under urban farming, including 1,293 small organoponic farms (which combine organic and water-submersion hydroponics techniques), tended by day laboureers

By Ivet González
IPS News
Mar 31, 2016

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Meanwhile, interest in Cuba’s ecological agriculture has been reiterated during visits to this Caribbean island nation by U.S. businesspersons and agriculture officials, who are among the most active proponents of a total normalisation of relations between these two countries separated by just 90 miles of ocean.

The foremost example is the 30 companies forming part of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC), which emerged in January 2015 to help push for an end to the U.S. embargo against Cuba in place since 1962.

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