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European Research network helps set up online course on urban agriculture entrepreneurship

portsMatosinhos, Portugal. Click on image for larger file.

The COST Action helped improve the understanding of different urban agriculture practices across Europe – it presented over 200 case studies, reviewed the Common Agriculture Policy and enabled collaboration between the private and public sectors.

Press Release
27 April 2016

Researchers involved in COST-funded Urban Agriculture Europe (UAE) network have helped develop a course meant to equip university students, SMEs, public authorities and NGOs with the right know-how to build on business opportunities and tap into the economic potential of agriculture innovation in urban areas.

UAE member Dr Wolf Lohrberg (South-Westphalia University of Applied Sciences, Germany) is now part of Erasmus+ project Urban Green Train, a network of SMEs and public authorities in Italy, France, Germany and the Netherlands. His focus on entrepreneurial models of urban agriculture during the Urban Agriculture Europe Action benefited this new collaboration, which led to the online course covering topics such as plant production, resource management, financing modes and market analysis . The course also promotes innovative technologies and eco-friendly products.

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Community garden at West Rockhill churches to benefit food pantries in Pennsylvania

churBob Groff, left, and Penelope Rox shovel mushroom soil into a wheelbarrow at the community garden at Jerusalem Lutheran Church in West Rockhill. Bob Keeler-Digital First Media

“The churches are looking for ways to partner for the benefit of the wider community, and the garden is a great way to build relationships while serving others.”

By Bob Keeler
Montgomery Media
Apr 28, 2016

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“You’ll have to excuse the enthusiasm,” Wiley said. “I’ve been talking about this for two years and it’s finally happening.”

The food raised in the garden will be donated to the Pennridge FISH and Keystone Opportunity Center food pantries, she said.

“We know the need is great,” said St. Michael’s Lutheran Church Pastor Julie Bergdahl. The Sellersville congregation is partnering with Jerusalem in the community garden.

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