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Italy: University of Bologna has launched the study SustUrbanFoods

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Urban gardens, community gardens or small companies, the number of urban farming areas is growing quickly. But what are the environmental and social benefits that these initiatives can bring to cities?

Italy Research
Source Università di Bologna
Publication date 08/26/2016

Excerpt:

“In cities such as Bologna, urban agriculture is blooming using vacant land in city centres, available areas in the suburbs or unused spaces on and between buildings. These urban food systems are commonly associated with environmental, social and economic benefits and SustUrbanFoods aims to develop an interdisciplinary methodological framework to assess their sustainability”, explained Esther Sanyé-Mengual, researcher at the University of Bologna, who follows the project. The final goal of the initiative is to provide tools and data for supporting policies and decisions towards local and green economies. In particular, SustUrbanFood aims to assess the sustainability of urban food systems with reference to the three dimensions: environment, society and economy.

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Philippines: A school for farmers, including one in the city

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Sen. Cynthia Villar urges landowners to put up their own schools for farmers, one school in every town for the convenience of farmer-trainees.

Let our school serve as a model for owners of farms and idle lands to set up their farm schools, train our farmers to improve their incomes and become agricultural entrepreneurs,” Senator Villar insists.

By Jullie Yap Daza
Manila Bulletin
August 28, 2016

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To practice what she has been preaching, Senator Villar put up her family’s Sipag Farm School, not in some out-of-the-way place but just 10 minutes from her home in Las Piñas. The school, at the boundary of Las Piñas and Bacoor City, sits in the middle of a seven-hectare property where fruit trees, bamboo, vegetables like eggplant and squash, herbs, orchids, and even wild flowers grow – it’s hard to imagine this patch of green in an urban setting, especially when you hear the roar of Molino Dam, a mini- Niagra Falls, whenever rain swells the tributaries from Cavite and Laguna and sends the cafe au lait-brown flood waters rushing and thundering past the senator’s cottage, under her feet, inches from the swimming pool.

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Grand Rapids’ largest urban farm adds pizza to their menu

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Lance Kraai, Dean Baas and Joel S. with the new wood-fired pizza oven kit.

“This idea came from an NPR story featuring Suncrest Gardens Farm in northern Wisconsin. They were selling 800 pizzas every Friday night all summer long,” said Kraai, New City Urban Farm manager.

By Kendra Wills
Michigan State University Extension
August 23, 2016

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New City Urban Farm, Grand Rapids’ largest urban farm, is excited about their latest addition, a giant pizza oven and smoker. Thanks to a $7,379 North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program Farmer Rancher grant secured with help from Michigan State University Extension, New City Urban Farm was able to purchase a wood-fired pizza oven kit from Forno Bravo.

Lance Kraai, farm manager, and Joel Schraam, kitchen programs manager, led a workshop of about ten participants on August 8, 2016 to help others learn how to build a pizza oven. Kraai believes the oven will help will help the farm accomplish three goals:

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