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Urban farming nonprofit vandalized by animal-rights activists over slaughtering of 3 pigs in Missoula

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The Garden City headquarters was vandalized when someone spray-painted “Murderers” in bright red letters and signed it “AFL”, an apparent reference to the Animal Liberation Front.

Much of the meat goes to the Missoula Food Bank, Zosel explained, and some of it is sold elsewhere.

By David Erickson
Missourian
Oct 24, 2016

Excerpt:

Though nobody has been arrested in connection with the vandalism, it appears to have been a protest of the butchering of three hogs for educational purposes. The nonprofit Garden City Harvest operates a youth education program at its PEAS Farm in the Rattlesnake, and three to five pigs are raised every year. Kids in every grade level are allowed to see and touch the animals as part of a curriculum that aims to give them insight into their local food system.

“We see 2,500 school kids a year as well as adults and college students,” said GCH executive director Jean Zosel. “Having the pigs on the site, they can see where meat comes from. Some kids think meat comes from Albertsons. That’s part of our farm-to-school work, is helping people learn where their meat comes from.

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October 31, 2016   Comments Off on Urban farming nonprofit vandalized by animal-rights activists over slaughtering of 3 pigs in Missoula

Calgary Earthship To Grow Food For Calgary’s Less Fortunate

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The Earthship at the Grow Calgary farm in Calgary.

A radically sustainable structure made of recycled tires and cans is set to help Canada’s largest urban agriculture farm produce even more food for Calgarians in need.

By Annalise Klingbeil
Calgary Herald
October 24, 2016

Excerpt:

What is believed to be North America’s first urban earthship — an approximately 500 square foot eco-friendly structure located on Grow Calgary’s 4.5-hectare pocket of land, just west of Canada Olympic Park — is nearing completion.

Even in the dead of winter when Calgary’s temperature dips below 20 degrees Celsius, the earthship greenhouse will allow Grow Calgary to do what the non-profit organization does best: grow food for Calgary’s less fortunate.

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October 31, 2016   Comments Off on Calgary Earthship To Grow Food For Calgary’s Less Fortunate

El huerto curativo

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By Tomas Mata
Plataforma Editorial, 2012

Author:

After a professional career as a journalist, publisher, media consultant and startup mentor, mainly focused on sustainability, health and food, I am now in the process of launching a startup incubator for urban agriculture and local distribution in Barcelona. The aim is to create skills and technologies to promote food, energy and environmental sustainability, generate social inclusion and foster a circular economy.

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October 30, 2016   Comments Off on El huerto curativo

Journal: Urban Agriculture & Regional Food Systems

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Volume 1 Issue 1, July 2016

Urban Agriculture & Regional Food Systems, formerly published by Baltzer Science Publishers, recently joined the ACSESS portfolio of agricultural and environmental journals.
The Journal is supported by RUAF.

Urban Agriculture & Regional Food Systems is a multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed and open access journal focusing on urban and peri-urban agriculture and systems of urban and regional food provisioning in developing, transition, and advanced economies.

The journal intends to be a platform for cutting edge research on urban and peri-urban agricultural production for food and non-food (e.g. flowers, medicine, cosmetics) uses and for social, environmental and health services (e.g. tourism, water storage, care, education, waste recycling, urban greening). It aims to explore, analyse and critically reflect upon urban and regional food production, processing, transport, trade, marketing and consumption and the social, economic, environmental, health and spatial contexts, relations and impacts of these food provisioning activities.

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October 30, 2016   Comments Off on Journal: Urban Agriculture & Regional Food Systems

‘Like finding a treasure’: Community garden grows work opportunities in St. John’s, Newfoundland

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The Transition Employment team at the Elaine Dobbin Centre shows off its potato harvest. (Krissy Holmes/CBC)

“I find it a bit hard, but it’s good work for me,” says Transitions Employment Program client

By Marilyn Boone
CBC News
Oct 23, 2016

Excerpt:

“Everything you can see — the fencing, the beds, the garden plots — have all been made by my transitions kids who are here to learn about work.”

The community garden has grown to 40 beds, producing berries and vegetables, as well as spuds. Some of the produce is used at the Pantry cafe inside the Elaine Dobbin Centre, and four beds of potatoes go to a food bank at Bridges to Hope.

“Horticultural therapy” is how Marshall described it.

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October 29, 2016   Comments Off on ‘Like finding a treasure’: Community garden grows work opportunities in St. John’s, Newfoundland

Thailand’s Veggie Prince

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Nakorn “Prince” Limpacuptathavon, 33, is the poster boy for sustainable farming in the city. He started growing chemical-free vegetables on a piece of land next to his own house eight years ago.

By Pornchai Sereemongkonpol
Bangkok Post
Oct 21, 2016

Excerpt:

As his enthusiasm for all things green grew, he began hosting activities at his learning centre, Ban Jaochai Phak, or Veggie Prince’s House, in Lat Prao Soi 71 and now talks at various events to spread his organic farming know-how. Guru chatted with Prince about how urban farming can benefit city life, in case you may want to get out your shovels and garden forks.

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October 29, 2016   Comments Off on Thailand’s Veggie Prince

Locally Grown Ginger & Urban Farming’s Impact in Buffalo

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Our experiment with growing ginger is just one example of how urban farms can be hot beds of innovation; pioneering new sustainable growing techniques, developing novel crops, and testing new markets.

By Matt Kauffman
Buffalo Rising
October 20, 2016

Excerpt:

Being a tropical plant, growing local sources of ginger in Buffalo is going to include significant challenges. Nonetheless, last year, 5 Loaves Farm was the first farm in WNY to bring local ginger to market. Our “baby ginger” was grown in our hoop houses, right here on the West Side of Buffalo! This year a number of other growers are now trying it out, and our local sources of ginger are growing…

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October 28, 2016   Comments Off on Locally Grown Ginger & Urban Farming’s Impact in Buffalo

Goats guests of honor at Prague rooftop reception

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A culture activist Ondrej Kobza sits on a chair next to two goats on the terrace of a rooftop community garden and cafe atop the Lucerna Palace in Prague, Czech Republic, October 20, 2016. REUTERS/David W Cerny

“Our goal is to have a community garden here, so that people could raise tomatoes, for example,” added Kobza, who has rented a 1,000-square meter space on top of the building completed in 1921 by the grandfather of late President Vaclav Havel.

By Jiri Skacel; Writing by Robert Muller; Editing by Andrew Heavens
Reuters
Oct 20, 2016

Two goats wander across the roof of Prague’s famous Lucerna Palace – the first beneficiaries of a new push to open up public spaces high above the packed streets of a crowded city.

The animals were guests of honor at the opening of a terrace on the city-centre landmark, whose lower floors hold the Czech Republic’s oldest cinema, a theater, a music venue, restaurants and an ornate shopping arcade.

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October 27, 2016   Comments Off on Goats guests of honor at Prague rooftop reception

Rooftop Community Garden Success Atop 55-Unit Condo Complex in Vancouver, BC

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When residents of an Olympic Village condo decided to turn private plots into a community space, their gardening project turned into something more.

By Tyee Bridge
Photos Claudette Caracedo
Vancouver Foundation
Fall 2016

Excerpt:

Six volunteers formed a Garden Committee to organize the transformation of the James rooftop patio into a working garden—from pulling out ornamental plants and selling them on Craigslist to buying seeds and rebuilding the soil. “It was pretty much an immediate success, a hit with a lot of people,” recalls Cooke. “And it went beyond gardening to really growing the social aspect of the building. People got to know each other, which was great to see, and we expanded from there.”

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October 27, 2016   Comments Off on Rooftop Community Garden Success Atop 55-Unit Condo Complex in Vancouver, BC

Stories from the Danny Woo Community Garden in Seattle

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Mr. Liu.

No matter how many times you hear the story of how the Danny Woo Garden was created in 1975 it never stops inspiring. It’s a tried and true classic among all the stories of social justice and community activism in the history of Seattle’s Chinatown-International District.

By Jill Wasberg
New American Media
Oct 18, 2016

Excerpt:

Mr. Liu started planting at the Danny Woo Community Garden four years ago. As a resident of Chinatown-International District, Mr. Liu often visits the garden twice a day whenever he feels bored at home. He is happiest when he is able to harvest from his garden, especially when his beans are ready. He likes spring time the most because it marks the beginning of the growing season.

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October 27, 2016   Comments Off on Stories from the Danny Woo Community Garden in Seattle

West Orlando to benefit from $250,000 USDA grant for urban farming and market

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“This grant will help support our continued efforts to transform our urban environment and make our city more liveable and sustainable,” Mayor Buddy Dyer said in a statement.

By Brendan O’Connor
Bungalow
October 17, 2016

Excerpt:

The City of Orlando, in cooperation with IDEAS For US (Website) has received a $250,000 grant from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Farmers Market Promotion Program. The money will fund three projects in West Orlando and Parramore:

Creating 10-15 “farmlettes” in resident front yards, creating a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program based on the Fleet Farming model

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October 26, 2016   Comments Off on West Orlando to benefit from $250,000 USDA grant for urban farming and market

Urban farms won’t feed our cities, but they’re still a great idea – here’s why

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CCTV at Woodbank Valley Urban Farm, Birmingham.

The capacity of urban farms to tackle major issues such as poverty and reducing food miles should not be underestimated, and with more ambitious projects starting up every day, it might not be long until you see one appearing in your neighbourhood.

By Michael Hardman
Lecturer in Geography, University of Salford
The Conversation
Oct 26, 2016

Excerpt:

Despite these barriers, our 2016 study into the state of urban farming showed that huge positives can come out of these spaces. For example, urban farms often act as a social incubator, bringing together communities and connecting cultures. Many also impact significantly on health and well-being, allowing city-dwellers to access fresh food and sometimes even supplement diets.

We found that those connected to The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens were strongest. They gained value from the networking with other such sites across the UK.

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October 26, 2016   Comments Off on Urban farms won’t feed our cities, but they’re still a great idea – here’s why

Webinar: Aquaponics In Gaza – 28th of October, 2016

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Improving food security and nutrition in resource limited urban areas

The presenter is Christopher Somerville, who has been working for FAO projects in the West Bank and Gaza Strip since 2012.
Friday 28 October 2016
2:00 – 3:00 pm (Rome time),
FAO HQ – AGD Meeting Room (B640)

Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (growing soil-less plants). Both practices mutually benefit from each other’s presence in one production unit. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the growing plants and the plants provide a natural filter for the water the fish live in.

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October 26, 2016   Comments Off on Webinar: Aquaponics In Gaza – 28th of October, 2016

Kenya: How we live with seven dairy cows, goats in the city

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Salome Gitau poses next to one of her dairy cows in her farm in Githurai, Nairobi, where she and her husband Stanley Gitau, who is also a tour driver keep dairy cows and goats. Photo | Anna Jones | Nation Media Group

At peak production, their best cow produces 36 litres of milk per day and the Gitaus believe diet is the secret.

By Anna Jones
Daily Nation
Oct. 15 2016

Excerpt:

“We milk the cows three times a day, yielding at least 60 litres per session at the peak, which we sell at Sh60 a litre,” said Salome.

Neighbours and residents queue up with their containers to buy milk fresh from the cow. Often still warm, it’s filtered from a churn directly into the customer’s bottle.

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October 25, 2016   Comments Off on Kenya: How we live with seven dairy cows, goats in the city

‘Veggielante’ helps folks grow food in small spaces in Sacramento

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Con10u2Farm.com puts modules in schools to encourage gardens in city neighborhoods

By Cathie Anderson
Sacramento Bee
June 18, 2016

Excerpt:

Friends tease James Brady about his devotion to urban farming, calling him a veggielante and a veggie preacher, but that doesn’t stop his proselytizing. Brady and his business partners create microscale systems that allow schoolchildren and others to grow produce in small or nontraditional spaces.

They recently sold nine of their “adaptive growing modules” to Sacramento-area schools such as Luther Burbank High School, John Still and Pasadena Avenue Elementary School. The modules consist of raised storage bins hooked up to a recirculating water system and filled with a composted growing medium. A timer, which can be powered by solar energy, turns the drip system on and off as directed.

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October 25, 2016   Comments Off on ‘Veggielante’ helps folks grow food in small spaces in Sacramento