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Ducks Control Slugs and Snails at a South African Vineyard

Duck farmer Denzel Metthys manages over 1,000 Indian Runner ducks who are used as a natural form of pest control on the Vergenoegd Winery.

Vergenoegd Wine Estate
Baden Powell Drive, Faure, Stellenbosch

This waddling workforce is essential to the farm’s pest-control, consuming a startling amount of snails and bugs on their daily patrols. The ducks are also a big part of why Vergenoegd proudly carries WWF biodiversity certification.

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40 Sophomores in Urban Agriculture Academy Embark on a Rural Immersion Tour in Southeast Nebraska

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Bryan students get a closer look at a corn planter during a Rural Immersion Tour in Southeast Nebraska.

“You get them up close to cows and pigs and machinery. They get to see what agriculture is really like, and what rural living is like.”

By Eric Taylor
Leader Associate Editor
Oct 5, 2016

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“Basically everything was new to me,” Tovar said. “And the smell was a lot stronger than I imagined.”

Tovar, Rodriguez and the tour group received a unique viewing when then went to visit the pig farm.

“That was the first time I’d seen a pig in person,” Rodriguez said.

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Update October 2016 – Resource Centre for Urban Agriculture & Forestry

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Update on RUAF projects:

• Encouraging pioneering business initiatives
• Value chain development for a local market in Gaza
• City region food systems and food waste reduction
• Accelerating sustainable WASH
• City region food systems training
• Assessing city region food systems and monitoring the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact implementation
• CityFoodTools fieldwork in 7 city-regions around the world

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