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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

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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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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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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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