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Student Explores Urban Ag At Penn State Philadelphia Center


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Sara Touey, a Community, Environment, and Development major, studied urban farming — a subject that’s relatively new to the agricultural world — during her internship at the Penn State Center in Philadelphia.

By Anna Criswell
Penn State News
February 15, 2017

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“During the internship I went to a farm on the site of Teens 4 Good, a nonprofit associated with the Penn State Center,” said Touey. “They teach youth from lower-income neighborhoods how to grow and harvest their own food. They also teach nutritional programs, how to cook with produce and job-development skills they can take into the real world.”

Smaller farms associated with urban agriculture don’t have the heavy machinery or space one would find on a rural farm, or many workers, Touey explained. “It was humbling — it’s a very personal process,” she said about working at Teens 4 Good. Along with a handful of other volunteers, she worked in a small unit with the head farmer. She was given the opportunity to get her hands dirty, see how the food was grown and gain first-hand experience with the process of working on a smaller farm.

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Urban farmers cultivate community and a connection to the land in Oklahoma City


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“The first step for a garden is not to overbuild it the first year,” he said. “Start with a 4-foot-by-8-foot garden. It needs to be small and manageable. It will become overwhelming if it’s too large.”

By Greg Ewell
Oklahoma Gazette
Feb 17, 2017

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CommonWealth Urban Farms of OKC cofounder and farm manager Elia Woods said she sees it, too, when people visit their farm at 3310 N. Olie Ave.

“We have a hunger inside of us to be connected to the natural world,” she said. “No matter how happy you might be at an office job, you still have that need.”

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The University of Arizona Community Garden holds ‘Stories in the Garden’ event


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Stories in the Garden incorporates food and inspired dialogue in the UA Community Garden. Dialogue can consist of poems, songs and stories from audience members related to a specific theme.

By Marissa Heffernan
The Daily Wildcat
Feb 14, 2017

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The crowd sat on an eclectic mashup of chairs and blanket-draped hay bales, sharing snacks they had brought along with cauliflower and carrots harvested from the garden earlier in the evening.

Jackie Mendelson, UA Community Garden manager and plant sciences senior, said the event series started in fall 2015 when one of the community garden students suggested a potluck-style event.

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