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Indonesia: Jakartans to see more urban farming

A man waters plants in a vertical garden in Cikini, Central Jakarta. The city administration plans to build 75 more such gardens, in addition to the existing 150. (Courtesy of Jakarta Fisheries, Agriculture and Food Security Agency/-)

The Jakarta administration plans to introduce “green aisle” program in 75 areas to grow vegetables, medicinal plants and potted fruit plants this year

Agnes Anya
The Jakarta Post
May 23, 2017

Excerpt:

Jakartans will have a greener city soon as the city administration is promoting urban farming in the capital.

The Jakarta administration plans to introduce “green aisle” program in 75 areas to grow vegetables, medicinal plants and potted fruit plants this year, aiming at not only beautifying the city but also to ensure food security.

“We want residents to know that farming is easy. In the future, we hope that they can produce vegetables for their own families,” Fisheries, Agriculture and Food Security Agency agriculture division head Diah Meidiantie said.

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May 31, 2017   Comments Off on Indonesia: Jakartans to see more urban farming

American Community Gardening Association’s 38th Annual Conference

July 27 -30, 2017 Hartford, Connecticut

Excerpts from the conference website:

Themes:

1. Cultivating community, sustainability, policy and social justice (CC)

2. Gardening and running a community garden basics (B)

3. Youth and school gardening (YSG)

4. Innovative programs and new directions (I)

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May 31, 2017   Comments Off on American Community Gardening Association’s 38th Annual Conference

Vancouver Urban Sketchers Visit City Farmer

By Junichi.

Ten of us from the Vancouver Urban Sketchers arrived at City Farmer in Kitsilano for a couple hours of careful observation.

Sketcher’s Blog
May 29, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

Vancouver enjoyed warm temperatures and blue skies this weekend. Beaches were packed. Bicycles were busy on the streets and pathways. Shops and patios were full. It was perfect for a quiet afternoon getaway into the garden with a sketchbook . . .

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May 30, 2017   Comments Off on Vancouver Urban Sketchers Visit City Farmer

Home Grown Food Summit 2017 – Register To Watch For Free

38+ experts share their best secrets for growing all your own food and medicine

Speakers:

Mike Adams
The Coming Antibiotics Apocalypse

Howard Garrett
Planting & Managing Trees
(The Right Way!)

Sally Fallon
Nourishing Fats In Your Diet

Sayer Ji
Nightshades Illuminated

Joel Salatin
Salad Bar Beef

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Taiwan: Three ways you can be a farmer right in Taipei

Mountain boars and wild monkeys are frequent visitors and can be seen sharing a field with farmers from the big city.

The China Post
May 23, 2017

Excerpt:

Located in Shilin District, Zhi Shan Ming Zhe Farm is a quiet hideout with a view of Taipei 101.

Part of the farm is open to the denizens of Taipei, who can rent a rice paddy, harvest it in August, and then dry and husk their own rice.

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May 30, 2017   Comments Off on Taiwan: Three ways you can be a farmer right in Taipei

The Food Forest Handbook

Design and Manage a Home-Scale Perennial Polyculture Garden

By Darrell Frey & Michelle Czolba
New Society Books
April, 2017

A food forest is a productive landscape developed around a mix of trees and perennials. Rooted in permaculture principles, this integrated approach to gardening incorporates a variety of plants such as fruit and nut trees, shrubs, vines, and perennial herbs and vegetables. Food forests can help increase biodiversity, protect valuable habitat for beneficial insects, and promote food security and resilience, all while providing an abundant harvest.

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May 29, 2017   Comments Off on The Food Forest Handbook

Camden, New Jersey students get $50,000 to expand urban farming

An urban farming initiative designed to grow crops in planters on street corners near the school in downtown Camden

By Bill Duhart
New Jersey Com
May 22, 2017

Excerpt:

“Camden is a food desert,” said Karina Velez, a LEAP Academy senior who helped design the urban farming initiative here. “Our goal in the future is to have mini festivals where we can provide fresh produce. Because there’s not a lot of place in Camden where kids can get healthy food.”

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May 29, 2017   Comments Off on Camden, New Jersey students get $50,000 to expand urban farming

India: The urban farmers battling Bangalore’s concrete jungle

A farm flanked by new apartment buildings in Varthur. Photo by Prabhu Mallikarjunan.

Students from the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism report from Bangalore in southern India.

BBC News
May 27, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

The once-rural farming community is now part of eastern Bangalore, near the city’s mighty IT campuses. This rapid urbanisation has thrust urban farmers like Hanumanthappa, who is 45, into a fraught relationship with the city. They are confronted with a choice: continue farming under adverse conditions, or sell their land.

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May 28, 2017   Comments Off on India: The urban farmers battling Bangalore’s concrete jungle

La Bajada Urban Youth Farm grows in West Dallas

“These youth interns get paid to come work on this farm and grow food and then we share the food with the community,”

By Tim Roberts
CW33
May 21, 2017

Excerpt:

“Coming here I’m not really used to being outdoors with the nature so learning how to plant and grow different seeds and getting my hands dirty was new to me,” said Grace Zamora, one of the students. “So it was difficult but I’m having a lot of fun doing it.”

And for these kids there’s an even bigger purpose than learning how to farm and making a little extra cash.

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May 28, 2017   Comments Off on La Bajada Urban Youth Farm grows in West Dallas

Singapore: 11,000 Square Foot Urban Farm atop Hotel Roof

Click on image for larger file. Many of the ingredients used in the hotel’s kitchen are grown on site in the hotel’s roof-top farm. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

Cheong, 40, the hotel’s executive chef, says: “The farm yields different produce every week. Because I never know what I’m going to get, I come up with new dishes all the time.”

By Bryna Singh
The Straight Times
May 22, 2017

Excerpt:

The ti plant is native to the state of Hawaii in the United States and is growing at the farm because the hotel’s chairman, Dr Richard Helfer – who lived for six years in Hawaii and owns a property there – brought the seeds to Singapore.

He is the man behind the hotel’s urban farm and he prides himself as being its chief gardener.

The American hotelier, 67, says the farm is part of the hotel’s intent to create a “total lifestyle environment” for its guests.

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May 27, 2017   Comments Off on Singapore: 11,000 Square Foot Urban Farm atop Hotel Roof

Taiwan: Taipei holds policy presentation marking World Urban Farmers Day

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je launched the garden city policy in 2015.

By Liu Chien-pang and Evelyn Kao
Focus Taiwan
May 21, 2017

Excerpt:

Taipei, May 21 (CNA) Taipei held an event Sunday to present the results of the city’s implementation of a garden city policy and mark World Urban Farmers Day on May 22.

At the presentation, Deputy Mayor Lin Chin-rong said that since the policy was launched in 2015, 402 community gardens and city farms have been opened for adoption by ward chiefs, schools, enterprises and volunteers.

The city’s next step is to promote organic farming, according to Lin.

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May 27, 2017   Comments Off on Taiwan: Taipei holds policy presentation marking World Urban Farmers Day

Why are so many young Greeks turning to farming?

A worker spreads olive harvest netting at an olive grove at Plomari village in Lesbos, Greece.

Eight years into an economic crisis, a shortage of jobs is leading many young Greeks to turn to the land.

By Nikolia Apostolou
Aljazeera
May 22, 2017

Excerpt:

Lesbos, Greece – Odysseas Elytis, the Greek Nobel laureate and poet, once wrote: “If you disintegrate Greece, in the end you’ll see that what you have left is an olive tree, a vineyard, and a ship. Which means: with these you can rebuild it.”

Having endured eight years of a deepening economic crisis, thousands of young Greeks are taking heed of Elytis’ words by leaving the cities to work on the land.

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May 26, 2017   Comments Off on Why are so many young Greeks turning to farming?

Canada: University of Alberta’s South Campus Urban Farm

Stan Blade, the dean of the faculty of agricultural, life and environmental sciences surveying spring crop planting at the south campus of the University of Alberta. (John Robertson/CBC)

“All of those things that are important for Alberta farmers, for Canadian farmers,” he said. “That work is going on right here at our research station.”

By Adrienne Lamb
CBC
May 20, 2017

Excerpt:

He points to crop research just gearing up and industry advances in poultry, swine and dairy.

“All of those things that are important for Alberta farmers, for Canadian farmers,” he said. “That work is going on right here at our research station.”

The farm’s history is celebrated at the Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences Museum snuggled between Foote Field and the Saville Community Sports Centre.

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May 26, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: University of Alberta’s South Campus Urban Farm

Worms at Work

Harnessing the Awesome Power of Worms with Vermiculture and Vermicomposting

By Crystal Stevens
New Society Publishers
June 1, 2017

Increasingly, we want to know where our food comes from, who grows it and how it is grown, and interest in permaculture, backyard composting, and gardening in general, is growing. So how does the budding gardener ensure that the soil is healthy and nutrient-rich enough to support growing some great food? One answer — worms! Vermiculture is the healthiest and most cost-effective way to ensure that your soil receives the nourishment that it needs. A simple vermicompost bin can produce completely natural, nutrient-rich fertilizer that can be used to boost soil health and, in turn, increase crop yield.

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May 25, 2017   Comments Off on Worms at Work

Nepal: Fertile lands turning into concrete jungle

A view of Kathmandu Valley from Kirtipur.

Most of the urban growth in Nepal is happening at the expense of fertile farmlands and cities are using peripheral land in a wasteful manner due to the lack of clear policies on the preservation of farmlands

Himalayan News Service
May 21, 2017

Excerpt:

In Nepal, urban agriculture has gained attention as a legitimate urban issue only in recent years.

“So far, the tendency among urban policymakers had been to view agriculture as a sector non-compatible to urban development. There has been renewed interest in integrating the issue of food security into urban development process,” it said.

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May 25, 2017   Comments Off on Nepal: Fertile lands turning into concrete jungle