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Canada: Vancouver Urban Farming Census 2014 – 2016

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Four farms contributed data on the number of people who engaged with their farms in 2016. 14,943 people came to these four farms throughout 2016 for field trips, summer camps, celebration programs, workshops and other public events.

Marcela Crowe, Project Lead & Researcher
Marc Schutzbank, Project Consultant & Writer
Shauna MacKinnon, Project Consultant & Writer
Lisa Rilkoff, Graphic Designer
A project of the Vancouver Urban Farming Society (VUFS)
June 2017
(Must see. Mike)

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These farms grow! From 2010 to 2016 the sales value from urban farms grew more than five-fold from $129,000 in annual sales to $746,000. Sales to restaurants have been the leading growth area with sales increasing from $13,400 in 2010 to $390,400 in 2016. In 2013, high sales volumes corresponded with greater land under production. In 2016, two of the top three farms were indoor operations with a footprint of 4,000 sq ft or less.

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India: An Urban Farming Group In Bengaluru Is Teaching People Home Agriculture To Fight Pollution

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“I was born and brought up in Bangalore,” says Dr Vishwanath. “When I was growing up, most people used to have a front and back garden.”

The group believes that the process of growing food at home can encourage green cover

By Shreya Kalra
India Times
June 4, 2017

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Harish Mysore took a Garden City Farmers workshop five years ago, and now he grows everything from coriander to eggplant to pomegranate. His hobby of growing simple flowers such as roses has been magnified to home agriculture. He says organic farming opened up a “whole new gate” for him. Not only does growing food at home have health benefits, but the food also tastes much different.

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Scotland: Edinburgh City Farm is looking to tackle its debts by offering yoga classes

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On Friday morning, join Karen Nimmo for an 8-week course of morning yoga.

Gorgie City Farm, which has been in the city for 38 years, had been threatened with closure due to rising costs and a large reduction in external funding last year.

Farming UK
May 31, 2017

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Chief executive Josiah Lockhart told the Edinburgh Evening News creating a sustainable business model would allow the farm to be enjoyed for generations to come.
He said: “The appeal was really a way to help bide the farm some time to help put things in place to help it be more sustainable.

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Social Entrepreneurs Grow A ‘Computer Garden’ At Zahn Innovation Center

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City LABscape’s Jorge Burgos, Wei Zhang and Sabrina Cohn (Photo credit: Wildbloom Photography)

A “computer garden” for urban farming that grows food without soil or harmful chemicals.

By Anne Field
Forbes
May 30, 2017

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Recently, Logan and Babich grew their first crop–radishes, which took about eight days to pop. “They came out really well,” says Babich. Next step: Over the summer, they plan to develop their hardware platform. Plus, they’re working with a fellow Zahn startup City LABscape to build the hardware for that company. City LABscape, which recently won the Standard Chartered Women + Tech4NYC Prize, has developed a curriculum and prototype for hands-on indoor agriculture STEM education for middle and high school students, using small hydroponic-growing systems.

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