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Canada: Vancouver’s Sole Food Street Farms to move to new home in Olympic Village

Site plan for the new location of the Sole Food Urban Street Farm at West 1st Avenue and Crowe Street. Credit: City of Vancouver Click image to see larger file.

North America’s largest urban farm is preparing to move south across False Creek, from their current home at Pacific and Carrall, to a new spot in the Olympic Village.

By Peter Meiszner
Urban YVR
October 16, 2017

Excerpt:

Sole Food needs to move nearly 2,000 planter boxes to the new site by the end of October. Three shipping containers will also be set up on the property to house supplies and office space for the operation.

Produce from the farm will be processed on-site for distribution through farmers markets, delivery to restaurants and also sold on-site. Operating hours will be from dawn to dusk, seven days a week, and the farm will be open to the public Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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South Africa: Chamber of Mines shows off potential of rooftop agriculture in Johannesburg inner city

The Chamber of Mines is participating in and has funded a pilot project to assess the feasibility of growing herbs and vegetables on the rooftops.

Launch of the Urban Agriculture Initiative, which is aimed at creating a vibrant urban agricultural ecosystem by “innovatively” repurposing disused rooftops and making use of hydroponics and aquaponics to produce agricultural produce for Johannesburg’s inner city communities.

By Ilan Solomons
Creamer Media Staff Writer
11th October 2017

Excerpt:

“Although still in its early days, a successful basil crop has been harvested and sold,” the chamber highlights.

Moreover, the CoM notes that Johannesburg is one of many cities worldwide turning to inner city farming with the objective of addressing high unemployment and food insecurity, while simultaneously aiming to regenerate neighbourhoods.

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University of North Texas: Job Title – Lecturer of Urban Agriculture

Imao Keinen Title: Rooster and Hen – Keinen Gafu Date: 1892.

This new faculty member will also be responsible for developing online courses; a student Urban Agriculture Club; and collaborative relationships with community gardeners and other urban agriculture entities.

Employer: UNT Dallas
Location: Dallas, TX
Posted: Oct 10, 2017

Excerpt:

The University of North Texas at Dallas invites applications for a full-time Lecturer position in Agriculture, beginning Fall 2017. The successful candidate will be expected to achieve excellence in teaching and to lead development of the emerging urban agriculture program at UNT Dallas. As a part of this urban agriculture initiative, UNT Dallas has partnered with El Centro College, Dallas, TX, to develop a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree that includes undergraduate agricultural training and advances students’ STEM skills. This effort is being supported at UNTD by a $1.3 million grant from the Department of Education.

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