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Canada: Made-in-Toronto devices aim to make indoor gardening simple

Modgarden founder Aamar Khwaja. Photo by Samuel Engelking.

Consumer demand for cannabis-centric systems is also high

By Rae Ann Fera
Now
November 24, 2017

Excerpt:

Of course, when people think of growing herbs indoors, a different variety comes to mind.

With federal legislation legalizing marijuana, including growing at home, coming in July 2018, that other herb is on the radars of Modgarden and HiGarden.

HiGarden has already designed a four-pot prototype of the VIGA in anticipation of the four-plant growing limit the law will allow, but beyond that, no modifications have been made, largely because weed is still illegal.

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November 30, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Made-in-Toronto devices aim to make indoor gardening simple

Scotland: “I wrote this story as a tribute to my allotment.”

Yuri Gagarin – the first man in space.

‘Foodie Tips Courtesy of Yuri Gagarin’

By Sherry Morris
Scottish Book Trust
2017

Excerpt:

I didn’t know why I was reluctant to begin planting, to get growing. Or why I felt indifferent to what I had just put in. I decided I was restless; I’d been spending too much time at the allotment, I needed a break and went to a nearby park. There, I discovered a statue of Yuri Gagarin – the first man in space – marking his visit to the UK in 1961. I didn’t know much about the cosmonaut but I knew Russian cuisine: borscht, rye bread, boiled potatoes, stuffed cabbage rolls, beetroot salads, garlic cloves, and nearly every dish covered in sour cream or mayonnaise. Heavy food for a man whose mission was to fly through space amongst the stars. Funny he could consume all that heaviness and still fly.

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November 30, 2017   Comments Off on Scotland: “I wrote this story as a tribute to my allotment.”

New Northeast Portland food center to unite restaurants, urban farms

A new food center to be housed in the old Delphina’s Bakery.

The space will function as a very well-equipped commissary kitchen, featuring both a massive walk-in fridge and freezer, an extensive cookbook library, double dish pits and a separated baker’s stall

Oregonian
Nov 22, 2017

Excerpt:

In food circles, Northeast Portland’s Cully neighborhood might be best known for two things: it’s patchwork of urban farms, and the unlikely collection of quality restaurants lining Northeast 42nd Avenue.

A new food center coming to the old Delphina’s Bakery seeks to unite these two elements with a restaurant, a bakery, a green grocer and more.

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November 30, 2017   Comments Off on New Northeast Portland food center to unite restaurants, urban farms

The Giving Farm in Orange County – 8 acres, 375 partners and 87,500 pounds of produce

Students in Westminster High School’s agriculture program harvest acorn squash growing in the fields at the school in Westminster.

“This is a small showcase of what agriculture can be for the new generations,” said third-generation Orange County farmer A.G. Kawamura, who served as California’s agriculture secretary from 2003 to 2010 and started the nonprofit OC Harvest, now known as Solutions for Urban Agriculture.

By Theresa Walker
Orange County Register
November 22, 2017

Excerpt:

The eight acres of farmland at Westminster High, the largest remaining public school farm in Orange County, is at the heart of an initiative to grow fresh produce for the food bank to give to those who rely on the bounty of others in times of need.

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November 29, 2017   Comments Off on The Giving Farm in Orange County – 8 acres, 375 partners and 87,500 pounds of produce

India: Woman sets example for locals by introducing terrace farming in Raipur


Video in native language.

The Times of India
Published on Nov 22, 2017

Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Nov 23 (ANI): A woman named Pushpa Sahu is setting an example with her unconventional way of farming on her home’s rooftop in Raipur. Pushpa has set up a unique method of farming by using waste from her house to grow fruits, vegetables and even medicinal plants. She has converted the rooftop into a mini farm and has also uses a technique to water the plants by recycled water. She started terrace farming five years ago and is also influencing people in the city to take up this unique initiative.

November 29, 2017   Comments Off on India: Woman sets example for locals by introducing terrace farming in Raipur

Canada: Agriculture and Food Security Plan from Saanich, BC

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Theme 7: Expand Opportunities for Urban Agriculture

DRAFT Agriculture and Food Security Plan
Prepared by the District of Saanich Planning Department & Upland Agriculture Consulting
November, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

The purpose of the Agriculture and Food Security Plan (AFSP) is to provide the District with a coordinated approach for supporting agriculture and improving food security in Saanich over the next 10 to 15 years. It provides a roadmap for achieving Sustainable Saanich’s Official Community Plan (OCP) priorities and outlines a comprehensive approach to enhance the viability and long term sustainability of Saanich agriculture and food security.

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November 28, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Agriculture and Food Security Plan from Saanich, BC

Cornell group explores future of indoor farming

Doctoral student Jonathan Allred, center, leads a tour of Cornell greenhouses in November. Photo: R.J. Anderson/Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE): “CCE is the ‘boots on the ground,’ providing everything from technical assistance to the business planning, cost analysis and financing needed by startups and business that are expanding.”

By Jill Monti
Cornell Chronicle
November 21, 2017

Excerpt:

Known as controlled environment agriculture (CEA), the systems combine greenhouse environmental controls such as heating and lighting with hydroponic and soilless production, enabling year-round production of fresh vegetables. The process extends the growing season through a range of low-tech solutions – such as row covers and plastic-covered tunnels – to such high-tech solutions as fully automated glass greenhouses with computer controls and LED lights.

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November 28, 2017   Comments Off on Cornell group explores future of indoor farming

South African urban farmers grow herbs and crops on rooftops

About 100 buildings have already been identified where similar farms in the city will be set up.

Africa News
Nov 21, 2017

Excerpt:

Nhlanhla Mpati is tending his farm in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mpati is among a group of farmers in the country who are growing herbs and other crops on rooftops in urban cities.

He is part of project run by various organizations that wants to make more produce available in the inner city and provide jobs for entrepreneurs who want to farm but don’t have access to land.

Mpati grows basil and other herbs at the farm using a hydroponics system on top of the city’s Chamber of Mines building.

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November 28, 2017   Comments Off on South African urban farmers grow herbs and crops on rooftops

Korea: Growing Food on a Green Roof, Part of the Solution for Climate Change

Video shows green roof solution in Korea.

Rooftop Gardeners make Kimchi

Chosun.com
2017.11.21

Rough Google Translation:

The lecture room of Seoul National University, Professor Han Moo-young, graduate students, residents of Gwanak-gu, and foreign students from the School of Construction and Environmental Engineering gathered in this school. Those with pink rubber gloves on both hands sliced ??the radishes on one side and trimmed them on the other side. It was the day to make kimchi which will be delivered to neighbours.

“Just grab a bunch of spices and rub them on the cabbage.” Gwanak-gu residents Kim Hye-Ja (48) told me. This is how to spice the marinated Chinese cabbage. The master from Indonesia followed his this red sauce. Gita said, “I learned what kimchi is in my class. The Kimchi was made on the same day it was delivered to local residents in apartment complexes in Gwanak-gu by the local service organization, Yeong-Ok, CEO of Gwanak city agricultural network.

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November 27, 2017   Comments Off on Korea: Growing Food on a Green Roof, Part of the Solution for Climate Change

‘The Ranch At Dogtown’ in West Oakland

Our very own Extractor!…surely making possible more honey processing faster.

Known more for freeways than flowers, West Oakland’s urban environment can be a safer place for bees than agricultural areas, where crops are often sprayed with neonicotinoids.

by Cirrus Wood
Hoodline
Nov 20, 2017

Excerpt:

“We have a microclimate here that’s just really good for bees,” said Porter, owner of the Ranch at Dogtown, a 1.5-acre parcel she’s transformed into an urban farm.

“We call it the ranch because we have a big garden and chickens,” she said, along with fifty to sixty thousand honeybees.

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November 27, 2017   Comments Off on ‘The Ranch At Dogtown’ in West Oakland

Canada: Three Urban CSA’s in Greater Vancouver

Riverside Farm CSA Box.

Riverside Farm, PLOTS, Hasting Creek Farm

Excerpts from their websites:

Riverside Farm

We offer a box size suitable for singles, couples, and small families!
We are committed to also growing organic Asian greens and vegetables, and are excited to offer this to our members.
We will be offering “add-ons” throughout the season – additional food items which we will source from other local food producers. Some of the add-ons may include: honey, fresh herbs, mushrooms, jams, and canned fruits and vegetables.
The “One Size Fits All” Box
Ideal for a single person, couple or small family.

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November 26, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Three Urban CSA’s in Greater Vancouver

What Grows In Vegas Stays In Vegas

Harry Dodd waters collard greens at Zion Choice Neighborhood Community Garden.

It’s said that 106,000 children in southern Nevada regularly go hungry – a huge disadvantage for their physical and mental health, as well as their ability to perform well at school.

Wayne Roberts
Medium
Oct 11, 2017

Excerpt:

To the side is Rachel Smith of Zion Choice Neighborhood Community Garden Park. Las Vegas is described as a desert, and Rachel and her husband live in the north end of Las Vegas, which is described as a food desert, devoid of proper food retailers.

The desert springs to life in this one-acre community garden. Fairly simple and accessible tools, such as 40 raised beds, can turn a desert into a growth opportunity. A community that can form partnerships with food organizations is no longer deserted, and will not remain a desert.

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November 26, 2017   Comments Off on What Grows In Vegas Stays In Vegas

Seeds of change sown by juveniles and judge in this community garden in Bay St. Louis

“It gives these kids an ability to see that even where they are in life, they can still help other people,” said Hancock County Youth Court Judge Elise Deano. “I think that’s very, very important for us and for them.”

By Patrick Ochs
Sun Herald
November 18, 2017

Excerpt:

ince its debut in fall 2016, Ruth’s Roots has been doing its namesake proud.

Thanks in part to the Mississippi State Extension Service, Ruth’s Roots houses rows of salad tables, long garden boxes that will eventually be turned into “Mississippi” gardens with the state’s cash crops.

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November 26, 2017   Comments Off on Seeds of change sown by juveniles and judge in this community garden in Bay St. Louis

Canada: Shady Acres Farm, Richmond, BC

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CSA farmer in Greater Vancouver

Karly Pinch
Shady Acres Farm, Richmond, BC

Karly started Shady Acre Farm in 2015, after a season as an organic farm apprentice and graduating from the UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture in 2014. She came to farming from a passion for having a positive environmental impact in her career. Karly also works as an environmental educator.

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November 25, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Shady Acres Farm, Richmond, BC

Dean of Purdue University’s College of Agriculture Discusses Urban Agriculture

Karen Plaut, interim dean of Purdue University’s College.

Urban agriculture is about more than just the number of farms in a city. It’s a way of viewing the entire food system, from farm to grocery store.

By Erica Quinlan
AgriNews Publications
Nov 16, 2017

Excerpt:

“Only 314 people are employed in the farm sector in Marion County,” she said. “But, as many of our FFA students have heard, if you eat, if you wear clothes — most of us are involved in agriculture or farming at some level.

“The university defines urban agriculture as the growing, processing and distribution of food crops and animal products by and for the local community within an urban environment.

“There’s a huge opportunity for careers in agriculture.”

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November 25, 2017   Comments Off on Dean of Purdue University’s College of Agriculture Discusses Urban Agriculture