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India: Pune Woman Converts 3,500sqft Plot Into A Garden Which Feeds 10-12 People Daily

Sujata cuts a 2-feet-long white gourd in her urban farm as her sister-in-law and nephew watch.

I spend about one hour daily on the plot and about 20 minutes on the terrace garden. There are three families – mine, my brother’s and my brother-in-law’s.

The Logical Indian Crew
November 8th, 2017

Excerpt:

Sujata: It is not exactly a farm, it’s a residential plot which we have converted into a garden. We did not want to construct on the plot, which belonged to my brother-in-Law, so with his permission we converted it into the garden as it was lying idle. We always wanted to grow plants using only organic and natural method. We are also maintaining a terrace garden for last 6-7 years, but it has its own limitation of space. This problem was solved by the garden.

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November 13, 2017   No Comments

Canada: Victoria school garden teaching students value of outdoor activity

Westshore Centre for Learning student Josh Hill (right) and a member of the Western Garden Club help themselves to a lunch of pumpkin and apple soup, mixed greens, croutons and pumpkin pie at the school’s campus in Colwood Thursday. The students grew and harvested everything in the meal in the community garden. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

The garden has been happening in various capacities on the property for the last 12 years, however, this year the school was able to add a greenhouse, thanks to funding from the Horner Foundation

By Kendra Wong
Victoria News
Nov. 6, 2017

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As part of the school’s sustainable resources class, which runs from February to June and gives students a Grade 11 science credit, students learn how to plant and nurture seedlings, transplant, weed out and harvest in the roughly, 4,000-square foot garden on Sooke Road. Students had their own grow boxes and planted a variety of tomatoes, lettuces, cabbages, raspberries, carrots, beets, herbs, apples, squash and onions.

While other schools have gardens, Jennifer Freeman of Zero Mile Solutions who helps support the development of the garden, said this one is unique in that gardening is integrated into the curriculum.

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Canada: Kale Grown in Indoor Farm

Modular Farms president Aaron Spiro grows 68 kilograms of kale a week inside his mobile farm with infra red lights. (Vince Talotta / Toronto Star)

Modular Farms vertical hydroponics system will soon produce up to 68 kilograms of kale a week.

By Ainslie Cruickshank
Toronto Star
Nov. 6, 2017

Excerpt:

“They can start guaranteeing their customers that any kale on the menu was not only grown locally but was literally harvested less than half an hour before people are eating it, which is pretty amazing,” said Aaron Spiro, the president of Modular Farms.

Over the last four years the Brampton-based company has developed an indoor farming system housed in 40-foot containers made of insulated composite steel panels that they say can grow food in any climate.

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