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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

Excerpt:

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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November 13, 2017   No Comments

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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November 13, 2017   No Comments

Egypt Turns to Urban Agriculture to Revive Historically Powerful Sector


An Egyptian farmer collects the cotton harvest at a farm in al-Massara village near the Nile delta city of Mansura, north of Cairo. (Photo: AFP – Khaled Desouki)

Egypt is turning to urban agriculture by establishing its first agriculture city in the southeast part of the Qattara Depression, northwest of the country, as part of efforts aimed at reviving a sector that goes back to the time of the pharaohs.

By Menna A. Farouk
Egyptian Streets
November 6, 2017

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The $US 10 billion agriculture city will span an area of 311,400 acres and will be established under the supervision of the Korean Arab Company for Economic and Cultural Consultancy. The city will host 50,000 smart greenhouses in addition to a number of seawater desalination and solar power plants. It will also include the planting of water-saving strategic crops, the establishment of fish farms and feed factories.

“The city will be a great bellwether [for] the agriculture sector. It will provide thousands of job opportunities for young people and will achieve self-sufficiency from a number of strategic crops,” Hamed Abdel Dayem, spokesman of the Ministry of Agriculture, told Egyptian Streets.

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November 12, 2017   No Comments

Slave garden at Smithfield, Virginia cultivates deeper understanding of early colonial times

An interpretive slave garden has been added to the grounds at Historic Smithfield, expanding the plantation’s story of 18th century life on the Virginia frontier. Photo courtesy of Historic Smithfield Plantation.

Some of the plants originally introduced by slaves brought to the Colonies include yams, okra, melons, sorghum and cow peas, as well as other lesser known plants such as lablab beans, spiny cucumbers and dagga.

By April Danner
The Roanoke Times
Nov 5, 2017

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As the harvest season winds down, visitors to Historic Smithfield Plantation can add to their tour of the property a new feature on the expansive grounds: an interpretive slave garden, which recreates an important facet of life for the enslaved people of colonial Virginia, who planted small gardens to enhance their diet, provide medicinals and maintain spiritual traditions.

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November 12, 2017   No Comments

Finland: Farming the city. Creating opportunities for urban agriculture in Helsinki. How can architects engage?

(Photo via Sophia E. Hagolani-Albov, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland)

Architects can contribute as facilitators in the discourse. They can have different roles: as initiators when creating favourable conditions for a practice to start and operate, as mediators between practitioners, authorities and citizens, as well as curators or advisors supporting UA practices.

By Moinel, Caroline
School of Arts, Design and Architecture | Master’s thesis
Aalto University
2017

Abstract:

This master’s thesis explores urban agriculture typologies and their respective potentials to increase urban quality of life, ecosystem services, and urban experiences for citizens; while also analysing how architects can contribute to create opportunities for the development of urban agriculture.

Urban agriculture has remerged in developed cities over the last fifteen years in a variety of forms and scales, empowering people to access local and healthy food, while creating a sense of place and community. The contemporary movement of urban agriculture started as a response to global sustainability challenges and a strong wish to place food at the centre of urban agendas. This re-emergence also reflects an ongoing participatory urban culture movement and the redefinition of public urban spaces and urban life.

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November 11, 2017   No Comments

UK: Man bought 55lb of fertiliser and got a visit from the terror police

The 47-year-old’s eBay order of a 55lb sack of explosive calcium nitrate fertiliser and growing tubes was flagged to police as potential terrorist activity

By Andy Dolan
The Daily Mail
Nov 3, 2017

Excerpt:

As an award-winning vegetable grower, John Handrahan-Cook will go to any length to produce the perfect crops.

But an online purchase of fertiliser and pipes for his super-sized onions, runner beans and radishes produced unexpected results – a visit to his semi-detached house by police.

The 47-year-old’s eBay order of a 55lb sack of explosive calcium nitrate fertiliser and growing tubes – together with more fertiliser, screws and plastic sheeting to build an onion house – was flagged to police as potential terrorist activity.

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November 11, 2017   No Comments

Freddy Bernal Rosales, Venezuela’s minister for urban agriculture, one 10 Venezuelans blacklisted for corruption, undermining state vote

Minister of Urban Agriculture, appointed on June 7, 2017, by Nicolás Maduro, replacing Erika Farías.

By Kirk Semple
New York Times
Nov. 9, 2017

Excerpt:

CARACAS, Venezuela — The Trump administration on Thursday imposed sanctions against 10 more Venezuelan officials, including members of the country’s election commission and several government ministers, accusing them of undermining democracy through their use of corruption and censorship in support of President Nicolás Maduro’s tightening grip on power.

“As the Venezuelan government continues to disregard the will of its people, our message remains clear: the United States will not stand aside while the Maduro regime continues to destroy democratic order and prosperity in Venezuela,” Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in a statement.

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November 10, 2017   No Comments

Singapore: First-timer’s gardening attempt pays off in a big way

Mr Ivan Loh, 71, with his 25kg winter melon, which won him the Heaviest Winter Melon prize and $500 at the Community Garden Edibles Competition. St Photo: Ng Sor Luan.

There were 10 categories: the longest brinjal, lady’s finger, long bean, bitter gourd and chilli, and the heaviest papaya, pumpkin, winter melon, sweet melon and tomato.

By Raffaella Nathan Charles
Straits Times
Nov 4, 2017

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Mr Loh, a retired sailor who lives in a flat in Bukit Batok, decided to give gardening a try at his friend’s backyard in Choa Chu Kang earlier this year. The secret to his success was a combination of good fertilisers, he revealed. “I am happy and proud, but it was very unexpected,” he said of his win.

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November 10, 2017   No Comments

Chicago: Neighbors shout, criticize children during Park Ridge community garden debate

Supporters and opponents of a proposed community garden at North Park in Park Ridge.

“The children who are commenting up here are not paying our taxes and are not paying our water bills,” Lind said.

By Jennifer Johnson
Chicago Tribune
Nov 3, 2017

Excerpt:

Wolf said the proposed garden will measure approximately 8,000 square feet. Inside a 5-acre (217,800-square-foot) park, Wolf said the garden is “a small percentage of the park.”

But some neighbors disagreed, shouting “No it’s not,” in response.

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November 10, 2017   No Comments

Canada: Government of the Northwest Territories signed an agreement to develop backyard agriculture by-laws. “Not enough” says expert.

Jackie Milne, President of Hay River’s Northern Farm Training Institute.

“We have such a need for food. To nurture, to build up and grow the food side. It’s great if these by-laws are going to help the average person grow food; but, let’s focus on the real thing here,” she sternly presses. “Agriculture is a sector. It’s like mining. It’s a key area that can contribute in a lasting way to our economy in the North. It’s so neglected, it’s pathetic. It’s shameful.”

By Cameron Wilkinson
My Yellowknife
Nov. 2, 2017

Excerpt:

Jackie Milne, President of Hay River’s Northern Farming Institute, says the by-laws aren’t particularly new, nor are they any help.

“This work is redundant,” Milne says with a very flat tone. “A few years ago, I actually helped Hay River Agriculture Plan grant from the Government to do an agriculture strategy. It was done by a professional agriculture organization from Alberta. It systematically addressed all of the different types of by-laws that can exist in a community that can be reviewed or altered. It’s publicly available.

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November 9, 2017   No Comments

Canada: City councillor wants to make commercial farming legal for Winnipeg homeowners

Allard compares the idea to other sharing services like Uber and AirBNB. The councillor says urban agriculture is an efficient use of land, is economical and could cut down on greenhouse gases from transporting food.

By Jeff Keele
CTC News
Nov 3, 2017

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A city councillor wants Winnipeg homeowners to be able to farm in their yards.

Currently city rules do not allow homeowners to grow fruits and veggies in their yards for commercial purposes.

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November 9, 2017   No Comments

Singapore: National Parks Board will for the first time be leasing out garden spaces in their parks

Community farmers at their allotment garden plots at HortPark. St Photo: Ng Sor Luan

A total of 1,000 of these “allotment gardens” will be built in 10 parks by 2019, said NParks.

By Raffaella Nathan Charles
Straits Times
Nov 3, 2017

Excerpt:

This move is part of a broader Edible Horticulture Plan launched on Friday (Nov 3) that also spells out training initiatives and ways to support gardening in Singapore.

In recent years, more community gardens have sprouted islandwide, reflecting a keen interest in gardening beyond the professional sphere. Gardening enthusiasts also say that they have observed more aspiring green thumbs.

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Indoor farming feeding hundreds each day in Connecticut

“We can feed about 300 people per week…An 11-ounce container which is like that large container at Whole Foods,” Curry stated.

By Ann Nyberg-News Anchor
News 8
Nov 1, 2017

Excerpt:

Indoor farming is underway in the state of Connecticut thanks to a group of young entrepreneurs.

Trifecta Ecosystems Incorporated has just fully filled out its new downtown Meriden aquaponics facility with thousands of plants growing in about 12 inches of water vertically and on a flat surface.

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November 8, 2017   No Comments

Texas: Square Mile using urban farming to cultivate growth in San Jacinto

Square Mile urban farm.

“Help bring produce, healthy food, into the community as well as teach people how to use this farming method themselves, so they can bring in supplemental income and we can really foster a little bit of economic development.”

By Nicolette Perrone
News Channel 10
Nov 1, 2017

Excerpt:

What began over the summer as concrete and dirt, has now become a farm that just had its first harvest.

The farm is providing residents with keys to economic growth and health to reinvent San Jacinto as a vibrant part of Amarillo.

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November 7, 2017   No Comments