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City Farmer Beer With a Splash of Homegrown Mulberries

Silky Suds!

By Maria Keating
City Farmer
Dec 2017

May we present this year’s edition of City Farmer beer, ‘Silky Suds’. It is a smooth pale ale brewed with hops grown in compost here at our Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden. A splash of mulberries from our mulberry tree was added to the brew.

Mulberry leaves are used to raise the silk worms, cocoons, and eventually moths. The life cycle of this insect has been so much fun to watch. Visitors in August, who picked mulberries from our tree, told us so many stories about their experiences with the fruit that we knew that some had to be added to our beer this year.

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Israel: Bringing Community Gardening to Haredi Religious Community

Haredi religious children gather around an SPNI Community Gardens staff member to learn planting tips in Jerusalem.

Israel’s Society for the Protection of Nature (SPNI) has long maintained a Community Garden Initiative that has grown 70 community gardens in Jerusalem, and literally hundreds of beautiful community gardens around the Jewish State.

By Hana Levi Julian
Jewish Press
December 19, 2017

Excerpt:

Currently, the ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem neighborhoods of Choma HaShlishit and Maalot Dafna both have thriving communal gardens.

The project provides unique learning opportunities for all ages, especially for cheder-age (elementary) students who spend most of the day inside studying and rarely have the opportunity to connect with nature.

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Northern India: Meet Gurgaon’s urban farmers

Shikha Gaur is a corporate event planner and prefers her self grown fresh vegetables and fruits over the market’s produce (BCCL/ Ajay Kumar Gautam)

These urban farmers say that over the months, their farms have become so productive that they are now reaping about 20kg of fruits and vegetables every week.

By Abhimanyu Mathur
Times of India
Dec 19, 2017

Excerpt:

Dheeraj Garg is an IT professional and like many other professionals, despite a busy work life, he finds time to engage in a ‘hobby’ every weekend. Every Sunday, Dheeraj drives to Badshahpur on the outskirts of the city, where he – along with over a hundred other Gurugrammers – works as a farmer in his own farm, growing everything, from tomatoes and strawberries. Community organic farming is finding popularity among the working class of the Millennium City, who are not averse to getting their hands dirty in the mud and engage in farming. Currently, over 100 families from across the city are engaged in the practice on leased farms in Badshahpur in a project started by the District Horticulture Department and supported by a local NGO, Green Leaf Initiative.

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