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Fellows earn urban farming certification completing 11-month program

Alex Badecker with certificate.

The nine people received certificates in urban agriculture endorsed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

By Tammie Smith
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Dec 17, 2017

Excerpt:

The students spent 15 to 20 hours a week in training — hands-on in the field and in the classroom where topics included holistic business planning, farm business plan development, financial projections and cash flow, record keeping and decision-making for farm profitability.

“My goal is to sell to restaurants and farmers markets,” said Alex Badecker, who grows asparagus, sweet potatoes and other produce part time on an approximately 6,000-square-foot plot in Henrico County.

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December 24, 2017   Comments Off on Fellows earn urban farming certification completing 11-month program

West Sacramento urban farm program being recognized in 2018 Rose Parade

In the 2018 Rose Parade, you’ll find Kimball on the Miracle-Gro float. Miracle-Gro has been funding the Urban Farm Program in West Sacramento since 2014, when the first urban farm site began.

By Frances Wang
KXTV
Dec 21, 2017

Excerpt:

For years, an empty lot on 5th and C in West Sacramento was considered an eyesore for the city.

That is until it was transformed into the first of five urban farm sites as part of the West Sacramento Urban Farm program, part of the California Farm Academy.

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December 23, 2017   Comments Off on West Sacramento urban farm program being recognized in 2018 Rose Parade

Local Roots: Farm-in-a-box coming to a distribution center near you

The interior of a TerraFarm.

United Nations World Food Programme has just purchased TerraFarms to provide produce to developing areas of the world

By Diana Gitig
Ars Technika
12/16/2017

Excerpt:

A solution like this in a developing economy doesn’t seem to make much sense on the surface. But the company is now claiming that it has achieved cost parity with traditional, outdoor farming. It’s the first in the indoor/urban/vertical farming model to have done so, possibly because the shipping containers allow them to generate more farmland more quickly and more cheaply than can be done in a warehouse or other indoor systems.

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December 23, 2017   Comments Off on Local Roots: Farm-in-a-box coming to a distribution center near you

‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Director Trish Sie on Choosing the Right Music and Raising Chickens

In between working on imaginative projects for bands like Ok Go!, Sie and her husband Roe, parents of two boys, own the King’s Roost, an urban farm supply store in Silver Lake, Calif., that also offers classes in homey arts like soapmaking and beekeeping.

By Pat Saperstein
Variety
Dec 21, 2017

Excerpt:

I love being dirty and being connected to the earth. Especially when you’re in this city and this business, when I get my hands in the dirt, and get a chicken on my lap, and get flour all over the counter, it just feels good.

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December 22, 2017   Comments Off on ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Director Trish Sie on Choosing the Right Music and Raising Chickens

Canada: Seeds planted for new Whitehorse community garden

The Whistle Bend Community Garden Coalition is leasing a 0.6-hectare lot in Whistle Bend at the corner of Eldorado Drive and Casca Boulevard. (Submitted photo)

‘We’re interested in food security in the North’

By Lori Fox
Yukon News
Dec. 19, 2017

Excerpt:

The garden will be set up a little bit differently than the popular one which already exists in the Marwell area of Whitehorse, said Jesse Jewell, president of the coalition.

Instead of having individual plots, people will be able to have a share of the garden, which means everyone works together to grow different things and everyone gets a little bit of everything, he said. This allows the garden to grow better food for everyone more efficiently and contributes to local food security, he said.

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December 22, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Seeds planted for new Whitehorse community garden

Hope Farms – Houston, Texas

Hope Farms is the epicenter where all our healthy programs come together: growing affordable produce in the middle of a food desert, giving kids lifelong skills with hands-on cooking and gardening classes

By Gracie Cavnar
Chairman of the Board
Recipe for Success

We began in the schools, giving monthly hands-on classes that put children in touch with their food from seed to plate and we made it fun. We started adding gardens and built the program from there to include after-school, summer camp, parent classes and community outreach. Our strategy is powerful. Children are changing their habits and attitudes, surprising themselves by trying and even liking vegetables that they would never even touch before. Parents report that their children now want to help cook and more often reach for the healthier option without prompting. In 2013, we scaled our proven Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™, making it available to any school, anywhere.

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December 22, 2017   Comments Off on Hope Farms – Houston, Texas

How This New York City Community Garden Became the Center of Controversy

The half-acre Elizabeth Street Garden serves as a public green space in one of the city’s most severely underserved neighborhoods in terms of open space. Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Street Garden

The Elizabeth Street Garden in NoLIta is slated for destruction in a new city plan for affordable housing—and neighbors are fighting back

By Elizabeth Fazzare
Architectural Digest
December 12, 2017

Excerpt:

“This is a false choice; affordable housing cannot come at the expense of green public space,” said New York City comptroller Scott Stringer at a rally in front of City Hall yesterday. Supported by public advocate Letitia James, senator Brian Kavanagh, assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, and Terri Cude, chair of the neighborhood’s community board two, a group of approximately 100 protesters gathered on the steps in response to a recent contract awarded by the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, one that plans to redevelop a 20,110-square-foot garden in the NoLIta neighborhood into affordable housing apartments for senior citizens.

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December 21, 2017   Comments Off on How This New York City Community Garden Became the Center of Controversy

$100,000 To Expand Urban Farm In Binghamton, New York

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To make room for the expansion, the city is using FEMA funds to demolish 13 flood-prone properties around the Tudor Street farm, adding two more acres of land to plant on.

By Amy Hogan
WICZ-TV
Dec 12, 2017

Excerpt:

More fresh food and youth employment opportunities is what $100,000 is buying for Binghamton. The state grant is going to VINEs, a community garden organization that has an urban farm on Tudor Street in the city, where area youth learn about agriculture and other life skills.

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December 21, 2017   Comments Off on $100,000 To Expand Urban Farm In Binghamton, New York

Like Farmer, Like Dog

A Series Exploring The Relationship Between Urban Farmers And Their Canine Companions In New York City

Produced by Kat Johnson, Micaela Heck, and Jordan Werner.
Dec 2017

Excerpt:

In the first episode we hung out under the Williamsburg Bridge at North Brooklyn Farms with Emma and her feisty pup Jam. This time, we’re taking a trek up to the Randall’s Island Urban Farm to meet Erica Harte and Baxter. Erica is a farmer and educator in the farm’s Edible Education Program.

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December 20, 2017   Comments Off on Like Farmer, Like Dog

India: Kochi school auctions organic produce to encourage farming

The school auctions the produce from its terrace farm among teachers and reinvest the earning back into farming

Times of India
Dec 12, 2017

Excerpt:

The project was initiated in August and the school has so far held five such auctions. School authorities suggest that the farm produce often gets auctioned entirely for around Rs 2,000 every alternate week.

“We had the space to undertake the terrace farming project. Once we proposed this idea, the school assured full support. Right now, we have around 200 grow bags on the terrace, where we farm vegetables such as okra, eggplant, tomatoes, bitter gourd and cauliflowers.

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December 20, 2017   Comments Off on India: Kochi school auctions organic produce to encourage farming

Canada: Regina food bank greenhouse fills shelves with garden-fresh goods

The greenhouse currently uses 48 vertical towers and they are growing a variety of crops such as broccoli, cabbage and many others.

“Growing our own food as a food bank is a really good way to look at what we do on a bigger scale and provide not only fresh food but also education to the clients and community about where food comes from, what it looks like, what it smells like, what it tastes like,” she said.

CBC News
Dec 09, 2017

Excerpt:

The centre of each tower is filled with compost which is produced by red wriggler worms, who live in bins at the greenhouse. These worms are fed waste the food bank won’t be using, with the worms converting 31 kilograms of inputs each week into fertilizer. This fertilizer in turn is fed back into the garden towers as nutrients for the plants.

“It’s vertical gardening and indoor growing. Controlled environments are definitely a popular thing right now,” said Wenger.

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December 19, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Regina food bank greenhouse fills shelves with garden-fresh goods

North Carolina: Vegetables to sprout on greenways, fruit in parks as part of Asheville food plan

Carolina Arias, Bountiful Cities Asheville Buncombe County Community Garden Network Coordinator, holds up a sign celebrating urban farming. Photo: Courtesy of Carolina Arias.

“You will see more food growing on our greenways, at our community centers, in our parks and hopefully with our partners in other public spaces as well,” said Smith.

By Joel Burgess
Citizen Times
Dec 11, 2017

Excerpt:

ASHEVILLE – The city has endorsed a plan to fight malnutrition by turning pieces of parks, greenways and other public lands into urban farms.

That’s according to a new “Food Policy Action Plan” backed by farmers, anti-hunger activists and most recently the City Council.

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December 19, 2017   Comments Off on North Carolina: Vegetables to sprout on greenways, fruit in parks as part of Asheville food plan

South Africa: Wonder women grow vegetables and each other

The group of women tending the veggie garden work tirelessly to ensure a good harvest.

A gardening project has grown into a sustainable food source for families in the Valley of 1 000 Hills.

By Lloyd MacKenzie
Highway Mail
Dec 11, 2017

Excerpt:

One woman’s dream of helping to empower others has grown and flourished in 10 years and now ensures that more than 250 people have food in their bellies before they go to bed at night.

Ten years ago, Lydia Hlope started feeding more than 150 adults and children in the KwaNyuswa area with vegetables from a community garden they named Yenzanathi Community Upliftment Project in the Valley of 1 000 Hills.

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December 18, 2017   Comments Off on South Africa: Wonder women grow vegetables and each other

Saanich, British Columbia, Food-garden Revolution

Homeowner and avid food gardener Sheila Jones checks out the juicy nectarines growing above her salad garden, planted at the bottom of the deck stairs. Photograph By Adrian Lam, Times Colonist [Sheila worked for City Farmer in 1987.]

Jones has transformed the 10,000-square-foot lot into a thriving vegetable and flower garden, growing everything from nectarine trees and espaliered peach trees to medieval plants used for medicinal purposes.

By Kim Westad
Times Colonist
Sept. 2, 2017

Excerpt:

The raised-bed garden now covers about 80 per cent of the backyard.

Jones grows what the family loves. Two-metre high artichokes are given prime real estate. The family lived in California for a time and love them.

“I love turning what we grow into great food for my family and friends.”

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December 18, 2017   Comments Off on Saanich, British Columbia, Food-garden Revolution

Namibia: Gardening project uplifts community

The Erastus Uutoni community project at Oikango is proof that the solution to food security lies in communities and backyard gardens.

New Era
December 8, 2017

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“We want to expand the garden and incorporate an after-school programme, hence the construction of the hall. In future we would also want to have a library so that our children can have additional studying materials at the centre,” said Hainghumbi.

The group, consisting mostly of women, grows vegetables.

The garden is run by people living positively with HIV, as well as other unemployed women and men from the village.
The centre also has plans to assist the elderly once it has been electrified.

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December 17, 2017   Comments Off on Namibia: Gardening project uplifts community