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Indonesia: Hydroponics Farming At Home

Indonesian hydroponics trainer Jackie Ambadar with students of Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre last Saturday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

“The whole idea is to get them to be self-sustaining and perhaps earn a bit of income on the side,” Ms Khan said.

By Manasa Kalouniviti
Fiji Times
March 06, 2018


“I started in hydroponics five years ago in Indonesia when I learned that this was a very healthy way of planting vegetables because no pesticides are used.

“We started designing urban farming programs in Indonesia and now I’m very happy that a lot of people back home, who live in big houses, are doing their own farming at home because health is our number one concern right now,” she said.

Ms Ambadar said they started by teaching the students at the centre to use old and recycled materials such as empty plastic bottles, buckets and discarded plastic pipes in developing their hydroponics farms.

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Why Pittsburgh is encouraging urban agriculture with its new Farm-a-Lot program

Sankofa Village Community Garden in North Point Breeze and Homewood South could benefit from the URA’s urban agriculture pilot program. Photo courtesy Ayanna Jones.

Pittsburgh has 30,000 “distressed” vacant lots among its 145,000 parcels. Roughly 6,000 of those are categorized by the URA as “push to green,” which means greenways, parklets, gardens or urban agriculture might be the best future use, says Nathan Clark, director of the URA’s real estate division.

By Sandra Tolliver
Next Pittsburgh
March 4, 2018


Americans want urban farms: A 2013 national study on urban agriculture found increasing popularity for urban farms among both residents and policy makers. Urban farmers are generally younger than the overall U.S. farming population, with an average age of 44.

But the Pittsburgh survey, although not finalized, found that access to land is a significant barrier for new farmers, particularly in urban or suburban areas, says Jon Burgess from the Allegheny County Conservation District, who co-chaired the Food Policy Council’s urban agriculture working group.

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