New Stories From 'Urban Agriculture Notes'
Random header image... Refresh for more!

UK: Prisoners restore broken garden tools to give away to schools and community groups

Launching the Tools Shed Norfolk at Mayton Wood recycling centre are, from left, Janice Coglin-Hibbert, Norfolk County Council waste reduction officer, Martin Edwards, head of reducing reoffending at HMP Norwich and Jack Narbed, Tools Shed project manager at The Conservation Foundation. Picture: Matthew Usher

Prisoners will be using new-found technical skills to restore gardeners’ broken and unwanted tools to give away to schools and community groups as part of an innovative rehabilitation project.

By Andrew Papworth
Diss Mercury
Apr 7, 2018

Excerpt:

“Participating in the scheme boosts their skills and confidence, as well as teaching practical skills which can be used when they leave prison.”

Janice Coglin-Hibbert, Norfolk County Council waste reduction officer, said: “So many of us have tools in our garden sheds that take up space but have outlived their usefulness and we’d encourage gardeners to bring these to our recycling centres at Mayton Wood and Ketteringham.

[Read more →]

April 13, 2018   No Comments

India: Leafy towns can firefight urban heat – Urban farming boosts nutritional security

Pandals are special framed structures used for vegetables with twine like stems. The weak climbers utilize this support, which protects the produce from soiling and increases exposure to sunlight and aeration.

Urban as well as periurban agriculture can help achieve nutritional security, even as one agrees that food security needs to come from villages.

Dr M S Swaminathan
Deccan Chronicle
Apr 8, 2018
The author is Father of Indian Green Revolution. He is recipient of the first World Food Prize, in 1987.

Excerpt:

It is time we graduated from food security to nutritional security. Fruits and vegetables can be grown by individuals to supplement nutritional needs. There is something known as hidden hunger. You might be getting enough food, but the nutrients that your body needs might be absent from your food. Your food might not have sufficient iron, protein or zinc content. This is where rooftop and homestead kitchen gardens can be useful.

[Read more →]

April 13, 2018   No Comments

Home grown solutions: the rise and rise of the microgreen

Kale plants at the Organic Oasis farm in Dubai. Pawan Singh / The National

Microgreens are growing in popularity in the UAE market, with a couple of companies even growing them in Dubai

By Anastasia Miari
The National
April 7, 2018

Excerpt:

It isn’t just the nutritional value of these mini veggies that is making this particular food trend catch on. Dubai blogger and photographer Samantha Louise Marshall first began growing her own microgreens to use as stylish garnishes on her food shoots, finding the simplicity appealing.

“I grow wheatgrass and cress from time to time in a really simple glass sprouting jar using packets of seeds,” she says. “I love that you just need water and no soil and that they grow fairly quickly and last a few days. If you use them up and want to take a break, you can just clean out your jar and restart when you want. It’s not like a plant you have to maintain, and a packet of seeds is enough for a few batches.”

[Read more →]

April 13, 2018   No Comments