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The digital farmer: Using social media to bridge the urban-rural divide in Australian agriculture

Social media sensation Emma Moss struck Instagram fame after sharing photos of her life as a jillaroo during a gap year on the Kimberley’s Nerrima cattle station in 2016.

“People in urban and rural populations, we all have the same values. We all care for our families, our animals and our land, so it just brings people together I think.”

By Courtney Fowler
ABC
May 7, 2018

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As urban centres grow, Australians are becoming increasingly disconnected with the life on farms and stations, but social media is slowly changing that trend.

Nowadays platforms like Facebook and Instagram are playing an increasingly important role educating city dwellers about where their food comes from, paddock to plate.

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India: 60 Mahim families recycle 8,500 kg waste, develop garden in Mumbai

Residents of Matoshree Pearl have started growing vegetables in their terrace garden. (HT Photo)

The residents of Matoshree Pearl, a 22-storey building with 65 flats, have been treating their collective biodegradable kitchen waste within the society premises using two bio-composter tumblers with a capacity of 10 kg each that produce nutrient-rich manure.

By Badri Chatterjee
Hindustan Times
May 7, 2018

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November onward, the 4,000sqft terrace of the building was made home to an organic garden where residents grow spinach, cucumber, tomatoes, chili, ladyfinger, fenugreek, lemon grass and many other vegetables. Children from the society have been given a vegetable patch each and they are responsible for nurturing them.

“We have set up a drip irrigation system which uniformly provides water to each of these plantations,” said Shireesh Kedare, resident and professor, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B).

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