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Dona Ana Community College public health students Jasmine Franzoy, 20, and Alyssa Berrington, 26, demonstrate how they tend to large potted plants located at the downtown mall on Monday. For six hours a week they students plant, prune and harvest food in 58 large pots in the area.(Photo: Robin Zielinski — Sun-News)
La Semilla Food Center has partnered with the students to promote healthier eating. “I love working working with the public and getting the pots adopted.”
By Beth Waters
For the Sun-News
November 9, 2015
The students have partnered with La Semilla Food Center and are tasked with tending 58 oversized planters full of fruit, herbs, vegetables and flowers, hoping to promote urban agriculture to the public. The collaboration is part of a DACC health class, matching students to nonprofits, taught by Amy Collins, associate professor of public health.
“As a society, we are use to seeing our food packaged, to see plastic and cellophane around our fruit and vegetables,” Collins explains. “So having an understanding of where food comes from is difficult for a lot of people.”
November 16, 2015 No Comments
P.J. Carswell describes his drive for getting more people in Middle Georgia involved in growing healthy vegetables and fruits.
By Stanley Dunlap
Nov 8, 2015
Carswell has a goal of getting more people involved with his gardens in Bolingbroke not far from the Bibb County line and in Macon. With more than 40 acres in Monroe County, Carswell has designated about two acres for his garden that include plants still producing yellow squash, eggplant, cayenne peppers and other vegetables. In Macon, Carswell’s hideaway half-acre garden near Montpelier Avenue grows everything from pear, peach, pecan and fig trees to turnip and collard greens.
He enjoys pointing out the soil’s richness with a pH level of 7 that creates a “happy medium.”
November 15, 2015 No Comments
Not so smart is a strategy that suggests people who oppose or question the foundational concepts of urban agriculture need to be “educated.”
Nov 7, 2015
Fargo-Moorhead’s budding love affair with something called “urban agriculture” could be a very positive development for the metro, or it could be a means by which neighbors give neighbors the bird. If considered carefully and applied rationally – that is, without elitism masquerading as a phony we-know-what’s-good-for-you idyll – F-M’s iteration of urban ag could enhance living in the cities.
November 14, 2015 No Comments
DO: Smell clean for the bees. They don’t like anything scented or perfumed.
By Lindsey Weber
September 5, 2014
DON’T: Leave your chicken feed out. Rats love chicken food. Not so surprising — because rats love any food — but chicken feed is extra tasty to them. Store chicken (and all bird food) in a tin or plastic container with a secure lid, and don’t give your chickens more food at one time than they can finish.
DON’T: Get too fancy. Work with what you have. For example, a simple painter’s suit can make a workable beekeeper’s suit. “You don’t really have to gear up,” explains Carpenter. “I can even wear my flip flops for most things.”
November 11, 2015 No Comments
The heir to the throne, who is himself a farmer, says it is easy for those who live in urban areas to forget how much the UK depends on those who have farmed the land for generations.
By Rebecca English
Royal Correspondent For The Daily Mail
10 November 2015
‘Regardless of which member or members of the family are actively involved in running the farm, their husbands, wives, partners and children help to keep alive schools, shops, pubs, transport, local entertainment, charities and all the other services that rural society needs if it is to thrive.
‘Small farms tend to be the repositories of vital genetic diversity through the breeding of pedigree and native breeds of livestock, and heritage varieties of vegetables, cereals and fruit.
November 11, 2015 Comments Off on Prince Charles calls on city dwellers to support the ‘invisible’ farming industry
Perception and acceptance of agricultural production in and on urban buildings (ZFarming): a qualitative study from Berlin, Germany
Major perceived benefits of ZFarming include improved consumer awareness, education, and the creation of experimental spaces.
By Kathrin Specht , Rosemarie Siebert, Susanne Thomaier
Agriculture and Human Values
First online: 23 October 2015
Rooftop gardens, rooftop greenhouses and indoor farms (defined as ZFarming) have been established or planned by activists and private companies in Berlin. These projects promise to produce a range of goods that could have positive impacts on the urban setting but also carry a number of risks and uncertainties. In this early innovation phase, the relevant stakeholders’ perceptions and social acceptance of ZFarming represent important preconditions for success or failure of the further diffusion of this practice.
November 6, 2015 Comments Off on Perception and acceptance of agricultural production in and on urban buildings (ZFarming): a qualitative study from Berlin, Germany
“In the future we see people being able to grow lots of things in their home and maybe have an entire room that’s dedicated to growing,” Byron said.
By Rupa Shenoy
Oct 8, 2015
For a new generation of entrepreneurs, investing in the future of urban agriculture makes sense. Scientists predict population growth of billions within the next several decades, with most of those people living in urban areas. Young businessmen and women like Hennessy and Stoddard think the growing urban populations will want to stay connected to their food.
“This is perhaps the most entrepreneurial generation we’ve seen in a long time,” said Catherine Bertini, a former executive director of the United Nation’s World Food Programme. Bertini also served as an Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she oversaw the design of the Food Guide Pyramid. Bertini says these young farmers are driven by the same basic pride as their predecessors.
October 17, 2015 Comments Off on On The Roof and In The Living Room, Startups Tackle Urban Farming
After moving to Bowling Green from the overpopulated, “crammed-for-space” environment of Los Angeles, Na’puti realized her desire to reconnect with the earth and the cultural ideals of her native country, Guam.
By Nicole Ares
Oct 5, 2015
“Urban living is far more sustainable than suburban sprawl, so we hope we can demonstrate, even in a small way, that sustainable agriculture and urban living are compatible,” Crawford said via email.
A variety of produce has since grown there. Ripe orange tomatoes, red and green hot peppers, organic basil and a substantial amount of other plants grow throughout the yard. The couple’s garden is also home to a hugelkultur mound that was introduced to them by local farmer Tim Kercheville.
October 13, 2015 Comments Off on Urban farming movement sprouts in Bowling Green, Kentucky
“I think having the farm on campus sort of situates us uniquely in urban agriculture.”
By Matthew Del Busto
The Butler Collegian
Sept 29, 2015
The Center for Urban Ecology (CUE) Farm started off as just 3/10ths of an acre and CUE staff members and faculty in the biology department managed it. Now the farm is close to an acre in size and Tim Dorsey, manager of the CUE Farm, oversees it full-time. Along with providing fresh produce at its weekly farm stand, the farm provides educational opportunities to the students at Butler and the surrounding community along with paid internships for Butler students each semester and over the summer.
The farm stand is located on the porch of the blue storage building that lies between the CUE Farm and the tennis courts near the intramural fields and the I-Lot. Dorsey said the farm stand has gained popularity over the past few years.
October 6, 2015 Comments Off on Indianapolis, IN — Center for Urban Ecology (CUE) Farm at Butler University
Big-data firms can test varieties of seeds across hundreds of fields, soils, and climates. And in the same way that Google can identify flu outbreaks based on where web searches are originating, analyzing crops across farms helps identify diseases that could ruin a harvest.
By Dan Bobkoff
Sept 15, 2015
This is some of what big-data analytics make possible on the modern farm: Sensors can tell how effective certain seed and types of fertilizer are in different sections of a farm. Software will instruct the farmer to plant one hybrid in one corner and a different seed in another for optimum yield. It can adjust nitrogen and potassium levels in the soil in different patches. And this information can be fed to companies like Monsanto to improve hybrids.
September 16, 2015 Comments Off on Seed by seed, acre by acre, big data is taking over the farm
Meei Ling Ng (left), an artist and urban gardener, in the small farm she started in a city lot with volunteers Joyce Randell (center) and Valerie Marshall. The farm aims to provide food and work for the homeless. ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer
In 2010, the city had 571 community gardens. By 2014, that number had grown 70 percent, to 970, according to the Trust for Public Land.
By Jeff Gammage
September 7, 2015
Born and raised in Singapore, the daughter of a mother who grew orchids for a living, Ng came here for an arts education, graduating from the Art Institute of Philadelphia in 2000.
In recent years her installations – including a big, chicken-shaped coop to house, well, chickens – have aimed to raise awareness about city farming and sustainable living.
The new farm was born through hope and hoe – and an artist-in-residency program run by Asian Arts Initiative, which collaborated with the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission.
September 15, 2015 Comments Off on Philadelphia farm grows in Chinatown
Microgreens are the early stages of plants more commonly harvested when they are more fully grown. They are popular with chefs for their deep flavour.
By Shane Hickey
Sept 13, 2015
The first section of the tunnel system they have converted now extends to 6,000 sq ft (550 sq m) of growing area and will be able to produce 700 boxes of goods a day when production has been fully scaled up, says Dring. They hope to extend this to 23,000 sq ft (2,200 sq m) of growing space within two years.
“Anything that grows within 30 days is financially viable. After you go over the 30 days, it is not so. That is changeable a bit now and the efficiencies are changing so you can bring crops that you would have done in 40 days down to 30 days,” Ballard says.
September 13, 2015 Comments Off on Growing Underground brand will soon harvest for top London restaurants
Known for its prolific crocodiles, bird-eating spiders, and taipan snakes, Cape York, Australia is also home to Oryza sativa, the wild relative to the plant we know as rice.
Story and photographs by Lisa M. Hamilton
The California Sunday Magazine
Excerpt from Press Release
By Kat Garen
Scientists, agronomists and entrepreneurs are scouring the world to discover the secret to feeding a planet of 9 billion. The solution might lie in a little known corner of Australia—Cape York—a remote peninsula 100 miles from Papua New Guinea that’s part of the world’s greatest concentration of free-flowing rivers and extensive savanna. Known for its prolific crocodiles, bird-eating spiders, and taipan snakes, Cape York is also home to Oryza sativa, the wild relative to the plant we know as rice.
James Beard award-winning writer Lisa Hamilton traveled to this faraway corner of the world with Australian geneticist Robert Henry to uncover the secrets of rice’s wild relative, which could hold the key to feeding the world’s population:
September 3, 2015 Comments Off on Scientists wade through waist deep crocodile waters all in the name of wild rice
“These people are just worried that their highfalutin’ city friends will be repulsed by the naked farmer,”
By Daniel Koontz
July 12, 2015
As happens every year when the weather warms up, police this week began receiving complaints from summer visitors renting houses near the property of 92-year-old Bridgehampton potato farmer Klaus Keinekleider.
July 22, 2015 Comments Off on Naked Farmer Offends City Residents in Brideghampton, NY
Forty to 50 hoop houses are scattered across the city, including at three high schools – Lake Clifton, Patterson and Green Street Academy – which provide learning experiences for the students.
By Doug Tallman
University of Maryland Extension
Jul 8, 2015
University of Maryland Extension is providing the technical expertise to build a thriving urban agricultural community.
“Anyone can grow, but other things need to happen in order to grow quality produce,” said Manami J. Brown, city Extension director.
And with that thriving community, urban agriculture is not only helping to feed city residents but it also promotes healthy living and improves the environment.
July 19, 2015 Comments Off on Urban agriculture thriving in Baltimore