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Australia: ‘Dads and Dirt’ program digging into stronger father-child relationships

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Mr Harrison believes getting your hands dirty and working closely with nature brings out the best in blokes. (Supplied: Taree Community Garden )

He said he believes his programs have inspired men to open up and engage, not only with their children but other like-minded men.

By Gabrielle Lyons
ABC Mid North Coast
Sept 1, 2017

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Mr Harrison maintains the Taree Community Garden on the New South Wales mid-north coast.

He runs a program in the garden called ‘Dads and Dirt’ aimed at getting men to better connect with their kids in a hands-on environment.

Some of the men in Mr Harrison’s programs are single dads, widowers or suffering with mental health issues.

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September 6, 2017   Comments Off on Australia: ‘Dads and Dirt’ program digging into stronger father-child relationships

Australia: Gardening guru Costa Georgiadis opens Woolgoolga Regional Community Gardens

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Costa Georgidis crashed the kids planting session and made learning fun at the Woolgoolga community garden open day.

By Rachel Vercoe
Off Coast Advocate
Aug 31, 2017

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“Community gardens are not just about gardening, they’re about the accessibility where people can come and communicate. As we head towards mental health week, these are some of the best facilities we can have in a community where we can encourage preventative medicine,” Costa Georgiadis said.

“Studies show there are not just therapeutic benefit but scientific benefits to easing stress and anxiety by bringing people together.

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September 6, 2017   Comments Off on Australia: Gardening guru Costa Georgiadis opens Woolgoolga Regional Community Gardens

New Zealand: Once derelict garden in Bishop Auckland is transformed

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“When we first came 17 years ago the allotments were really dilapidated – with people bringing old doors for fences and lots of old rackety sheds.

By Catherine Priestley
The Advertiser
Aug 28, 2017

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In 2001 the site was under-occupied, overgrown and rundown, with just about half of the plots in use and derelict buildings and rubbish on other parts of the site.

Gardeners, also worried the land was ripe for development, set up South Church Allotment Society to turn around its fortunes.

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September 4, 2017   Comments Off on New Zealand: Once derelict garden in Bishop Auckland is transformed

Australia’s Karenni refugees cultivate community through Wollongong farming initiative

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The Karenni farmers grow traditional foods such as taplaelay, a leafy green vegetable. (Landline: Sean Murphy)

Developing small farms on unused land in urban areas could help alleviate chronic unemployment for refugees resettled in Australia.

By Sean Murphy
ABC
Aug 25, 2017

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Only 31 per cent of humanitarian visa recipients have jobs after five years, but many have skills as subsistence farmers, which could turn unproductive land into market gardens.

At Mangerton in Wollongong, Karenni refugees are transforming a steep hillside next to the Saint Therese Primary School, into a traditional terraced garden.

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September 2, 2017   Comments Off on Australia’s Karenni refugees cultivate community through Wollongong farming initiative

New Zealand: Sikh Temple opens up acres of land for community garden project

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From left: Raju Ramakrishna from Healthy Families Manukau with Gurnoor Kaur and Rajinder Singh Sekhon at the Takanini Sikh Temple community garden.

Takanini Sikh Temple has opened up 11 acres of land to grow fresh fruit and vegetables in Auckland.

By Nigel Moffiet
Stuff
August 7 2017

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The plan is to have up to 400 fruit trees such as lemons, limes, oranges, guava, and a variety of nuts and vegetables grown and maintained by temple members.

The Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura team and the Old School Reserve Teaching Gardens are working with the temple to teach food production skills as part of the project.

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August 14, 2017   Comments Off on New Zealand: Sikh Temple opens up acres of land for community garden project

New Zealand: New little farm on the block situated on the fringe of inner city New Plymouth

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The Freeman family, Carl, Kati and River mucking in at their urban garden.

Over the past six months Kati and Carl Freeman have transformed their Frankleigh Park piece of dirt into a flourishing urban farm that produces spray-free fruit and vegetables.

By Christine Walsh
Taranaki Daily News
July 7, 2017

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Carl is Melbourne born and bred, his green-thumbed organic expertise was gained from working on organic vegetable farms, supplying artisan salad mixes, heirloom tomatoes and baby vegetables to some of Melbourne’s top restaurants.

“I’m really enjoying living in Taranaki. Everyone has been so supportive of our growing enterprise,” said Carl.

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July 14, 2017   Comments Off on New Zealand: New little farm on the block situated on the fringe of inner city New Plymouth

Australia: Could urban farming solve our food waste problem?

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17 minute audio interview.

Professor Sarah Wilkinson speaks about rooftop urban farms

Mornings with Wendy Harmer
ABC Sydney
May 17, 2017

A few years ago the idea that we could convert ‘the concrete jungle’ into a blooming and fruiting green space would have been almost inconceivable. But now, rooftop gardens that help cool our cities, improve air quality, and provides us with food are becoming increasingly common.

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May 23, 2017   Comments Off on Australia: Could urban farming solve our food waste problem?

Australia: Urban farmer turns town garden plot into permaculture experience

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Christine Corner applies permaculture principles to her garden in Mudgee. (ABC: Sally Bryant)

You can pack a lot into a small yard and that’s what I’m trying to show people.

By Sally Bryant
ABC News
Apr 25, 2017

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During the past six months, Ms Corner has taken her garden from suburban residential to thriving small production system, with carefully designed complementary plantings to create the ideal growing conditions.

“I have always grown my own food, ever since I was little,” she said.

“My grandmother started me off doing that.”

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May 1, 2017   Comments Off on Australia: Urban farmer turns town garden plot into permaculture experience

Australian Urban Rooftop Farm Powered by Rainwater and Composted Food Waste

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Innovators Marc Noyce and Brendan Condon of Biofilta shared their closed loop urban rooftop garden concept at the LAUNCH Food forum at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Jamie’s Food Revolution
Apr 18, 2017

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“We are so excited to share the Foodwall and Foodcube garden design here, amongst some of the world’s leading innovators who are working to transform our global food system to be fairer, healthier, more nutritious and resilient,” says Biofilta’s Marc Noyce.

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April 20, 2017   Comments Off on Australian Urban Rooftop Farm Powered by Rainwater and Composted Food Waste

New Zealand: Wellington community garden hit by flooding overnight

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“We’ve lost one and a half metres of embankment on both sides of the stream, a bridge, some planting, five big cabbage trees and a lot of chickens”, he said.

By Emma Jolliff
News Hub
06/04/2017

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“This stream is running a metre higher than it normally does. Last night in the flood it was one and a half metres above this.

“We were out here when they evacuated everyone. Police came down in force, council came down … they took everyone down to the school, there was lots of support.”

The community garden has around 300 gardeners, and also provides 35 emergency housing places.

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April 6, 2017   Comments Off on New Zealand: Wellington community garden hit by flooding overnight

Across Tasmania there has been an explosion of community and school gardens

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Youth futures supervisor Darren Cornick with participant Peter Devlin attending the potatoes at the Heritage Forest Community Garden. Picture: Piia Wirsu

“The produce is fresher and you get a better idea of where you come from and there’s potentially a social element to it as well where either you’re involved with it yourself or you know other people who are involved with it,” Mr Wills said.

By Pila Wirsu
The Examiner
Mar 4, 2017

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Migrant Resource Centre community development officer Alister Mackinnon said the garden, which is open to the community as well as migrants, has been a great tool for community integration.

“Because it’s open to the community in general you inevitably have that mixing of people from all walks of life and cultures and backgrounds,” he said.

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March 10, 2017   Comments Off on Across Tasmania there has been an explosion of community and school gardens

Australia: Farmer’s son turned to urban farming after years in hospitality and IT industry

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David Sivyer, Feedback Organic Recovery. Picture: Chris Brown.

Newcastle, New South Wale. The best thing about farming in the city and suburbs is that I’m so close to the beach, so close to friends.

By Melinda McMillan
Newcastle Star
Feb 22, 2017

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What do you produce/grow/make? We are growing baby carrots and beets, mesclun mix, radishes, red Russian kale, cucumber, pumpkins and squash all on small farm within urban areas. Originally we started at Maryville at the old Hunter Valley Research Foundation but now farm on small patches in Cardiff and Wallsend.

What do you want the world to know about your product? That it’s a circle, we collect organic waste from cafes and restaurants, compost it and then grow in urban spaces and produce food that goes back to the cafes and to the general public.

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February 28, 2017   Comments Off on Australia: Farmer’s son turned to urban farming after years in hospitality and IT industry

The Urban Farmer: How to Create a Productive Garden in Any Space

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Just published in Australia

By Justin Calverley CERES
Harper Collons Australia
Feb 20, 2017

The guide for anyone who dreams of living the country life in the city by growing their own healthy, sustainable fruit and veg – and more!

Producing our own fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs and honey is perfectly possible in a suburban space, and this practical guide will help urban dwellers develop a more sustainable existence. With a deep knowledge of permaculture and organic gardening, horticultural expert Justin Calverley shows you how to establish a diverse urban farm, whether in your own backyard, a courtyard or even a balcony.

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February 25, 2017   Comments Off on The Urban Farmer: How to Create a Productive Garden in Any Space

‘Australian Farmers Direct’ Want Families To Stop Urban Farming

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Three new advertisements parody city farming: “Let us take care of the farming”

Ad News
Feb 22, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

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Australian Farmers Direct has launched a multichannel campaign showing families how to grocery shop in a way that benefits farmers.

Rolling out across a series of TVCs and out of home billboards, the campaign highlights the importance of supporting Australian farmers and parodies the recent trend of inner-city dwellers attempting ‘urban farming’.

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February 22, 2017   Comments Off on ‘Australian Farmers Direct’ Want Families To Stop Urban Farming

Australia: Beyond the backyard: urban farming helps city folk get back to their roots

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Melbourne sustainability not-for-profit centre Ceres operates both a one-acre certified organic urban farm at its Brunswick site and a two-and-a-half acre market garden on council land. Photograph: Ceres.

Along with fresh fruit and vegetables, city farms are providing communities with jobs, start-up programs, knowledge and social connections

By Willow Aliento
The Guardian
Feb 15, 2017

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In Perth, Green World Revolution cultivates microgreens, edible leaves, edible flowers, baby vegetables and cut herbs on 400 square metres of land in the city. A combination of raised beds constructed from recycled and repurposed materials and outdoor hydroponics is used to grow the produce.

The chief executive, Toby Whittington, says the farm currently supplies 35 restaurants around the city with fresh produce four days a week. Deliveries are made by bicycle and the farm also has a number of private clients that buy directly from the site.

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February 18, 2017   Comments Off on Australia: Beyond the backyard: urban farming helps city folk get back to their roots