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Canada: Edmontonians get a taste of farm life in the middle of the city

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“Today was about connecting urban folks to farming and food and where their dinner comes from, showing them how things are grown and just showing them the process of seed to the table,”

By Claire Theobald
Edmonton Journal
July 16, 2017

Excerpt:

Kennedy said many people underestimate the potential for growing produce in a small urban environment.

“Whether you have a balcony or a back yard, the potential to grow your own vegetables here is huge. We’ve got a longer season than you think, and there’s a hundred more crops than you can imagine we can grow here that are all edible,” Kennedy said.

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July 22, 2017   No Comments

An IGA Supermarket in Montreal is growing its own vegetables on the roof

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More than 30 different kinds of produce are being grown on the 25,000-square-foot roof, and all of it is certified organic.

By Jacob Serebrin
Montreal Gazette
July 20, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

“Why don’t supermarkets plant vegetables on their roofs? Some restaurants have little boxes where they grow herbs,” he said. “We pushed it further because we know we’re able to sell what we produce here.”

While the costs are higher, due to the small scale of the project, Duchemin said the produce grown on the store’s roof is being sold at the same price as any other organic produce.

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July 21, 2017   No Comments

92 per cent of Canadian farms have no transition plan ready, Stats Can says

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Future of Canadian family farms at risk

By Jessica Smith Cross
The Canadian Press
Jul 16, 2017

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A growing number of farmers are nearing retirement without having formally planned for their successors, putting the next generation of small-scale farming at risk — something Maynard and advocates are urging farming families to think about.

“Our grandfather didn’t really want to talk about selling the farm, ever, until it was too late and he had to,” Maynard said.

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July 18, 2017   No Comments

Dr. Wayne Roberts Speaks on Urban Farming

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Canada’s leading thinker and practitioner in the field of local and urban food systems will shake up what you think you know.

Idea City – Moses Znaimer’s Conference
June 14, 2017, Food & Nutrition, Environment

Dr. Wayne Roberts has managed the internationally respected Toronto Food Policy Council for a decade on behalf of Toronto Public Health. He has served on the boards of several major food system non-profits across North America, including the Community Food Security Coalition, Food Secure Canada, Unitarian Service Committee: Seeds of Survival, and FoodShare.

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July 17, 2017   No Comments

Canada, Yukon: Dawson City’s Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in teaching farm grows up and out

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TH Farm outside Dawson City has recently introduced livestock including pigs. (Lori Garrison/Yukon News)

The farm is on TH traditional land, and the sign, upon entering, reads, in Hän, “Nän käk nizhi’ tr’ënohshe gha ëtr’’ëhoh’ay” which translates to “on the land we learn to grow our food.”

By Lori Garrison
Yukon News
July 4, 2017

Excerpt:

The “different animals” —pigs, chickens and rabbits — are new additions to the TH farm, which is in its second year of classes. The farm started up last season “on a shoestring,” says Dexter MacRae, director of teaching and training, with a set of large gardens and basic infrastructure. Now, the facility, located just outside of Dawson City proper, not far from from the airport, is expanding into livestock and other, more advanced agricultural ventures.

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July 11, 2017   Comments Off on Canada, Yukon: Dawson City’s Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in teaching farm grows up and out

Canada: Mi’kmaq community garden reviving culture – Getting back to their roots

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The Three Sisters Teaching and Knowledge Garden in Valleyfield, P.E.I. The land used for the garden was donated by Gary Clausheide of Sweet Clover Farm. (Katerina Georgieva)

‘It’s all Mi’kmaq land’: Why First Nations claim Prince Edward Island as their own

By Katerina Georgieva
CBC News
July 3, 2017

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Members of the Mi’kmaq community are trying to revive a tradition in Prince Edward Island that has been lost for generations.

The Three Sisters Teaching and Knowledge Garden at the Sweet Clover Farm in Valleyfield, P.E.I., is a community project involving the planting of flint corn, beans and squash — what the Mi’kmaq call the “three sisters.”

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July 10, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Mi’kmaq community garden reviving culture – Getting back to their roots

Canada: Fire Destroys Community Garden Shed in Heart of Vancouver

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We have no fire insurance. We don’t know how the fire started; the fire department called it “suspicious.”

From Go Fund Me site:

Excerpt:

At 2 am on July 3,2017 there was a fire at Cottonwood Community Gardens and our greenhouse and the attached tool/bee shed burnt to the ground. Many of the nearby plants, shrubs and trees were burned and scorched and may not survive the damage.

Nothing was salvageable from the fire and apart from the building itself, the largest loss is the beekeeping supplies. These include a community honey extractor, protective clothing for lessons and beekeeping tools, boxes and frames. We have a thriving apiary and a thriving bee team. Strathcona Beekeepers Association and the Cottonwood Beekeeping Coop are two of the groups that use the garden.

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July 8, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Fire Destroys Community Garden Shed in Heart of Vancouver

Canada: Palais des congrès de Montréal wins prestigious international innovation award for its Urban Agriculture Lab

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The Lab was among the 16 convention centre entries shortlisted for the award.

MONTRÉAL, July 5, 2017 /CNW Telbec/

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The Palais des congrès de Montréal was presented with the prestigious AIPC Innovation Award on July 4, 2017 at the AIPC International Association of Convention Centres Annual Conference in Sydney, Australia. The Palais was recognized for its Urban Agriculture Lab and its innovations in sustainable development. “We are proud of the sustainability leadership role we play within the industry through our tangible actions. By opening the Urban Agriculture Lab in tandem with partners like the Laboratoire sur l’agriculture urbaine (AU/LAB) and Ligne Verte, the Palais is fostering experimentation with new rooftop urban farming technologies and practices, and in the process, is also reducing heat islands in the city’s downtown core,” declared Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

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July 7, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Palais des congrès de Montréal wins prestigious international innovation award for its Urban Agriculture Lab

Canada: Backyard chickens are still illegal in London, Ontario

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Brooke Hutton in her backyard with her hens. She would like to see bylaws against backyard chickens relaxed. (Colin Butler/CBC News)

Sometimes you have to break the rules if you believe in a cause, says backyard chicken keeper

By Kate Dubinski
CBC News
Jun 29, 2017

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Backyard chickens became a touchy subject in London, when looking into the possibility of allowing them was dismissed as a silly idea by former Mayor Joe Fontana.

The city has since began developing an urban agriculture strategy, with input from residents, and the issue has come back onto the public agenda.

Urban agriculture means growing, processing, sharing and distributing food – whether berries or beans or chickens – within the city.

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July 5, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Backyard chickens are still illegal in London, Ontario

Pop-up Ping Pong comes to the Vancouver Compost Garden

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Ping-pong has the unique ability to create a conversation between two people through the action of play.

The concept by Ellie Arkin and Renée Miles
Frida&Frank
2017

At Frida&Frank we want to change people’s perspectives on public space, mostly through new experiences and by focussing on creating playful and social ties with and within spaces. With the concept Pop-Up Ping-Pong: The Tables Have Turned we invite people to get involved in redesigning public spaces, which touches on an important aspect of our vision; public space is a playground for people. The design of spaces could be in the hands of people using the space more, and that’s why we want people to turn that table with our concept. Through offering the possibility to create a ping-pong table out of several pieces of wood, participants will experience a sense of belonging and ownership as well as form social ties to the space.

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July 4, 2017   Comments Off on Pop-up Ping Pong comes to the Vancouver Compost Garden

Canada: Greenhouse in a Train – Design Idea for Vancouver’s Arbutus Greenway

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We actually ended up winning the Audience Choice Award for the most exciting project

Post by Iva Jankovic
Her Blog
July 1, 2017

Our final project challenged us to come up with a conceptual redesign of a park space by applying principles of biophyllic design, prospect-refuge theory, and environmental psychology, with the goal to maximize public health benefit.

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July 4, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Greenhouse in a Train – Design Idea for Vancouver’s Arbutus Greenway

Canada: Community gardens uprooted after Manitoba Hydro ends leases

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Manitoba Hydro said new standards dictate the crown corporation must have access to corridors 24/7 in case of an emergency, and the gardens are an obstacle.

By Jeff Keele
CTV News
June 21, 2017

Excerpt:

For 40 years, Alex Kizuik and Marilyne Vandel have been growing their own fruits and veggies two doors down from their house at a community garden near Harrow Street.

“It’s great to be able to go outside, pick your lettuce, pick your onions, don’t have to go to the store,” Vandel said.

Alex Kizuik, a retired Manitoba Hydro worker, said they share the fruits of their labour with the neighbourhood.

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June 28, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Community gardens uprooted after Manitoba Hydro ends leases

Brazil: Public action and networks around Urban Agriculture in Sao Paulo, Montreal and Toronto

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Work in progress: Documentary about urban food systems in Brazil, Canada and France.

Thesis – Redes, Ideias E Ação Pública Na Agricultura Urbana: São Paulo, Montreal E Toronto. São Paulo 2017

By Lya Cynthia Porto De Oliveira
Public Administration and Government Study Center, at Getulio Vargas Foundation, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Paper is in Portuguese.

Abstract:

This thesis deals with an analysis of different Urban Agriculture (UA) models of public action. The theoretical model adopted is the cognitive analysis of public action, based on Pierre Muller and Yves Surel, and the actor-network theory by Bruno Latour. The purpose of the thesis is to understand the relationship dynamics between ideas, organizations, networks of action and results in the field of UA public action.

The results are understood as basic services for Urban Agriculture, that were defined according to the literature analysis in this field, and it can be offered by state and/or civil society organizations. Based on the literature review of 21 different cities, four different types of public action were identified.

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June 23, 2017   Comments Off on Brazil: Public action and networks around Urban Agriculture in Sao Paulo, Montreal and Toronto

Students across Canada use “space” tomato seeds to investigate the effects of outer space on seed germination

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The award-winning Tomatosphere™ program has engaged more than three million students since its inception in 2001.

From their website.

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In the spring, participating classrooms receive two packages of tomato seeds. One package contains seeds sent into space or treated in space-simulated conditions. The other contains untreated “control” seeds. Students plant the seeds and conduct experiments to explore the effects of the space environment on the germination of tomatoes. Through Tomatosphere™, students learn how to conduct a scientific experiment and compare the number of seeds that germinate for the two groups of seeds.

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June 18, 2017   Comments Off on Students across Canada use “space” tomato seeds to investigate the effects of outer space on seed germination

Nature’s Path 8th annual funding program – Three $15,000 grants available in 2017

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USA and Canada: Submit your application by June 23rd at 11:59 AM PST

2016 Winners

Occupy Madison Village Gardens: Providing safety, shelter and respect to people without stable housing, OM village consists of tiny (99 sq foot) homes, a community garden, and a shared lifestyle of practicing sustainability. The community garden not only provides nourishing organic food to residents, it is a tool to build community and education across socioeconomic divides.

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June 14, 2017   Comments Off on Nature’s Path 8th annual funding program – Three $15,000 grants available in 2017