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Canada: General Mills ‘Bring Back the Bees’ campaign has created controversy

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Manitoba experts explain how to support bee populations after questions raised about free seed campaign

By Brett Purdy
CBC News
Mar 26, 2017

Excerpt:

A cereal company’s offer of free wildflower seeds to help bees has felt the sting of controversy online — but local experts say there are are other ways to support healthy bee populations in Manitoba.

As part of its “Bring Back the Bees” campaign, General Mills has offered free seed packets — from P.E.I.’s Veseys Seeds — on millions of boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios, with the intention of raising awareness about the importance of bees as pollinators.

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March 27, 2017   No Comments

Toronto summit looked at urban agriculture and the role of community gardens in Toronto

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The conference featured a variety of speakers including Kristin Reynolds, author of Beyond the Kale, and Toronto Councillor Mary Fragedakis, along with members of various community organizations like Black Creek Community Farm, Toronto Urban Growers and AccessPoint Alliance.

By Don Campbell
University of Toronto News
Mar 21, 2017

Excerpt:

U of T researcher Colleen Hammelman was hoping to explore the role of urban agriculture in the GTA and social justice at a one-day conference organized at U of T Scarborough this month. Her past work has looked at urban agriculture in cities like Medellín, Colombia, and Washington, D.C.

“Urban agriculture brings a lot of value to a city, especially in terms of sustainability, but a key element is how social justice also fits into the conversation,” says Hammelman.

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March 27, 2017   No Comments

Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau Visits Rooftop Lufa Farm

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Visiting Lufa Farms Anjou.

The new 63,000 square foot rooftop greenhouse is a milestone in polyculture efficiency and produces over 40 varieties of urban-grown greens and vegetables, all year round.

Press Release
CNW Telbec/
MONTREAL, March 24, 2017

Urban agriculture pioneer Lufa Farms has just finished a third highly automated greenhouse in the Montreal borough of Anjou. The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau was there to see it in full production.

The new 63,000 square foot rooftop greenhouse is a milestone in polyculture efficiency and produces over 40 varieties of urban-grown greens and vegetables, all year round. Lufa Farms’ six years of rapid growth and its successes in rooftop greenhouse design, cooperation with local sustainability-focused farmers, and appeal to thousands of Montreal consumers, make it one of the most successful large-scale urban agriculture models in the world, demonstrating how to sustainably feed entire cities.

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March 25, 2017   No Comments

Winnipeg: Fertile ground found at Discover Agriculture in the City

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Simran Mannan, her husband Ravi Mattu and their two boys Harnidh Mattu 6yrs, and Jaiveer Mattu 4yrs (right) check out the veggie table. Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press.

The parents are originally from a farming community and are passionate about gardening now that they live in Winnipeg.

By Jane Gerster
Winnipeg Free Press

Excerpt:

In her small backyard, Simran Mannan grows an incredible assortment of edible goodies. She has tomatoes and squash, peppers and broccoli, okra and eggplants. Mannan even grows carilla, a bitter Indian melon. But often, she said with a laugh, by the time it flowers in Winnipeg its already late September and “so cold.”

Mannan and her husband Ravi Mettu are from Punjab, India.

“We both are farmers back home,” she said, “so, of course, it’s inside our brain that we want to do it here.”

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March 25, 2017   No Comments

Calgary urban agriculture activist Paul Hughes to run for mayor in 2017

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In 2012 Paul Hughes was president of the Calgary Liberated Urban Chicken Klub (CLUCK).

Hughes said he believes issues around compassion and poverty are being ignored in Calgary.

By Annalise Klingbeil
Calgary Sun
Mar 14, 2016

Excerpt:

Paul Hughes, a food activist and longtime urban agriculture crusader, has thrown his hat into the 2017 mayoral race.

Hughes is well-known for a 2012 court battle over the right to keep backyard chickens and as the founder of Canada’s largest urban agriculture farm — a 4.5-hectare pocket of land near Canada Olympic Park know as Grow Calgary that has produced food for people in need for nearly four years.

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March 23, 2017   No Comments

Indicators for Urban Agriculture in Toronto – A Scoping Analysis

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Strong leadership and support will aid the growth of urban agriculture across Toronto.

Authors: Rhonda Teitel-Payne, James Kuhns and Joe Nasr
Toronto Urban Growers
Dec 2016

Executive Summary

When Toronto Public Health (TPH) identified a considerable gap in Toronto- specific data on the impact of urban agriculture (UA), Toronto Urban Growers (TUG) was commissioned to engage Toronto-based practitioners and key informants on identifying the most relevant and measurable indicators of the health, social, economic, and ecological benefits of urban agriculture. The overall objective of the work was to develop indicators that a wide range of stakeholders could use to make the case for making land, resources and enabling policies available for urban agriculture.

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March 22, 2017   No Comments

The pace of Vancouver development killing Downtown Eastside urban agriculture, group claims

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The executive director of Sole Food says it needs to leave its space by November and options for a new location are limited.

By Liam Britten
CBC News Posted
Mar 21, 2017

Excerpt:

Ableman says Sole Food has already lost some of its space at the corner of Main and Terminal for a new social housing project and it has also lost the lease for its operation underneath the viaducts and will have to leave by November.

It has secured an extension to the lease on the farm under the First Avenue Viaduct and its original location at the Astoria Hotel in the Downtown Eastside “continues to limp along,” but Ableman says an air of precariousness surrounds all its sites.

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March 22, 2017   No Comments

1906 Quebec ‘Journal of Agriculture’ Promoted School Gardens

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The artisan who has to work ten hours a day at his trade, if he has been trained to love his garden, not only finds moderate working in it a pleasing recreation, but finds that it adds materially to his slender income.

By Mr. George Moore
Journal of Agriculture and Horticulture
July 1, 1906
(The Journal was the official organ of the Council of Agriculture of the Province of Quebec.)

Excerpt:

Again, looking at the question from an economic or several stand point, the advantages of a knowledge of horticulture are not to be despised. The lot of many a poor family might have been made smoother had their head have been taught, how properly to cultivate the little plot of land by which their cottage was surrounded.

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March 17, 2017   No Comments

95-year-old Landscape Architect, Cornelia Oberlander, Describes Her Mother’s Gardening Book

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Horticulturist Beate Hahn published ‘The Garden Primer for Kids and Mother’ in 1935.

By Michael Levenston
City Farmer
Mar 14, 2017
(Must see! Mike)

At her home/office in Vancouver, Canada’s famous landscape architect shows us one of her mother’s books on gardening. The book’s artist, Ursel Bartning (1905 – 1990), featured Cornelia in many of the images throughout the book including the cover.

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March 15, 2017   Comments Off on 95-year-old Landscape Architect, Cornelia Oberlander, Describes Her Mother’s Gardening Book

Author Lorraine Johnson’s talk on the “City Farmer”

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Johnson at the Central Ontario Agricultural Conference in Barrie, Ont. on Saturday March 4, 2017. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network.

From “green roof” to Community Garden, urban agriculture has been experiencing a boom.

By Miriam King
Bradford Times
March 8, 2017

Excerpt:

Over the past 7 years, “urban agriculture has really infiltrated our culture,” says Lorraine Johnson, author and editor of Ground: Landscape Architect Quarterly.

It’s nothing new: during World War II, homeowners in cities were encouraged to transform lawns and flowerbeds into “Victory Gardens,” augmenting the food supply.

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March 15, 2017   Comments Off on Author Lorraine Johnson’s talk on the “City Farmer”

Medical Marijuana Company Donates Gardening Supplies, Expertise To Calgary Urban Farm Charity

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Cam Battley, Senior Vice President with Aurora Cannabis Inc., stands in one of the ten marijuana grow rooms. Gavin Young/Postmedia.

“This is one of the single largest contributions we’ve had to the growing side of what we do,” Hughes said.

By Shawn Logan
Calgary Herald
March 6, 2017

Except:

The donated pots and propagation trays are used for cloning cannabis plants that are among the 7,000 kilograms of medical marijuana being grown at the company’s central Alberta facility annually.

And the expertise, said Battley, will acquaint the Grow Calgary farmers with some of the latest practices in pesticide-free agriculture, using so-called ‘good bugs’ for pest control as well as other cutting edge cultivation tools.

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March 11, 2017   Comments Off on Medical Marijuana Company Donates Gardening Supplies, Expertise To Calgary Urban Farm Charity

Ontario Community Wins $100,000 for Community Garden and Edible Urban Forest

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The concept plan for the expanded CMHA gardens in Ontario’s small Grey Bruce community.

“This is an opportunity for those who would otherwise have difficulty finding employment in the community. They can hone skills and learn how to be good employees and take responsibility for a piece of the garden and we’ve seen people really blossom,” says Anderson.

By April Robinson, Fundraising and Event Coordinator at the Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce.
Canada Helps
Feb 23, 2017

Excerpt:

Our successful community garden project has been a valuable part of the community for the last five years. The garden sits on previously unused surplus parkland, leased to us by the City of Owen Sound; what started as a few raised garden plots built on an abandoned tennis court, has now grown into a garden with 69 raised beds, a greenhouse, and a large compost area.

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March 5, 2017   Comments Off on Ontario Community Wins $100,000 for Community Garden and Edible Urban Forest

Cargill Ltd. has contributed $175,000 to the Saskatoon’s ‘Garden Patch’ since 2013

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“When we first decided to support the Garden Patch, we did so with the idea that we’d be helping grow fresh produce for distribution to the community through the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre,” said Blaine Duncan, manager of Cargill’s malt plant in Biggar, Saskatchewan.

By Stephen Schreiber
Cargill Press Release
Feb 24, 2017

Excerpt:

Vacant city lots have been transformed into a vibrant urban agricultural project. The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre’s Garden Patch has created a community hub that produces more than 20,000 pounds of produce each year, filling emergency food hampers with much-needed product.

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March 1, 2017   Comments Off on Cargill Ltd. has contributed $175,000 to the Saskatoon’s ‘Garden Patch’ since 2013

Canada: ‘Roots to Harvest’ in Thunder Bay ready for first ‘urban training farm’

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Roots to Harvest to create an urban training farm on the grounds of the Victoria Park training Centre (Facebook)

Community group teams with Lakehead Public schools to create educational farm in southside neighbourhood

CBC News
Feb 22, 2017

Excerpt:

“This project and partnership with Lakehead Public Schools will positively impact the surrounding neighbourhood and will provide countless opportunities for authentic discovery for students, employment for young people, and will be a great asset for the whole city,” she said.

Some of the features of the new educational farm will include:
demonstration and training plots
school gardens
urban farm fields
seed saving garden

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February 28, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: ‘Roots to Harvest’ in Thunder Bay ready for first ‘urban training farm’

Fighting Greater Toronto’s Sprawl With Urban Farms

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Member farmers harvest mizuna green beds at Fresh City Farms two acre farm at Downsview Park.

75 percent of farmland of farmland in Toronto’s Metro Region is unprotected and at risk of being paved over

By Vawn Himmelsbach
Toronto Star
Feb 18, 2017

Excerpt:

Fresh City Farms leases private land, including two acres of federal land in Downsview Park, though tenure affects long-term planning. Its latest project is a 4,000 square foot greenhouse, expected to be up and running this spring, on land owned by wireless solutions company Baka Communications.

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February 27, 2017   Comments Off on Fighting Greater Toronto’s Sprawl With Urban Farms