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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   No Comments

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.

Excerpt:

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   No Comments

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   No Comments

Canada: Burnaby Allotment Garden Founder – Remembering Frank Aiello

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Frank Aiello in June 2002. Aiello died on March 20 of this year. He was a founding member of the Burnaby and Regional Allotment Garden Association (BARAGA), a large community garden with 372 plots located in south Burnaby. Photograph contributed.

“I miss his quiet generosity,” Heidi Rose said. “I miss the fountain of knowledge, his gardening advice so softly given to this novice gardener.

By Monica Jones, a gardener at BARAGA
Burnaby Now
June 8, 2017

Excerpt:

Born in Amato, Italy in 1925, Frank immigrated to Canada to make a new life. During the last three decades of his life, chances are you would find him working on one of his family’s plots in the northwest corner of BARAGA.

“Frank was friendly and welcoming when Larry and I moved to the plot next to his in 1994,” recounted Joan Campana. “He would often come over to where I was weeding and we’d visit for a few moments – or longer, if I could get him to tell a story. He was always ready to answer gardening questions.”

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June 14, 2017   No Comments

Refugee farmer puts down Halifax roots

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Data Ram Humagai is the first employee of Common Roots Urban Farm that emerged from the Deep Roots program.

“I learned how to grow in different seasons because it’s very cold compared to my home country,” said Humagai.

By Ben Cousins
Herald News
June 7, 2017

Excerpt:

Humagai is originally from Bhutan, a small country just west of Nepal, where he honed his craft as a farmer. From there, Humagai moved to a refugee camp in Nepal where he worked on a much smaller garden.

“My life was very difficult in the (refugee camp) compared to now in Canada,” he said through a translator.

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June 13, 2017   No Comments

Canada: Vancouver Urban Farming Census 2014 – 2016

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Four farms contributed data on the number of people who engaged with their farms in 2016. 14,943 people came to these four farms throughout 2016 for field trips, summer camps, celebration programs, workshops and other public events.

Marcela Crowe, Project Lead & Researcher
Marc Schutzbank, Project Consultant & Writer
Shauna MacKinnon, Project Consultant & Writer
Lisa Rilkoff, Graphic Designer
A project of the Vancouver Urban Farming Society (VUFS)
June 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpts:

These farms grow! From 2010 to 2016 the sales value from urban farms grew more than five-fold from $129,000 in annual sales to $746,000. Sales to restaurants have been the leading growth area with sales increasing from $13,400 in 2010 to $390,400 in 2016. In 2013, high sales volumes corresponded with greater land under production. In 2016, two of the top three farms were indoor operations with a footprint of 4,000 sq ft or less.

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June 5, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Vancouver Urban Farming Census 2014 – 2016

Canada: British Columbia Researcher Opens Her Dye Garden for Tour

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Each dye plant is tested to see if they can create rich long lasting colours when exposed to light or when washed multiple times.

By Esme Hedrick-Wong
June 4, 2017

On May 28th, 2017 Esme, founder of Esme Living Colour, opened her dye gardens and textile studio on Salt Spring Island for visitors. There are over seventy different dye plants and trees in her gardens, including seven different varieties of indigo plants. On display in the studio were silk and silk hemp naturally dyed textiles, shawls and wall hangings. Over 80 visitors came from as far as Europe and Japan. Esme conducted tours for visitors on a beautiful sunny afternoon; followed by a talk on different natural dye techniques that she uses in her work.

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June 4, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: British Columbia Researcher Opens Her Dye Garden for Tour

Canada: The Perils of Lawn Care

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Cecilia Wessels said her husband Theunis was “calm, in control”

A picture of a man in Canada calmly mowing his lawn with a menacing tornado swirling in the background has gone viral on social media.

BBC
June 4, 2017

Excerpt:

Mrs Wessels told the BBC she was sleeping in the house on Friday – but then was woken by her nine-year-old daughter who was concerned that her father would not abandon his lawn-mowing and hide inside from the tornado.

“My daughter was the most upset, saying ‘Mum, what we gonna do?'”

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June 4, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: The Perils of Lawn Care

Canada: Urban gardeners to double size of north-end Dartmouth farm, Nova Scotia

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Volunteers help at the north-end Dartmouth community farm Sunday. (Steve Berry/CBC)

‘I’m here every chance I can be here. I love it,’ says community farmer

By Susan Bradley
CBC News
May 28, 2017

Excerpt:

“Those beds are for individuals or families from the community so they can come out and grow food for their own household,” Dickey said.

“We’ve had really great participation. We actually have a wait list for the family plots. Now we’ll be able to add an additional six to 10. That’ll mean some of those folks on the wait list can get a plot. But we’ve also had great participation in helping us maintain the farm rows that grows food for the centre.”

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June 4, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Urban gardeners to double size of north-end Dartmouth farm, Nova Scotia

Canada: London Ontario’s fights urban agriculture’s peskiest pest: Red tape

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Toronto urban farm.

Urban farms offer cities a multitude of benefits, but municipal bylaws have long hindered them. London councillors are hoping to change that with a new strategy

By Mary Baxter
TVO
May 25, 2017

Excerpt:

Still, the owners of Urban Roots are excited about the London strategy. They’d like the city’s help in launching their venture, and so far, municipal staff have helped where possible. But right now, says Graham Bracken, also of Urban Roots, “they don’t have the policy. They can’t point to any sorts of policies to give us any sort of preferential treatment.”

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June 2, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: London Ontario’s fights urban agriculture’s peskiest pest: Red tape

Vancouver Urban Sketchers Visit City Farmer

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By Junichi.

Ten of us from the Vancouver Urban Sketchers arrived at City Farmer in Kitsilano for a couple hours of careful observation.

Sketcher’s Blog
May 29, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

Vancouver enjoyed warm temperatures and blue skies this weekend. Beaches were packed. Bicycles were busy on the streets and pathways. Shops and patios were full. It was perfect for a quiet afternoon getaway into the garden with a sketchbook . . .

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May 30, 2017   Comments Off on Vancouver Urban Sketchers Visit City Farmer

Canada: University of Alberta’s South Campus Urban Farm

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Stan Blade, the dean of the faculty of agricultural, life and environmental sciences surveying spring crop planting at the south campus of the University of Alberta. (John Robertson/CBC)

“All of those things that are important for Alberta farmers, for Canadian farmers,” he said. “That work is going on right here at our research station.”

By Adrienne Lamb
CBC
May 20, 2017

Excerpt:

He points to crop research just gearing up and industry advances in poultry, swine and dairy.

“All of those things that are important for Alberta farmers, for Canadian farmers,” he said. “That work is going on right here at our research station.”

The farm’s history is celebrated at the Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences Museum snuggled between Foote Field and the Saville Community Sports Centre.

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May 26, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: University of Alberta’s South Campus Urban Farm

GrowTO Urban Agriculture Action Plan, Toronto

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Urban Food Policy Snapshot

By Cameron St. Germain
New York City Food Policy Centre
May 9, 2017

Excerpt:

Progress to date

Numerous urban agriculture projects have popped up in Toronto since the GrowTO action plan was adopted. They are located in empty lots, on rooftops, in schoolyards, and on residents’ personal property.

Entrepreneurs and community organizers have looked to urban farming opportunities as a means of supporting economic development, the creation of small businesses, and to build up and enhance communities. Many farmers are now exploring ways to grow indoors or in shipping containers using hydroponics, or other systems, in addition to the many programs and businesses growing outside and in public spaces.

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May 17, 2017   Comments Off on GrowTO Urban Agriculture Action Plan, Toronto

Canada: Alberta Community Garden helps women in Rwanda

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Shirley Ross won the University of Alberta’s Community Advocate Award Monday for her work at the university’s two-acre Green and Gold Community Garden.

A team of 100 volunteers grow more than 60 varieties of vegetables and sell them, with all proceeds going to the Tubahumurize Association in Rwanda to help women who have been traumatized by genocide and domestic abuse.

By Kevin Maimann
Metro
May 15 2017

Excerpt:

The garden is the association’s core source of funding and helps finance trauma counselling, health education, sewing and embroidery training and small business loans for the women.

“With the counselling programs that are provided, sometimes they’re speaking for the first time about their experience. They can be part of groups where they know that they’re not alone,” Ross said. “It helps them both socially but also economically.”

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May 16, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Alberta Community Garden helps women in Rwanda

Canada: Immigrant showcases gardening talents at urban farm in Halifax

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Amber Bhujel, a Nepali-Bhutanese immigrant, has been growing mustard greens, kale, and cilantro in his two handmade greenhouses during the winter at the Common Roots Urban Farm in Halifax. Photo Haley Ryan.

Amber Bhujel uses make shift greenhouse to keep his garden plot at Common Roots Urban Farm growing throughout the winter.

By Nicole Gnazdowsky
Metro
May 07 2017

Excerpt:

This winter the Nepali-Bhutanese immigrant successfully grew a garden of mustard seed and cilantro, by building a makeshift greenhouse out of sheets of plastic, sticks and bricks.

Bhujel comes from a long line of farmers in Bhutan; he lived as a refugee in Nepal for almost 20 years before moving to Canada in 2011.

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May 15, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Immigrant showcases gardening talents at urban farm in Halifax