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Culinary Kids Receives Award with help from two urban farms in the Rockaways, New York

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Culinary Kids was honored with the Excellence in Education award by the National Association of University Women; Chef Marion Moses, Chef Malisa Rivera (not pictured) and their three children, CJ, Saul and Seth. Click on image for larger file.

The urban farmers grow everything from kohlrabi to collard greens.

By Mark C. Healey
The Wave
May 5, 2015

Excerpt:

Culinary Kids is run by the husband and-wife team Chef Marion Moses and Chef Malisa Rivera and has been in existence for the past 10 years, offering a multitude of programs and services to the community. They serve youth between 14 and 24 years old.

The group operates two urban farms in the Rockaways. The first site – Culinary Kids Garden – is located at 30-15 Seagirt Blvd. and is 72-feet by 104-feet. The second site – Farm Rockaway – is half the size of a football field and is located at 444 Beach 58th Street. Both farms incorporate their urban agricultural and gardening components for the Rockaway community in the attempt to create a local micro-food system for low-income community members.

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May 17, 2015   No Comments

How One Visionary Changed School Food in Detroit

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Betti Wiggins, courtesy of Excellent Schools Detroit and Detroit Metro Parent.

She started a farm-to-school program that now includes 76 school gardens.

By Chris Hardman
Civil Eats
April 6, 2015

Excerpt:

The companion program to the meal service is the Detroit School Garden Collaborative. Wiggins comes from a farming background and has maintained strong ties to the agricultural community. With the help of a school board member, she started a farm-to-school program that now includes 76 school gardens. To make sure gardens thrive, each participating school has to sign a contract committing staff time to maintain its garden. DPS employs a garden director, a farmer, and a horticulturist to run the program.

The largest DPS farm is located at the Drew Transition Center, a school for young adults with special needs. There, a 2-1/4-acre farm and 96-square-foot hoop house produce corn, greens, and root vegetables. More than 7,000 ears of corn from the Drew farm ended up on the plates of schoolchildren throughout Detroit last year.

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April 22, 2015   Comments Off on How One Visionary Changed School Food in Detroit

A Year on the Farm

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Narrated by Casey the farmer and Tillus the worm

By Holly Dufek, Paul E. Nunn
Octane Press
2015

A Year on the Farm introduces children to the world of modern farming, showing the tractors, combines and other equipment needed to plant and harvest crops. The book is filled with photographs of equipment at work and a cast of illustrated characters including Case the farmer and Tillus the worm, and a whole team of equipment characters.

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April 15, 2015   Comments Off on A Year on the Farm

City Farmer’s Gardening Workshops for Children

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Workshops held at the Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden in Kitsilano

Are you keen for your children to grow up with an appreciation of nature? City Farmer’s gardening workshops will give kids hands-on learning at our organic demonstration garden in Kitsilano. Children will learn about the lifecycle of the garden in six workshops running from Spring to Fall:

2015

Sunday May 10th – Spring Planting
Sunday June 7th – Worms in the Garden
Sunday July 5th – Bugs and Bees
Sunday August 9th – Flowers
Sunday Sept 13th – Fall Harvesting
Sunday October 4th – Putting the Garden to Bed and Seed Saving

Workshops run from 9.30am – 11.00am.

$20 per workshop or $100 for all six.

Contact City Farmer at 604 736 2250 to register.

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March 19, 2015   Comments Off on City Farmer’s Gardening Workshops for Children

Dear Tomato: An International Crop of Food and Agriculture Poems

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Features 51 poems written by 34 writers from seven countries

Editor Carol-Ann Hoyte
2015

Bursting with flavor and just the right infusion of insight, Dear Tomato: An International Crop of Food and Agriculture Poems presents a collection of poems from thirty-four writers on the most universal topic of all: food. Featuring a wide assortment of styles, from haiku to acrostics to free verse, these poems touch on topics that range from lighthearted to seriously thought-provoking. Whether the focus of the poem is a child’s battle over eating peas or a celebration of fair trade, this collection introduces kids to a fresh new view of where their food comes from.

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February 26, 2015   Comments Off on Dear Tomato: An International Crop of Food and Agriculture Poems

First farm gardens in New York City appeared in 1902 in De Witt Clinton Park

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Parsons commandeered 3/4 of an acre of De Witt Clinton Park for 360 plots that functioned as miniature gardens. [DeWitt Clinton Park] [glass negative]: children’s garden plots, looking toward the east side of the park.
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Parsons opened the first farm garden on the west side of Manhattan, near tenements that dominated the neighborhood at the time – 360 plots.

Excerpt from:
New York City Parks
Farm Gardens

Although the era of social reform in the early 20th century was still driven by government and charitable organizations, in many ways Farm Gardens were early manifestations of a community gardening aesthetic. The first farm gardens in New York City appeared in 1902 in De Witt Clinton Park, shepherded by a “Mrs. Henry G. Parsons,” who despite the seeming formality was in fact a groundbreaking female who went on to become one of the first senior–level park administrators.

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February 14, 2015   Comments Off on First farm gardens in New York City appeared in 1902 in De Witt Clinton Park

Are school meals the new gourmet cuisine in Tanzania?

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Students of Mbuyoni primary school pick vegetables to be cooked for lunch that day.

Among the 8 million children under five years old estimated to be living in Tanzania, 42 per cent are stunted and 16 per cent are underweight, according to UNICEF.

By Meera Senthilingam,
CNN
December 22, 2014

Excerpt:

It’s 06:30am and the sun has just risen over the bustling gardens of Mbuyoni elementary school, in the coastal city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

On this sunny morning, fits of giggles and screeches of laughter fill the hot and humid air, as would be expected in most schools around the world. But the source of fun is somewhat less expected — farming.

“I like to grow blackjack, fame flower, pumpkin leaves and sweet potatoes,” explains 11-year old Zulfa Mussa in her native language of Kiswahili.

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January 5, 2015   Comments Off on Are school meals the new gourmet cuisine in Tanzania?

Urban farm in Portland helps low-income families

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Ruby Boyd, 7, picks some kale for soup at Zenger Farms during the Urban Farm Homeschool Program. Educational programs at Zenger in southeast Portland teach youths about food, farming and environmental stewardship. (Drew Vattiat/The Oregonian)

It’s become critical to those who just can’t afford to put healthful foods on the table

By Grant Butler
The Oregonian
Dec 19, 2014

Excerpt:

PORTLAND — When you watch heritage-breed turkeys and chickens roaming the pastures of Zenger Farm, it’s easy to forget you’re in the middle of Southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood.

“It’s so tranquil that sometimes you forget you’re in the heart of the city,” says Jill Kuehler, executive director of the nonprofit group Friends of Zenger Farm.

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December 30, 2014   Comments Off on Urban farm in Portland helps low-income families

Kid Farmers prove they can do it in Thiruvananthapuram, India

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The students of Kallai Government Upper Primary School with the crops on their school campus. Photo by K Shijith.

Ladies finger, curry leaf, ash gourd and tomato are a few crops to name in their vegetable garden.

By Aswathi Krishna
India Express
15th December 2014

Excerpt:

The students embarked on farming when their school became a venue to receive the ‘Vithuvandi,’ an ambitious project of the Departments of Agriculture and Education. Awareness classes and exhibitions conducted by the organisers of the programme instilled confidence in the students to try their hands at farming. The first crop they cultivated was red spinach. “Since we shunned the use of chemicals, the spinach we cultivated were good in quality and quantity,” says C K Vinodan, headmaster of the school.

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December 28, 2014   Comments Off on Kid Farmers prove they can do it in Thiruvananthapuram, India

A new children’s book about urban farming features Will Allen

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“There Grows the Neighborhood: Agriculture in the City”

By Mary Louise Schumacher
Journal Sentinel
Dec. 18, 2014

Excerpt:

You knew it had to happen: a children’s book about urban farming featuring Will Allen.

“There Grows the Neighborhood: Agriculture in the City” is the 12th “We Love to Learn” book from Sharp Literacy, an organization that encourages learning for urban youth through reading, writing and research based on hands-on projects and the visual arts.

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December 20, 2014   Comments Off on A new children’s book about urban farming features Will Allen

Marion-Polk Food Share’s Youth Farm in Salem, Oregon

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November 2014

The Youth Farm is a collaborative educational project of the Marion-Polk Food Share and OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program that is aimed at increasing the quality, diversity, and stability of local food systems. Located in the heart of Salem on the Oregon School for the Deaf campus,

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Jones Valley Teaching Farm – Birmingham, Alabama

At Oliver Elementary School

Filmed on location in Birmingham, AL
Presented by 1504 in association with Dogtrot Studio
Produced by Tyler Jones
Music by Golden Youth

During her JVTF Fellowship, Lucy became the Farm Lab coordinator at Oliver Elementary School. Her experience had a profound impact on her career path and now she wants to work with young people. The Fellowship is what our Good School Food program is all about–providing transformative education through hands-on learning and access to fresh food.

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October 20, 2014   Comments Off on Jones Valley Teaching Farm – Birmingham, Alabama

Randall’s Island Urban Farm in New York City

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The farm features 72 raised vegetable Beds, four rice paddies

Randall’s Island Urban Farm, created as a result of the combined efforts of GrowNYC and the Randall’s Island Park Alliance, is a one acre urban farm that aims to provide schools and groups who lack on-site or proximal open space with the experience of environmental education and nutritional learning by growing, harvesting, and eating farm-fresh produce.

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September 24, 2014   Comments Off on Randall’s Island Urban Farm in New York City

Young volunteers ‘excluded’ from working at City Farm in London

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30 children and young people with disabilities looked after animals at Brooks Farm

By Natalie Glanvill
This is Local London
19th August 2014

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A group of young volunteers, which has helped out at a city farm for 30 years, will not be allowed to work there after it changed hands, it has emerged.

The ‘Farm Family’, which includes about 30 children and young people with disabilities, or those at risk of getting involved in crime, looked after animals at Brooks Farm in Skeltons Lane Park, Leyton, when it was managed by Waltham Forest council.

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August 26, 2014   Comments Off on Young volunteers ‘excluded’ from working at City Farm in London

Native Americans Connect To Past Through Gardens In Chicago

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In this July 10, 2014 photo, Lilah White, left, and Natalie Cree Arguijo carry plants during a gardening exercise with the American Indian Center in Chicago. The center is using gardens to teach urban Native American youth about the importance of their connection to the land. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)

Today, there are about 27,000 people of native descent living in Chicago, a city that ranks among the nation’s biggest populations of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

By Stacy Thacker
The Big Story
Aug. 16, 2014

Excerpt:

CHICAGO (AP) — A train roars by as Native American children and instructors climb up a railroad embankment in Chicago, headed toward a barren patch of land that they’ll transform into a garden with edible and medicinal plants.

Some carry potted plants or spades to break up the earth hardened by the summer sun, eager to connect with their natural surroundings. They’re continuing an important cultural tradition that can be difficult to maintain for native people who, decades ago, left reservations for urban areas like Chicago, which now has one of the 10 largest native populations in the U.S.

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August 24, 2014   Comments Off on Native Americans Connect To Past Through Gardens In Chicago