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Elementary kids dig weeklong camp about urban farming, food in Cedar Rapids

kidsfKenyon Sales (from left), 10; Chaley Brinkman, 10; Aiden Christiansen, 9; and Eli Jennings, 11, pull weeds in a future salsa garden during day camp in the Matthew 25 Urban Farm.

Other activities include learning about growing food, creating healthy soil, composting, and creating outdoor art.

By Katy Stites
KCRG-TV9
June 16, 2015

Excerpt:

Elementary aged kids are learning about local foods this week. As a part of a weeklong summer camp hosted by Matthew 25, a local non-profit, the kids are getting their hands dirty with planting and picking. They spend most of the week on an urban farm near downtown Cedar Rapids.

“There’s different kinds, bigger and smaller, and it’s just fun to try different foods,” fourth-grader Logan Liddiard said.

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June 25, 2015   No Comments

Greenhouse Project Classrooms in New York Give Students Hands On Experience With Conservation

Students are growing more than 9,000 lbs of vegetables a year

By Cindy Hsu
CBS2
June 12, 2015

Excerpt:

At the hydroponic greenhouse at Manhattan School for Children on the Upper West Side, students are growing more than 9,000 lbs of vegetables a year, using no soil, no pesticides, and only rainwater.

“It’s called VIG, vertically integrated growing,” 7th grader Equem Roel said.

It’s a way to grow plants using less water, space, and energy.

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June 21, 2015   No Comments

China’s children learn about city farming

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Many students, both in elementary school and high school, gather there to learn some knowledge about hydroponics, study the importance and prospect of UPA, and enjoy the vegetable picking together with their parents.

By Jia NI
Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences
May 22, 2015

Excerpt from “Food For Cities”

As far as I know, the Urban farming/Urban Peri-urban Agriculture(UPA) is becoming more popular and attracting more attention from the city governors. Take Beijing for example. Since the beginning of this century, the local government, as well as academics and universities, have invested a lot of money and intellectuals in the relevant areas, hoping not only to improve the urban-rural linkage, but also to educate children by setting up some demonstration parks for the citizens, especially for young students.

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June 2, 2015   Comments Off on China’s children learn about city farming

Texas Farm Girl: Reap What you Sow

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By Rebecca Crownover
Mascot Books
January 6, 2015

Texas Farm Girl learns from her PawPaw what Reap What You Sow means when she makes a big mistake on the farm. The lesson learned from Reap What You Sow can be applied to all of us so that we can overcome adversity and Shine Like A Lone Star Pearl.

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May 22, 2015   Comments Off on Texas Farm Girl: Reap What you Sow

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

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

Real Dirt
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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November 19, 2014   Comments Off on Marion-Polk Food Share’s Youth Farm in Salem, Oregon