Category — Children
30 children and young people with disabilities looked after animals at Brooks Farm
By Natalie Glanvill
This is Local London
19th August 2014
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.
August 26, 2014 Comments Off
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
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.
August 24, 2014 Comments Off
Forthcoming August 5, 2014
By Susan Lendroth (Author), Kate Endle (Illustrator)
My newest children’s picture book, Old Manhattan Has Some Farms, explores urban agriculture from a young child’s perspective. Slated for release by Charlesbridge Publishing on August 5, Old Manhattan employs the Old MacDonald rhyme as a framework for a lighthearted look at how communities across North America (including Canada) are adding locally grown foods to the menu.
July 19, 2014 Comments Off
There’s this ability to translate what these kids are learning into a very practical, hands-on way, to bring science to light without it feeling like science.
By Janet Rausa Fuller
DNA Info Chicago
June 30, 2014
“I wanted something that wasn’t graded, that wasn’t going to get them into high school,” she said. “Something to get their hands dirty and engage in nature in a different way.”
And then she thought: Why not start our own camp?
City Growing Camps kicked off last week at Queen of Angels School, 4520 N. Western Ave., with a unique focus on urban agriculture and the farm-to-table movement. It also might be the shortest, smallest youth camp in the city. There are only nine kids (all boys), and it ran just a week.
July 8, 2014 Comments Off
An article about gardens at California schools initially sparked the idea for a similar project in Charlottesville.
The Daily Progress
June 21, 2014
On Saturday, the middle school garden was among the stops of the Cultivate C’ville tour of urban farms now growing food at homes, community gardens and schools throughout the city.
The other stops on the tour were the mini-orchard of fruit and nut trees at Casa Alma, a Catholic worker community on Nassau Street; the Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville at Monticello Avenue and Sixth Street Southeast; a community garden on Fifth Street Southwest; and the New Roots Garden, which the International Rescue Committee sponsors for refugee families, on Fourth Street Southwest.
July 1, 2014 Comments Off
“To understand the sustainability, we need to understand how the food is produced and how it gets to our table.”
By Karen Bartko and Fletcher Kent
June 16, 2014
EDMONTON – Math, Social Studies, English, and butchering a chicken? It’s not a typical high school schedule, but urban agriculture at Morinville Community High School isn’t a typical class.
“It was something that I’ve taken an interest in over the last few years: cooking, growing your own food, butchery, that kind of stuff,” says teacher Neil Korotash, who leads the class.
June 26, 2014 Comments Off
Finalist: CST Inspired Minds Learning Project
Located at a 3.5 acre urban farm in the heart of Halifax (site of a demolished school), Common Roots Urban Farm will sponsor a free, public, children’s gardening and cooking program that links health, education, and agriculture for children aged 0-10.
Our farm serves as an educational site promoting urban farming and gardening, empowering our community to grow and eat healthy food and connecting people with restorative landscapes. With CST support, we will expand programming to young children, especially as we construct a large children’s food and exploration garden this summer.
June 20, 2014 Comments Off
Stop’s Green Barn: Greenhouse & Compost Demonstration Centre
Videographer Audra Brown visits a century old former streetcar repair building that has been converted into a greenhouse.
City News Toronto
June 1, 2014
Excerpt from Stop’s website:
The Stop’s Green Barn is a heritage building re-designed to Gold LEED environmental standards that grows year-round organic produce.
The Green Barn houses a 3,000-square-foot state-of-the-art greenhouse in which we grow a variety of produce, including kale, Swiss chard, lettuce, herbs, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, grapefruit, pineapple, Meyer lemons, Mizuna mustard, baby bok choy, chilies, nasturtiums, geraniums, bananas, oranges, avocado, cassava, taro, sweet potato, Indian spinach, jade, lemon balm, figs, marigold, tamarind, radishes, sprouts, callaloo, aloe vera, and olive.
June 10, 2014 Comments Off
Youth have transformed a dump site to a productive venture of growing food crops & rearing indigenous chicken, guinea fowls & are now generating income.
June 10, 2014 Comments Off
The idea is not to minimise the expenditure on the meal programme but to develop a healthy ambience in the schools, Ningarajaiah, officer in charge of Akshara Dasoha in Mysore district, has said. Photo by M.A. Sriram.
Soon, vegetables grown in kitchen gardens by children in government schools will be used for cooking food under the mid-day meal programme — Akshara Dasoha — in the State.
By Shankar Bennur
May 29 2014
The Department of Public Instruction (DPI), in its recent circular, has asked school administrations to make use of vacant space available on the school premises to grow vegetables, fruits and leaves as part of the “Maguvigondu Mara, Shalegondu Vana” programme.
Already, many government schools in Mysore district have developed gardens on their campuses and are growing vegetables that are used in cooking meals.
June 6, 2014 Comments Off
South Florida cities embracing urban farming to improve the health of traditionally African- and Caribbean-American neighborhoods
Kids grow veggies at First Baptist Church Boys’ Academy.
“The thing about plants is they’re harmonious,” he said. “They do one thing: grow. I wish we were more like that.”
By Patricia Borns
May 18, 2014
Helped by seed money from the Broward Regional Health Planning Council, the city set out 2,500 grow bags — plastic bags filled with soil and nutrients — on city-owned land that had been a magnet for dirt bikers and trash. Besides being a productive growing medium, the bags safeguarded against possible saltwater intrusion and potential contaminants from a nearby warehouse site, PATCH’s management team said.
May 30, 2014 Comments Off
Our school administration has supported us in this sustainable project from the very start
By Philip Branston
Apr 28, 2014
We have had many obstacles to overcome due to the intense Bangkok heat, but now that we understand the local climate and soil better we are starting to see some successes. One of the goals was to build raised garden beds. We did this after a major donation of over 100 wooden pallets from a NIST parent. Staff and students dismantled each of them one by one and made them into 2 metre by 1 metre beds. As time went by, we built more and more using reclaimed wood from the old NIST Multi-purpose Hall, which was demolished to make way for a new building.
May 4, 2014 Comments Off
Due to the success of the Back-to-School Garden initiative in Grand Bassa county, FED and partners will expand the program’s reach to five more counties in 2014: Margibi, Montserrado, Nimba, Bong, and Lofa.
By Nicholas Parkinson
Good Food World
February 21st, 2014
There was a time before Liberia’s civil wars when agriculture was an integral part of the education system. All the way back to 1960, the Liberian Ministry of Education and Ministry of Agriculture—with US government financial aid—partnered with US Peace Corps volunteers and created the country’s first 4-H Club in Maryland county, southeast Liberia.
Thirty years later, there were some 27,000 4-H Club members in 1,950 clubs and nearly as many gardens. Then the country erupted in civil strife.
February 26, 2014 Comments Off
“Our country is an agricultural country and must always remain at least partly so, if we are to prosper as a nation.”
By George L. Hensley A. B.
Master of Letters
Kansas State Teacher’s College
(Must see. Mike)
Agriculture, an aid to self-realization
Many contributory reasons for the introduction of agriculture into our urban schools can be given. It has a wide range of interests common to children. It satisfies the natural desires of the child for the active, the concrete and the personal. by pitting one child against another and both against the forces of nature. If affords him the opportunities for emulation which he craves.
The following concrete summary of reasons for the introduction of agriculture was culled from the writings of W.R. Hart of the Massachusetts Agricultural College, G. F. Warren of the New York State College of Agriculture and W. H. French of the Michigan Agricultural College.
January 25, 2014 Comments Off
Every one of the 31 schools in the Delta school district will have a garden, urban agriculture instalment, or a full-blown mini-farm by the end of the school year in June
By Randy Shore
Dec 30, 2013
The district is providing $2,500 a month to fund Project Pickle, but a search is underway for corporate sponsors to take the financial pressure off the district, said Turner.
“As it grows, we will have to find ways to pay for it,” she said. “We haven’t got there yet, but it’s growing so fast.”
January 5, 2014 Comments Off