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Canada: Growing food and community on the Toronto Islands

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The inner courtyard of the Island Natural Science School has transformed with the addition of cedar raised beds.

The Toronto Island Natural Science School has transformed its outdoor space to a hub of activity for urban students to learn and grow.

Evergreen
June 8, 2017

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“Thousands of students have been able to experience fresh greens, herbs and vegetables from our garden. Students, who often have a negative relationship with vegetables and food in general, gain a new respect and perspective on what they themselves can grow, harvest, cook and eat. Without Evergreen’s support, none of this would have happened,” says Catherine Combs, Site Supervisor at the Island Natural Science.

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August 22, 2017   No Comments

Community Garden at the University of Illinois Springfield

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More than 200 volunteers have worked in the garden since its opening, and it has already produced over 300 pounds of fresh produce.

By Susan Koch, chancellor at the University of Illinois Springfield.
State Journal-Register
Aug 12, 2017

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Students in Styles’ “Introduction to Sustainability” class designed the garden as a class project, studying various sustainable garden designs, creating a comprehensive plan and budget and determining the organizational approach that would best support a community garden project over time.

The garden features raised beds which help control weeds and handle drainage. Wooden compost containers and an in-ground vermiculture compost bin provide a steady supply of organic material that promotes soil microbes and plant growth.

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August 18, 2017   No Comments

Anchorage, Alaska urban farm teaches young employees life skill

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Within a 10,000 square foot warehouse in Spenard, rows of vertical hydroponic towers are tended to by a handful of young adult employees.

By Travis Khachatoorian
KYUU
Aug 4, 2017

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Johndro said she hires youth between the ages of 16 and 24 in needs of life skills.

“This is not a forever job,” said Johndro. “This is part-time, short-term, like six-months to a year, with a goal of moving on to a better more permanent job within the community.”

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August 11, 2017   No Comments

Fresno kids learning life lessons through hands-on farming

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“I wouldn’t have even thought to try it. It sounded nasty to me,” student Qyerra Goree said. “I was like, ‘I’m not eating it.’ And then I ate it, and I was like, ‘Oh, this is good.'”

By Corin Hoggard
ABC30
July 22, 2017

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Hiding in the heart of the old southwest Fresno neighborhood is a small plot of hope. The kids walking through the corn stalks, and the vines are the hands who grew the crops from scratch.

“We’ve been growing the plants now for about two months,” Laila Else from Freedom School said.

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July 29, 2017   Comments Off on Fresno kids learning life lessons through hands-on farming

Cultural connections in urban farming

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A view of Bartram’s Garden (Peter Crimmins/WHYY, file)

Bartram’s Garden in Southwest Philadelphia

WHYY Public Media
Radio Times
July 14, 2017

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Beets, black eyed peas, collard greens, and cabbage sprawl across four acres at the Farm at Bartram’s Garden in Southwest Philadelphia. This urban farm is unique because it grows cultural produce, employs youth and feeds communities.

On Radio Times Thursday, guest host Mary Cummings Jordan talked with Chris Bolden-Newsome, farm co-director, about motivating 27 young people who are employed by the farm.

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July 22, 2017   Comments Off on Cultural connections in urban farming

Besieged Gaza People Farming on Rooftops to Resist Blockade

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My parents are sick and need treatment. I have to income to provide for the costs of treatment of my parents,” she said adding that she earns money by selling the agricultural products produced on the rooftop of her house. See video with this article.

A Gaza student told Tasnim that his school rooftop is used for agriculture. “At the break time and also during science class, we go to the rooftop farm and practice farming.

Tasmin News Agency
July, 10, 2017
(Must see. Mike)
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Many rooftops in Gaza, in winter, are home to leaf vegetables and in summer, to tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, radishes, herbs and even lemon trees. The vegetables grow without soil and without any chemical fertilizers, thanks to an aquaponics gardening technique that people constantly improves.

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July 11, 2017   Comments Off on Besieged Gaza People Farming on Rooftops to Resist Blockade

Philippines: Millennials told to use ‘Farmville’ expertise in own urban gardens

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Sioco said the disinterest of the young people toward gardening nowadays could also be attributed to the loss of knowledge transfer on planting and agriculture.

By Jasper Y. Arcalas
Business Mirror
June 15, 2017

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The CGC chief said his company is innovating ways to encourage the millennials to venture into organic urban gardening, one of which is rolling out convenient means of gardening through the use of latest available technologies in the market.

“What we do right now is that we continuously innovate to make it a lot easier for people to venture into urban gardening, like for the millennials,” he said. “We have two technologies working on right now: one is aquaponics and the second is barrel gardening.”

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June 22, 2017   Comments Off on Philippines: Millennials told to use ‘Farmville’ expertise in own urban gardens

Why it’s important for black farmers to take the lead on Detroit’s urban farms

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Oakland Avenue Urban Farm. Photo by Tom Perkins.

What black organizations like Neighborhood B.U.G. and their allies are trying to do is, in part, restore ownership for a heritage of farming and gardening that never went away, but was overlooked, perhaps even within the community itself.

By Brian Allnutt
Detroit Metro Times
June 14, 2017

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Thorpe from Neighborhood B.U.G. says that the perception of his organization really changed when people realized it was being run by African-Americans. “In the beginning we had a couple of problems because people didn’t know who we were,” he says. “They thought we were probably a white organization. … Now we don’t have anything locked up, we don’t have any fences. … The community is just receptive because they see nothing but blacks, young black people out there gardening and it makes people stop, from old to young.”

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June 19, 2017   Comments Off on Why it’s important for black farmers to take the lead on Detroit’s urban farms

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.

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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   Comments Off on Students across Canada use “space” tomato seeds to investigate the effects of outer space on seed germination

La Bajada Urban Youth Farm grows in West Dallas

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“These youth interns get paid to come work on this farm and grow food and then we share the food with the community,”

By Tim Roberts
CW33
May 21, 2017

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“Coming here I’m not really used to being outdoors with the nature so learning how to plant and grow different seeds and getting my hands dirty was new to me,” said Grace Zamora, one of the students. “So it was difficult but I’m having a lot of fun doing it.”

And for these kids there’s an even bigger purpose than learning how to farm and making a little extra cash.

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May 28, 2017   Comments Off on La Bajada Urban Youth Farm grows in West Dallas

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

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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

University of California Urban Agriculture Courses

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Learn the basics of urban farming from UC experts and local partners at this upcoming series that focuses on building success in California’s Urban Agriculture by managing risk and leveraging opportunities!

Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California

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Workshop #3: Food Safety Basics for Urban Farmers: How to ensure a safe harvest, from the field to the fork – Thursday, June 8th, 2017, City Slickers West Oakland Farm Park, 2847 Peralta St, Oakland 94608

Workshop #4: Marketing and Business Management for Urban Farmers: From business planning to labor laws, basics to help you succeed – Thursday June 22nd, 2017, 9:30-4:30, Location TBD

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May 24, 2017   Comments Off on University of California Urban Agriculture Courses

Canada: An urban farm beneath BC Hydro power lines in Langley?

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Plans call for cultivation of urban agriculture along the 23 acre (9.4 ha) BC Hydro transmission right-of-way.

The City of Langley, along with the Metro Vancouver regional authority and Kwantlen Polytechnic University have announced plans for a Langley Urban Agriculture Demonstration Project.

By Monique Tamminga
Langley Times
May 3, 2017

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“This project aims to bring compatible urban farming to a power line corridor in an established single family residential neighbourhood,” said Roy Beddow, deputy director of Development Services and Economic Development at the City of Langley.

“In addition to demonstrating the potential for local food production, the project will also create community partnerships and educational opportunities while enhancing amenity values in a utility corridor.”

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May 9, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: An urban farm beneath BC Hydro power lines in Langley?

India: Convent School Sets Up Rooftop Farm

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Trying to motivate other schools adopt rooftop farming, the school recently organized a workshop for teachers of 50 schools.

By Kamini Mehta
Times of India
Apr 22, 2017

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It has been a month since the farm was inaugurated and the roof already looks green. The school has also been organizing various activities like container designing; making containers out of waste, to motivate students to get into farming. The plants are also gifted to teachers on their birthdays.

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April 28, 2017   Comments Off on India: Convent School Sets Up Rooftop Farm

Canada: Community group plans urban farm school in Fredericton, New Brunswick

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A farming school in Fredericton’s north side. (N.B. Community Harvest Gardens)

The location makes it convenient for people living in the city to walk, bike or take a bus to school and learn how to farm.

By Terrence McEachern
CBC News
Apr 09, 2017

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Edee Klee wants to bring farming back as a viable career option in the New Brunswick.

A passionate gardener, Klee is part of a group that is planning to set up a teaching farm — but not one in the middle of the country. Rather, this farm school would occupy eight acres of land in Fredericton

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April 17, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Community group plans urban farm school in Fredericton, New Brunswick