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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   No Comments

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   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.

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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   No Comments

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

Excerpts:

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

New York’s New School students research rooftop urban gardens

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Green Roof Ecology is an undergraduate course at The New School that partners with Brooklyn Grange and Vice Media.

New School News
Apr 5, 2017

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In 2014, Vice Media, having just moved into its their new offices in Williamsburg, worked with Brooklyn Grange to turn their expansive rooftop into a vegetable garden for their employees to enjoy.

From the beautiful scenery to the delicious vegetables, the perks of Vice’s rooftop urban farm seem fairly obviously. But what benefits might this green infrastructure have to the broader environment?

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April 12, 2017   Comments Off on New York’s New School students research rooftop urban gardens

Florida: Verdi EcoSchool Is Private K-8 Urban Farm School For Hands-On, Immersion Based Learning

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A farm in the Eau Gallie Arts District.

It’s being cultivated by a group of students in kindergarten to 8th grade as part of their school curriculum.

By Space Coast Daily
March 27, 2017

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The Verdi EcoSchool is an urban farm school that uses real world experiences to create context for traditional academic subjects: chemistry and biology through plant science, physics and math through building/ construction, history through art and reading/writing through entrepreneurship.

“Our team of educators uses the Eau Gallie Arts District as our campus and students travel to different classrooms throughout the day thanks to incredible partnerships we have made within the community,” said Founder Ayana Verdi.

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April 2, 2017   Comments Off on Florida: Verdi EcoSchool Is Private K-8 Urban Farm School For Hands-On, Immersion Based Learning

The Learning Garden opens at Ishihara Park in Santa Monica

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The park is named after George Ishihara, a Japanese-American, whose family was interned in the U.S concentration camps during World War II.

By Talia Tinari
Santa Monica Daily Press
March 18, 2017

The Learning Garden is a communal garden and differs from the other community garden sites in that it there are no individual plots. Instead it will host seminars and workshops for children and adults alike. There will be communal planting and harvest opportunities and many chances to help cultivate the gardens in between planting and harvesting.

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March 25, 2017   Comments Off on The Learning Garden opens at Ishihara Park in Santa Monica

Netherlands: Education for Urban Agriculture and Urban Green Entrepreneurship

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Date: Thursday 30 March 2017 14.00 – 17.30
Location: Aeres, Almere, Stadhuisstraat 18 Almere
RUAF

Urban Agriculture is increasingly seen as a promising area for new business development. However, starting an Urban Farm requires a variety of knowledge and skills. Knowing how to cultivate plants or rear animals does not guarantee success; you also need to be able to analyse markets and social networks, plan and respond strategically to new trends, as well as to manage and monitor results once your businesses is up and running.

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March 20, 2017   Comments Off on Netherlands: Education for Urban Agriculture and Urban Green Entrepreneurship

1906 Quebec ‘Journal of Agriculture’ Promoted School Gardens

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The artisan who has to work ten hours a day at his trade, if he has been trained to love his garden, not only finds moderate working in it a pleasing recreation, but finds that it adds materially to his slender income.

By Mr. George Moore
Journal of Agriculture and Horticulture
July 1, 1906
(The Journal was the official organ of the Council of Agriculture of the Province of Quebec.)

Excerpt:

Again, looking at the question from an economic or several stand point, the advantages of a knowledge of horticulture are not to be despised. The lot of many a poor family might have been made smoother had their head have been taught, how properly to cultivate the little plot of land by which their cottage was surrounded.

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March 17, 2017   Comments Off on 1906 Quebec ‘Journal of Agriculture’ Promoted School Gardens

Chicago Students Learn To Be Hydroponic Urban Farmers at Schurz Food Science Lab

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The chef and marketing executive’s idea for a high school urban farming program started as a way to prove a restaurant concept.

By Erica Gunderson
WTTW
March 9, 2017

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Friedman: Yields from the Food Lab are often large enough to allow the program to donate herbs and microgreens to a nearby food pantry. And like any farm, increasing yields is a constant focus –whether it’s by adjusting light or fertilizer, testing different grow media or developing a prototype for a rotating growing system. For senior Nathaniel Colon, working in the Food Lab has allowed him to apply some of the problem-solving techniques he’s learned in his pre-engineering classes.

Nathaniel Colon, Schurz senior: We thought of a triangle system that would have different layers. It would be a mist system, it would have LEDs under the trays, so you can access it easier. There’ll be a pipe coming through the middle so it can all recycle back to the reservoir.

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March 16, 2017   Comments Off on Chicago Students Learn To Be Hydroponic Urban Farmers at Schurz Food Science Lab