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Unique urban agriculture container used for demonstration garden in Montreal

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Borough Mayor Russell Copeman in front of the Conserre. Click on image for larger file.

The project is aimed at promoting awareness of the potential of urban agriculture among citizens.

PR News Wire
July 20, 2015

Excerpt:

The Conserre is a container that was transformed into a demonstration garden in which various vegetables, fine herbs and edible flowers were planted on July 7. The project is aimed at promoting awareness of the potential of urban agriculture among citizens. The Conserre will remain at the Vendôme metro station until the fall of 2015. Every week, community education workers will be on site to maintain the garden and answers questions from citizens.

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July 25, 2015   No Comments

Historic Moore Farm Estate in Ottawa to become a showcase for urban farming and ecotourism

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National Capital Commission chief executive Mark Kristmanson, right, and Sylvain Bertrand, chair of the Co-operative de solidarité de la ferme Moore, signed a five-year lease Tuesday at the historic Moore Farm Estate in Gatineau. Julie Oliver / Ottawa Citizen

“This is a place where urban residents, as well as visitors from across the country, will be able to come and experience sustainable agriculture practices in a beautiful setting in the heart of a great city.”

By Don Butler
Ottawa Citizen
July 21, 2015

Sylvain Bertrand, the co-operative’s chair, said the group hopes to have some activities underway in the former stable by this fall, including a café, educational programs and displays, and a boutique selling local processed goods.

Next year, there are plans to grow organic vegetables and offer them for sale at the farm.

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July 22, 2015   No Comments

Urban agriculture thriving in Baltimore

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Forty to 50 hoop houses are scattered across the city, including at three high schools – Lake Clifton, Patterson and Green Street Academy – which provide learning experiences for the students.

By Doug Tallman
University of Maryland Extension
Jul 8, 2015

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University of Maryland Extension is providing the technical expertise to build a thriving urban agricultural community.

“Anyone can grow, but other things need to happen in order to grow quality produce,” said Manami J. Brown, city Extension director.

And with that thriving community, urban agriculture is not only helping to feed city residents but it also promotes healthy living and improves the environment.

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July 19, 2015   No Comments

Scotts Miracle-Gro awards $40,000 grant to Michigan Urban Farming Initiative

sct40The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative is one four communities competing for a Miracle Gro People’s Choice Community Garden Grant. (Source: Miracle Gro).

“When people come together in a garden, or gather on a green space, something good happens.”

By Princess Hayes
Michigan Chronicle
June 25, 2015

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Scotts Miracle-Gro teamed up with local community members at the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative’s in Detroit to build the new Children’s Sensory Garden, the 644th garden built since the GRO1000 program launched.

The new garden provides Detroit youth an opportunity to experience nature first hand, serving as an outdoor classroom. It is yet another example of the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative using agriculture as a platform to promote education and values.

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Spencer Ellsworth connects Rockford, Illinois urban farmers with eaters and people with the land

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Spencer Ellsworth provides instruction to young urban farmers as part of Angelic Organics’ Roots and Wings program.

Ellsworth’s interest in the link between topics like urban planning, food access and class dynamics, combined with his passion for gardening, drove him to a career in urban agriculture.

By Lindsey Holden
Rockford Register Star
Jun. 30, 2015

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Some might say Spencer Ellsworth’s profession is a paradox.

As an urban farm manager at Angelic Organics’ Learning Center, the educational branch of the community-supported farm, his job is to help people learn how to grow things in the middle of a city. But Ellsworth thinks combining urban spaces and farming isn’t such a foreign concept. He sees helping to “connect farmers with eaters and people with the land” as the best way to promote access to healthy food for all people.

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July 11, 2015   Comments Off on Spencer Ellsworth connects Rockford, Illinois urban farmers with eaters and people with the land

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

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

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

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

Bringing the Farm to the City: How a Local Land Grant University is Supporting a Different Kind of Agriculture

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Dr. Ellen Harris, Director of the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center taking a look at the red leaf lettuce being grown at the 144 Acre Muirkirk Agricultural Experimentation.

The work I witnessed during my time at UDC makes me excited for the future of how research and extension can help support urban agriculture as a safe, efficient, and healthy component of local and regional food systems.

By Ann Bartuska, Ph.D., Deputy Undersecretary, Research, Education, and Economics
United States Department of Agriculture
June 11, 2015

Excerpt:

This year I have had the pleasure of visiting a number of urban agriculture operations. From California to Cleveland, the ability of individuals to realize the multidimensional benefits of agricultural production and leverage them in an urban context has been nothing short of amazing.

This past week I visited a University that is heavily involved in both the research and extension aspect of urban agriculture — right in the backyard of the Department’s Washington, D.C. headquarters.

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UK university students learn to grow food

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Anthropology student Celia Briseid selling freshly harvested vegetables at Growhampton’s weekly market day. Photograph: Joel Williams

I helped out for several years on an allotment owned by a neighbour who didn’t have time to use her full plot.

By Tess Riley
The Guardian
May 25, 2015

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In 2013, Growhampton was one of 25 student union projects to be helped financially by the National Union of Students (NUS), as part of their students’ green fund. Growhampton combines training, volunteering and education in food growing for students at the University of Roehampton. It manages the Hive, an ethical cafe constructed from two former shipping containers and upcycled furniture.

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June 6, 2015   Comments Off on UK university students learn to grow food

Boston’s Brandeis University students seed rooftop farm

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GROWING: Annie Fortnow, Jay Feinstein and Allison Marill are part of the Brandeis Farmers Club, which operates a 1,500-square foot rooftop farm.

The farm is expected to reap 3,500 pounds of produce per season.

By Donna Goodison
Boston Herald
May 24, 2015

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Brandeis University students are getting and teaching lessons in sustainability, urban agriculture, the local food movement and economics through a new 1,500-square-foot rooftop farm on their Waltham campus.

The students planted herbs, vegetables, strawberries and rhubarb in milk crates atop the Gerstenzang Science Center last month, tapping a $30,000 grant from the college’s Sustainability Fund.

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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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Dublin’s Belvedere Farm – Secondary School Horticulture Project

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Indoor Greenhouse & Rooftop Growing – “GROWlab Urban Agricultural Education”

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Students at Belvedere College SJ are currently growing crops, farming fish and cultivating fungi in a glass-roofed science laboratory called the GROWlab,
featuring an aquaponic and hydroponic farm with an innovative system of teaching sustainability in the city, a year-round space where students can learn
about plant life cycles, green technology, and sustainable farming practices.

The GROWlab is chockablock with innovative solutions: rainwater catchment, wind energy, aquaponics, hydroponics, vertical growing, worm composting,
solar energy, advanced LED lighting, and environmental controls that let the students monitor conditions in the greenhouse and grow systems.

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May 31, 2015   Comments Off on Dublin’s Belvedere Farm – Secondary School Horticulture Project

Urban Farmers Say It’s Time They Got Their Own Research Farms

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Mchezaji “Che” Axum stands in a hoop house at the University of the District of Columbia’s Muirkirk Research Farm, a resource for urban farmers in the city.
Whitney Pipkin for NPR.

In New York City, for example, Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension has one staff member for every 160,000 residents and tries to “make sure that all New York residents benefit from Cornell’s research.”

By Whitney Pipkin
NPR
May 18, 2015

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About 80 percent of Americans now live in urban areas, and more and more of us are growing food in cities as well.

But where’s an urban farmer to turn for a soil test or when pests infiltrate the fruit orchard?

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May 28, 2015   Comments Off on Urban Farmers Say It’s Time They Got Their Own Research Farms

Philippines launches a vegetable gardening project to be managed by schoolchildren

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Department of Agriculture launches “Gulayan sa Paaralan” in Muntinlupa City

Philippines Information Agency
May 18, 2015

MUNTINLUPA CITY, 18 May (PIA)–Hundreds of students, school and local government officials joined the launching of Gulayan sa Paaralan in Muntinlupa City.

Gulayan sa Paaralaan, a vegetable gardening project initiated by DA and the Department of Education, will be managed by the schoolchildren themselves to encourage them to plant and eat healthy vegetables.

During the launch, Mr. Felix Joselito Noceda, coordinator of Urban Agriculture Program of the Bureau of Plant Industry, Department of Agriculture (BPI,DA) for NCR and Region-4A , turned over agricultural assistance to the Muntinlupa City local government unit led by Mayor Jaime R. Fresnedi and Congressman Rodolfo G. Biazon.

According to Noceda, the DA has finished crafting a training manual that teaches students from all over the country the fundamentals of vegetable farming. Noceda emphasized the importance of encouraging young children to take part in food production.

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Sana’a Yemen, 2010 – Woman Teacher Giving Gardening Lessons

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Photo by Salwa. Click on image for larger file.

Teaching horticulture in Yeman

Information from Salwa from ‘Food for Cities’
May 21, 2015

Excerpt from letter:

I have few pictures of a lady school teacher with scholars (around 12 years old boys) in a public garden in Sana’a Yemen in 2010; they take lessons in gardening and are assigned a plot to plant and visit on a regular basis in the public garden; I don’t have more information, I only met them once by chance while I was working on an urban Agriculture project with RUAF foundation and my university in Beirut; unfortunately, there is war now in Yemen.

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