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Two week course: From home gardens to agro-parks: working towards resilient agrifood systems serving densely populated areas

Woman with a basket of beans in vegetable garden Pieter de Hooch - 1651
Woman with a basket of beans in vegetable garden. By Pieter de Hooch – 1651. Click on image for larger file.

Food security in an urbanising society

Organised by Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation
Date Mon 9 March 2015 until Fri 20 March 2015


Due to continuing rural-urban migration, over 50% of the world’s population now lives in densely populated urban areas. They rely heavily on all sorts of markets for their daily food needs. These are supplied through overstressed, complex agro-logistical networks often at risk of failure. This course focuses on how rural production and urban market systems can be integrated such that urban dwellers can be assured better access to adequate quantities of nutritious food while sustaining the viability of the production areas.

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September 9, 2014   No Comments

Outdoor Classroom Program will start at Columbia schools this fall


The program is a result of a recent merger between the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture and the Columbia Outdoor Classroom Project.

By Rachel Jelinek
August 11, 2014


The program will create outdoor spaces where students will learn how to cultivate vegetables, said Heather Gillich, education and volunteer coordinator for the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, which is overseeing the program.

Each school will have an outdoor classroom committee with teachers and parents interested in helping students get involved, Gillich said. The program will either be part of a class’ curriculum or an after-school program.

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August 18, 2014   Comments Off

White House Kitchen Garden Tours

First Lady Michelle Obama and White House Chefs join children from Bancroft and Tubman Elementary Schools to harvest vegetables.

Tours consist of a guided tour of the White House Kitchen Garden and beehive, and depending on the public tour schedule, may include a visit inside the White House.

Tours of the White House Kitchen Garden are available to school and community groups with an interest in gardening and healthy eating. A maximum of 25 people may tour the garden at one time, and there is no age limit. Kitchen Garden tours are typically held on weekday mornings.

To apply for a White House Kitchen Garden tour, fill out the application below. Please include background information about your group and tell us why you would like to tour the White House Kitchen Garden.

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August 17, 2014   Comments Off

‘Urban Agriculture and Food Activism’ at The New School, New York City

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This Food Studies course is open to the public via The New School’s non-credit Continuing Education program, as well as to matriculating students.

Beginning August 27, 2014
Wednesdays, 4 – 5:50 pm,
Kristin Reynolds, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Environmental Studies and Food Studies
The New School

Course Description:

This course explores urban agriculture’s role in the urban environment, both internationally and in the United States. As a class, we examine various forms, functions, organizational models, and motivations for engaging in city farming and gardening. We consider how forms such as community gardens, community farms, school gardens, and commercial urban agriculture have been integrated into the urban fabric to produce social and environmental benefits.

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August 10, 2014   Comments Off

Harvard Community Garden

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Harvard garden brings together members of the community to raise awareness about the critical role that food plays in our environment and our health

From their Facebook page:

In the Spring of 2010, the Center for Health and the Global Environment, working closely with Harvard University Hospitality and Dining Services, Harvard’s Office of Sustainability and invested students, implemented a raised bed garden on the Cambridge campus at 27 Holyoke Street in the heart of Harvard Square.

The garden includes a mix of raised beds for growing food, perennial borders, patio space for classes and events, and open green space. Pathways and tall garden beds, built with guidance from University Disability Services, are fully accessible to those with special needs.

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August 4, 2014   Comments Off

French supermarket introduces lumpy and misshapen fruit and vegetables – sold at a 30% discount – to combat food waste


Intermarché launched Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables earlier this year to prove that unattractive produce is just as edible

By Martha Cliff
16 July 2014 |


The campaign by Intermarché is supported by advertising agency Marcel who, with the help of photographer Patrice de Villiers, produced seven posters starring the unattractive produce to go alongside it.

The posters included images of the grotesque apple, the ridiculous potato, the hideous orange, the failed lemon, the disfigured eggplant, the ugly carrot, and the unfortunate clementine.

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July 17, 2014   Comments Off

City Growing Camps (Chicago) a Weeklong Urban Agriculture Experience for Kids

Sampling sugar snap peas at the Lincoln Square farmers market. Photo credit: DNAInfo/Janet Rausa Fuller.

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.

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July 8, 2014   Comments Off

Students develop liking to grow kitchen gardens in Mysore, India


Senior assistant of horticulture M S Raju said that they want to educate people in urban areas on gardening with an emphasis to organic vegetables.

Times of India
June 24, 2014


Growing a kitchen garden has caught the fancy of students, entrepreneurs, homemakers, and children alike in Mysore.

P Nalme, a student who grows mushrooms at her home, said that she is particularly interested in growing organic veggies as “they are good for health”. According to Nalme, awareness must be created among youth, especially students, to take to organic farming. She thanked the horticulture department for organizing a training programme on kitchen gardening in its premises at Kukkarahalli on Sunday.

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July 6, 2014   Comments Off

Urban agriculture takes root at University of Manitoba

Students — mostly city slickers — grow three varieties of tomatoes, jalapeno, bell peppers, beets, lettuce and herbs in new course.

“The course brings together people with new perspectives and interests to discuss what roles cities play in feeding themselves.”

By Crystal Jorgenson
UM Today
June 11, 2014


What students in the course Urban Agriculture (PLNT 1000), offered by the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, quickly discovered is that an examination of small-scale agriculture in urban settings opens up larger discussions about global food security, environmental health and community development.

The University 1 level course was envisioned and designed by Plant Science professor Anita Brûlé-Babel four years ago as a way for students to explore urban food production. The course covers the principles of vegetable, fruit and herb production, landscape plants, and utilization of natural systems for composting, water management and reduced pesticide use.

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July 2, 2014   Comments Off

Grow Dat’s City Park farm yields an unexpected crop: good jobs for youth in New Orleans

Johanna Gilligan.

Last year Grow Dat alumni were hired by the New Orleans Food Co-op, the online retailer Good Eggs, Rouses, and Eco Urban landscapers.

By Johanna Gilligan
The Lens
June 17, 2014
Founding director of Grow Dat Youth Farm, Johanna Gilligan is a native of Santa Fe who has lived in New Orleans since 1999.


What I didn’t imagine was that urban farming experience might also prepare them for food-sector employment that could provide a decent hourly wage, benefits, and opportunities to advance. Fast forward 10 years, and I see a new kind of food sector job emerging—not just late-night minimum-wage jobs in a fast food restaurant or earning $2.13/hour waiting tables, but opportunities to work with businesses who are growing, selling, and preparing local food.

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June 26, 2014   Comments Off

Students get their hands dirty in new urban agriculture class in Edmonton, Alberta

Watch the video here.

“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
Global News
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.

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June 26, 2014   Comments Off

“Urban Food Production” (HORT 435)

Sam E. Wortman, an assistant professor of crop sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.

New Online Class at University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign

Sam E. Wortman, PhD
Assistant Professor, Urban Food Production
Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign

In this class, students will explore the opportunities and challenges of growing food in cities through scientific literature, case studies, online discussions, and an on-farm service-learning project. Students will discover production methods used on vacant lot urban farms and in controlled environment, hydroponic systems. As a final project, students will work in teams to integrate course concepts into a proposal for a new urban farm.

This class may provide an opportunity for professional development or progress toward an online MS degree in Horticulture or Crop Sciences at UIUC.

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June 25, 2014   Comments Off

Growing from the Ground Up in Halifax, Nova Scotia


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.

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June 20, 2014   Comments Off

The White House Kitchen Garden Harvest with Michelle Obama

June 12, 2014 – Remarks by the First Lady Before White House Garden Harvest Event
State Dining Room

(Must see. Mike)

First Lady Michelle Obama and West Virginia Department of Education Office of Child Nutrition Executive Director Richard Goff help students from five District of Columbia schools make a meal using the summer crop from the White House Kitchen Garden in the State Dining Room at the White House June 12. The students, who helped plant the garden earlier in the year, were joined by visiting school nutrition directors from Orlando, Dallas and West Virginia, where they have seen success in their new school lunch programs thanks to the standards put in place by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

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June 13, 2014   Comments Off

Urban farming at NE Portland’s Madison High School keeps teens engaged

It’s not a Portlandia sketch.

By Nicole Dungca
Oregon Live
April 08, 2014


There is, indeed, an “urban farming” course at Madison High in Northeast Portland.

Teacher Susan Wiencke sometimes laughs at how the class seems to fit the Portland stereotype, but that doesn’t take away from the genuine enthusiasm her students have in the garden.

Wiencke, who also teaches a sustainable agriculture course, said students love working with a hands-on curriculum.

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April 23, 2014   Comments Off