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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

Excerpt:

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   No Comments

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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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

Excerpt:

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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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

Excerpt:

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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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

Excerpt:

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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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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Oprah’s short film on Will Allen

Super Soul Original Short: The Urban Farmer Who’s Starting His Own Revolution

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Will Allen has been a professional athlete and worked in corporate America. Still, he says, being a farmer is the biggest and most rewarding path he could have chosen. Will is the founder of Growing Power, an organization dedicated to teaching people in urban Milwaukee how to grow good food. “We’re only six blocks away from Milwaukee’s largest public housing project,” he says.

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Buffalo ‘urban farm’ seeking an upgrade

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The Massachusetts Avenue Project wants to demolish an existing one-and-a-half-story pink house on the property at 387 Massachusetts Ave. and replace that with a new permanent two-story structure. Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News.

Nonprofit West Side project hoping to get OK from Buffalo Planning Board in order to better serve and educate surrounding impoverished neighborhoods

By Jonathan D. Epstein
Buffalo News
May 6, 2015

Excerpt:

A West Side “urban farm” that grows fresh produce, fish and chickens for impoverished neighborhoods while teaching people about agriculture and nutrition is seeking to get a permanent new “farmhouse” to host its services and food market.

The Massachusetts Avenue Project, known for its innovative services to West Side communities, wants to demolish an existing one-and-a-half-story pink house on the property at 387 Massachusetts Ave. It would replace that with a new permanent two-story structure, with a full basement, to be used as a community food training and resource center, as well as a year-round farm stand.

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Agriculture class builds hydroponic growing systems for Dubuque Rescue Mission.

moichAfter donations from various businesses and organizations, the Rescue Mission greenhouse will be in use for its first growth season. Photo Mike Burley.

Western Dubuque students see fruits of their labor through growing vegetables.

By Craig D. Reber
Thonline
May 5, 2015

Excerpt:
Green produce already is pushing through the healthy soil at Dubuque Rescue Mission’s urban garden. Inside the adjacent greenhouse, hydroponically grown lettuce is nearly ready to harvest.

That vertical hydroponic component is the result of the efforts of Matt Lansing’s Western Dubuque High School agriculture education classes. The students built and donated five hydroponic growing systems for the garden.

“It’s perfect for my students,” said Lansing. “They learn how to design things but also learn about being a proper community member, someone who will be able to assist others.”

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Milwaukee Mobile greenhouse helps students embrace agriculture, entrepreneurship

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A Milwaukee Environmental Sciences student checks out the new greenhouse trailer, which will be used for growing seedlings and as a mobile marketplace. (PHOTO: Molly Rippinger)

The plan is for students to use the trailer for growing seedlings, which will be planted in raised garden beds

By Molly Rippinger
OnMilwaukee
Apr 24, 2015

Excerpt:

Doug Janssen, who teaches fourth and fifth grade at MES, explained that the mobile greenhouse is an opportunity for hands-on learning and to provide a service for the community.

“There are no farmers’ markets in this area to buy fresh food at a reasonable price,” he said.

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India: Mumbaikars Learn Growing Organic Vegetables at Home from Recyclable Materials

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People learned how a crushed plastic bottle, those soiled pair of boots could be used for planting the organic vegetables

By Priyanka Das
Carmine Communications
Mumbai, 22nd April, 2015

Excerpt:

On the eve of World Earth Day, Growel’s 101 Mall in association with Earthoholics conducted a 2 hour workshop to provide hands on experience on optimum utilization of natural resources and urban farming to the participants. A live display of the innovative recycling process which turns scrap to useful objects was also being shown to encourage people to conserve environment.

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