Category — Education
Grant from the Dept. of Health and Human Services for urban agriculture and refugee resettlement in Rhode Island
By Emma Ruddock
Nov 8, 2013
The Southside Community Land Trust was selected to receive over $250,000 in federal grant money to support urban agriculture and refugee resettlement in Providence. The organization focuses on teaching community members how to turn under-utilized land into sustainable sources of food and revenue.
November 19, 2013 Comments Off
Please make sure your district is counted by accessing the USDA Farm to School Census results online. USDA will be accepting additional submissions to the Census through November 30, 2013
By Deborah Kane,
National Director, USDA Farm to School Program
November 5, 2013
They are t-shirted and tilling up soil in schools across the country. And this year, thanks to a new partnership, FoodCorps service members have USDA at their side.
FoodCorps is a national service organization that places emerging leaders in schools across the country to teach kids about what healthy food is and where it comes from, build and tend school gardens, and bring high-quality local food into schools participating in the National School Lunch and/or School Breakfast Programs.
November 11, 2013 Comments Off
Paideia School: The 2012/2013 Crop Report shows a whopping 1,664 pounds of food grown under the auspices of the program
By Anne Dukes
Nov 4, 2013
The spirit of “Old MacDonald” is alive and well at Paideia School in Midtown as students from all grade levels participate in the Urban Agriculture Program. With a little help from their teachers, each other and the community, students grow crops, compost food scraps, raise chickens, sample home grown vegetables and share their bounty with local organizations which feed the hungry.
The 2012/2013 Crop Report shows a whopping 1,664 pounds of food grown under the auspices of the program. In all, 28 different types of food were produced, including sweet potatoes, kale, snap peas, carrots, strawberries and poultry.
November 9, 2013 Comments Off
And as for the fox who made his own headlines during the shutdown? There’s still no word on his whereabouts.
By Eddie Gehman Kohan
Oct 28, 2013
Less than two weeks after the government reopened following the shutdown, Mrs. Obama’s world-famous plot, the symbol of her Let’s Move! campaign, has now recovered after a period of headline-making chaos in the crop rows.
The 1,500 square-foot garden now looks very different than during the shutdown, which lasted more than two weeks between Oct. 1-16.
October 29, 2013 Comments Off
‘We believe that a holistic approach to urban farming provides an uplifting and healing process important for deepening these connections, reskilling our communities, and transforming the world around us.’
In Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Urban Farming Certification Program is a permaculture-based, comprehensive 9 month training program that weaves together classroom work, individual mentoring, and hands-on practical farming experience that help create abundant urban spaces, skilled farmers, and community leaders in the local foods movement.
October 16, 2013 Comments Off
New York University’s Urban Farm Lab Project, a joint venture between the NYU Food Studies Program at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and the Silver Towers Tenant Association (STTA)
By Eileen Reynolds
New York University
At noon on September 26, NYU faculty and students and a gaggle of community preschoolers gathered at the Urban Farm Lab’s first-ever harvest celebration to feast on that bounty.
Would-be pickers, tentative at first, wandered among the vegetables and herbs that flourish in neat rows on the sloping plot nestled between the Silver Towers and Houston Street’s six lanes of roaring traffic. Finally, after several friendly exhortations by Professor Jennifer Schiff Berg, director of the Steinhardt Graduate Food Studies Program, and Professor Amy Bentley, associate professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at Steinhardt to “please, grab a bag and fill it!” the guests got down to business.
October 12, 2013 Comments Off
By Jin, Jang · Choong-Hyeon, Oh
Dongguk University Ecosystem Service Institute
The city of Seoul has been promoting School gardening – cooperating with both Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education(since 2012) and the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation(since 2013)
This effort was carried out based on a plan to support and develop the Urban Agriculture Act (The Duty of State and Local Government) and The Seoul Plan for Agriculture and School Gardening.
September 29, 2013 Comments Off
University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, celebrates its Golden Jubilee year with Urban Horticulture and Organic Roof Top Gardening Seminar – Oct 27, 28, 2013
Excerpt from brochure:
Urban Agriculture (Krishi) necessarily connoting the
pursuit of horticulture is now the new buzz in the life of people
of the metropolises. Gardening has always served as a balm for
these sore souls. The realm of kitchen garden – growing one’s
own food including medicine around homes and in the new
acres’ bought nearer their city homes is leading to revolutions
September 25, 2013 Comments Off
Whether they’re calculating how much hay is needed per cow, measuring boards for wishing wells being built by fourth-graders for a fundraiser, or counting change from the sale of eggs and vegetables, students learn the practical side of math.
By Marti Attoun
August 27, 2013
Morning farm chores, like gathering eggs and feeding sheep, are part of the classwork at Walton Rural Life Center in Walton, Kansas, the nation’s first elementary agriculture charter school, where kindergarteners through fourth-graders learn math, reading, science and responsibility as they gather and sell eggs, grow vegetables and tend farm animals.
The rural school has a waiting list for kindergarten enrollees through 2018, but that wasn’t the case in 2006 when Newton School District officials considered closing Walton Elementary because enrollment had declined to 100 students.
September 25, 2013 Comments Off
“Some of the things we are learning about are similar to what our grandparents did on the family farm.”
By Christopher Magan
A group of students at Dakota County Technical College are learning how sustainable food production is increasingly becoming part of the landscape.
Matt Brooks, an instructor of landscape horticulture, launched a certificate program last month in sustainable food systems to train students in how to create environmentally friendly gardens. The certificate complements the college’s landscape horticulture associate’s degree.
Brooks spent a year developing the courses after a growing number of his students showed more interest in parts of existing classes that addressed sustainable food production.
September 23, 2013 Comments Off
With the planter boxes in place, it was time to fill them! Thanks to the FUN Society’s Red Box Project, huge loads of soil and mulch were delivered to the Kitchener parking lot. And thanks to a whole lot of elbow grease from Kitchener parents and students, the boxes got filled and the last of the extra bricks were moved off site. Whew!
Food Garden and Green Space – Orchard, Veggie Garden, Composters
Excerpt from Facebook:
Lord Kitchener Elementary sits at the busy intersection of King Edward and Blenheim in Vancouver, BC. For the past year, the school site has been a high-traffic construction zone as the school is seismically rebuilt. Thankfully, provincial funding provides a safe, new school structure, but leaves little for the outdoor space. The PAC Sustainability Committee saw this challenge as an opportunity to transform this noisy, dusty site into an oasis where city kids can feel connected to nature by advocating for space to develop an Outdoor Classroom. With the help of partners,
September 17, 2013 Comments Off
I’m bout to plant some seeds,
I got a bunch of seeds in my pocket
Gardening is Awesome (A Thrift Shop Parody)
This music video idea was conceived, written, and performed by many of the City Green high school interns in the 2013 Growing Strong Summer Program. It was filmed at the learning garden at East Side Park in Paterson, NJ, and was made to promote healthy eating in urban areas.
September 3, 2013 Comments Off
Australian Greens party announce $46.5 million plan for kitchen gardens in 800 schools around the country over four years
“It is time to expand the number of schools that can have a kitchen garden because the current demand is not being met.”
By Alex Blucher
Aug 30, 2013
From July next year, the plan would fund 200 schools a year with $50,000 each.
The plan also includes putting food and fibre into the national curriculum and grants for adult nutrition education programs.
Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne says it’s critical to good health for children.
September 2, 2013 Comments Off
Training urban youth to grow and market vegetables will produce employment, income, and a more nutritious food supply
News from AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center
Aug 15, 2013
More than half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas. As cities increasingly absorb population growth while at the same time drawing in people from rural areas, the question arises: who will produce food to sustain those city dwellers? The answer is the urban dwellers themselves.
‘Improving Income and Nutrition in Eastern and Southern Africa by Enhancing Vegetable-based Farming and Food Systems in Peri-urban Corridors,’ a new project from AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center and partners supported by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) through its Australian International Food Security Centre (AIFSC), aims to develop peri-urban vegetable production in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania.
August 23, 2013 Comments Off
Fresh Roots joins with Vancouver schools to turn up fields of scrumptious, market-bound bounty.
By Matt Meuse
Aug 10, 2013
Gardens are increasingly common features of Canadian schoolyards. But Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society is taking the idea to the next level: bringing their produce to market.
Over the last two years, Fresh Roots has partnered with the Vancouver School Board and Vancity to build productive farms on school grounds. Fresh Roots sells the Vancouver School Board produce for use in school cafeterias and works with teachers to use their farms for hands-on learning and curriculum integration.
August 13, 2013 Comments Off