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University of the District of Columbia provides agricultural training to the public with an exclusively urban focus

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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 growing resource for urban farmers in the city. Photo by Whitney Pipkin.

Much of the food grown on the 143-acre farm goes to nonprofits like Bread for the City, which helps run an orchard here, and DC Central Kitchen; nonprofits received nearly 1,000 pounds of produce from the farm in 2013.

By Whitney Pipkin
Elevation DC
March 03, 2015

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“It’s clear that urban settings, given how many people live in them, still have an important role to play in food security and production,” says Sabine O’Hara, dean of UDC’s CAUSES and director of its land-grant programs.

The university offers a 10-week urban agriculture certificate program that is beginning to fill the educational gap for those interested in farming small spaces, but O’Hara says that’s just the beginning. The Beltsville farm has been transformed since she first came on in 2012, cultivating additional acreage into a growing resource for urban farmers and food system innovators.

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March 9, 2015   Comments Off

7E Edition De L’école D’été Sur L’agriculture Urbaine

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Une 7e édition pour ce qui est plus qu’une semaine de formation : un lieu de réseautage, de discussion, de transformation…

1 thème : économie circulaire et agriculture urbaine / 5 volets de formation

Pour une 7e édition, du 10 au 14 août 2014, se tiendra à l’Université du Québec à Montréal, l’École d’été sur l’agriculture urbaine du Laboratoire d’agriculture urbaine (AU/LAB) et du Collectif de recherche en aménagement paysager et agriculture urbaine durable (CRAPAUD).

Cet événement, organisé avec la collaboration de l’Institut des sciences de l’environnement de l’UQÀM (ISE), réunit chaque année près de 200 participant(e)s issu(e)s de l’ensemble du Québec et de la Francophonie pour 5 jours de formation intensive s’articulant autour d’un apprentissage à la fois théorique et pratique.

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March 4, 2015   Comments Off

32 percent of Future Farmers of America (FFA) members live in urban and suburban areas.

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Maize High FFA.

One of those non-rural FFA chapters formed two years ago at Maize High School, located in the northwest Wichita suburb of Maize, Kansas.

By Shauna Rumbaugh
High Plains Journal
Feb 23, 2015

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A local Boy Scout troop built four raised beds for the school, and this spring Super’s students will use them to plant root crops, which don’t grow well hydroponically.

They also want to try growing cucumbers, peppers and strawberries.

The school has an educational outreach program for elementary students in the works. Groups of students will go into local grade schools with simple hydroponics units and teach kids about food and nutrition and show them how they can grow plants hydroponically.

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March 3, 2015   Comments Off

Urban farming behind Extension’s Cook County expansion in Illinois

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Urban Farming: Zack Grant, right, former manager of the Sustainable Student Farm, recently accepted an appointment as an Extension educator in Cook County, Illinois, where he will focus on urban agriculture. Mike Gray, a professor of crop sciences and the assistant dean for agriculture and natural resources, oversees the statewide team of 16 local food systems and small farms educators. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.

Over its first six years, the Sustainable Student Farm flourished, expanding from its original 2-acre plot to its current 6 acres

By Sharita Forrest
Inside Illinois
Feb. 19, 2015

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Urban farming is a new focus for Extension, an organization that traditionally concentrated on large-scale commercial agriculture production in Illinois, especially corn and soybeans, Gray said.

“There are other land-grant schools that have similarly themed urban agriculture teams, but having this type of educator in an urban, concentrated area like Cook County is relatively new,” Gray said.

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March 2, 2015   Comments Off

Growing Power awarded $250,000. from USDA

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Hands-on, intensive six-week program to train 30 beginning farmers in urban and peri-urban agriculture

Wisconsin Ag Connection
Feb 11 2015

The USDA announced that a combined $1 million in grants are being awarded to two Wisconsin organizations that implement programs to train beginning farmers. U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s office said the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship in Seymour and Growing Power of Milwaukee will share the funds, which are being provided through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.

“Our strong agricultural tradition is a driver of economic growth and these grants are an opportunity to boost our agriculture economy by ensuring the next generation of farmers can get their start,” Baldwin said. “The average age of Wisconsin farmers is almost 60 years old. Now more than ever, it is critical that aspiring farmers have the financial tools and technical assistance they need get up and running on their own farms.”

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February 23, 2015   Comments Off

Urban farming at DePaul University keeps growing despite cold

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Megan Hoff (L) and Eileen Evoy check the health of their winter crops in the greenhouse on the roof of McGowan South. In the winter, students develop side projects, such as a sustainable aquaponic system. (Megan Deppen / The DePaulia)

At the outdoor garden, the organization works on over 30 plots to grow crops for donations or for their very own farmers markets

By Cooper Johnson
The DePaulia
February 8, 2015

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During the winter, operations for DePaul’s Urban Farming Organization (UFO) moved from the outside garden on Belden Avenue and Bissell Street into the greenhouse at McGowan South. The organization has grown since starting in 2011, and so has the ability to experiment with new and sustainable practices that can withstand the cold of winter.

“There’s only so much we can do in the greenhouse so we want to supplement that by starting to do cold frames,” Megan Hoff, the organization’s co-president and environmental studies student, said

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February 21, 2015   Comments Off

Urban agriculture class opens eyes in Alberta school

Students in Morinville, Alberta get first-hand experience in what it takes to produce food

By Mary MacArthur
Western Producer
Feb. 6th, 2015

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Morinville retains its strong rural ties. Within minutes, Korotash’s students can be on the school bus and bouncing along backroads to talk to farmers willing to share their knowledge and talk about their farm.

The course content changes each semester to coincide with the farming season. In the fall, as students came back to school, they picked fruit and vegetables and learned to make jams, jellies and pickles.

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February 15, 2015   Comments Off

Interns in St. Louis learn about agriculture at inner-city organic project

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Workers at the farm produced more than 20,000 pounds of produce on a little more than two acres last year.

By Nat Williams
Agri News Indiana
Feb 3, 2015

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EarthDance is a hands-on, organic farm school based in the community known to most people in the U.S. only as the site of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer last year and the rioting that followed the decision by a grand jury not to indict the officer.

Founding Director Molly Rockamann is on a mission to not only educate people about locally grown food, but shape the lives of those who volunteer to work at the inner-city organic farm she operates.

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February 13, 2015   Comments Off

Omaha Bryan’s Urban Agriculture and Natural Resources Career Academy

omahKarla Pinto, with wheelbarrow, takes part in Bryan’s Urban Agriculture Program.

“A local farmer gives us a small piece of land to grow some items on as well.”

By Sue Story Truax
World-Herald Correspondent
Feb 1, 2015

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“I wasn’t grossed out by what they were doing. All the farmers were really nice,” Sprinkel said. “The academy really helped me get through school grade-wise in a way I liked doing it. It’s not the same as regular classes.”

Moten, also a Bryan senior, said she chose the academy because she lives in an urban area, but her family’s roots are in farming.

“This program has definitely pushed me toward a career in agriculture,” she said.

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February 9, 2015   Comments Off

Urban farming at University of Wisconsin helps students obtain fresh food more easily

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As urban centers grow larger and larger, it will be really important that we’ll have food growing close by.

By Riley Vetterkind
The Badger Herald
Jan 20, 2015

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Edible Landscapes, a project created by University of Wisconsin students Aida Ebrahimi, Tom Boyden and Aaron Conradt, seeks to connect UW students to the source of their food by allowing them to have a direct role in cultivating it.

Ebrahimi said she and the project’s co-founders placed large wooden boxes donated by F.H. King in front of Cole, Sellery and Smith Halls beginning in August of 2014 for students to harvest their own produce for free.

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January 31, 2015   Comments Off

Farm project takes root at Sacramento schools near urban development

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A 2.5-acre farm slated for Leataata Floyd Elementary School is being planned this winter, promising an agricultural learning opportunity for students and community members alike by 2016.

By Sammy Caiolascaiola
Sacramento Bee
01/11/2015

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The firm broke ground last year on a 32-acre complex offering 825 homes east of Interstate 5 and south of Broadway, in close proximity to the elementary school and Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions High School. To compensate for the impact of the project, the firm will provide funding for an educational farm on a vacant parcel owned by the district.

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January 21, 2015   Comments Off

Singapore Management University plants seeds for new urban farming movement

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(From left) Imran Aljunied, 28, SMU President Professor Arnoud De Meyer, Mayor for Central Singapore District Denise Phua and urban farmer Donald Tan, 48, plant a nutmeg sapling at the Grow initiative at the Singapore Management University campus on Jan 6, 2015. Photo By Alphonsus Chern.

Under the project, 30 planter boxes containing plants such as herbs, will also be put up for adoption at $80 a box.

By Olivia Ho
The Straits Times
Jan 7, 2015

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SINGAPORE – A new urban farming movement is taking root in the heart of the city at Singapore Management University (SMU).

The university launched its new Grow initiative to encourage gardening and sustainable living on Tuesday morning, when it started a new garden plot outside the School of Accountancy and Law building along Queen Street.

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January 16, 2015   Comments Off

Kid Farmers prove they can do it in Thiruvananthapuram, India

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The students of Kallai Government Upper Primary School with the crops on their school campus. Photo by K Shijith.

Ladies finger, curry leaf, ash gourd and tomato are a few crops to name in their vegetable garden.

By Aswathi Krishna
India Express
15th December 2014

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The students embarked on farming when their school became a venue to receive the ‘Vithuvandi,’ an ambitious project of the Departments of Agriculture and Education. Awareness classes and exhibitions conducted by the organisers of the programme instilled confidence in the students to try their hands at farming. The first crop they cultivated was red spinach. “Since we shunned the use of chemicals, the spinach we cultivated were good in quality and quantity,” says C K Vinodan, headmaster of the school.

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December 28, 2014   Comments Off

PEAS farm wins 40-year lease from Missoula, Montana

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“This farm will be testament to Missoula’s commitment to kids, local agriculture and working together for decades to come.”

By Will Wadley
NBC Montana
Dec 09 2014

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The PEAS Farm (Program in Ecological Agriculture and Society) is a collaboration between Garden City Harvest and the University of Montana’s Environmental Studies Program.

Every year, about 4,000 K-12 students, their parents and teachers visit on educational farm field trips. The students explore connections among food, agriculture, science and their everyday lives by picking and eating vegetables straight from the ground and meeting the resident chickens and pigs.

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December 23, 2014   Comments Off

Nothing’s wasted at Huntington Beach High’s sustainable urban farm

huntiHuntington Beach High School students max Seirsen, left, and Thuy Bercher inspect their chard for aphids in the school’s Green Team aquaponics garden on Wednesday. The students sell the produce they grow to Slapfish, a Huntington Beach seafood restaurant. Photo by Joshua Sudock.

School sells their produce to a local restaurant, Slapfish.

By Daniel Langhorne
Orange County Register
Dec. 9, 2014

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Students are learning about sustainable urban farming through an elective class and a club at Huntington Beach High by growing produce and making money selling their crops to Slapfish, a local restaurant that serves sustainable seafood.

Goran advises the school’s Green Team that tends a plot of land called “The Farm” sandwiched between the school’s bus depot and baseball field. Goran also teaches a Regional Occupational Program class called Sustainable Urban Agriculture; these students help on the farm too.

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December 22, 2014   Comments Off