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

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

By Martha Cliff
Mail
16 July 2014 |

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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   No Comments

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

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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
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(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

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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

Grow Dat Youth Farm at City Park teaches leadership through growing in New Orleans

“This year we hired 40 students,” Gilligan said, out of 80 applicants from several high schools.

By Judy Walker
The Times-Picayune
April 07, 2014

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Three years ago, I walked with Johanna Gilligan on a few acres of City Park near a bayou that had been designated for the project she founded, the Grow Dat Youth Farm. Basically, it’s teaching leadership and high-quality job training to teens through growing vegetables.

“It’s a holistic experience,” said Gillian, with lessons in stewardship and learning that hard work yields results. “You can’t teach that in a better way.

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April 20, 2014   Comments Off

Edible Schoolyards teach students at five First Line Schools

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A student shows the sweet potato he unearthed at Arthur Ashe’s fall Sweet Potato Fest, a school community event that included harvesting of more than 350 pounds of sweet potatoes. Photo of Edible Schoolyard New Orleans.

“Kids get the idea they can make a living doing gardening and farming, but there is also work in food justice and food access.”

By Judy Walker
NOLA.com
April 04, 2014

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After Hurricane Katrina, Alice Waters wanted to do a service project for New Orleans. Now, the first Edible Schoolyard at Samuel J. Green Charter School, just off Freret Street, is a lush and lovely space that just hosted the fifth annual Edible Evening fundraiser. And Green is no longer the only Edible Schoolyard in New Orleans.

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April 16, 2014   Comments Off

Students in Milwaukee build hoop house to take agriculture into community

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Photo by Michael Sears.

Highland Community School constructs first external greenhouse at an area public school

By Astead Herndon
Journal Sentinel
April 4, 2014

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Growing Power founder and “farmer-in-chief” Will Allen called Friday a historic day as seventh- and eighth-grade students at Highland Community School began constructing the first external greenhouse — called a hoop house — at an area public school.

The project put tools, pipes and wood in the hands of students, who hammered away under the supervision of Growing Power employees. The project was a collaboration between Highland, a north side Montessori school, and Growing Power, which has gained national recognition for its work in urban agriculture and education in Milwaukee.

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April 14, 2014   Comments Off

Food Security in an Urbanizing Society – a course June 02-13

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“From home gardens to agro-parks: working towards resilient agrifood systems serving densely populated areas”

On June 02-13 CDI (Center for Development Innovation) part of Wageningen UR
Rural Sociology Group (RSO Wageningen UR)
Metropolitan Food Cluster team (Alterra, Food & Biobased Research and LEI)
The RUAF Foundation (Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security)

Agricultural production and markets from a spatial perspective
With increasing urbanisation, rural-urban food systems are essential in ensuring food security. The Metropolitan Food Cluster (MFC) approach, in which food production and market systems are integrated into a holistic, systemic and spatial manner, is slowly gaining a foothold in the rural and urban planning agendas. The model incorporates innovative change processes with technical, social and cultural aspects in an adaptive manner, addressing the challenges of complex food systems.

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April 12, 2014   Comments Off

Hydroponic, organic ‘Farm of the Future’ at the Great Park in Irvine

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Alegría Farm at the Orange County Great Park. Click on image for larger file.

“Our goal is to show people how to grow superior produce within the urban environment while substantially reducing the impact of food production upon our planet”

Edited by Christopher Simmons
Newswire
31 Mar 2014

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The new Alegría Soxx farm consists of 13 rows of five Soxx each, for a total of 7,800 linear feet of growing space within an 8,500 square foot area (approximately one fifth of an acre). GardenSoxx drain easily and provide aeration and cooling to keep the root zone stable. The rich organic soil is supported within a controlled environment allowing greater nutrient density to be achieved and weed growth is reduced which decreases labor. Production yields are expected to be nearly double that of conventional farming. Water usage is estimated to be 70 percent less and fertilizer use 50 percent less. Other cost savings such as being weed-free are expected to increase the return on investment of the new urban micro farm.

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April 11, 2014   Comments Off