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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

Excerpt:

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   No Comments

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

Excerpt:

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   No Comments

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

Excerpt:

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

Excerpt:

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

First Generation Farmers’ Farm Incubator Program

Our nonprofit community farm wants to launch one of the largest incubator programs in the country to train younger farmers.

By Alli Cecchini
Kickstarter
Dec 2, 2014

Excerpt from Kickstarter:

Have a small demonstration garden plus 50 acres of fertile, irrigated land in California’s East Bay Area. Right now we’re farming winter crops on five acres but we want to take full advantage of our land.

Provide weekly hands-on organic farming activities at our demonstration garden with special needs adults and high schoolers and host field trips.

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December 7, 2014   Comments Off

Green Bronx Machine Turns Bronx Students Into Urban Farmers

Stephen Ritz and his students built a tower garden in their classroom in the South Bronx to learn about urban farming and nutrition. He teaches his students about nutrition and hopes to help change schools in this generation for childhood obesity prevention and to fight juvenile diabetes.

By Julie Noblitt
Triple Pundit
November 24th, 2014
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Excerpt:

But one talk brought the audience to its feet for a standing ovation, and it was the one I came to the summit to see: Stephen Ritz’s rapid-fire, exhiliarating tour of how the Green Bronx Machine has helped empower and transform the lives of school children in the historically poorest congressional district in the nation, the South Bronx in New York City. How does he do this? By teaching his students how to become urban farmers.

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December 4, 2014   Comments Off

Urban Agriculture Training program for refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants to New York City

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Zakyat’s friendships at the farm have also led to a job! Brooklyn Grange farm intern Allie directed Zakyat to Tribeca Pediatrics, where she will begin training as a medical assistant.

On two of the world’s largest rooftops farms, the Refugee and Immigrant Fund, in collaboration with Brooklyn Grange, runs the Urban Farm Recovery Project.

By Ellie Lanphier
RSF Social Finance
Nov 14, 2014

Excerpt:

Zakyat left her native Togo in West Africa three years ago to join her father in the United States. Upon her arrival in New York she began attending the English Language Learners International School in the Bronx, excelling particularly in her math and science courses. She graduated in June of 2014 after three years of hard work and hopes to go to college someday to study biology.

Zakyat joined RIF’s Urban Farm Recovery Project in March of 2014, balancing her school work with her internship at the farm. She enjoys learning about all the different vegetables and says that the program has improved her confidence to use English.

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December 1, 2014   Comments Off

Seattle Tilth to create urban agriculture and learning center at Kirkland’s McAuliffe Park

The proposal is to create an “Urban Farm” offering Master Recycling Composting training, organic gardening courses, cooking and nutrition programming, urban farming

Kirkland Reporter
Nov 25, 2014

Excerpts:

An agreement, between the city and Seattle Tilth will bring an urban agricultural center to the park. Seattle Tilth’s proposal is to create an “Urban Farm” offering Master Recycling Composting training, organic gardening courses, cooking and nutrition programming, urban farming, and connections with the Edible Kirkland and Kirkland Nourishing Networks programs. Activities will begin in early 2015. The Kirkland City Council unanimously approved the agreement on Nov. 18.

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November 29, 2014   Comments Off

Marion-Polk Food Share’s Youth Farm in Salem, Oregon

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November 2014

The Youth Farm is a collaborative educational project of the Marion-Polk Food Share and OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program that is aimed at increasing the quality, diversity, and stability of local food systems. Located in the heart of Salem on the Oregon School for the Deaf campus,

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November 19, 2014   Comments Off

Urban Gardening Course – Curso de Huertos Urbanos

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Online Course in Spanish

November 24 begins the edition IV of the course of Urban Gardening organized by the the University Pablo de Olavide, Seville (Spain).

This course is in Spanish and entirely online, therefore it is possible to do from any place of the world. A good way to learn about the Urban Gardens!

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November 17, 2014   Comments Off

Urban farm takes root in Irvine’s Great Park in Southern California


A Visit to Alegría Fresh Farms at Orange County Great Park. (Must see. Mike)

One of Cutter’s enthusiastic supporter-partners is A. G. Kawamura, who served as California’s Secretary of Food and Agriculture from 2003 to 2011.

By Don Curlee
Prospect Magazine
Nov 2, 2014

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urban Southern California, a tiny farm is demonstrating dramatic water-saving and space-saving methods of producing nutritious food in abundance.Interested observers are curious neighboring urbanites and, perhaps, many of the farmers throughout the most productive agricultural state.

Alegria Fresh is the spectacular demonstration farm that makes its home inside Irvine’s Great Park, the huge combination recreational, educational, environmental and entertainment preserve that occupies most of the acreage that used to be El Toro Marine Base in Orange County’s Irvine, 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

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November 10, 2014   Comments Off

University of Delaware’s Cooperative Extension aids local urban farms, gardens

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UD Cooperative Extension is assisting with local urban gardens and farms.

The city of Newark announced that its first community garden will be opening in 2015 at Fairfield Park.

By Adam Thomas
University of Delaware
Oct 28, 2014

Excerpt:

“We’re fortunate to have over 100 Master Gardener volunteers just in this county and in the last few years we’ve had such an explosion of requests to support urban agriculture projects, school gardens, community gardens and back yard, small-scale production that we’ve focused on training Master Gardeners to help,” said Murphy, adding, “A subset of the Master Gardeners has really dedicated their volunteer time to providing urban agriculture outreach programs.”

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November 7, 2014   Comments Off

In World Series, Giants Field a Vegetable Patch


The San Francisco Giants’ fruit and vegetable garden at AT&T Park includes plenty of kale, a favorite of power-hitting outfielder Hunter Pence. Photo: MLB/Getty Images.

Team’s Garden Has Lots of Fans; No Stealing

By Brian Costa
Wall Street Journal
Oct. 23, 2014
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

The idea for the garden took root during a 2012 dinner conversation between Giants Chief Executive Larry Baer and his wife, Pam; Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, the team’s healthy-eating ambassador; and Fedele Bauccio, chief executive of Bon Appetit Management Co., the Giants’ foodservice partner.

Sandwiched between the left-field and right-field stands, the 4,320-square-foot garden feels at once connected to and removed from the rest of the ballpark.

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November 4, 2014   Comments Off

Farming Simulator 15: City dwellers can farm in the country from their desks

More than 2.5 million copies sold. Drive over 140 authentic vehicles and farming tools, from over 40 most famous manufacturers

Press Release
Oct 28, 2014

Just a few days from its release this Thursday on PC, we are pleased to lead you to the fields of Farming Simulator 15 one last time with the launch trailer! Here’s a good opportunity to get a last sneak peek at some of the many activities that are yours to enjoy in the new generation of Farming Simulator, available on October 30 on PC, and early 2015 on consoles.

Farming Simulator is a real phenomenon in today’s video gaming landscape, offering an experience very different from what we are used to: put away your battle gear, and get into your wellington boots before throwing yourself into the daily routine of the modern day farmer. Farming Simulator managed to seduce a broad range of players; younger gamers are attracted to the accessibility of the title and the sandbox aspect of the game; agricultural vehicle enthusiasts revel in the vast array of machinery reproduced in loving detail, and seasoned players enjoy its accurate and realistic simulation.

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October 30, 2014   Comments Off