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Growing Power awarded $250,000. from USDA


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   No Comments

Urban farming at DePaul University keeps growing despite cold

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


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   No Comments

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


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   No Comments

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

earthdancePhoto from EarthDance.

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


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


“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

radPhoto courtesy of Edible Landscapes Project.

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


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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Farm project takes root at Sacramento schools near urban development


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


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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Singapore Management University plants seeds for new urban farming movement

(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


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

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


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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PEAS farm wins 40-year lease from Missoula, Montana


“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


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


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
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
(Must see. Mike)


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

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


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


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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