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For students around the globe – Free MetroAg Online Course November 3-December 19, 2014

Michigan State University’s ‘Food Knowledge Cloud’. Open-access courses and resources to students around the globe.

In the Urban Agriculture course, there are items to read, videos, presentations and a weekly discussion question with a moderator

Instructor John Stone
Content Developers:
Dr. Henk C. van Latesteijn, Managing Director of Van Latentejin Consultancy and former CEO of TransForum
Dr. Chris Peterson, Michigan State University Professor and Director of the MSU Product Center- Food, Ag, Bio.
Sander Mager, Managing Director of Licence to Grow and former VP of TransForum
(Must see. Mike)


This free, 6-week online course is designed to build awareness of metropolitan agriculture and how agriculture can play a vital role in cities around the world focusing on areas such as food production, recreation, waste management, and health care. The course is offered jointly through Michigan State University and MetroAg Innoversity. The course features archived webinars with experts around the world, resources for digging deeper and a facilitated discussion forum with weekly questions.

Led by Ph.D John Stone, Manager of Research & Engagement for the Global Innoversity Program in Metro Food at MSU This self-paced learning experience increases awareness of metropolitan agriculture and is designed to build a network of collaborators. The course is open to anyone.

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October 20, 2014   No Comments

Jones Valley Teaching Farm – Birmingham, Alabama

At Oliver Elementary School

Filmed on location in Birmingham, AL
Presented by 1504 in association with Dogtrot Studio
Produced by Tyler Jones
Music by Golden Youth

During her JVTF Fellowship, Lucy became the Farm Lab coordinator at Oliver Elementary School. Her experience had a profound impact on her career path and now she wants to work with young people. The Fellowship is what our Good School Food program is all about–providing transformative education through hands-on learning and access to fresh food.

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October 20, 2014   No Comments

The Poison Garden at England’s Alnwick Garden is filled with plants that can kill you

The ornate black gates to the Poison Garden warn visitors of the deadly plants that grow within. Photo by Duncan Andison/Corbis.

Visitors to the Poison Garden are prohibited from smelling, touching or tasting any of them.

By Natasha Geiling
September 22, 2014


“What’s extraordinary about the plants is that it’s the most common ones that people don’t know are killers,” the duchess says. Visitors are often surprised to learn that the laurel hedge, nearly ubiquitous in English gardens, can be highly toxic. But some visitors have had experience with laurel’s sinister side—the duchess has heard a few talk about how, after loading up their cars with pruned laurel leaves to take to the dump, drivers have fallen asleep behind the wheel of their car from the toxic fumes the branches emit.

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October 19, 2014   No Comments

‘Urban farm’ + Secondary School = growing fresh vegetables, young farmers, and community!

North Vancouver – Sutherland Schoolyard Market Garden

Excerpt from their Indiegogo site:

In 2011 the North Shore Neighbourhood House’s Edible Garden Project broke ground on an innovative urban farm – Loutet Farm. Over the past four years Loutet Farm has grown into a thriving community hub selling vegetables from our farm gate sales twice a week, providing year round educational activities for children and youth, hosting community events, and providing opportunities for everyone to get involved. With over 300 volunteers contributing thousands of hours each season, Loutet Farm has become an important part of the neighbourhood. The North Shore Neighbourhood House is a charity, and all of the revenue we generate from produce sales covers our costs – paying staff a living wage, purchasing seeds, equipment, tools, etc.

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October 1, 2014   Comments Off

EPA Awards $81,600 to Mesa Community College for Innovative Center for Urban Agriculture


Approximately 50 students will enroll in the Sustainable Urban Agriculture certificate and Associate in Applied Science degree program that will utilize an urban farm site and aquaponics in greenhouse classrooms and gardens.

EPA Press Releaase
Sept 22, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded an environmental education grant of $81,600 to Mesa Community College for the development of a cutting-edge “Center for Urban Agriculture” program which will include a degree program, urban farm site and engaging local elementary schools.

The Center for Urban Agriculture will partner with high schools, universities, industry, and communities. The program at Mesa Community College will serve as a model which can be replicated at sites across the state. Participants in the program will learn to utilize open spaces, abandoned lots, and suitable brownfield sites in the Greater Phoenix area to produce and eat healthy foods, reduce air and water pollution, reduce the urban heat island effect, establish and run profitable businesses, and beautify their neighborhoods.

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September 29, 2014   Comments Off


“Our company provides tools and information designed to support food production at home.”

Excerpt from their FAQ:

Perhaps you want to grow your own food but don’t know where to start. Or you may think you lack space or knowledge or time to do the necessary research. Or you may be looking for someone to guide you through creating garden spaces and to continue to guide you as you plant, tend, harvest and store your food.

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September 27, 2014   Comments Off

Milwaukee Urban Discovery Farm

In the 2014 season, (14) farmers are participating in the Urban Discovery Farm

The Milwaukee Urban Discovery Farm (MUDF) researches the economic viability and social capital of urban agriculture while empowering small-scale farmers in the region. We do so by facilitating land access and providing technical and educational resources for selling local food. Participants – or “micro-farmers” – learn sustainable methods to increase their food production while cultivating buyer relationships with partnered Milwaukee restaurants, markets, and food co-ops.

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Battery Park Urban Farm donates harvested food to school cafeterias and food pantries in Manhattan.

Empowers New York City children and community to make healthier eating choices through garden education.

Battery Urban Farm is a one acre educational farm, located in the historic Battery, the 25 acre park at the tip of Manhattan. Our turkey-shaped farm is home to over 100 varieties of organically-grown vegetables, fruits, flowers, grains, and companion plants, as well as thousands of student farmers; millions of visitors from all over the world; and one very city-savvy wild turkey.

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September 23, 2014   Comments Off

Concordia’s City Farm school in Montreal grows gorgeous greens on campus


Stop by the farmer’s market at Loyola to taste the fruits of their labour

By Pauline Nesbitt
The Concordian
Sept 9, 2014


Did you know that those delicious-looking tomatoes in the farm garden on the Loyola campus can be purchased at Concordia’s farmer’s market? The market stand is literally a few steps away from the garden, and on market days the produce is harvested just before it opens at 11 a.m. This is food that is truly market-fresh and organically grown.

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September 18, 2014   Comments Off

Two week course: From home gardens to agro-parks: working towards resilient agrifood systems serving densely populated areas

Woman with a basket of beans in vegetable garden Pieter de Hooch - 1651
Woman with a basket of beans in vegetable garden. By Pieter de Hooch – 1651. Click on image for larger file.

Food security in an urbanising society

Organised by Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation
Date Mon 9 March 2015 until Fri 20 March 2015


Due to continuing rural-urban migration, over 50% of the world’s population now lives in densely populated urban areas. They rely heavily on all sorts of markets for their daily food needs. These are supplied through overstressed, complex agro-logistical networks often at risk of failure. This course focuses on how rural production and urban market systems can be integrated such that urban dwellers can be assured better access to adequate quantities of nutritious food while sustaining the viability of the production areas.

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September 9, 2014   Comments Off

Outdoor Classroom Program will start at Columbia schools this fall


The program is a result of a recent merger between the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture and the Columbia Outdoor Classroom Project.

By Rachel Jelinek
August 11, 2014


The program will create outdoor spaces where students will learn how to cultivate vegetables, said Heather Gillich, education and volunteer coordinator for the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, which is overseeing the program.

Each school will have an outdoor classroom committee with teachers and parents interested in helping students get involved, Gillich said. The program will either be part of a class’ curriculum or an after-school program.

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August 18, 2014   Comments Off

White House Kitchen Garden Tours

First Lady Michelle Obama and White House Chefs join children from Bancroft and Tubman Elementary Schools to harvest vegetables.

Tours consist of a guided tour of the White House Kitchen Garden and beehive, and depending on the public tour schedule, may include a visit inside the White House.

Tours of the White House Kitchen Garden are available to school and community groups with an interest in gardening and healthy eating. A maximum of 25 people may tour the garden at one time, and there is no age limit. Kitchen Garden tours are typically held on weekday mornings.

To apply for a White House Kitchen Garden tour, fill out the application below. Please include background information about your group and tell us why you would like to tour the White House Kitchen Garden.

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August 17, 2014   Comments Off

‘Urban Agriculture and Food Activism’ at The New School, New York City

brooklyngrange2014Photo taken at Brooklyn Grange.

This Food Studies course is open to the public via The New School’s non-credit Continuing Education program, as well as to matriculating students.

Beginning August 27, 2014
Wednesdays, 4 – 5:50 pm,
Kristin Reynolds, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Environmental Studies and Food Studies
The New School

Course Description:

This course explores urban agriculture’s role in the urban environment, both internationally and in the United States. As a class, we examine various forms, functions, organizational models, and motivations for engaging in city farming and gardening. We consider how forms such as community gardens, community farms, school gardens, and commercial urban agriculture have been integrated into the urban fabric to produce social and environmental benefits.

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August 10, 2014   Comments Off

Harvard Community Garden

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Harvard garden brings together members of the community to raise awareness about the critical role that food plays in our environment and our health

From their Facebook page:

In the Spring of 2010, the Center for Health and the Global Environment, working closely with Harvard University Hospitality and Dining Services, Harvard’s Office of Sustainability and invested students, implemented a raised bed garden on the Cambridge campus at 27 Holyoke Street in the heart of Harvard Square.

The garden includes a mix of raised beds for growing food, perennial borders, patio space for classes and events, and open green space. Pathways and tall garden beds, built with guidance from University Disability Services, are fully accessible to those with special needs.

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August 4, 2014   Comments Off

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


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

By Martha Cliff
16 July 2014 |


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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