Category — Education
Q&A: Val Mellano, Plant Science Professor, Cal Poly Pomona
By Rose Hayden-Smith
UC Food Observer
Nov 24, 2015
Mellano: A few years ago, our budget was quite tight. We hadn’t been able to refill positions created by retirements. When the budget opened up and we were able to start hiring, we talked about urban agriculture. We decided we needed to – without excluding traditional agriculture – broaden our base. Urban agriculture isn’t just about growing things: it’s also about community development, education and many other things. We also recognized that we had an unmatched opportunity to be a leader in urban agriculture because we’re basically in East Los Angeles, have a diverse population…and all these things going on in Los Angeles lend themselves to urban agriculture.
November 30, 2015 No Comments
Forthcoming August, 2016
By Illène Pevec, Ph.D.
New Village Press
Forthcoming 09 August 2016
Part engaging conversation, part comprehensive fieldwork, Growing a Life demonstrates just how influential educational and community gardening programs can be for young teens. Follow author Illène Pevec as she travels from rural Colorado to inner city New York, agrarian New Mexico to Oakland, California, in order to study youth gardening and the benefits it contributes to at-risk teen lives. Extensive research, supplemented by beautifully candid interviews with students, illustrate the life altering physical and mental benefits that mentored gardening programs can provide.
November 26, 2015 No Comments
In addition to the day-to-day challenges of helping to run the farm, the interns create mock businesses, practice management skills, and learn how to handle their own — and their future companies’ — money.
By Piper Wheeler
November 10, 2015
WOW Farms operates this lot as their produce farm. Not far away is their newly developed commercial flower farm, situated on the grounds of the 16th Street Station, the long-derelict passenger train station beneath Freeway 880.
Both enterprises employ cohorts of Oakland youth who are paid for their labor under farm managers. These young people, mostly high-school students, oversee all aspects of the farm. They gather twice a week for hours of whirlwind planting, weeding, harvesting and compost maintenance. Farm managers teach soil science and best practices for organic pest control.
November 19, 2015 No Comments
According to Conden, epidemics such as childhood obesity, diabetes, and malnutrition can all be linked back to poor eating habits. The solution, he said, is to grow food at home.
By Keith Whittemore
Nov 9, 2015
Tucked away in the southeast corner of campus, the MCC Urban Farmers Club is starting a green revolution. Spurred on by the shortcomings of traditional agriculture, the club, in conjunction with the urban agriculture program, has been working to change the way the community, and the world, eats. “In Phoenix alone, there’s a lot of open space — lots that have never been used or where buildings have been taken down, and they’re there for the taking,” said Peter Conden, MCC professor of urban agriculture and the founder of the club.
November 16, 2015 Comments Off on Phoenix high school has an Urban Farmers Club
The Schurz Food Science Lab served as an English literature industrial arts classroom over the last 100 years. But it should be filled with trays of hydroponic lettuce, herbs and greens by the end of the year.(WBEZ/Monica Eng)
The Old Irving Park community is coming together to build an indoor urban hydroponic farm at Schurz High School.
By: Monica Eng
Nov 6, 2015
“Imagine that you have a restaurant where everything you eat is grown, farmed, harvested, crafted or brewed in that facility,” he says of the restaurant that he hopes to open by the end of next year.
November 14, 2015 Comments Off on A farm grows in a Chicago high school
She said the farm is all about creating goals, problem-solving and team work.
By Courtney Yuen
November 2, 2015
It’s an educational opportunity, as well as a way to give fresh produce to students.
Students Loren Angel and Kennedy Covey can’t wait to get planting.
“I want to help out the environment and just help people grow as a whole to do good for our community,” said Angel.
November 10, 2015 Comments Off on Davenport, Iowa Mid City High School breaks ground on urban farm
The alleyway garden also has an aquaponics system and several benches where students can hang out and play.
By Yoohyun Jung
Oct 30, 2015
Students of those schools worked with architecture and urban planning students from the University of Arizona to create the garden.
The project was dubbed, “Sustainable Laboratory + Urban Garden,” or SLUG.
November 6, 2015 Comments Off on Tucson High School Showcases New Urban Alley Garden
“By us setting up shop right in the midst of an industrial area and kind of showing the community that this can take place really anywhere, is a great opportunity.
By Julia Ritchey
Oct 28, 2015
It’s fall break for Washoe County schools this week, and about 20 kids are spending that time off at a day camp offered by Urban Roots at their farm in west Reno.
Americorps member Sam Hutmier tells the kids about where they can and can’t explore on the property, like the beehives, the hoop house full of veggies … or the empty pig pen.
November 3, 2015 Comments Off on Urban Roots in Reno to Teach Kids Food Literacy
The Home Gardening and Nutrition training material was made by FAO in partnership with the Lesotho Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS) and all members of the Home Gardening and Nutrition Working Group (NGOs, UN agencies and Government institutions)
By Elizabeth Tsehlo
(Must see. Mike)
Two different tools were produced: posters and handouts.
For trainer’s use (teachers, extension staff, NGOs), 400 kits combining the four posters and a portable stand have been produced in PVC A0 size (200 in Sesotho, 200 in English).
For communities, students, farmers and public in general, 60,000 kits of four handouts each have also been printed in A1 size (30,000 in Sesotho and 30,000 in English). These handouts include the information provided in the posters and additional related information on the reverse side of each handout.
The handouts have been distributed to approximately 300 schools (primary and high schools), and are being distributed to all 68 agricultural Resource Centres in Lesotho. Copies are also given for free to all members of the Home Gardening and Nutrition Working Group including various ministries, institutions, university, UN agencies and NGOs. FAO Emergency and Resilience Programme beneficiaries – 18,500 vulnerable farming families in total – will also receive one kit through the resource centres.
November 3, 2015 Comments Off on FAO makes training materials for Lesotho, Africa – ‘The Home Gardening and Nutrition Training’
In 2014 we enrolled around 160 low-income youth in our camps.
By Sarah Small
Oct 26, 2015
Amani Ali (AA): At Acta Non Verba Youth Urban Farm Project, we provide life-changing access to fresh and healthy foods in the under-served community of East Oakland, CA. We introduce low-income youth and their families to farm-to-table concepts by teaching them to plan, plant, harvest, cook, and sell fresh organic produce. Our youth participants joyfully connect with the soil and increase their awareness of sustainable farming, healthy eating, and environmental stewardship.
November 1, 2015 Comments Off on Acta Non Verba Youth Urban Farm Project in Oakland, California
“Pests and the diseases they are spreading are a big challenge,” Masterman said. Bee parasites like varroa mites are a global problem.
By Kelly Vanfrankenhuyzen
Great Lakes Echo
Oct 25, 2015
“One colony of bees cost $550 and $100 for equipment,” she said. The Bee Squad offers classes and a mentoring program. The classes are offered once a year for eight hours, but the limit is six people.
“It’s a manageable way to train people in basic beekeeping,” Masterman said.
October 31, 2015 Comments Off on Michigan State University’s Pollinator Initiative Project
This season, students grew tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, kale, squash, eggplant, watermelon, and quinoa.
Sept. 11, 2015
Trent University students have played a key role in the development of the Trent Market Garden and the partnership between Trent Food Services and Chartwells. Working with the University’s Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems program also brought an exciting dimension to the project – creating a bridge between the classroom and the real world, by having students in the program plant and harvest the crops in the Garden.
Jonathan Duffy, a third year Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems student and co-manager of the Trent Market Garden, says it was exciting to see the project evolve from an idea to a reality and that it’s been a great benefit to his studies at Trent.
October 30, 2015 Comments Off on Trent University students grow a market garden in Peterborough, Ontario
“Visiting farms of Emiratis comes as part of the awareness plans and educational programmes aimed at increasing environmental and health awareness among children and school students.
October 20, 2015
The Abu Dhabi City Municipality and its partners paid a visit to a “model farm” in Al Wathba area.
The group visiting Emirati, Abdullah Hassan Al Ali’s farm included students from Al Noor School, and representatives from the Farmers Services Centre. The students were included to raise their awareness about the environment.
October 29, 2015 Comments Off on Abu Dhabi students have a farm day
“We want to support people so that they can get into agriculture and urban gardening.”
By Kritika Kulshrestha
Oct 16, 2015
Pickens was one of four panelists talking about “Advanced Urban Farming Techniques” Oct. 14 during the Grow: Urban Garden Symposium in New York City. Also speaking was Cornell University Cooperative Extension-NYC (CUCE-NYC) associate Philson A.A. Warner, who spoke at an advanced urban farming techniques panel. Warner, the founding director of CUCE-NYC’s Hydroponics, Aquaculture, Aquaponics Learning Lab, addressed an audience of about 250 when he described ways to get his pioneering technologies into classrooms across the city.
“We need more experiential learning in classrooms, and we need to engage youngsters in real-time with real technology,” Warner said.
October 26, 2015 Comments Off on Cornell University staff advise NYC urban farmers at symposium
If you had to choose the least likely location for the birthplace of a green education revolution, you might well pick the South Bronx in New York City.
By Bill Hicks
Oct 21, 2015
When we say food-growing, we’re not talking mustard-and-cress sprouting on blotting paper in the corner of a science room. Mr Ritz’s Green Bronx Machine (GBM) project produces a harvest of fruit and vegetables.
They are cultivated in high-tech indoor tower gardens, creating vertical cornucopias, with edible walls of raspberries, columns of kale and cucumbers, barricades of blueberries and broccoli.
It has grown over 35,000 pounds (15,900kg) of food. Some of it feeds the students and the teachers; plenty is taken home, and more is sold in the community at GBM farmer’s markets.
October 21, 2015 Comments Off on BBC: Teaching farming in the Bronx