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Salad days at Toronto inner-city school

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Student Josh Harrison-Maul poses for a photo on the rooftop garden at Eastdale C.I. on Gerrard St. E., near Broadview Ave. (Ernest Doroszuk, Toronto Sun)

Tyler Beckett wants to be a landscaper and the urban farming program on the roof of his inner-city school has greened his thumb.

By Kevin Connor
Toronto Sun
October 15, 2017

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“It’s helping get me prepare for a job when I’m done school,” said the 16-year-old Eastdale Collegiate Institute student in the Regent Park area.

“I like getting involved with the garden and helping the kids in school. We used to go to the corner and buy chips, now we are eating salads.”

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October 21, 2017   No Comments

Columbia University Student to Transform Urban Farming

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MPA-ESP student Alexander Rudnicki is a civil engineer (Columbia University ’10), who comes to SIPA from AeroFarms, an urban farming pioneer.

Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy: The Earth Institute Columbia Unversity

By Laura Piraino
State of the Planet
October 6, 2017

Excerpt:

What are your plans once you graduate? What are some skills and tools you have developed over the last year that you can use?

I would love to work with city planning offices to integrate urban farming into city planning and layouts. It’s encouraging to see cities like Detroit that have outlined an urban farming policy. It’s a great start and I want to be involved in such urban initiatives after I graduate.

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October 15, 2017   No Comments

Yale University’s Landscape Lab

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A plant-based medicine class teaches students at the School of Nursing about the uses of medicinal herbs grown in the Lab’s gardens, as well as about food and nutrition.

By Katie Martin
Yale Daily News
Oct 06, 2017

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The Lab is two years old, but it’s built around a quarter-acre urban farm that’s now in its fifth growing season. Since the Lab’s inception, Freiberg, a team of volunteers, student interns and partner organizations in New Haven have built a barn, a patio and a “WikiHouse” (more on that later); terraced a hillside to create a medicinal herb garden; installed beehives; and begun cultivating mushrooms. The timber barn, adjacent to an agroforestry orchard, is built with wood from the Yale Forest, and serves as the site for courses, workshops and gatherings.

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October 14, 2017   No Comments

How school gardens, food ‘rescues’ are helping Nevada’s hungry

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On Oct. 7, the Grow Your Own festival returns to the Vegas Roots urban farm for a second year, aiming to get the community in touch with healthy food.

The Vegas Roots team offered a taste of what the second year of the festival will teach — namely, how to connect with and crave raw goods from the garden.

By Adam Candee, Erin Ryan, Camalot Todd
Las Vegas Sun
Oct. 2, 2017

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To kids who’d never tried fresh strawberries or cantaloupe before a recent school tasting, kale was a hard sell. But after growing the deep-green stalks in their campus garden, students at Quannah McCall Elementary School in North Las Vegas learned that massaging the leaves makes them less bitter, and that dressing whipped up from the cilantro growing nearby makes them delicious.

Principal Ana DeBeauvernet recalls a lot of demand from parents for the recipe. It was a shining moment for everyone who envisioned the raised beds and fruit trees along the school’s street-facing fence as a way to engage the neighborhood in a new way of thinking about cooking and eating. It’s in a noted food desert, meaning the only options are gas stations and fast-food joints.

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October 3, 2017   Comments Off on How school gardens, food ‘rescues’ are helping Nevada’s hungry

Singapore: More sign up for lessons to grow own food in urban setting

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Ms Mabel Wee with her children, three-year-old Max and six-year-old Meranda Chee, at her community garden plot in Haig Road. Photo: Don Wong For The Straits Times

Urban farming workshops are sprouting in Singapore to teach enthusiasts proper techniques

By Lea Wee
Straits Times
Sept 22, 2017

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Mr Cheng is one of many people here who have signed up for urban farming courses to learn how to grow their own food.

Besides running courses on various urban farming topics, including aquaponics, hydroponics and mushroom growing, Citizen Farm will also be running an agriculture course here later this year.

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September 27, 2017   Comments Off on Singapore: More sign up for lessons to grow own food in urban setting

Canada: Special ale brings cheer to 40 years of urban farming at City Farmer

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Click image to see larger file. Maria Keating, an environmental educator with City Farmer Society, with seven different varieties of hops harvested at the Vancouver Compost Garden. Photo by Jason Payne. Also watch the video online.

A bumper crop of hops is being harvested in preparation for urban agriculture advocate City Farmer’s Vancouver-style microbrew.

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
Sept 25, 2017

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Every harvest and the resulting brew is a unique story.

In 2014, the first hop harvest was used to brew a nut brown Pollinator Ale using honey produced on site in celebration of the Year of the Pollinator.

The following year a wind storm knocked down hundreds of trees across the city, including one that crushed the hop trellis and mashed the potato patch. The delay in harvest meant the hops were used fresh rather than dried in their Windstorm Session Ale.

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September 25, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Special ale brings cheer to 40 years of urban farming at City Farmer

Canada: Regina Food Bank launches urban agriculture project

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Grade 7 and 8 students, Jacob Exner (foreground), Ella Chay (middle) and Ferison Alcantara (background), from St. Peter Elementary School check out a garden tower, which will be provided for their school for at least a year. Jennifer Ackerman / Regina Leader-Post

Launched by the Regina Food Bank on Wednesday, the Urban Agriculture Outreach Program is aimed at giving students and educators a better understanding of where our food comes from and how it’s grown and produced.

By Jennifer Ackerman
Regina Leader-Post
Sept 20, 2017

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Launched by the Regina Food Bank on Wednesday, the Urban Agriculture Outreach Program is aimed at giving students and educators a better understanding of where our food comes from, and how it’s grown and produced.

There is “room to grow” when it comes to improving young people’s connection with the food they eat, said Steve Compton, the food bank’s CEO.

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September 24, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Regina Food Bank launches urban agriculture project

Innovative Classrooms Across Canada Are Feeding Young People’s Hunger For Agricultural Knowledge

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On the first day of school last week, Lacombe Composite High School students toured their greenhouse and edible gardens, harvesting gooseberries, cherries and grapes for a canning project.

They’ve since started a commercial aquaponics system, raising up to 1,000 tilapia at a time, some of which are served at the school cafeteria.

By Julie Van Rosendaal
Globe And Mail
Sept 12, 2017

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On the first day of school last week, students in Steven Schultz’s high-school agriculture class in Lacombe, Alta., toured their greenhouse and edible gardens, harvesting gooseberries, cherries and grapes for a canning project. After school, the beekeeping club conducted a postsummer hive inspection, harvesting 60 kilograms of honey from just one of its three hives.

These tasks are part of Lacombe Composite High School’s EcoVision Club, designed 13 years ago to inspire young leaders to make an environmental difference. Science teacher Schultz has been with the project since the beginning, when a student approached him after class.

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September 21, 2017   Comments Off on Innovative Classrooms Across Canada Are Feeding Young People’s Hunger For Agricultural Knowledge

India: Students create organic vegetable garden in school

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Students and teachers of Marudhamalai Devasthanam Higher Secondary School, Vadavalli, at their organic vegetable garden on school premises. Click image to see larger file.

Sharing their experience, the students said that the farming taught them the hardships of farmers and motivated them to contribute their part to society.

By S. Pavith Valsel
The Hindu
Sept 7, 2017

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Started in June, the students cultivate spinach, tomato, ladies finger, pumpkin, bottle guard, coriander and lettuce among others in the organic vegetable garden. They do mixed cropping and crop rotation to retain the fertility of the soil.

Produces of the vegetable garden are used to provide lunch for the students. There has been days when students were able to take home their produces too.

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September 18, 2017   Comments Off on India: Students create organic vegetable garden in school

California: Fairview Gardens’ After-School Program Invites Youth to Unplug, Dig Deep into the Natural World

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For the budding naturalist, chef, gardener, or animal lover, Fairview Gardens After School Program is the place to grow.

By Emmalia Sutherland
Noozhawk
Sept 6, 2017

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Q: Describe a favorite activity for children in your program.

A: Harvesting farmed and wild foods to turn into yummy snacks with both programs is always a hit. Whether it be building forts, making art, or taking care of our chickens during Farm Days or making herbal salves with the Teen Apprentices, Fairview has something for everyone!

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September 16, 2017   Comments Off on California: Fairview Gardens’ After-School Program Invites Youth to Unplug, Dig Deep into the Natural World

Chrys Gardener works at Cornell Cooperative Extension organizing community garden projects

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Chrys Gardener, working with a volunteer (in orange) at the newly opened Esty Street Community Garden.
Photo by Casey Martin.

She picked the name Gardener as a sort of homage to the work that has so deeply influenced much of her adult life.

By Matt Butler
Ithaca Times
Sep 3, 2017

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Gardener loves a challenge, perhaps not all the ones she’s had to overcome, but as a whole she embraces them all the same. It fuels her current work, where things can’t get too monotonous: when a community project has shown it can operate viably, Gardener is usually able to hand it off and move on to the next one. And now, with visions of increasing food security for the city’s poorer sections, she’s handing off what she’s learned during her winding journey to today, teaching the crafts she honed over years out of passion at her heights, and necessity at her depths.

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September 10, 2017   Comments Off on Chrys Gardener works at Cornell Cooperative Extension organizing community garden projects

Illinois: McHenry County College to expand urban agriculture program with $500,000 donation

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Aquaponics and hydroponics growing stations in the MCC Greenhouse.

The project stems from recommendations of local and regional planning efforts that highlight the need to invest in sustainable local food systems in Illinois

By Northwest Herald
Sept 4, 2017

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A two-year pilot program will allow students to research sustainable agricultural trends and practices, develop programming to support the needs of farmers, facilitate partnerships across the agriculture community and promote the use of sustainable practices and food production in the region.

Ultimately, the goal is for students to learn small-scale organic food production in a farm setting year-round, according to the release.

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September 9, 2017   Comments Off on Illinois: McHenry County College to expand urban agriculture program with $500,000 donation

Finish Line’s urban farm is helping feed its neighbors in Indianapolis

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He hopes it’s just the beginning of a movement to point people back to the country’s agrarian roots.

By Maureen C. Gilmer
Indystar
Aug 25, 2017

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“I believe the American farmer is the solution for hunger,” Lawler said. “We will solve the hunger problem.”

Brandywine Creek Farms will sell one-third of the produce wholesale, one-third retail and donate the rest.

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September 1, 2017   Comments Off on Finish Line’s urban farm is helping feed its neighbors in Indianapolis

Canada: Growing food and community on the Toronto Islands

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The inner courtyard of the Island Natural Science School has transformed with the addition of cedar raised beds.

The Toronto Island Natural Science School has transformed its outdoor space to a hub of activity for urban students to learn and grow.

Evergreen
June 8, 2017

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“Thousands of students have been able to experience fresh greens, herbs and vegetables from our garden. Students, who often have a negative relationship with vegetables and food in general, gain a new respect and perspective on what they themselves can grow, harvest, cook and eat. Without Evergreen’s support, none of this would have happened,” says Catherine Combs, Site Supervisor at the Island Natural Science.

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August 22, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Growing food and community on the Toronto Islands

Community Garden at the University of Illinois Springfield

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More than 200 volunteers have worked in the garden since its opening, and it has already produced over 300 pounds of fresh produce.

By Susan Koch, chancellor at the University of Illinois Springfield.
State Journal-Register
Aug 12, 2017

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Students in Styles’ “Introduction to Sustainability” class designed the garden as a class project, studying various sustainable garden designs, creating a comprehensive plan and budget and determining the organizational approach that would best support a community garden project over time.

The garden features raised beds which help control weeds and handle drainage. Wooden compost containers and an in-ground vermiculture compost bin provide a steady supply of organic material that promotes soil microbes and plant growth.

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August 18, 2017   Comments Off on Community Garden at the University of Illinois Springfield