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City of Atlanta Expands Urban Agriculture with Support from GRO1000 Garden and Greenspace Program

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Atlanta Fire Station 11.

GRO1000 is ScottsMiracle-Gro’s commitment to support the creation of more than 1,000 community gardens and greenspaces in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and Europe by 2018, in conjunction with its 150th anniversary.

News Release
Mayor’s Office
June 17, 2016

ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta today announced that it received a $40,000 grant from The ScottsMiracle-Gro Company and The U.S. Conference of Mayors through the GRO1000 Gardens and Greenspaces Grant Awards Program. The funding will facilitate the expansion of three successful urban agriculture programs across Atlanta, including Covenant House Georgia’s urban garden, the Atlanta Fire Station Gardens Project and the Vine City EcoDistrict community gardens. The announcement was made today at the GRO1000 Atlanta kickoff event at Covenant House Georgia.

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June 21, 2016   No Comments

Urban Agriculture Educational Poster

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What distinguishes it from rural agriculture is that it is integrated into the urban economic and ecological system.

By Weikun Liang
Pittsburgh, PA
Human Computer Interaction student at Carnegie Mellon University

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Zoning plays a big role in urban agriculture. It can dictate what kind of growing can be allowed, whether animals, retail sales, and even education can be part of the operation. Many cities have multiple restrictions on raising animals with the result that most urban farms don’t keep animals for production purposes.

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June 20, 2016   No Comments

Gorgie City Farm in Edinburgh is 30 years old

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goerdScottish MP Willie Rennie visits Gorgie City Farm. Picture: TSPL

170,000 people visit ever year because Gorgie City Farm is simply a great day out.

By Stephen Jardine
The Scotman
June 10, 2016

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What is perhaps most valuable is the connection it provides to life outside the city. Last year a survey of 1,000 primary schoolchildren for the food and farming campaign group Leaf showed one in three couldn’t identify the sounds made by cows and sheep and one in five didn’t know bacon came from pigs.

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June 16, 2016   No Comments

New York Yankee players visit ‘Harlem Grown’ and help kids plant food gardens

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Eight New York players, as well as hip-hop group The Lox and Miss New York USA Serena Bucaj, made their way to Harlem to celebrate Harlem Grown which teaches children how to grow fresh fruits and vegetables at their seven locations across Harlem.

By Nick Suss
MLB.com
June 8th, 2016

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Bronx resident Tony Hillery, the founder of Harlem Grown, explained that he founded the organization when he was at a personal crossroads in 2009. After the recession, he wanted a career change and left his limousine business. He decided it was time he gave back to the community, and so he began volunteering at public schools in Harlem, where he became a favorite of the students.

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June 10, 2016   Comments Off on New York Yankee players visit ‘Harlem Grown’ and help kids plant food gardens

US public television show “Backyard Farmer” has been on the air for 64 years

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This documentary looks at the program’s roots and founders as well as some of the people who have appeared on the show. As it is a live show, there are plenty of bloopers to enjoy as well. (Must see. Mike)

Now produced by the University of Nebraska, it is the longest-running, educational program in all of public television in the United States

Kim Todd, RLA
Associate Professor and Extension Landscape Specialist
University of Nebraska

Backyard Farmer is the place to find non-biased, research based information about gardening. Backyard Farmer is the longest running educational program in broadcast history beginning in 1953 on a small station in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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June 8, 2016   Comments Off on US public television show “Backyard Farmer” has been on the air for 64 years

Nation’s first K-8 urban farm school teaches kids how to grow their own food

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Covering both the building’s facade and roof with soil and plants to create a “Living Building” achieves a number of environmental and neighborhood objectives; the plants provide green space, air filtration and oxygen, and absorb storm water runoff to prevent flooding.

Golden Bridges School is unique is that it is located on a small plot of land, in a dense urban city, and sets the goal of providing a farm-based education for urban children, many of whom never have the opportunity to get out into the country.

By Jill Fehrenbacher
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June 3, 2016

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We’re very excited about this innovative urban farm school being built in San Francisco, California that will educate preschoolers through 8th graders with an ecology farm curriculum based on Waldorf Education. Project architect Stanley Saitowitz of Natoma Architects just unveiled plans for a stunning new plant-covered “living building” for the site that will house classrooms and act as a gathering space for the community at the farm.

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Students launch first downtown community garden in Victoria, BC

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uvicUVic students Fiona Wheeler; Michelle Brown; Jenna Waniek; Makenzie Zouboules; Steven Lee; and Phillip Schrod. CREDIT: City Studio/POLI 351.

Not your typical course, “Growing Community From the Ground Up” (POLI 351), involved a partnership between the City of Victoria, the university and the wider community.

By Anne MacLaurin
Univ of Victoria
2016-05-26

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Transforming a vacant city lot into a community garden required vision on behalf of UVic political science students and their instructor, SSHRC post-doctoral fellow and assistant teaching professor Sarah Wiebe (public administration, political science), and concludes this month with a garden party on May 27 in Victoria’s first downtown community garden.

Not your typical course, “Growing Community From the Ground Up” (POLI 351), involved a partnership between the City of Victoria, the university and the wider community. This is the second City Studio Victoria course offered by UVic. More on City Studio More on UVic’s first City Studio course

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June 2, 2016   Comments Off on Students launch first downtown community garden in Victoria, BC

Organic gardens in schools in Serbia

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Organic gardering in schools from Zoran Mitrovi? on Vimeo.

Project Proposal

By Zoran Mitrovi
May 2016

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What we want to do

We want to use our knowledge and to show kids how to grown up healthy food, how to protect and care about environment. At the moment we see that in era of «smart devices» nature losing the race, our children are more in virtual world than in real life. The problem is big and solutions are everywhere, we just need to go out and show the kids really satisfaction.

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May 11, 2016   Comments Off on Organic gardens in schools in Serbia

Thriving School Gardens in St. Louis

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Gateway Greening runs 21 such gardens at schools in the city, both public and private, and has a total of 55 in the region. Much of the budget for this work comes from the Monsanto Fund, which this year provided a grant of $205,000 for the youth garden program.

By Daniel Neman
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 11, 2016

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That’s right, an orchard grows outside Mallinckrodt Academy, a public elementary school for gifted students. It’s a small orchard — four apple trees, plus a few pear trees, peach, wild plum and currants — but it is growing in the school’s front yard. And even though the trees will not begin to bear significant amounts of fruit until after the students leave the school, the students say they are happy knowing that the work they do today will benefit those who come after them.

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Gardening the Community inspires Springfield, Massachusetts teens to grow, eat, fresh, healthy produce

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prgardA group of children join in the ground breaking ceremony at 200 Walnut Street in Springfield Saturday for the Gardening the Community Organization, a Springfield based youth-led food justice organization. (Frederick Gore Photo)

Between 20-30 Springfield students participate in the programs all year long including field trips to farms, local universities and colleges and community groups.

By Elizabeth Roman
MassLive
May 03, 2016

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Looking across the large plot of land on Walnut Street where vegetables and berries will grow, fruit trees will sprout and a greenhouse will provide produce in the winter, Qamaria Wadud almost can’t believe it’s real.

“This is what we have been dreaming of for a long time,” said Wadud, the youth and farm manager for Gardening the Community (GTC), a Springfield-based, youth-led food justice organization which focuses on urban agriculture ans sustainable living.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba: Connecting the farm with the city

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domFortWhyte Farms manager Danielle Mondor holds a flat of vegetable seedlings in the farm’s solar-powered greenhouse. By Andrea Geary.

Mondor said the hope is for the youth interns to use their skills to find satisfying full-time employment after graduation.

By Andrea Geary
Winnipeg Free Press
05/2/2016

On the morning of April 26, six high school students were preparing lunch using pork, potatoes and herbs raised and grown on the farm. The FortWhyte staff and about 20 volunteers work with students from Winnipeg high schools, including Argyle Alternative, Gordon Bell and R.B. Russell Vocational, as well as local youth-serving organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg and Spence Neighbourhood Association.

“We work to empower youth to build self-reliance and leadership skills,” Mondor said.

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May 9, 2016   Comments Off on Winnipeg, Manitoba: Connecting the farm with the city

European Research network helps set up online course on urban agriculture entrepreneurship

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The COST Action helped improve the understanding of different urban agriculture practices across Europe – it presented over 200 case studies, reviewed the Common Agriculture Policy and enabled collaboration between the private and public sectors.

Press Release
27 April 2016

Researchers involved in COST-funded Urban Agriculture Europe (UAE) network have helped develop a course meant to equip university students, SMEs, public authorities and NGOs with the right know-how to build on business opportunities and tap into the economic potential of agriculture innovation in urban areas.

UAE member Dr Wolf Lohrberg (South-Westphalia University of Applied Sciences, Germany) is now part of Erasmus+ project Urban Green Train, a network of SMEs and public authorities in Italy, France, Germany and the Netherlands. His focus on entrepreneurial models of urban agriculture during the Urban Agriculture Europe Action benefited this new collaboration, which led to the online course covering topics such as plant production, resource management, financing modes and market analysis . The course also promotes innovative technologies and eco-friendly products.

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Hundreds have been waiting years for allotment space in Gloucester, UK

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gloucGraham Snelling has been on the waiting list for an allotment for six years – but is still quite far back in the 200-strong queue.

As of 2015 there were 12 allotment sites providing 846 allotments in Gloucester. In total there are around 550 people waiting for a spot on these allotments.

By CitizenChip
Gloucester Citizen
April 28, 2016

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Graham Snelling has been on the waiting list for an allotment for six years – but is still quite far back in the 200-strong queue.

Despite living in Pennine Close in Quedgeley for 45 years, green-fingered Graham, 68, has been frustrated in his attempts to get a patch to call his own in the suburb.

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USDA Unveils New ‘Urban Agriculture Toolkit’ for Urban Farmers and Agri-business Entrepreneurs

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Online Resource Draws on USDA’s and Partners’ Experience with Launching and Sustaining Urban Agriculture Operations Points Producers to Helpful Financial and Technical Resources

USDA
April 29, 2016

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled the USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit, a new resource created by USDA’s Know Your Farmer team to help entrepreneurs and community leaders successfully create jobs and increase access to healthy food through urban agriculture. From neighborhood gardens grown on repurposed lots, to innovative mobile markets and intensive hydroponic and aquaculture operations, urban food production is rapidly growing into a mature business sector in cities across the country.

“Urban agriculture helps strengthen the health and social fabric of communities while creating economic opportunities for farmers and neighborhoods,” Vilsack said. “USDA’s Urban Agriculture Toolkit compiles guidance from our Know Your Farmer team and many private partners into one comprehensive resource to help small-scale producers manage all aspects of their business. From protecting soil health to marketing to schools and grocery store chains, USDA has tools to meet the needs of this new breed of innovative urban farmer and small business owner.”

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Two Guernsey show cows have moved into Bristol city centre to raise awareness of farming and food production

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“The purpose of taking these cows out of their usual rural context into an urban environment is to highlight the major disconnect that now exists between the cities we live in and the production processes that give us the food we eat.”

Press Association
Apr 22, 2016

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Artist Nessie Reid will live with the two cows in a marquee on the city’s bustling harbourside as part of an exhibition called The Milking Parlour.

The live installation is designed to explore the current state of farming and how its impact on issues such as climate change and health affects the future.

Ms Reid will milk the cows named Alisa and Meadowsweet, feed them and muck them out – sleeping in a tent nearby at night.

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April 27, 2016   Comments Off on Two Guernsey show cows have moved into Bristol city centre to raise awareness of farming and food production