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Student Explores Urban Ag At Penn State Philadelphia Center

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Sara Touey, a Community, Environment, and Development major, studied urban farming — a subject that’s relatively new to the agricultural world — during her internship at the Penn State Center in Philadelphia.

By Anna Criswell
Penn State News
February 15, 2017

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“During the internship I went to a farm on the site of Teens 4 Good, a nonprofit associated with the Penn State Center,” said Touey. “They teach youth from lower-income neighborhoods how to grow and harvest their own food. They also teach nutritional programs, how to cook with produce and job-development skills they can take into the real world.”

Smaller farms associated with urban agriculture don’t have the heavy machinery or space one would find on a rural farm, or many workers, Touey explained. “It was humbling — it’s a very personal process,” she said about working at Teens 4 Good. Along with a handful of other volunteers, she worked in a small unit with the head farmer. She was given the opportunity to get her hands dirty, see how the food was grown and gain first-hand experience with the process of working on a smaller farm.

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February 20, 2017   No Comments

Rapper Farmer Brown teaches kids about gardening

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Kentucky State University agriculture, food, and environment student and farm technician Trevor Claiborn created Farmer Brown as a way to teach children about agriculture. Photo by Blair Hess, Kentucky State University.

By Beverly Fortune
Lexington Herald Tribune
Feb 3, 2017

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The idea for Farmer Brown was sparked at the family dinner table when Claiborn tried to engage his young niece in conversation. They were eating hamburgers, and he asked her where she thought hamburgers came from.

“A tree,” she answered.

“Research shows most families are three generations away from the farm, away from knowing how food is raised,” Claiborn said.

And not just city children have that information gap.

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February 8, 2017   No Comments

Arizona: Mesa Community College’s Center for Urban Agriculture

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Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Urban Horticulture Peter Conden works with George Brooks on aquaponics at MCC. Larry Mangino/AFN Staff Photographer.

“Right now, aquaponics is at that chasm, before it makes the jump into the mainstream.”

By Jimmy Magahern
Ahwatukee Foothills News
Feb 2, 2017

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Brooks, 61, an alumni of the University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture who holds a Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation and Management, could be poised to become that figure himself.

Next month, he plans to release a book, tentatively titled ‘The Three-Hour Farm,’ that he says will instruct any team of four do-it-yourselfers how to build their own backyard aquaponics farm in just three hours.

But he’s counting more on one of his young students to become the Steve Jobs of aquaponics.

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February 8, 2017   No Comments

FAO Webinar: Urban and peri-urban agriculture: a key to livelihoods and resilience or a concern for sustainability?

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A Webinar – Jan 20, 2017 – Water Footprint of Urban Agriculture: a first assessment in Rome

The FAO Technical Network on Sustainable Crop Production and Agroecology
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Agenda

10:00 – 10:05 am: Opening Mr. Guido Santini, Programme Coordinator for FAO Food for the Cities Programme.
10:05 – 10:45 am: Mrs. Anna Dalla Marta, DiSPAA – Department of Agrifood Production and Environmental Sciences – University of Florence. [See bio attached].
Mr. Orlando Cimino, Center for Policy and Bioeconomy – Council for Agricultural Research and Economics – CREA. [See bio attached].
10:45 – 11.30 am: Question and answer session

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January 17, 2017   Comments Off on FAO Webinar: Urban and peri-urban agriculture: a key to livelihoods and resilience or a concern for sustainability?

The Next Generation Of Farmers Is Being Trained In New York City High

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Natalie Arroyo is a senior “Aggie,” one of 600 New York City public school students enrolled in a specialized, four-year agriculture program at John Bowne High School in Queens. She plans to become an agriculture educator after college. Photo by Lela Nargi for NPR.

Some 600 of the city’s public school students are enrolled in Bowne’s specialized, four-year agriculture program.

By Lela Nargi
NPR
January 5, 2017

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Like most of their schoolmates, the Aggies follow an ordinary curriculum of English, math and social studies. But they also learn the building blocks of diverse careers in the booming industry of agriculture, which sees almost 60,000 new jobs open up in the U.S. every year, according to the USDA. The Aggies grow crops, care for livestock and learn the rudiments of floriculture, viticulture, aquaculture, biotechnology and entrepreneurship.

While high schools in rural farming areas have long prepared students for these sorts of jobs, they can’t come close to meeting the demand. So some urban public high schools are stepping in to fill the void.

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January 12, 2017   Comments Off on The Next Generation Of Farmers Is Being Trained In New York City High

College of DuPage (Illinois) offers new Sustainable Urban Agriculture program

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“People are excited about the whole industry,” Clement said. “Students who complete either their degree or certificate in sustainable urban agriculture are ready to enter the workplace.”

By Jennifer Duda
College of DuPage
Daily Herald
Dec 29, 2016

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The degree requires 66 credits in program requirements and general education coursework, while the certificate requires 28 credits in program requirements and electives.

Eight new courses have been developed specifically for the program: Introduction to Sustainable Urban Agriculture, Principles of Agroecology, Local Foods, Introduction to Composting, Urban Agriculture Issues, Sustainable Vegetable and Herb Production, Business Principles of Sustainable Agriculture, and Hydroponic and Aquaponic Production Systems.

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January 8, 2017   Comments Off on College of DuPage (Illinois) offers new Sustainable Urban Agriculture program

Cégep du Vieux Montréal built a rooftop garden oasis

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A cement terrace in the middle of the city attracts environmentally conscious students and staff

By Verity Stevenson
MacLeans
January 4, 2017

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Bezançon holds urban agriculture-related workshops during the winter, when there’s no gardening to do, to garner interest in the project and in response to what she says is a growing interest among students to produce their own food. “We eat three or four times a day, so it’s a huge part of our life, and to be able to feed yourself is giving yourself power,” says Bezançon. Student volunteers receive no extra credit for the hours they put in, except for the option of having the commitment mentioned on their report card (most don’t put in the bureaucratic effort to do so).

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January 5, 2017   Comments Off on Cégep du Vieux Montréal built a rooftop garden oasis

A Day in the Life at Putnam Middle School – Birmingham, Alabama

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This is a short story about Farm Lab Club, as told by Putnam Middle School students

Jones Valley Teaching Farm
December 8, 2016

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In 2012-2013, Jones Valley Teaching Farm launched the Good School Food program at Glen Iris Elementary in Birmingham, Alabama. Now in our fourth year, we implement Good School Food in seven Birmingham City Schools (5 of which are in one distinct feeder pattern in the Woodlawn community).

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December 29, 2016   Comments Off on A Day in the Life at Putnam Middle School – Birmingham, Alabama

TV Star Constance Zimmer Plants Local Garden with “#Greenmyschool” Program

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Constance Zimmer plants a garden for students in Santa Ana, Calif.

Zimmer, an actress (best known for her roles on HBO’s Entourage, ABC’s Boston Legal, and her Emmy-nominated role on Lifetime’s UnREAL) is a long-time supporter of the Environmental Media Association (EMA) and a member of its Board of Directors.

PR Newswire
Birds Eye
Dec 15, 2016

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“#Greenmyschool is a really special program for EMA. As a mom, who actually has an edible garden in my home, I understand first hand how much that has motivated my daughter to be excited to eat veggies. And as a long time EMA Board member, expanding #Greenmyschool with the support of Birds Eye will give us the opportunity to share our passion and really help change the game by bringing plant-based nutrition, agriculture and the importance of eating vegetables to students around the country,” said Zimmer.

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December 23, 2016   Comments Off on TV Star Constance Zimmer Plants Local Garden with “#Greenmyschool” Program

City Growers: NYC Food Based Community Organization

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Photo credit: ©Valery Rizzo / Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm

City Growers teaches kids about where food comes from and why it matters.

By Alexina Cather
New York City Food Policy Centre
Dec 12, 2016

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Latest project/campaign: With the rise of urban agriculture comes the rise of urban agriculture education. City Growers’ Education Conference (CGEC) brings together urban farm education programs, gardeners, non-profits, and teachers to celebrate and share knowledge about farming and gardening education in New York City. Through farm education, we aim to create myriad opportunities for youth to meaningfully interact with the natural world and reconnect with food’s origin from the earth. The 2nd annual CGEC will occur on February 11, 2016 at PS 20 in Brooklyn.

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December 21, 2016   Comments Off on City Growers: NYC Food Based Community Organization

Tricycle Gardens’ Urban Agriculture Certificate & Fellowship Program in Richmond, Virginia

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Earn a Certificate in Urban Agriculture recognized by USDA-National Resources Conservation Service

Excerpt from application.
Dec 2016

2017 Program Highlights

11 Months: February – December
15 – 20 hours a week, includes: classroom instruction, field-based
experience and program participation
Graduate with a Certificate in Urban Agriculture recognized by the
USDA-National Resources Conservation Service ? Full Scholarships for tuition & fees for 2017 Urban
Agriculture Cohort

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December 18, 2016   Comments Off on Tricycle Gardens’ Urban Agriculture Certificate & Fellowship Program in Richmond, Virginia

Hands-on Rooftop Food Production and Learning at Trent University

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With this Urban Roof Top Farm, Trent University in Ontario was ahead of the curve as they were one of the first one’s successfully growing crops on the roof on a larger scale.

By Jelle Vonk
Living Architecture Monitor
Winter 2016
Page 17

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Through the efforts of Dr. Tom Hutchinson, Professor Emeritus, this intensive green roof also provides ongoing research into the deleterious effects of ground level ozone on crop production and provides students with an opportunity to study the potential of plants to filter out sir pollutants.

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December 13, 2016   Comments Off on Hands-on Rooftop Food Production and Learning at Trent University

Green acres are flourishing on campus rooftops across Canada

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Elevator pitch: Arlene Throness of Ryerson’s farm, originally proposed by architect students (Mark Blinch/Ryerson University) Click on image for larger file.

Sustainability-minded green roof projects are appearing from Montreal’s Concordia to the University of Saskatchewan

By Leanne Delap
Macleans
November 28, 2016

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And at the University of Saskatchewan, an opportunity arose on top of the phytotron (a research greenhouse). The condensers were moved, leaving a bare expanse visible from an open walkway.

“Aha,” said Grant Wood, a professor of urban agriculture, who worked with the university’s office of sustainability to come up with “the rooftop.” After getting the engineering students to check on load-bearing weights, and “a lot of paperwork,” says Wood, pallets and recycled containers were moved onto the roof. The team started with 500 sq. feet of planting, for a yield of about a thousand pounds of produce this past year; the goal is to double that next year.

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November 29, 2016   Comments Off on Green acres are flourishing on campus rooftops across Canada

Recent grad of Florida’s Valencia’s horticulture program leads urban agriculture project

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Current and Former Valencia Students Bradley Holcomb, Caroline Chomanics, and Michael Clevenger (from left) at East End Market.

In the horticulture program: “We would problem-solve about the logic behind growing plants: what they need to survive; common diseases; landscape design; botany and the structural make-up of the plant.”

By Jimmy Sherfey
Valencia College
Nov 3, 2016

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Fleet Farming recently received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture with matching funds from City of Orlando and Orlando City Soccer, totaling $250,000. With the money, Fleet Farming will bring its ‘Food, not lawns’ model to the Parramore neighborhood, setting up a Farmers’ Market at Orlando City soccer stadium that will distribute Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes filled with “hyper-local” produce. These boxes will include seasonal produce harvested by Fleet Farmers on 10-15 neighborhood “farmlettes” and sold at a flat rate through memberships held by market attendees.

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November 13, 2016   Comments Off on Recent grad of Florida’s Valencia’s horticulture program leads urban agriculture project

The new face of Canadian agriculture

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Tsawwassen Farm School is a unique educational program that is a collaboration between Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Tsawwassen First Nation and on TFN land. (Jean-Philippe Marquis)

Backyard chickens. One-acre market gardens. Rooftop bees. What used to be part of the rural landscape is creeping into the cement-and-steel terrain of Canada’s urban centres, creating an intersection of food, community and education.

By Nikki Wart
Macleans
Nov 3, 2016

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In the past year at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Agricultural College, 60 per cent of the applicants for the bachelor of science and agriculture program came from urban postal codes.

And few companies are doing it as well as Alvéole, a Montreal-based hive-keeping company founded in 2012.

“We’re basically setting up a hive and saying, ‘This is your hive, and you’re going to see food production and agriculture and environment through these bees,’ ” he says, adding that there are a lot of similarities between urban agriculture and traditional agriculture. For one, urban farmers still have to battle weather and disease.

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November 10, 2016   Comments Off on The new face of Canadian agriculture