New Stories From 'Urban Agriculture Notes'
Random header image... Refresh for more!

Category — Education

‘Minor in Urban Agriculture’ at University of San Francisco

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

minor Photo by J R Eyerman.

Contact Info:
Office of Urban Agriculture
Kalmanovitz Hall, 103
dmsilver(@)usfca.edu
(415) 422-5152
(Must see. Mike)

Learning Goals
Students will:

integrate diverse disciplinary perspectives to understand today’s complex food systems both dominant and alternative.

demonstrate an understanding of the food/environmental movement and contribute to various efforts taking place within San Francisco and the Bay Area.

master advanced skills in organic gardening and urban homesteading and demonstrate ability to grow, harvest, prepare, and preserve food grown in San Francisco.

demonstrate ability to work collaboratively with others within USF’s Garden Project and in community gardens and kitchens across the Bay Area.

[Read more →]

August 11, 2016   No Comments

Bronzeville, Milwaukee launches urban agriculture program for low-income children

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

kidsg

Fenceroy said the foundation put $150,000 towards the urban agriculture program this summer because it encourages children to spend time outdoors.

By Pete Zervakis
TMJ4
Jul 27, 2016

Excerpt:

“So the overall goal is to get the kids to understand what fresh tastes like, why it’s good for you,” Espy said. “If they see they don’t have it in their area, they should grow up demanding it or grow it themselves if they can.”

The kids also helped to build a compost bin.

“We’re learning how to cut trees,” said Lanear Rucker, who’s enrolled in the program. “We also learned how to work a saw.”

[Read more →]

August 2, 2016   Comments Off on Bronzeville, Milwaukee launches urban agriculture program for low-income children

Rooftop farming arrives in Chengdu, China

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

(Must see. Mike)

“The farm is actually a by-product of the shopping mall here. With proper design and investment, we transformed this rooftop into something useful and provided the public with a free place to learn the science of planting and experience agricultural production,” said rooftop farmer Liu Bo.

China.org
July 21, 2016

Excerpt:

“It surprised me when I stepped onto this rooftop. They have all kinds of vegetables and fruit. And there are species that I don’t know. It’s rare to see such things in big cities,” said Chengdu resident Tang Yan.

Mr. Liu is one of the founders of this city farm. For the past eight years, he has been running a vast rural farm in the suburbs of the city.

“Young people know very little about agricultural production, especially children. They have no idea about the exact procedures of how to plant vegetables and rice. So I came up with the idea of passing on Chinese agricultural traditions to the younger generation, and those living in cities,” said rooftop farmer Liu Bo.

[Read more →]

July 21, 2016   Comments Off on Rooftop farming arrives in Chengdu, China

Korea’s first school to teach farming to retirees who come from cities

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

koreoldThe first students to enroll in a school that teaches farming to retirees from urban areas pose in front of their dormitory in Yeongju, North Gyeongsang. [GONG JEONG-SIK]

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, North Gyeongsang Provincial Government and Yeongju City Government spent about 2 billion won ($1.7 million) building the school, which allows retirees to better settle into rural areas.

By Song Yee-Ho
Korea Joining Daily
July 16, 2016

Excerpt:

The students mostly learn practical agricultural skills such as how to make and manage fertilizers, cultivate farmland and use farming machines. The school also owns small parcels of land where students can practice growing different crops.

The students were also paired up with senior farmers who grow the crops they are interested in growing themselves. They visited their mentor’s farms and also went to historic places such as Buseok Temple.

[Read more →]

July 20, 2016   Comments Off on Korea’s first school to teach farming to retirees who come from cities

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

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

atle
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.

[Read more →]

June 21, 2016   Comments Off on City of Atlanta Expands Urban Agriculture with Support from GRO1000 Garden and Greenspace Program

Urban Agriculture Educational Poster

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

farmcity2Link to large poster here.

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

Excerpt:

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.

[Read more →]

June 20, 2016   Comments Off on Urban Agriculture Educational Poster

Gorgie City Farm in Edinburgh is 30 years old

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

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

Excerpt:

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.

[Read more →]

June 16, 2016   Comments Off on Gorgie City Farm in Edinburgh is 30 years old

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

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

yank
Click on image for larger file. (Must see video. Mike.) Follow link to video.

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

Excerpt:

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.

[Read more →]

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

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

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.

[Read more →]

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

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

schco
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
inhabit
June 3, 2016

Excerpt:

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.

[Read more →]

June 7, 2016   Comments Off on Nation’s first K-8 urban farm school teaches kids how to grow their own food

Students launch first downtown community garden in Victoria, BC

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

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

Excerpt:

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

[Read more →]

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

Organic gardens in schools in Serbia

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

Organic gardering in schools from Zoran Mitrovi? on Vimeo.

Project Proposal

By Zoran Mitrovi
May 2016

Excerpt:

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.

[Read more →]

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

Thriving School Gardens in St. Louis

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

(Must see video. Mike)

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

Excerpt:

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.

[Read more →]

May 11, 2016   Comments Off on Thriving School Gardens in St. Louis

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

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

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

Excerpt:

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.

[Read more →]

May 10, 2016   Comments Off on Gardening the Community inspires Springfield, Massachusetts teens to grow, eat, fresh, healthy produce

Winnipeg, Manitoba: Connecting the farm with the city

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

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.

[Read more →]

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