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Organic gardens in schools in Serbia

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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   No Comments

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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May 11, 2016   No Comments

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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May 10, 2016   No Comments

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

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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

Empty soccer field in Thunder Bay, Ontario, being turned into urban agricultural site

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The City, along with Roots to Harvest, unveiled a new program and site plan lastnight that will transform the former soccer fields adjacent to Volunteer Pool into a productive urban agriculture site.

“This partnership with Roots to Harvest is a great opportunity to explore how urban parks can become more productive environments,” said Werner Schwar, the city’s supervistor of parks and open-space planning.

By Leith Dunick
NewsWatch
April 12, 2016

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The goal of the project, to be paid for with more than $300,000 supplied by several different organizations, is to provide a place for young adults to learn about leadership and employment skills in a variety of ways, including bee keeping, gardening and raising rabbits.

“Nothing instills a strong work ethic in young people better than agricultural work,” said Julie Rosenthal, a former farmer from Murillo and now the lead facilitator with Roots to Harvest, who has partnered with the City of Thunder Bay to launch the ambitious project.

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April 16, 2016   Comments Off on Empty soccer field in Thunder Bay, Ontario, being turned into urban agricultural site

Uganda: Kampala City dwellers to be trained in urban farming

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kamplJournalists touring a Sukuma Wiki nusery bed in one of the greenhouses at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Agriculture Resource Center in Kyanja Kawempe division Kampala district. Photo by Lawrence Mulondo.

“The people, who have visited the resource centre, are already putting into practice what they learnt and their income has increased as they sell some of the produce they grow and animals they keep.”

By Lawrence Mulondo
New Vision
8th April 2016

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Galukande explained that urban farming will solve the unemployment problem in the city.

The centre sits on 31 acres of land with over five projects, including poultry, piggery and modernised fish ponds, vegetables including tomato, sweet pepper and sukumawiki all grown in green houses.

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10 lessons for gardeners from MUSC’s urban patch of fruits, veggies in Charleston, South Carolina

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mscThe MUSC Urban Farm is on a half-acre in the middle of the city. Photograph by Ferris Kaplan.

What you might not expect is that this farm is tucked in the middle of the MUSC-Medical University of South Carolina campus in downtown Charleston.

By Helen Mitternight
The Post and Courier
April 2, 2016

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Grow what you love but have backups.

Ketron says she regularly polls volunteers to find out what kinds of vegetables they want to eat.

“Having such an international population on campus, we plant a lot of what people miss from home. So we have Asian cabbage, herbs used in Indian cooking, French mache lettuce,” she says. “We have a lot of funky, weird stuff you can’t find at the grocery. But we also go with a lot of standards, although they may be funky standards like purple carrots or purple sweet potatoes. We get a lot of young kids and you want their introduction to vegetables to be comfortable, so we have carrots, radishes.

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Tucson, Arizona has a 4,100-year-old continuous history of agriculture inside the city limits.

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UNESCO recognizes Tucson as a City of Gastronomy

By Von Diaz
Splendid Table
April 1, 2016

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In December 2015, Tucson, Arizona, was named a City of Gastronomy in the Creative Cities Network by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It is the first city in the U.S. to receive the designation.

Gary Nabhan, W.K. Kellogg Chair in Southwest Borderlands Food and Water Security at The University of Arizona, explains what that means for the city.

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Touring Welsh farmers educate city pupils about agriculture

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The Cows on Tour group appeared on local TV channel London Live and was filmed by the BBC’s Newsround for a programme set to air in April.

A group of young farmers who call themselves Cows on Tour have completed a 300-mile round trip from Wales to London to teach inner-city children about farming.

By Tom Hart
Farmers Weekly
Mar 30, 2016

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Now in its second year, the annual event aims to educate children living in cities about where the food they eat comes from and ultimately canvas support from the next generation of consumers.

It’s hard for me to imagine growing up in a highly populated area, such as London, but for the children at Pakeman school, this is the norm and as a result, they don’t know how important this industry is in feeding the nation Abi Reader, Cows on Tour

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Pingree Urban Farm Celebrates Birth of Quadruplet Lambs in Detroit

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4kidsClick on image for larger file. The Pingree quadruplets with their “mom,” farm manager Holly Glomski. Video here.

Naming Contest:
Skyline Lambs (Whitney, Penobscot, Book, Fisher)
Lake Lambs (Michigan, Superior, Erie, Huron)
Dream Cruise Lambs (Woodward, Grand River, Gratiot, Jefferson)
Mayor Lambs (Pingree, Young, Duggan, Bing)
Ink Spots (Billy, Deek, Charlie, Hoppie)
Motown Gang (Diana, Martha, Aretha, Stevie)
Pingree Gang (Omira, Grixdale, 7 Mile, Robinwood)
Spring Lambs (Sweet Pea, Marigold, Sunflower, Clover)

Detroit, Michigan
(PRWEB)
March 23, 2016

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Pingree Farms is proud to announce the birth of quadruplets. A Columbia ewe gave birth to four lambs on March 6th, arriving over a three hour period starting at 3 a.m.

The birth of quadruplet lambs is rare. Only one in five-hundred births of this breed are quadruplets, and only in one in one-thousand births do all four survive. New farm manager Holly Glomski explains, “This is a very rare experience in agriculture for this particular breed of sheep. Typically they give birth to twins. Quads is really an overachievement.”

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Survey of teenagers living in New Zealand’s cities has found an alarming lack of knowledge when it comes to farming and food production

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Image from: If You Plant a Seed Hardcover by Nadir Nelson.

81 per cent admit they know only “a little” or “nothing at all” about these topics.

Press Release: Rabobank
Conducted by research consultancy Key Research, the Rabobank Farm Experience Urban Youth Research
Scoop
15 March 2016

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Key findings:

81 per cent of surveyed teens say they know only a little or nothing about farming and food production.

Eight per cent have never been on a farm, while a further 35 per cent have visited a farm three or less times in their life.

72 per cent don’t know anything, or know just a little, about how food gets from farm to plate.

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March 18, 2016   Comments Off on Survey of teenagers living in New Zealand’s cities has found an alarming lack of knowledge when it comes to farming and food production