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Muscat, Oman: Science Café session at the Sultan Qaboos University Farm on growing fruit and vegetables at home

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Dr Nadiya Al Saady, executive director, Oman Animal and Plant Genetic Resources Center (OAPGRC) and organiser of the monthly Science Café initiative.

Encouraging urban agriculture is an important step toward building a more sustainable food system in Oman, suggested Dr Al Saady.

Trade Arabia News Service
Jan 20, 2016

Excerpts:

“Science Café attendees were shown how to grow their own fresh produce organically, no matter what skill level or how much space they have available,” remarked Dr Al Saady.

‘Organic Gardening – Time to Grow’ was a 90-minute crash course in urban agriculture, designed specifically to encourage people to think more about diet, health and the environment, said a statement.

It also covered the basics of how to grow organic edibles in the garden, patio, balcony or window-box. The focus was on what is easy to grow, how to choose what to plant and how to keep plants alive and thriving, it said.

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January 20, 2016   Comments Off on Muscat, Oman: Science Café session at the Sultan Qaboos University Farm on growing fruit and vegetables at home

Highline College program — with new $80K grant—brings urban agriculture classes and resources to area residents

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Andy Satkowski waters the edible garden at Highline College earlier this year. The garden gives students like Satkowski, who is enrolled in the college’s new Urban Agriculture certificate program, hands-on practice growing and harvesting fruits and vegetables.

Des Moines, Washington. Highline will recruit participants from the area’s immigrant and refugee communities.

Des Moines News
12/29/2015

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The college’s 80-acre campus provides plenty of space for demonstrating and practicing urban agriculture, agroforestry and edible landscaping. Through these efforts, Highline will promote deeper understanding of and support for community-wide food security.

The total cost of Highline’s two-year project is $194,000. The college is funding the balance of the project, which it expects to become self-sustaining through tuition revenue.

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January 3, 2016   Comments Off on Highline College program — with new $80K grant—brings urban agriculture classes and resources to area residents

4-H programs support youth-focused urban agriculture and workforce preparation

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Food production and marketing help young people build crucial life skills.

Thomas Schneider
Michigan State University Extension
Dec 17, 2015

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The Food Project is an extraordinary model of youth development and workforce preparation. Founded in the metro Boston, Massachusetts, area 25 years ago, the organization’s mission is to “create a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system.” They operate five farms ranging in size from less than one acre to 34 acres, and provide stipend work to more than 120 local teenagers each year. Young people may choose to progress through three levels of “crews” during their Food Project experience, building skills in personal finance, diversity, leadership and public speaking along the way.

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December 24, 2015   Comments Off on 4-H programs support youth-focused urban agriculture and workforce preparation

A rural training programme in Dunedin, New Zealand, aims at helping city youngsters get jobs on farms

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Harvesting radishes from a Taieri market garden for their graduation dinner last week are (from left) Farmhand programme manager Annika Korsten, Travis Cardno, University of Otago ecologist Jay Iwasaki and Micheal Hooper.

A farm training course for young urban people from Dunedin city has produced another five graduates who are now keenly pursuing careers in farming and horticulture.

By Rob Tipa
NZ Farmer
Dec 14, 2015

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“The course is evolving all the time with a variety of experiences for students,” Korsten said. “We’ve only been here for four months now. We want to use it as an outdoor classroom and a controlled environment which is an ideal space for hands-on learning.”

When they first started, the soil was puggy so students built raised beds and wood-chipped pathways then planted out green manure crops of mustard, oats and lupins to add organic matter to the soil.

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December 21, 2015   Comments Off on A rural training programme in Dunedin, New Zealand, aims at helping city youngsters get jobs on farms

Terrace gardeners spread green message in Vijayawada, India

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Rambabu Karri, an organic farming expert, interacting with participants at a workshop on ‘Terrace Organic Farming’ in Vijayawada on Sunday. Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

Terrace farming is growing at a fast pace, especially in metros, with people realising the importance of organic products.

The Hindu
Dec 14, 2015

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Surendranath Majety, the guiding force behind the workshop, said the workshop would deal with fundamental aspects of farming on terraces and roofs of buildings without using chemicals and growing vegetables sufficient for a medium size family. “One should have safe and chemical-free vegetables at affordable cost on one’s plate. Terrace farming is growing at a fast pace, especially in metros, with people realising the importance of organic products and also putting to use vacant space in their houses for productive and healthy purposes,” he said.

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December 21, 2015   Comments Off on Terrace gardeners spread green message in Vijayawada, India

Elkhart Community Schools in Indiana wants to be the ‘largest agriculture program in the state’

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Gavin Stine (bottom) and Savannah Jarnagin (top) pet dairy calves during the Ag Day at the Elkhart Community Schools. Students from three schools toured the Cleveland Township farm.

Cyndy Keeling, a farmer and agriculture teacher from Bremen, has been hired to be Elkhart Community Schools’ first agriscience coordinator

By Michelle Sokol
The Elkhart Truth
Dec 13, 2015

Excerpt:

The mission statement she has crafted says:

”Our mission is to educate through research, hands-on applied activities and supervised experiences. Through rigor and relevance will empower our students to be successful as lifelong learners in secondary, postsecondary, entrepreneurship, industry and leadership settings. Elkhart Community Schools’ students will have the power to change their lives as well as the image of urban agriculture for generations.”

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December 20, 2015   Comments Off on Elkhart Community Schools in Indiana wants to be the ‘largest agriculture program in the state’

In Greater Vancouver: The Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) Farm School

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June Sparrow, TFN Farm School student.

Many indigenous people are striving to protect their heritage and the health of their culturally determined foods.

The Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) Farm School is a collaboration between the TFN and the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU). First of its kind, the school fuses sustainable agriculture and traditional indigenous food systems as tools to build community and create dialogue around land stewardship for the future.

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December 19, 2015   Comments Off on In Greater Vancouver: The Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) Farm School

Trevecca Urban Farm in Nashville

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Urban farms bring justice to the food system

By Tristan Abbott
Vanderbilt Orbis
10 December 2015

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In the middle of Chestnut Hill, just two miles from downtown, the most common sounds used to be the screams of trains and the buzzes of light industry. Today, those sounds are joined by the bleating of goats and the crowing of roosters. At the edge of Trevecca Nazarene University, there are more than thirty goats, nearly a hundred chickens, four pigs, two dogs, and innumerable volunteers.

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December 17, 2015   Comments Off on Trevecca Urban Farm in Nashville

Sacramento Urban Farmer to Start Food Academy after Visit to Milan

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South Sacramento urban farmer, Chanowk Yisrael.

“Urban farming [around the world] isn’t as fad-y as it is [in the U.S.]. It’s just what people do.”

By Amber Stott
Comstock
Dec 10, 2015

Excerpt:

The idea for the Food Academy came in October while Yisrael was in Milan attending Terra Madre Giovani (We Feed The Planet), a summit coordinated by Slow Food International in response to the Milan Food Expo 2015. The expo convened international food thought leaders and activists to address the question of feeding the planet. Yet, it lacked a strong presence from those who actually feed the planet for a living: small farmers.

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December 16, 2015   Comments Off on Sacramento Urban Farmer to Start Food Academy after Visit to Milan

City Farm in Swansea – Wales’ only community farm – needs support to survive

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Farmers’ Union of Wales president Glyn Roberts visited the Swansea Community Farm (SCF) to see the multi-award winning project for himself and drum up support for the Fforestfach site.

“It would be a massive step backwards in efforts made to connect urban and rural life if this community farm is forced to close.”

Farming UK
Dec 9, 2015

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They need to raise £20,000 before Christmas and £50,000 by the end of March to ensure operations keep on running.

As a working farm they have always aimed to reconnect people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities with their food, their environment and each other and do this through a range of unique and exciting educational, volunteering, training and play projects.

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December 15, 2015   Comments Off on City Farm in Swansea – Wales’ only community farm – needs support to survive

National Agriculture Education College (NAEC) in Kabul, Afghanistan

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On-Campus Farm.

“NAEC’s doors are open to the graduates of agricultural high schools from all over Afghanistan, without regard to gender, ethnic group, family wealth, politics or connections.”

Welcome to the National Agriculture Education College (NAEC), Afghanistan’s only agricultural vocational teacher training institute, where students are supported and trained to become teachers at Afghanistan’s Agricultural High Schools. NAEC’s goal is to rebuild the agricultural education system throughout the country to ensure that young girls and boys not only get access to quality education, but to drive innovation in the agricultural sector as a whole, contributing to lasting food security for the country.

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December 13, 2015   Comments Off on National Agriculture Education College (NAEC) in Kabul, Afghanistan

USDA official sees benefits of urban gardening programs in Memphis

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December 3, 2015 – Ann Bartuska, U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary, listens to 4H students at Treadwell Middle School on Thursday afternoon. While on campus Bartuska visited the Courtyard Garden where members of the school’s Green Thumbs 4H Garden Club have several raised beds with fall and winter crops planted. (Stan Carroll/The Commercial Appeal)

“Just to see these kind of successes is really wonderful,” Bartuska said as she finished touring the Treadwell gardens.

By Tom Charlier
The Commercial Appeal
Dec 3, 2015

Excerpt:

In the middle of a community still reeling from the closure of Treadwell High School, Dan DeShon and his middle school students took what he calls a “barren wasteland of grass and weeds” and transformed it into an entrance garden where chrysanthemums, azaleas and daffodils flower.

Then they moved to the courtyard of Treadwell Middle School, sprucing it up and establishing another garden. After that came the raised-bed vegetable gardens, the Kitchen Community Learning Garden and even a “mini-orchard” that grows figs, kiwis, pomegranates, blackberries and blueberries.

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December 11, 2015   Comments Off on USDA official sees benefits of urban gardening programs in Memphis

Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley – 20 years old

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We’re creating an ebook that will bring soil to life for elementary school students, an interactive guide exploring the links between climate change and food systems, and a new resource focusing on water, power, and the environment.

By Zenobia Barlow
Cofounder & Executive Director
Center for Ecoliteracy

Excerpt from ‘Cultivating 20 Years of Ecoliteracy’:

School Gardens

The Center supported school gardens early, before becoming the first funder of the Edible Schoolyard (ESY) at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Berkeley in 1996. “Their grant was the catalyst,” said ESY founder Alice Waters.
“The Center sees a very big picture, and has understood deeply what we are trying to do.” The Center offered teacher training at King for a decade.

That engagement set the pattern for later garden projects, especially the emphasis on integrating experiences in gardens, cooking classes, and cafeterias with classroom learning. The Center provided release time and teacher consultation, created and reviewed curricula, and illustrated ways to address academic standards through garden-based learning.

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December 6, 2015   Comments Off on Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley – 20 years old

Urban agriculture learning from CR Drew farm in Detroit (Part 1)

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From left, students Isiah Wilkins, Jwaun Champion, Patrick Lewellen, Ocean Hunter and teacher Linda George work in the Drew school’s greenhouse, from which they produce greens for sale as part of the horticulture program at the Charles R. Drew Transition Center in Detroit. (Photo: Romain Blanquart/Detroit Free Press)

It is understood that urban agriculture is a low return, high-risk business, so closing the financial sustainability gap is important to the success of the farm. Also, it was decided that the farm had to attractive and visually stunning.

By Frank Gublo
Michigan State University Extension
Nov 25, 2015

Excerpt:

Key Learning

The launch of any venture results in the development of new knowledge, mostly from the challenges of implementing the farm plans, and from dealing with the day to day to operations of the farm. In three years at CR Drew, several issues have arisen that have a strong general interest to people interested in urban agriculture and those who consume food from urban farms.

The basis of the key learning comes from the need to optimize operations. Without optimization, a sustainable agriculture operation would be difficult to achieve. Learning has come from all the functional areas of the operation and include:

Community engagement is essential to the success of the urban far

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December 3, 2015   Comments Off on Urban agriculture learning from CR Drew farm in Detroit (Part 1)

Vancouver’s Fresh Roots is one of four organizations in Canada with large-scale schoolyard market gardens

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Our spinach, lettuce, cilantro, and parsley are all protected from the elements to ensure they are ready to harvest in March.

Fresh Roots Newsletter
November 2015

Excerpt from Fresh Roots Newsletter:

This past month, Fresh Roots attended the Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Montreal. What an incredible adventure! Over 450 people from across the country who are engaged in helping bring delicious, healthy, local food to the plates and minds of students. Fresh Roots was asked to speak about our innovative and inspiring collaboration with the Vancouver School Board, what we’ve learned, and what we’re excited to grow into the future.

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December 2, 2015   Comments Off on Vancouver’s Fresh Roots is one of four organizations in Canada with large-scale schoolyard market gardens