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The Learning Garden opens at Ishihara Park in Santa Monica

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The park is named after George Ishihara, a Japanese-American, whose family was interned in the U.S concentration camps during World War II.

By Talia Tinari
Santa Monica Daily Press
March 18, 2017

The Learning Garden is a communal garden and differs from the other community garden sites in that it there are no individual plots. Instead it will host seminars and workshops for children and adults alike. There will be communal planting and harvest opportunities and many chances to help cultivate the gardens in between planting and harvesting.

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March 25, 2017   No Comments

Netherlands: Education for Urban Agriculture and Urban Green Entrepreneurship

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Date: Thursday 30 March 2017 14.00 – 17.30
Location: Aeres, Almere, Stadhuisstraat 18 Almere
RUAF

Urban Agriculture is increasingly seen as a promising area for new business development. However, starting an Urban Farm requires a variety of knowledge and skills. Knowing how to cultivate plants or rear animals does not guarantee success; you also need to be able to analyse markets and social networks, plan and respond strategically to new trends, as well as to manage and monitor results once your businesses is up and running.

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March 20, 2017   No Comments

1906 Quebec ‘Journal of Agriculture’ Promoted School Gardens

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The artisan who has to work ten hours a day at his trade, if he has been trained to love his garden, not only finds moderate working in it a pleasing recreation, but finds that it adds materially to his slender income.

By Mr. George Moore
Journal of Agriculture and Horticulture
July 1, 1906
(The Journal was the official organ of the Council of Agriculture of the Province of Quebec.)

Excerpt:

Again, looking at the question from an economic or several stand point, the advantages of a knowledge of horticulture are not to be despised. The lot of many a poor family might have been made smoother had their head have been taught, how properly to cultivate the little plot of land by which their cottage was surrounded.

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March 17, 2017   No Comments

Chicago Students Learn To Be Hydroponic Urban Farmers at Schurz Food Science Lab

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The chef and marketing executive’s idea for a high school urban farming program started as a way to prove a restaurant concept.

By Erica Gunderson
WTTW
March 9, 2017

Excerpt:

Friedman: Yields from the Food Lab are often large enough to allow the program to donate herbs and microgreens to a nearby food pantry. And like any farm, increasing yields is a constant focus –whether it’s by adjusting light or fertilizer, testing different grow media or developing a prototype for a rotating growing system. For senior Nathaniel Colon, working in the Food Lab has allowed him to apply some of the problem-solving techniques he’s learned in his pre-engineering classes.

Nathaniel Colon, Schurz senior: We thought of a triangle system that would have different layers. It would be a mist system, it would have LEDs under the trays, so you can access it easier. There’ll be a pipe coming through the middle so it can all recycle back to the reservoir.

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March 16, 2017   No Comments

Educating Children about Sustainable Food Production

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Educational aquaponics program for schools

By Jonathan Luckhurst
Sea to Sky Aquaponics
Custom Food Production Systems

Excerpt from fundraising site:

Sea to Sky Aquaponics is in need of funds to expand its educational aquaponics program for schools. Funds will be used to:

(1) develop an aquaponics program that directly applies to the biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics curriculums;
(2) design and build a wider variety of aquaponic systems
(3) attend the Amazing Agriculture event at Northlands (Edmonton, May 2017).
Sea to Sky Aquaponics has set a minimum goal of $5000 to achieve these aims.

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March 10, 2017   Comments Off on Educating Children about Sustainable Food Production

Virginia State University’s College of Agriculture is offering an Urban Agriculture Certificate Program

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Leonard Githinji, Ph.D. Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Sustainable and Urban Agriculture Virginia State University.

“It’s no wonder we’re seeing a huge increase in the number of urban farms from Brooklyn to Boise and everywhere in between.”

By Michelle Olgers
Tidewater News
Feb 22, 2017

Excerpt:

But training hasn’t kept up with demand for these urban cowboys. As Githinji explained, a lot of non-profits, churches, businesses and municipalities are putting a great deal of resources into getting urban farms up and running. So much so that last year the U.S. Department of Agriculture published an Urban Agriculture Toolkit to provide informational resources to these group leaders, many of whom have never farmed before or know a nematode from a horned toad. For the record, a nematode is parasitic worm that often causes damage to garden crops like tomatoes and peppers. A horned toad is actually a desert lizard.

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March 1, 2017   Comments Off on Virginia State University’s College of Agriculture is offering an Urban Agriculture Certificate Program

Canada: ‘Roots to Harvest’ in Thunder Bay ready for first ‘urban training farm’

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Roots to Harvest to create an urban training farm on the grounds of the Victoria Park training Centre (Facebook)

Community group teams with Lakehead Public schools to create educational farm in southside neighbourhood

CBC News
Feb 22, 2017

Excerpt:

“This project and partnership with Lakehead Public Schools will positively impact the surrounding neighbourhood and will provide countless opportunities for authentic discovery for students, employment for young people, and will be a great asset for the whole city,” she said.

Some of the features of the new educational farm will include:
demonstration and training plots
school gardens
urban farm fields
seed saving garden

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February 28, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: ‘Roots to Harvest’ in Thunder Bay ready for first ‘urban training farm’

Student Explores Urban Ag At Penn State Philadelphia Center

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Image: Penn State

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

Excerpt:

“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   Comments Off on Student Explores Urban Ag At Penn State Philadelphia Center

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

Excerpt:

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   Comments Off on Rapper Farmer Brown teaches kids about gardening

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

Excerpt:

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   Comments Off on Arizona: Mesa Community College’s Center for Urban Agriculture

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
Connect online here.

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

Excerpt:

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

Excerpt:

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

Excerpt:

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

Excerpt:

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