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Philippines launches a vegetable gardening project to be managed by schoolchildren

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Department of Agriculture launches “Gulayan sa Paaralan” in Muntinlupa City

Philippines Information Agency
May 18, 2015

MUNTINLUPA CITY, 18 May (PIA)–Hundreds of students, school and local government officials joined the launching of Gulayan sa Paaralan in Muntinlupa City.

Gulayan sa Paaralaan, a vegetable gardening project initiated by DA and the Department of Education, will be managed by the schoolchildren themselves to encourage them to plant and eat healthy vegetables.

During the launch, Mr. Felix Joselito Noceda, coordinator of Urban Agriculture Program of the Bureau of Plant Industry, Department of Agriculture (BPI,DA) for NCR and Region-4A , turned over agricultural assistance to the Muntinlupa City local government unit led by Mayor Jaime R. Fresnedi and Congressman Rodolfo G. Biazon.

According to Noceda, the DA has finished crafting a training manual that teaches students from all over the country the fundamentals of vegetable farming. Noceda emphasized the importance of encouraging young children to take part in food production.

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May 24, 2015   No Comments

Sana’a Yemen, 2010 – Woman Teacher Giving Gardening Lessons

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Photo by Salwa. Click on image for larger file.

Teaching horticulture in Yeman

Information from Salwa from ‘Food for Cities’
May 21, 2015

Excerpt from letter:

I have few pictures of a lady school teacher with scholars (around 12 years old boys) in a public garden in Sana’a Yemen in 2010; they take lessons in gardening and are assigned a plot to plant and visit on a regular basis in the public garden; I don’t have more information, I only met them once by chance while I was working on an urban Agriculture project with RUAF foundation and my university in Beirut; unfortunately, there is war now in Yemen.

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May 22, 2015   No Comments

Oprah’s short film on Will Allen

Super Soul Original Short: The Urban Farmer Who’s Starting His Own Revolution

Oprah.com
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Will Allen has been a professional athlete and worked in corporate America. Still, he says, being a farmer is the biggest and most rewarding path he could have chosen. Will is the founder of Growing Power, an organization dedicated to teaching people in urban Milwaukee how to grow good food. “We’re only six blocks away from Milwaukee’s largest public housing project,” he says.

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May 14, 2015   No Comments

Buffalo ‘urban farm’ seeking an upgrade

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The Massachusetts Avenue Project wants to demolish an existing one-and-a-half-story pink house on the property at 387 Massachusetts Ave. and replace that with a new permanent two-story structure. Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News.

Nonprofit West Side project hoping to get OK from Buffalo Planning Board in order to better serve and educate surrounding impoverished neighborhoods

By Jonathan D. Epstein
Buffalo News
May 6, 2015

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A West Side “urban farm” that grows fresh produce, fish and chickens for impoverished neighborhoods while teaching people about agriculture and nutrition is seeking to get a permanent new “farmhouse” to host its services and food market.

The Massachusetts Avenue Project, known for its innovative services to West Side communities, wants to demolish an existing one-and-a-half-story pink house on the property at 387 Massachusetts Ave. It would replace that with a new permanent two-story structure, with a full basement, to be used as a community food training and resource center, as well as a year-round farm stand.

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May 14, 2015   No Comments

Agriculture class builds hydroponic growing systems for Dubuque Rescue Mission.

moichAfter donations from various businesses and organizations, the Rescue Mission greenhouse will be in use for its first growth season. Photo Mike Burley.

Western Dubuque students see fruits of their labor through growing vegetables.

By Craig D. Reber
Thonline
May 5, 2015

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Green produce already is pushing through the healthy soil at Dubuque Rescue Mission’s urban garden. Inside the adjacent greenhouse, hydroponically grown lettuce is nearly ready to harvest.

That vertical hydroponic component is the result of the efforts of Matt Lansing’s Western Dubuque High School agriculture education classes. The students built and donated five hydroponic growing systems for the garden.

“It’s perfect for my students,” said Lansing. “They learn how to design things but also learn about being a proper community member, someone who will be able to assist others.”

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May 11, 2015   Comments Off on Agriculture class builds hydroponic growing systems for Dubuque Rescue Mission.

Milwaukee Mobile greenhouse helps students embrace agriculture, entrepreneurship

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A Milwaukee Environmental Sciences student checks out the new greenhouse trailer, which will be used for growing seedlings and as a mobile marketplace. (PHOTO: Molly Rippinger)

The plan is for students to use the trailer for growing seedlings, which will be planted in raised garden beds

By Molly Rippinger
OnMilwaukee
Apr 24, 2015

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Doug Janssen, who teaches fourth and fifth grade at MES, explained that the mobile greenhouse is an opportunity for hands-on learning and to provide a service for the community.

“There are no farmers’ markets in this area to buy fresh food at a reasonable price,” he said.

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May 2, 2015   Comments Off on Milwaukee Mobile greenhouse helps students embrace agriculture, entrepreneurship

India: Mumbaikars Learn Growing Organic Vegetables at Home from Recyclable Materials

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People learned how a crushed plastic bottle, those soiled pair of boots could be used for planting the organic vegetables

By Priyanka Das
Carmine Communications
Mumbai, 22nd April, 2015

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On the eve of World Earth Day, Growel’s 101 Mall in association with Earthoholics conducted a 2 hour workshop to provide hands on experience on optimum utilization of natural resources and urban farming to the participants. A live display of the innovative recycling process which turns scrap to useful objects was also being shown to encourage people to conserve environment.

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April 22, 2015   Comments Off on India: Mumbaikars Learn Growing Organic Vegetables at Home from Recyclable Materials

University of the District of Columbia provides agricultural training to the public with an exclusively urban focus

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Mchezaji “Che” Axum stands in a hoop house at the University of the District of Columbia’s Muirkirk Research Farm, a growing resource for urban farmers in the city. Photo by Whitney Pipkin.

Much of the food grown on the 143-acre farm goes to nonprofits like Bread for the City, which helps run an orchard here, and DC Central Kitchen; nonprofits received nearly 1,000 pounds of produce from the farm in 2013.

By Whitney Pipkin
Elevation DC
March 03, 2015

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“It’s clear that urban settings, given how many people live in them, still have an important role to play in food security and production,” says Sabine O’Hara, dean of UDC’s CAUSES and director of its land-grant programs.

The university offers a 10-week urban agriculture certificate program that is beginning to fill the educational gap for those interested in farming small spaces, but O’Hara says that’s just the beginning. The Beltsville farm has been transformed since she first came on in 2012, cultivating additional acreage into a growing resource for urban farmers and food system innovators.

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March 9, 2015   Comments Off on University of the District of Columbia provides agricultural training to the public with an exclusively urban focus

7E Edition De L’école D’été Sur L’agriculture Urbaine

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Une 7e édition pour ce qui est plus qu’une semaine de formation : un lieu de réseautage, de discussion, de transformation…

1 thème : économie circulaire et agriculture urbaine / 5 volets de formation

Pour une 7e édition, du 10 au 14 août 2014, se tiendra à l’Université du Québec à Montréal, l’École d’été sur l’agriculture urbaine du Laboratoire d’agriculture urbaine (AU/LAB) et du Collectif de recherche en aménagement paysager et agriculture urbaine durable (CRAPAUD).

Cet événement, organisé avec la collaboration de l’Institut des sciences de l’environnement de l’UQÀM (ISE), réunit chaque année près de 200 participant(e)s issu(e)s de l’ensemble du Québec et de la Francophonie pour 5 jours de formation intensive s’articulant autour d’un apprentissage à la fois théorique et pratique.

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32 percent of Future Farmers of America (FFA) members live in urban and suburban areas.

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Maize High FFA.

One of those non-rural FFA chapters formed two years ago at Maize High School, located in the northwest Wichita suburb of Maize, Kansas.

By Shauna Rumbaugh
High Plains Journal
Feb 23, 2015

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A local Boy Scout troop built four raised beds for the school, and this spring Super’s students will use them to plant root crops, which don’t grow well hydroponically.

They also want to try growing cucumbers, peppers and strawberries.

The school has an educational outreach program for elementary students in the works. Groups of students will go into local grade schools with simple hydroponics units and teach kids about food and nutrition and show them how they can grow plants hydroponically.

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March 3, 2015   Comments Off on 32 percent of Future Farmers of America (FFA) members live in urban and suburban areas.

Urban farming behind Extension’s Cook County expansion in Illinois

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Urban Farming: Zack Grant, right, former manager of the Sustainable Student Farm, recently accepted an appointment as an Extension educator in Cook County, Illinois, where he will focus on urban agriculture. Mike Gray, a professor of crop sciences and the assistant dean for agriculture and natural resources, oversees the statewide team of 16 local food systems and small farms educators. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.

Over its first six years, the Sustainable Student Farm flourished, expanding from its original 2-acre plot to its current 6 acres

By Sharita Forrest
Inside Illinois
Feb. 19, 2015

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Urban farming is a new focus for Extension, an organization that traditionally concentrated on large-scale commercial agriculture production in Illinois, especially corn and soybeans, Gray said.

“There are other land-grant schools that have similarly themed urban agriculture teams, but having this type of educator in an urban, concentrated area like Cook County is relatively new,” Gray said.

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March 2, 2015   Comments Off on Urban farming behind Extension’s Cook County expansion in Illinois

Growing Power awarded $250,000. from USDA

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Hands-on, intensive six-week program to train 30 beginning farmers in urban and peri-urban agriculture

Wisconsin Ag Connection
Feb 11 2015

The USDA announced that a combined $1 million in grants are being awarded to two Wisconsin organizations that implement programs to train beginning farmers. U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s office said the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship in Seymour and Growing Power of Milwaukee will share the funds, which are being provided through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.

“Our strong agricultural tradition is a driver of economic growth and these grants are an opportunity to boost our agriculture economy by ensuring the next generation of farmers can get their start,” Baldwin said. “The average age of Wisconsin farmers is almost 60 years old. Now more than ever, it is critical that aspiring farmers have the financial tools and technical assistance they need get up and running on their own farms.”

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February 23, 2015   Comments Off on Growing Power awarded $250,000. from USDA

Urban farming at DePaul University keeps growing despite cold

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Megan Hoff (L) and Eileen Evoy check the health of their winter crops in the greenhouse on the roof of McGowan South. In the winter, students develop side projects, such as a sustainable aquaponic system. (Megan Deppen / The DePaulia)

At the outdoor garden, the organization works on over 30 plots to grow crops for donations or for their very own farmers markets

By Cooper Johnson
The DePaulia
February 8, 2015

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During the winter, operations for DePaul’s Urban Farming Organization (UFO) moved from the outside garden on Belden Avenue and Bissell Street into the greenhouse at McGowan South. The organization has grown since starting in 2011, and so has the ability to experiment with new and sustainable practices that can withstand the cold of winter.

“There’s only so much we can do in the greenhouse so we want to supplement that by starting to do cold frames,” Megan Hoff, the organization’s co-president and environmental studies student, said

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February 21, 2015   Comments Off on Urban farming at DePaul University keeps growing despite cold

Urban agriculture class opens eyes in Alberta school

Students in Morinville, Alberta get first-hand experience in what it takes to produce food

By Mary MacArthur
Western Producer
Feb. 6th, 2015

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Morinville retains its strong rural ties. Within minutes, Korotash’s students can be on the school bus and bouncing along backroads to talk to farmers willing to share their knowledge and talk about their farm.

The course content changes each semester to coincide with the farming season. In the fall, as students came back to school, they picked fruit and vegetables and learned to make jams, jellies and pickles.

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February 15, 2015   Comments Off on Urban agriculture class opens eyes in Alberta school

Interns in St. Louis learn about agriculture at inner-city organic project

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Workers at the farm produced more than 20,000 pounds of produce on a little more than two acres last year.

By Nat Williams
Agri News Indiana
Feb 3, 2015

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EarthDance is a hands-on, organic farm school based in the community known to most people in the U.S. only as the site of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer last year and the rioting that followed the decision by a grand jury not to indict the officer.

Founding Director Molly Rockamann is on a mission to not only educate people about locally grown food, but shape the lives of those who volunteer to work at the inner-city organic farm she operates.

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February 13, 2015   Comments Off on Interns in St. Louis learn about agriculture at inner-city organic project