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First Generation Farmers’ Farm Incubator Program

Our nonprofit community farm wants to launch one of the largest incubator programs in the country to train younger farmers.

By Alli Cecchini
Kickstarter
Dec 2, 2014

Excerpt from Kickstarter:

Have a small demonstration garden plus 50 acres of fertile, irrigated land in California’s East Bay Area. Right now we’re farming winter crops on five acres but we want to take full advantage of our land.

Provide weekly hands-on organic farming activities at our demonstration garden with special needs adults and high schoolers and host field trips.

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December 7, 2014   Comments Off

Green Bronx Machine Turns Bronx Students Into Urban Farmers

Stephen Ritz and his students built a tower garden in their classroom in the South Bronx to learn about urban farming and nutrition. He teaches his students about nutrition and hopes to help change schools in this generation for childhood obesity prevention and to fight juvenile diabetes.

By Julie Noblitt
Triple Pundit
November 24th, 2014
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

But one talk brought the audience to its feet for a standing ovation, and it was the one I came to the summit to see: Stephen Ritz’s rapid-fire, exhiliarating tour of how the Green Bronx Machine has helped empower and transform the lives of school children in the historically poorest congressional district in the nation, the South Bronx in New York City. How does he do this? By teaching his students how to become urban farmers.

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December 4, 2014   Comments Off

Urban Agriculture Training program for refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants to New York City

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Zakyat’s friendships at the farm have also led to a job! Brooklyn Grange farm intern Allie directed Zakyat to Tribeca Pediatrics, where she will begin training as a medical assistant.

On two of the world’s largest rooftops farms, the Refugee and Immigrant Fund, in collaboration with Brooklyn Grange, runs the Urban Farm Recovery Project.

By Ellie Lanphier
RSF Social Finance
Nov 14, 2014

Excerpt:

Zakyat left her native Togo in West Africa three years ago to join her father in the United States. Upon her arrival in New York she began attending the English Language Learners International School in the Bronx, excelling particularly in her math and science courses. She graduated in June of 2014 after three years of hard work and hopes to go to college someday to study biology.

Zakyat joined RIF’s Urban Farm Recovery Project in March of 2014, balancing her school work with her internship at the farm. She enjoys learning about all the different vegetables and says that the program has improved her confidence to use English.

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December 1, 2014   Comments Off

Seattle Tilth to create urban agriculture and learning center at Kirkland’s McAuliffe Park

The proposal is to create an “Urban Farm” offering Master Recycling Composting training, organic gardening courses, cooking and nutrition programming, urban farming

Kirkland Reporter
Nov 25, 2014

Excerpts:

An agreement, between the city and Seattle Tilth will bring an urban agricultural center to the park. Seattle Tilth’s proposal is to create an “Urban Farm” offering Master Recycling Composting training, organic gardening courses, cooking and nutrition programming, urban farming, and connections with the Edible Kirkland and Kirkland Nourishing Networks programs. Activities will begin in early 2015. The Kirkland City Council unanimously approved the agreement on Nov. 18.

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November 29, 2014   Comments Off

Marion-Polk Food Share’s Youth Farm in Salem, Oregon

Real Dirt
November 2014

The Youth Farm is a collaborative educational project of the Marion-Polk Food Share and OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program that is aimed at increasing the quality, diversity, and stability of local food systems. Located in the heart of Salem on the Oregon School for the Deaf campus,

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November 19, 2014   Comments Off

Urban Gardening Course – Curso de Huertos Urbanos

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Online Course in Spanish

November 24 begins the edition IV of the course of Urban Gardening organized by the the University Pablo de Olavide, Seville (Spain).

This course is in Spanish and entirely online, therefore it is possible to do from any place of the world. A good way to learn about the Urban Gardens!

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November 17, 2014   Comments Off

Urban farm takes root in Irvine’s Great Park in Southern California


A Visit to Alegría Fresh Farms at Orange County Great Park. (Must see. Mike)

One of Cutter’s enthusiastic supporter-partners is A. G. Kawamura, who served as California’s Secretary of Food and Agriculture from 2003 to 2011.

By Don Curlee
Prospect Magazine
Nov 2, 2014

Excerpt:

urban Southern California, a tiny farm is demonstrating dramatic water-saving and space-saving methods of producing nutritious food in abundance.Interested observers are curious neighboring urbanites and, perhaps, many of the farmers throughout the most productive agricultural state.

Alegria Fresh is the spectacular demonstration farm that makes its home inside Irvine’s Great Park, the huge combination recreational, educational, environmental and entertainment preserve that occupies most of the acreage that used to be El Toro Marine Base in Orange County’s Irvine, 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

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November 10, 2014   Comments Off

University of Delaware’s Cooperative Extension aids local urban farms, gardens

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UD Cooperative Extension is assisting with local urban gardens and farms.

The city of Newark announced that its first community garden will be opening in 2015 at Fairfield Park.

By Adam Thomas
University of Delaware
Oct 28, 2014

Excerpt:

“We’re fortunate to have over 100 Master Gardener volunteers just in this county and in the last few years we’ve had such an explosion of requests to support urban agriculture projects, school gardens, community gardens and back yard, small-scale production that we’ve focused on training Master Gardeners to help,” said Murphy, adding, “A subset of the Master Gardeners has really dedicated their volunteer time to providing urban agriculture outreach programs.”

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November 7, 2014   Comments Off

In World Series, Giants Field a Vegetable Patch


The San Francisco Giants’ fruit and vegetable garden at AT&T Park includes plenty of kale, a favorite of power-hitting outfielder Hunter Pence. Photo: MLB/Getty Images.

Team’s Garden Has Lots of Fans; No Stealing

By Brian Costa
Wall Street Journal
Oct. 23, 2014
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

The idea for the garden took root during a 2012 dinner conversation between Giants Chief Executive Larry Baer and his wife, Pam; Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, the team’s healthy-eating ambassador; and Fedele Bauccio, chief executive of Bon Appetit Management Co., the Giants’ foodservice partner.

Sandwiched between the left-field and right-field stands, the 4,320-square-foot garden feels at once connected to and removed from the rest of the ballpark.

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November 4, 2014   Comments Off

Farming Simulator 15: City dwellers can farm in the country from their desks

More than 2.5 million copies sold. Drive over 140 authentic vehicles and farming tools, from over 40 most famous manufacturers

Press Release
Oct 28, 2014

Just a few days from its release this Thursday on PC, we are pleased to lead you to the fields of Farming Simulator 15 one last time with the launch trailer! Here’s a good opportunity to get a last sneak peek at some of the many activities that are yours to enjoy in the new generation of Farming Simulator, available on October 30 on PC, and early 2015 on consoles.

Farming Simulator is a real phenomenon in today’s video gaming landscape, offering an experience very different from what we are used to: put away your battle gear, and get into your wellington boots before throwing yourself into the daily routine of the modern day farmer. Farming Simulator managed to seduce a broad range of players; younger gamers are attracted to the accessibility of the title and the sandbox aspect of the game; agricultural vehicle enthusiasts revel in the vast array of machinery reproduced in loving detail, and seasoned players enjoy its accurate and realistic simulation.

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October 30, 2014   Comments Off

Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience (U-ACRE) in Los Angeles

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U-ACRE is funded by a $295,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

By Carlos J. Harris,
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
October 22, 2014

Excerpt:

Located on the campus of California State University – Fullerton (CSUF), the arboretum is home to the Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience (U-ACRE). U-ACRE gives hands-on, community-based research experience to 15 undergraduate students who help local communities develop sustainable urban agriculture to achieve food security and provide families healthier food options. U-ACRE is funded by a $295,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

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October 30, 2014   Comments Off

Chicago’s Loyola University Urban Agriculture Initiative

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“Our goal is to donate about 300 lbs. of food to our community during our growing season.”

By Lauren Hames
Loyola Student Dispatch
Oct 21, 2014

Excerpt:

With the recent opening of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) Loyola’s students have new access to the production of healthy and and sustainable food practices. Loyola has four growing spaces: Winthrop Garden, the Mertz Terrace, Quinlan Life Sciences Building Balcony Garden and inside the ecodome greenhouse at the IES.

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October 28, 2014   Comments Off

For students around the globe – Free MetroAg Online Course November 3-December 19, 2014

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Michigan State University’s ‘Food Knowledge Cloud’. Open-access courses and resources to students around the globe.

In the Urban Agriculture course, there are items to read, videos, presentations and a weekly discussion question with a moderator

Instructor John Stone
Content Developers:
Dr. Henk C. van Latesteijn, Managing Director of Van Latentejin Consultancy and former CEO of TransForum
Dr. Chris Peterson, Michigan State University Professor and Director of the MSU Product Center- Food, Ag, Bio.
Sander Mager, Managing Director of Licence to Grow and former VP of TransForum
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

This free, 6-week online course is designed to build awareness of metropolitan agriculture and how agriculture can play a vital role in cities around the world focusing on areas such as food production, recreation, waste management, and health care. The course is offered jointly through Michigan State University and MetroAg Innoversity. The course features archived webinars with experts around the world, resources for digging deeper and a facilitated discussion forum with weekly questions.

Led by Ph.D John Stone, Manager of Research & Engagement for the Global Innoversity Program in Metro Food at MSU http://globalinnoversity.org. This self-paced learning experience increases awareness of metropolitan agriculture and is designed to build a network of collaborators. The course is open to anyone.

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October 20, 2014   Comments Off

Jones Valley Teaching Farm – Birmingham, Alabama

At Oliver Elementary School

Filmed on location in Birmingham, AL
Presented by 1504 in association with Dogtrot Studio
Produced by Tyler Jones
Music by Golden Youth

During her JVTF Fellowship, Lucy became the Farm Lab coordinator at Oliver Elementary School. Her experience had a profound impact on her career path and now she wants to work with young people. The Fellowship is what our Good School Food program is all about–providing transformative education through hands-on learning and access to fresh food.

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October 20, 2014   Comments Off

The Poison Garden at England’s Alnwick Garden is filled with plants that can kill you

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The ornate black gates to the Poison Garden warn visitors of the deadly plants that grow within. Photo by Duncan Andison/Corbis.

Visitors to the Poison Garden are prohibited from smelling, touching or tasting any of them.

By Natasha Geiling
smithsonian.com
September 22, 2014

Excerpt:

“What’s extraordinary about the plants is that it’s the most common ones that people don’t know are killers,” the duchess says. Visitors are often surprised to learn that the laurel hedge, nearly ubiquitous in English gardens, can be highly toxic. But some visitors have had experience with laurel’s sinister side—the duchess has heard a few talk about how, after loading up their cars with pruned laurel leaves to take to the dump, drivers have fallen asleep behind the wheel of their car from the toxic fumes the branches emit.

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October 19, 2014   Comments Off