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India: Convent School Sets Up Rooftop Farm

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Trying to motivate other schools adopt rooftop farming, the school recently organized a workshop for teachers of 50 schools.

By Kamini Mehta
Times of India
Apr 22, 2017

Excerpt:

It has been a month since the farm was inaugurated and the roof already looks green. The school has also been organizing various activities like container designing; making containers out of waste, to motivate students to get into farming. The plants are also gifted to teachers on their birthdays.

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April 28, 2017   No Comments

Canada: Community group plans urban farm school in Fredericton, New Brunswick

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A farming school in Fredericton’s north side. (N.B. Community Harvest Gardens)

The location makes it convenient for people living in the city to walk, bike or take a bus to school and learn how to farm.

By Terrence McEachern
CBC News
Apr 09, 2017

Excerpt:

Edee Klee wants to bring farming back as a viable career option in the New Brunswick.

A passionate gardener, Klee is part of a group that is planning to set up a teaching farm — but not one in the middle of the country. Rather, this farm school would occupy eight acres of land in Fredericton

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April 17, 2017   No Comments

New York’s New School students research rooftop urban gardens

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Green Roof Ecology is an undergraduate course at The New School that partners with Brooklyn Grange and Vice Media.

New School News
Apr 5, 2017

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In 2014, Vice Media, having just moved into its their new offices in Williamsburg, worked with Brooklyn Grange to turn their expansive rooftop into a vegetable garden for their employees to enjoy.

From the beautiful scenery to the delicious vegetables, the perks of Vice’s rooftop urban farm seem fairly obviously. But what benefits might this green infrastructure have to the broader environment?

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April 12, 2017   Comments Off on New York’s New School students research rooftop urban gardens

Florida: Verdi EcoSchool Is Private K-8 Urban Farm School For Hands-On, Immersion Based Learning

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A farm in the Eau Gallie Arts District.

It’s being cultivated by a group of students in kindergarten to 8th grade as part of their school curriculum.

By Space Coast Daily
March 27, 2017

Excerpt:

The Verdi EcoSchool is an urban farm school that uses real world experiences to create context for traditional academic subjects: chemistry and biology through plant science, physics and math through building/ construction, history through art and reading/writing through entrepreneurship.

“Our team of educators uses the Eau Gallie Arts District as our campus and students travel to different classrooms throughout the day thanks to incredible partnerships we have made within the community,” said Founder Ayana Verdi.

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April 2, 2017   Comments Off on Florida: Verdi EcoSchool Is Private K-8 Urban Farm School For Hands-On, Immersion Based Learning

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   Comments Off on The Learning Garden opens at Ishihara Park in Santa Monica

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   Comments Off on Netherlands: Education for Urban Agriculture and Urban Green Entrepreneurship

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   Comments Off on 1906 Quebec ‘Journal of Agriculture’ Promoted School Gardens

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

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?