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Edible Schoolyards teach students at five First Line Schools

A student shows the sweet potato he unearthed at Arthur Ashe’s fall Sweet Potato Fest, a school community event that included harvesting of more than 350 pounds of sweet potatoes. Photo of Edible Schoolyard New Orleans.

“Kids get the idea they can make a living doing gardening and farming, but there is also work in food justice and food access.”

By Judy Walker
April 04, 2014


After Hurricane Katrina, Alice Waters wanted to do a service project for New Orleans. Now, the first Edible Schoolyard at Samuel J. Green Charter School, just off Freret Street, is a lush and lovely space that just hosted the fifth annual Edible Evening fundraiser. And Green is no longer the only Edible Schoolyard in New Orleans.

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April 16, 2014   No Comments

Students in Milwaukee build hoop house to take agriculture into community

Photo by Michael Sears.

Highland Community School constructs first external greenhouse at an area public school

By Astead Herndon
Journal Sentinel
April 4, 2014


Growing Power founder and “farmer-in-chief” Will Allen called Friday a historic day as seventh- and eighth-grade students at Highland Community School began constructing the first external greenhouse — called a hoop house — at an area public school.

The project put tools, pipes and wood in the hands of students, who hammered away under the supervision of Growing Power employees. The project was a collaboration between Highland, a north side Montessori school, and Growing Power, which has gained national recognition for its work in urban agriculture and education in Milwaukee.

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April 14, 2014   No Comments

Food Security in an Urbanizing Society – a course June 02-13


“From home gardens to agro-parks: working towards resilient agrifood systems serving densely populated areas”

On June 02-13 CDI (Center for Development Innovation) part of Wageningen UR
Rural Sociology Group (RSO Wageningen UR)
Metropolitan Food Cluster team (Alterra, Food & Biobased Research and LEI)
The RUAF Foundation (Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security)

Agricultural production and markets from a spatial perspective
With increasing urbanisation, rural-urban food systems are essential in ensuring food security. The Metropolitan Food Cluster (MFC) approach, in which food production and market systems are integrated into a holistic, systemic and spatial manner, is slowly gaining a foothold in the rural and urban planning agendas. The model incorporates innovative change processes with technical, social and cultural aspects in an adaptive manner, addressing the challenges of complex food systems.

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April 12, 2014   No Comments

Hydroponic, organic ‘Farm of the Future’ at the Great Park in Irvine

Alegría Farm at the Orange County Great Park. Click on image for larger file.

“Our goal is to show people how to grow superior produce within the urban environment while substantially reducing the impact of food production upon our planet”

Edited by Christopher Simmons
31 Mar 2014


The new Alegría Soxx farm consists of 13 rows of five Soxx each, for a total of 7,800 linear feet of growing space within an 8,500 square foot area (approximately one fifth of an acre). GardenSoxx drain easily and provide aeration and cooling to keep the root zone stable. The rich organic soil is supported within a controlled environment allowing greater nutrient density to be achieved and weed growth is reduced which decreases labor. Production yields are expected to be nearly double that of conventional farming. Water usage is estimated to be 70 percent less and fertilizer use 50 percent less. Other cost savings such as being weed-free are expected to increase the return on investment of the new urban micro farm.

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April 11, 2014   No Comments

Omaha school to expand urban agriculture education in the city

omahaboysThe Omaha Home for Boy, the Elkhorn Farm in the 1930s. Click on image for larger file.

“There’s an emphasis across the country in expanding the availability of local, healthy food,” said Ron Rosati, dean of the college. “We’re interested in developing people who can produce that food for the city.”

By Erin Duffy
World-Herald staff writer
March 29, 2014


Flanked by stalls of lowing cattle in a barn located just a few miles outside Omaha’s downtown, officials from the Omaha Home for Boys and the University of Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture signed an agreement Friday to expand urban agriculture education in the city.

Starting this fall, city-dwelling high schoolers and adults can enroll in urban agriculture and animal science courses that will build on the locally grown food movement and teach budding farmers how to sell their products to restaurants, farmers markets and consumers who’ve become increasingly choosy about the source of their meat and produce.

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April 6, 2014   No Comments

Raised Beds Design For Schools Wins First Place

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The Kitchen Community worked closely with award winning artist and designer, Jen Lewin Studios, to create the Learning Garden concept. The very first raised bed system was fabricated using sheet steel powdercoated in a pearlescent white finish.

Rotational Molding Division of SPE
Professional Division
1st Place – $3000
Jamie Wirkler, Product Manager, The Kitchen Community- Garden Bed


In 2012, The Kitchen Community connected approximately 30,000 children to nutritious food by creating 50 Learning Gardens in schools across the U.S. In 2013, an additional 110 schools were granted Learning Gardens to bring the total children impacted to 100,000 and growing.

An outdoor classroom and experiential play space enables children to learn the value of growing their own food, discovering where it comes from and how it should taste. Science, Technology, Education, Arts, and Mathematics are interwoven into our education program to provide teachers with a head start to using the Learning Garden.

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March 27, 2014   Comments Off

London Primary School Expands Community Garden Project

Charlton Manor Primary School.

It will allow parents/carers to take their children to the farm and have access to a healthy meal with produce grown by school children.

Tim Baker, head master of local primary school, Charlton Manor, envisaged the concept of a community area for growing and cooking food at nearby Woodlands Farm. Tim is a pioneer when it comes to growing and eating healthy food in schools and his own school is an example to all schools on how to implement a seed to plate strategy. It is natural that he seeks to take this outlook out into the further community.

Woodlands Farm Trust

At Charlton Manor we have signed up with the Woodlands Farm Trust. We have our own allotment there that we are currently working on and the children visit regularly to work on the plot. The children can visit the animals and help out by looking after them.

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March 27, 2014   Comments Off

Are America’s future farmers in the inner city?

There’s a crisis on the farms of America: young people don’t want to work on them. One organisation is turning to minority high school students to help build the future of farming.

By Jason Margolis
March 13, 2014


Buena Park, California, is a sea of concrete. The closest thing to a farm here is Knott’s Berry Farm, a popular amusement park where a farm once stood many decades ago.

But venture to the back of Buena Park High School’s campus and you’ll find pigs, chickens and steers, as well as students like sophomore Nathan Talavera driving a tractor.

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March 23, 2014   Comments Off

Fully-funded PhD exploring urban agriculture up for grabs

augSept1943Comic cover from Aug/Sept 1943.

“Food security: The Relevance and Potential of Urban Agriculture in the Global North”

The closing date for applications is 31 March 2014; shortlisted candidates will be notified during April 2014.

University of Salford, Manchester
Supervisors: Dr M.Adams (60%), Dr M.Hardman (30%), Prof P.James (10%)

Food security, the availability, access and utilisation of food, is a major political concern, particularly in cities. Urban Agriculture (UA) involves growing food in urban contexts and is credited to facilitate urban food security.

This studentship will:
• focus on how UA fits into current understandings of urban food security
• identify the potential of UA for supplying safe, fresh food to urban households

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March 14, 2014   Comments Off

27-acre Urban Farm Planned For Shuttered Detroit School

Kettering’s campus is outlined in orange.

Officials padlocked 35 schools about seven years ago, followed by 29 more in 2009. Of 172 schools that were open in 2010, about 100 remain open.

By Corey Williams
Associated Press
March 12, 2014


DETROIT (AP) – A nearly 27-acre urban farm that will provide produce for Detroit public school students’ meals is planned at a former high school as part of the district’s efforts to reuse empty buildings instead of tearing them down.

The Kettering Urban Agricultural Campus will include hoop houses for an extended growing season, land redevelopment for planting and a food processing facility, Detroit Public Schools spokeswoman Jennifer Mrozowski told The Associated Press Wednesday ahead of an official announcement.

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March 13, 2014   Comments Off

A Brisbane, Australia primary school has a kitchen garden

A Brisbane primary school is achieving improved learning outcomes, after turning classrooms into a kitchen and creating an extensive vegetable garden.

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden at Ashgrove State School

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden (SAKG) program is a dynamic curriculum program for children in year 3 to year 7. The program instills in children the values of growing their own produce and utilising this produce to cook healthy delicious meals. Children learn many valuable life skills through their participation in the program.

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March 11, 2014   Comments Off

Agricultura Urbana y Periurbana como herramienta para la seguridad alimentaria y el desarrollo municipal

Image from: Urban Agriculture in Cuba (Photo Essay) by Noah Friedman-Rudovsky.

Inicio y término del curso: Desde el 7 de Abril hasta el 29 de Junio 2014

El curso aporta toda la experiencia acumulada en la FAO para la formación de capacidades al interior de las instituciones públicas para la formulación y ejecución de programas integrales de agricultura urbana y periurbana y seguridad alimentaria y nutricional en los municipios de la región.

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March 9, 2014   Comments Off

Student Farmers in Liberia Get Back to the Soil and Into the Classroom

Students in the Back-to-School Garden initiative in Grand Bassa county, Liberia.

Due to the success of the Back-to-School Garden initiative in Grand Bassa county, FED and partners will expand the program’s reach to five more counties in 2014: Margibi, Montserrado, Nimba, Bong, and Lofa.

By Nicholas Parkinson
Good Food World
February 21st, 2014


There was a time before Liberia’s civil wars when agriculture was an integral part of the education system. All the way back to 1960, the Liberian Ministry of Education and Ministry of Agriculture—with US government financial aid—partnered with US Peace Corps volunteers and created the country’s first 4-H Club in Maryland county, southeast Liberia.

Thirty years later, there were some 27,000 4-H Club members in 1,950 clubs and nearly as many gardens. Then the country erupted in civil strife.

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February 26, 2014   Comments Off

University of California Berkeley garden started in 1971


Urban farm acts as a tool for growth

By Anika Rice
Daily Californian
Jan 23, 2014


My involvement in the garden last semester was transformative. I realized I have the ability to grow things on my own and become more self-sufficient, even in an urban area. I was inspired right away and acquired a few planters and seedlings for my small Berkeley balcony. Eating salad greens and herbs I personally cultivate (after battling some squirrels) is incredibly rewarding — and delicious! It is empowering to reduce my reliance on grocery stores and vegetables that have traveled hundreds of miles before reaching my dinner plate.

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February 22, 2014   Comments Off

Milwaukee Public School system will expand its aquaponics program after receiving a grant of $98,000 from AT&T

The aquaponics classroom and greenhouse at Bradley Tech High School. (Photo courtesy of MPS)

“Technology (will) be the driving force of our new economy and we know that STEM(science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education is really vital to preparing the next generation of workers.”

By Natalie Wickman
Neighborhood New Service Milwaukee
January 31, 2014


Rochelle Sandrin, an aquaponics sustainability teacher at Bradley Tech, said her class is based on hands-on and project work, which students often find more exciting than a traditional science class.

“(Student spend) time learning about food needs and food deserts and how that can impact health and lifestyle,” Sandrin said. “Then we learn about urban agriculture, urban farming and the components of aquaponics before students construct and run their own (aquaponics) systems.”

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February 10, 2014   Comments Off