Category — Education
Con10u2Farm.com puts modules in schools to encourage gardens in city neighborhoods
By Cathie Anderson
June 18, 2016
Friends tease James Brady about his devotion to urban farming, calling him a veggielante and a veggie preacher, but that doesn’t stop his proselytizing. Brady and his business partners create microscale systems that allow schoolchildren and others to grow produce in small or nontraditional spaces.
They recently sold nine of their “adaptive growing modules” to Sacramento-area schools such as Luther Burbank High School, John Still and Pasadena Avenue Elementary School. The modules consist of raised storage bins hooked up to a recirculating water system and filled with a composted growing medium. A timer, which can be powered by solar energy, turns the drip system on and off as directed.
October 25, 2016 No Comments
Link to video. A short documentary on urban agriculture in the city of New York.
Three urban agriculture initiatives, the Earth School in Manhattan, a community garden in Bedford St. and the Science Barge in Yonkers.
By Gaël Link
In English and French
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C’est l’histoire de gens qui s’investissent à l’échelle de leur quartier pour promouvoir l’agriculture urbaine.
Les élèves de la Earth School profitent du jardin potager qui a vu le jour sur le toit de leur école, à manhattan.
Les habitants du quartier de Bedstuy, à Brooklyn, organisent une block party pour célébrer les douze ans du jardin partagé Greene Acres.
October 20, 2016 No Comments
“You get them up close to cows and pigs and machinery. They get to see what agriculture is really like, and what rural living is like.”
By Eric Taylor
Leader Associate Editor
Oct 5, 2016
“Basically everything was new to me,” Tovar said. “And the smell was a lot stronger than I imagined.”
Tovar, Rodriguez and the tour group received a unique viewing when then went to visit the pig farm.
“That was the first time I’d seen a pig in person,” Rodriguez said.
October 12, 2016 Comments Off on 40 Sophomores in Urban Agriculture Academy Embark on a Rural Immersion Tour in Southeast Nebraska
First Lady Michelle Obama embraces President Barack Obama as he surprises her during the White House Kitchen Garden Fall Harvest. President chats with kids in the garden. Click on image for larger file.
The White House Kitchen Garden will be maintained and preserved into the future thanks to The Burpee Foundation And The W. Atlee Burpee Company Partnering With The National Park Foundation
Remarks by the First Lady at the White House Kitchen Garden Dedication
Oct 5, 2016
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Excerpt from transcript:
MRS. OBAMA: Hello everyone, I am so — I’m beyond thrilled. I’m probably as emotional as everybody sitting in this garden to be here with you today as we officially dedicate our White House Kitchen Garden.
People look at my daughters, and they see how time has flown by. And then I look at Tammy. And I remember Tammy to the day because she — her face is the same, but you did absolutely grow. (Laughter.) And you’ve matured is what you’ve done. You have grown into such a poised, gracious young lady. And I know your mother is proud. It’s just been a complete honor to have you by my side on this project. So, Tammy, thank you. (Applause.)
Oh, my goodness. I also want to say a few huge thank yous to a few more people — to the folks from the Burpee Foundation and the W. Atlee Burpee Company for their generous support of the National Park Foundation to preserve this garden for the future. And I want to recognize the Whole Kids Foundation for making this day possible. And what a beautiful day it is. This has been the garden’s luck, right? It rained all week and we were on pins and needles that we’d have to do this inside. And this is a perfect day — a perfect day.
October 8, 2016 Comments Off on $2.5 Million Donation Preserves White House Kitchen Garden
“City Growers will be teaching kids about bees and pollination and honey,” Ms. Brose said, referring to one of the nonprofits taking part. “We’ll have beehives there.”
By Laurel Graeber
New York Times
Sept. 15, 2016
“What we’re doing is transforming the seaport into an imaginative farm,” said Susanne Brose, who developed the event with Sandra Velez. Two years ago, Ms. Brose established FreshKids, a company that produces children’s snacks without genetically altered or artificial ingredients. Ms. Brose’s business, the Howard Hughes Corporation and the Generation Fresh Foundation, a nonprofit she helped found, will present the festival, which will offer opportunities to investigate livestock, planting, harvesting, cooking and composting.
September 24, 2016 Comments Off on Down on the Farm in Downtown Manhattan
A toxic mushroom species, amanita pantherina, is believed to be the cause of multiple illnesses at a Silver Lake elementary school. (KABC)
According to a phone message sent to parents, the students were taking part in an afternoon “garden instruction” lesson at the garden, which sits on the edge of the campus.
By Veronica Rocha and Howard Blume
Los Angeles Times
Sept. 23, 2016
A parent told KABC-TV that his 10-year-old son had to be hospitalized after someone working in the garden gave him and other fifth-graders mushrooms. After eating the mushrooms, students started throwing up.
Doctors have performed tests on the boy to determine what made him sick, the TV news station reported. District officials said they had no information about the types of vegetables in the garden.
September 24, 2016 Comments Off on Mushrooms from community garden sicken Los Angeles schoolchildren
Washington: University of the District of Columbia campus is the largest rooftop farm in the city — 20,000 square fee
The goal is to build an “Urban Food Hub” in each of the city’s eight wards, particularly the poorer ones.
Right on campus is the largest rooftop farm in the city – 20,000 square feet – growing plump Cherokee Purple heirloom tomatoes and crisp red-stemmed Swiss Chard along the edges (areas of the roof that have the structural integrity to handle larger crops) as well as greens, flowers, and sedum in the interior sections (for insulation and water capture benefits). Much of this rooftop produce – grown mostly by volunteers – gets distributed to UDC’s faculty and staff through a community-supported agriculture program and to D.C. food banks as donations.
September 22, 2016 Comments Off on Washington: University of the District of Columbia campus is the largest rooftop farm in the city — 20,000 square fee
“They’re working really hard to make positive changes in the community,” he said. “That is the essence of the class: how you can take care of yourself—even in an urban area.”
By Reis Thebault
September 13, 2016
The class began as an after school program seven years ago but quickly became popular with the administration, said Richmond High School Principal José De León. At the time, it was part of a local push to begin community gardens in schools. Now, he said, Richmond High’s program is unique because it’s part of the school’s curriculum.
As an elective, the class is up against the likes of yearbook, dance and film, but De León said the course fills up every year—a sign that it’s popular among students.
September 20, 2016 Comments Off on A High School Urban Agriculture Program in Richmond, California
Godfrey Kato a farming specialist at the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) demonstration farm at Kyanja Wakiso district explains that backyard farming is when one practices farming in sacks and buckets as a way of utilizing the small piece of land available.
He adds that one can grow close to 54 plants on one 100kgs sack depending on the type of crops one is planning to grow.
By Lawrence Mulondo
7th September 2016
Kato explains that one needs a sack, gravel stones, organic manure and soil to make a proper garden.
Mix soil with available organic manure like green manure from cover crops or animal/birds manure like chicken waste.
September 13, 2016 Comments Off on Uganda: Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) demonstration farm
Andrew Douglas, with his potato plants of many different varieties. ‘Thank Potato’ potato collection is grown in up-cycled water cooler bottles and artificial grass off cuts, utilising waste stream materials to house and grow our potato plants.
Our main permanent feature is the growing and harvesting of over 180 different heritage and heirloom potatoes on the rooftop of a secondary school in Dublin city centre.
Why grow Potatoes as an urban food project?
The potato is the fourth most important food in the world. But so far, it has not featured prominently in the debate on food security. The potato crop is of key importance in that it provides high nutrition and is an adaptive species for climate change. Potatoes use less water per nutritional output than all other major food sources.
September 6, 2016 Comments Off on Ireland’s ‘Thank Potato’ Growers
Beyond Horticulture Degrees – Qualifications for a Cannabis Master Grower
By Whole Plant Technologies
Aug 3, 2016
Cannabis Master Grower Qualifications
Growers with Horticulture or Botany degrees and experience in commercial greenhouse or indoor settings unrelated to cannabis need to learn about the specific growing needs of the cannabis plant. While traditional food or flower growing processes provide a base for your skills and knowledge, cannabis has it’s own set of requirements for growth.
It’s important for potential Master Grower candidates to learn about:
September 5, 2016 Comments Off on First Master Gardeners, then Master Composters, now Master Cannabis Growers!
Let our school serve as a model for owners of farms and idle lands to set up their farm schools, train our farmers to improve their incomes and become agricultural entrepreneurs,” Senator Villar insists.
By Jullie Yap Daza
August 28, 2016
To practice what she has been preaching, Senator Villar put up her family’s Sipag Farm School, not in some out-of-the-way place but just 10 minutes from her home in Las Piñas. The school, at the boundary of Las Piñas and Bacoor City, sits in the middle of a seven-hectare property where fruit trees, bamboo, vegetables like eggplant and squash, herbs, orchids, and even wild flowers grow – it’s hard to imagine this patch of green in an urban setting, especially when you hear the roar of Molino Dam, a mini- Niagra Falls, whenever rain swells the tributaries from Cavite and Laguna and sends the cafe au lait-brown flood waters rushing and thundering past the senator’s cottage, under her feet, inches from the swimming pool.
September 3, 2016 Comments Off on Philippines: A school for farmers, including one in the city
Studio Gang proposes net-zero school with three-acre urban farm in Chicago (complete with its own goat)
Students will help grow breakfast and lunch for their classmates.
By Matthew Messner
The Architects Newspaper
Aug 22, 2016
Perhaps the most notable of the school’s amenities is a three-acre urban farm. Along with producing its own power, the school will also produce a portion of its own food. Students will help grow breakfast and lunch for their classmates. The school believes the understanding of agriculture is an important part both of being a global citizen and of creating one’s relationship to food. Anchoring the farm is a greenhouse-barn where classes and presentations can be held for students and the community.
August 30, 2016 Comments Off on Studio Gang proposes net-zero school with three-acre urban farm in Chicago (complete with its own goat)
Farmers at the Jecheon City Agricultural Technology Center in North Chungcheong show off their produce earlier this month. The rural training center welcomes urbanites to move in for a year and learn basic farming techniques. [KIM SEONG-TAE]
The Jecheon city government combined forces with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to build an agricultural training center for urbanites who knew absolutely nothing about farming but wished to temporarily move to the countryside and learn the ropes.
By Choi Jong-Kwon
Aug 22, 2016
Participants move into the village for a year, paying the city between 180,000 and 250,000 won ($163 to $226) per month with a 600,000 won deposit.
In return, the city provides each student with a small house and land, in addition to farming lectures led by agricultural experts. The Jecheon City Agricultural Technology Center is nestled in a village more than 3,000 square-meters (3,588 square-yards) in size that comprises a training center, a factory, two vinyl greenhouses, 30 houses and a small plot for each household. The entire project required 9.6 billion won when it opened, which was jointly paid through national and municipal coffers.
Yoon Jae-sam, 58, who heads the agricultural center, calls it a “village filled with a bunch of beginner farmers.” Thirty-four people from 25 households have moved in so far.
August 29, 2016 Comments Off on Future retirees work the land at farm school in Korea
Office of Urban Agriculture
Kalmanovitz Hall, 103
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integrate diverse disciplinary perspectives to understand today’s complex food systems both dominant and alternative.
demonstrate an understanding of the food/environmental movement and contribute to various efforts taking place within San Francisco and the Bay Area.
master advanced skills in organic gardening and urban homesteading and demonstrate ability to grow, harvest, prepare, and preserve food grown in San Francisco.
demonstrate ability to work collaboratively with others within USF’s Garden Project and in community gardens and kitchens across the Bay Area.
August 11, 2016 Comments Off on ‘Minor in Urban Agriculture’ at University of San Francisco