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NASA astronauts just ate food grown in space for the first time

For the first time in history, astronauts have eaten food grown in space.

By Joseph Stromberg
VOX Space
August 10, 2015

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As part of NASA’s VEG-01 experiment (nicknamed “VEGGIE”) aboard the International Space Station, they sampled red romaine lettuce that’s been growing in a specially designed chamber since early July, under the care of astronaut Scott Kelly. After Kjell Lindgren carefully cleaned the greens with sanitizing wipes to ensure they were clean, the duo and Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui first tasted them around 12:45 ET on Monday — before trying them again with a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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August 11, 2015   Comments Off on NASA astronauts just ate food grown in space for the first time

Innovators in Urban Agriculture Prize

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From INUAg – International Network for Urban Agriculture – 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners, $1250, $500, $250

By Rodger Cooley
Director, International Network for Urban Agriculture
Aug 2015

The International Network for Urban Agriculture (INUAg), is announcing the first annual global INUAg Innovators in Urban Agriculture Prize. INUAg is looking to recognize innovative urban agricultural projects contributing to their local communities in 3 different categories.

INUAg is accepting nominations through August 28, 2015. Nominees can self-nominate or be nominated by others. Nominations and questions should be sent to info@inuag.org. Winners will be announced September 29, 2015.

Award Categories: (Each award will have 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners, $1250, $500, $250)

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August 8, 2015   Comments Off on Innovators in Urban Agriculture Prize

Philippines: Manila’s 2nd Urban Agri trade show set September 5-6

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Photo shows Sofia Reyes posing with a fruiting chico in a rubberized container. Other fruit trees that can be grown in containers are guava, imported makopa, mango, Perante orange, pomelos and many others.

The event aims to provide an opportunity for the urban communities to see for themselves the possibilities of producing food right in the limited spaces in the urban setting.

By Zac Sarian
Manila Bulletin
July 29, 2015

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The event aims to provide an opportunity for the urban communities to see for themselves the possibilities of producing food right in the limited spaces in the urban setting. It also provides an opportunity for the producers to sell their produce at very reasonable prices.

Creative ways of urban farming and gardening will be showcased during the event through the exhibits of products and services of the participating companies and individuals.

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August 5, 2015   Comments Off on Philippines: Manila’s 2nd Urban Agri trade show set September 5-6

18th Annual Tour of Detroit Gardens and Farms

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Detroit city is home to over 1,400 urban gardens and farms

Of all the remarkable statistics concerning vacant land in the city of Detroit, the fact that the city is home to over 1,400 urban gardens and farms sticks out. That’s more than 10 gardens/farms per each of the city’s 139 square miles. According to Keep Growing Detroit, an organization that promotes the development of a food sovereign city, this volume of gardens and farms has made Detroit “our nation’s capital of urban agriculture.”

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July 28, 2015   Comments Off on 18th Annual Tour of Detroit Gardens and Farms

Seattle Urban Farm Tour

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Our first annual Urban Farm Tour will feature some of the best urban farms here in West Seattle!

The Urban Farm Tour, August 8, will include all types of urban farming and homesteading like:

home fruit orchards
chicken coops for large and small flocks
beekeeping and a hive demonstration
edible gardening for large yards, small yards, patios and parking strips

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July 25, 2015   Comments Off on Seattle Urban Farm Tour

A Community Garden Conference at Monmouth University, New Jersey

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Gardening for Good – August 7 – 9, 2015

Keynote speakers for the conference include:

Dr. Sean Morrissey, Project Administrator, Thrive.Org.UK
Thrive is the leading charity in the UK that uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people who are living with disabilities or ill health.

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June 12, 2015   Comments Off on A Community Garden Conference at Monmouth University, New Jersey

Nature’s Path Foods contest offers three $15,000 grants to urban farms/community gardens

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Contest starts today! Apply between June 8, 2015 at 12PM PST and June 22

At Nature’s Path, we think your neighborhood is ripe with possibility. That’s why we plant the seeds for success through our annual Gardens for Good grant program, now entering its 6th year. Sprouting from our previous community garden initiatives, Gardens for Good encourages others to provide accessible, healthy, organic food to their communities. Each year, we award three $15,000 grants to deserving nonprofits with organic garden projects. If you’re a nonprofit with a passion for feeding your community, we invite you apply.

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June 8, 2015   Comments Off on Nature’s Path Foods contest offers three $15,000 grants to urban farms/community gardens

Urban Land Institute, British Columbia, holds Urban Farming Walking Tour

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From enticing pedestrian streetscapes and public space, to the integration of urban agriculture, learn how these initiatives can be used to generate value.

Vancouver BC
June 10, 2015
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Increasingly, the ability of community builders to deliver on health is translating into market value for projects. The ULI Building Healthy Places Toolkit outlines recommendations that can be used to promote health at the building or project scale, and shape vibrant, highly desirable communities. The Southeast False Creek neighbourhood serves as a model case study for these initiatives, and is already seeing the return as it quickly evolves into one of Vancouver’s most thriving communities.

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June 1, 2015   Comments Off on Urban Land Institute, British Columbia, holds Urban Farming Walking Tour

A massive online conference (for FREE) about home grown food

Home Grown Food Summit 2015, Apr 6-12, 2015

25+ speakers giving over 30 presentations on all different aspects of producing healthier food from your home.

Mike Adams – NaturalNews.com
8 Reasons You Are Insane If You Aren’t Growing Some Of Your Own Food

Toby Hemenway – Patternliteracy.com
Permaculture Guilds: The Building Blocks For Food Forests

Paul Wheaton – Permies.com
Gardening Without Irrigation

Joel Karsten – StrawBaleGardens.com
Straw Bale Gardening

Marjory Wildcraft – GrowYourOwnGroceries.com
How To Produce Half Of Your Food In Your Backyard In Less Than An Hour Per Day

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March 27, 2015   Comments Off on A massive online conference (for FREE) about home grown food

City Farmer’s Introduction to Organic Food Gardening

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Learn how to grow your own vegetables in an urban environment

City Farmer’s hands on organic food gardening course includes:

Site planning/design/soil preparation
Choice of seeds-plants/starting seeds
Companion-succession planting/harvesting/composting
Organic gardening techniques/natural pest control/bugs
Container gardening
Waterwise gardening
Birds and mammals in the garden

$50. CALL TO REGISTER: 604.736-2250

Still two classes left.

Introduction to Organic Food Gardening
Saturdays 9:30am-1pm in March 21, 28, 2015

Course Instructor: Sharon Slack, Head Gardener, City Farmer

Location: Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden
2150 Maple Street at 6th Avenue in Kitsilano

March 19, 2015   Comments Off on City Farmer’s Introduction to Organic Food Gardening

City Farmer’s Gardening Workshops for Children

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Workshops held at the Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden in Kitsilano

Are you keen for your children to grow up with an appreciation of nature? City Farmer’s gardening workshops will give kids hands-on learning at our organic demonstration garden in Kitsilano. Children will learn about the lifecycle of the garden in six workshops running from Spring to Fall:

2015

Sunday May 10th – Spring Planting
Sunday June 7th – Worms in the Garden
Sunday July 5th – Bugs and Bees
Sunday August 9th – Flowers
Sunday Sept 13th – Fall Harvesting
Sunday October 4th – Putting the Garden to Bed and Seed Saving

Workshops run from 9.30am – 11.00am.

$20 per workshop or $100 for all six.

Contact City Farmer at 604 736 2250 to register.

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March 19, 2015   Comments Off on City Farmer’s Gardening Workshops for Children

Urban Farming in Alaska – Powerhouse Fruits and Veggies

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Goats in Alaska and Making Simple Cheese. Demonstration on how to make goat cheese. Includes information on Municipality of Anchorage regulations on raising goats in the city.

Courses by University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Cooperative Extension Service
2015

City & suburban agriculture takes the form of backyard, roof-top & balcony gardening, community gardening in vacant lots & parks, roadside urban fringe agriculture & livestock grazing in open space. Explore information on & tools for urban agriculture. $10 per class or sign up for all eight for $50. Classes will be held at the Anchorage District Office, 1675 C St. Wed., March 11, 4 – 6 pm

Alaska Powerhouse Fruits and Veggies. Plan to plant the most nutritious bets for your garden. Wed., March 18, 4 – 6 pm

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March 17, 2015   Comments Off on Urban Farming in Alaska – Powerhouse Fruits and Veggies

Conference: ‘Exploring the Economics of Urban Agriculture and Resilience’

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‘Grey to Green’ – Toronto, Ontario – June 1,2 2015

Steven Peck, GRP, Hon. ASLA
Founder and President
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

It will be three years since the highly successful Urban Agriculture Summit in Toronto and many new developments in the field have taken place across North America and around the world. On June 1-2, 2015, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities will be hosting Grey to Green in Toronto – with a focus on local and regional food systems and resilience.

Some of the leading-edge issues and developments that will be discussed at Grey to Green in 2015 include the following:

Designing for food and the bottom line – how designing buildings with food production in mind can reduce costs, generate improved rents, increase property value and improve employee efficiency.

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March 7, 2015   Comments Off on Conference: ‘Exploring the Economics of Urban Agriculture and Resilience’

Call for papers: ‘Urban community gardens from all over Europe’

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Agriculture in the City: the experience of urban gardens

Valentina Cattivelli – Éupolis Lombardia, Politecnico di Milano
Session Coordinator
March 2015
Vii Aisu Congress
Food And The City
Padua September 3rd – 4th – 5th, 2015

The territory is now the protagonist of significant transformations difficult to understand and government. The traditional dichotomous distribution of places between town and country is no longer adequate due to the spread of alternate contexts that disorderly combine both typically urban and rural features. The city extends far beyond its suburbs along its main roads, branching and containing islands of agglomerated settlements, deprived of identity, then “regroups” destroying the natural elements remained within the fabric. On the other hand, the countryside accepts these changes, by adapting and creating the conditions for the new localizing requirements, and diversifying agricultural activities to make them more multi-functional and profitable.

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March 5, 2015   Comments Off on Call for papers: ‘Urban community gardens from all over Europe’

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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March 4, 2015   Comments Off on 7E Edition De L’école D’été Sur L’agriculture Urbaine