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India: Seminar on promoting spice farming in cities

Black Pepper Plant.

Farmers participating in the seminar will be provided with technologies for growing spices such as black pepper, ginger, turmeric, chilli, coriander, mint, curry leaf, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and garcinia on terraces/front yards

Staff reporter
The Hindu
Jan 4, 2018

Excerpt:

The Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) is organising a two-day seminar on ‘Spices for urban horticulture’ to equip the urban/periurban population produce safe-to-eat spices.

The move assumes significance in the wake of reports on excessive pesticide residue in spices and condiments procured from the market.

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January 12, 2018   Comments Off on India: Seminar on promoting spice farming in cities

Vancouver’s ‘City Farmer’ Receives the United Nations Food Garden Certificate of Recognition

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Feed Your City – UN Food Gardens initiative

Stina Nyström, President – UN Food Gardens initiative
Elena de Jesús, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, UN Food Gardens Initiative
Feed Your City 2017

As President of the UN Food Gardens initiative, I wish to present the attached certificate in recognition of City Farmer’s Demonstration Garden’s members’ outstanding efforts to further sustainable urban agriculture and contribute to the food security and well-being of their community.

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December 31, 2017   Comments Off on Vancouver’s ‘City Farmer’ Receives the United Nations Food Garden Certificate of Recognition

A toast to Grandma Nat and all who grow food for their families

The Acta Non Verba farm is located in Tassafaronga Recreation Center in East Oakland. Photo: Oakland Museum Of California

The museum show didn’t make me hungry to score seats at a popular, farm-to-table restaurant. Urban farming, after all, is trendy. No, the exhibit made me realize that we’re not that far removed from having to farm to feed ourselves.

By Otis R. Taylor Jr.
San Francisco Chronicle
December 24, 2017

Excerpt:

In 2016, there were 1.6 million people living in Alameda County, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That means almost 230,000 of my neighbors are worried about how they’re going to eat.

There’s a wall at the Oakland exhibition where children can leave their answers on a Post-it Note. The question: Why do you grow food? “So we can live,” one child wrote.

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December 30, 2017   Comments Off on A toast to Grandma Nat and all who grow food for their families

West Sacramento urban farm program being recognized in 2018 Rose Parade

In the 2018 Rose Parade, you’ll find Kimball on the Miracle-Gro float. Miracle-Gro has been funding the Urban Farm Program in West Sacramento since 2014, when the first urban farm site began.

By Frances Wang
KXTV
Dec 21, 2017

Excerpt:

For years, an empty lot on 5th and C in West Sacramento was considered an eyesore for the city.

That is until it was transformed into the first of five urban farm sites as part of the West Sacramento Urban Farm program, part of the California Farm Academy.

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December 23, 2017   Comments Off on West Sacramento urban farm program being recognized in 2018 Rose Parade

1st International Conference on Urban Agriculture and City Sustainability

Urban Agriculture 2018, October 9 – 11, New Forest, UK

Organised By:
Wessex Institute, UK
Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain

Introduction:

The aim of the Conference is to review and discuss ways in which urban agriculture can contribute to achieve sustainable cities.

As urban populations continue to increase it is essential to consider ways of reducing their impact in terms of use of natural resources, waste production and climate change.

The increasing number of people in cities requires new strategies to supply the necessary food with limited provision of land and decreasing resources. This will become more challenging unless innovative solutions for growing and distributing food in urban environments are considered.

The scale of modern food production has created and exacerbated many vulnerabilities and the feeding of cities is now infinitely more complex. As such the food system cannot be considered secure, ethical or sustainable.

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October 19, 2017   Comments Off on 1st International Conference on Urban Agriculture and City Sustainability

The UN Food Gardens Initiative Is Organizing A Showcase Of Small Scale Urban Agriculture Initiatives

The deadline for submissions for Feed Your City has been extended until 1 October 2017

By United Nations Food Gardens
Elena de Jesús, NGO Branch
Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination | Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Excerpt:

The UN Food Gardens Initiative, in partnership with UN-Habitat, is organizing a showcase of small scale urban agriculture initiatives in the Americas in order to share experiences, raise awareness about urban agriculture in the region, and incentivize policy action in support of this important activity in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly goals 2 (Zero Hunger), 3 (Good Health and Well-being), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and 15 (Life on Land) and in the context of the New Urban Agenda adopted at the Habitat III conference.

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September 12, 2017   Comments Off on The UN Food Gardens Initiative Is Organizing A Showcase Of Small Scale Urban Agriculture Initiatives

20th Annual Detroit Tour of Urban Gardens & Farms

Model D
July 24, 2017

Excerpt:

Detroit has an impressive number of urban farms — over 1,500 according to Keep Growing Detroit — a number that has grown significantly in recent years. But the the urban farm “movement” has been alive in the city for some time, as demonstrated by the fact that the 20th Annual Detroit Tour of Urban Gardens and Farms takes place August 2.

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July 30, 2017   Comments Off on 20th Annual Detroit Tour of Urban Gardens & Farms

“Family farm agriculture is the heart of Pennsylvania,” says Willie Nelson, founder and president of Farm Aid.

Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson onstage for the 32nd annual Farm Aid food and music festival taking place Sept. 16 at the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pa., outside Pittsburgh.

In Pittsburgh, 30 miles east of the concert venue, urban farming has thrived.

By Thom Duffy
Billboard
6/13/2017

Excerpt:

Pennsylvania is also considered the birthplace of organic agriculture and a leader in sustainable agriculture practices. In Pittsburgh, 30 miles east of the concert venue, urban farming has thrived. The organization Grow Pittsburgh has launched more than 60 farms to increase access to fresh food and farm training programs for young people.

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June 19, 2017   Comments Off on “Family farm agriculture is the heart of Pennsylvania,” says Willie Nelson, founder and president of Farm Aid.

Nature’s Path 8th annual funding program – Three $15,000 grants available in 2017

USA and Canada: Submit your application by June 23rd at 11:59 AM PST

2016 Winners

Occupy Madison Village Gardens: Providing safety, shelter and respect to people without stable housing, OM village consists of tiny (99 sq foot) homes, a community garden, and a shared lifestyle of practicing sustainability. The community garden not only provides nourishing organic food to residents, it is a tool to build community and education across socioeconomic divides.

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June 14, 2017   Comments Off on Nature’s Path 8th annual funding program – Three $15,000 grants available in 2017

American Community Gardening Association’s 38th Annual Conference

July 27 -30, 2017 Hartford, Connecticut

Excerpts from the conference website:

Themes:

1. Cultivating community, sustainability, policy and social justice (CC)

2. Gardening and running a community garden basics (B)

3. Youth and school gardening (YSG)

4. Innovative programs and new directions (I)

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May 31, 2017   Comments Off on American Community Gardening Association’s 38th Annual Conference

Home Grown Food Summit 2017 – Register To Watch For Free

38+ experts share their best secrets for growing all your own food and medicine

Speakers:

Mike Adams
The Coming Antibiotics Apocalypse

Howard Garrett
Planting & Managing Trees
(The Right Way!)

Sally Fallon
Nourishing Fats In Your Diet

Sayer Ji
Nightshades Illuminated

Joel Salatin
Salad Bar Beef

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May 30, 2017   Comments Off on Home Grown Food Summit 2017 – Register To Watch For Free

University of California Urban Agriculture Courses

Learn the basics of urban farming from UC experts and local partners at this upcoming series that focuses on building success in California’s Urban Agriculture by managing risk and leveraging opportunities!

Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California

Excerpts:

Workshop #3: Food Safety Basics for Urban Farmers: How to ensure a safe harvest, from the field to the fork – Thursday, June 8th, 2017, City Slickers West Oakland Farm Park, 2847 Peralta St, Oakland 94608

Workshop #4: Marketing and Business Management for Urban Farmers: From business planning to labor laws, basics to help you succeed – Thursday June 22nd, 2017, 9:30-4:30, Location TBD

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May 24, 2017   Comments Off on University of California Urban Agriculture Courses

In Cuba: Experts from over 15 Countries Debate Urban Agriculture

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April 18th to 21st, 2017 – 3rd International Congress on Urban, Suburban and Family Agriculture

Prensa Latina
Havana, Apr 20

Excerpt:

Experts from more than 40 institutions in 15 countries are taking part in the 3rd International Congress on Urban, Suburban and Family Agriculture inaugurated in Cuba Wednesday, to exchange and debate on food security and sovereignty.

The forum will be in session up to Friday at the Havana Convention Center, organized by the National Institute on Tropical Agriculture Research, the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture, the Agricultural Enterprise Group, with the sponsorship of the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO).

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April 20, 2017   Comments Off on In Cuba: Experts from over 15 Countries Debate Urban Agriculture

Luxembourg: Cows, pigs, sheep and goats are making their way to the city centre where an “urban farm” is being created

Foto: Christophe Olinger.

Prime Minister attending: The aim of the event is to increase transparency and communication between producers and consumers, allowing people to ask questions and find out more about local agriculture.

Luxemburger Wort
Apr 1, 2017

Except:

A number of animals will be there and activities have been lined up, including milking cows, agricultural workshops for children, a bouncy castle and pedalling tractors.

Market stalls sell regional products and other stands provide information about farming produce and wine.

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April 8, 2017   Comments Off on Luxembourg: Cows, pigs, sheep and goats are making their way to the city centre where an “urban farm” is being created

Brooklyn Law School: Growing Greens in the Grid: The Future of Urban Agriculture in NYC

Thursday, April 6 – The Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship

Brooklyn Law School
Feil Hall, Forchelli Conference Center, 22nd Floor
205 State Street
Brooklyn, NY
www.brooklaw.edu/directions

About the Panel Discussion:
The Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE) will host a panel and networking event to discuss the growth of the urban agriculture industry in the Brooklyn and greater New York City communities. Joined by the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, members of the New York City Council, the NYC Agriculture Collective, and the Design Trust for Public Space (ADD), the panel will feature industry leaders and policy experts who will explore the technology and market forces driving innovation in urban agriculture, and chart a legislative path forward to expand existing policy, foster the creation of food production growth opportunities in local communities, and nurture thriving new agriculture businesses.

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March 28, 2017   Comments Off on Brooklyn Law School: Growing Greens in the Grid: The Future of Urban Agriculture in NYC