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Conference: ‘What does the future hold for urban gardening?’

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A One Day Conference on July 7th 2016 at the University of Warwick, UK

Urban gardening has long promised radical alternatives to industrialised food production and the organisation of modern urban spaces. Yet despite recent increases in popularity and a conspicuous proliferation of its forms, urban gardening appears to have had minimal material influence on how we eat or how we live.

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March 5, 2016   Comments Off on Conference: ‘What does the future hold for urban gardening?’

Peri-Urban Agriculture and Ecosystems: The Multi- Faceted Contribution to Urban Resilience (Peri-Urban 2016).

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22-23 February 2016 at India International Centre, New Delhi.

Dr. Shiraz Wajih
Gorakhpur Environment Action Group (GEAG)

We are pleased to inform you about the National Conference on ‘Peri-Urban Agriculture and Ecosystems: The Multi- Faceted Contribution to Urban Resilience (Peri-Urban 2016).

GEAG is organising this Conference in collaboration with National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), Government of India and RUAF Foundation, The Netherlands, and with support of The Rockefeller Foundation. The other strategic partners in the conference are ISET-International, CANSA and India Water Portal. The National Conference will be held on 22-23 February 2016 at India International Centre, New Delhi.

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January 29, 2016   Comments Off on Peri-Urban Agriculture and Ecosystems: The Multi- Faceted Contribution to Urban Resilience (Peri-Urban 2016).

Webinar: Producing Compost for Urban Agriculture: Needs and Opportunities

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Presented by: Bruce Berry, Almost Urban Vegetables – Date: Wednesday February 3rd, 2016

By the Compost Council of Canada

Bruce Berry and Marilyn Firth run Almost Urban Vegetables, a 10-acre family farm, in St. Norbert, Manitoba, on the south edge of Winnipeg.

Eight years ago, they left an urban lifestyle to follow the dream of growing food and living simply.

An engineer by trade, Bruce manages the “how we’ll do it” – the logistics of materials, water, harvesting and equipment.

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January 28, 2016   Comments Off on Webinar: Producing Compost for Urban Agriculture: Needs and Opportunities

4th Annual Urban Farming Conference in Massachusetts

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The Cuban Agroecology Movement: Are There Lessons for Massachusetts’ Urban Farmers? Presenter: Greg Watson, Director for Policy and Systems Design – Cuba-U.S. Agroecology Network at Schumacher Center for a New Economics

Saturday March 12, 2016 7:45 – 5:30 PM
Northeastern University Curry Student Center,
346 Huntington Ave, Boston, Mass

The annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference (UFC) is designed to advance the opportunities and address the barriers involved in cultivating a resilient and thriving Urban Farming sector. The 4th Annual Massachusetts UFC is comprised of interactive panels, demonstration workshops, expert discussions on diverse and relevant topics with distinguished Conversation Leaders and a networking reception.

CLOSING PANEL: Community Organizing and Supporting Urban Farming; Discussion on Social Justice, Economics, Food Sovereignty and Race with Karen Washington, Farmer and Activist, NYC

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January 21, 2016   Comments Off on 4th Annual Urban Farming Conference in Massachusetts

Urban Agriculture Conference in Brussels and Wallonia is taking place on Dec-15 in Gembloux, Belgium

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Savez-vous planter des choux… en ville?

Le 15 décembre 2015 à Gembloux de 17h00 à 21h00

Nous savons qu’il faudra nourrir 9,6 milliards d’êtres humains en 2050 et que les fourchettes qui les nourriront à ce moment-là, seront à 75 % citadines. Nous devons donc nous préparer à relever un défi majeur dès maintenant : nourrir les villes sans épuiser les ressources naturelles de notre planète tout en faisant face aux aléas climatiques grandissants. Cette situation interpelle et réinvestir des surfaces non conventionnelles en villes pour y produire des denrées, contribuera à nourrir l’humanité et plus particulièrement les citadins.

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December 3, 2015   Comments Off on Urban Agriculture Conference in Brussels and Wallonia is taking place on Dec-15 in Gembloux, Belgium

International Conference “Growing In Cities”

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Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Urban Gardening” which will take place on September 9-10, 2016 at University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW in Basel.

The conference will be hosted by the FHNW School of Social Work (Institute for Social Planning and Urban Development ISS) in partnership with ILS – Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development, Germany.

We expect two days of scientific discussions and exchange of innovative ideas presented by internationally renowned keynote speakers and contributors from diverse disciplines, in the plenary and parallel sessions, discussion round-tables, and poster presentations. The conference also marks the conclusion of the 4-year EU COST Action Urban Allotment Gardens in European Cities (pre-conference for Action members on 8th September).

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December 1, 2015   Comments Off on International Conference “Growing In Cities”

$30,000 Mega-Prize Offered For New World Record Pumpkin

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42nd Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off

HALF MOON BAY, CALIFORNIA (October 2, 2015) Will this be the year the world pumpkin heavyweight record is squashed in Half Moon Bay, California? Will the drought in California have an effect on the outcome? The intrigue is building as Gourd Growing Greats and their astounding, mind-boggling, Volkswagen-sized orange orbs gather on the morning of Monday, October 12 for the 42nd Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay, California ?? the kick-off to Half Moon Bays world-famous Art & Pumpkin Festival which takes place October 17-18.

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October 2, 2015   Comments Off on $30,000 Mega-Prize Offered For New World Record Pumpkin

Climate Change Urban Food Initiative – Webinars Oct/Nov 2015

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Launched by: Fondation Nicolas Hulot (FNH), the International Urban Food Network (IUFN) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Highlighting the strategic links between SUSTAINABLE FOOD, SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT and CLIMATE CHANGE, this initiative will showcase successful mechanisms and approaches to help respond to the challenges of achieving sustainable urban food systems in a changing climate. And it will usefully add to policy discussions for COP21, and beyond.

What will CLIMATE CHANGE URBAN FOOD initiative bring you?

4 webinars (2 in English, 2 in French) featuring international experts and practitioners discussing keys of implementing synergies between climate and food action at local level.

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September 30, 2015   Comments Off on Climate Change Urban Food Initiative – Webinars Oct/Nov 2015

Session proposed on Urban Agriculture at the 2016 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting

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A call for papers. Members of the UrbanFoodPlus interdisciplinary research project are proposing a session on Urban Agriculture at the 2016 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, to be held in San Francisco, California, March 29 – April 2, 2016.

Urban Agriculture: Interdisciplinary perspectives

Urban agriculture has received enormous attention from scholars over the past forty years. The particularly dense configuration of multiple resource access routes, legal technicalities and input and output market opportunities found in the city means that urban and periurban agriculture (UPA) is worthy of attention from multiple disciplines. There has been examination of its technical complexities (Amadou et al. 2012; Drechsel and Keraita 2014) alongside its social and political context (Cissé et al. 2005; McClintock 2010).

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September 8, 2015   Comments Off on Session proposed on Urban Agriculture at the 2016 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting

San Francisco’s newly created Urban Agriculture Program offers free workshops

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Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle.

S.F. gardeners can attend the free Urban Agriculture Academy on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the County Fair building in Golden Gate Park. Above: Farmer Jo-Ann Butler prepares soil at the Little Red Hen Community Garden in S.F.

By Pam Peirce
San Francisco Chronicle
September 6, 2015

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The day starts with an information fair and Master Gardener Plant Clinic. You’ll learn from experts all about permaculture, gleaning programs and how to sell city-grown produce.

In the afternoon, you can choose three out of nine workshops. Topics include preserving the harvest, constructing raised beds, installing drip irrigation and building community through garden projects. (I’ll be speaking on growing food from now through our “secret season” of January through March.)

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September 6, 2015   Comments Off on San Francisco’s newly created Urban Agriculture Program offers free workshops

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

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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