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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   No Comments

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   No Comments

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   No Comments

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   No Comments

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

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

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

Speakers from Philips, Plantagon and Hungry Planet Farms to Share Insights in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Conference on ‘Building Resilience in Urban Agriculture’ March 9-11

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ADFCA will convene the event in partnership with some of the world’s most innovative organisations, including the RUAF Foundation, Association for Vertical Farming, and the University of Arizona. As part of this, industry experts will convene to outline a high-level Urban Agriculture Strategy for the Abu Dhabi Capital City District. Ready with market and city spatial data, participants will examine the potential application of the full range of urban agriculture typologies to understand Abu Dhabi’s fresh produce productive potential, evaluating risks and compatibility with its urban fabric.

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March 1, 2015   Comments Off

Workshop at Guelph conference connects urban agriculture with social justice

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Urban agriculture has the unique ability to address social, political and economic community problems

By Chris Seto
Guelph Mercury
Feb 2, 2015

Excerpt:

The hour-long workshop saw more than 70 people in attendance, sitting in a large room in the University Centre. The speakers were forced to get through their presentations quickly because they seemed to have too much information for the short amount of time they were given.

The first speaker Redfield introduced was Mik Turje, a filmmaker from Vancouver, who showed a 12 minute documentary exploring the issues around urban farming and agriculture.

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February 11, 2015   Comments Off

Food Tank Summit: “Cultivating Better Urban Food Systems”

Features a group of advocates for changing where we grow our foods and how we think about the origin of our food.

Written by Maggie Roth, GWU Student
2015 Food Tank Summit
Jan 28, 2015

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The panel’s last speaker was instantly recognizable to most in the audience: winner of the James Beard Foundation Medal, restauranteur, head judge on television’s Top Chef, and passionate food activist, Chef Tom Colicchio. As a special guest at the Food Tank Summit, Colicchio recalled his own experiences with urban farming in Elizabeth N.J., watching his grandfather grow vegetables in five-gallon containers.

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January 30, 2015   Comments Off

Watch Berkeley’s free lecture series on fixing the world’s broken food systems

Michael Pollan’s Edible Education 101 lecture, “A Brief History of the Modern Food System” streamed live from the University of California, Berkeley, Jan 26, 2015

By Vlad Savov
Verge
January 28, 2015

Excerpt:

Some of the world’s preeminent food policy thinkers and researchers are taking part in a new Edible Education lecture series at UC Berkeley this spring semester, and their lectures are being made available to stream online. Starting this Monday with an introductory note from Michael Pollan (video above, jump to the 9-minute mark to skip the preamble), the series will be updated weekly with contributions from Marion Nestle, Eric Schlosser, and Raj Patel. You can stream those live on the day itself and participate in a Q&A on Twitter and Facebook, or you can just pick up the video on YouTube later on.

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January 28, 2015   Comments Off

Second Midwest Urban Farmers Summit (MWUF Summit)

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March 14 and 15, 2015 at The Plant in Chicago.

By Katie Williams
Chicago Patchwork Farms
Jan 25, 2015

The summit will provide an opportunity for urban farmers from across the region to come together and discuss the unique benefits and challenges of growing food on a production scale in their cities and towns. The idea was born out of a breakout session of production-based urban farmers at the 2012 Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) conference, in which it became immediately clear we shared the same questions and that talking with each other was a valuable experience.

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January 26, 2015   Comments Off

For students around the globe – Free MetroAg Online Course November 3-December 19, 2014

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Michigan State University’s ‘Food Knowledge Cloud’. Open-access courses and resources to students around the globe.

In the Urban Agriculture course, there are items to read, videos, presentations and a weekly discussion question with a moderator

Instructor John Stone
Content Developers:
Dr. Henk C. van Latesteijn, Managing Director of Van Latentejin Consultancy and former CEO of TransForum
Dr. Chris Peterson, Michigan State University Professor and Director of the MSU Product Center- Food, Ag, Bio.
Sander Mager, Managing Director of Licence to Grow and former VP of TransForum
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

This free, 6-week online course is designed to build awareness of metropolitan agriculture and how agriculture can play a vital role in cities around the world focusing on areas such as food production, recreation, waste management, and health care. The course is offered jointly through Michigan State University and MetroAg Innoversity. The course features archived webinars with experts around the world, resources for digging deeper and a facilitated discussion forum with weekly questions.

Led by Ph.D John Stone, Manager of Research & Engagement for the Global Innoversity Program in Metro Food at MSU http://globalinnoversity.org. This self-paced learning experience increases awareness of metropolitan agriculture and is designed to build a network of collaborators. The course is open to anyone.

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October 20, 2014   Comments Off

First-ever New York City Honey Week Sept 8-14

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A Celebration Of The Busy Bees Who Pollinate The City That Never Sleeps

Honey-themed dinners featuring Chefs Angelo Romano & Katy Peetz as well as Max Sussman at The Cleveland

Honey tastings at Brooklyn Grange and Murray’s Cheese (with Marina Marchese)

A honey cooking class with Rebekah Peppler at Haven’s Kitchen

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August 24, 2014   Comments Off

White House Kitchen Garden Tours

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First Lady Michelle Obama and White House Chefs join children from Bancroft and Tubman Elementary Schools to harvest vegetables.

Tours consist of a guided tour of the White House Kitchen Garden and beehive, and depending on the public tour schedule, may include a visit inside the White House.

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Tours of the White House Kitchen Garden are available to school and community groups with an interest in gardening and healthy eating. A maximum of 25 people may tour the garden at one time, and there is no age limit. Kitchen Garden tours are typically held on weekday mornings.

To apply for a White House Kitchen Garden tour, fill out the application below. Please include background information about your group and tell us why you would like to tour the White House Kitchen Garden.

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August 17, 2014   Comments Off