Category — Events
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.
October 2, 2015 Comments Off on $30,000 Mega-Prize Offered For New World Record Pumpkin
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.
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
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).
September 8, 2015 Comments Off on Session proposed on Urban Agriculture at the 2016 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting
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
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.)
September 6, 2015 Comments Off on San Francisco’s newly created Urban Agriculture Program offers free workshops
For the first time in history, astronauts have eaten food grown in space.
By Joseph Stromberg
August 10, 2015
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.
August 11, 2015 Comments Off on NASA astronauts just ate food grown in space for the first time
From INUAg – International Network for Urban Agriculture – 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners, $1250, $500, $250
By Rodger Cooley
Director, International Network for Urban Agriculture
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 email@example.com. Winners will be announced September 29, 2015.
Award Categories: (Each award will have 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners, $1250, $500, $250)
August 8, 2015 Comments Off on Innovators in Urban Agriculture Prize
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
July 29, 2015
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.
August 5, 2015 Comments Off on Philippines: Manila’s 2nd Urban Agri trade show set September 5-6
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.”
July 28, 2015 Comments Off on 18th Annual Tour of Detroit Gardens and Farms
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
July 25, 2015 Comments Off on Seattle Urban Farm Tour
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.
June 12, 2015 Comments Off on A Community Garden Conference at Monmouth University, New Jersey
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.
June 8, 2015 Comments Off on Nature’s Path Foods contest offers three $15,000 grants to urban farms/community gardens
From enticing pedestrian streetscapes and public space, to the integration of urban agriculture, learn how these initiatives can be used to generate value.
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.
June 1, 2015 Comments Off on Urban Land Institute, British Columbia, holds Urban Farming Walking Tour
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
March 27, 2015 Comments Off on A massive online conference (for FREE) about home grown food
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
Organic gardening techniques/natural pest control/bugs
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
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:
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.
March 19, 2015 Comments Off on City Farmer’s Gardening Workshops for Children