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Spain: Network of Community Urban Gardens in Madrid organizing short film festival “Humus Film Festival”

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See some of the short films received in last year´s competition.

Wanting to receive short films from gardens in cities around the world, to enrich this festival

By Alberto Peralta
Organizer Humus Film Festival
Next event: Mar 24-26, 2017

This festival welcomes all perspectives and approaches to urban agriculture, whether amateur or professional, from surrealist or poetic visions to humorous or realistic scenarios.

Looking people who might be interested in telling a funny, personal or surreal story about the garden and the city.

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December 8, 2016   No Comments

Digging into the benefits of urban agriculture: How can and do food policy councils support urban ag?

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Webinar Food Policy Networks: Nov 29, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST

Featured Speakers:
Shaniece Alexander, Director, Oakland Food Policy Council
Beth Low-Smith, Director, Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition

Growing interest in urban agriculture is inspiring widespread attention from gardeners to policymakers alike, across municipalities and states. Food policy councils play an important role in assisting urban agriculture efforts by advocating for legislation, funding, and other resources, as well as through educational support for urban food producers.

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November 22, 2016   Comments Off on Digging into the benefits of urban agriculture: How can and do food policy councils support urban ag?

Manitoba’s Open Farm Day – Opening the barn doors to the city

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Aurora Farm in St. Norbert, Manitoba.

“I’m about medium sized,” Toms remarked about his farm operation. “I’ve got 100 cows and about 800 acres of grain,” he added.

By Tony Eu
Neepawa Banner/Neepawa Press
Sept 9, 2016

Excerpt:

“I started up about five years ago,” Toms said about participating in Open Farm Day. “I read it in the newspaper and I thought it’d be a good way for people from the urban communities, the cities and that, to connect with farmers,” he explained.

When asked what he thought about Open Farm Day, Toms replied, “It’s a way for people from urban centres to have a chance to go to the farms and see the different farms. It’s a good way for them to connect with the farmers and see what’s happening out in rural Manitoba.”

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September 16, 2016   Comments Off on Manitoba’s Open Farm Day – Opening the barn doors to the city

Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series by the Ohio State University Extension office

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Takes place between July 30 and Aug. 14.

Tours:

Urban fruit and vegetable production and marketing at Franklinton Gardens

Large-scale urban farm, Clarfield Farm

Multi-location, mission-drive urban farm, Italian Village Urban Farm

Demonstration food garden tour at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Garden Campus at the Franklin Park Conservatory

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July 18, 2016   Comments Off on Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series by the Ohio State University Extension office

Urban Agriculture and the Next Farm Bill Symposium

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The symposium will take place on September 30th, 2016 from 9am to 5pm, Washington DC

Kathleen Merrigan, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Sustainability
The Sustainability Collaborative
The George Washington University

The GW Sustainability Collaborative’s annual symposium brings together policy makers, academics and practitioners to identify current scientific findings and future research questions in the field of sustainability. This year’s conference will focus on the forthcoming 2018 Farm Bill and the potential for the first ever Urban Agriculture Title. The first half of the one-day symposium will center on land-based urban and peri-urban agricultural systems. The second half of the day will focus on non-land based (i.e. hydroponic, roof, vertical) urban and peri-urban farming.

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July 15, 2016   Comments Off on Urban Agriculture and the Next Farm Bill Symposium

Tour 31 farms and gardens across the Kansas City Metro area

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Cultivate Kansas City’s Urban Grown Tour on June 25 + 26

During this self-guided tour, you can explore 31 farms and gardens across the Kansas City Metro area that are growing food for your table. Our tour sites showcase the diversity of food and farm projects throughout our city, giving you a taste of urban farm businesses, school gardens, refugee training farms, and charitable gardens throughout greater Kansas City.

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June 14, 2016   Comments Off on Tour 31 farms and gardens across the Kansas City Metro area

New York Yankee players visit ‘Harlem Grown’ and help kids plant food gardens

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Eight New York players, as well as hip-hop group The Lox and Miss New York USA Serena Bucaj, made their way to Harlem to celebrate Harlem Grown which teaches children how to grow fresh fruits and vegetables at their seven locations across Harlem.

By Nick Suss
MLB.com
June 8th, 2016

Excerpt:

Bronx resident Tony Hillery, the founder of Harlem Grown, explained that he founded the organization when he was at a personal crossroads in 2009. After the recession, he wanted a career change and left his limousine business. He decided it was time he gave back to the community, and so he began volunteering at public schools in Harlem, where he became a favorite of the students.

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June 10, 2016   Comments Off on New York Yankee players visit ‘Harlem Grown’ and help kids plant food gardens

Bike tour of Baltimore’s urban farms

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Tour De Farms – June 12, 2016

Tour De Farms will start your day at Artifact Coffee and take you throughout Baltimore’s urban farms. Farm’s include Real Food, Boone St, Whitelock, and Big City Farm. At each stop, guests will see first hand and learn how important these places are to both Baltimore food and the Chespeake region. Learn the stories about the people who work hard everyday to make the world a better and greener place. Along the way make pit stops at Grand Gru and Parts and Labor to refuel.

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June 1, 2016   Comments Off on Bike tour of Baltimore’s urban farms

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