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Bordofarms: A Project Focused on Solving Deportee Economic Issues Through Urban Farming

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José de Jesús González, right, the leader of Bordofarms’ workers, begins the day tending young plants in boxes along the Tijuana River, Feb. 25, 2015. Eros Hoagland for Al Jazeera America.

Volunteers built boxes, carted dirt and planted seedlings in what organizers say are the first step in an urban farming project aimed at addressing the issue of homeless U.S. deportees.

By Miguel Marshall
Huffington Post
July 21

Excerpt:

The Tijuana Global Shapers Community (a diverse group of young leaders affiliated to World Economic Forum), proposed a project focused on building technology based vertical farms along the edge of the Tijuana River — a project similar to the New York highline but with a productive twist. The idea was inspired by an experience with Angel Ventures Mexico where we invested, through an Angel Group, in Home Town Farms; a startup doing vertical farming in the neighboring San Diego area.

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July 27, 2015   No Comments

In St. Louis, foreign refugees are farming on city-owned land to earn a few extra greenbacks.

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Mang Zam, late of Myanmar, tending his vegetables in St. Louis.(Wayne Crosslin/International Institute of St. Louis)

Raising Crops That Remind Them of Home

By Ted Hesson
National Journal
July 7, 2015

Excerpt:

July 7, 2015 In a city best known for deep-fried ravioli and butter cake, you might not expect bitter eggplant—dubbed “pumpkin on a stick,” for how it looks on the stem—to be a runaway hit.

Yet bitter eggplant, common to cuisine in parts of Africa, Asia, and Brazil, has become one of the most popular crops at two urban farms in St. Louis, bringing in $6 to $7 per pound. Used in a soup or a sauce, it is a favorite among the locale’s most recent arrivals, refugees from such strife-torn lands as Burundi, Myanmar, and Nepal. For the past few years, refugee farmers have raised the exotic crop, and many others, through a program run by the International Institute of St. Louis, a nonprofit organization that helps immigrants adapt to life in a city whose heyday has long passed.

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July 18, 2015   No Comments

Why Joining the Urban Agriculture Movement Will Make You Healthier

washgarCommon Good City Farm produces food for low-income neighborhoods in the District of Columbia.

In 2014, the USDA reported a total of 8,268 farmers markets nationwide, an increase of 76 percent since 2008. That increase was partly due to demand for more local food.

By Corinne Ruff
US News and World Report
June 23, 2015

Excerpt:

As a gardener and researcher of human rights for adequate food and nutrition, Anne Bellows, professor of food studies at Syracuse University, says these urban farms play an important role in retaining public health.

“It’s important to understand and be aware of what the huge multitude of benefits are,” she says. “The food and the nutrition are important, but also very critical are benefits like access to green, quiet, safe space where other people are meeting and working – some place that is a refuge.”

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July 3, 2015   Comments Off on Why Joining the Urban Agriculture Movement Will Make You Healthier

What Kale and Arugula Have to Do with Reducing Recidivism in Miami, Florida

nationsUrban Greenworks executive-cirector James Jiler and Roger Horne, director of community health relations, share some freshly picked fruit from Cerasee Farm. See more photos of inner city gardens in Miami here. Photos by Ryan Stone.

This group is soothing inner-city tensions, spade in hand.

By Chris Peak
Nation Swell
June 18, 2015

Excerpt:

It’s mango season in Miami, and James Jiler’s kitchen counter keeps filling with bags and bags of the tropical fruit. The towering mound accumulates nearly faster than he can slice the mangos apart or blend them together in a summer daiquiri.

Tasty as the fresh fruit is already, it’s even sweeter to Jiler because of where it comes from: many of the mangoes were nurtured and picked by at-risk youth, halfway house residents and the formerly incarcerated. As the executive director of Urban Greenworks, Jiler provides green jobs and environmental programs like planting in urban spaces or science education in schools to troubled residents of Miami. Since the organization’s start in 2010, roughly 55 people have been employed by the nonprofit, plus hundreds more have served as volunteers.

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July 3, 2015   Comments Off on What Kale and Arugula Have to Do with Reducing Recidivism in Miami, Florida

The Real Seeds of Change Are Being Planted by Offenders in Balinese Prisons

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A quiet revolution is underway in Bali’s prisons.

Bangli Prison Organic Farm is the main producer of organic food seeds distributed to regional farmers by the local nongovernment IDEP Foundation

By Ade Andreawan
Jakarta Globe
Apr 27, 2015

Excerpt:

On the inside of Bangli Prison in central Bali, seeds of life are transforming inmates in a correctional revolution of wellbeing not only for health of the prisoners, but the birth of a pioneering food-seed social enterprise — possibly a world-first in prison reform models — providing nourishment for tens of thousands across Bali, and strengthening Indonesia’s food sovereignty in the process.

Bangli Prison Organic Farm, supported by an Indonesian donor-funded team of permaculture and community development experts, is the main producer of organic food seeds distributed to regional farmers by the local nongovernment IDEP Foundation.

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May 30, 2015   Comments Off on The Real Seeds of Change Are Being Planted by Offenders in Balinese Prisons

British Journal Public Health: Urban agriculture: long-term strategy or impossible dream?

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1922. Children at work in a community garden. Click on image for larger file.

Lessons from Prospect Farm in Brooklyn, New York

By T. Angotti
April issue of the British Journal Public Health
February 24, 2015

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Abstract:

Proponents of urban agriculture have identified its potential to improve health and the environment but in New York City and other densely developed and populated urban areas, it faces huge challenges because of the shortage of space, cost of land, and the lack of contemporary local food production. However, large portions of the city and metropolitan region do have open land and a history of agricultural production in the not-too-distant past. Local food movements and concerns about food security have sparked a growing interest in urban farming.

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May 4, 2015   Comments Off on British Journal Public Health: Urban agriculture: long-term strategy or impossible dream?

Mental Hospital Inmates Find Succour in Farming in Kozhikode, India

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Students harvesting spinach from the farm garden set up by Kanivu at the Government Mental Health Centre at Kuthiravattam.

“We are happy that we are able to provide the patients toxic-free vegetables.”

By Shafeeq Alingal
New India Express
25th April 2015

Excerpt:

At the Government Mental Health Centre at Kuthiravattam in Kozhikode a group of patients, cured of their mental illness, is seen watering the plants and harvesting the vegetables at the plot which once used to be left abandoned inside the compound of the centre. The credit goes to the group of farmers, activists and environmentalists for joining hands under the aegis of a small collective called ‘Kanivu’.

The mission is aimed at bringing about a change both in the ambience of the centre and the mindset of the patients and the staff.

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May 2, 2015   Comments Off on Mental Hospital Inmates Find Succour in Farming in Kozhikode, India

Kim Wilde: ‘Horticulture gave me back my life.

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Gardens are always the first place I go to regenerate’.

The singer is leading an appeal for the charity Thrive, which uses the therapy of horticulture

By Jane Merrick
The Independent
19 April 2015

Excerpt:

The Eighties pop star Kim Wilde has revealed how gardening helped her through bouts of anxiety and to restore “balance” after a turbulent time in the music business.

In a BBC appeal for the charity Thrive, which helps people with physical disabilities and mental health issues through gardening therapy, Wilde says: “Horticulture really brought me back to life. Gardens are always the first place I go to regenerate … they are a complete sensory experience.”

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April 28, 2015   Comments Off on Kim Wilde: ‘Horticulture gave me back my life.

Columbia, Missouri community garden connects international students

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A small plot next to the Kirkman House at 410 N. Tenth St. is prepared Tuesday for the inaugural spring season of planting by Columbia College’s International Club members. Jefferson Middle School English Language Learners students helped college students tend the plot to create connections and a community for Columbia international students. Photo by Natalie Helms.

Buretta said working in the garden is a great way for the students to meet other people and feel more at home in a foreign place.

By Natalie Helms
Missourian
March 31, 2015

Excerpt:

A 14-year-old from Somalia and a college student from Nigeria were among those in the dirt planting potatoes and spinach Tuesday afternoon on the grounds of Columbia College.

Ferihiya Osman, the 14-year-old Somali, and Rotshak Dakup, a Columbia College sophomore who came to the U.S. in 2013, started as strangers but ended up as team members tending to the college’s community garden. The plot, known as the “Cougarden” after the school’s cougar mascot, will be the centerpiece of an effort to bridge the age gap between Columbia’s international students.

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April 9, 2015   Comments Off on Columbia, Missouri community garden connects international students

‘The Mobile Garden’ used in Healthcare and Education

mobileMobile Garden with wheelchair access.

The main, circular, planting tray of The Mobile Garden is 1.2 meters in diameter and 15cm deep with drainage holes in the base and a central divider.

“The circular planting table has a depth of 15cm making it suitable for growing flowers, herbs, salads and some varieties of vegetables. The height is just right for a seated gardener or for those who find bending or kneeling difficult. It can be pushed around pretty easily on it’s castors. The planting table has a diameter of 1.2m that can be further divided by individual allotments or mini gardens for sharing, making it ideal for care homes looking to keep patients active.” November 2011, Able Magazine.

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April 8, 2015   Comments Off on ‘The Mobile Garden’ used in Healthcare and Education

Bessie, The Psychiatrist Who Finds Peace Of Mind At Stepney City Farm

Today the film goes live on ‘1000 Londoners’ – Bessie, Londoner #65

Directed by Ross Dickson
1000 Londoners
Feb 2015
(Must see. Mike)

“In my day job I’m a psychiatrist. There’s an overlap – sometimes when I’m at work and I’m with people that I’m supposed to be treating with medication and so forth, I say to them ‘have you got a local city farm?’ ” Bessie, Trustee at Stepney City Farm

Bessie moved to London from Adelaide about 20 years ago, and began working in social work with rough sleepers. She is now a psychiatrist and is also a Trustee on the board at Stepney City farm.

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February 12, 2015   Comments Off on Bessie, The Psychiatrist Who Finds Peace Of Mind At Stepney City Farm

Prison Garden: Gangsters, Swastikas, Tweakers and Permaculture

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Neaners (center), Larry (far right), at the first garden site, during Neaners’ first month home from prison.

When you try to create a beautiful, sprawling permaculture garden with guys you meet in jail, it might not look like the glossy design handbook.

By Chris Hoke
Modern Farmer
January 21, 2015

Excerpt:

When we designed a permaculture-style garden this last year, we had lofty visions. Our organization works with migrant farmworkers and folks we meet in the jail where we visit as regular chaplains. We seek out and serve the people society uses up or throws away — deporting them or locking them up in social dumpsters.

We already had the gang and drug recovery home, but this new garden would be a site of healing, healthy work in the soil, reconciliation with the natural world after years of trauma, drugs, violence and prison cells. Back to nature. Wendell Berry kind of stuff.

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January 22, 2015   Comments Off on Prison Garden: Gangsters, Swastikas, Tweakers and Permaculture

Urban farming in Tijuana for deportees

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Deportee Roberto Marquez helps with the Bordofarms project. Photo by Alejandro Tamayo.

52-year-old Roberto Márquez, said he was deported in June after living in the United States for 48 years, where he held jobs in landscaping and farming, but eventually was convicted of drug charges.

By Sandra Dibble
U-T Santiago
JAN. 17, 2015

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TIJUANA — It was an act of civil disobedience, carried out on federal land off a busy Tijuana thoroughfare in broad daylight. For hours on Saturday, volunteers built boxes, carted dirt and planted seedlings in what organizers say is the first step in an urban farming project aimed at addressing the issue of homeless U.S. deportees.

“These people want to work but nobody hires them, they have absolutely nothing,” said Miguel Marshall, 28, a member of Global Shapers Tijuana Hub, part of a World Economic Forum initiative that encourages young people around the world to come up with projects that address problems in their communities.

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January 19, 2015   Comments Off on Urban farming in Tijuana for deportees

Theatre and organic gardening come together in Santiago, Chile

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Gabriel teaches how to sow seeds. Colectivo Sustento market day 2013.

Establish an organic garden in two of the centres: San Bernardo and Calera de Tango

By Penelope Glass
ColectivoSustento
2014

Excerpt:

Because theatre is not all we do. Colectivo Sustento’s work outside the prison is a constant development towards self-sustainability through organic gardening, community garden initiatives and networking. Through this work Gabriel, ex Fénix & Ilusiones, has been trained in organic agriculture for 2 years (thanks to the CSA* Farm Huellas Verdes). He is our garden expert, who coordinates the Sustento garden, and runs workshops at our market days and in community settings. He is the logical choice to run community garden workshops in the juvenile centres.

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December 18, 2014   Comments Off on Theatre and organic gardening come together in Santiago, Chile

Singapore: Aquaponic urban farm puts seniors to work

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According to Spark Architects, its Homefarm part retirement home, part retiree-run urban farm concept would achieve food security and production sustainability, and improved health and community spirit among Singapore seniors.

By Stu Robarts
Gizmag
December 2, 2014

Excerpt:

Spark says that its actual aim is to “generate discussion about the many potentials that can emerge from the mixing of two typically separate realms.” Specifically, in this case, it’s referencing the combination of accommodation and facilities for seniors with an urban farm. It notes the context that Singapore has a significantly aging population, growing city populations and imports over 90 percent of its food. The Homefarm concept, it says, addresses all of these issues.

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December 6, 2014   Comments Off on Singapore: Aquaponic urban farm puts seniors to work