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Goats Clean Up Parks and Educate Communities on Urban Farming

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Due to their unique digestive systems, goats are able to consume invasive weeds without redistributing any of the seeds in their excrement.

By Aine Creedon
Non Profit Quatrely
Jun 16, 2017

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Amy Weaver, owner of Five Fridges Farm, says the most surprising outcome of the project has been the community support that has erupted. Over the past few years, the goats have become a big hit with local residents, which flock to visit the hard workers cleaning up their parks.

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June 22, 2017   No Comments

Urban farming reaches new heights at 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

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Emily Saeger, full-time gardener at Faithful Farms, harvests produce to send downstairs to the Levi’s Stadium kitchens. (Courtesy Isha Salian)

The Atlanta Falcons are following suit with a raised-bed garden of their own. Boston’s Fenwick Park set up a rooftop garden in 2015, and San Francisco’s AT&T Park boasts a vegetable garden behind center field.

By Isha Salian
The Mercury News
June 10, 2017

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Taken together, the unexpected confluence of professional sports and organic gardening signals just how far the sustainability conversation reaches — but also accentuates the role corporate patronage plays in enabling green urban design. Authentic local food production and energy savings aside, these gourmet, microgreen-rich enterprises are a far cry from the gritty, empty lot urban farms that defined the urban agriculture movement for the last two generations.

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June 16, 2017   No Comments

The Aquaponic Farmer

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Forthcoming: A Complete Guide to Building and Operating a Commercial Aquaponic System

By Adrian Southern & Whelm King
New Society Publishers
Sept 1, 2017

Aquaponic farming — raising fish and vegetables together commercially — is the most promising innovation for a sustainable, profitable, localized food system. Until now, systems have largely focussed on warm-water fish such as tilapia. A lack of reliable information for raising fish and vegetables in the cool climates of North America and Europe has been a major stumbling block.

The Aquaponic Farmer is the game changer.

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June 2, 2017   Comments Off on The Aquaponic Farmer

From homestead to farm stand, how a Kansas City couple grows in the city

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Daniel Heryer and Brooke Salvaggio have built a life with the their two sons, Solomon and Percy on their 13-acre urban farm, Urbavore. Photo by Rich Sugg.

“We live so differently than everyone else, we’re total freaks, we know that, but we believe what we’re doing is, in some ways, noble,” Salvaggio says.

By Jennifer Mazi
Kansas City
May 23, 2017

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Now, a decade and two children later, farmers Brooke Salvaggio and Daniel Heryer, both 35, are on their knees weeding radishes on a sunny Wednesday morning. They discuss who will do what on the 13.5-acre plot of land they call Urbavore Farm, a nearly round-the-clock urban agricultural endeavor they have built from scratch in a quiet, working-class neighborhood 5 miles east of the Country Club Plaza.

There are few vacations, little time off, date-night scarcity.

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June 1, 2017   Comments Off on From homestead to farm stand, how a Kansas City couple grows in the city

India: The urban farmers battling Bangalore’s concrete jungle

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A farm flanked by new apartment buildings in Varthur. Photo by Prabhu Mallikarjunan.

Students from the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism report from Bangalore in southern India.

BBC News
May 27, 2017
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The once-rural farming community is now part of eastern Bangalore, near the city’s mighty IT campuses. This rapid urbanisation has thrust urban farmers like Hanumanthappa, who is 45, into a fraught relationship with the city. They are confronted with a choice: continue farming under adverse conditions, or sell their land.

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May 28, 2017   Comments Off on India: The urban farmers battling Bangalore’s concrete jungle

Canada: Alberta Community Garden helps women in Rwanda

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Shirley Ross won the University of Alberta’s Community Advocate Award Monday for her work at the university’s two-acre Green and Gold Community Garden.

A team of 100 volunteers grow more than 60 varieties of vegetables and sell them, with all proceeds going to the Tubahumurize Association in Rwanda to help women who have been traumatized by genocide and domestic abuse.

By Kevin Maimann
Metro
May 15 2017

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The garden is the association’s core source of funding and helps finance trauma counselling, health education, sewing and embroidery training and small business loans for the women.

“With the counselling programs that are provided, sometimes they’re speaking for the first time about their experience. They can be part of groups where they know that they’re not alone,” Ross said. “It helps them both socially but also economically.”

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May 16, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Alberta Community Garden helps women in Rwanda

Reuters Africa: No set menu to feed cities’ growing appetite

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Yet despite the benefits of urban farming, simply boosting the numbers of city farmers will not guarantee that cities can feed everyone or protect their food supply, experts say.

By Astrid Zweynert
Reuters Africa
May 15, 2017

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“Local agricultural production has to be part of a diverse food system to become a reliable secure food source for growing urban populations,” Pay Drechsel of the International Water Management Institute in Colombo told the Bonn conference.

Migration from rural areas to fast-growing cities in the developing world adds more complexity as an increasing number of people living in informal settlements and slums turn to urban farming, studies have shown.

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May 15, 2017   Comments Off on Reuters Africa: No set menu to feed cities’ growing appetite

Uganda: Diana Nsubuga utilizes limited city space for efficient urban farming in the Kulambiro suburb of Kampala

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Dr. Diana Nsubuga calls on educated people not to shy away from farming and to embrace it for the numerous benefits it has.

NTV
May 11, 2017
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The cow that was originally given as a wedding gift to Dr Diana Nambatya Nsubuga seven years ago, has turned out to be a game changer. The cow was the beginning of an experiment in urban farming that has changed Nsubuga’s life

Nsubuga, a trained doctor and public health professional, lives in Tuba Zone in the Kulambiro suburb of Kampala. The neighbourhood is in an urban setting which many would not consider conducive for farming.

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May 11, 2017   Comments Off on Uganda: Diana Nsubuga utilizes limited city space for efficient urban farming in the Kulambiro suburb of Kampala

Indonesia: Urban farming craze catches on across Jakarta

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JState High School (SMAN) 110 North Jakarta is the first school to harvest the Youth & Urban Farming program.

Part-time farmer by day, fire fighter by night, Suprizal is a member of the Cendana Farmer Group, a group of five residents who take care of a small farm.

By Winda A. Charmila
The Jakarta Post
April 21 2017

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Despite the scorching sun, Suprizal, 35, could barely contain his excitement as he prepared to plant vegetables and herbs for local residents in his neighborhood in Palmerah, West Jakarta.

Along with his neighbors, Suprizal planted the crops on a 160-square-meter plot of land, whose owner had asked a community unit (RT) head to utilize it.

All plants are organic. We use compost and do not use pesticides,” he said.

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April 27, 2017   Comments Off on Indonesia: Urban farming craze catches on across Jakarta

Edible Gardens Enliven Industrial Properties, Accelerate Valuations

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Lara Hermanson, Co-Founder & Principal, Farscape.

Urban farms can help to attract new industrial businesses, accelerate property values, and engender camaraderie between co-workers.

By Lara Hermanson,
Co-Founder & Principal, Farmscape
Connecticut Area Development
April 2017

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Landscaping, within industrial parks, has dual problems of being both expensive and visually underwhelming. Bright green lawns need mowing and fertilizing, while water is either in too much abundance or so sparse it’s impossible to maintain decent-looking grass. Bushes and trees need to be carved into lollipop shapes and noisy blowers tidy up — right when you need to get on the phone. The results are that these outdoor spaces aren’t welcoming, let alone inspiring, to clients and employees. One solution to address all these issues is for industrial parks to introduce an “urban farm.”

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April 22, 2017   Comments Off on Edible Gardens Enliven Industrial Properties, Accelerate Valuations

New Zealand: Wellington community garden hit by flooding overnight

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“We’ve lost one and a half metres of embankment on both sides of the stream, a bridge, some planting, five big cabbage trees and a lot of chickens”, he said.

By Emma Jolliff
News Hub
06/04/2017

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“This stream is running a metre higher than it normally does. Last night in the flood it was one and a half metres above this.

“We were out here when they evacuated everyone. Police came down in force, council came down … they took everyone down to the school, there was lots of support.”

The community garden has around 300 gardeners, and also provides 35 emergency housing places.

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April 6, 2017   Comments Off on New Zealand: Wellington community garden hit by flooding overnight

South Africa: Johannesburg rooftop gardens bringing agriculture to heart of city living

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“The city has to find a way of making urban agriculture work in each and every space in the city. Since the inner city is filled with buildings, rooftop gardens is one of the ways we are trying to green the city,” Motsusi says.

By: Schalk Burger
Engineering News
Mar 17, 2017

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Officials of the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) Food Resilience Unit and the Johannesburg Development Agency are, therefore, working to help establish rooftop vegetable gardens to ensure food security for vulnerable people in the inner city and promote entrepreneurship.

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March 24, 2017   Comments Off on South Africa: Johannesburg rooftop gardens bringing agriculture to heart of city living

1906 Quebec ‘Journal of Agriculture’ Promoted School Gardens

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The artisan who has to work ten hours a day at his trade, if he has been trained to love his garden, not only finds moderate working in it a pleasing recreation, but finds that it adds materially to his slender income.

By Mr. George Moore
Journal of Agriculture and Horticulture
July 1, 1906
(The Journal was the official organ of the Council of Agriculture of the Province of Quebec.)

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Again, looking at the question from an economic or several stand point, the advantages of a knowledge of horticulture are not to be despised. The lot of many a poor family might have been made smoother had their head have been taught, how properly to cultivate the little plot of land by which their cottage was surrounded.

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March 17, 2017   Comments Off on 1906 Quebec ‘Journal of Agriculture’ Promoted School Gardens

Adults’ food skills and use of gardens are not associated with household food insecurity in Canada

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Dr.Valerie Tarasuk, “I know, again, it seems counter-intuitive — you think well if you’re growing your own food you don’t need to buy it, you should have more food,” she said. But small urban gardens don’t produce enough, she said, and fill needs mostly temporarily because they are seasonal.

Objectives: To determine the extent to which Canadian adults’ food preparation and cooking skills and use of home or community gardens relate to their household food insecurity status; and to compare the food shopping and cooking behaviours of adults in food-secure and food-insecure households.

By Anne Huisken, Sarah K. Orr, Valerie Tarasuk
Can J Public Health 2016;107(6):e526–e532
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Only 29.4% of adults in food-insecure households reported using a home or community garden for food, compared with 43.5% of those in food-secure households (chi-square test, p < 0.05). The odds of food insecurity was not significantly associated with the use of gardens for food when this variable was included in a logistic regression model along with individual- and household-level socio-demographic characteristics (Table 2, column 4). [Read more →]

March 16, 2017   Comments Off on Adults’ food skills and use of gardens are not associated with household food insecurity in Canada

Holocaust Ghetto Photographs Survived Buried in the Ground – Gardeners 1940-1944

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“The scarecrow too has to carry the yellow star.” Henryk Ross, Polish, 1910 – 1991.


Boy searching for food.

Photojournalist Henryk Ross was forced to work by the Nazi regime as a bureaucratic photographer for the Jewish Administration’s statistics department. He was one of at least 160,000 people held in the Lodz Ghetto in Poland.

All photos by Henryk Ross
Art Gallery of Ontario
The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross
A Collection of Holocaust Photographs
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Ross buried his negatives in 1944 in attempt to preserve the historical record of what had happened in Lodz. As one of the mere 877 recorded survivors of the ghetto, Ross returned for the negatives after Lodz’s liberation, discovering that more than half of the original 6,000 remained intact.

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March 7, 2017   Comments Off on Holocaust Ghetto Photographs Survived Buried in the Ground – Gardeners 1940-1944