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Tasmania: Students living with disability hone skills through volunteering in community garden

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The students visit supportive accommodation units once a week to maintain the garden. (ABC Northern Tasmania: Fred Hooper)

“For people with a disability I guess to actually master something that you can do — and you can do well — is really exciting,” Ms Jacobs said.

By Fred Hooper
ABC Northern Tasmania
Nov 30, 2016

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“It was actually quite natural to bring them out into the community so they can use the skills they’ve learnt at school in the community garden for the benefit of other people.”

One of the students working on the vegetable patch was Nathan, who said he enjoyed planting, weeding and watering the garden.

“I work in the garden school, I’m very clever,” Nathan said.

“I’m digging a hole and then I pull the plant out of the container and then put it in the hole and then put the soil back in and then put some hay or something around it and then it’s done.”

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December 5, 2016   No Comments

Metro Atlanta Urban Farm Wins $222,663 USDA Grant

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“Securing this grant for the Urban Farm will create a healthier food source for many of our citizens.”

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Themetroatalantaurbanfarm.com
Nov 5, 2016

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One notable aspect of the farm is that it specializes in growing year-round, and includes varieties of fruits and vegetables not typically grown in metro Atlanta’s climate. The farm recently installed solar panels, and collects water from underground springs for hydration.

Wilson says his vision and responsibility are simple. “Self- sufficiency, self-sustainability and every effort to protect the environment,” he added. “We don’t want anything to leave the farm, so we’ll compost, reuse water, collect solar energy and more.”

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November 11, 2016   Comments Off on Metro Atlanta Urban Farm Wins $222,663 USDA Grant

Vietnam Home Features Accessible Platforms That Integrate Urban Farming

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“Terraces home serves as a constant reminder of the origin of paddy rice civilization in a flat world context, threatened by various types of pollution currently at an alarming level.”

Design Boom
Nov 6, 2016

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In Vietnam, H&P architects has completed a large residence featuring accessible platforms that integrate urban farming as a basis for sustainable development. located in the city of ha tinh, ‘terraces home’ seeks to combine architecture with agriculture, forming a new typology that the architects refer to as ‘agritecture’. influenced by the country’s terraced rice fields, the property intends to dissolve boundaries between internal and external living.

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November 8, 2016   Comments Off on Vietnam Home Features Accessible Platforms That Integrate Urban Farming

Locally Grown Ginger & Urban Farming’s Impact in Buffalo

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Our experiment with growing ginger is just one example of how urban farms can be hot beds of innovation; pioneering new sustainable growing techniques, developing novel crops, and testing new markets.

By Matt Kauffman
Buffalo Rising
October 20, 2016

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Being a tropical plant, growing local sources of ginger in Buffalo is going to include significant challenges. Nonetheless, last year, 5 Loaves Farm was the first farm in WNY to bring local ginger to market. Our “baby ginger” was grown in our hoop houses, right here on the West Side of Buffalo! This year a number of other growers are now trying it out, and our local sources of ginger are growing…

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October 28, 2016   Comments Off on Locally Grown Ginger & Urban Farming’s Impact in Buffalo

Seoul, Korea Pushes for More Urban Rice Farms

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Other ventures by the city to promote rice consumption include establishing an eco-friendly rice production complex, expanding the sales network and support for Gyeongbokgung Rice, and launching field study programs for students. (image: KobizMedia/ Korea Bizwire)

Despite being the most crowded city in Korea, Seoul is still home to 602 rice farms.

By Korea Bizarre
October 10, 2016

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In 2015, some 3.49 million square meters of land were devoted to rice farming in Korea’s capital, producing 1,805 tons of rice, which roughly equals the total daily consumption of the city’s population of 10 million – given that the average rice consumption per capita is 172.3 grams per day (2015).

Of the rice farmed in Seoul, 54 percent was sold to retail franchises, 26 percent to the government, and 15 percent directly to consumers. The rest was consumed by the farmers themselves.

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October 17, 2016   Comments Off on Seoul, Korea Pushes for More Urban Rice Farms

Urban Farming Forum Held in Mumbai

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Enthusiasts at the Urban Leaves, Don Bosco farm, Mating.

A panel discussion chaired by Jayant Kumar Banthia, former State Chief Secretary and chancellor, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), presented several ideas to incorporate urban farming into the city’s plans

By Diipti Jhangiani
The Hindu
Oct 9, 2016

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During the launch, Dr. Parasnis presented the carbon baseline survey of Navi Mumbai. She also shared vital statistics on the high pesticide and heavy metal content in commercially-grown fruits and vegetables. She shared the results of a survey by the University of Baroda, showing how commercially-grown fruits and vegetables contain pesticides like Aldrin, Chlordane, Dichlorvos much beyond the when permissible levels were 0.1 mg/kg.

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October 14, 2016   Comments Off on Urban Farming Forum Held in Mumbai

Berkeley’s Mayoralty Candidates Spar Over Urban Agriculture Package

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Jesse Arreguín: Ben Gould

Ben Gould criticizes Councilman Jesse Arreguín’s Urban Agriculture Proposal

Items from The Daily Californian
Sept 2016
(Must see. Mike.)

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The Urban Agriculture package, meanwhile, does propose specific incentives to encourage farming. It proposes bypassing public review and approval entirely, to automatically allow farms on up to nearly an acre of commercial-zoned land, or of unlimited size on unoccupied residential land. The Urban Agriculture package expands this by-right approval to construction of greenhouses, sheds, and fences; community gatherings and group class instruction; and sales of both raw and processed foods. It imposes no limitations on use of GMOs, pesticides, fertilizer, or industrial farming equipment.

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October 1, 2016   Comments Off on Berkeley’s Mayoralty Candidates Spar Over Urban Agriculture Package

High speed chase ends in community garden in Waterloo, Iowa

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Truck crashes into community garden.

I didn’t realize it really wiped out nearly every boxes they came across. He must have gone airborne when they hit the dirt pile,” said Marshall.

By Taylor Bailey
KWWl
Aug 22, 2016

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The white pick up truck ended up at Grace Gardens, right across from the Boys and Girls Club in Waterloo. Grace Garden is designed to provide free produce to people in the Walnut neighborhood.

The owner of the garden Judy Marshall says she heard it all happen and she was in shock after most of her crops were destroyed.

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August 31, 2016   Comments Off on High speed chase ends in community garden in Waterloo, Iowa

Nanofarm: The first appliance that grows food for you

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By Replantable
Aug. 22, 2016

From January 2016 until just a few weeks ago, 30 nanofarms have been put through their paces in the homes of our beta testers. Each beta tester has had the chance to harvest between 2-4 crops of produce, and they are very happy with the results.

While the beta testers agree the nanofarm does a great job growing food, they had lots of helpful criticism that led to the added features you see in the production model:

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August 22, 2016   Comments Off on Nanofarm: The first appliance that grows food for you

City Farmer featured in ‘Sustainable Gardens’ episode – Metro Vancouver TV

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Lynsey Dobbie, Garden Educator, City Farmer/Compost Demonstration Garden

The Sustainable Region TV Series
Episode 7
Metro Vancouver
July 6, 2016

The landscaping at the Annacis Research Centre and the City Farmer Demonstration Garden exemplifies sustainable approaches outlined in Metro Vancouver’s new, online Grow Green Guide. And we look at an herbal alternative to a grass lawn.

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July 31, 2016   Comments Off on City Farmer featured in ‘Sustainable Gardens’ episode – Metro Vancouver TV

Economic crisis bares hunger problem in Venezuela – some turn to urban farming

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vencookIn this June 1, 2016 photo, Petra Lezama prepares a salad with vegetables from her roof garden, where she keeps a photo of Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela. Lezama and her husband Francisco are government supporters who have turned to urban gardening to keep fresh vegetables in their diets, as fresh produce has become an unaffordable luxury for many. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) See more photos in Daily Mail.

Francisco Salazar, head of a community council that works in Caracas slums, says he and his neighbors are growing beets, black beans, lettuce and dozens of other vegetables in a large community garden.

By Fabiola Sanchez
Associated Press
July 04, 2016

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Some Venezuelans who had given up produce as an unaffordable luxury are now turning to urban farming to get vegetables back into their diets.

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July 5, 2016   Comments Off on Economic crisis bares hunger problem in Venezuela – some turn to urban farming

Fast-Food Chains Are Getting Into Farming Their Own Produce

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B.Good Got A Farm! And It’s On An Island!

B.Good, in Boston, is embarking on a new experiment in hyperlocal sourcing.

By Adele Peters
Fast Co-Exist
06.30.16

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They began growing kale in an unused alley next to a restaurant. In 2015, they started buying kale from an urban farmer using a hydroponic shipping container in Boston, and then began operating their own kale-filled shipping container under a local highway.

The island farm seemed like a natural next step. The island has an unusual history; for years, it served as the site of homeless shelters, and a farm next to the shelters helped feed residents and doubled as a job training program. But when the rickety bridge leading from Boston to the island was declared unsafe and demolished in 2014, the farm and shelters were abandoned.

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July 5, 2016   Comments Off on Fast-Food Chains Are Getting Into Farming Their Own Produce

Urban farms may sprout up in city parks in Glendale, Arizona

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irspCommunity Services Director Erik Strunk, Assistant Director of Community Services Tim Bernard and Parks and Recreation administrator Mike Gregory address the council on urban farming on undeveloped park land throughout the city. Photo by Darrell Jackson.

Heroes Regional Park has approximately 50 acres, Orangewood approximately 38 acres and Northern Horizon approximately 28 acres. City staff has researched either allowing use at cost to the farmers or leasing the land.

By Darrell Jackson,
The Glendale Star
June 16, 2016

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Parks and Recreation Administrator Mike Gregory told council the potential for farming of the land would help with aesthetics by making current land a green belt and help control blowing dust.

“We discussed an interim farming to improve the appearance and limiting dust control,” Gregory said. “It would be the responsibility of the farmers to maintain the land and they would pay for any water used on the land.”

Councilmember Lauren Tolmachoff asked staff about the option on leasing the land to potential farmers, rather than just allowing them to use the land free of charge.

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June 19, 2016   Comments Off on Urban farms may sprout up in city parks in Glendale, Arizona

Thieves steal $10k of tools from community garden in Ballarat, Australia

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stolenFive sheds at the Ballarat Community Garden were emptied by heartless thieves on Friday night devastating members including John Ditchburn. Picture: Kate Healy

Armed with wire cutters thieves sliced the wire of cyclone fencing, squeezing through gates to enter the garden.

By Olivia Shying
The Courier
June 14, 2016

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Mr Burns and the several hundred people connected to the garden are gutted after the senseless attack. Mowers, mulchers, electric hand tools and marquees were taken from five separate sheds.

“We were broken into last Thursday. (Potential) thieves were stopped by one of our members who saw them inside the garden looking at the sheds,” Mr Burns said.

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June 19, 2016   Comments Off on Thieves steal $10k of tools from community garden in Ballarat, Australia

Common Roots Urban Farm Bringing Fresh Produce to Buffalo’s East Side

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Common Roots also offers an Agriculture Farm Share program for those who want to pay one price in advance for the season’s produce.

By LaMonica Peters
Cable News Buffalo
Sunday, May 22, 2016

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“I think this area in particular, there’s not a lot of food available, fresh local food,” she said. “A lot of people in this community are low income. Not everybody drives, there are a lot seniors. People aren’t able to go far out to get what they need.”

One of the main crops at the Common Roots Urban Farm are peas. They’re planted in April and they’ll grow up a trellis and be harvested by June.

“We grow over 35 different varieties of vegetables,” Dumas said. “We did add some grapes last year and some raspberries. We have a small fruit orchard that’ll be producing in a few years.”

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May 27, 2016   Comments Off on Common Roots Urban Farm Bringing Fresh Produce to Buffalo’s East Side