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I’m not sure connected planters will ever succeed

See the video show here.

Now, a company called Grow has announced its first product, the Grow Duo.

By Ashley Carman
The Werge
Apr 7, 2018

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It’s a large planter for outdoor use that comes with a companion iOS / Android app, a moisture sensor for the soil, temperature sensors for both the soil and outside air, and a light sensor for the sun. It hooks up to a user’s hose, so there’s no need to water the plants; its automated sprinklers take care of it.

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April 15, 2018   No Comments

India: Leafy towns can firefight urban heat – Urban farming boosts nutritional security

Pandals are special framed structures used for vegetables with twine like stems. The weak climbers utilize this support, which protects the produce from soiling and increases exposure to sunlight and aeration.

Urban as well as periurban agriculture can help achieve nutritional security, even as one agrees that food security needs to come from villages.

Dr M S Swaminathan
Deccan Chronicle
Apr 8, 2018
The author is Father of Indian Green Revolution. He is recipient of the first World Food Prize, in 1987.

Excerpt:

It is time we graduated from food security to nutritional security. Fruits and vegetables can be grown by individuals to supplement nutritional needs. There is something known as hidden hunger. You might be getting enough food, but the nutrients that your body needs might be absent from your food. Your food might not have sufficient iron, protein or zinc content. This is where rooftop and homestead kitchen gardens can be useful.

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April 13, 2018   No Comments

Don’s Finest Living Foods delivers super-young sprouts and veggies to health-conscious customers

Don DeLillo: Putting his money where our mouths are in Huntington Station, NY.

$4,000, self-invested, to equip his first basement farm

By Amy Onorato
Innovateli
Apt 6, 2018

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And so, Don’s Finest Living Foods was born. DeLillo took roughly $4,000 he saved up from his job at Empire LED and poured it into equipment he would need to build an urban farm in the basement of his parents’ Huntington Station home.

Once his crops were flourishing, he used word-of-mouth networking and a website to build a local customer base, which places regular orders on a “subscription-like” basis, DeLillo said.

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April 12, 2018   No Comments

Canada: “We no longer own a shovel” – Langley, BC, community garden ravaged by thieves

Gardening tools, copper wiring and entire trees are just some of the things that have been stolen from the site, according to Smith, who estimates that they have lost $15,000 worth of equipment to theft.

By Tiffany Goodwein
CTV Vancouver
March 29, 2018

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A popular community garden in Langley is forced to close its doors for the season because of rampant theft.

“We were getting things stolen every single day in January and February,” said Amanda Smith of the Maples Discovery Gardens Community Co-op.

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April 5, 2018   Comments Off on Canada: “We no longer own a shovel” – Langley, BC, community garden ravaged by thieves

Plan To Promote Kitchen Gardening Culture In Punjab

A 2012 video showing an earlier program by the Government of Punjab.

Punjab agriculture department has sold 50,000 summer vegetable seed kits on subsidized rates across the province.

By Mohammad Ali
Urdu Point
Mar 28, 2018

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SIALKOT, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 12th Mar, 2018. Punjab agriculture department has sold 50,000 summer vegetable seed kits on subsidized rates across the province. The sources in agriculture department told APP on Monday, the government was very keen to promote kitchen gardening to enable people to get fresh home grown vegetables.

The step has been taken for the promotion of kitchen gardening culture and to create awareness about the importance and utility of home grown fresh vegetables across the province. Kitchen gardening has gained popularity among people especially the women folk in different districts including Sialkot.

The kitchen gardening is actively attaching highest importance in the wake of upsurge in prices, malnutrition, poverty alleviation and consumption of fresh and home grown vegetables.

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March 17, 2018   Comments Off on Plan To Promote Kitchen Gardening Culture In Punjab

Local garden becomes family business venture in Houston, Texas

Amy Williams (bottom left) with husband and children standing by their backyard garden.

With a garden to upkeep, and business to run, Williams also homeschools. She says it’s never easy to find the perfect balance, especially with five kids, but gardening and the creation of Underhill has provided amazing learning opportunities for the kids.

By Zarah Parker
Leader News
Mar 8, 2018

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From backyard garden in our local community to a small business, Amy Williams is keeping the gardening tradition alive in the family with Underhill Urban Farm Co, a non-GMO, organically grown farm and garden that uses heirloom seeds, that are all locally grown.

Her father, an organic farmer, taught her the ins and outs of farming, while her mother taught her how to can different items, like pickles, jams, and jellies. Growing up with fruits and veggies in the backyard and on the table was something Williams was used to. So, it was natural that she’d have a garden of her own and use it to teach her children as well.

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March 15, 2018   Comments Off on Local garden becomes family business venture in Houston, Texas

Social entrepreneur sprouts urban farming program to help inner city children live healthier lives in Charlotte, North Carolina

From left: Ryan Dunn with Earnest Porter and Aliya Hillian in the greenhouse at the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA in Atlanta. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Dunn)

“You see these kids going to school every day with a [soda and candy] bar and then they couldn’t sit still,” Dunn said. “They’d be full of sugar or hungry, and have a bad attitude or make bad decisions relating to others, and not understand why.”

By American Heart Association News
Feb 28, 2018

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Dunn cofounded the nonprofit Next Generation Youth Center in 2013, a mentoring program serving kids on probation, and arranged for each to get a box of food from the food bank where the program met. He now works as an urban agriculture consultant, offering programs for students and community groups.

He said his lessons are rooted in the science of farming with the goal of producing healthy food-producing plants, but serve as allegory for the bigger life lessons of patience, perseverance and the importance of overall health and nutrition.

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March 7, 2018   Comments Off on Social entrepreneur sprouts urban farming program to help inner city children live healthier lives in Charlotte, North Carolina

India: Rooftop gardening for greener cities

Shykh Seraj with Sheikh Al Ahmad Nahid at the latter’s rooftop garden in Chittagong. PHOTO: Hridoye Mati O Manush.

Those who are building a new home can take advice from experts to make the roof suitable for small-scale agriculture.

By Shykh Seraj
The Daily Star
Feb 14, 2018

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I have seen that retired government and private service holders, businessmen and industrialists have made their leisure time productive by getting involved in rooftop agriculture. It gives them peace, they say. Even a section of people who don’t have their own house or roof, convince their house owner and do gardening in one side of the roof or even in balcony. It also provides nutrition for the family. Besides cultivating fruits and vegetables and raising chickens, pigeons, turkeys etc, some are cultivating fish in drums set on roofs. This might sound strange, even goats, sheep and cows are being raised on rooftops.

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February 22, 2018   Comments Off on India: Rooftop gardening for greener cities

Malaysia: Living In The City, Have You Ever Dreamed Of Growing Your Own Food?

“I highly encourage Malaysians to start jumping on the green bandwagon, talk and meet up with people who have ventured in urban farming and aquaponics,”

Written by Hana Maher
Malaysian Digest
Feb 2, 2018

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Nafisah Ahmad relayed that gardening is more of a way of life rather than a hobby, especially for those who grew up outside the city.

“Urban gardening is not a new trend as those who reside and grew up outside the city have always grown their own vegetables and fruits,” she opined.

“Because I grew up seeing my parents planting their own vegetables and plants, I picked up the habit and followed their footsteps when I moved to Kuala Lumpur in the 1970s.”

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February 9, 2018   Comments Off on Malaysia: Living In The City, Have You Ever Dreamed Of Growing Your Own Food?

Land on Vancouver church’s lot becomes garden for many to use

Wanda Wilson of Vancouver sits on a raised, wheelchair-accessible garden bed at the Minnie Stromgren Memorial Garden at Vancouver Heights United Methodist Church.

The garden features 34 beds varying in size from 4 by 8 feet to 10 by 20. The smaller beds are available at no cost, but the larger plots are $20.

By Katy Sword
Columbian
January 24, 2018

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At the Vancouver Heights United Methodist Church’s block-wide space, a large parcel of valuable land was vacant. It was previously used to grow corn for a corn feed event, but the ground was now bare. Wanda Wilson wondered whether it could be a community garden. The answer was yes.

“I had to make sure that the zoning and everything was all right with the city,” Wilson said. “As it turns out, there are no regulations for that.”

With the volunteer labor of a church member, an irrigation system was installed and the garden opened for use in 2009.

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January 31, 2018   Comments Off on Land on Vancouver church’s lot becomes garden for many to use

India: This farming app lets you grow and harvest your own organic food

Farmizen is a mobile based application that enables an individual to grow chemical-free organic food in a mini-farm.

By Queeny Mahajan
Your Story
2nd January 2018

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Situated on the periphery of Bengaluru city, Farmizen manages five farms of 10.5 acres, divided into mini farms of 600 sq ft each. By paying Rs 2500 as a monthly subscription fee that includes the monthly rent to the farmers, the individuals can grow vegetables of their choice as per the season in the twelve beds allocated to them in their mini farm. They control the farm through an app just like Farmville and can visit the farm anytime and harvest their own chemical-free produce.

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January 9, 2018   Comments Off on India: This farming app lets you grow and harvest your own organic food

UK: How gardening helped my mental health – “It became my therapy”

Global Garden Project from Green Synergy.

Gardening therapy is being prescribed more and more frequently by GPs after a study at Harvard University found time spent pottering around outside resulted in substantially lower levels of depression among participants.

By NetDoctor
21 December 2017

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“5 years came and went, but very slowly I began to get better. With support from my mum I attended a mindfulness course that helped me go along to a community gardening group, Green Synergy. And whilst I also enjoyed the haven my own garden gave me, little did I know then the effect that community gardening would have on me.

“The outside world at times still felt terrifying but with my gardening volunteering, I started to feel valued, was part of a team again and started to learn new skills. The act of tending to something, looking after it, seeing it grow and flourish was hugely rewarding too. I didn’t need to be knowledgeable and it was ok to make mistakes as a garden will never judge – gardening had become my therapy.

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December 28, 2017   Comments Off on UK: How gardening helped my mental health – “It became my therapy”

Fellows earn urban farming certification completing 11-month program

Alex Badecker with certificate.

The nine people received certificates in urban agriculture endorsed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

By Tammie Smith
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Dec 17, 2017

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The students spent 15 to 20 hours a week in training — hands-on in the field and in the classroom where topics included holistic business planning, farm business plan development, financial projections and cash flow, record keeping and decision-making for farm profitability.

“My goal is to sell to restaurants and farmers markets,” said Alex Badecker, who grows asparagus, sweet potatoes and other produce part time on an approximately 6,000-square-foot plot in Henrico County.

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December 24, 2017   Comments Off on Fellows earn urban farming certification completing 11-month program

Canada: Agriculture and Food Security Plan from Saanich, BC

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Theme 7: Expand Opportunities for Urban Agriculture

DRAFT Agriculture and Food Security Plan
Prepared by the District of Saanich Planning Department & Upland Agriculture Consulting
November, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

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The purpose of the Agriculture and Food Security Plan (AFSP) is to provide the District with a coordinated approach for supporting agriculture and improving food security in Saanich over the next 10 to 15 years. It provides a roadmap for achieving Sustainable Saanich’s Official Community Plan (OCP) priorities and outlines a comprehensive approach to enhance the viability and long term sustainability of Saanich agriculture and food security.

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November 28, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Agriculture and Food Security Plan from Saanich, BC

Canada: Forget backyard chickens, council shifts focus to food security in London, Ontario

“A small victory for chickens” says animal welfare group after council rejects proposal to allow backyard laying hens #ldnont

About a dozen animal welfare supporters poured into the city’s gallery to voice their disapproval

CBC News
Nov 15, 2017

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Londoners will have to hold off on raising backyard laying hens – and current coop owners will have to continue flying under the radar.

Animal Liberation Alliance London, From Their Facebook page:
“Small victory for chickens tonight as city council voted to remove back yard chickens from the cities agricultural plan. Small victory because they did it for all the wrong reasons. We are still not recognizing chickens as having a right to not be exploited by humans. Most of the councillors voted against it because they saw chickens in the city as an unnecessary burden or a nuisance.

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November 16, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Forget backyard chickens, council shifts focus to food security in London, Ontario