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Urban Agriculture and Urban Forestry in Africa Featured in FAO Publication

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Farmers holding freshly harvested cassava (Manihot esculenta). Murango, Kenya Photo credit: © Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Frederic Courbet.

Sustainable Natural Resources Management in Africa’s Urban Food and Nutrition Equation

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Enhancing natural resources management for food security in Africa Volume 28, Issue 2, 2014
Editor: Foday Bojang
Deputy Editor: Ada Ndeso-Atanga
FAO Regional Office for Africa

Excerpt:

Message to Readers
By Bukar Tijani1

The special feature in this edition highlights the contribution of trees, shrubs and other woody plants to food and nutrition as acknowledged in the first ever ?State of the World‘s Forest Genetic Resources? report published by FAO in June 2014. Also under the Special Feature, Martin Nganje points to the fact that forests contribute directly towards food security and improved nutrition on the African continent through their non-timber forest products. Moreover, he examines how forests contribute towards food self-sufficiency in ways other than through their edible parts. Michela Conigliaro , Simone Borelli and Fabio Salbitano in turn provide some examples of how the efforts towards the protection and restoration of forests and tree cover in and around African cities can make a substantive contribution to alleviating poverty and reducing malnutrition and in ensuring a more environmentally and socio-economically sustainable urban development.

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October 23, 2014   No Comments

Sam Kass, the Obamas’ Foodmaster General, Loves the Kitchen Garden

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Michelle Obama and the family’s personal chef, Sam Kass, in the White House kitchen garden in 2010. Photo Charles Dharapak/Associated Press.

Kass takes inner-city students in Washington on tours of the White House garden

By Jennifer Steinhaueraug
New York Times
28, 2014

Excerpt:

Mr. Kass is expected to stay through the end of the president’s second term as one of the last remaining original staff members of this White House, perhaps for no other reason than his love of the garden, where 1,000 pounds of food are grown each year, much of it served on the premises.

“He has this bizarre affection for a fig tree,” said Eddie Gehman Kohan, whose blog, ObamaFoodorama.com, documents the eating life of the White House. She was describing a tree that grew from a sapling donated to the White House by Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s estate. Once, she said, the tree was accidentally yanked up and tossed with the weeds, but Mr. Kass rescued it.

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August 30, 2014   Comments Off

Lots of Food transforms vacant lots into public food gardens in Rochester

There are a dozen gardens across the Rochester area with the goal of producing more in the years ahead.

By Josh Nichols
WHEC
07/30/2014

Excerpt:

Patty Love, Director of Lotsoffood.org, said, “Lots of Food is about growing food on lots, especially on empty urban lots or lots that are being mowed as lawn, right now, where we could be growing food instead. The idea is with these lots, we can produce lots. We can produce lots of food. We have a number of people, not only living in poverty, but living in food deserts, areas where they don’t have access to fresh healthy food. All of those things are really important to changing the fabric of our community and uplifting everyone.”

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August 7, 2014   Comments Off

Can Urban Gardening Alleviate Waco, Texas ‘Food Deserts?’

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City of Waco Senior Planner Felix Landry says the city’s food deserts have been a major concern for many who work for the City.

By Jill Ament
KWBU
July 28, 2014

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It’s hard to find healthy food in some Waco neighborhoods. These so-called “food deserts” often occur when grocery stores are too far away and residents are left to get nourishment from convenience stores or fast food. Urban gardening is just one way the city is combating these food deserts.

Kids attending Farm Camp at the World Hunger Relief headquarters outside of Waco are learning how to live sustainably. The kids are recruited from Waco ISD and they’re playing a game based on recycling, composting and other ways to get rid of trash. Campers run across a field, sorting trash between recycling, garbage and compost.

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August 2, 2014   Comments Off

The Permaculture Kitchen

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Love Food, Love People, Love the Planet

By Carl Legge
Chelsea Green
June 2014

An introduction to cooking with local, seasonal, foraged, homegrown, fresh, and free-range produce. Recipes allow a variety of ingredients to be used, with vegetarian and vegan alternatives.

This is the ultimate introduction to economical, seasonal, and delicious cooking. The Permaculture Kitchen is written by a passionate smallholder and cook who explains how to make tasty meals using seasonal, foraged, homegrown, local, fresh, and free-range produce, including meat, and sustainably caught fish. This is a cookbook for gardeners who love to eat their own produce, and for people who enjoy a weekly veggie box, or supporting their local farmers’ market.

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July 20, 2014   Comments Off

French supermarket introduces lumpy and misshapen fruit and vegetables – sold at a 30% discount – to combat food waste

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Intermarché launched Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables earlier this year to prove that unattractive produce is just as edible

By Martha Cliff
Mail
16 July 2014 |

Excerpt:

The campaign by Intermarché is supported by advertising agency Marcel who, with the help of photographer Patrice de Villiers, produced seven posters starring the unattractive produce to go alongside it.

The posters included images of the grotesque apple, the ridiculous potato, the hideous orange, the failed lemon, the disfigured eggplant, the ugly carrot, and the unfortunate clementine.

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July 17, 2014   Comments Off

The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is creating a 2.4-acre teaching garden adjacent to the kitchen

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Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is partnering with the Culinary Institute of America-San Antonio to establish a teaching kitchen at the downtown hospital to offer nutrition and cooking courses to patients and the community. Photo by Edward A. Ornelas / San Antonio Express-News.

The teaching kitchen and garden will be the first of their kind at a children’s hospital in San Antonio

By Jessica Belasco
San Antonio Express-News
June 4, 2014

Excerpt:

The teaching kitchen will be instrumental in teaching the community the awareness of the relationship between food and health, he said.

The organic vegetable and herb garden, designed by Overland Partners Architects and Co’Design, will bring “the healing work of nature” to the downtown campus for patients and families to learn, play and meditate, said John Bel, president of the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation.

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July 4, 2014   Comments Off

The White House Kitchen Garden Harvest with Michelle Obama

June 12, 2014 – Remarks by the First Lady Before White House Garden Harvest Event
State Dining Room

(Must see. Mike)

First Lady Michelle Obama and West Virginia Department of Education Office of Child Nutrition Executive Director Richard Goff help students from five District of Columbia schools make a meal using the summer crop from the White House Kitchen Garden in the State Dining Room at the White House June 12. The students, who helped plant the garden earlier in the year, were joined by visiting school nutrition directors from Orlando, Dallas and West Virginia, where they have seen success in their new school lunch programs thanks to the standards put in place by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

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June 13, 2014   Comments Off

South Florida cities embracing urban farming to improve the health of traditionally African- and Caribbean-American neighborhoods


Kids grow veggies at First Baptist Church Boys’ Academy.

“The thing about plants is they’re harmonious,” he said. “They do one thing: grow. I wish we were more like that.”

By Patricia Borns
Miami Herald
May 18, 2014

Excerpt:

Helped by seed money from the Broward Regional Health Planning Council, the city set out 2,500 grow bags — plastic bags filled with soil and nutrients — on city-owned land that had been a magnet for dirt bikers and trash. Besides being a productive growing medium, the bags safeguarded against possible saltwater intrusion and potential contaminants from a nearby warehouse site, PATCH’s management team said.

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May 30, 2014   Comments Off

Edible Schoolyards teach students at five First Line Schools

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A student shows the sweet potato he unearthed at Arthur Ashe’s fall Sweet Potato Fest, a school community event that included harvesting of more than 350 pounds of sweet potatoes. Photo of Edible Schoolyard New Orleans.

“Kids get the idea they can make a living doing gardening and farming, but there is also work in food justice and food access.”

By Judy Walker
NOLA.com
April 04, 2014

Excerpt:

After Hurricane Katrina, Alice Waters wanted to do a service project for New Orleans. Now, the first Edible Schoolyard at Samuel J. Green Charter School, just off Freret Street, is a lush and lovely space that just hosted the fifth annual Edible Evening fundraiser. And Green is no longer the only Edible Schoolyard in New Orleans.

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April 16, 2014   Comments Off

The benefits of gardening and food growing for health and wellbeing

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This study reviews current literature and highlights compelling case for commissioning of food growing by health service, with foreward by Professor Tim Lang.

By Garden Organic and Sustain
Gareth Davies, Maria Devereaux, Margi Lennartsson, Ulrich Schmutz, Sarah Williams
April 2014

Excerpt from Forward:

We can all benefit from gardening and community food-growing projects. It is widely recognised that regular contact with plants, animals and the natural environment can improve our physical health and mental well-being. When we grow food and flowers, we are engaging with the natural world at a pace that provides a welcome antidote to the stresses of modern life.

For the large number of people in our society – children and adults – who live with challenging physical or mental health problems, gardening and community food growing can be especially beneficial.

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April 1, 2014   Comments Off

Atlanta’s ‘food swamps’ and Food and Farm

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The Fertile Crescent has been training teens and young adults at a west side shelter called City of Refuge to grow and harvest kale.

By Rebecca Burns in Atlanta
The Guardian
17 March 2014

Excerpt:

“Instead of talking about a food desert, the better term is really ‘food swamp’. There is an abundance of food, but it’s not healthy or varied,” Kwabena Nkromo told me. Nkromo runs a programme called Atlanta Food & Farm, which aims to connect local growers, store owners and poor neighborhoods.

“It’s not a lack of food; it’s a lack of good food,” he said. Nkromo studied agriculture and economic development at Tuskegee and Clemson; he presumed that he’d work on famine relief in Africa or some other developing region of the world. He did not imagine that he’d be working on urban farm policies in the American south.

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March 23, 2014   Comments Off

Grow a Sustainable Diet

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Planning and Growing to Feed Ourselves and the Earth

By Cindy Conner
New Society Publishers
March 2014

Everyone loves to prepare a meal with ingredients fresh from their own garden. But for most of us, no matter how plentiful our harvest, homegrown produce comprises only a fraction of what we eat. And while many gardening guides will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about individual crops, few tackle the more involved task of helping you maximize the percentage of your diet you grow yourself.

Grow a Sustainable Diet will help you develop a comprehensive, customized garden plan to produce the maximum number of calories and nutrients from any available space. Avoid arriving in August buried under a mountain of kale or zucchini (and not much else) by making thoughtful choices at the planning stage, focusing on dietary staples and key nutrients. Learn how to calculate:

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February 18, 2014   Comments Off

Author credits food gardening as one of his key tenets to losing 220lbs

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The 7 Things I Did To Lose 220 Pounds Without Dieting

By Jon Gabriel
Mind Body Green
December 31, 2013

Excerpt:

Point 5. I created a much more sustainable life.

I also lowered my expenses, moved to a more affordable house and started growing some of my own foods. My life felt much more sustainable and I felt calmer and more supported. I loved knowing that anytime I was hungry I could go into the back yard and eat something fresh and full of vitality. The stress hormones where no longer coursing through my system, wreaking havoc and turning my body into a fat storage machine.

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January 8, 2014   Comments Off

Urban agriculture is a gateway to healthy foods

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Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) represents urban neighborhoods such as Boyle Heights, Downtown Los Angeles and Westlake.

Urban agriculture has multiple benefits because when communities eat healthier, children can focus better in school, workers can be more productive and the people living in the area can lower their rates of obesity-related ailments, which in turn, decreases medical bills and helps families save money

By John A. Pérez
Univ of California – California Agriculture
California Agriculture 67(4):192-192. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v067n04p192.
October-December 2013

Excerpt:

As we often boast, California is home to 81,000 farms and ranches that produce more than 400 different varieties of fruits, vegetables, nuts and other products, making “California grown” synonymous with the best-grown commodities in the nation. Farming occurs in some form in each of the state’s 58 counties, but each day too many Californians go without access to fresh and healthy food. Many of these people, living in both rural and urban communities scattered around the state, suffer from poor health and diet-related illnesses and experience an overall lower quality of life because they do not have access to affordable healthy foods.

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December 12, 2013   Comments Off