Category — Nutrition
Dona Ana Community College public health students Jasmine Franzoy, 20, and Alyssa Berrington, 26, demonstrate how they tend to large potted plants located at the downtown mall on Monday. For six hours a week they students plant, prune and harvest food in 58 large pots in the area.(Photo: Robin Zielinski — Sun-News)
La Semilla Food Center has partnered with the students to promote healthier eating. “I love working working with the public and getting the pots adopted.”
By Beth Waters
For the Sun-News
November 9, 2015
The students have partnered with La Semilla Food Center and are tasked with tending 58 oversized planters full of fruit, herbs, vegetables and flowers, hoping to promote urban agriculture to the public. The collaboration is part of a DACC health class, matching students to nonprofits, taught by Amy Collins, associate professor of public health.
“As a society, we are use to seeing our food packaged, to see plastic and cellophane around our fruit and vegetables,” Collins explains. “So having an understanding of where food comes from is difficult for a lot of people.”
November 16, 2015 No Comments
The Home Gardening and Nutrition training material was made by FAO in partnership with the Lesotho Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS) and all members of the Home Gardening and Nutrition Working Group (NGOs, UN agencies and Government institutions)
By Elizabeth Tsehlo
(Must see. Mike)
Two different tools were produced: posters and handouts.
For trainer’s use (teachers, extension staff, NGOs), 400 kits combining the four posters and a portable stand have been produced in PVC A0 size (200 in Sesotho, 200 in English).
For communities, students, farmers and public in general, 60,000 kits of four handouts each have also been printed in A1 size (30,000 in Sesotho and 30,000 in English). These handouts include the information provided in the posters and additional related information on the reverse side of each handout.
The handouts have been distributed to approximately 300 schools (primary and high schools), and are being distributed to all 68 agricultural Resource Centres in Lesotho. Copies are also given for free to all members of the Home Gardening and Nutrition Working Group including various ministries, institutions, university, UN agencies and NGOs. FAO Emergency and Resilience Programme beneficiaries – 18,500 vulnerable farming families in total – will also receive one kit through the resource centres.
November 3, 2015 Comments Off on FAO makes training materials for Lesotho, Africa – ‘The Home Gardening and Nutrition Training’
A documentary on the growing activity of urban foraging
Directed by Matthew Martyr
Hosted by anthropologist Josh Crosby
Music by Gia Sky
“I have been working on a documentary short on urban foraging and wild edibles. It’s been a wonderful experience to talk with foragers about the importance of this activity and to see their passion. We plan to expand the film in the future.” Josh Crosby
September 22, 2015 Comments Off on Forage: A Documentary
The vegetables will help to feed the nearly 15,000 clients accessing the food bank every month, nearly half of which are children.
By David Giles
Sept 17, 2015
When you’re harvesting your garden this year, why not give back. The Saskatoon Food Bank is urging all urban gardeners to donate any extra vegetables they may have to the organization.
Officials said they welcome the fresh, nutritionally produced products.
“We are looking for vegetables that can keep, so leafy greens can be a little difficult,” said Brit MacDonald, the urban agriculture manager with the food bank.
September 18, 2015 Comments Off on Saskatoon Food Bank seeking donations from urban gardeners
A project to address malnutrition, particularly among children, by establishing comprehensive school vegetable garden programs in selected countries in Africa and in Asia.
Excerpt from their website:
School gardens are gaining prominence due to the promotion of balanced diets, nutrition education, and the development of livelihood skills (FAO, 2010). However, school gardens are not a new concept. In 1957, FAO and UNICEF started the so-called Applied Nutrition Programs aimed at improving nutrition through school and community gardens, which were sometimes combined with small livestock production and fish ponds (FAO, 1966). Drescher (2002) gives an overview of school garden programmes in developing countries and describes success stories as well as failures.
August 10, 2015 Comments Off on Vegetables Go to School – a nine-year, three-phase initiative
The Ultimate Guide to Producing High-Quality Herbs on a Market Scale
By Melanie Carpenter, Jeff Carpenter
Chelsea Green Publishing
Release Date: April 29, 2015
Both a business guide and a farming manual, The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer will teach readers how to successfully grow and market organic medicinal herbs.
Whether you’re trying to farm medicinal plants, culinary herbs, or at-risk native herbs exclusively or simply add herbal crops to what you’re already growing, successful small-scale herb farmers Jeff and Melanie Carpenter will guide you through the entire process—from cultivation to creating value-added products.
May 9, 2015 Comments Off on The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer
“At Sesame Street, we’re committed to helping children grow up smarter, stronger, and kinder, and an important part of being stronger is being healthy.”
Produce Marketing Association
Feb 17, 2015
Newark, Del. — The fresh produce industry’s efforts to inspire children to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables through ‘eat brighter!’, a movement forged by Produce Marketing Association (PMA), Sesame Street and the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), is gaining national attention this week through a video starring First Lady Michelle Obama, Sesame Street’s Big Bird, and NBC Parks and Recreation actor and FunnyOrDie.com comedian Billy Eichner of Billy on the Street.
Billy Eichner is an Emmy-nominated comedian whose work can be viewed on the award-winning comedy website, Funny Or Die, co-founded by Will Ferrell. Billy’s popularity with the millennial audience is anchored by his 2 million+ following, and his reach is growing. Billy on The Street episodes, a recurring segment on the website, will begin to air on TBS’ TruTV. His work can also be viewed on Tuesday evenings on NBC’s Park and Recreation, starring Amy Poehler.
February 17, 2015 Comments Off on Michelle Obama, Big Bird and Billy Eichner want kids to eat fresh fruits and vegetables
Ruby Boyd, 7, picks some kale for soup at Zenger Farms during the Urban Farm Homeschool Program. Educational programs at Zenger in southeast Portland teach youths about food, farming and environmental stewardship. (Drew Vattiat/The Oregonian)
It’s become critical to those who just can’t afford to put healthful foods on the table
By Grant Butler
Dec 19, 2014
PORTLAND — When you watch heritage-breed turkeys and chickens roaming the pastures of Zenger Farm, it’s easy to forget you’re in the middle of Southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood.
“It’s so tranquil that sometimes you forget you’re in the heart of the city,” says Jill Kuehler, executive director of the nonprofit group Friends of Zenger Farm.
December 30, 2014 Comments Off on Urban farm in Portland helps low-income families
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A first class restaurant develops recipes using the blue-green algae
Dec 23, 2014
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A Bangkok-based start-up called EnerGaia is pioneering a unique urban farming model. Across the city’s neglected rooftops, a small team of chemists and engineers are growing a nutritional supplement which also happens to be one of the planet’s oldest life forms: spirulina.
This organism is a fast-growing blue-green algae with an estimated protein content of 60 percent and contains essential fatty acids and vitamins. In fact, this superfood grows rapidly without the need for soil or fertilisers and can convert carbon dioxide from industry into to a highly nutritious food.
December 25, 2014 Comments Off on Bangkok Rooftop Spirulina Farms are part of our future
Sea vegetable Khai-nam grows in Thailand, Myanmar and Laos
By: Tamar Auber
After much trial and error, the result was GreenOnyx, a countertop machine that cultivates and grows the sea vegetable automatically and then delivers the nutritious green food source at a push of a button in either liquefied or paste form.
The juice can then be used to make smoothies and the paste can be used to add nutritious to nearly any meal.
December 3, 2014 Comments Off on ‘Print’ Your Veggies? Israeli Start-Up Bringing Urban Farming to Countertops
The role that urban agriculture in providing street food vendors with safe, fresh and nutritious produce at a low cost.
Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition
Until Dec 8, 2014
Street foods in urban areas are often the most accessible means of obtaining an affordable meal for millions of consumers every day and urban and periurban agriculture can provide street food vendors with the required local, fresh, nutritious and less expensive ingredients.
November 19, 2014 Comments Off on Street food and urban and periurban agriculture- FAO Forum until Dec 8
Heather Hava, right, who is working on a doctorate in aerospace engineering sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, describes a computerized system she is developing with other graduate students participating in the exploration HABitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge.
The ROGR robots can visit a specific plant to deliver water or to locate and grasp a fruit or vegetable. If an astronaut requests tomatoes for a salad, the system decides which specific plants have the ripest tomatoes and assigns parallel harvesting tasks to ROGR.
By Bob Granath
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida
July 7, 2014
For more than a half-century, NASA has made the stuff of science fiction into reality. Researchers are continuing that tradition by designing robots to work in a deep-space habitat, tending gardens and growing food for astronaut explorers. It sounds like a concept from Star Wars, but a team of graduate students from the University of Colorado Boulder is now developing the innovative technology to make it possible.
As astronauts explore beyond Earth, they will need to make their habitat as self-sustaining as possible. This includes growing fruits and vegetables.
November 17, 2014 Comments Off on NASA Interested in Robotic Gardening Technology Developed by University Students
Sustainable Natural Resources Management in Africa’s Urban Food and Nutrition Equation
Nature & Faune
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
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.
October 23, 2014 Comments Off on Urban Agriculture and Urban Forestry in Africa Featured in FAO Publication
Kass takes inner-city students in Washington on tours of the White House garden
By Jennifer Steinhaueraug
New York Times
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.
August 30, 2014 Comments Off on Sam Kass, the Obamas’ Foodmaster General, Loves the Kitchen Garden
There are a dozen gardens across the Rochester area with the goal of producing more in the years ahead.
By Josh Nichols
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.”
August 7, 2014 Comments Off on Lots of Food transforms vacant lots into public food gardens in Rochester