Category — Nutrition
Report: Community and home gardens increase vegetable intake and food security of residents in San Jose, California
The La Mesa Verde program in San Jose helps low-income families to establish their own vegetable gardens. A pilot study found that gardening in either a community or backyard space made a significant contribution to gardeners’ daily vegetable intake.
“Gardening made a substantial contribution to vegetable intake regardless of socioeconomic background or previous gardening experience,” said co-author Lucy Diekmann, a postdoctoral researcher in the Food and Agribusiness Institute at Santa Clara University.
By Susan Algert, UC ANR Cooperative Extension
Lucy Diekmann, Santa Clara University
Leslie Gray, Santa Clara University
Marian Renvall, UC San Diego Department of Medicine
California Agriculture 70(2):77-82. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v070n02p77.
(Must read. Mike.)
As of 2013, 42 million American households were involved in growing their own food either at home or in a community garden plot. The purpose of this pilot study was to document the extent to which gardeners, particularly less affluent ones, increase their vegetable intake when eating from either home or community garden spaces. Eighty-five community gardeners and 50 home gardeners from San Jose, California, completed a survey providing information on demographic background, self-rated health, vegetable intake and the benefits of gardening.
June 4, 2016 Comments Off on Report: Community and home gardens increase vegetable intake and food security of residents in San Jose, California
“The churches are looking for ways to partner for the benefit of the wider community, and the garden is a great way to build relationships while serving others.”
By Bob Keeler
Apr 28, 2016
“You’ll have to excuse the enthusiasm,” Wiley said. “I’ve been talking about this for two years and it’s finally happening.”
The food raised in the garden will be donated to the Pennridge FISH and Keystone Opportunity Center food pantries, she said.
“We know the need is great,” said St. Michael’s Lutheran Church Pastor Julie Bergdahl. The Sellersville congregation is partnering with Jerusalem in the community garden.
May 5, 2016 Comments Off on Community garden at West Rockhill churches to benefit food pantries in Pennsylvania
The 15th garden, it’s an urban gardening project that provides food for people living in Syrian cities that are under siege. Currently there are 30 of the gardens in 17 different besieged cities throughout Syria.
Apr 29, 2016
(Must see! Mike)
The project started with a group of Zabadani women who needed seeds to grow food, yet nothing was allowed to enter or exit the city. At that time, Zabadani was still under siege by both Assad forces and Hezbollah. Siege warfare is brutal and turns a city into a prison. To give an example of how severe the blockade was, Abdallah says, not even the UN was able to retrieve dying patients from the city in order to give them proper care. And there is no shortage of patients in Syria, just this week the Assad regime attacked the rebel held side of Aleppo which destroyed a vital hospital and resulted in at least 50 deaths.
In response to the Zabadani Women’s call for support, a network of German farmers collected heritage seeds and money in a show of solidarity with Syrian farmers, and sent the seeds to Lebanon (which is just across the border from Zabadani). From Lebanon the supplies made their way to Zabadani through an underground network of activists who risked their lives to get the seeds through the blockade.
May 1, 2016 Comments Off on Urban Farming in Syria Saves Lives During Sieges
Houston’s New Urban Farming Project Will Provide Fresh Produce, Farmer Training, Nutrition Education and Community Gathering Space in Historic Sunnyside
By Jovanna David
Apr 22, 2016
Located on seven acres in the heart of Houston’s historic Sunnyside neighborhood, the new Hope Farms will use organic methods to generate significant food crops in the midst of one of the city’s largest food deserts, while training military veterans to become successful agri-entrepreneurs.
Hope Farms is a critical component in achieving Recipe for Success Foundation’s mission to change the way children understand, appreciate and eat their food and to mobilize the community to provide healthier diets for children.
April 27, 2016 Comments Off on Houston’s Hope Farms Breaks Ground
An alternative approach to urban agriculture where city bio-wastes are used to farm algae and fungi, which are in turn fed to insects. In turn, the crickets are processed into an edible flour
by Christine Leu
Apr 18, 2016
Jakub Dzamba, a University of Toronto graduate and Ph.D. candidate designed the Reactor. It consists of a series of interconnected, clear chambers from which crickets may feed and grow. The Reactor is well-sealed to prevent the escape of the wayward cricket into our world.
The architectural language of the Reactor could be described as “antfarm-Modernist.” A large, clear, central atrium with detachable clear pods at the sides to accommodate a variety of programmes, or in this case, different bio-wastes. The density of the insects per square inch is evocative of urban living, and reminiscent of maximizing return on investment for repeating condominium units in the sky.
April 21, 2016 Comments Off on The Cricket Reactor
Ottawa business is going to make you love eating bugs!
Bugs are delicious. Wait, what?
We know, the idea can seem surprising at first. But the insects as food movement is gaining steam. The United Nations believes it has major potential to address the food security issues resulting from climate change and dwindling resources. The market has also responded. More and more companies are developing cricket brownies, crackers, and energy bars!
February 26, 2016 Comments Off on GrowHop: Urban Cricket Farm & FoodLab
“We have 32 orphans and we frequently give them food from the garden. The number of absentees has dropped significantly, because students know that they are going to eat at school,” she says.
By Siyavuya Khaya
Feb 16, 2016
Bangani said they grow eggplant, spinach, beetroot, pumpkin, green beans and they also have fruit trees. He says the garden is small, but they utilize the space effectively.
Luleka Primary School principal Gcobani Mthoba says the budget for their school feeding scheme is severely strained by rising food prices. The garden also creates some employment for the community.
February 24, 2016 Comments Off on South Africa: Vegetable Gardens Critical for School Feeding Scheme
What the freegan is this?
Edited by Andrew Chignell, Terence Cuneo, Matthew C. Halteman
Everyone is talking about food. Chefs and food critics are celebrities. “Locavore” and “freegan” have earned spots in the dictionary. Popular books and films about food production and consumption are exposing the unintended consequences of the standard American diet. Questions about the principles and values that ought to guide decisions about dinner have become urgent for moral, ecological, and health-related reasons. So, as we begin a New Year and perhaps the inevitable resolution of ‘new diet new me’, which ethical corner will you be in at the dinner table?
In Philosophy Comes to Dinner, twelve philosophers—some leading voices, some inspiring new ones—join the conversation, and consider issues from the sustainability of modern agriculture, to consumer complicity in animal exploitation, as well as the pros and cons of alternative diets.
January 13, 2016 Comments Off on Philosophy Comes to Dinner – Arguments About the Ethics of Eating
A ‘reducetarian’ is a “make-your-own-rules” version of climatarianism.
By Lydia O’Connor
Dec 31, 2015
CLIMATARIAN (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit gas emissions), and using every part of ingredients (apple cores, cheese rinds, etc.) to limit food waste.
January 1, 2016 Comments Off on A ‘climatarian’ is someone who eats with climate change in mind
Forthcoming August, 2016
By Illène Pevec, Ph.D.
New Village Press
Forthcoming 09 August 2016
Part engaging conversation, part comprehensive fieldwork, Growing a Life demonstrates just how influential educational and community gardening programs can be for young teens. Follow author Illène Pevec as she travels from rural Colorado to inner city New York, agrarian New Mexico to Oakland, California, in order to study youth gardening and the benefits it contributes to at-risk teen lives. Extensive research, supplemented by beautifully candid interviews with students, illustrate the life altering physical and mental benefits that mentored gardening programs can provide.
November 26, 2015 Comments Off on Growing a Life – Teen Gardeners Harvest Food, Health, and Joy
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 Comments Off on Public Health students take nutrition education to mall in Las Cruces, New Mexico
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