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From Rooftop to Salad Bowl: Farming in Tel Aviv’s Urban Jungle

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Mendi Falk in Yarok Ba’ir (Green in the City), Dizengoff Center. By Dan Perez

Three enterprising farmers use hydroponic methods ?to grow veggies atop Dizengoff Center in the heart of ?Tel Aviv and offer them freshly picked on a daily basis.

By Ronit Vered
Haaretz
Mar 14, 2017

Excerpt:

The time is 10 A.M. After almost four hours of work in the vegetable garden, the farmers take fresh produce that was picked at dawn – green and red lettuce, celery, spinach and scallions – and descend from the rooftop to the commercial center to sell their wares.

The brigade of farmers – Mendi Falk, Shaked Golan and Niv Maman – make their way quickly via covered walkways, escalators and staircases, carrying crates of green leaves and pails of water. In each of the tiny stalls that have cropped up recently all over Dizengoff Center in Tel Aviv, they arrange the produce.

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March 21, 2017   No Comments

Netherlands: Education for Urban Agriculture and Urban Green Entrepreneurship

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Date: Thursday 30 March 2017 14.00 – 17.30
Location: Aeres, Almere, Stadhuisstraat 18 Almere
RUAF

Urban Agriculture is increasingly seen as a promising area for new business development. However, starting an Urban Farm requires a variety of knowledge and skills. Knowing how to cultivate plants or rear animals does not guarantee success; you also need to be able to analyse markets and social networks, plan and respond strategically to new trends, as well as to manage and monitor results once your businesses is up and running.

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March 20, 2017   No Comments

Milwaukee: How to Create 3,000 Urban Gardens

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Volunteers dig deep in the Victory Garden Urban Farm, located in Harambee at 220 E. Concordia Ave.

Non-profit Victory Gardens Initiative fills city’s food deserts with fresh produce.

By Naomi Waxman
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
Mar 14th, 2017

Excerpt:

“The core niche of what I do is about home, growing your own food in your own home and giving your children the nourishment they need for their brains and bodies,” said Mead.

Since 2008, that single plot has blossomed into the Victory Garden Initiative (VGI), a thriving community of staff and volunteers committed to helping Milwaukee residents grow their own food and cook nutritious meals for their families.

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March 20, 2017   No Comments

California: ‘Jewish Animal Liberationists’ Protest Kosher Slaughter At Urban Farm — Again

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“We know the love and peace of this farm, but we also know that peace does not happen if it does not extend to animals,” he said.

By Daniella Cheslow
Fast Forward
March 14, 2017

Excerpt:

Activists calling themselves “Jewish Animal Liberationists” wore funereal clothes and infiltrated a Purim party at a Berkeley Jewish farm to protest their killing of chickens.

“We are concerned about the violence against animals on this farm,” said Zach Groff, as he held a sign reading “I wanted to live,” in Hebrew.

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March 20, 2017   No Comments

California: Contra Costa County’s Subsidized-Housing Communities To Get A Large Community Garden And Urban Farm

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Ray Harts has plans to start with 10 raised garden beds, a 500 square foot shade structure and and an urban farm where crops would be sold to local restaurants. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

“This garden will produce unity — it will bring people together, even if it’s just for the vegetables,” Aqeel said.

By Sam Richards
East Bay Times
Mar 13, 2017

Excerpt:

Pittsburg, California — Heracio Harts grew up near the El Pueblo housing project, and now he’s come back to grow vegetables there.

Harts, known by most as “Ray,” stands on a 2-acre plot, thick with tall grass fed by recent rains. That rain has also added a layer of rust to an old baseball backstop he said he’ll tear out to make room for a community garden behind the El Pueblo main office.

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March 19, 2017   No Comments

India: Organic Vegetable Terrace Garden Book

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Of course low cost and easy to do…

By Sandeep Chavan
BookGanga

From Introduction:

“Author himself is working on Urban Terrace Garden issues since last 8 years. He has done many experiments in terrace garden issue. He has developed a terrace garden at his present residence. He promotes alternate ways of life, spinning on Amber Spinning Wheel (Charka), Waste Management, Solar Energy, Learning out of School and believes on Walk on the Talk!”

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March 19, 2017   No Comments

Singapore: Spa Esprit’s Cynthia Chua on urban farming and her new Farm to Beauty brand

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Cynthia Chua. A pioneer in everything from introducing waxing to expanding our gastronomical palette, Chua wants us to consider the viability of urban farming, not just for food but for beauty ingredients too.

Calendula is very good as anti-inflammatory product, especially post-threading and tweezing. With whatever we’ve grown, we are able to produce about 1,600 bottles. That was just 10-20 per cent of the garden being used.

By Renée Bachelor
Buro
Nov 18, 2016

Excerpt:

Now Chua is doing the seemingly impossible, working in partnership with Raffles City Shopping Centre and Edible Gardens to cultivate and hand harvest plants and herbs in a secret, rooftop farm stretching 10,000 square feet on top of Raffles City.

Tucked away on the seventh floor, more than 1,600 herbs and plants across 16 varieties have been grown, harvested and blended into beauty products. We visited the farm at sundown and it was pretty magnificent to see plants thriving within our urban landscape. Some of the plants that feature heavily in the first two products were aloe vera and calendula — these products will available at Strip and Browhaus outlets from this month.

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March 18, 2017   No Comments

UK: Plymouth’s amazing urban farm is beginning to take root

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Volunteers did their bit today, planting 216 fruit trees as part of Derriford’s new community park.

By Sabel
The Herald
March 11, 2017

Excerpt:

Volunteers have helped plant Plymouth’s biggest orchard as part of a huge community park which will provide a green space in the growing city.

More than 200 fruit trees are set to provide free food for residents as new homes and roads are built.

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March 18, 2017   No Comments

1906 Quebec ‘Journal of Agriculture’ Promoted School Gardens

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The artisan who has to work ten hours a day at his trade, if he has been trained to love his garden, not only finds moderate working in it a pleasing recreation, but finds that it adds materially to his slender income.

By Mr. George Moore
Journal of Agriculture and Horticulture
July 1, 1906
(The Journal was the official organ of the Council of Agriculture of the Province of Quebec.)

Excerpt:

Again, looking at the question from an economic or several stand point, the advantages of a knowledge of horticulture are not to be despised. The lot of many a poor family might have been made smoother had their head have been taught, how properly to cultivate the little plot of land by which their cottage was surrounded.

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March 17, 2017   No Comments

International Journal of Epidemiology: Eating more fruits and vegetables may prevent millions of premature deaths

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Thomas Angus [Photographer].

“We wanted to investigate how much fruit and vegetables you need to eat to gain the maximum protection against disease, and premature death. Our results suggest that although five portions of fruit and vegetables is good, ten a day is even better.”

By Kate Wighton
Imperial College London
23 February 2017
Excerpt:

This is the finding of new research, led by scientists from Imperial College London, which analysed 95 studies on fruit and vegetable intake.

The team found that although even the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduced disease risk, the greatest benefit came from eating 800g a day (roughly equivalent to ten portions – one portion of fruit or vegetables if defined as 80g).

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March 17, 2017   No Comments

South Africa: City/Country Conflict over Urban Farming in Nelson Mandela Bay

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“We have residents in this city who have a problem – a public health issue with cattle in their communities. At the same time, we have to be sensitive to the needs of people who need land in order to look after livestock.”

Biz Community
Mar 10, 2017

Excerpt:

At a mayoral committee meeting yesterday, Trollip said there was a lot of urban farming taking place in the city, bringing with it public health and safety concerns. “This is a matter of considerable concern. We have a lot of urban farming taking place. We’ve got livestock being farmed in the urban area,” he said.

“In Uitenhage, we went to look at the available land.

“There’s an extensive piece of land surrounding Uitenhage for farming purposes. That land is covered in prickly pear and other invader species.

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March 17, 2017   No Comments

Meet the budding hydroponic farmer feeding George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia

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Donielle Nolan, Greenhouse and Gardens Specialist, Office of Sustainability. Photo by Evan Cantwell.

In its first year, the Greenhouse supplied Mason’s kitchens with 1,400 pounds of greens, valued at $14,400.

By Buzz McClain
George Mason University
Mar 15, 2017

Excerpt:

The hydroponic garden Nolan oversees conforms to the certified standards required by Mason’s food service provider, Sodexo, to be an official vendor of fresh produce for use in Mason kitchens. In its first year, the Greenhouse supplied Mason’s kitchens with 1,400 pounds of greens, valued at $14,400.

“The goal is 2,000 pounds a year,” Nolan said. That would be valued at $20,000.

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March 16, 2017   No Comments

Adults’ food skills and use of gardens are not associated with household food insecurity in Canada

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Dr.Valerie Tarasuk, “I know, again, it seems counter-intuitive — you think well if you’re growing your own food you don’t need to buy it, you should have more food,” she said. But small urban gardens don’t produce enough, she said, and fill needs mostly temporarily because they are seasonal.

Objectives: To determine the extent to which Canadian adults’ food preparation and cooking skills and use of home or community gardens relate to their household food insecurity status; and to compare the food shopping and cooking behaviours of adults in food-secure and food-insecure households.

By Anne Huisken, Sarah K. Orr, Valerie Tarasuk
Can J Public Health 2016;107(6):e526–e532
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpts:

Only 29.4% of adults in food-insecure households reported using a home or community garden for food, compared with 43.5% of those in food-secure households (chi-square test, p < 0.05). The odds of food insecurity was not significantly associated with the use of gardens for food when this variable was included in a logistic regression model along with individual- and household-level socio-demographic characteristics (Table 2, column 4). [Read more →]

March 16, 2017   No Comments

Chicago Students Learn To Be Hydroponic Urban Farmers at Schurz Food Science Lab

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The chef and marketing executive’s idea for a high school urban farming program started as a way to prove a restaurant concept.

By Erica Gunderson
WTTW
March 9, 2017

Excerpt:

Friedman: Yields from the Food Lab are often large enough to allow the program to donate herbs and microgreens to a nearby food pantry. And like any farm, increasing yields is a constant focus –whether it’s by adjusting light or fertilizer, testing different grow media or developing a prototype for a rotating growing system. For senior Nathaniel Colon, working in the Food Lab has allowed him to apply some of the problem-solving techniques he’s learned in his pre-engineering classes.

Nathaniel Colon, Schurz senior: We thought of a triangle system that would have different layers. It would be a mist system, it would have LEDs under the trays, so you can access it easier. There’ll be a pipe coming through the middle so it can all recycle back to the reservoir.

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March 16, 2017   No Comments

95-year-old Landscape Architect, Cornelia Oberlander, Describes Her Mother’s Gardening Book

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Horticulturist Beate Hahn published ‘The Garden Primer for Kids and Mother’ in 1935.

By Michael Levenston
City Farmer
Mar 14, 2017
(Must see! Mike)

At her home/office in Vancouver, Canada’s famous landscape architect shows us one of her mother’s books on gardening. The book’s artist, Ursel Bartning (1905 – 1990), featured Cornelia in many of the images throughout the book including the cover.

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March 15, 2017   No Comments