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Honeybees bring the sweetness of urban agriculture to Cleveland’s convention center

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Matt Del Regno, executive chef at the Cleveland Convention Center and resident beekeeper, shows off a frame containing a honey-laden honeycomb. Photo Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer.

St. Clair estimated that Cuyahoga County now has about 200 hobbyist beekeepers. Statewide, he said, there are about 5,500 – a number that grows every year.

By Steven Litt,
The Plain Dealer
November 13, 2014

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Matt Del Regno, executive chef for Levy Restaurants, the food service provider at the convention center, started keeping bees at the facility in mid-April.

Since then, he’s begun replacing commercially produced honey with his own extremely local product.

“You can taste the difference,” he said. “It’s a discernible difference.”

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November 20, 2014   No Comments

40 Percent Of The World’s Cropland Is In Or Near Cities

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Gideon and Steven are brothers who farm maize, onions and other vegetables. Photo: Nana Kofi Acquah / IWMI

Somewhere around 1.1 billion acres is being cultivated for food in or within about 12 miles (20 kilometers) of cities.

By Eliza Barclay
NPR
November 12, 2014

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Anne Thebo, an environmental engineer at the University of California-Berkeley and the study’s lead author, says that the research revealed that a surprisingly large number of urban farms rely on irrigation, especially in South Asia. Since many cities in this region are growing rapidly and already face challenges accessing enough water, these farms end up competing with the city for the scarce resource.

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November 20, 2014   No Comments

Baltimore City eyes investing in urban flower farming

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Ellen Frost of Local Color Flowers.

Ellen Frost of Local Color Flowers only buys flowers from within a 100-mile radius

By Yvonne Wenger,
The Baltimore Sun
Nov 12, 2014

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“Flowers are a good option for people who are interested in farming but want to try something different or have a niche that sets them apart from food growers,” Frost said. “For us, it’s exciting as a viable entrepreneurial option for farmers, and to eliminate blight.”

With about a dozen urban farms operating in Baltimore, city officials are investigating other ways to use vacant lots, said Jenny Guillaume, the Growing Green Initiative coordinator for the city’s Office of Sustainability. The city started a push for more community gardens in 2011 to uplift blighted neighborhoods, give families access to more healthy food options and help unemployed residents earn money.

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November 20, 2014   No Comments

A Swiss firm has unveiled what it says is Europe’s largest urban farming project

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Large-scale urban farming project developed in the Hague

Horticulture Week
Nov 14, 2014

UrbanFarmers of Zurich launched the EUR2.6m (£2m) UF De Schilde project on the roof and top floor of a 12-storey former TV and telephone factory in the Hague, the Netherlands. It consists of a 1,200sq m greenhouse for vegetable growing, a 300sq m indoor fish farm and a 250sq m indoor hydroponic production facility incorporating LED lighting.

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November 19, 2014   No Comments

Street food and urban and periurban agriculture- FAO Forum until Dec 8

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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.

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November 19, 2014   No Comments

Ann Sothern made a Victory Garden of the dog’s runway

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Movie Stars 1943

By Jessie Henderson
Fun on The Farm
Photoplay Magazine 1943

Ann Sothern made a Victory Garden of the dog’s runway, exercising the dog herself to compensate for swiping his playground. To top off, she planted a row of corn around the wall of her house. The stalks grew and grew till they durn nigh reached the second story, a magnificent sight. But they never had any corn on them. Too late, someone told Ann that, to get corn, you have to plant at least two rows in order to let the pollen flit back and forth. Nature’s so cute!

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November 19, 2014   No Comments

Marion-Polk Food Share’s Youth Farm in Salem, Oregon

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November 2014

The Youth Farm is a collaborative educational project of the Marion-Polk Food Share and OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program that is aimed at increasing the quality, diversity, and stability of local food systems. Located in the heart of Salem on the Oregon School for the Deaf campus,

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November 19, 2014   No Comments

Vegetable farm in the sky in Malaysia

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An Agricultural Department staff checking on the growth of the vegetables, which are being cultivated on multi-level fibre pipes at Hotel Bunga Raya. Photo by Mustafpha Ismail.

“The farm not only make the view from the sixth floor more beautiful and greener but also allow us to enjoy the fruits of our labour”

By Mohd Farid Noh
New Straits Times
12 Nov 2014

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Batu Pahat: Hotel Bunga Raya here became the first hotel in Johor to undertake the Urban Agriculture Programme through its “vegetable farm in the sky” project, where it grows vegetables on the sixth floor of the hotel.

The unique project, backed by the Johor Agricultural Department, is being implemented in an empty space using multilevel fibre pipes to cultivate various types of vegetables.

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November 18, 2014   No Comments

Backyard farming interest grows in Sparks, Nevada

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Sparks council will examine issue during city code overhaul next year

By Jen Simmons
Sparks Tribune
Nov 7, 2014

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“Would you want to live next to a neighbor who is raising chickens?” Mayberry asked. “That’s the question for many residents. I suspect the feathers, the noise, the discharge from chickens is not real sanitary. It’s the city’s job to do what it can to protect the integrity of the neighborhood and eliminate the nuisance. But if residents want to raise chickens, depending on where they live, they are free to contact their council member or the mayor.”

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November 18, 2014   No Comments

Actress Margaret Sullivan in her Victory Garden 1943

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Margaret Brooke Sullavan (1909 – 1960) was an American stage and film actress.

Sullavan began her career onstage in 1929. In 1933 she caught the attention of movie director John M. Stahl and had her debut on the screen that same year in Only Yesterday. Sullavan preferred working on the stage and made only 16 movies, four of which were opposite James Stewart in a popular partnership. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Three Comrades (1938). She retired from the screen in the early forties, but returned in 1950 to make her last movie, No Sad Songs for Me (1950), in which she played a woman who was dying of cancer. For the rest of her career she would only appear on the stage.

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November 18, 2014   No Comments

‘Smart urban farmers’ at Grow Bristol, UK

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Project founders Dermot O’Regan and Peter Whiting.

The project grows vegetables using a system based on aquaponic techniques

By Katie Pavid
The Bristol Post
November 06, 2014

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One of the groups who have been nominated is Grow Bristol, an urban farming venture.

The team are developing and demonstrating innovative and sustainable ways of growing food in the city spaces of Bristol for the benefit of everyone who lives here.

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November 18, 2014   No Comments

NASA Interested in Robotic Gardening Technology Developed by University Students

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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

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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.

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November 17, 2014   No Comments

Hope Farms looks to make ‘food desert’ thing of past

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Recipe for Success founder Gracie Cavnar poses with students at MacGregor Elementary School, one of several schools around Houston where students grow vegetables and learn about healthy eating. Next Recipe for Success will open Hope Farms in the Sunnyside area, where access to fresh produce is minimal. Michael Paulsen, Staff

“A major piece of Hope Farms is the job training, where we’ve targeted veterans, specifically with an inclination towards homeless veterans”

By Amber Hewitt
Houston CHronicle
Nov 6, 2014

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Sunnyside is one example of Houston’s food deserts, where the nearest grocery store is almost twice as far as the nearest convenience store or fast-food restaurant.

Gracie Cavnar, founder of Recipe for Success, knew something had to be done, so she created Hope Farms, a food-access project meant to empower Sunnyside’s residents to provide healthful foods to their children.

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November 17, 2014   No Comments

Victory Gardener – Martha O’Driscoll found she owned a travelling garden

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Movie Stars – 1943

By Jessie Henderson
Fun on The Farm
Photoplay Magazine 1943

Martha O’Driscoll found she owned a travelling garden. It moved, by itself, an eighth of a mile. Martha had planted the seeds with her own rosy fingers, but she planted them only half an inch deep and forgot that her land sloped downward. Come a brisk downpour. Martha’s garden washed out, every bit of it, into the ravine across the way.

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November 17, 2014   No Comments

Urban Gardening Course – Curso de Huertos Urbanos

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Online Course in Spanish

November 24 begins the edition IV of the course of Urban Gardening organized by the the University Pablo de Olavide, Seville (Spain).

This course is in Spanish and entirely online, therefore it is possible to do from any place of the world. A good way to learn about the Urban Gardens!

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November 17, 2014   No Comments