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Mayor Boosts Urban Farming to Oakland Students

Celebrity cook Ayesha Curry was also there to promote urban farms

East Bay
Apr 24, 2018

Excerpt:

Celebrity cook Ayesha Curry and the Mayor of Oakland were joined by students of the Oakland Unified School District at the Oakland Whole Foods Market on Tuesday to have a cook off to promote healthy eating and urban farming.

The day started with a gardening workshop where students were taught about the science of photosynthesis and how to plant their own gardens by Back to the Roots — an Oakland-based startup that aims to reconnect communities with farming with its organic indoor gardening kits.

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April 30, 2018   Comments Off on Mayor Boosts Urban Farming to Oakland Students

10 Years In, Urban Farm City Roots Has Expanded Beyond Its Rosewood Base

Mardi Gras Columbia is one of many events held at City Roots each year.
Photo. John Carlos.

Now, it supplies microgreens to all 30 Whole Foods stores in the Southeast, to food service distributors Sysco, US Foods and Freshpoint, to food hubs in two other states — and to Carnival Cruise ships out of Charleston via Senn Brothers, a Midlands-based wholesaler. City Roots grows 25,000 pounds of microgreens a year.

By Eva Moore
Free Times
Apr 24, 2018

Excerpt:

Farm co-owner Eric McClam says he’s proud of the farm’s evolution.

“All of a sudden our reach has gone from our little Rosewood community to the Eastern seaboard, practically,” he says. “I’m amazed and humbled by that. Our vegetables are going all over South Carolina. Today we sent a truck to Atlanta and one to Charleston.”

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1917: What the Business Man Saw in the Back Yard

Click image to see larger file. Business men find employees’ gardens one of the best investments they can make. This one, provided by the National Cash Register Company, of Dayton , Ohio, is yielding $2000 a year to the boys from vegetables, and healthier, more industrious and more skillful workers to the company.

Underneath Discarded Tins and Cast-Off Shoes He Detected Soil on Which His Employees Could Grow Corn and Grow Better

By W. F. French
The Nation’s Business
April 1917
(Must read. Mike)

Millions of back yards and vacant lots await the how and the spade of the on-coming and swelling ranks of the amateur gardener. Everywhere ground which had been an eyesore will bud and blossom.

The Department of Agriculture has placed the stamp of approval on the home and garden club movement by appointing H. M. Conolly, of the State Relations Service, to direct the work in the City of Washington. He will tell thousands of amateur grubbers what to do and how to do it.

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UK: It’s a gardening golden age because lack of space has forced urbanites like me to be inventive


Alice Vincent on her verdant balcony. Credit: Andrew Crowley.

You don’t need an acre of land or a healthy bank balance to develop green fingers, just a little gumption and an open mind.

By Alice Vincent
Telegraph
23 Apr 2018
Alice Vincent is the author of How to Grow Stuff: Easy, no-stress gardening for beginners (Ebury, £12.99)

According to Kathryn Bradley-Hole, the outgoing gardens editor of Country Life, we are in a golden age of gardening. To those of you with a carefully nurtured back yard or a well-tended allotment, this may come as no surprise.

But – lovely as your lawns may be – you’re not the only ones driving the trend. Rather, it’s a more unlikely bunch: younger, metropolitan, able to name you three different avocado-based meals. I know, because I am one: a garden-obsessed millennial, who moved several miles away from a Tube stop in order to get custodianship of a balcony.

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Green shoots of hope: the Chelsea Flower Show garden celebrating the ingenuity of Syrian refugees


(Must see video. Mike) Film: Urban Agriculture in Domiz Camp, Iraq. In 2017 we met Castro Youssef, a refugee film maker in Domiz camp. We purchased him a video camera to document our work and record the everyday life of refugees. Through his work we have been able to prepare a short film about Domiz Camp in Iraq which explores the home gardens, liberation garden, and Crisis Response Garden kits.

“Imagine having the presence of mind when you’re having to flee ­conflict to take seeds of your ­favourite rose with you,” marvels Massey.

By Annie Gatti
The Telegraph
April 27, 2018
(Must see. Mike)

Chelsea Flower Show designers who are ­creating gardens for charities or other not-for-profit organisations usually have several months to immerse themselves in the sponsor’s world before submitting their initial design.

Tom Massey, who is making his Chelsea debut with a Main Avenue garden for Lemon Tree Trust, had just a couple of weeks to come up with a plan before the RHS deadline.

The trust, a US and UK-based group working to create ­pilot projects in urban agriculture and green spaces among displaced communities, gave him an open brief: they wanted a garden that would celebrate the ­resilience and ingenuity of refugees living and making gardens in the harsh conditions of Domiz Camp in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, where summer temperatures soar above 40C and drop below freezing in winter, and where the trust has been providing horticultural support since 2015.

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April 28, 2018   Comments Off on Green shoots of hope: the Chelsea Flower Show garden celebrating the ingenuity of Syrian refugees

Hong Kong: AgriTech: These MBAs Just Launched A Game-Changing Urban Farming Startup

The Farmacy HK team were formed out of the University of Hong Kong’s Business Lab.

A team of MBA grads from the University of Hong Kong are making farming accessible in the heart of the city

By Marco De Novellis
Because Business
24 Apr 2018

Excerpt:

A team of five recent MBA graduates from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have just launched Farmacy HK, a smart city, urban farming concept based on cutting-edge hydroponic technology.

The first concept city farm opened in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay in February this year. Over 100 species of organic food products—rare herbs and edible flowers—are grown in a controlled environment without soil, using mineral nutrient solutions dissolved in water instead.

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April 28, 2018   Comments Off on Hong Kong: AgriTech: These MBAs Just Launched A Game-Changing Urban Farming Startup

Toward Sustainable Relations Between Agriculture and the City

Presents multilevel approaches of sustainable relations between agriculture and the city
Written by scientists in agronomy, geography and urban planning
Includes methodological frameworks and case studies in Europe and the Mediterranean

Editors: Soulard, Christophe-Toussaint, Perrin, Coline, Valette, Elodie (Eds.)
Springer 2018

This book gives an overview of frameworks, methods, and case studies useful for the analysis of the relations between agriculture and the city, in Europe and the Mediterranean. Its originality lies in the analysis of urban food systems sustainability from an actors’ perspective. All the chapters consider the key role of actors in the definition of innovations and pathways, which enhance sustainability, seen as an ongoing process. Part 1 presents systemic approaches of agricultural-urban interactions at the city-region scale in France, Egypt, Italy and Morocco.

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Canada: Would-be urban farmers peeved by provincial building code regulations in Edmonton

Mike Day, left, and Andy Day, right, hope city council will make it easier for urban farmers to use shipping containers to grow produce. (KEVIN TUONG)

Report by city administration says all structures larger than 10 square metres must measure up

By Ameya Charnalia
StarMetro Edmonton
April 17, 2018

Excerpt:

Some urban farmers say stringent provincial building codes are hampering their plans to farm in the city.

Ryan Mason, co-owner of Reclaim Urban Farms, is asking councillors to help residents navigate provincial red tape for erecting temporary structures on urban agricultural land.

“I just want to sell lettuce to restaurants,” said Mason, whose Garneau-area hoop house was considered non-compliant and shut down because he didn’t have a building permit.

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Malaysia aims to double its urban farming communities to 20,000 by 2020

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

“It can be done when people take advantage of small plots of land at their homes.”

By Seri Nor Nadiah Koris And Hidayatul Akmal Ahmad
New Straits Times
April 22, 2018

Excerpt:

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said to date there are around 11,000 urban farming communities around the country.

“Urban farming is a government initiative programme to ensure a complete food supply chain and beef up food security in the country,” he said after launching the ‘Program Sentuhan Kasih Tani-Pertanian Bandar 2.0.’

He said the urban farming concept would give good impact to everyone as they get to have continuous supplies for their own basic needs such as chilies, lemon, lemongrass and others.

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The Usborne Book of Growing Food

By Abigail Wheatley (Author)
Usborne Gardening for Beginners
2017

A simple step-by-step introduction to growing food in containers both inside and out. Projects include carrots from seeds, climbing cucumbers, edible flowers, popcorn, squash shaped like flying saucers and much more. Includes pages with essential planting techniques and tips on when to water, how to deal with pests and even make your own compost.

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Students plant urban farm on formerly trash-inundated lots in Kansas City

There is a huge sign of progress for one formerly blighted neighborhood in Kansas City. (KCTV5)

On one of the lots, area students came Friday to create and plant an urban garden.

By Chris Oberholtz
KCTV
Apr 20, 2018

Excerpt:

“Essentially, the whole south side of this block was abandoned, vacant, houses in terrible condition,” Grant Reichert said.

This area east of Van Brunt Boulevard needed a whole lot of attention, but no one offered until Larry Myer with the non-profit Tikkun-KC came along and set a goal to transform not one house but the entire block.

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UK: Disused Dundee bowling green could be turned into community garden producing food for local area

Lochee Councillor Michael Marra at the former bowling green.

“The local community will benefit hugely from this project by producing fresh nutritional food, becoming more physically active and receiving all the amazing perks of being outside.”

By Lindsey Hamilton
Evening Telegraph
April 21, 2018

Excerpt:

t’s proposed that the unused Lochee Park bowling green could be used in conjunction with the James Hutton Institute to produce a community-managed growing project.

It’s anticipated that food grown there could help alleviate food poverty and health issues in the Lochee area.

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Canada: Struggling hands-on educational farm program connects seniors and youth in Vancouver

One young child laughs while holding a large bowl of kale he harvested himself. By Stacy Friedman.

More than 1000 urban youth have learned to plan, seed, harvest, pollinate and cook for their community. But the educational program that made it happen is in danger.

By Melanie Green
StarMetro Vancouver
Wed., April 25, 2018

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Vancouver—A 15-year-old program that helps seniors teach children how to grow their own veggies and cook what they’ve harvested could find itself withering on the vine.

Provincial educators are shifting toward experiential learning and say this project out of the University of British Columbia is exactly the kind of program they are looking for.

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Urban Agriculture 2018 – 1st International Conference on Urban Agriculture and City Sustainability

9 – 11 October, 2018 – New Forest, UK

Wessex Institute
Ashurst Lodge, Ashurst, Southampton SO40 7AA, UK

Introduction

The aim of the Conference is to review and discuss ways in which urban agriculture can contribute to achieving sustainable cities.

As urban populations continue to increase it is essential to consider ways of reducing their impact in terms of use of natural resources, waste production and climate change.

The increasing number of people in cities requires new strategies to supply the necessary food with limited provision of land and decreasing resources. This will become more challenging unless innovative solutions for growing and distributing food in urban environments are considered.

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April 26, 2018   Comments Off on Urban Agriculture 2018 – 1st International Conference on Urban Agriculture and City Sustainability

Wood Pallet DIY Projects: 20 Building Projects to Enrich Your Home, Your Heart & Your Community

Several years ago when a friend asked Baltimore cabinet maker Stephen Fitzberger to build raised garden beds to teach Baltimore City children how to grow food, a novel idea was born.

By Stephen Fitzberger (Author), Diane Fitzberger (Author)
Fox Chapel Publishing
Jun 12 2018

He didn’t have funds for the project, so he used reclaimed wood from shipping pallets.

He started a company, Abba Woodworks, LLC, with the main objective of creating jobs and teaching skills to those who struggle finding an open door. “I realized that pallets from businesses around the city were great to use for training and making great re-purposed products while also keeping them from going to the landill. Win, win,” says Fitzgerald.

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April 25, 2018   Comments Off on Wood Pallet DIY Projects: 20 Building Projects to Enrich Your Home, Your Heart & Your Community