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Hawaii’s Largest Vertical Farming Facility

One of my goals for a sustainable Hawaii is to double local food production and a bright spot of the pandemic is that more families are consuming locally produced food and attempting to grow their own food.

Perishable News
Dec 24, 2020

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With millions of heads of lettuce to be grown per year, Kalera’s Honolulu facility will provide a rare and much needed local source of fresh, non-GMO, clean, living lettuces and microgreens to retailers, restaurants and other customers. 90% of Hawaii’s greens are currently grown on the mainland United States and shipped into the state – an expensive 2,500 mile journey that can take over 10 days and require many touchpoints and opportunities for contamination. Kalera’s location within city limits will shorten travel time from days and weeks to hours, preserving nutrients, freshness and flavor.

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Finding common ground at the FPC High School Garden in Florida

“Experimenting with sustainable food growing methods will also provide our students with a deeper understanding of why water and natural resource conservation is so important in ensuring a healthy and happy future.”

By Mimi Vreeland, MLA, Horticulture Extension Agent
News Journal
Dev 23, 2020

This article is Part Three of a 3-part series on community gardens.

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An under-utilized area of Flagler Palm Coast High School’s property is being given a new purpose. What had been a grassy field is now being transformed into a bountiful food garden, thanks to a couple of dedicated individuals. Andrew Medearis, a science teacher at the high school, and Jordan Butler, Director of the Flagler County Youth Center, worked hard together to make the garden a reality and a long-lasting opportunity for Flagler County’s teenagers to learn about growing food sustainably.

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Urban farms work to get healthy foods to their communities

NBC News
Today
Dec 29, 2020

(Must see video. Mike)

These days, hunger is hitting black and brown communities especially hard. In urban “food deserts” where access to healthy foods is hard to come by, some are turning to age-old solutions. Craig Melvin visits an urban farm in Red Hook, Brooklyn, as TODAY’s Inequality in America series continues.

December 30, 2020   Comments Off on Urban farms work to get healthy foods to their communities

Malaysia: From garden to urban farm

Eggplants growing at the farm set up at the Japanese Garden in Island Glades, Penang. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

The Agriculture Department will send their staff early next year to conduct training for those who are interested, ” he said.

By R. Sekaran
The Star
Dec 23, 2020

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THE Japanese Garden in Island Glades will be the first public garden to have a hydroponic and aquaponic urban farming on Penang island.

The pilot project consists of hydroponic farming of salads and aquaponic which is a system that combines aquaculture with hydroponics.

Seri Delima assemblyman Syerleena Abdul Rashid said the Island Park Village Community Council (MPKK) received a grant of 200 polybags and an automatic watering system from the state Agriculture Department.

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UK: ‘They thought I was completely dotty’ Prince Charles says ‘no one wanted to know’ when he began talking about environmental issues in 1970s

He said: ‘I’ve been talking to quite a lot of the First Nations leaders in Canada over the last year, and it’s high time we paid more attention to their wisdom, and the wisdom of indigenous communities and First Nations people all around the world.

By James Robinson
Daily Mailonline
29 December 2020

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During the interview, conducted by award-winning writer Ms Atwood, Prince Charles also hit out at ‘conventional’ intensive farming methods and said farmers who pollute the environment should be made to pay.

The royal heir, who for the last 35-years has owned a 1,000 acre organic farm in Gloucestershire, said the overuse of chemicals, growth hormones and antibiotics in beef production, as well as an over-reliance on mono-culture cropping systems in agriculture, is damaging the environment.

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UK: Growing crops in cities will put an end to food waste

Coronavirus showed how vulnerable our global food supply chains are, but growing closer to home could also solve our waste problem

By Ellen Macarthur
Wired
23 December 2020

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In the current food system, when food flows into cities, organic waste is created in the form of discarded produce, by-products and sewage. This waste is full of nutrients that can be used to grow new food and create biomaterials, but in today’s system it is more likely to end up in landfill or go untreated. However, there are more viable – and greener – alternatives. In Italy, paper is already being made from pasta by-products, while orange peels, grape skins and excess milk are being turned into fabrics. In the UK, London has committed to ensuring that by 2026 no biodegradable or recyclable waste will be sent to landfill.

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Singapore: Urban farms: Meet local growers at City Sprouts’ Farm Day Out

Sprout Hub’s bi-monthly Farm Day Out is a chance for the public to interact with about 36 commercial and hobbyist farmers, who rent plots in greenhouses.PHOTO: CITY SPROUTS

“We want to showcase the diverse ways people can grow and farm and show how easy it is to be involved in growing your own food,” he said.

By Clara Lock
Straits Times
Dec 22, 2020

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Urban farming has taken root here in recent years, with hobbyists growing herbs along corridors, in community gardens and soon even on HDB carpark rooftops. If you are not sure where to start, City Sprouts’ bi-monthly Farm Day Out may offer some inspiration.

Organised by social enterprise City Sprouts at its Henderson Road farm Sprout Hub, it is a chance for the public to interact with about 35 commercial and hobbyist farmers, who rent plots in greenhouses.

While the farm welcomes visitors daily, it is only during the open house that most farmers will be there to introduce their crops and growing methods.

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December 29, 2020   Comments Off on Singapore: Urban farms: Meet local growers at City Sprouts’ Farm Day Out