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Canada: Aaren Topley on the power of school farms and urban agriculture

Aaren Topley is the provincial manager of Can You Dig It at Public Health Association of BC. Photo by Lorna Zaback.

In the next five to 10 years, about half our farmers will retire and others will give up the farm life and move to the urban centres. We’re also seeing, at least before COVID, a lot of people moving to urban centres.

By Cloe Logan
National Observer
Feb 6, 2021

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“Whether that’s a teacher doing a school garden or a meal program, or someone providing community meal programs to people that are living on the streets,” he said. “Those people really inspire me day to day. I get to connect with them.”

Topley has worked in food system development for eight years and is now the provincial manager of Can You Dig It at the Public Health Association of BC. For the past four years, he has worked with Farm to School BC, which brings fresh and sustainable produce to schools across the province.

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February 10, 2021   Comments Off on Canada: Aaren Topley on the power of school farms and urban agriculture

Urban agriculture program helps residents of Ohio cities grow

Meisje met hark, Miep de Feijter, c. 1928 – c. 1941

“In regard to agriculture and horticulture, the focus in the city is helping residents learn to grow,” Barrett said. “This would be anything from pollinator areas to vegetable gardens.”

By J.T. Whitehouse
The Vindicator
Jan 17, 2021

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The urban educator at Mahoning County’s Ohio State University Extension Office brings agriculture and horticulture to urban residents and children.

“Kristen Eisenhauer is our new urban educator that focuses on agriculture and 4-H in the city,” said leader-educator Eric Barrett. “Kristen has been here just over a year and has built a lot of partnerships in the city to increase our ability for more impacts in the Youngstown, Struthers and Campbell areas.”

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January 22, 2021   Comments Off on Urban agriculture program helps residents of Ohio cities grow

Plan is to construct the George Washington Carver Victory Garden & Farm

$4.3M plan for 10 acres in Columbus invites community to get involved.

By Mark Rice
Ldger Enquirer
January 15, 2021

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The plan is to construct the George Washington Carver Victory Garden & Farm on the 10 vacant acres behind the Marshall Success Center and Davis Elementary School and along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. To start, the nonprofit community development organization Turn Around Columbus is trying to raise $143,000 for the project’s first phase.

Turn Around Columbus is partnering with the Muscogee County School District on the victory garden and farm to provide students hands-on learning in math, science and entrepreneurship. The goal is to empower youth to become positive change agents, with the byproduct of affordable and healthy food for the community.

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January 21, 2021   Comments Off on Plan is to construct the George Washington Carver Victory Garden & Farm

Horticultural therapy growing into a key program at Medical University of South Carolina’s Urban Farm

MUSC’s horticultural therapy will be an important part of patient care at the Children’s Hospital when the time is right, McMillion said.

By Parker Milner
Charleston City Paper
Jan 5, 2021

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The Medical University of South Carolina’s Urban Farm’s horticultural therapy services are enhancing an intensive treatment program for local children with behavioral challenges, helping kids ages 6-17 stay active outdoors with garden-based projects.

“That’s been amazing for them,” said Rebecca Daffron, clinical coordinator for MUSC’s STAR Children’s Day Treatment Program, which aims to stabilize, treat, assess and reintegrate children and adolescents. “Fresh air for everyone is therapeutic, but then there’s also the grounding techniques and being able to grow something outside.”

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January 10, 2021   Comments Off on Horticultural therapy growing into a key program at Medical University of South Carolina’s Urban Farm

Korea: Future of agriculture grows under Seoul’s subway stations

Children line up in front of a Metro Farm to experience and learn about agriculture in January 2020.(Farm8)

An average 7.5 million people take the subway each day in Seoul, according to Seoul Metro. This means that passersby will naturally encounter Metro Farms on their way to work, home or to meet family and friends.

By Kim Hae-yeon
Korea Herald
Jan 4, 2021
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The 394-square-meter cultivation facility is a complex space consisting of an “Auto-Farm,“ where robots manage basic sowing and harvesting, a “Farm Cafe,” which sells fresh salad and juice, made from crops harvested on the same day, and “FarmX,” a zone where visitors can learn about the future of agriculture.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government, Seoul Metro, and the agriculture company Farm8 have come together for this project. In 2004, Farm8 started out as a firm that produced and distributed vegetable salads. Over time, the company shifted gears to conduct research on indoor farming as a method of sustainable agriculture that can operate regardless of weather conditions and has succeeded in developing high-tech distribution centers.

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January 9, 2021   Comments Off on Korea: Future of agriculture grows under Seoul’s subway stations

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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December 31, 2020   Comments Off on Finding common ground at the FPC High School Garden in Florida

UK: Gardening experts reveal the gateway plants that got them hooked on horticulture

Merlin Labron-Johnson was fascinated by amaranth and the red and purple orach Credit: Andrew Crowley

Was there a particular plant that got you interested in gardening? Seriously green-fingered folk reveal their gateway to growing

By Jean Vernon
The Telegraph
21 December 2020

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Michelin-starred chef Merlin Labron-Johnson was late to the gardening party, although early life lessons on the family farm in Devon left their mark. Food is his first love, but a new hobby came knocking when lockdown closed his restaurant, Osip, in the Somerset foodie hub of Bruton.

“Growing veg is definitely a very recent thing. I was busy running the restaurant and never quite found time to get involved in any of the growing. It has become almost an obsession and something that I am now as passionate about as cooking. It provides a great kind of escapism and also there’s something slightly therapeutic and relaxing about it.”

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December 28, 2020   Comments Off on UK: Gardening experts reveal the gateway plants that got them hooked on horticulture