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From Rome to Barranquilla…sharing knowledge on urban agriculture

1592 Print made by: Jörg Breu I

An interesting initiative is launched by ANCI Lazio, the Association of the 376 Municipalities of the Lazio Region (Italy), as part of the last IUC (International Urban Cooperation program) Call, to start a process of cooperation with the Colombian cities of Barranquilla and Soledad

13 May 2020


The participants from Barranquilla were extremely interested in all the cases presented by the representatives of Rome. The meeting gave them the opportunity to see the creation of urban gardens as a dual purpose tool for their city while they face the Covid-19 pandemic and the immigration emergency: the opportunity to provide for one’s livelihood through the production of food in this moment of severe economic crisis on one side, the integration of migrants through work in agriculture on the other. It was clear to the representatives of the Colombian city that urban gardens would have a considerable impact not only as a response to the citizens’ needs in terms of nourishment, but also from a social point of view in terms of integration, creating relations and training opportunities to access employment.

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May 20, 2020   Comments Off on From Rome to Barranquilla…sharing knowledge on urban agriculture

Edible Insects in Africa


How to collect and prepare, 10 different insect species from 5 groups: caterpillars, beetles, termites, grasshoppers and crickets.

Author: Josianne Cloutier et al
Pages: 80

Edible insects are a common ingredient in traditional dishes in many parts of Africa, a continent with more than 250 potentially edible insect species. As the world’s population continues to grow, there is renewed interest in the use of insects as human food. Insects provide animal protein of good quality, and they are rich in lipids and macronutrients. The many edible insect species – an accessible and affordable source of food – can contribute to food security.

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April 20, 2015   Comments Off on Edible Insects in Africa

Toronto supermarket holds gardening workshops on its rooftop

“It is an amazing space where you can learn more about urban gardening, explore vertical gardens, growing plants and food in containers and much more in a beautiful setting above the buzz of the Danforth.” Image via Grass Roots blog.

The Big Carrot Natural Food Market


Let’s make urban gardening fun! Join us catching the last rays of the summer sun on the brand new Green Roof on top of the Big Carrot (348 Danforth Avenue). Our host, Zora Ignjatovic will guide you through the hows-and-whats of preserving your garden through winter, and sheds light on mysteries like vertical gardening and growing tomatoes in a concrete parking lot. All this on the top of the Carrot, in a very pleasant environments. We will have some snacks to munch on as well.

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September 4, 2011   Comments Off on Toronto supermarket holds gardening workshops on its rooftop

Growing Sustainable Communities: Urban Farming

Urban Farming Summit: Panel Discussion

Panel: February 19, 2010, The University of Michigan – Dearborn

Ashley Atkinson, The Greening of Detroit

Oran Hesterman, Fair Food Network

Susan Schmidt, The Henry Ford

Kami Pothukuchi, SEED Wayne

Malik Yakini, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network

Moderated by Bruce Pietrykowski, Professor of Economics, UM-Dearborn

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March 12, 2010   Comments Off on Growing Sustainable Communities: Urban Farming

Grow It Yourself (GIY) Ireland – new national food-grower’s network


Waterford will host the launch of a new national food-grower’s network called GIY Ireland on Saturday, September 12th 2009 as part of the Waterford Harvest Festival.

As the interest in home-produced food reaches fever pitch, a new organisation called GIY Ireland is aiming to inspire people to get growing and give them the knowledge they need to do so successfully.  On September 12th 2009 Waterford Institute of Technology will be the venue for the launch of this unique organisation which aims to establish food growers groups in every town and county in Ireland.  GIY networks aims to recreate the camaraderie of allotment growing for back-garden vegetable growers by getting them together on a regular basis to talk, learn from each other and exchange tips, war-stories and produce.

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August 19, 2009   Comments Off on Grow It Yourself (GIY) Ireland – new national food-grower’s network

Networking Event on Urban Agriculture and Food Security, World Urban Forum, Nanjing, November 5, 2008


The RUAF Foundation, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, International Development Research Centre, Urban Harvest (CGIAR), the Chinese Urban Agriculture Association and the Nanjing Agriculture and Forestry Bureau are organizing a networking event “Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture for Resilient Cities (Green, Productive and Socially Inclusive)” to take place on Wednesday, November 5th, 14.00-16.00 hours, in the Auditorium, at the World Urban Forum in Nanjing, China. There will also be a booth at the Exhibition and a tour to some urban and peri-urban agricultural sites.

See program flyer here.

October 30, 2008   Comments Off on Networking Event on Urban Agriculture and Food Security, World Urban Forum, Nanjing, November 5, 2008

The City of Fresno is Trying to Evict Hmong Gardeners

Photo by Mike Rhodes

City of Fresno Wants to Destroy Garden to Make Way for Police Station

By Mike Rhodes,
Indybay, Oct 21, 2008

The City of Fresno is attempting to evict a group of Hmong gardeners from plots they have farmed for 13 years. The Hmong Community Garden, which sits on 4 acres of public land, provides food for 300 members of the Hmong community. Spokesperson Mai Summer Vue said that to the gardeners, the garden is “a way of life, a peace of mind, food for their family, exercise, therapy, stress relief, and it eases their mental health issues…caused by the Vietnam War.”

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October 27, 2008   Comments Off on The City of Fresno is Trying to Evict Hmong Gardeners