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  • School Grounds Go Natural

    June 30, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Take a stroll around the grounds of Grandview elementary in east Vancouver and you quickly realize it's a unique place. Like any other school, the students swing on swing sets, shoot hoops and hang on the monkey bars in between classes and after school. But the 180 students who attend Grandview also grow vegetables and herbs, compost, and tend an ethnobotanical garden, which is essentially a living science lab.
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  • Urban City Opens Unused River Bottom for Farming in Everett, Washington

    June 29, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — An Everett group is hoping to put 10 acres of unused city-owned river bottom land back to work providing produce for local food banks. By next week, plots in the Snohomish River valley will be available to farm as part of an initiative called the Red Barn Community Farm. Eventually, the land should provide fresh produce for local food banks and those who want to do subsistence farming but don't have the acreage.
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  • Overhaul B.C. Food Systems, Says Chair of Climate Change Conference

    June 28, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Securing our local food supply in a changing environment for agricultural production will require an overhaul of the province’s food systems and infrastructure, according to the chair of a two-day conference on climate change. Environmental policy specialist Ben Kangasniemi is the chairman of Resilient Communities: Preparing for Climate Change continuing today at the Wosk Centre.
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  • Soil-less Sky Farming: Rooftop Hydroponics on NYC Restaurant

    June 27, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Chef John Mooney is able to grow nearly two-thirds the vegetables for his restaurant precisely because he doesn't rely on soil. Instead, Mooney and his partner Mick O'Sullivan have installed 60 vertical tower hydroponic systems creating a plastic, vertical, dirt-free garden. As Mooney describes, hydroponics rely on "liquid soil." Instead of dirt providing the plants with their food, nutrients are delivered via water (i.e. the water is fertilized, not soil).
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  • Gardening Craze Prompted by Economy, Health

    June 24, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    MEXICO — It's a growing trend: Producing nutritious food close to home to save money and improve health. “It’s a necessity. We have to get back to our roots,” said Sandra Witas, project coordinator at Rumford’s River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition. Her organization, along with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Paris, are partnering for the third year to have a nearly acre-sized vegetable garden at the edge of Hosmer Field in Rumford.
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  • Agriculture Producers to Benefit from Crop Pest Monitoring System

    June 23, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    The federal and provincial governments announced today an investment of more than $3.3 million towards the Crop Pest Surveillance System. The industry is also contributing a total of $1.8 million to this initiative, which will help protect crops by ensuring early detection and identification of harmful or economically significant plant insects, diseases, weeds or other pests that are naturally occurring or accidentally introduced into Alberta.
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  • Make Room for a Wheat Field Beside the Chicken Coop in Vancouver

    June 22, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    From chicken coops in backyards and vegetable plots at city hall, Vancouver is branching out into experimental wheat plots in place of lawns. The idea of replacing turf with a waving patch of yellow grain is among a list of ideas the Vision Vancouver-led council is considering for this year's Greenest City Neighbourhood grants allocations.
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  • Rooting for the Local Side

    June 21, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    HAMILTON: Jeff Crump has an ambitious vision for what is now an uncultivated farm just northwest of Clappison's Corners. The internationally trained executive chef and his partners want to combine a thriving restaurant business with a 40-hectare organic farming operation that teaches the public about sustainable agriculture and the appeal of locally grown food.
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  • Partners Share Resources for Recycling Event

    June 21, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Garden retail members of the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association have come out in force to support the second annual National Plastics Recycling Event, scheduled to take place from June 24 to July 5. Originally a Landscape Ontario program, run solely from the organization’s storage compound, the program spread across Canada in 2010 and offered six “depot” locations in total. There are forty this year.
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  • Lingering Downturn Helps Keep Gardening Boom Going

    June 21, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Many of the millions of people who turned to gardening to save money during the recession appear to be sticking with it during the recovery as food prices remain high and interest in safe, fresh and local food grows nationwide. Forty-three million American households planned to grow at least some of their own food in 2009, a 19 percent increase from the estimated 36 million who did the year before, said the National Gardening Association, citing the most recent figures available.
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