• Government of Canada Encourages all to "Eat Canadian" on Food Day

    July 28, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    On July 30th, Canadians are encouraged to recognize the hard work of Canadian farmers and food producers by taking part in Food Day Canada celebrations and eating Canadian food. "Canadians should be proud of our farmers and processors for producing some of the tastiest, safest and freshest products in the world," said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.
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  • Momentum Grows for Food Policy Councils

    July 27, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    CALGARY - Vancouver has one. As does Toronto, Detroit and Chicago. Edmonton and Calgary are working on creating them. In fact, in recent years more than 100 cities across Canada and the U.S. are developing food policy councils. Reasons for the resurging interest in local food production and consumption are varied. Consumers who once dined on fast and convenient food now want fresh and healthy. Thanks to rising energy costs, cheap food is no longer that cheap. The globalized food system is becoming less economic.
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  • Sandusky County Jail's Gardening Program Yielding Multiple Harvests

    July 26, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    FREMONT, OHIO -- Well into its third growing season, the Sandusky County Jail's garden continues to save the county sheriff's office money in its food budget and provides invaluable rehabilitation opportunities to inmates, Sheriff Kyle Overmyer said. "Working in the garden for these inmates is really a life lesson for them," Overmyer said. "I think every year it continues to progressively improve."
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  • Edible Gardening a Growing Hobby in Radnor

    July 25, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    In a country where most fresh produce can travel more than 1,000 miles from the farm to the supermarket, it is rare to know where the food you eat originated. But a growing number of Radnor residents are joining the “eat local” movement, and edible gardens are springing up from Bryn Mawr to Wayne. “We’re slowly spiraling out of control with our lack of knowledge about what we eat,” said Renee Melvin, 49. Melvin only started her garden in April, but due to her passion for edible gardening it has since grown into more than an average “vegetable patch.”
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  • Growing Produce Down on the Farm Just Down the Block

    July 22, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Sannich, BC - Deb Heighway's journey into SPIN farming began with the germ of an idea. Today, three years later, her urban farm in the Gorge area of Saanich has taken root in eight of her neighbours' yards. SPIN stands for Small Plot INtensive, an inexpensive-to-implement farming system for plots under half a hectare. The concept was created by two Saskatoon farmers, who have popularized the idea in North America.
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  • Gardeners Grow Vegetables For Needy

    July 21, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    MARBLE FALLS, Texas - A food pantry in Marble Falls is now handing out fresh vegetables grown and picked from an adjacent garden. Members of the Highland Lakes Master Gardeners Association created the garden in April next to the Marble Falls Helping Center on Broadway .
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  • Ottawa Farm Produces Locally-Grown Food, Helps New Farmers

    July 20, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    A new farm in Ottawa's east end promises to be unlike any other in the area; a cooperative agriculture project that will produce local food while helping a new generation of farmers get settled in the industry. The Community Food and Urban Agriculture Hub is the latest initiative by Just Food, a community-based not-for-profit organization that has been operating in Ottawa - albeit under a few different names - since the late 1990s.
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  • Urban Farming Thrives in Cranbrook Backyards

    July 19, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Backyard gardening has always been a profitable hobby, but Christian Kimber of Three Crows Farms has turned residential farming into a constructive career that increases the amount of local produce at the market. Kimber runs a multiple site farm using his own garden along with eight different sized plots in his neighbours' yards, which produces a large amount of vegetables he then sells.
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  • Philadelphia Sprouts a Produce Garden Downtown, Highlighting Appetite for Urban Agriculture

    July 18, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    PHILADELPHIA — Now when some of the city's best restaurants boast locally sourced food, they mean really local: a garden in the heart of downtown. Bounded by two skyscrapers and another pair of high-rises, the Pops Up Garden has filled a long-vacant lot with plots of peppers, corn, quinoa and other crops, promising fresh produce for Philadelphia residents for the next few months.
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  • Free Seeds Helping Americans Get By, Live Healthier

    July 15, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    San Antonio, Texas (CNN) -- For Holly Hirshberg, gardening started as a way to bond with her children. But when the recession hit, her backyard hobby became a necessity. "In 2008, my husband lost his job just like many other Americans, and we were living off of our garden," she said. Hirshberg and her family of four ate a variety of homegrown foods -- including broccoli, carrots, okra, squash and tomatoes -- so they could make ends meet. She was pleasantly surprised by how simple and healthful they were.
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