• Urban Farming Coming into its Season

    August 31, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    In a dense pocket of San Francisco's Mission Terrace neighbourhood, a quiet grid of streets near the city's southern edge, the afternoon fog rolls in over a rare sight: a plot land sandwiched between homes and planted with kale, exotic salad greens, bursts of flowers and fragrant herbs. The women who work this plot are pioneers. Their Little City Gardens recently became the first legal commercial farm within city borders. Thanks to them, San Francisco leaders revised zoning laws to allow the cultivation and sale of produce in all neighbourhoods.
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  • Urban Gardening Takes Off at Berlin's Fabled Airport Tempelhof

    August 29, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Launched by a dozen "pioneers" in April, the Allmende Kontor plot now has about 300 people growing fruit, vegetables and flowers between the former runways of the airport, which closed nearly three years ago. Hot peppers, chestnut saplings, cosmos and millet now reach for skies once filled with Allied jets ferrying essential supplies to West Berlin during the 1948-49 Soviet blockade at the start of the Cold War.
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  • Urban Farmers Sow Rich Bounty on Future Condo Site

    August 23, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    GUELPH — For Ryan Hayhurst, the evidence of the precariousness of the modern food system is everywhere. Driving on the 401 in his biodiesel-fueled car Friday, the 34-year-old Guelph resident was surrounded by long-haul trucks carrying mass-produced, chemical-treated produce to market. “I’m staring at a large refrigerated food truck,” said Hayhurst, a PhD student in environmental design and rural development at the University of Guelph. “I’m sure every other truck out here is a food truck.”
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  • Urban Agriculture Group to Launch Petition for Public Consultations

    August 22, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    MONTREAL - A group of Montrealers is about to test the public’s newly bestowed right to initiate public consultations in the city. The threshold is high, though. The Work Group on Urban Agriculture, composed of university and community groups, will have to collect 15,000 signatures on a paper petition by Nov. 8 to oblige the city to hold a public consultation on the state of urban agriculture in Montreal.
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  • An Edible Park Grows on Stockton Street

    August 19, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    NEW YORK - A lot on the corner of Stockton Street and Lewis Avenue has been receiving lots of love from Bushwick City Farm and neighborhood volunteers over the last few months, and it’s quickly taking shape as a public park that will produce free food for the community. The 9,000-square-foot lot had been abandoned for 30 years and was a place of illegal dumping, squatting, and violence, which came to a head with a homicide involving a rusty shovel last summer.
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  • Canada and BC Fund Renewable Energy for Agriculture

    August 18, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Applications are now being accepted from B.C. producers who want to incorporate renewable energy technologies into their existing agricultural and agri-food operations. "The Government of Canada is working hard to provide farmers with opportunities to enhance their competitiveness," said federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.
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  • Vertical Farm Effort Has Potential To Grow, Professor Says

    August 17, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    New York is often referred to as the "Urban Jungle" but one Columbia University professor would like to turn the city into an urban farm. Dickson Despommier, author of the "Vertical Farm”, says scarce resources and unpredictable weather patterns are the main reason food prices have been skyrocketing. His solution: A steel and glass garden. "Indoor farming in a greenhouse means you don't have seasons, you can grow them year round, you won't have crops lost because of weather, you can screen out insect pests, you can even keep out a lot plant diseases that are microbial by simply positively pressuring the green house," Despommier said.
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  • South Carolina Teen Grows Vegetables for Soup Kitchens and Charities

    August 16, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Katie Stagliano, 13, gives new meaning to the word sharecropper. The founder of Katie’s Krops oversees six gardens that have produced tons of vegetables for soup kitchens and other charitable organizations in and around her hometown of Summerville, S.C. (pop. 43,392).Katie’s Krops took root in 2008 when Katie brought home a cabbage seedling for a third-grade science project at Pinewood Preparatory School.
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  • Investment in Food Packaging Research Will go the Distance for Growers

    August 15, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    The Government of Canada is supporting research into innovative packaging that will extend the shelf-life of fresh produce and boost the bottom line for Canadian horticulture producers. Dan Albas, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla, announced an investment of more than $261,000 to Innovative Food Systems Corp. on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.
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  • Big Ideas for Small Spaces Shared at Gardening Fair

    August 12, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    From rooftops to balconies to tiny backyards, gardens can bloom anywhere, even in small spaces. An event organized by Live Green Toronto in partnership with the Carrot Common Green Roof is aiming to help people grow food anywhere. The Food from Small Spaces Fair: Urban Backyard, Balcony and Rooftop Food-Growing event takes place Saturday, Aug. 13 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Eastminster United Church.
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