• East Vancouver Tenants Challenge Explicit Orders to Remove their Garden

    September 30, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Two gardening renters in East Vancouver are headed to provincial arbitration on September 30. This will come after their landlords demanded they dig up their extensive vegetable garden, and remove a greenhouse and rain barrel, along with other instructions sent in writing on August 5 and 14. “It was like an absolute slap in the face,” Jodi Peters, project coordinator with the Environmental Youth Alliance and an avid gardener, told the Georgia Straight while sitting in the back yard of their multi-unit dwelling at 1922 Adanac Street.
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  • Critics Pan Lantzville Mayor's Urban Agriculture Solutions

    September 29, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Better use of Lantzville's Agricultural Land Reserves could solve the community's urban agriculture issue, but critics say Mayor Colin Haime's plan won't take root. Over the last 10 months, a group of urban agriculture supporters demanded council amend its zoning bylaw to allow small-scale farming on residential lots. In an effort to reduce conflict among neighbours, an occurrence that sparked the original debate regarding Compassion farm, Haime explored making the 138 hectares of ALR in Lantzville more accessible for urban agriculture supporters, by proposing smaller lots and tax incentives for people who want to make a modest living producing food.
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  • Agriculture Month Supports Future Leaders

    September 27, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Today, Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud proclaimed October as Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan. In recognition of Agriculture Month, the federal and provincial governments are investing in future leaders of the agriculture industry. The federal and provincial governments are committing an additional $100,000 in Growing Forward funding to Saskatchewan's Agriculture in the Classroom Program in 2011-12.
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  • Government of Canada Invests in Feasibility Study for Bio-based Jet Fuel

    September 26, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Oilseed producers can look forward to tapping into a new emerging industry with a study that will assess the feasibility of producing renewable bio-based jet fuel. Saskatoon - Humboldt Member of Parliament Brad Trost announced today an investment of over $150,000 to determine the economic feasibility of developing this industry in Saskatchewan, as part of National Biotechnology Week celebrations.
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  • Making a Case for the Urban Garden

    September 23, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Around 15 percent of the world's food is now grown in urban areas, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But the figures for the U.S. are much lower. The city of Cleveland, for instance, produces just 1.7 percent of its food in urban farms and community gardens—and Cleveland is actually more progressive than most American cities, says Parwinder Grewal, PhD, professor of entomology and director of the Center for Urban Environment and Economic Development at Ohio State University.
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  • Gardening Doesn’t Have to End With Summer

    September 22, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    OREGAN – Just because winter is around the corner does not mean local gardeners have to hang up their gloves and spades. “We do a lot of winter gardening here,” said Karen Matthews, of Alder Creek Farm, during the Sept. 14 meeting of the Nehalem Bay area’s Groundswell group. “My focus is to grow year-round.” Matthews and other local gardeners gathered at Alder Creek Farm that day as members of the informal Groundswell gardening club, which is open to anyone interested in learning more about gardening.
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  • Ladner Calls NPA Attack on Urban Farming 'A Mug's Game'

    September 21, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Peter Ladner, the previous mayoral candidate for the Non-Partisan Association, isn't happy with his party's campaign decision to mock Mayor Gregor Robertson's promotion of urban agriculture. "Politicians and candidates be warned: Ridiculing urban farming is a no-win strategy," wrote Ladner in a column this week in Business In Vancouver. "Food security is marching up the priority list in cities around the world, and Vancouver should be leading, not resisting, this movement."
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  • An Urban Garden Prepares Inmates for Green-Collar Jobs

    September 20, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    As a boy, the only thing Darius Jones knew about what lies beneath the soil is that the ground is filled with the coffins of young men from his gritty West Side neighborhood. Growing up, he fully expected to join them before long. “I never thought I’d live to be 18,” he said. “I believe in karma. I did some bad stuff when I was younger.” Mr. Jones’s life in the street landed him in jail for 15 months beginning in early 2009 before a judge gave him a break and instead of sending him to prison for carjacking, sent him to the Cook County Sheriff’s military-style boot camp.
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  • Government of Canada Invests to Support Ornamental Horticulture Sector

    September 19, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    The Canadian horticultural industry will be better able to adapt to consumer choices regarding lifestyle, environmental practices and health thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. Jacques Gourde, Member of Parliament for Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, today announced, on behalf of Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Gerry Ritz, $457,000 in funding for the Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance (COHA) to do a major economic and environmental impact study of the industry.
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  • Urban Gardening Taking Off at O'Hare

    September 15, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    September 15, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- The world's first aeroponic garden in an airport will open to the public Friday. Swiss chard, red habanero peppers, and onion chives are just a few of the 44 different types of organic herbs and vegetables growing in the middle of busy O'Hare Airport. The garden is tucked in the rotunda building, the area that connects terminals 2 and 3. Aviation commissioner Rosemarie Andolino hopes it will become a calming oasis for weary travelers.
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