• Planting Improves Heart Rate, Stress Levels of Mentally Challenged Adults

    December 22, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA—Participation in horticultural activities can improve confidence and social skills, cultivate a positive attitude, and rejuvenate the mind and body. Many studies have emphasized the effects of horticultural activities in relation to physical and psychological rehabilitation, but few have considered the influence of these types of activities on mentally challenged people's autonomic nervous system (ANS) and on the stress hormone cortisol. A new study examined how activities such as pressing flowers, planting, creating flower arrangements, and making topiaries affect stress relief for patients who are mentally challenged.
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  • Seeds of Success Planted at Cape Preschool

    December 20, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    FLORIDA - Every day at recess, little ones at All Superstars Preschool in downtown Cape Coral check on their tiny plant pods. In front of their eyes are the beginnings of life. Through a hydroponic garden sponsored by the Rotary Club and Invest in America’s Veterans Foundation, the school has 140 seedlings of tomato and lettuce.
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  • Chicago’s DePaul University is Excited About Urban Agriculture

    December 19, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Butted up against a railroad embankment on Chicago’s South Side, a hoop house shelters seedlings that will provide fresh produce well into November. Monarch butterflies flutter among prairie plants before beginning their fall migration. Chickens and ducks squawk insistently to be let out of their overnight shelter.
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  • Former NPA Councillor Peter Ladner Gets to the Root of The Urban Food Revolution

    December 15, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Vancouver, B.C. - Those who got to see former Non-Partisan Association city councillor Peter Ladner during his two terms at city hall would hardly describe him as animated. However, when talking about the subject of urban food systems and food security for cities, Ladner develops an urgency, an upbeat and optimistic tone to his voice that was rarely on display at 12th and Cambie during the six years Ladner sifted through all kinds of issues.
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  • Government of Canada Helps Farmers Develop New Forage Markets

    December 14, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, December 13, 2011 – Canadian farmers will benefit from the continued expansion of international forage markets thanks to the support of the Government of Canada. Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Wanuskewin, announced today on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz an investment of more than $85,000 to the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA) to enhance the competitiveness of forage farmers internationally.
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  • UN Warns Land Corruption Hurting Development

    December 13, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    ROME - The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warned in a new study Monday that corruption in land sales in the developing world was hampering food security and economic growth. The study, conducted with anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International, found that weak governance has increased the likelihood of corruption in land tenure and administration, and is intensifying pressures on land use.
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  • Vertical Farming System to Top Vancouver Parking Lot

    December 12, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Vancouver-based Valcent Products Inc. has signed a memorandum of understanding to install its first "VertiCrop" high-density vertical growing system in North America on the top level of a parkade in the city's downtown core. The vertical farming system allows leafy green vegetables to be grown all year round in urban environments in much smaller spaces, using much smaller amounts of energy and water while generating higher yields.
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  • Green Agriculture Research Gets a Boost from the Government of Canada

    December 09, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Montreal, Quebec, December 9, 2011 - Canadian farmers will benefit from enhanced profitability through green technology thanks to a partnership between the Government of Canada, industry and universities across Canada. Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), announced an investment of nearly $2 million to McGill University to study and develop greenhouse gas mitigation practices for water management systems.
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  • Urban Farms Good for Detroit

    December 08, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Urban farming may be getting a push from the State legislature in Lansing today. Sponsored by state Senators Virgil Smith, D-Detroit, and Joe Hune, R-Whitmore Lake, a bill would grant the City of Detroit an exemption from Michigan's Right to Farm Act which would allow the city to regulate internal agriculture. It would give Detroit the necessary powers to regulate through zoning and other means, whatever new farms which may pop up.
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  • Community Supported Agriculture Goes to New Heights

    December 05, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Hawai'i's rooftops are being utilized as a platform to offer nutritious choices for O'ahu families and individuals thanks to a local company called FarmRoof. The founder, Alan Joaquin, began the business in 2008 with goals of bringing a new type of community supported agriculture (CSA) to Hawai'i, changing the local food system and urban landscape. As a visionary with experience in horticulture, engineering, construction and sustainability, Alan wanted to use his background to create a network of organic, sustainable, urban CSA farms on Hawai'i's rooftops, serving as a model for agricultural advancement worldwide.
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