• Gardening Could Stave Off Alzheimer’s

    February 28, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Gardening, cooking and group discussions could arrest the development of dementia, according to researchers. They say doing structured activities with others has been shown to improve sufferers’ memory and quality of life “consistently”. The claim follows analysis of 15 studies of elderly people with mild to moderate dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
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  • Vancouver Urban Farm Sites Face Hurdles Due to Soil Contamination

    February 24, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    A Downtown Eastside urban farming enterprise must clear several regulatory hurdles before it can begin growing crops on three city-owned sites, due to soil contamination. Two of the three sites approved for $1 per year leases to SOLEfood are former Petro Canada filling stations, both of which have been vacant for 10 years. The three sites total 2.2 acres.
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  • Government of Canada Supports the Organic Grain Industry in Quebec

    February 20, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Milan, Quebec, February 20, 2012 - Canada's Economic Action Plan is delivering support for Canada’s organic grain industry to improve its competitiveness. The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), today announced a federal government investment for La Meunerie Milanaise to help it double its processing capacity and automate its packaging line.
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  • Chilliwack to Host Organic Conference Later this Month

    February 14, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Social justice and participatory farming practices are in focus at a conference coming up later this month in Chilliwack. The annual conference of Certified Organic Association of BC is set for Feb. 24 to Feb. 26 at the Best Western Rainbow Country Inn in Chilliwack. “We have a wonderful line-up of speakers from all aspects of the organic farming community,” said Mary Forstbauer, a Chilliwack organic farmer, and president of COABC.
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  • The World's First Plantagon Greenhouse for Urban Agriculture Breaks Ground in Sweden

    February 09, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    The first Plantagon Greenhouse breaks ground. A new type of greenhouse for vertical farming, an international Centre of Excellence for Urban Agriculture, a demo-plant for Swedish clean-tech and a climate-smart way to use excess heating and CO2 from industries. The potential is tremendous and ambitions high for the new greenhouse being built in Linköping, Sweden, near the regional energy company, Tekniska Verken. Not least, it will be a new landmark for the people in Linköping to enjoy.
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  • Public Needs Farm Education, Says Federation

    February 07, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    The Federation of Agriculture told farmers at its annual meeting that it's up to them to educate the public on locally-grown food that ends up on the dinner table. "Today, 94 per cent of Canadians say they know little or nothing about where their food comes from,” said Crystal MacKay, who heads a farm advocacy group called Farm & Food Care Ontario.
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  • Growing Forward: Harvesting Success

    February 06, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Québec City, Quebec, February 6, 2012 - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), and Pierre Corbeil, ministre de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation, ministre responsable des régions de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue et du Nord-du-Québec et député d'Abitibi-Est, issued a positive assessment of achievements in Quebec since 2008 resulting from the federal-provincial-territorial initiative Growing Forward.
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  • The Proven Power of Flowers

    February 03, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Aimée Taylor is well versed in the power of plants. Not in their medicinal or nutritional uses, but the healthy benefits of simply being near them. Growing them, nurturing them, harvesting them -- Taylor has seen first-hand how plants can give purpose, pride and a sense of community to those who might be feeling isolated, depressed, or helpless.
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  • A Kitchen Garden Crowns the Hotel Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

    February 01, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    All executive chefs will tell you as much; the quality and freshness of foods on a menu are proof of excellence. The hotel Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in downtown Montréal embraces this culinary philosophy by serving healthy, savoury dishes with the utmost respect for the environment. Would you be surprised to learn that many ingredients come from the garden located atop the hotel’s main roof… on the 22nd floor?
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  • More Than a Park VanDusen Bonatical Garden is a City Treasure

    January 31, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    the development and major changes at Vancouver's top horticultural institutions, VanDusen Botanical Garden and the University of B.C. Botanical Garden. The first thing to say about VanDusen Botanical Garden, the 55-acre treasure trove of plants in the heart of Vancouver at the corner of 33rd and Oak Street, is that it is not a park.
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