• Your Future in Horticulture Could Start Here

    June 29, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Interested in pursuing a career in horticulture? The University of B.C. Botanical Garden is ready to launch its new full-time horticulture training program this September. The program is designed to give students the skills and experience necessary for entering the field of horticulture. Completion of 1,100 hours of classroom and hands-on practical instruction and supervised practical work will lead to Levels I & II Apprenticeship technical training credit.
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  • Detroit, MSU Moving Forward on Urban Agriculture Research Campus

    June 27, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    The City of Detroit and Michigan State University have agreed in principle to pursue a major urban agriculture research program within the city to explore innovative research and techniques, such as transforming empty buildings into multi-tiered farms. The program is envisioned as the central hub of a future collection of worldwide facilities focused on urban agriculture research.
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  • Did You Know: Hydroponics Farm

    June 25, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Gurley, Alabama - It's the peak of the growing season for farmers across the country. But one 'local' farmer cultivates his crops.. without soil. " We're a hydroponics vegetable and tomato grower. We're going vertical, anywhere from 12 to 20 plants on top of each other," said Jimmy Sparks of J. Sparks Farms in Gurley, Alabama. Hydroponics is defined as the cultivation of plants in nutrient solution, rather than soil.
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  • Rooftop Montreal Greenhouse Uses Careful Energy Managment and Claims to Have Proven Concept is Financially Feasible in Canada

    June 22, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Lufa Farms stated publically yesterday that it 'broke even' earlier this year on its prototype energy-efficient rooftop greenhouse in Montreal, and that it's ready to move forward with its “ultimate goal” – to develop a turnkey urban greenhouse system that can be located in any North American city. Construction of Lufa’s first greenhouse in Antonio-Barbeau in Montreal began in July of 2010 (according to the company’s website), first by preparing the roof and creating the necessary structure and then by completing the framing and glass installation. The internal systems, heating, electrical, insulation shades, and other components were completed at the beginning of 2011.
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  • North Vancouver City Offers Unanimous Support for Food Charter

    June 21, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Already a leader in municipal urban agriculture initiatives, the City of North Vancouver is now taking a wider lens to the food system. On June 11, city council unanimously supported the creation of a food charter and a food policy advisory committee. Presenting to council was Heather Johnstone, coordinator of the Edible Garden Project, the group that runs Loutet Farm and a host of other urban agriculture projects on the North Shore.
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  • The Government of Canada Helps Farmers Improve Water Management Practices

    June 19, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Quebec City, Quebec, June 19, 2012 – Farmers are always looking for ways to improve their farming practices, increase their productivity and maintain the sustainability of the environment. The Centre Eau, Terre et Environnement of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique will receive an investment of more than $250,000 to improve an integrated computer model that examines the economic and environmental impacts of implementing beneficial management practices (BMPs) on the farm and on a broader landscape scale.
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  • Vancouver Technical School's Market Garden a Canadian First

    June 13, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    The Vancouver board of education has signed an agreement with an urban farm society to develop a market garden at Vancouver Technical secondary school. The deal, described as the first of its kind in Canada, envisions an educational space where students can learn about agriculture and gardening while growing Asian greens, salad greens, beets, carrots, garlic and other vegetables on a quarter-acre (1,000 square metres) plot on the school grounds on East Broadway Avenue.
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  • Farming Goes to Town as Crops Come to City

    June 11, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    MONTREAL - Gardening in the city used to be considered a leisure activity that beautified the areas around homes or buildings. Now it’s known as urban agriculture, and cities around the world are realizing the positive effects it can have on everything from building strong communities to fighting climate change to feeding hungry people. A new report by the city of Montreal has found agriculture is not practised only in the off-island farms of southern Quebec.
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  • Green Agriculture Research Gets Boost from Harper Government – Canada Hosts International Environmental Agriculture Conference

    June 08, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Ottawa, Ontario, June 5, 2012 – Producers will have the opportunity to increase their profits while mitigating their impact on the environment, thanks to a partnership between academia and the Harper Government. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today an investment of more than $3.4 million to the University of Saskatchewan to study how to reduce agricultural greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the areas of agroforestry, irrigation and nitrogen use. Minister Ritz made the announcement just as meetings of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases were commencing in Saskatoon.
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  • City Boosts Local Vegetable Patches

    June 07, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Vancouver, BC - Mayor Gregor Robertson rolled up his sleeves and got his hands dirty at the community garden nestled on City Hall’s north lawn Wednesday to celebrate the opening of new plots. Standing next to the Simon Fraser Elementary School students who help tend the garden, the mayor announced 11 additional plots would join the record 405 which sprang up across the city last year.
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