• BC Food Producers Welcome $2-Million "Buy Local" Campaign

    August 31, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    VANCOUVER - The B.C. government is investing $2 million to help B.C. farmers and food processors promote local foods, Agriculture Minister Don McRae announced. The funding will allow local businesses and organizations to launch or expand their own marketing campaigns, so different sectors of B.C.'s diverse food industry can use customized promotions specific to their market and needs.
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  • Government Helps Make Locally-Grown Food More Accessible in Simcoe County

    August 27, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Creemore, Ontario, - Central Ontario will be able to enjoy more of its own home grown produce with the help of a new Harper Government investment. Member of Parliament Dr. Kellie Leitch (Simcoe-Grey), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced today an investment for a study by the Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture (SCFA) that will analyze the feasibility of establishing a food distribution hub or centre that would serve the area and surrounding region.
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  • Cutting-Edge Urban Demonstration Farm is Planned for Downtown New Orleans

    August 23, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    In a couple of weeks or so, the location of a new Urban Farming and Food Center will be announced, says the executive director of the nonprofit Recirculating Farms Coalition, Marianne Cufone. Two acres in the downtown area will be the site of a half-million-dollar project, funded by grants from Blue Cross Blue Shield Louisiana Foundation, the Claneil Foundation and private donations.
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  • Board Approves Urban Farming Ordinance in Somerville

    August 22, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Somerville, MA - In a move that is certain to please both seasoned and amateur backyard farmers alike, the Somerville Board of Aldermen passed the Urban Agriculture Zoning Amendment last week, making the homegrown movement more robust and vital than ever. The ordinance will allow residents to cultivate their own crops, as well as keep a limited amount of chickens and bees, and spells out specific guidelines and requirements for such activities.
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  • Hydroponic Gardening to be on Display This Week at Benton Franklin Fair

    August 20, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Kennewick, Washington -- Tracy Christensen of Finley is all about eating healthy, recycling, and doing her part in making planet Earth a cleaner place to live. One way she accomplishes those goals is through hydroponic gardening, which translates into working water. Hydroponics is where plants are grown in plastic containers with only water and no dirt. Water pumps keep the water flowing through the containers, periodically draining the water and giving the plant roots time to breathe.
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  • Study to Examine Trends in Urban Agriculture

    August 17, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Farming in the city is a hot topic in some circles, but an exact picture of urban agriculture has not yet been painted. However, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, along with faculty from New York University, soon will begin a study to examine the state of urban agriculture in the United States today. The project, titled "The State of Urban Farming in the United States: Enhancing the Viability of Small and Medium-Sized Commercial Urban Farms," is funded by a $453,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
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  • Urban Farming Springs Up on Rooftops in Hyper-Crowded Hong Kong

    August 14, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    On the rooftop of a tower block above the hustle and bustle of teeming Hong Kong, dedicated growers tend to their organic crops in a vegetable garden. Against a backdrop of skyscrapers and jungle-clad hills, earth-filled boxes are spread out on the roof of the 14-storey building, where a wide variety of produce including cucumbers and potatoes are cultivated.
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  • Toronto’s Largest City Farm to be Announced at Urban Agriculture Summit

    August 13, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Soon, would-be farmers won’t have to flee to rural Ontario to grow crops and raise chickens. Toronto’s largest urban farm is already being built, and seeds could be planted as early as next spring. Dubbed the Black Creek Community Farm, the 3.2-hectare plot sandwiched between Jane St., Steeles Ave. and York University will feature a training farm, greenhouses, chicken coop and a community garden.
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  • An Urban Farm Feeds Local Neighborhood with Help from Disabled

    August 08, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Tim Donovan, who calls himself “a farmer and maker,” leads the agriculture team at Project Grow, a program of Port City Development Center, an arts and farming organization that works with adults with disabilities. The project brings together people active in the arts, farming and community organizing and has grown from one small plot of about an eighth of an acre to four plots covering more than an acre and a half.
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  • Sustainable Water Use for Food Processors

    August 02, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Toronto, Ontario, August 2, 2012 - The Harper Government is investing in innovative wastewater treatment solutions to boost competitiveness and mitigate the environmental footprint of the food processing sector. Member of Parliament Bernard Trottier (Etobicoke-Lakeshore), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced today an investment of $95,000 for a project that will test an innovative water recycling system used to treat wastewater from within a food processing facility.
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