• Urban Farmers in Vancouver Earn Less Than $9 an Hour

    January 12, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Urban farmers in Vancouver are at that awkward in-between stage: They are gaining traction with growing public interest in fresh local food and farmers markets, but not quite making a living at it. A report based on figures from 2010 found that eight urban farms with a total of 2.3 acres under crops earned $128,580, or $13,745 per growing season for each farmer. That’s an hourly rate of $8.64, based on a work day that varies seasonally.
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  • Harper Government and Canadian Wheat Board Working Together to Strengthen Wheat and Barley Industry

    January 11, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Winnipeg, Manitoba, January 11, 2012 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz met today with the reinvigorated Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) as they begin working together in the best interests of western Canadian wheat and barley farmers and position the voluntary marketing entity for success in an open market.
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  • New Council Tackles Urban Farming

    January 09, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    LANTZVILLE, BC-The new Lantzville council will, for the first time, address an old issue that resulted in some new council members being elected in November's municipal election. New Mayor Jack de Jong wants to get the issue of complaints regarding urban farming over with as quickly as possible. Tonight, the district council will hear the third reading of the bylaw to amend Lantzville's zoning bylaw (No. 60, 2005) to address urban food gardens. De Jong said he would like Lantzville council to come to a resolution of the issue.
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  • Sawang Calero: Pilot Area for Hydroponics Gardening

    January 06, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    CEBU, Philippines - The Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of Science and Technology in Central Visayas have chosen Barangay Sawang Calero as pilot area of the capability training on hydroponics gardening for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.
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  • Plan to Create Central Park on the Roofs of Beirut

    January 05, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    The hanging gardens of Babylon were the inspiration for an architect's ambition to turn the city of Beirut into a "wonder forest". Wassim Melki of StudioInvisible explained to Wired.co.uk that while the concept of rooftop gardens is far from new; he is proposing creating them "on a very large scale" throughout the city and its suburbs.
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  • Fruit Tree Grafting Could Turn City Streets Into Urban Orchards

    January 02, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    In San Francisco, a group called the Guerrilla Grafters is turning city sidewalks into food-producing zones. What they are doing is illegally grafting fruit-tree branches on to ornamental street trees. Watch the video to learn more.
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  • 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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