• Detroit’s Good Food Cure

    September 10, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Weekend mornings are the busiest days of the week at D-Town Farm. That’s when up to 30 volunteers from across Detroit come out to till the earth and tend the crops at the seven-acre mini-farm on the city’s west side. They sow, hoe, prune, compost, trap pest animals, build paths and fences, and harvest­—all the activities necessary to grow healthy organic fruits and vegetables to nurture the community. There is a 1.5-acre vegetable garden, a 150-square-foot garlic plot, a small apple orchard, numerous beds of salad greens in a couple of hoop houses, a small apiary, and a plot of medicinal herbs such as purslane, burdock, and white thistle.
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  • Historic Food Price Hike Hits the Poor Globally, Some Turn to Hydroponics

    September 05, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Global food prices jumped 10% in July due to the severe Midwest drought that pushed the price of grains to record levels, the World Bank reported Thursday about the world's worst food crisis since the 1970s, depriving the world's poor, some of whom are turning to hydroponics to survive. The price of maize and wheat rose 25% from June to July, and soybeans rose 17%, according to the Washington-based World Bank.
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  • Vancouver Company Installing Vertical Garden in Parking Garage

    September 04, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    VANCOUVER—On the sixth floor of a downtown parking garage, a farming valley is being carved out of concrete. Vancouver-based Alterrus Systems is installing its vertical farming system, which can grow up to 80 varieties of leafy greens, on the parkade’s rooftop — the first North American commercial farming operation in a parking lot. Urban gardening has been around for decades with non-profits such as City Farmer urging residents to grow food at home in backyards, community gardens or on flat roofs.
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  • 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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