• 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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  • Symbiotic Urban Farming And Industrial Reuse In Chicago

    July 30, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    In many former industrially important cities in the United States and around the world, solid old buildings stand empty — useless. But one green innovator is proving that such structures could instead be off-the-grid, zero emission urban food oases. John Edel is transforming a former industrial facility in Chicago’s historic Union Stockyard into a unique centre that is part vertical farm, part food-business incubator, part research and education space.
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  • Farming Goes To The City

    July 25, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    In South Dakota and Nebraska, where even in the heart of Yankton or Sioux Falls or Sioux City, anyone is within only a few minutes’ drive from open pastures and crop fields, it is difficult to not feel a connection to agriculture. But this connection that people in the Yankton area often take for granted is just as foreign as the star-filled night skies and evenings sparkling with fireflies are to residents of the major U.S. cities, such as Los Angeles and Chicago.
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  • Fight for the Right to Have Front Yard Vegetable Gardens

    July 24, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    There have been several reports in the news about people who were growing gardens in their front yards for food but were stopped by local authorities, sometimes for code violations and sometimes because neighbors did not want to look at them right in the front yard. Denise Morrison was a gardener who had planted over 100 varieties of edible and medicinal plants in both her front and back yards. She received a complaint letter from the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma and met with the officials to find out what the problem was.
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  • Urban Farms Yield Crops and Jobs for Vancouver

    July 23, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    It’s not where you’d expect to find a farm but behind BC Place, under the Georgia Street viaduct and steps away from False Creek, the green ribbed leaves and blood-red stalks of a healthy crop of rainbow chard bend in the breeze. Three months ago, this place was just an empty parking lot. Today, there are 3,000 rectangular planter boxes brimming with chard, strawberries, tomatoes, basil and daikon radishes — just a sampling of the produce sprouting here and in two other urban farms run by social enterprise SOLEfood.
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  • Can Urban Farming Go Corporate?

    July 20, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Farms have sprouted in cities across the country over the past several years as activists and idealists pour their sweat into gritty soil. Now Paul Lightfoot wants to take urban agriculture beyond the dirt-under-your-nails labor of love. He wants to take it corporate. In June, Lightfoot's company, BrightFarms, announced a deal with The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co., or A&P, to provide New York City-grown vegetables to the local chain's supermarkets year-round.
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  • Comox Valley Chefs Educating Children About Agriculture, Food

    July 19, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Merri Schwartz was frustrated when she founded Growing Chefs, a Vancouver-based non-profit organization aimed at educating kids about local and sustainable agriculture. While the Comox-born pastry chef was well-acquainted with the theories and practices of sustainable agriculture, she found that the public was not. Growing Chefs' executive director Helen Stortini explains that working in fine dining, Schwartz constantly encountered chefs who “had all this knowledge about local and sustainable food, and had great relationships with local farmers and producers… But it wasn’t getting outside of the kitchen walls.”
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  • Astronaut Launches ‘Imagine a Garden in Every School’ in Ontario

    July 18, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Green Thumbs Growing Kids hosted an event June 19th to launch their new provincial campaign, Imagine a Garden in Every School. The campaign aims to create broader community support and unite engaged communities for school food gardens “to share resources, ideas and experience, to work together on advocacy, and to make it easier for people across Ontario to start and maintain school food gardens."
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