• Chef Jasen Fontaine Serves Ingredients Grown in Hydroponic Garden

    July 17, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Minneapolis Marriott Southwest head chef, Jasen Fontaine, is now using a hydroponic garden to grow fresh herbs and vegetables served at Stacy's Grill, a Minnetonka restaurant inside the hotel. Fontaine originally wanted to create a garden on the hotel roof. "Due to planning and time, I was not able to get it all together in time, so this year, I started to talk about what I wanted to do toward the end of winter," he said.
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  • Vancouver’s Urban Fruit Orchard Blossoms in City Parks, Golf Courses

    July 13, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    The city’s urban fruit orchard is poised to expand steadily over the next eight years with new plantings planned for city parks. The city has created new orchards in three city parks in just the past couple of years — Falaise, Gaston and Slocan — with the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute and a handful of neighbourhood partners. Its goal is to create at least seven more orchards by 2020 as part of the Greenest City Action Plan.
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  • Urban Farming in Saanich Gets Serious

    July 12, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    In front of Gabe Epstein’s home is a book box – a brightly painted cabinet, marked with the simple instructions to take a book, leave a book, or both. The box is a catalyst for conversation for Epstein, one of the co-founders of Gorge Tillicum Urban Farmers (GTUF), a growing group of people within the neighbourhood who are connected by their common interest of building food security and relationships.
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  • Montreal-Based Rooftop Farm Lufa Wants to Expand into America

    July 09, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    If you can do it in Montreal, you can do it anywhere. That’s the theory of Lufa Farms, which is growing tender sheaves of lettuce in its 31,000-square-foot greenhouse atop a Montreal office building where winter temperatures rarely rise above freezing. Lufa’s greenhouse at 1440 Antonio Barbeau supplies more than 25 varieties of vegetables without artificial pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides in its urban greenhouse.
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  • Camps Teach Dallas-Area Kids About Food, Agriculture

    July 06, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    FORT WORTH, Texas — Around the winding garden plots and past the chickens, Elizabeth Samudio led a pack of children on a hunting expedition for the day's lunch. Pointing to a thick, leafy green plant, Samudio asked whether anyone could identify it. The children gave her blank stares. Only one, whose grandparents had a garden, recognized the vegetable as Swiss chard.
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  • Urban Agriculture Takes Root in Seattle

    July 05, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Seattle’s urban communities are vibrant enclaves where the idea of smart growth, densification and sustainable lifestyles are on the rise. With public open space at a premium, architects are increasingly seeking creative ways to incorporate building-design seamlessly and culturally into the fabric of these dense neighborhoods. One way of meeting these goals is through the integration of urban agriculture into the built environment. We’re seeing it take root in many urban-housing markets, including Seattle, one of the few cities in North America to include community gardens as open space in the city planning process.
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  • Canada and B.C. Help Fruit Industry Make Waves

    July 03, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Abbotsford, B.C., July 3, 2012 - B.C. raspberry producers will increase their competitiveness by developing new products with the support of the Governments of Canada and British Columbia. The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, on behalf of federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, and Randy Hawes, MLA for Abbotsford-Mission, on behalf of B.C. Minister of Agriculture, Don McRae, announced today an investment of over $120,000 to NuWave Research Inc. to develop a new raspberry drying process.
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  • 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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