• Student Designs First-Ever Food Production Ecosystem at School

    May 29, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Wellington Secondary students will see farmfresh fish and organic vegetables grown in the school courtyard thanks to the work of 17-year-old science student Kieryn Matthews. Matthews has been at the drawing board for the last year with Wellington's eco-club, designing the school district's first-ever food production ecosystem.
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  • Rouses Markets Creates Sustainable Aeroponic Rooftop Garden Above Downtown New Orleans Store

    May 22, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    NEW ORLEANS, May 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The new rooftop garden on the Rouses Market in downtown New Orleans doesn't look like your typical herb garden; but this isn't your typical grocery store. Parsley, basil and cilantro are among the herbs the company is growing to package and sell on the building's ground floor.
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  • Beetle-Infested Lawns a Bonanza for Farmers

    May 17, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Urban farmer Camil Dumont and his partners couldn't be happier about the chafer beetle epidemic ravaging lawns across the city. Dumont's Inner City Farms - a partnership of five young farmers - is growing organic vegetable crops on 19 residential yards in Vancouver, most of which had been laid waste by voracious predators of chafer larvae. Skunks, raccoons and crows eat the grubs, but the animals have to tear up the sod to get at them and they have devastated thousands of lawns from New Westminster to east Vancouver.
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  • Warm Weather Brings Out Urban Farmers

    May 15, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Vegetable plants are flying off the shelves of local gardening centres as locals jump on the grow-your-own bandwagon with the recent sunny weather. Miles Hunter, general manager of David Hunter Garden Center on West Broadway, said the upcoming long weekend is always one of the busiest for gardening since evening temperatures typically increase enough to ensure veggies don’t turn to mush.
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  • What Growing on Next to BC Place?

    May 14, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    A vacant lot next to BC Place is getting a long-awaited makeover, with a two-acre urban farm that will provide training and work for people with barriers to employment. The SOLEfood project, being built on land leased from Concord Pacific with more than $475,000 from the charitable Radcliffe Foundation and a $175,000 loan from Vancity, currently smells of manure, as workers fill 3,000 pallets with fertilizer.
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  • Montreal Expo Devoted to Urban Agriculture – May 12, 2012

    May 09, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    As part of the vast public consultation operation on urban agriculture, the Office de consultation publique de Montréal invites everyone to a one-day exhibition presenting some of the practices and innovations taking place in Montréal. The “Expo under the big tent” will be held on Saturday, May 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in the big tent located behind the Marché Maisonneuve on Ontario Street East, a few streets east of Pie IX Boulevard (4375 Ontario Street East, Pie IX or Viau Metro).
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  • Urban Farming Movement Gathers Steam

    May 08, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Vancouver, BC - It was called ‘goofy’ by a mayoral candidate and derided in national headlines as wasted taxpayer dollars but urban wheat fields, it seems, are catching on. The Lawn to Loaves program — whose $5,000 city grant last year drew from ex-NPA councillor Suzanne Anton — has proven so popular organizers are turning down requests from teachers for in-class workshops.
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  • Gateway Community Action Goes Hydroponic in Bridgeton

    May 04, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    BRIDGETON, NJ — Gateway Community Action Partnership recently introduced its new 3,000 square foot hydroponics greenhouse, and the Arthur and Friends employment and training program for disabled adults at the agency’s Urban Mill Farm. “It’s something extraordinary,” said Albert Kelly, Bridgeton's mayor and Gateway president. “It’s the next step in what we are doing here in terms of production of vegetables, fruits and all the other good things that Mother Nature is providing for us.
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  • Rouge National Urban Park will be a treasure for Toronto and all of Canada

    April 30, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    It won’t be just for Torontonians, although they stand to gain a lot. Canada’s first national urban park, in the Rouge Valley, will open woodland trials, wetlands, an education and interpretive centre, cultural events and examples of sustainable agriculture to seven million people within an hour’s drive. Many don’t visit national parks now. In that regard, the planned Rouge National Urban Park promises to be an eye-opener. The new “people’s park” will be huge — covering 6,000 hectares, 15 times bigger than Central Park in New York City.
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  • Local Food Delivered: CSAs Give Families a Chance to Skip the Produce Aisle at the Megamart

    April 27, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    VANCOUVER – Thousands of B.C. families will skip the produce aisle at the supermarket this summer and instead buy their whole season’s worth of fresh vegetables from local farmers, paid up front. Prepaid contracts for a box of locally grown produce delivered each week during the growing season are the fastest growing segment of the eat local movement, according to Tallulah Winkelman of FarmFolkCityFolk.
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