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  • Canada: Prize winning Urban Bee Honey Farm generating a buzz
    Urban Bee honoured at the Vancouver Island Business Awards By Nick Murray Victoria News Feb 17, 2019 Excerpt: The Urban Bee Honey Farm waltzed away with the Food and Food Production prize at this year’s Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards. In 2009, Jason and Lindsay Dault started their business, Urban… Read more »
  • Ball State professor wins award for Muncie community garden project
    Architecture students sit with professor Pamela Harwood in the Maring-Hunt Community Garden, Spring 2017. Harwood received an award for her leadership of the immersive learning course that designed the garden near Maring-Hunt library. Pamela Harwood, Photo Provided. They said much of their success with the garden stemmed from good leadership… Read more »
  • Urban farming proponents see ‘unlimited potential’ in Erie
    Carrie Sachse, of Eire, checks some of the produce growing in her commercial urban garden, French Street Farms. Photo Christopher Millette. “How can you go wrong with food and feeding people?” Horton said. By Madeleine O’Neill Go Eire Feb 17, 2019 Excerpt: Sachse has made her vision for an urban… Read more »
  • Holy cabbage! Australian couple grows giant vegetable
    Rosemary Norwood and her husband grew a giant cabbage at their eco-tourism guesthouse in the Australian state of Tasmania By Alex Stambaugh CNN February 14, 2019 Excerpt: An Australian couple staved off pests for more than nine months to grow a giant cabbage almost as big as a person. Rosemary… Read more »
  • The Mystique of Urban Farms in Milwaukee, WI
    Aerial photograph from the Growing Place exhibition. Photo by David Schalliol. Grohmann Museum’s photographic exhibit captures city’s urban farms of the past — and present. “Growing Place: A Visual Study of Urban Farming,” through April 28 at the Grohmann Museum, 1000 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, WI By Catherine Jozwik Urban Milwaukee… Read more »
  • Even Cowboy ‘Hopalong Cassidy’ supported the Victory Garden Program of WW2
    [vimeo 318841149 w=430 h=312] William Boyd – ‘Pirates on Horseback’ – 1941 Everyone wanted to help promote Victory Gardens during WW2. This rare clip finds William Boyd, famous for his portrayal of Hopalong Cassidy, with sidekicks Lucky and California chatting next to California’s Victory Garden. I’m certain that no one… Read more »
  • Australia: Urban farming helps city dwellers connect
    Emily Connors says urban farming can help address issues around food security and provide people with meaningful work.Justin McManus Just as urban agriculture has gathered pace in the United States in recent years, Connors says Melbourne is ripe for an influx of food-growing projects. By Megan Backhouse Brisbane Times February… Read more »
  • Green Roofs Absorb Rainwater and Grow Food
    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN9z0QTvy00&w=425&h=341] Rainwater is distributed through an irrigation system and collected in cisterns for the rooftop garden. ? By Aramis Velazquez GreenRoofs February 14, 2019 Excerpt: To help with that initiative in the nation’s capital, a team at the University of the District of Columbia has created a rooftop garden… Read more »
  • An Electric Compost Unit for the Home that Works
    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usOk8G9Ofis&w=425&h=341] Simply open the lid, and empty food waste into the machine. Once the lid is shut, Acidulo® microbes will immediately begin composting food waste. Oklin 2019 GG-02 can compost up to 4kg of food waste per day, turning waste into a valuable resource that can be used to… Read more »
  • The Promise and Pitfalls of Urban Farming – A look towards 2040
    Urban ag today may create a new generation of ag sector winners by 2040. By Jonathan H. Harsch and Sara Wyant AgriPulse – from “Farm & Food 2040. Feb 11, 2019 (Must see. Mike) Excerpt: The promise of soil-less indoor Controlled Environment Agriculture has attracted young people enthused about both… Read more »