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  • This Seabrook woman’s garden was taken away after 14 years. Now she’s getting it back.
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    Mary Johnson leaves her garden plot in the community garden on Seabrook Island. File/Lauren Petracca/Staff. The island’s Property Owners Association board unanimously voted to reinstate Johnson, 75, who was beloved by the garden community for her deep knowledge and generosity with her produce. By Chloe Johnson The Post and Courier… Read more »
  • Riverside City College’s Urban Farm Receives Award
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    Received honorable mention honors in the Exemplary Program Award by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors By Press Release Inland Empire January 17, 2019 Excerpt: The Urban Garden at RCC has been a model for sustainable urban farming on the campus for a number of years. The Farm has… Read more »
  • India: Rent a Farm and Harvest Your own Veggies. Real-Life Farmville is Here
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    Users can rent out a 600 square feet mini-farm located in a real farm near them for a monthly fee of Rs 2500 through the app Punita Sabharwal Entrepreneur India Magazine Jan 19, 2019 Excerpt: Both Shameek and Bala have been ex-Amazon employees. In 2006, after quitting their jobs, they… Read more »
  • Singapore eyes growth in urban farming, aquaculture tech
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    Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, with Mr Veera Sekaran, one of the directors of VertiVegies, an indoor vertical farming firm, at the Indoor Ag-Con Asia conference at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre yesterday. PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN FOR INDOOR AG-CON ASIA… Read more »
  • United Arab Emirates: Masdar City unveils sustainable smart home farming
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    Exhibition at Eco-Villa highlights Masdar’s support of the UAE’s National Food Security Staff Report Gulf New UEA Jan 17, 2019 Excerpt: Mariam Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Food Security, officially opened the showcase in the presence of Mohammad Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar; Yousuf Baselaib, Executive Director, Sustainable… Read more »
  • UK: Growing pains: how the climate crisis is changing British gardens
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    Across Britain, gardeners are facing the challenges of an unstable climate: extreme weather, unpredictability and prospering pests – and trying a range of solutions to cope Patrick Barkham The Guardian 14 Jan 2019 Excerpt: Allotment holders are also adapting to the increasingly capricious climate. Mandy Barber has turned to growing… Read more »
  • Your Guide to Growing Delicious Tomatoes at Home
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    Master gardener Jason Johns shares his love for and knowledge of growing this popular, savory fruit By Jason Johns GroundSwell Book Publishing Company 2019 The book has been updated since its original publication. It is currently released in the US this month but will be in the UK late February.… Read more »
  • Singapore aiming to become region’s urban agriculture technology hub: Koh Poh Koon
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    Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Koh Poh Koon said Singapore is in a strong position to “catalyse technological and business innovations”.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO Under this partnership, more than S$90 million worth of investments will go into early-stage tech start-ups with food and agri-tech solutions. By Sue-Ann Tan… Read more »
  • UK: Why Bees prefer middle class gardens
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    Bees driven off farm land due to changes in their natural environments are finding refuge in green spaces inside towns and cities. This image shows the hairy-footed flower bee, scientific name Anthophora plumipes. Professor Graham Stone, of the University of Edinburgh’s school of biological Sciences, said: ‘Pollinating insects are vital… Read more »
  • India: Heights of Hydroponics: Meet the Chennai Man Who Grows 6,000 Plants in 80 Sq Ft Space!
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    A glimpse of Rahul’s terrace “It was only two years ago that the concept of hydroponics caught my eye. It started as a hobby because vertical farming in a limited space piqued my curiosity,” shares Rahul. By Jovita Aranha Better India January 14, 2019 Excerpt: “These are like miniature versions… Read more »