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  • This Ancient City 9,000 Years Ago Eerily Foreshadowed The Modern ‘Urban Hell’
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    Omar hoftun/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 3.0 Before that peak, as the early town swelled, the farming lifestyle – with inhabitants dwelling in close proximity to the animals they now tended – introduced new kinds of infectious risks: sicknesses that dispersed nomadic groups would seldom have encountered. By Peter Dockrill Science Alert 21… Read more »
  • Click with Your Chick: A Complete Chicken Training Course Using the Clicker
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    Amaze your friends as your birds perform tricks like circling a cone, turning around, sitting down, and recognizing colors and patterns. By Giene Keyes CompanionHouse Books August 13, 2019 Chickens Are Smarter Than You Think Your chicken can do anything a dog can do if you train it right! Hens… Read more »
  • Philadelphia to launch city-wide composting network of up to 25 sites
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    The vision falls under the city’s Greenworks Sustainability and Zero Waste and Litter Action plans, which call for residential composting opportunities. By Frank Kummer Inquirer June 19, 2019 Excerpt: Richards said city-owned land being used by groups would be the best fit to host a site, but private property would… Read more »
  • Touring Brooklyn’s Gotham Greens Fooftop Farm at Whole Foods Market
    Viraj Puri, cofounder and CEO of Gotham Greens, talks with Amy Sowder, northeast editor of The Packer, during a summer tour for media, at the Brooklyn, N.Y., greenhouse location on top of Whole Foods Market. ( Amy Sowder ) By Amy Sowder The Packer June 19, 2019 Excerpt: Adam Demartino,… Read more »
  • Canada: Bloombzzz on Vancouver’s Arbutus Greenway
    [vimeo 343934148 w=430 h=242] Designers Use Gumball Machine to Disperse Wildflower Seed Bombs Bloombzzz is a community-based project with the goal of re-wilding Vancouver’s urban fabric, one seed bomb at a time with the use of gumball machines to dispense seed bombs! Ellie, Divine and Kate worked on the prototype… Read more »
  • Scotland: Man feels ‘hellish’ as Dundee allotment row rumbles on after police warning
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    West Law allotments. The Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society (SAGS) has appealed to Dundee City Council for a second time to intervene in the case. By Jon Brady Evening Telegraph June 20, 2019 Excerpt: The West Law Allotments committee, which refuses to speak to the Tele about Mr Elder’s situation,… Read more »
  • Building a Resilient Model for Urban Agriculture
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    Another concern of food insecurity stems from the declining nutrient content of some of our food. One contributing factor is the increased time between harvest and consumption. By Sabine O’Hara, Ph.D., is the dean of CAUSES and land-grant programs, CAUSES, University of the District of Columbia. Food Safety Magazine June… Read more »
  • Urban gardens to monitor air pollution
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    Urban garden in Copenhagen. Credit: Miguel Izquierdo Researchers from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen have assessed the use of edible plants for the biomonitoring of atmospheric pollution. By Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Phys Org June 18, 2019 Excerpt: Equipment and physical-chemical techniques are usually… Read more »
  • Canada: Urban farming at a Montreal high school
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    Grade 10 students at Villa Maria High School work on their campus’ Technofarm. “I feel incredible that I can even just put a little bit into helping the planet,” said Cerone. By Angela MacKenzie CTV June 15, 2019 Excerpt: “I think just being outside and being on the campus because… Read more »
  • Jamaica: Farming in the City: Farming leads to harmonious partnership in Jones Town
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    Williams watches as Bennett waters the plants. “Anything wi plant, mi successful with it. And anything wi plant, it sell. Everybody sell, everybody have dem customers, and wi not taking each other’s customers,” said Williams. By Sashana Small Jamaica Star June 17, 2019 Excerpt: The vegetable farm on 25 Woodrowe… Read more »