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Reflections on Urban Farming in Russia Linked by Michael Levenston “When we started making Growing Cities, a new documentary about urban farming in America, we never imagined where it would take us.” By Dan Susman Growing Cities April 17, 2014 Excerpt: Most recently, we had the opportunity to travel to Moscow, Russia, as part of the Ecocup Film Festival and with the support of the US Embassy.

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The Urban Farming Guys Who are we? We are the urban experiment… the seed that died and went into the ground. Urban Pioneers… many who have purposefully uprooted from comfortable suburbia and relocated their homes and base of operations into one of the most blighted and dangerous zip codes in the U.S. 64127, Lykins Neighborhood, Kansas City. We have put down our stake for the youth, the poor, and the next generation. Slow Food Vancouver About Us Slow Food Vancouver is a member driven organization of food enthusiasts who recognize the importance of connecting the pleasure of food to the people who grow, process and cook it. We are committed to food that is Good (a fresh and flavorsome seasonal diet that satisfies the senses and is part of the local culture), Clean (food production and consumption that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or human health) and Fair (accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for producers). Our Vancouver convivium is part of Slow Food International – a movement that includes 100,000 members in 1,300 “convivia” in 150 countries.

High-end consumers taking up urban farming Coco de Mer co-founder Sam Roddick in her “bee buffet” garden in London’s Hampstead. Photo by James Ostrer. Putting the Chic in Chicken Coop By Jemima Sissons Wall Street Journal Aug 5, 2011 Excerpt: Sam Roddick, co-founder of London boutique Coco de Mer and daughter of Body Shop founder Anita Roddick, is also passionate about the preservation of the honey bee. Organic Mushroom Growing Kits - Mushroom Logs Counter Top - Coffee Table - Desk YOUR MUSHROOM KIT ARRIVES READY TO BURST OUT WITH MUSHROOMS AND INCLUDES EVERYTHING NEEDED FOR GROWING ORGANIC MUSHROOMS IN YOUR HOMEThese Kits can be held for 1 or 2 weeks, but are designed to be started when received! Mushroom Logs may produce mushrooms in 2 or more crops (mushroom flushes)*. Mushroom Bottles typically produce 4 oz of mushrooms.

Food and sustainable food systems Creating a system for producing, processing, distributing, and consuming food that is environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable is a City priority. In fact, one of the main goals of the Greenest City initiative is to become a global leader in urban food systems by 2020. To achieve this goal, the City has started a number of major food initiatives. Council is working to: Establish partnerships with private businesses, non-profit groups, and volunteers Develop innovative new policies and regulations to create a sustainable food system Increase public awareness of the link between local food and a healthy environment Invest in urban food projects through grants and funding Increase city and neighbourhood food assets by 50% Hydroponics NASA researcher checking hydroponic onions with Bibb lettuce to his left and radishes to the right Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture, the method of growing plants without soil, using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent.[1] Terrestrial plants may be grown with only their roots exposed to the mineral solution, or the roots may be supported by an inert medium, such as perlite or gravel. The nutrients in hydroponics can be from fish waste, duck manure, or normal nutrients. History[edit] In 1929, William Frederick Gericke of the University of California at Berkeley began publicly promoting that solution culture be used for agricultural crop production.[3][4] He first termed it aquaculture but later found that aquaculture was already applied to culture of aquatic organisms.

Perfecti: MycoGrow™ mycorrhizal products The term mycorrhizal comes from the Greek words mykes, meaning fungus, and rhiza, meaning root. Mycorrhizal fungi are fungi that have developed a symbiotic (mutually beneficial) relationship with the root systems of living plants, from garden vegetables all the way up to the trees of the Old Growth forests. Networks of mycorrhizal filaments envelop the seedling’s root structure, supporting the plant’s own ability to utilize water and nutrients in the soil. This relationship encourages healthy, vigorous growth—naturally. Fungi Perfecti’s MycoGrow™ products are designed for everyone from the home gardener/landscaper to the professional forestry manager, promoting faster growth, speeding transplant recovery and reducing the need for fertilizers and other additives. A number of different formulations are available, for all methods of plant cultivation.

Vancouver home to largest urban orchard in North America - British Columbia North America's largest urban orchard opened right in the heart of Vancouver today, on a site once occupied by a gas station. The land was leased to SOLEfood Street Farms from the City of Vancouver for $1 a year. "These trees at their peak will be ...15, 20, 25 feet high. Farming the Cities, Feeding an Urban Future WASHINGTON - June 16 - As people move from rural to urban settings in search of economic opportunities, urban agriculture is becoming an important provider of both food and employment, according to researchers with the Worldwatch Institute. "Urban agriculture is providing food, jobs, and hope in Nairobi, Kampala, Dakar, and other cities across sub-Saharan Africa," said Danielle Nierenberg, co-director of the Institute's Nourishing the Planet project. "In some cases, urban farmers are providing important inputs, such as seed, to rural farmers, dispelling the myth that urban agriculture helps feed the poor and hungry only in cities." The United Nations projects that up to 65 percent of the world's population will live in cities by 2050, up from around 50 percent today. The rate of urban migration is particularly high in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where inadequate urban infrastructure struggles to keep up with the large influx of people.

Household products that can double as non-toxic cleaners Natural cleaning products that work. Photograph by: Stefanie Fraser , Postmedia News Everything you need to make your own non-toxic natural cleaners is in your cupboards. You'll save money using these common household products, especially if you buy generic brands. Problems with urban agriculture This page is under construction! One of the questions I like to ask people when talking about gardening in cities is, “What problems or issues do you see with farming and gardening in cities?” When I first started studying this subject I felt like there were no repercussions, nothing bad about urban agriculture, no reason not to garden in cities, but over time I remembered that nothing is perfect. While I believe that urban agriculture has many benefits and could make cities better places to live, below I’m going to talk about potential problems with urban agriculture. Polluted or contaminated soilsToxic chemicalsUse of waterTheft of produce and breaking laws to plant on some vacant lots Use the links below to help navigate through your city farming adventure!

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