Category Archives: #urbanfarming

Food (Justice) For All: A Review | Great Basin Grown

I recently found a PBS series entitled Food Forward. This series is comprised of half-hour segments that give a peak into urban farming across the United States. The character-driven plot lines are engaging and thought provoking, offering viewers a chance to look behind the curtain of food production and learn about those who grow it. The episode, entitled Food (Justice) for All featured three urban farming projects located in California and Texas.

The first of the three projects, Alba, is located in Monterey County, Calif. The Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association creates opportunities for farm workers around Salinas who have access to limited resources. According to their website, the organization is helping to create a more sustainable food system through the development of human resources who will be come the future agricultural leaders, growing market alternatives for small-scale farmers, and enhancing biological diversity and protection of natural resources.

“Banks don’t like agriculture. It’s a risky business,” said Chris Brown, executive director of Alba.

The Alba team supports farmers that otherwise wouldn’t have the ability to work for themselves due to economic conditions.

The second organization that is highlighted in the segment is the We Over Me Farm. Located in South Dallas, Texas, the We Over Me farm operates on a former football field on the Paul Quinn College campus. According to their website, converting the football field into an organic farm “symbolized the College’s dedication to a team of a different kind—the team of individuals and organizations fighting to end food insecurity and injustice in the United States.”

via Food (Justice) For All: A Review | Great Basin Grown.

Living Near Food In Agrihoods

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Housing developers have built entire neighborhoods around shopping malls and golf courses. Now, they’re building them around farms and gardens. People like convenience and open space. Neighborhood farming may be lower maintenance, more engaging, and actually beneficial to the people living there, far more so than acres of asphalt and roofs or acres of artificially pristine fairways and greens.

“It’s A Beautiful Day In The Agrihood” – Bloomberg

via Living Near Food In Agrihoods | Pretending Not To Panic.

Hong Kong’s first agricultural park calls for people ‘serious about farming’ | South China Morning Post

Up to 80 tenants serious about farming will be selected to join Hong Kong’s first agricultural park under a new policy to revive home-grown produce in the city.

The proposal to use 70 to 80 hectares of private farmland for the park will provide farmers with land, infrastructure and scientific know-how to improve productivity. Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said that support services could also be extended to the 2,400 existing farms in the city.

“Capability and knowledge as well as attitude should count because we cannot ask for all those potential farmers to be highly educated … We can provide training and education,” Ko told the Post.

via Hong Kong’s first agricultural park calls for people ‘serious about farming’ | South China Morning Post.

Cultivating organic spices in the backyard – The Hindu

Along with vegetables, spices also need to be cultivated organically, say experts.

Spreading awareness among people about the importance of producing toxin-free spices through organic cultivation was the main thrust of a training programme in homestead water management and organic spice cultivation organised by the National Horticulture Mission in collaboration with the Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM) on its campus at Kunnamangalam here.

Around 60 housewives, who are members of the farmers club aided by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), participated in the two-day training programme, which was inaugurated by the Kunnamangalam MLA P.T.A. Raheem on Monday.

Water resources

In various sessions, scientists as well as experts from the centre and the Agricultural Department spoke on how to go about managing the available water resources in a common household for the cultivation of essential spices including ginger, turmeric and pepper.

E. Abdul Hameed, Technical officer of CWRDM, talked about the things to be done while cultivating spices in the backyard.

While CWRDM scientist Dinesh Kumar spoke about the role of spices in the protection of health, K.R Prasannakumar, another expert from the centre, spoke on the role of soil fertility and use of organic fertilizers for spices cultivation.

P. Vikraman, former Principal Agricultural Officer, demonstrated on how to prepare organic fertilizers and pesticides.

The scientists also clarified various doubts raised by the participants during the programme.

One kg of ginger and turmeric rhizomes each as well as five saplings of pepper were distributed free to the participants at the end of the session. CWRDM executive director N.B. Narasimha Prasad presided over the function. CWRDM Training Education and Extension Division (TEED) head Kamalam Joseph and NABARD District Development manager K.P. Padmakumar among others spoke. Details about organic spices cultivation can be had from the organisers. Ph: 9447276177.

via Cultivating organic spices in the backyard – The Hindu.