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Of the Community, By the Community, For the Community

New York based organisation, Harlem Grown, has been transforming lives by incorporating urban farming practices while engaging entire communities and schools in order to create sustainable change. The movement was influenced by factors such as the crisis of food insecurity and institutional disparities among communities though the organisation continues to achieve so much more.

Indian Schools Asked to Set up School Nutrition Gardens

Smt Sulochana Singhania School Thane (Mumbai) - organic farming
All schools in India have been asked to set up "school nutrition gardens" by the central government. The gardens will have to be managed by the students, with the help of staff and teachers. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), which governs the education...

Growing Food In A Suburban Garden Restores Vital Connection To Nature

All her life, Jane Griffiths knew that growing her own food made economic and environmental sense. "My mom grew up on a farm in East Griqualand and I spent plenty of time there when I was young," she says. "The farm was almost completely self-sufficient...

Goats, Pigs And Veggies Crop Up In Urban Tokyo

A lift takes you to the Otemachi Bokujyo ("Otemachi Farm") on the 13th floor of a gleaming skyscraper. You step out into natural light streaming in from floor-to-ceiling windows. Tiny plywood picket fences in the 1,000 sq m space separate the animals from visitors. Across...

A Rapper Grows Plants, Peace and Self-Esteem In Colombia

Luis Fernando Alvarez looks more like a rapper than a farmer. "El AKA" as he is known in Medellin, Colombia's second-largest city, has brought his two passions together with the initiative Agro Arte - agricultural art. San Javier is a slum of mountainous Medellin, and...

Feeding the Future of Agriculture with Vertical Farming

Field farming requires labour, amenable weather conditions, adequate sunshine for photosynthesis, irrigation, and often pesticides to protect crops. Vertical farming, a term coined by Dickson Despommier, is the practice of producing food in vertically-stacked layers. These “farms” make use of enclosed structures like warehouses and...

The Urban Ecologist at Moonwater Farm, California

Kathleen Blakistone first became interested in gardening when her son was in third grade at McKinley Elementary School in Santa Monica. She joined a group of parent volunteers, known as the “Gardening Angels,” under the tutelage of Bonnie Freeman. Freeman led the Santa Monica...

Indian Woman Sets An Example for Neighbours With Rooftop Farm

A woman named Pushpa Sahu is setting an example with her unconventional way of farming on her home’s rooftop in Raipur, India. Ms. Sahu has converted the rooftop into a mini-farm. She is using waste from her house and recycled water to grow fruits,...

Farmers in India’s First 100% Organic State Need Support

Sikkim was declared as India's first 100% organic state in 2016. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had praised the move towards traditional farming and urged other states to emulate Sikkim's organic agriculture model. Launched as an ambitious programme through a resolution passed by the Sikkim Legislative Assembly...

Exploring an Alternative Dairy Farming Model in New Zealand

Earlier the farmer owner could make an income without having to milk cows every day and the young farmer could make a good income and save the surplus. After about 10 years, the sharemilker was in a position to buy a small farm. Today, just...