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Food Desert Turned Oasis

Bonton - one of the oldest African American communities in Dallas - that once faced racial inequities in education, health and employment, turns to a new chapter redefining the lives of its community members.

Growing Vegetables Is Easy, But Also Hard

Starting your own garden can be a cheap and easy way to feed your family, but it's not as easy as it sounds. New Zealand's Edible Landscapes Architect, Shai Brod says carbon and nitrogen are the key ingredients for making good compost and soil for...

Black Farmers Reviving Their African Roots

Xavier Brown formed a partnership with Boe Luther and Wallace Kirby, two gardeners from Ward 7 who started Hustlaz 2 Harvesters to offer people released from incarceration ways out of poverty into urban agriculture careers and other social enterprises. Brown, a certified master composter...

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...

Sowing Seeds For Social Good

Founder of Ikhaya Garden, Xolisa Bangani, speaks about his passion for nature, and how starting a garden in Khayelitsha has helped change his community. Bangani started growing plants and flowers at home and says he was motivated by a friend to start growing vegetables....

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...

Urban Edge Farm Programme Offers Immersion Learning

To First Generation Farmers Executive Director Alli Cecchini and head farmer Eleanor VanHof, a 13-acre section of the prime farmland in the Bay Area’s east Contra Costa County is the site of the long-dreamed-of Urban Edge Sustainable Farming (UESF). For the first cohort of students,...

Engaging Young People In Agriculture Can Curb Crime

Jamaica's Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, JC Hutchinson, says the active engagement of young people in agriculture can turn them away from a life of crime. Relating his own experience, Hutchinson informed that 20 unattached and vulnerable youth...

Changing Lives, Gaining Respect – Urban Farmers of Nairobi (Video)

This is a 15 minute overview of Nairobi's urban farmers. Mazingira Institute provides training to young urban farmers on efficient use of urban spaces, job creation, organic crops, livestock and health issues. Women and youth farmer hubs have formed a platform and network for...

Why We Should Be Urban Farming (Video)

In our recent history, we have removed the growing of food far away from the places where more than half of humanity today lives - the cities (UN statistics from 2014 show that 54 per cent of human population is now in urban areas). This...