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Farmers markets booming in Australia

AUSTRALIA'S fledgling farmers market movement might not seem much of a player compared to the shopping power of today's supermarket giants, but surging support for community produce markets indicates they have struck a chord with consumers.

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Added by Mark Fowler on March 23, 2012 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Great BBC podcast (28 minutes) on new models for growing, buying and selling food

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/foodprog#playepisode3

The Food Programme hears from the people coming up with new ideas and fresh thinking about how and where we produce food for the UK's future. From computer programmers creating networks for people trading food locally through to community supported market gardens, Sheila Dillon finds out how a new generation is coming up with radical…

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Added by Mark Fowler on February 7, 2012 at 9:43am — No Comments

University to offer course in sustainable small-scale agriculture

Just spotted an intersting post:



Kwantlen Polytechnic University [British Colombia, Canada]  is recruiting its first students for a new degree in sustainable small-scale agriculture.

“This is a unique degree in North America and will be B.C.’s only production agriculture degree and the only one focused on 21st-century agriculture,” said Kent Mullinix, Kwantlen’s director of sustainable agriculture and food security.

“We are going to…

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Added by Mark Fowler on January 6, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

New Aussie Book: The Little Veggie Patch: How to Grow Food in Small Spaces

Great little book by Fabian Capomolla and Matt Plimmer introduced in this YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rafp0NUBU20

 

Added by Mark Fowler on November 22, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

From the NY Times: In New Food Culture, a Young Generation of Farmers Emerges

A really interesting New York Times article by Isolde Raftery about an emerging group of Americans in their 20s and 30s who have chosen farming as a career. Many shun industrial, mechanized farming and list punk rock, Karl Marx and the food journalist …

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Added by Mark Fowler on March 23, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Chris Grace: Local New York City Food Systems Expert

Really interesting article from the Carrol Gardens Patch blog about Chris Grace. She says “[My job] is really a food systems planning role. I work to connect food resources – primarily upstate farmers – with people in the city who need those resources – individuals, schools, processors.” 

Link to the full story here…

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Added by Mark Fowler on March 16, 2011 at 8:34am — No Comments

Study of insect biodiversity in Dunedin home gardens

http://www.odt.co.nz/on-campus/university-otago/90116/student-encourages-bugs-his-system



Article extract:

Mr van der Zanden has been employed as a summer research intern to assist three university staff members who are carrying out a detailed survey of the contents of 54 suburban Dunedin gardens.



He has already… Continue

Added by Mark Fowler on January 24, 2010 at 7:47pm — No Comments

Can farming save Detroit? - Fortune Magazine



By David Whitford, editor at large

December 29, 2009: 11:37 AM ET

http://money.cnn.com/2009/12/29/news/economy/farming_detroit.fortune/index.htm...



DETROIT (Fortune) -- John Hantz is a wealthy money manager who lives in an older enclave of Detroit where all the houses are grand and not all of them are falling apart. Once a star… Continue

Added by Mark Fowler on December 30, 2009 at 2:01pm — No Comments

A bit of nostalgia - "Bill & Ben The Flower Pot Men"

Added by Mark Fowler on November 27, 2009 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Window Farms Give Growing Power to Manhattanites





Window Farms Give Growing Power to Manhattanites



November 24, 2009 7:50am

http://www.dnainfo.com/20091124/manhattan/window-farms-give-growing-power-manhattanites



By Suzanne Ma

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

CHINATOWN — Urban gardeners don't have to risk life… Continue

Added by Mark Fowler on November 26, 2009 at 2:33pm — No Comments

This just in: food doesn't always come from a shelf



This just in: food doesn't always come from a shelf

Garden 2 Table teaches children and adults alike about the true origins of food

Leah Gerber

http://theontarion.ca/viewarticle.php?id_pag=2607



"We had a situation last summer when this little boy from the daycare was spreading rumors that potatoes only came from bags." Martha Gay, GCUOF Garden… Continue

Added by Mark Fowler on October 2, 2009 at 5:10pm — No Comments

National Geographic: Human Pee With Ash Is a Natural Fertilizer, Study Says

Human Pee With Ash Is a Natural Fertilizer, Study Says

Charles Choi

for National Geographic News

September 18, 2009

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/09/090918-urine-ash-fertilizer.html



When it comes to cultivating a green thumb, gardeners perhaps need only look to their urinals and… Continue

Added by Mark Fowler on September 21, 2009 at 9:22am — No Comments

From Forbes Magazine - "Is Organic Fare Healthier For Your [restaurant] Bottom Line?

Restauranteur Roadblocks

Is Organic Fare Healthier For Your Bottom Line?

Miriam Marcus, 09.18.09, 03:11 PM EDT

The inventory costs more and the additional nutritional value is dubious. Serve it anyway.…

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Added by Mark Fowler on September 20, 2009 at 7:19pm — No Comments

A FARM ON EVERY FLOOR (The New York Times)

A FARM ON EVERY FLOOR



THE NEW YORK TIMES

Published: August 24, 2009



By DICKSON D. DESPOMMIER (OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR)



http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/24/opinion/24Despommier.html?em



IF climate change and population growth progress at their current pace, in roughly 50 years farming as we know it will no longer… Continue

Added by Mark Fowler on August 29, 2009 at 11:26am — No Comments

Suits and salary not a patch on shoots and celery



From the The AGE (Melbourne)



Suits and salary not a patch on shoots and celery

http://www.theage.com.au/national/suits-and-salary-not-a-patch-on-shoots-and-celery-20090822-euhi.html



Carmel Egan

August 23, 2009



SIMON Gilfillan's great adventures in agriculture had… Continue

Added by Mark Fowler on August 23, 2009 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Gardening boom extends to city plots

Experts say the surge in interest home gardening can be attributed to several factors: the burgeoning local foods movement, the downturn in the economy and increased concern about food safety. They say that the trend began last year but has intensified in 2009. According to the South Burlington, Vt.-based National Gardening Association, 7 million more households plan to grow herbs, berries, fruits or vegetables this year, a 19 percent jump. In 2008, the number of households with gardens… Continue

Added by Mark Fowler on June 1, 2009 at 7:09am — No Comments

Study uncovers buying trends of UK consumers for 2009



I just ran across an interesting article on what's driving the gardening buying decisions of UK consumers:



"New research from the Spring Fair International trade show has revealed what UK retail buyers are looking for in their autumn/winter 2009 collections. The survey revealed the importance of sustainability and environmental issues involved in consumer purchases, with 62 per cent of buyers believing sustainability is the most… Continue

Added by Mark Fowler on May 3, 2009 at 1:39pm — No Comments

The Hazards of Raised Bed Gardening

Added by Mark Fowler on March 9, 2009 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

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