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Learning Farming at The Farm School PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 May 2008 13:34

Along the same lines as the article about children and gardening, there is actually a school up in Athol, Massachusetts that teaches adults and students the basics of farming. The idea seems to be the result of a reaction against corporate farmed "products", growing interest by chefs and restaurants in fresh food grown nearby and parents wanting to feed their children food free of pesticides, genetic engineering, etc.

You might think this hasn't got much to do with a site on urban gardening, but it does. If you can't grow or just don't want to be bothered to take care of plants in your urban environment, the next best thing is to buy as much food as you can that is grown locally. You can check whether it's organic or not but just the fact it is grown nearby is a plus nutritionally and for the environment (less fuel used to transport it).

Here is the link:

The Farm School


 

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 June 2008 05:35
 
Gardening is good for children PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 May 2008 10:43

Gardening can be a great learning tool for yourng children. (They need supervision, of course). They can plan what kind of flowers or plants they would like. Being able to make decisions even on a small scale gives them a sense of ownership. Being outside and caring for plants can help them develop a sense of environment and the world around them.

Check out Cornell's Garden-Based Learning Web site forl child-friendly garden activities, based at the Horticultural Studies Dept. at Cornell University. These ideas and activities can be used by both teachers and parents for children. Here is the link:

http://www.hort.cornell.edu/gbl/index.html

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2008 10:55
 
Submit your favorite gardening link PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 May 2008 06:30

Readers can now log in and submit a link they think might interest urban gardeners. You can now join and create a login that will be verified by email. Then, under the login you will see a link to submit your link. So, if you've got a favorite site on green stuff submit it

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You can find your nearest CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) group with the link below. This is a great way to get a line on fresh, locally grown foods. Local Harvest Zip Lookup.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2008 06:43
 
Good Source on Urban Gardening PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008 08:06

I found a really good site on urban gardening. There is an article there called "Why We Will All Be Gardeners". It's about the movement that is the catalyst for this site you are on too. Gardening is not just for people out in the country with lots of space. It may be more imporatant for urban residents to start thinking about it as food and fuel prices both skyrocket.

An awareness of this can lead to political pressure to be brought to allocate space both on the ground and in and on buildings for food production. As cities like NY continue to allow building non-stop with almost a complete lack of planning for the future sustainability of the residents, the time has come to start thinking about the implications of this. We can all take small steps for ourselves but it will take awareness of sustainability on a large scale to bring about the changes we need.

Here is the link to the article:
Why we will all be gardeners.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2008 16:21
 
Farmers Markets in NYC and NJ area PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 April 2008 06:47

Here is a list:

DUMBO Farmer's Market (Brooklyn, NY)

Jamaica Farmer's Market (Queesns, NY)

Long Island City CSA (Long Island City, Queens, NY)

Morningside Park Farmer's Market (Harlem, NYC)

Park Slope Farmer's Market (Brooklyn, NY)

Purple Dragon Co-op Inc. (Glen Ridge, NJ)

Queens Botanical Gardens Farmer's Market (Queens, NY)

As information becomes available it will be posted here.

There are Farmer's Markets in Jersey City every year in Hamilton Park, Van Vorst Park, Journal Square, Harvest Square, St. Anthony's Park and Newport/Pavonia. There are also farmer's markets in Hoboken and Kearny

 

Jersey City has a CSA (community supported agriculure) group - visit LocalHarvest.org.

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 April 2008 08:30
 
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