U.S. Botanic Garden Coordinates Food Production at Public Gardens Across the Nation

Positive Future #804 (Feature photo – U.S. Botanic Garden  – CCA 3.0 Unported, Alma mater) To shore up food gardening in the U.S., The U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C. is reaching out across the nation to help promote urban food gardening. So far, they have made awards to 28 public gardens across the nation.…

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Man Helps 10,000 Customers Raise Food

Touch the Soil News #1672 (Feature Photo – Manikandan Pattabiraman in his greenhouse – courtesy of Manikandan Pattabiraman) The Better India journalist Angarika Gogoi brings us the story of Manikandan Pattabiraman. He quit his IT job several years ago and now sells gardening kits to thousands of people. He also runs his own hydroponic farm…

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Philippines Urban Agriculture – A Global Model

Touch the Soil News #1638 (Feature Photo – The Island Nation of the Philippines – CCA SA 3.0 Unported, Addicted04) The Manila Bulletin brings us news of the dramatic spread of urban agriculture in the Philippines. In a nation of 100 million people, 12 million people now participate in the government’s urban agriculture program. This…

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Singapore – A Global Testbed for Urban Food Production

Positive Future #768 (Feature photo – Singapore – CCA 2.0 Generic, Ray in Manila) CNA news journalist Cindy Co brings us the story of how a gaming industry professional got into urban vertical farming in Singapore. Singapore is an island city-state in Southeast Asia. With a population of almost 6 million people, the whole country…

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Grow Gothenburg – Connecting Urban Growers with Urban Land & Labor

Touch the Soil News #1623 (Feature Photo – Urban Farming – Courtesy of https://grow-here.com/) Agritecture brings us the story of Grow Gothenburg and the global urban farm movement that is on an upwards Trajectory. Grow Gothenburg is now Grow Here – an international platform helping communications between players of urban farming. You can read the…

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Building Urban Agriculture – Reducing Taxes

Touch the Soil News #1611 (Feature Photo – San Diego County – CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=437015) Village News journalist Joe Naiman brings the story of how the San Diego Board of Supervisors is establishing an urban agriculture incentive zone program. San Diego County is home to around 3.4 million people. The emerging thoughts about thinking…

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Indoor Vertical Farming Success Story

Touch the Soil News #1597 (Feature photo – CityFarm Malaysia – from left) Niew Ley Koon, Looi Choon Beng, Koay, Low Cheng Yang and (centre) Chew Jo Han. Photos: CityFarm Malaysia) TheStar news portal brings us news about four engineers that have launched a successful vertical farming enterprise called CityFarm Malaysia. The company sets up…

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Small Farming for Over 300 Years in the City of Tokyo

Touch the Soil News #1592 (Feature photo – Tokyo Urban Farms, CCA 3.0 Generic, Douglas Paul Perkins) Japan Times journalist Chara Terzuolo brings us the story of an organic urban farm that has been in the family for over 30 years. Located in Tokyo, Japan, this modest garden of approximately 1.25 acres is already producing…

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