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ORTO E RICICLO

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stORTO-statt’accuORTO

orto sociale legato alla cooperativa sociale L’Aquilone, aperto a chiunque abbia voglia di fare o anche solo di trascorrerci del tempo. Accanto alla terra da coltivare troverete tavoli e cucine da campo, forni in terra cruda e bici macchine!

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Bicicletta motrice per il recuper dell’acqua

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Il mandala con i camminamenti in sacchi di iuta.

 

 

 

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La cucina Economica, realizzata con i telai delle finestre.

 

 

 

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I letti caldi con i sacchi di iuta per coibentare e le finestre recuperate da un restauro.

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VANCOUVER URBAN FARM

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Walk along Pacific Boulevard to Carrall Street in Vancouver and you’ll see a garden growing in a concrete parking lot in the shadow of Rogers Arena. This is SOLEfood Urban Farm’s newest (and, at two acres, biggest) project – a sure sign that urban agriculture has reached Vancouver.

SOLEfood, which received a free three-year lease on the land from Concord Pacific Developments, has been growing bok choy, spinach, eggplant, kale, peppers, tomatoes, strawberries and other fruits and veggies in nearly 3,000 wooden planters since last May.

Once harvested, 10% of the produce will be donated to Downtown Eastside (DTES) organizations; the rest will be sold to restaurants and farmer’s markets and divided among members of SOLEfood’s community supported agriculture (CSA) program (find out how you can receive fresh, locally grown produce throughout the year here).

But SOLEfood grows more than food. It also creates jobs for people that may have trouble finding employment. With several more urban gardens in the works, the organization, which was founded by Michael Ableman and Seann Dory, plans to employ up to 25 Vancouver Downtown Eastside residents to build planters and care for the plants by the end of 2012.

– See more at: http://www.bikramyogavancouver.com/vancouver-community/solefood-urban-farm-vancouver/#sthash.gtWyFuSZ.dpuf

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GROWING CITY AND COMMUNITY

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Growing Home Inc. is more than a producer of local, organic produce. Food Tank recently had the opportunity to speak with Tim Murakami, Growing Home’s Urban Farm Manager. Murakami is responsible for the production and business aspect of Growing Home’s urban farms based in Chicago, IL, but Growing Home primarily functions as a job training program. Founded in 1996 by Les Brown, Growing Home was launched to provide job training to Chicagoans in need. Brown was inspired by his work at Chicago Coalition for the Homeless to provide individuals in transition with a sense of purpose and the chance to break the cycle of homelessness. Brown passed away in 2005, but his mission lives on. 

Growing Home currently operates four sites—a ten-acre farm in Marseilles, IL and three urban sites in the city of Chicago. Two of the gardens are next door to each other in the West Englewood neighborhood, while the other is about one mile away and works in partnership with another organization, Su Casa. Murakami explained, “Growing Home operates in three main ways: job training, organic urban agriculture, and community development.” Their work in the Englewood neighborhood is part of Teamwork Englewood, an initiative formed in 2003 as part of the New Communities Program, to unite organizations working in the neighborhood to build a stronger community and promote healthy lifestyles for residents. “Our Englewood location is important to our mission; it brings fresh produce to an area [in which it is] otherwise scarce,” said Murakami.

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ABOUT GROWING HOME

Growing Home is the leading social enterprise focused on empowering people and communities with Chicago’s first USDA-Certified Organic, high-production urban farms.
With farms in the Englewood and Back of the Yards neighborhoods, as well as the 10-acre Les Brown Memorial Farm in Marseilles, Illinois, Growing Home seeks to operate, promote, and demonstrate the use of organic agriculture as a vehicle for job training, employment, and community development.

Growing Home provides transitional employment and green industry training to Chicagoans motivated to reenter the workforce. We work with individuals who have had difficulty obtaining employment due to histories of incarceration, homelessness, or substance dependence, who are ready to rebuild their lives. Through a social enterprise business based on organic agriculture, interns learn specialized skills in agriculture and landscaping, food service, and/or customer service, as well as general workplace and life skills. Our program provides hands-on experience, education, and interpersonal skills that prepare our interns for a variety of careers in growing Chicago industries.

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DIY DESIGN: Solar Powered Aquaponics

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How to Build a solar powered IBC tote Aquaponics System CHEAP and EASY!

Indoor food: idroponics kit

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The Fizzy Farm Classic is a beautiful, healthy, simple to use, state-of-the-art hydroponic growing system.

Designed Grow non-vining fruits and vegetables – Lettuce, Kale, Swiss Chard, Basil, Strawberries, Chives, Thyme ect.

  • Turn your deck, balcony or any outdoor area into a stunning garden.
  • 90-Day 100% money back guarntee.
  • Choose from either 2″ or 3″ net cups for ALL your growing needs

more info: http://www.zeromilefarms.com/fizzy-farm/