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The Minor in Urban Agriculture

6206284693_a2ba2ba5b1_bUrban Agriculture students learn about corporate food systems, alternative and more equitable models of urban-based agriculture, and larger food and environmental justice movements. That’s when they aren’t getting their hands dirty in the University of San Francisco Community Garden and with organizations around the Bay Area, learning advanced skills in organic gardening, permaculture, urban homesteading, sustainable living and local food production and distribution.

The urban garden project: How gardening can help change the lives of young orphan girls

aa41-207x300Because of the increasing convenience of several food brands—fast food chains, instant meals, and frozen microwave dishes—the world is becoming more prone to food-related diseases. Health problems are popping up right and left due to people’s preferences for cheap and quick meals, even at the expense of ingesting chemicals that may be harmful to the body. What the world needs is healthier food, packaged with the same convenience as its chemically engineered counterpart.

Sustainable Agriculture and Livelihood

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERARecognizing hunger as major indicator of vulnerability, CCES in partnership with communities implements a program on organic farming that will help secure supply of food for the families. This project aims to equip the farmers in vulnerable areas with appropriate knowledge on sustainable farming techniques that hopes to achieve maximum yield.

Finding alternative sources of income is also a challenge, hence farmers’ groups of women and men are now engaged in handicrafts making using the abundant supply of pandan and other indigenous resources in the communities such as nito, bamboo, abaca and rattan.

Organic farming method produces record yields

post_organicFarmingAn organic planting system developed by a Jesuit Priest is lauded as one of the most important developments for small scale farmers in 50 years.

Sumant Kumar, a farmer in the village of Darveshpura in northeast India’s state of Bihar, usually harvested four to five metric tons of rice per hectare, which is about the paddy yield average, worldwide. However, in 2011, with techniques that use organic fertilizer and no herbicides or GMOs, and which require less water and seeds, he astonishingly grew 22.4 metric tons, a world record, on just one hectare.