At the top of a three-story building in Hong Kong, with car horns blasting on the streets below, Jim Fung teaches a dozen students how to thin out choi sum vegetables. “Always use the resources you have,” the instructor said as he placed shredded office paper into soil-filled plastic crates and wound string around bamboo sticks to make support frames. Fung was coaching the first cohort of students in an academy run by social enterprise Rooftop Republic to teach a new generation of urban farmers as demand for their skills soars. The organization is spearheading a movement to turn Hong Kong’s idle rooftops and urban spaces into farms to help residents reconnect with nature and make the finance hub more livable. Follow this link to learn more.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development reports that for every $1 federal investment through Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) another $4.09 in private and public funds are leveraged. These leveraged funds allow communities to make large investments in LMI neighborhoods, where public services, affordable housing, and economic development are needed the most. Typically, states, counties, and municipalities distribute CDBG awards to local partners, who they collaborate with on the Consolidated Plan. Then, in coordination, the groups invest in development projects. Therefore, CDBG effectively acts as the catalyst for investment in at risk LMI areas that may otherwise not receive any substantial funding. Follow this link to read more.
Vertical farming company 80 Acres Farms is moving its headquarters to Butler County and has been granted a tax credit for committing to create 125 new jobs. 80 Acres Farms was founded in 2015 by Mike Zelkind and Tisha Livingston, two veteran food industry executives. It is supported by a board of directors representing executive and leadership experience at leading food, health care, and other companies. Hamilton is “the perfect home” for 80 Acres, given the company’s commitment to social responsibility, year-round sustainable farming, and innovative automation, according to Kimm Lauterbach, president and CEO of REDI Cincinnati. Follow this link to read more.
Evaluating impact is a priority of Extension programs. Assessing the impact of digital content and online learning opportunities is no less important than assessing the impact of traditional face-to-face programs, but it does require a bit more planning and preparation. Evaluation should be fully integrated into the development and design of online learning opportunities. This webinar will offer participants helpful information on incorporating evaluation into formal online learning through online courses and webinars and informal online learning through social media, videos, and e-newsletters. This webinar will be presented by Danae Wolfe and Debby Lewis on Monday, August 5, 2019 from 10-11 a.m. Follow this link for registration information.
The Morrill Act of 1862, signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln, granted federal land to states to support the development of America’s first public universities. Land-grant institutions that were created include such prominent ones as Cornell, Maryland, Michigan State, MIT, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Texas A&M, West Virginia University, Wisconsin, and the University of California, four dozen of America’s largest and best public universities. Add to this historically black colleges and universities and tribal colleges, and the total comes to more than 110 institutions. Follow this link to read more.