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Illinois policy makers take urban agriculture tour

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See the tour video above.
Nov 19. City and State policy makers had a chance to eyeball some of Chicago’s premier urban farms. From Chicago Tonight.

Illinois policy makers take urban agriculture tour

Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA)
Posted: Nov 18, 2009

Chicago, IL (IDOA Release)–Policy makers will see and hear about the impact urban farms have on the communities that support them when they join the Urban Agriculture Tour from 8:30 AM to 1 PM on November 19, 2009. Approximately 50 members of the Illinois General Assembly, Chicago aldermen, Cook County Board members, metropolitan mayors, legislative staff, and funders are expected to participate in the bus tour.

The group will visit three Chicago farms: Resource Center’s City Farm on the Near North Side, Windy City Harvest in South Lawndale, and Growing Home’s Wood Street Farm in Englewood.

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Feeding Cleveland: Urban Agriculture

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“Sow and Grow” poster, Cleveland Public Schools Horticulture program.

Feeding Cleveland: Urban Agriculture

Cleveland State University Libraries presents The Cleveland Memory Project

A recurring theme in 20th century Cleveland that continues to the present day is that during difficult economic periods communities of people have come together to  raise food crops on city land. The working men’s farms during the Great Depression, the victory gardens during World War II, community gardens established during the years of urban renewal, and the present day market gardeners of the local food movement, all provide examples of revivals of urban agriculture as a response to economic difficulties. 

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Story of Vancouver’s Olympic Village features urban agriculture

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An artist’s sketch illustrates the possibilities for rooftop urban agriculture and the rich potential for community connection. Credit: Durante Kreuk, 2009

The Challenge Series tells the story of Vancouver’s Olympic Village at Southeast False Creek: Millennium Water. Published in eight monthly installments, available on the web and in print, it focuses on the visioning, planning, design and construction processes and celebrates collaboration and sustainable innovation.

By Roger Bayley Inc.

Excerpts below.

Community Demonstration Garden

Located west of Parcel 4, the community demonstration garden will be designed and constructed after the Olympics. “The idea isn’t to have little plots for people to garden, but rather a space that is programmed with the school, community centre and neighbourhood for all to use and to learn about urban agriculture,” says Robin Petri from the City of Vancouver. Specific designs and programming have not yet been determined. Because of the site’s historic industrial use, the City has begun investigating how to handle nearby contaminated soils. The garden will be separated by a membrane from the contaminated industrial soil that underlies Hinge Park.

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Growing Home – Chicago – providing job training through urban agriculture

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Growing Home is committed to bring fresh food to Chicago’s South Side.

“Englewood, where our Wood Street Urban Farm is located, was once a flourishing Chicago neighborhood. It has suffered from decades of neglect and the flight of about 50% of its population since the early 1960’s. This dismal cycle of decline in Englewood can be seen in the vacant buildings and sparse population that have allowed drug trafficking and other criminal activity to grow. As gangs protected their territories, violence increased and youth became at risk of either gang assaults or gang recruitment.

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