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City Stops Rooftop Farm in Queens

farmbrookVolunteers spread the soil at the farm, called Brooklyn Grange. Photo by Nicole Bengiveno.

Stop-work order

By Diane Cardwell
New York Times
May 16, 2010


It had been a week of furious dawn-to-dark activity building a farm high above an industrial stretch of Queens: directing traffic along Northern Boulevard, hoisting truckloads of growing mix up to the roof and raking it over drainage and protective material. Once the eight-inch layer of engineered soil stretched over the 40,000-square-foot space, the volunteers could begin planting the 9,000 seedlings awaiting their new home.

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GardenAfrica works in South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia and Zimbabwe

GardenAfrica’s work is currently focused in Southern Africa, where we establish productive organic training gardens in schools, hospitals and clinics, growing nutritious food and medicinal herbs. These gardens offer practical and effective solutions for building community health and livelihoods, ensuring the continuation of vital botanical and horticultural knowledge through to the next generation of carers and providers.

Countries where GardenAfrica operates

South Africa – Living Classrooms: Sustainable Schools Project (SEED), Cape Flats
The area on the outskirts of Cape Town is a poverty stricken area. Overcrowding due to rapid urbanisation has led to a degradation of the environment where communities struggle to survive alongside dwindling wildlife. The high level of HIV infection places further hardship on these communities, as access to nutritious food is essential to building immune systems, whilst assisting concentration and learning.

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The Urban Farming Bill – Truly Agreed To and Finally Passed – May 13 2010


Establishes the Joint Committee on Urban Farming to study and make recommendations regarding the impact of urban farm cooperatives, vertical farming, and sustainable living communities in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In a unanimous 30-0 vote, the Missouri Senate passed Senate Substitute to House Bill 1848, the Urban Farming Bill. The Senate made a minor modification to the bill, sponsored by Representative Jason Holsman (D-Kansas City), by changing the task force to a joint interim committee of the Missouri General Assembly. Originally, the task force would have included legislators, farmers, and agriculture experts from across the state, while the version passed by the Senate will create a special, temporary A picture of a conceptual ‘Green Mall’committee of the Missouri House and Senate which will research and hear testimony regarding all facets of urban agriculture.

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Cuba Diaries: Day 2


From La Vida Locavore

by: Jill Richardson
La Vida Locavore
Sun May 16, 2010

Here’s the second installment on my trip to Cuba to study their urban & suburban agriculture and agroecology. I will be posting these daily for the next several days so please check in regularly to hear about the entire trip. In today’s installment, my group traveled to see a few farms & gardens in the western-most province of Cuba, Pinar del Rio.


It’s difficult to separate the agricultural details of the Cuban system from the more organizational, Communist ones. Obviously nature works the same in both Cuba and the U.S. but Communism does not apply back home. This particular Organiponico provided vegetables to a maternity home and sold the rest to the community.

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