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‘Mobile Food Collective’ Rolls into Chicago to Support Urban Farming

mobileMobile Unit. Pic courtesy of the MFC team.

Chicago Mobile Unit

By Mr. Brown Thumb
Chicago Garden
May 17, 2010

Excerpt:

A fleet of bikes with custom trailers accompanies the Mobile Unit. The bikes carry farming and gardening tools and transport the “mods,” the nesting storage bins below the table, which house programming material. The accompanying bikes can also be used to deliver CSA boxes and are dispersed throughout a community to alert and direct residents to programming happening at the Mobile Unit.

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Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development proposes changing codes to encourage urban agriculture

seattlegardenFrom the highest spot in the lovely community garden in Seattle’s Chinatown. Photo by Megan Driscoll.

Urban Agriculture Seattle

Specifically, the Department of Planning and Development (DPD)_is proposing the following code changes to support and encourage urban agriculture:

1. Add and/or clarify definitions for the following key terms: horticulture, aquaculture, animal husbandry, community gardens (including P-Patch community gardens), and urban farms. These refined definitions have additional recommendations (below) for regulation by zone.

2. Allow community gardens (including P-Patch community gardens) as permitted uses in all zones, with some limitations in industrial zones.

3. Allow urban farms in all zones as follows:

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May 17, 2010   1 Comment

Izabella Miko, Polish actress and model, discovers urban farming


In this episode I introduce you to “Urban Farming” a non-profit
organization that plants gardens for people in need.

Miko supports green politics

Miko supports green politics and keeps a video blog to talk about her current concerns.

“Enough with the melting glaciers scaring you out of your Hummer, if you’re a pimp, you’ll want to ride with the ladies in your big truck anyway. We just want to show you a few other ways to make a painless difference.

“Whatever we focus on grows – so I choose to focus on the possibilities and excitement of a green future. I do this by creating EkoMiko episodes, contests, interactive eco life guides and by organizing events that inspire.

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Advocates say urban farming feeds the poor, provides jobs – Duluth, Minnesota

duluthEmily Kniskern (left) and Michael Latsch, with the program Seeds for Success, prepare a new garden plot on a vacant lot in Duluth last week by digging up the ground and removing roots and rhizomes of the ubiquitous quack grass. Photo by Bob King.

Duluth could soon be awash in home-grown vegetables if two new programs taking seed this spring sprout as organizers hope.

By John Myers,
Duluth News Tribune
May 17 2010

Duluth could soon be awash in home-grown vegetables if two new programs taking seed this spring sprout as organizers hope.

One program, Seeds of Success, sponsored by Community Action Duluth, is turning vacant lots into urban vegetable farms where seasonal workers will grow produce to sell to local restaurants.

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Artist honours Mother Earth through her work and her garden

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Inspiration from her garden

By Jaine Rose

We have a small suburban garden in the town of Stroud in Gloucestershire, U.K. There is a growing movement of people, of which we are part, who are inspired to find different ways of slowing down, working from home, living creatively and simply, and building community resilience in the face of changing times.

My garden is small, but is crammed full of fruit trees and bushes, a tiny greenhouse, raised beds, and bursting permaculture in every nook and cranny!. At the end of the garden I have a small beach-hut where I work from, and a little deck to sit on, housing a Witchazel, an Oak, a Rowan and various herbs in pots. Any spare vegetables or fruit is handed out to neighbours, or can be sold at our local farmers market.

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