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Lessons from Cuba’s Urban and Sub-Urban Farming Revolution

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Farmer-to-Farmer Movement, traditional knowledge sharing and the value of cooperation versus competition

By Jennifer Cockrall-King
Foodgirl.ca
May 18, 2010

Excerpt:

I’ve been to Cuba twice now, once in 2007 and just very recently (where I met and roomed with the amazing Jill Richardson, author of Recipe for America: Why Our Food System is Broken and What We Can Do to Fix It, and the blogger behind La Vida Locavore). Both times, I’ve been in Cuba to research their agricultural models, especially their urban agricultural models, as I’m writing a book on the global movement of urban agriculture.

Jill and I participated in a conference and research tour from May 5 to 15, 2010, organized by the Asociacion Cubana de Tecnicos Agricolas y Forestales. and Jill is doing a mind-blowing job of chronicling our day-to-day adventures on the farms and our other wanderings on La Vida Locavore, so check it out for blow-by-blow visits to the farms.

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Saskatoon city council frees 150 vacant lots for gardens

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Paul Merriman, CEO of the Saskatoon Food Bank, sifts through the dirt on vacant property in the 900 block of Third Avenue North, where potatoes will be planted for the food bank. Photograph by Gord Waldner

150 lots citywide are now available for food production

By David Hutton
The StarPhoenix
May 18, 2010

Milton Taylor was sick of staring at dandelions.

The sprawling three-acres of city-owned land across from his photography business on Third Avenue North had long been an unsightly mess of weeds and litter. So, five years ago, as a test project, Taylor planted a small potato patch on a corner of the land at the edge of the north downtown in City Park, donating the 250 pounds of harvested potatoes to the Saskatoon Food Bank.

“I didn’t get a lot, but I got something,” Taylor said.

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May 19, 2010   Comments Off on Saskatoon city council frees 150 vacant lots for gardens