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Locavore: From Farmers’ fields To Rooftop Gardens


How Canadians are Changing the way we eat

by Sarah Elton
Harper Collins Publishers Ltd
March 2010

Strawberries in January, fresh tomatoes year-round and New Zealand lamb at all times — these well-travelled foods have a carbon footprint the size of an SUV. But there is a burgeoning local food movement taking place in Canadian cities, farms and shops that is changing both the way we eat and the way we think about food.

Locavore describes how foodies, 100-milers, urbanites, farmers, gardeners and chefs across Canada are creating a new local food order that is sustainable and can feed us all. Combining front-line reporting, shrewd analysis and passionate food writing to delight the gastronome, Locavore shows how the pieces of a post-industrial food system are being assembled into something infinitely better.

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Rent-a-Chicken business


Kids Up North: Rent-a-Chicken in Traverse City, Northern Michigan, Makes Urban Farming Child’s Play

By Kate Bassett
May 25, 2010

Join the growing flock of Traverse City families who have signed up to rent a chicken from Leslie Suitor, who along with her husband Mark, started a Rent-a-Chicken, a new company that has parents and children clucking with joy.


MyNorth: How exactly does one get into the business of renting chickens?

Leslie Suitor (Mother Hen): Well, for us, it happened like a snowball. We live in the country and already had chickens. When the Traverse City ordinance changed last year (allowing up to four hens per city parcel), friends started asking us a ton of questions about how to raise them. There was a lot of interest, but people were leery too, especially about how to care for baby chicks. We did have some friends take the plunge—and they spent a lot of money to do so—and it got me thinking. What if we made chickens available that weren’t babies? That would eliminate a lot of the costs. And that led to wondering if we should just rent chickens, let people check them out for the summer and see where it goes. Before I knew it, we had a basement full of baby chicks all winter long.

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Mykorrhiza – Swedish local food production group


Network Mykorrhiza

The network Mykorrhiza (eng mycorrhiza) was started by a group of people who believe that Sweden is in need of a movement using practical methods to act for change through self sufficiency. We started this movement with a focus on local food production to work with issues such as the environment, health and global solidarity.

We aim to be a network focused on solutions rather than problems, and to be relevant to people both in the countryside and in cities. Change can be made in a variety of ways. It is all about finding your own ways to a more sustainable life, that lighten the burden on the environment and contribute to a more healthy lifestyle for us as human beings.

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The Business of Urban Agriculture summit video now online

Full hour and 30 minute video.

The Business of Urban Agriculture – Urban Farming Summit, University of Michigan-Dearborn held April 7, 2010

Urban farming is a subject of increasing importance in metro Detroit and other cities across the United States. The University of Michigan-Dearborn has held two summits to explore urban farming and other food-related issues in southeast Michigan.

Urban farming can succeed in Detroit, panelists say

By Nancy Kaffer
Crain’s Detroit Business
April 7, 2010


Beer is proof that small-scale, local farming can be a business success, Eastern Market Corp. President Dan Carmody says.

Carmody, who was a panelist Wednesday at a business of urban agriculture discussion hosted by the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Crain’s Detroit Business, said that in the 1980s, big companies like Budweiser and Miller chased small brewers out of the market.

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A Writing Center without Walls – Community Gardens as a Site for Teaching English Language Learning (ELL)


The questions they asked ranged from how much water the tomato plants needed to how to fill out a green card application

by Elizabeth K. Rodacker, Union College, and Kay Siebler, Buena Vista University. Two ELL scholars bring ecofeminist principles to bear on community garden work.
Praxis: A Writing Center Journal
Fall 2006 (Volume 4 Issue 1)


Teaching ELL in the community gardens began with the idea of serving those who needed English language skills. As an associate professor of ESL, I (Elizabeth) often have summers off and enjoy gardening during that time. When community gardens first started up in Lincoln, I began gardening and teaching the refugees English, specifically reading and writing skills. The gardens have since evolved to include other gardens and other teachers/volunteers trained in ELL pedagogy. Through our work and connections with other ELL teachers, the project has grown from informal conversations to include a network of teachers who communicate with each other about their goals and pedagogical strategies for ELL.

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