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Urban Farmers Upset About How a Garden Will No Longer Grow

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Toby Sanchez, who founded the community garden at Brooklyn College with her husband. She said: “There weren’t many rules. ‘Take care of your garden, and don’t grow marijuana.’ ”

Take care of your garden, and don’t grow marijuana

By Kareem Fahim
New York Times
May 21, 2010

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In one garden plot, a little girl and her younger brother spent their childhoods among the strawberries, poppies and sweet peas tended by their mother, a Russian immigrant who learned to farm in Siberia. In another plot, a Turkish woman grew eggplants that she took home and stuffed with meat and mint that she added to yogurt and cucumbers for her family.

On Thursday, those urban farmers and others like them went back to their plots at a community garden on the Brooklyn College campus, not to tend their plants but to uproot them. College administrators have ordered part of the garden, on a strip of land near a college entrance that they lent to the gardeners, paved over to accommodate the long-planned expansion of an athletic field.

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The First Certified Organic Rooftop Garden in the U.S. – Excellent video

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The First Certified Organic Rooftop Garden in the U.S. from Conscious Living TV on Vimeo.

On this episode of Conscious Living TV, we traveled to Uncommon Ground, one of Chicago’s greenest (and tastiest) restaurants for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the first certified organic rooftop garden in the U.S. with a special appearance from Chicago’s Mayor Daley.

Beyond Green: An uncommonly certified organic rooftop farm

Chicago, IL, 2009 – What began as an innovative idea hatched from a passion for sustainability has grown to become a 2500 square foot certified organic rooftop farm, rising 30 feet above Devon Avenue on the north side of Chicago.

The Midwest Organic Services Association designated the farm organic on October 16th, 2008, making it the first certified organic farm in the United States that resides on a rooftop. The organic farm boasts a grocery list of produce, from Nardello Peppers to Black Prince Tomatoes, which fuel the restaurant below. For over 18 years Uncommon Ground has upheld a farm to table mentality, building relationships with farmers from the Great Lakes region who follow sustainable and organic methods.

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Urban farming: It’s not sharecropping anymore

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Collie Graddick. Consultant at MN Dept of Agriculture, Board Member at Minnesota Environmental Partnership, Board Member at Preventing Harm Minnesota.

Food advocate urges Blacks to form Twin Cities farm cooperative

By Charles Hallman
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
5/26/2010

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Collie Graddick says the time is now for neighborhoods all over the Twin Cities to set up urban farms. “A community food system, in my opinion, is a way to hopefully bring economic opportunities to inner-city communities,” explains Graddick, a Minnesota Department of Agriculture consultant, of his “neighborhood-level sustainable food system.”

This is a good fit with the growing “sustainability” movement, which Graddick, an educator and food justice advocate, believes more Blacks should understand and appreciate. He defines sustainability as simply ensuring provision of the basics needed to live.

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May 31, 2010   Comments Off on Urban farming: It’s not sharecropping anymore