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For Urban Farming Wisdom, Look to Japan

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Photo by Azby Brown

Efficient use of vertical space

By Azby Brown, the director of the KIT Future Design Institute in Tokyo, is the author of Just Enough: Lessons in Living Green from Traditional Japan.
The Atlantic
June 10, 2010

Excerpt:

My neighbors are farmers. They regularly bring us cabbages, cucumbers, bitter melon, tomatoes, eggplants, persimmons, and other local specialties, and their arrival on our doorstep with a box of fresh-picked produce is as much an announcement of the changing seasons as the color of the sky or warmth of the wind. Our conversations often turn to rain, mulch, tools for tilling, and fruit yields from the old but still-productive trees they tend. They offer advice on reviving my stunted tomatoes, and we debate the relative merits of baseball caps for working the fields under the hot sun as opposed to the traditional straw kasa.

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Local groups pleased with new Kansas City urban agriculture codes

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Changes will increase access to locally grown food

June 10, 2010
Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition
Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Members of the City Council of Kansas City this afternoon approved an ordinance updating the city’s zoning and development codes to reflect the changing needs of our community. The codes enable urban agriculture and the burgeoning local food movement to function more effectively in Kansas City.

“This has been a long process, but we feel like the compromise that has been developed is an important first step toward increasing access to fresh, healthy food and improving the economic vitality of our community,” said Katherine Kelly, director of the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture. “This ordinance will help Kansas City become a greener and healthier community, which is something that I think everyone can agree is a positive move forward.”

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The 31st Annual American Community Gardening Association Conference August 5 – 8 2010, Atlanta, GA

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A Holistic Approach to Building Sustainable and Healthy Communities: The Choice is Yours

This urban agriculture organization has been running as long as City Farmer and has inspired many to get out and grow food in cities. Mike

Excerpt:

Our Keynote Speaker

Dr. Yvonne Butler
Creator of the Sugar-Free School Lunch Program
The results of Dr. Butler’s ‘sugar-free’ school have soared to new heights with higher test scores, fewer disciplinary programs, and fewer weight problems among students.

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The Growing Solution to Urban Food Deserts – in Chicago

The Growing Solution to Urban Food Deserts from Conscious Living TV on Vimeo.

Urban agriculture in Chicago

by Conscious Living TV/Soul of Green
Correspondent: Bianca Alexander
Executive Producer: Michael Alexander

Excellent video! Mike

With the near epidemic of type-2 diabetes, breast cancer and other degenerative diseases in communities of color particularly relative to non-hispanic white communities, this episode of Soul of Green examines the link between these growing health disparities and the lack of basic access to fresh healthy food and produce.

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Michigan State University professors help create Lansing’s first urban farm

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Urbandale Farm Project

By Emily Fox
mlive.com
June 07, 2010

Laura DeLind from Michigan State University’s Department of Anthropology and retired MSU teacher-education professor Linda Anderson, are reaching out to a community on the east side of Lansing through urban farming.

DeLind and Anderson recently started the Urbandale Farm Project. One of the hopes for the project is to create access to healthy food in the community. The neighborhood where the farm is located is called a “food desert.”

“A food desert is primarily in a neighborhood where people have limited incomes, there’s no easy access to places to buy healthy food like fresh fruits and vegetables, unless you have transportation and many low income families don’t have easy transportation. Therefore their sources of food are often fast food restaurants, liquor stores, corner grocery stores—not a lot of fresh produce,” Anderson says.

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Breaking Through Concrete visits Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture

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A woman tends her 1/4-acre plot at the New Roots for Refugees Farm, Kansas City. Photo by Michael Hanson

Must-see new website – Breaking Through Concrete – stories from the American Urban Farm

Excellent writing, photography, video, all brought together by great web design make this site a pleasure to visit! Beautiful! Mike

Excerpt from visit to Kansas:

Seven women in ankle-length floral dresses bend at the waist in rows of kale or arugula or kohlrabi. Their dark-chocolate hands effortlessly scoop and pick and cut the stems and pull the weeds. The low sun is already hot coming through the hazy white sky that makes the Kansas City downtown in the distance look like a mirage.

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