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Cities, including Pittsburgh, are turning green with urban farms

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Jaymon McGhee, 13, plants mustard greens in a raised bed as part of the Lots of Hope gardening project. Photo by Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette

“These are exciting times”

By Diana Nelson Jones
July 08, 2010
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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The urban farm — a novel, even whimsical, idea a few years ago in Pittsburgh — is now a movement so fully fledged that a neighborhood without one seems almost an anomaly.

Nationally, the movement is profuse, with seeds in the 1980s when foodies sprouted and gourmet eating went mainstream. The roots of several movements have intertwined since: urban enterprise farms, urban farms for educating children, community gardens, vacant lot greening, soil remediation of industrial landscapes, community supported agriculture, backyard chickens and bee hives, consumers who buy into livestock with farmers and grocery chains selling local produce.

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From commercial sex work to urban farming in Zimbabwe

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Loveness Dube outside her house in Gweru

Zimbabwe: Sex workers now farmers

By Daniel Dickinson
Africa News
1 July 2010

Loveness Dube may be new to farming, but this Zimbabwean former sex worker is committed to making a success of her new venture and never returning to selling herself to support her family.

She is one of 30 women, many of whom are also former sex workers, who are working a newly dug urban community garden in Gweru city in the Midlands province of Zimbabwe. The fenced garden, just on the outskirts of the city, measures one hundred square metres; each woman has her own plot.

‘I plan to grow some sweet potatoes and tomatoes as well as some green leaves for soups,’ said 41-year-old Loveness. ‘I didn’t know how to grow food, but after receiving training, I am now confident I can produce enough to feed myself and my family.’

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Ribbon-cutting at Brooklyn Grange – New York’s biggest rooftop farm

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Rooftop Farm Opens In Queens

By: Roger Clark
New York 1
07/07/2010

A ribbon-cutting ceremony today marked the opening of New York’s biggest rooftop farm.

The farm is run by the commercial farming business Brooklyn Grange and is located atop a building on Northern Boulevard in Long Island City, Queens.

“We lifted up the soil with a crane and we covered the entire roof with a green roof system,” explained head farmer Ben Flanner. “And there is over a million pounds of soil that we can grow vegetables in.”

“It’s wild that about six weeks ago there was nothing up here, and now there is all this,” said farmer Rob Lateiner.

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