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Community Gardening: An Annotated Bibliography

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Produced by The Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network

With researchers increasingly turning their attention to the social and environmental impacts of community gardening, the Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network has just published a fully revised and expanded second edition of its Annotated Bibliography of community gardening research and analysis. The new edition provides a comprehensive summary of the latest research right up to August 2010.

The Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network has produced the Bibliography in response to requests from students and researchers, and from gardeners seeking evidence of the benefits of community gardening to support their applications and submissions.

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Vancouver has set a monumental challenge: to be the greenest city in the world by 2020

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One of Vancouver’s long term goals: to become a global leader in urban food systems.

Excerpts from “Encourage local food”: Readers sharing ideas

Create a network of city farmers
Rather than just wasting land growing grass, property owners can provide land to have city farmers come and create, maintain and harvest food gardens on their property in exchange for a percentage of food grown. That way home owners don’t have to do the farming themselves if they don’t want to, but they can provide land to feed themselves and their neighbours and provide work for city farmers. P.K

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Math Lessons for Locavores

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Breakdown of energy consumption in the U.S. food system, courtesy of the University of Michigan Center for Sustainable Systems.

From the Liberal Curmudgeon Blog

By Stephen Budiansky
in the New York Times
August 19, 2010
Author, historian, and journalist Stephen Budiansky has written 14 books of history, biography, and science, including the forthcoming “Perilous Fight”.

Excerpt:

Leesburg, Va.
It’s 42 steps from my back door to the garden that keeps my family supplied nine months of the year with a modest cornucopia of lettuce, beets, spinach, beans, tomatoes, basil, corn, squash, brussels sprouts, the occasional celeriac and, once when I was feeling particularly energetic, a couple of small but undeniable artichokes. You’ll get no argument from me about the pleasures and advantages to the palate and the spirit of eating what’s local, fresh and in season.

But the local food movement now threatens to devolve into another one of those self-indulgent — and self-defeating — do-gooder dogmas.

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