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The Financial Times published two urban agriculture stories

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The Financial Times has a combined print and online average daily readership of 1.9 million people worldwide

The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the newspaper, printed at 24 print sites across the globe, has a daily circulation of 376,564 (ABC figures August 2010), while FT.com has over 2.7 million registered users and 149,047 digital subscribers. The FT’s combined print and paid digital circulation is 563,026 (Deloitte assured, July 2010) and it has a combined print and online average daily readership of 1.9 million people worldwide (PwC assured, November 2009)

See urban agriculture stories on multi-storey farms and Seattle’s Year of urban agriculture on next page.

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October 3, 2010   Comments Off on The Financial Times published two urban agriculture stories

The Socioeconomic and Cultural Significance of Food Gardening in the Vladimir Region of Russia

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Boris Pasternak digging a potato patch at his dacha in Peredelkino, near Moscow, in the summer of 1958. From Sharashkin thesis, via LIFE magazine.

The Earth needs our help

By Leonid Sharashkin
PhD thesis
University of Missouri–Columbia
May, 2008
274 pages
(Exciting find! So much to read in this paper. Mike)
Excerpts:

Russia has 18.8 million acres of family gardens, which produce US$14 billion worth of products per year, equivalent to over 50% of Russia’s agricultural output, or 2.3% of the country’s GDP (Rosstat 2007b). The United States, on the other hand, have 27.6 million acres of lawn, which produce a US$30 billion per year lawn care industry (Bormann, Balmori, and Geballe 2001).

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October 3, 2010   1 Comment

Darko urban farm a sister act, plus 1

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Partners put down roots in the heart of the Bull City, North Carolina

By Elizabeth Shestak
The Durham News
Oct 2, 2010

Darko Urban Farm is another example of Durham ahead-of-the-foodie-curveness.

Approximating a bit over 2,000 square feet of crops ranging from fruit trees to herbs, asparagus to lettuces, the farm is located about a block from Little Five Points in the Cleveland Holloway neighborhood near downtown.

Urban farming has been gaining ground, or rooftop, in many cases, but Darko Urban Farm is the first official farmlet, as I like to call them, trying out a CSA program. (CSAs are community supported agriculture programs and usually entail customers making a seasonal payment to farmers in exchange for weekly produce deliveries.)

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