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Goats hired to mow Southeast Portland lot become neighborhood attraction

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Zuzu Hinds, 4, of Portland, feeds a goat pieces of dry grass as the animal grazes in a vacant, two-acre lot at Southeast Belmont Street and Southeast 10th Avenue. The goat is one of more than 50 hired to mow the overgrown vegetation in the lot owned by Vancouver-based Killian Pacific, a real estate agency. Hinds is one of hundreds of visitors to the lot since the goats were placed there two weeks ago. Photo by Brent Wojahn.

The digestive system of the goat actually causes the weed seeds to be sterile

Molly Hottle
The Oregonian
October 12, 2010

Excerpt:

Kathy Quigley has never had neighbors quite like the attention-getters that recently moved in at Southeast Belmont Street and 10th Avenue:

Goats.

About 50 were brought in to clear weeds from a two-acre urban lot, drawing hundreds of passers-by to stop for a peek, offer a hand-picked weed or pet the animals through a chain-link fence.

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Feeder: Highway ramp farms – Chicago

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Ramp that feeds

By Studio Gang
Published/Exhibited:
Visionary Chicago Architecture, 2005

The project takes the Ohio feeder ramp and literally turns it into a ramp that feeds. It magnifies and exposes the important aspect of food production as a necessity for urban living. The project combines a series of highly productive hothouses, gardens, and landscaped areas that exploit the underutilized open space of highway interchanges. It offers a useful and productive gateway architecture that reinvigorates Chicago as an urban habitat.

The loss of adjacent farmland to development bordering the city means that food must be transported further and further to reach our dense population in Chicago. It takes 12.5 acres of land to feed one person for a year with traditional farming. Hothouse production feeds 36 times more people on the same amount of land.

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Japanese Ministry of Merchandize and Industry recognizes this new model of Urban Farming


Video in Japanese.

Recognizing Pasona

By Yushi Uehara
Story via Unknown Urbanity
Posted Oct. 19, 2010
Story seems to be from March 2010. Mike

The Japanese Ministry of Merchandize and Industry recognized this new model of Urban Farming initiated by PASONA as the way to produce work in the metropolis, and it eyes to reduce climate responsible functions by reducing CO2. The idea is to produce foods for lunch. The project was launched in the presence of the former first lady of Japan and ex-local governor.

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Ground Up Organics, A Vision In Youth Gardening Leadership


Ground Up Organics is a Seattle based project of the organization Creatives for Community or C4C. It’s focus is on teaching teenagers to be leaders in the green revolution and specifically in urban organic agriculture. This story originally aired on The Seattle Channel program City Stream.

Creatives4Community

Video by Len Davis and Penny Legate
Pangeality Productions

Creatives4Community believes the best way to ensure self-sufficiency and healthy communities is to work closely and authentically with those who will very shortly or have already been challenged to BE self-sufficient for their own survival; our teens and young adults.

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