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1910 – “City Farming – Tells of Sixteen Years’ Experience with a Small Plot”

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Girls working in a garden in Chatham NY, 1917.

To the Editor of the New York Times:

By Amateur Farmer
Bronx
Feb 10, 1910
An early use of the term “City Farming” for home gardening. Mike

— According to his definition, I am a farmer, as I own and occupy a piece of ground, roughly speaking, 50 feet by 110 feet, located toward the northern part of the Bronx, but well within the boundaries of the Twenty-fourth Ward. I farm a piece about 25 feet by 70 feet; the balance of the ground is taken up by the house and a green – not lawn.

— and now after sixteen years’ cropping, the soil is in fine condition, fit to grow almost anything, and I can surely say that there has not been one in all these years when I have not been amply repaid for the labor and money expended.

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1899 – Economics of City Farming in Brooklyn and Queens

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1899. Man working in large garden. See larger image here.

Impoverished Brooklyn Truck Gardeners Elbowing Old-Fashioned Agriculturists Out of Queens

New York Times
Feb 6, 1899
An early use of the term “City Farming” for commercial urban agriculture. Mike

The recently increased assessments on lands in the outlying districts of Queens Borough have caused many farmers there to sell their property and move outside the city limits, where the tax rate is less. These farmers have feared that they might have to sell at a loss, but developments within the last few days, it is said, show that some of the land commands prices much higher than the assessed valuations.

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Can farmers extend their cultivation areas in urban agriculture? A contribution from agronomic analysis of market gardening systems around Mahajanga (Madagascar)

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Market gardening systems around Mahajanga (Madagascar)

By M. Mawoisa, C. Aubryb and M. Le Bailc
UMR Innovation, France
INRA, UMR SADAPT, France
22 October 2010

Abstract

The rapid urbanization in developing countries implies an increasing pressure on urban agriculture for production. As most perishable food products come from this agriculture in close proximity to population concentrations, we analysed from an agronomic point of view how market-garden farmers can meet this increasing urban demand. This work took place in the case of Mahajanga, a secondary city with high increasing demographic rate on the Northwest coast of Madagascar. Based on preliminary surveys to characterize the farming systems (on a sample of 91 farms), 11 market-garden farmers chosen in the three main agricultural zones of the urban area were surveyed during two years.

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