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Creating Community-Based Brownfield Redevelopment Strategies

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This coastal dumping ground is now home to a multi-purpose community centre in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii. USDSA

Includes Agriculture on Remediated Brownfields and Case Study, Urban Oaks Organic Farm

By the American Planning Association

It is estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfield sites in the U.S. In many brownfield redevelopment projects, community groups are frequently left out of the process. However, they represent the main constituency that suffers from the negative impact of vacant and abandoned brownfield sites. The purpose of Creating Community-Based Brownfield Redevelopment Strategies is twofold: first, it is designed to help community-based organizations (CBOs) recognize that brownfields are opportunities for neighborhood revitalization,

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October 27, 2010   1 Comment

You can have your lawn … and eat it too

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Backyard Farm Service

By The Visual Logic team of Aron Chang, Bradley Cantrell, Natalie Yates, and Patrick Michaels.

Excerpts:

There are well over 5,000 professional lawn care companies in the United States alone, with 921,900 documented workers employed in the landscaping and groundskeeping industries. That far outnumbers the 438,490 workers in all of the farming, fishing and forestry occupations combined, or even the 633,710 police officers and sheriff officers that serve the country.

Thus, there already exists a system of decentralized farming with local providers attuned to the microclimates and conditions of their respective service areas, one that relies upon a highly mobile infrastructure of trucks and portable equipment to farm grass and maintain yards for millions of Americans.

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Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference

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Going Green and Growing Health, Wealth, and Justice

November 19-21 at Brooklyn College. New York City. This November, the first annual conference to forge food, farming, and policy solutions for the Black Community will convene at Brooklyn College in New York City, convening farmers, gardeners, activists, students, and the community leaders from across the nation.

Why focus on food, farming and justice NOW?

The health and livelihoods of African Americans are in danger, and our increasing alienation from our food sources is to blame.

Our farmers are in peril:

In 1920, over 14% of U.S, farmers were African American.
In 2007, less than 2% of U.S. farmers are African American.
Only 110 of more than 56,000 farmers in New York State are African American.

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October 27, 2010   2 Comments