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Vancouver Washington’s Urban Abundance aims to build a citywide farming network for fresh food

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4000 seed balls were rolled in two hours along this production line at Urban Abundance.

Urban Abundance

By Dean Baker
The Oregonian
November 05, 2010

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They kick-started their program this fall by creating a computerized database of fruit and nut trees in the city.

From trees at the 20 sites that registered on their website, Urban Abundance volunteers harvested 1,500 pounds of prunes and apples that might otherwise have been wasted, and donated them to One Life Food Pantry in Vancouver.

But, Neth said, that was just a start for the program.

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Canada’s first school-based market garden

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Anton Crawford harvests Swiss chard in the garden in front of the school. Photo by Keith Beaty – Toronto Star.

An edible education

By Jennifer Bain
Food Editor
Toronto Star
Nov 3, 2010

Excerpt:

This is the cutting edge of edible education. What Bendale has is one step beyond a simple school garden but not quite an urban farm. It’s believed to be Canada’s first school-based market garden. It proves the educational value of food and all the ways it can be worked into the curriculum. And, if all goes as planned, Bendale will serve as a model for schools across the country.

“There are so many schools that could be turning their lawns into fields of food,” says garden co-ordinator Ian Hepburn-Aley, a community food facilitator with FoodShare.

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Karen Washington of the Farm School New York City

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Karen Washington poses for a portrait at La Finca del Sur, a community farm, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York. Photo by Associated Press.

School Brings Farming To Big Apple

By The Associated Press
NPR
Nov 5, 2010

Excerpt:

One of Farm School’s instructors will be Karen Washington, a longtime urban farmer and a founder of La Finca del Sur, which sells its produce at a farmer’s market.

Washington said she hopes Farm School will serve as a prototype for other urban centers by providing “the incentive to say, you know what? We can do the same thing.”

On a crisp fall afternoon, Washington stopped by La Finca on her way to pick up chickens for a community garden in another Bronx neighborhood. It is legal to keep hens in New York City but not roosters — too noisy. Beekeeping was legalized this year.

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