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Community gardens sprouting up in yards in Austin, Texas

Patchwork Neighborhood Farms brings a sense of community to neighbourhoods

By Kate Weidaw
KXAN TV
Tuesday, 23 Nov 2010

Excerpt:

If mowing the lawn is too much of a hassle a new organization is encouraging residents to grow community gardens.

“We have an enormous front yard and we didn’t know what we wanted to do with it,” said Joshua Merritt, homeowner.

Merritt thought about landscaping – but when he heard about Urban Patchwork Neighborhood Farms he changed his mind.

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November 23, 2010   Comments Off on Community gardens sprouting up in yards in Austin, Texas

Just published – “Farm Together Now”

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Communities Across the U.S. Bringing Food and Ideas to Your Plate

By Amy Franceschini
and Daniel Tucker
Photographs by Anne Hamersky
Foreword by Mark Bittman
November 2010

With interest in home gardening at an all-time high and concerns about food production and safety making headlines, Farm Together Now explores the current state of grassroots farming in the U.S. Part oral history and part treatise on food politics, this fascinating project is an introduction to the many individuals who are producing sustainable food, challenging public policy, and developing community organizing efforts. With hundreds of photographs and a foreword from New York Times columnist Mark Bittman, Farm Together Now will educate, inspire, and cultivate a new wave of modern agrarians.

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November 23, 2010   1 Comment

Urban Farming for Bangalore’s Future

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Magadi is a rapidly growing peri-urban town of 28,000 residents

By Matt Styslinger
Worldwatch – Nourishing the Planet
Nov. 18, 2010

Excerpt:

One of RUAF’s pilot initiatives in South Asia and Southeast Asia is in the urban and peri-urban areas of Bangalore, India. In the metropolis of Bangalore itself, the initiative encourages and trains urban residents to grow pesticide-free vegetables in the limited spaces they have—such as yards, terraces, and schools—and to recycle kitchen waste as compost and collect rainwater for their gardens. It is also helping the urban poor find employment that supports the maintenance of green spaces.

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November 23, 2010   1 Comment

“From the Ground Up” – wonderful new film coming soon

Watch the trailer!

Director: Kristi Stephens Adams
Editor: Sara Maamouri

“From the Ground Up” is a documentary film and media project that showcases the lives and gardens of urban farmers in three cities, comparing and contrasting them with the Victory Garden movement of WWII. A Sacramento teacher engages her sons in taking on City Hall to fight for their front yard garden; a Puerto Rican community in post-industrial Massachusetts works to elevate their quality of life by farming in once abandoned lots; a team of San Franciscans create a Victory Garden in the Civic Center, donating the produce to food banks and transforming the function of public land. These seemingly dissimilar stories all demonstrate one thing: the simple act of planting an edible garden feeds more than just one need.

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China’s ‘post-demolition’ urban farmers

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Photo by Sue Anne.

Vegetables from a tiny space of land on what had been rubble

By Sue Anne
Shanghain Street Stories
Nov 22, 2010

Excerpt:

I recently returned to Dongjiadu (upon learning that westward demolition has resumed with the intention to completely flatten the north part of Old Town (which also hangs blocks away from the Huangpu River by early next year.

In the sole structure that has been spared for refurbishment – the Shangchuan Huiguan or Merchant Shipping Hall – lives a family from Anhui who are responsible for organizing the razing. Nearby, another crumbling structure housed workers from Chongqing, also involved in scrapping and demolition.

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November 23, 2010   1 Comment