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Farmers on 57th cultivate land at a Vancouver facility for 120 adults with disabilities

March 3, 2009. The very beginning. Katherine and Jen cut sod and begin rolling, in preparation for the market gardens.

Each month the market garden supplies fresh produce to the Pearson Community kitchen

Farmers on 57th at George Pearson Centre
Vancouver, BC
Summary, November 2010

George Pearson Centre is a home for 120 adults with disabilities. The people who live here require specialized assistance as a result of disability, such as multiple sclerosis, spinal cord and traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, or a variety of other conditions.

Market Gardens

In our market gardens, 5 hard working young urban farmers have transformed lawn into a ½ acre organic urban farm—first selling at Farmer’s markets in 2009, then shifting to a CSA (Community supported Agriculture) program in 2010. Participating families receive a fresh-picked organic harvest box each week through spring/summer, and their children see where and how their food is grown.

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On a Manhattan School Rooftop, Hydroponic Greens for Little Gardeners

Sidsel Robards, left, and Manuela Zamora, founders of the greenhouse atop the Manhattan School for Children. Photo by Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times.

The project is about making science both accessible and exciting “in a natural way”

By Kerri MacDonald
New York Times
November 22, 2010


Shakira Castronovo stood in a classroom at the Manhattan School for Children on West 93rd Street on a recent afternoon and hushed a squirming group of kindergartners perched around a blue carpet.

“Where do you think I picked this?” she asked, pinching a leafy-looking thing between her index finger and thumb. “It was picked fresh just few minutes ago.”

Someone wondered if it had come from the recess yard. Maybe from a farmers market? A minute later, a little girl in pink came up with the answer. “Greenhouse!” she shrieked as her hand shot into the air.

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5 Urban Farms Reshaping the Food World in New Orleans

From Our School At Blair Grocery.

New Orleans is taking city-grown food from farm stand to standing resource

By Tracie McMillan, an award-winning food and poverty journalist.
The Atlantic
Nov.12, 2010


Enter the next generation of urban farmers, most of whom operate through the New Orleans Food and Farm Network (NOFFN). NOFFN had launched prior to Katrina, planting its first food gardens in NOLA’s Hollygrove neighborhood days before the storm. Post-Katrina, the dire lack of food in the city compelled NOFFN to switch gears; the group made national headlines with its DIY food maps of the city in the weeks after the storm. More recently, the group has gotten its hands dirty in the Big Easy’s soil: planting farms, launching markets, and even training new farmers in the business of urban gardening.

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Backyard farming fight has high stakes countrywide


Our values have to be decided by the public

By Derek Spalding,
Nanaimo Daily news
November 26, 2010


The shutdown of a rural farm on residential property in Lantzville has sent ripples through the urban farming network across the country.

Bylaw officers ordered Dirk Becker and Nicole Shaw to stop growing food on their Fernmar Road farm because it violated home-business regulations that do not include agriculture. Lantzville politicians say they want to grant Becker and Shaw a temporary-use permit while they consult the community about zoning regulations and urban farming.

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Globe and Mail editorial on Canada’s agricultural future includes municipal agriculture

Illustration by Graham Ross.

The hunger for more ambition in Canadian agriculture

Editorial From Friday’s Globe and Mail
Nov. 26, 2010


At the same time, there is also rising interest in local food, especially in Canadian cities. This does not require additional public subsidies, but municipalities and regions can work to better apportion public land to meet the demand, which is especially high for allotment and community gardens. Indeed, there is no contradiction between an intensification of industrial agriculture for export and policies that help make locally grown food more available.

Read the complete article here.

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