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“Zappata Romana”: map of community-run green areas in Rome, Italy

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By Urban Architecture Project

About 50 community-run green areas have been mapped: little urban gardens, play yards, edible gardens and areas for walking, resting, or simply talking. Citizens and associations acting together to reclaim the abandoned areas in Rome.

More than 100 sites together with the 65 spontaneous gardens are registered in the municipality of Rome.

There are urban farms too and other interesting destinations such as Participation Houses, “Punti Verdi Qualità” and green areas maintained by established associations.

See the map here.

December 2, 2010   Comments Off on “Zappata Romana”: map of community-run green areas in Rome, Italy

Could right-to-farm law harm efforts to feed the hungry with ‘urban farming’?

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J.P. Swanson and Roy Finny plant carrot seeds at Growing Hope. Photo by Tom Perkins for AnnArbor.com

“Are we returning to an agrarian society?”

By: Rick Haglund
Ann Arbor.com
Dec 2, 2010

Excerpt:

Michigan farm output of $5.5 billion last year represented little more than 1 percent of the state’s gross domestic product of $368.4 billion.

But the state’s economic destruction over the past decade has put a new twist on agriculture-related issues.

For example, Michigan passed a right-to-farm law in 1981 designed to protect farming from urban sprawl that was creeping into lightly populated rural areas of the state.

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Urban Agriculture in Rosario, Argentina

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Compromiso Social: Huertas Comunitarias

Complete paper in Spanish.
Licenciatura en Administración Agropecuaria y Agronegocios
Orientación en Gestión de Agronegocios. Sede: Rosario.
Alumnos:
Campodimontti, Marcos.
Carrasco, Danisa.
Del Greco, Damián.
Sarjanovich, Juan Pablo.
Junio de 2007

El presente trabajo, uno de nuestros últimos pasos en nuestra formación profesional, surge de la necesidad de conocer un poco mas nuestro entorno. Concientes ya de que lo que vemos y percibimos no es todo lo que nos rodea. Necesitados de un panorama mas amplio de visión, es que hoy nos encontramos desarrollando una pequeña investigación sobre las Huertas de la Ciudad de Rosario.

Este trabajo no pretender dar cuenta de todo lo que el Programa de AU (agricultura urbana) significa, ni entrar en los detalles de sus actividades teóricas o practicas.

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Launch of 4-acre urban farm in Old Fourth Ward in neighborhood that raised Martin Luther King Jr.

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K. Rashid Nuri. Photo by Joeff Davis.

Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture to break ground – Urban Farm in Old Fourth Ward

Old Fourth Ward is getting a neighborhood, organic vegetable garden on 4-acres leased from Wheat Street Baptist Church! The project will also be a marketplace and serve as a training center for budding urban gardeners.

With the help of District 2 City Councilmember Kwanza Hall and generous investments by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation, Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward will soon be the site of a new four-acre organic urban garden.

The historic Wheat Street Baptist Church, one of the nation’s oldest African American churches, has leased four acres of inner city land to Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture (TLW) to build an organic vegetable garden, which will also serve as a market place and training center for Atlantans interested in urban agriculture.

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North Vancouver proposal to develop an urban agriculture strategy sparks debate

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North Vancouver gardeners.

“If we have to wait until we are in a food crisis and then we start digging up our front yards, I think we’ll have eaten each other’s livers and legs by that time.”

By Benjamin Alldritt
North Shore News
November 26, 2010

Excerpt:

“I’m quite astounded at the estimated time it would take to come up with a comprehensive report,” said Coun. Pam Bookham, who said while residents are free to cultivate fruits and vegetables, the city should focus its time and money on other issues. “If food security becomes an issue, we will be plowing up every available space, just as we did in the Second World War with the victory gardens,” she said. “But at the moment we have grocery stores; we have Whole Foods bringing in foods from far away.”

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