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GoSO’s plan to develop vacant lots in the city

“Go Serve Others” in Illinois

GoSO is a non-for-profit organization. GoSO is an acronym for “Go Serve Others”. Its mission is to transform the lives of our youth, growing an awareness of the value of community through life in the garden. GoSo has operated its agricultural program since 2005 in St. Charles, IL in partnership with UIC Champaign Horticultural Dept. The program has now expanded to Geneva, IL, West Englewood and North Lawndale communities.

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Urban Farming and City Systems

Our Streets Smell of Jasmine

By Andrea Godshalk
August 31st, 2010

The barren neglected spaces of the city, worked with loving attention feed us. We grow food. Rewarding jobs and dynamic relationships nourish us. Our streets smell of jasmine. We understand we are woven into an ecology, which marries us to the earth. Living in honor of this we receive another day to learn and to grow. We invest deeply with our joy, sinking our hands in. Now urban gardens are farms.

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Five Borough Farm – a unified city plan for urban agriculture in New York City


Five Borough Farm. Graphic by Manuel Miranda.

“My sense is that the most vibrant urban agriculture system will be a civic agriculture system.”

By Urban Omnibus
January 19th, 2011

Excerpt of interview with Nevin Cohen:

Urban Omnibus: What is the Five Borough Farm Project?

Nevin Cohen: Five Borough Farm is a project by the Design Trust for Public Space and Added Value, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that operates one of the city’s largest farms, to create a citywide plan to support urban agriculture in New York City. The urban agriculture movement is booming here: demand for local food production is growing, and in every corner of the city New Yorkers are developing a broad range of community gardens, rooftop farms, composting projects, and farmers markets. But right now no one has a detailed understanding of all of these activities, or hard data or tools to evaluate the benefits of agriculture as an urban land use. So what you find is city officials are reluctant to adopt the many policy recommendations advanced by advocates, or to address local food production on a citywide scale.

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Ecocity 2011 – Call for papers about Urban Agriculture


Ecocity 2011 – Montréal (Québec, Canada), August 2011

Call for papers for the theme : Urban Agriculture
The deadline for proposal submission is January 31, 2011

Biodiversity, green spaces and urban agriculture are inter-related concepts which contribute (directly and indirectly) to our general well-being: to health, the environment, and the quality of our lives and that of the landscape around us. Over the past few years, science has made possible many advances in indentifying the social, economic and ecological importance of biodiversity and urban agriculture. Among these are solar shading and the reduction of urban heat islands, increasing urban surface permeability and rainwater capture, removing atmospheric pollutants, and food production.

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