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How L.A.’s New “Farmers Field” Football Stadium Could Boost Urban Agriculture

The Disneyland of urban farming

By Alissa Walker
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Feb. 2, 2011

Excerpt:

No, Los Angeles still doesn’t have a football team, but a football stadium planned for its downtown just inched closer to reality. Yesterday, Mayor Villaraigosa, development company AEG, and Farmers Insurance announced the $700 million naming rights for a new stadium and convention center complex planned near existing Staples Center. In a few years our NFL team may be playing on Farmers Field.

There are obvious financial benefits, of course, to selling the naming rights so early for a project that has not been approved, for a team that does not exist (the stadium design hasn’t even been decided yet). But I think there’s another benefit to the name Farmers Field. It’s the perfect opportunity for Los Angeles to show its commitment to urban agriculture.

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New Toronto Urban Food and Agriculture Learning Centre

Jac Smit Library of Urban Agriculture

Opens to the public on Tuesday 1 February 2011

Background and overview

The Toronto Urban Food and Agriculture Learning Centre (TUFALC), a joint venture of FoodShare Toronto and MetroAg – Alliance for Urban Agriculture, is now open to the public, providing resources to researchers, practitioners, advocates and others interested in urban food and agriculture matters in greater Toronto, as well as across North America and worldwide. Future plans include the development of a digital library that builds on our existing collections of publications, books, articles, periodicals, unpublished papers (including conference, seminar and workshop reports), computer files, photos, and recordings, to be accessed via the Web.

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Institut Africain De Gestion Urbaine Bureau Agriculture Urbaine Iagu-Bau

Session Internationale De Formation
Processus Participatif De Planification Et De Formulation De Politiques (3pfp) En Agriculture Urbaine

Contexte de la Formation

Les dernières décennies ont été marquées par une augmentation sans précédent de la population urbaine. En Afrique, au Sud du Sahara, plus de 38% de la population vit dans les villes. A l’horizon 2030, il est prévu que près de la moitié de la population de l’Afrique au Sud du Sahara sera urbaine (UNS, 2007). Une telle urbanisation a eu comme corollaire l’exacerbation de la compétition pour l’accès aux biens et services (eau, assainissement, éducation, santé, habitat, etc.) et subséquemment une forte pression exercée sur les ressources disponibles de plus en plus limitées. Cette situation rend également l’accès aux aliments plus difficile.

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At Fountain House in NYC, Mentally-Ill Find Solace Through Hydroponic Gardening


By The Huffington Post

The Fountain House, a working community for people with mental illness in New York City, has developed a program for its members to grow their own food using a unique hydroponic growing system.

The hydroponic garden has proved both therapeutic and healthy.

Link here.

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