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On eco-architecture and urban farming: Are you kidding me with your f-ing farm skyscraper?

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Find a place, do some work, grow some stuff: it ain’t rocket science. Photo by Tracie Lee.

“You don’t have to reinvent the wheel to grow food in the city”

By Broke-Ass Grouch
Grist
8 Feb. 2011

Excerpt:

Just last summer, Broke-Ass was invited to speak on a panel at the New York Horticultural Society with such luminaries of the environmental architectural movement as Amale Andraos and Dan Wood of WORK Architecture Co.; Fritz Haeg, artist, Edible Estates; and the esteemed James Wines of SITE. Broke-Ass was supposed to be there to make intellectual distinctions between Baby Boomers’ self-aggrandizing revolutions and Generation X’s more practical, local movements, since this is thought to be one of her areas of expertise.

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February 8, 2011   1 Comment

Food Security and Urban Agriculture Strategy – City of North Vancouver

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Staff will develop more robust urban agriculture and edible landscaping guidelines

By Alexander F. Kurnicki, Streetscape Planner
City of North Vancouver
January 31, 2011

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Background:

The City of North Vancouver, despite its compact urban character, has been recognized throughout Metro Vancouver and beyond for significant progress in urban agriculture. The success of existing Community Gardens and the promising Loutet Park Urban Farm demonstrates their value as significant community amenities. Their success also demonstrates there is a need for more of these spaces. As the City’s population grows and trends towards multi-family residential buildings in the urban core, innovative solutions that continue to provide opportunities for urban agriculture are warranted.

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February 8, 2011   1 Comment

City of Pittsburgh establishes rules for urban farms

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Steve Rapasky, director of the Burgh Bees community apiary on Susequanna Street, poses for a portrait inside the apiary Monday. Rapasky lives in Dormont. Photo by Michael Henninger/Post-Gazette.

Horses and pigs are not considered pets under the city code. Under the new rules, a person with under 3 acres must seek special permission to have either animal.

By Joe Smydo
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
February 08, 2011

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The city of Pittsburgh has new regulations for the increasingly popular practice of urban agriculture, such as the raising of honeybees and chickens, but time will tell whether the rules are the bee’s knees or something to squawk about.

Council approved the guidelines last week. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s office had proposed most of the changes to complement other greening initiatives — and to make sure people and animals peacefully co-exist in city neighborhoods.

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Seattle City Sheep – The Quarter Acre Farm Story

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Isolde.

Since this is our first season, our rewards so far have been purely visual

By Lydia Strand
Urban Farm Hub Team
February 8th, 2011

Excerpt:

When I tell people that my husband and I keep sheep in the city, some giggle, some are shocked, and almost all want to know how? why? what? So here’s a little background.

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February 8, 2011   1 Comment