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What Urban Rooftop Gardening Could Do For The Middle East

With so many flat roofs across the Middle East, surely the region is ripe for a bit of rooftop gardening?

By Arwa Aburawa
Green Prophet
December 15th, 2010


Neveen Metwally, a researcher at the Central Laboratory for Agriculture Climate in Cairo, Egypt spoke to IRIN about urban gardening in the region. She explained that city dwellers must be convinced of the benefits of urban horticulture by focusing on the needs of ordinary people and the benefits that urban agriculture brings to them. “I can say to someone, ‘A rooftop garden will help the environment’, and they’ll say, ‘No, thank you – I just want to feed my family’. So I must identify and communicate benefits that are of interest to that person.”

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February 20, 2011   1 Comment

Richland Farms in LA – Farming in Compton’s core

Nathaniel Bryant washes one of his five horses in Richland Farms, a unique rural community tucked into the urban core of Compton. Other residents raise goats and poultry. Photo by Mark Boster.

Residents of a small rural enclave in the middle of the city raise goats, chickens and horses, hearkening back to the city’s agricultural foundations. But they fear their way of life is under attack.

By Ann M. Simmons
Los Angeles Times
February 20, 2011


Over the years, the city has imposed limits on certain animals, granted variances allowing for multiple structures on a single lot and introduced new parking restrictions.

“They are sabotaging the community so that developers can eventually come in and take over,” said Wilkins, a retired teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

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February 20, 2011   4 Comments