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Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution

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Forthcoming February 15, 2012

By Jennifer Cockrall-king
Prometheus Books
15 Feb 2012

About the Author:
Jennifer Cockrall-King (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) is a freelance journalist and niche food writer whose work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, National Post, Canadian Geographic, Maclean’s, and other major publications. She is also a contributor to A Good Catch: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from Canada’s Top Chefs, and she is the former cofounder, publisher, and editor of The Edible Prairie Journal.

When you’re standing in the midst of a supermarket, it’s hard to imagine that you’re looking at a failing industrial food system. The abundance all around you looks impressive but is really a facade. In fact, there’s just a three-day supply of food available for any given city due to complex, just-in-time international supply chains. The system is not only vulnerable, given the reality of food scares, international crises, terrorist attacks, economic upheavals, and natural disasters, but it is also environmentally unsustainable for the long term.

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September 29, 2011   2 Comments

Urban Agriculture Grows in Baltimore

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Gardeners at Boone Street urban farm and community garden. See more photos at The Baltimore DIY Squad here.

“It has brought the community together for something positive.”

By Alison Kitchens
Capital News Service
Sept 29, 2011

Excerpt:

In Baltimore, urban agriculture has the potential to help improve conditions in some of the city’s “food deserts,” said Anne Palmer, program director of Eating for the Future at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.

The center defines “food deserts” as areas in cities where residents are below the poverty level and do not have easy access to healthy foods at supermarkets within walking distance, about a quarter of a mile.

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September 29, 2011   1 Comment

Youngstown, Ohio – Introduces Iron Roots Urban Farm

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Ed McColly and Liberty Merill coordinate the Iron Roots Urban Farm program.

“We value the importance of neighborhood revitalization”

By Maraline Kubik
Business Journal Daily
Sept. 29, 2011

Excerpt:

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. showcased its latest project — an urban farm and training center on the city’s southwest side — Wednesday morning during an unveiling ceremony for the new venture’s logo.

Iron Roots Urban Farm is located on a 2.5-acre homestead at the corner of Canfield Road and Reel Avenue on the city’s southwest side that had been vacant for years. By next spring, it will be transformed into a fully operational urban farm and training site for YNDC’s market gardener and green jobs training programs, reported Presley L. Gillespie, YNDC executive director.

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