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Hong Kong’s first rooftop urban garden – “Project Grow”

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Learn how to farm in Hong Kong on the rooftop of an old factory building

By Hiufu Wong
CNN Go
15 November, 2011

Excerpt:

Project Grow is a city garden located on the rooftop of a building in one of Hong Kong’s underdog neighborhoods — To Kwa Wan.

Before the 1960s, To Kwa Wan was mainly a light-industries area overshadowed by the adjacent neighborhoods of Hung Hom and Kowloon City. Today, the community is mainly made up of elderly and new immigrants living in affordable but fast deteriorating property.

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November 19, 2011   2 Comments

Former site of South Central Farm will go to clothing manufacturers

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Protest at City Hall.

Actress Daryl Hannah – “The people from the South Central Farm community have already suffered the great loss of their farm, which was their source of food, their safe haven and their green space.”

Los Angeles Wave
Nov 15, 2011

Excerpts:

Horowitz forced the farmers off the land in 2006. The city provided an alternative community garden space at 111th Street and Avalon Boulevard on Department of Water and Power property.

The vote Tuesday allows Horowitz to sell the Lancer site to a collective of four clothing manufacturers, which Councilwoman Jan Perry said would create jobs — 300 construction jobs and 600 permanent jobs in the factories and office headquarters.

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Voice of America – Urban Farming Grows in Detroit

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See the Voice of America video here.

D-Town Farm in Detroit

By Selah Hennessy
Voice of America
November 17, 2011

Excerpt:

D-Town is a 1.6-hectare farm that grows 35 different kinds of fruit and vegetables. Volunteers plant the farm together and in return get a discount on produce. Hunt says the aim is to give Detroit’s residents access to fresh food.

“One of the things we can do by doing this, by having people who don’t farm, who don’t have gardens in the back yard, have them come out here and see how easy it is to plant whatever it is that’s planted,” she added. “It’s like simple. You can do it in the back yard. You can grow enough in the back yard to feed everybody.”

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Mayor Menino Announces Zoning Changes to Allow Urban Farming Pilot in Dorchester, Boston

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Pilot program opens door to urban agriculture in Boston, making two vacant city-owned parcels available for farming

Mayor’s Press Office
November 16, 2011

Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced the adoption of a progressive text and map amendment to the city’s zoning code, which passed unanimously at the Zoning Board Association meeting this morning. The amendment will allow the city to move forward with an Urban Agriculture Pilot project, making use of two vacant city owned parcels in Dorchester at 23-29 Tucker Street and 131 Glenway Street. The updated zoning code will allow the land be farmed to provide fresh and healthy food for sale to local residents and businesses.

“Boston is at the forefront of the urban agriculture movement and with this zoning amendment we are taking a proactive approach that will allow us to further explore the benefits of urban farming,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said. “This project is an opportunity to take underutilized city land and put it to productive use. Community gardening brings neighbors together and it creates a new way to get healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables into neighborhood stores and kitchens.”

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