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Urban farmers in Vancouver earn less than $9 an hour


Marc Schutzbank makes produce deliveries for the Orchard Garden at the University of British Columbia.

The biggest barrier to farming in the city is the cost of land, which may preclude urban farming ever becoming competitive as a career choice.

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
January 5, 2012

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Urban farmers in Vancouver are at that awkward in-between stage: They are gaining traction with growing public interest in fresh local food and farmers markets, but not quite making a living at it.

A report based on figures from 2010 found that eight urban farms with a total of 2.3 acres under crops earned $128,580, or $13,745 per growing season for each farmer. That’s an hourly rate of $8.64, based on a work day that varies seasonally.

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Helen Eva Babbs explores the UK’s burgeoning urban food growing scene

Urban Agriculture – Part One – Down South

By Helen Eva Babbs
Helen Babbs blog
Jan 3, 2012
Over the next year, I’ll be exploring the UK’s burgeoning urban food growing scene for Kitchen Garden magazine. Every month I’ll report from a different town or city, as I seek out urban agriculturists and profile projects ranging from the small-scale and personal to the unusual, ambitious and commercial.

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“The architecture, the people, the seafront, the history – all make Plymouth fascinating” enthuses Darran Mclane, who’s fallen hard and fast for the city since moving here last spring. Plymouth is also the only city with a Food Charter, set-up and run by the Soil Association, which makes it as good a place as any to begin a quest to document, in part, the food growing projects that are changing the urban landscape across the UK.

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Next stop, the Olympics: Urban farmers are digging for eco-victory


Bee hives are run by schools and groups across London, such as Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School. Photo by Micha Theiner.

Already, eco-designers have been invited to look round the Olympic site in east London to see if there is potential for a farm after the Games.

The Independent
Jan 8, 2012

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Think of farming, and the rolling fields of the countryside spring to mind. But across Britain’s towns and cities, veggie growers, cheese-makers and honey producers are becoming established. Not since the Second World War, when people were urged to Dig for Victory, has urban farming been so popular.

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