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A Pickup Truck Grows an Educational Mini-Farm in Chicago

Truck Farm Chicago is a biodiesel pickup truck with a mini-farm planted in its bed.

By Julie Ma
Good News
May 22, 2012

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While Truck Farm Chicago is one of about 20 truck farms sprawled across the nation, it’s set apart by its focus on educating Chicago youth and families about healthy eating. Visits to the truck typically last an hour and consist of a short tour of the farm, plant identification, taste tests, and sensory exploration. Off-truck activities include planting a seed in a newspaper pot to nourish at home and painting their favorite lessons straight onto Petunia.

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Whole Foods Market Teams Up with Camden Children’s Garden to Sprout Roots in the Community

A multi-year partnership

CAMDEN, New Jersey (May 21, 2012) – The non-profit Camden Children’s Garden was selected by Whole Foods Market Regional Leadership for a Team Build to Launch Multi-Year Partnership. The nonprofit organization that operates the Camden Children’s Garden is dedicated to supporting a sustainable environment through education designed for children and families, especially in Camden, NJ.

To expand the one-acre urban agricultural site in Camden’s Lanning Square neighborhood, volunteers along with Camden Children’s Garden staff, community gardeners, AmeriCorps NCCC Moose Team #6 and Whole Foods Market team members will collectively transform a “budding” urban neighborhood’s lots into green and food-producing community gardens.

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Is urban agriculture able to surpass the hype stage in the Netherlands?

We have much to look forward to this year with a new generation of urban agriculture businesses in the Netherlands taking off.

By Femke Hoekstra
Pure Food Links
March 9, 2012

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In one of the breakout sessions entrepreneurs from Rotterdam and Amsterdam talked about their urban agriculture businesses which are going to take off this spring. One of the businesses, Uit je eigen stad from Rotterdam, has different components including vegetables, small fruit, chickens, aquaponics and also a restaurant, a shop and much more. They focus on bringing people together and showing them where good food comes from, inspired by initiatives such as SPIN farming, Sweet Water Organics and Growing Power.

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Tour D’Coop, Raleigh, North Carolina’s Annual Tour of Urban Chickens and their Coops


26 coops to visit.

The tour benefits Urban Ministries of Wake County

Started in 2005 as a way for a few neighbors to show off their hens and coops, the Henside the Beltline Tour D’Coop has grown to a one-day garden tour that encompasses 20 coops and thousands of visitors. The event raises non-perishable food and money for Urban Ministries, a Raleigh-based non-profit that provides essential services to close to 20,000 Triangle residents each year. Coop owners and the tour organizers volunteer their time to promote back yard poultry and urban farming.

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In 1999, 35 million small family plots produced 90% of Russia’s potatoes, 77% of vegetables, 87% of fruits, 59% of meat, 49% of milk


A typical Russian garden.

In 2004, Russian gardeners’ output amounted to 51% (by value) of the total agricultural output of the Russian Federation.

By Thebovine
August 9, 2009

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In 2003 the Russian President signed into law a further “Private Garden Plot Act” enabling Russian citizens to receive free of charge from the state, plots of land in private inheritable ownership. Sizes of the plots differ by region but are between one and three hectares each [1 hectare = 2.2 acres]. Produce grown on these plots is not subject to taxation. A further subsequent law to facilitate the acquisition of land for gardening was passed in June 2006. (according to a footnote in “Who We Are” by Vladimir Megre, pg. 42)

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May 22, 2012   1 Comment