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Market garden at Van Tech will be a ‘living outdoor classroom’


Five Vancouver schools have spent the year participating in the ‘Farm to School’ program, where they prepare and eat lunches that are as fresh as possible. Elaine Yong reports for Global BC.

This will help connect Vancouver schools with urban farmers and bring fresh, locally grown produce into schools.

By Janet Steffenhagen,
Vancouver Sun
June 14, 2012

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The Vancouver board of education plans to create a school market garden to educate, nourish and inspire students in the city’s east side.

The garden will be developed at Vancouver Technical secondary on East Broadway in September under a new agreement between the board and Fresh Roots Urban Farms, a non-profit society that promotes urban agriculture to feed Vancouver residents. The deal was described as the first of its kind in Canada.

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Urban Farmer Will Allen with Stephen Colbert on ‘The Colbert Report’


MacArthur Genius Fellow Will Allen discusses urban farming and his book, “The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities with Stephen Colbert.” ( See link to video site here. You may have to try different methods of viewing dependent on where you live due to country copyright regulations.)

From The Chicagoist
June 12, 2012

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Colbert’s wacky neocon persona was the perfect foil for an urban farming activist, and he brought up all of the standard skeptical concerns that urban farmers face. Is this really substantial? Can you raise animals? Don’t the neighbors complain? “Why are you bringing farming back to cities? How can you do that? That’s … barely a place for humans, let alone, like, farm animals,” exclaimed Colbert. Skeptical about food deserts, Colbert pointed out, “You say food desert, but there is food in cities; food that’s very salty and crispy. The best possible kind of food for you, and it lasts forever! You can’t say that about kohlrabi.”

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The potential for small-scale urban farming in India


Kitchen gardeners in India. Photo via Preeti Patil.

India is among only 3 out of 81 developing countries that have not succeeded in improving hunger conditions in the past 15 years

By Henrik Valeur and Arshinder Kaur
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol – XLVII No. 24
June 16, 2012 |

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The case for urban farming in India

India is experiencing rapid urbanisation, fuelled by and powering economic growth. But this growth is not equally distributed, partly because the integration into the cities of people trying to escape rural poverty is being resisted by the people already living in the cities. Therefore, most rural migrants wind up in slum areas – or eventually in so-called rehabilitation colonies – literally or figuratively located on the outskirts of cities, where opportunities are severely limited. The upshot of this is that poverty, as such, is simply conveyed from one area (the rural) to another (the urban).

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