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A look at urban farmers in Australia

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Urban agriculture of the community kind is on the rise, but UNSW research suggests the health benefits go way beyond what ends up on the dinner table.

Rise of the urban jungle

By Steve Offner
University of New South Wales
June 19, 2012

For the people who use it, it’s simply “the garden in the park”.

Tucked against a picket fence, the series of raised garden beds are filled to overflowing with rich soil, seasonal vegetables, herbs and the odd flower “to attract pollinators”.

“What makes the garden unique is that we are in a public park, so there’s no gate. It’s open to people walking by and it’s open to whoever wants to access it,” says Sarah van Erp, spokeswoman for the group that tends the garden in Waverley in Sydney’s east.

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Seoul, Korea has invested nearly 5.7 million dollars, to turn 1% of the city area into urban farms

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Urban farming, Korea’s new eco-friendly trend

KBS World
2012-07-03
KBS World Radio’s news and feature programs help you explore the multiple facets of Korean culture, politics and society.

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The city of Seoul has proclaimed this year as the beginning of urban farming and invested 6.5 billion won, nearly 5.7 million dollars, to turn 1% of the city area into urban farms. The city government plans to convert unused patches of land found throughout the city into green farming zones. An urban farming park located in Nodeul Island in central Seoul is a part of the municipal government’s new green policy. About 70 different rice varieties were planted in the park’s 10-million square meters of land, named the “toad field,” because of the toads living near the rice fields.

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