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Feeding the City in Monrovia, Liberia

City farmers garden at Monrovia’s fallow sewage treatment plant

By Roland Brockmann
July 24, 2012

A group of about 80 city farmers garden at Monrovia’s fallow sewage treatment plant. Most of them are widows.

Of the 3.5 million residents of Liberia, roughly a third live in the capital, Monrovia. Many of them are internally displaced people who fled the rural area during Liberia’s long civil war. Most of them are former farmers with no other skills than farming.

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August 1, 2012   Comments Off

Growing the Hydro Fields – Feed Toronto

‘Feed Toronto’ hopes their 2012 National Urban Design Award shines a light on their refreshingly realistic proposal

By Michael Kolberg
Toronto Standard
July 18, 2012

Excerpt:

Feed Toronto envisions transforming the GTA’s Hydro corridors from swaths of open grassland into operating farmland that could grow food for the people of Toronto. The plan calls for the City to establish an arms length organization in the vein of Build Toronto and Invest Toronto called Feed Toronto as well as zoning provisions that make sure the scale of the farm would be appropriate to the surrounding areas so, for example, busy commercial farms wouldn’t back onto private homes.

But this ain’t no rinky-dink operation. The numbers offered by the Feed Toronto team are staggering:

8,145 acres of land – greater than the area bounded by the Don River, Humber River, Lake Ontario and Bloor Street
181,716 tons of food per year
$624,120,000 potential annual wholesale revenue

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