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Meet Arzeena Hamir from the Richmond Sharing Farm, British Columbia

Fourth short film in our “Meet your Urban Farmer” series.

By Shaun Mavronicolas
Digital Stoyteller
Fire and Light Media Group
August 9, 2012

Arzeena earned her Bachelor’s degree in Crop Science from the University of Guelph and her Master’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture from the University of London, England. Arzeena worked abroad for many years as a CUSO volunteer in Thailand and as a researcher in Jamaica, India, and Bangladesh. She was the staff agrologist for West Coast Seeds in the late ’90s and ran her own seed company, Terra Viva Organics.

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August 10, 2012   1 Comment

Quebec group urges urban people to grow food despite setbacks in Drummondville and Quebec City

Following the case of prohibition of urban gardens in Drummondville and Quebec City (ADM), the urbainculteurs deplores the attitude of the municipalities concerned and continues to encourage city dwellers to cultivate cities.

GROWING THE CITY!
Press Release
The urbainculteurs
Quebec, August 9, 2012.

Translated from French by Google:

While urban agriculture is booming and increasingly recognized for its benefits throughout the world (from Paris to Vancouver via Montreal and Seattle), it is regrettable that the municipal authorities not only do not consider this interest but impede action without cause. “It’s going against their own speeches and policies on sustainable development, the fight against urban heat islands, the well being of their citizens, local agriculture, etc.” says Francis Denault, founder of urbainculteurs.

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Springfield Missouri’s Urban Agriculture Coalition’s DIRT Project Educates Kids and their Parents about Gardens, Healthy Lifestyles


Young Farmers.

“We’ve decided as a group that this is an excellent opportunity to teach the kids about the drought and about how it affects our lives and how it affects our food.”

By Samuel Crowe
KSMU Ozarks Public Radio
Aug. 9, 2012

Excerpt:

This summer has been hot and dry. And amidst the ongoing drought, local farmers have suffered the most – crops have dried up, and water storage levels are lowering. But thanks to the Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition, or SUAC, urban agriculture is thriving – especially in local school gardens. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe reports on the burgeoning movement to educate our future farmers through SUAC’s DIRT Project.

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Australia’s ABC Rural reports on Queensland’s urban food gardens


A huge range of greens and other vegetables is grown on a suburban block. (Gold Coast Permaculture)

Interview with participants

By Bel Tromp
ABC Rural
10 August 2012

Charles Hamilton, co-manager of the Gold Coast Permaculture Urban Farm and Community Garden; Dan Smith, one of the workers at the Gold Coast Permaculture Project; Kristine Marshall, Coordinator Design Services, Economic Development and Major Projects, Gold Coast City Council.

The Gold Coast Permaculture Project sits on a large suburban block, alongside the car dealerships and fast food outlets in the commercial heart of Southport.

It’s turning large volumes of waste matter from local businesses into high-grade organic compost, and growing vegetables to sell to locals.

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