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An Urban Agriculture Action Plan for Toronto

Toronto Food Policy Council
August 2012
22 page report

Excerpt:

1. Create an Urban Agriculture program at the City of Toronto.
2. Update City policies to support and implement urban agriculture.
3. Provide incentives (financial and/or other) to groups and individuals starting or growing their urban agriculture initiative.
4. Develop a website that links to all resources, organizations and initiatives to encourage collaboration and realize the full benefits of urban agriculture.

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August 24, 2012   Comments Off

Success on the Ground: Case Studies of Urban Agriculture in a North American Context

This research has shown that successful UA is tightly linked to building community (quality of life or lifestyle), local-based economics (stretching the food dollar or job creation), and environmental stewardship (urban ecology or resource conservation).

By Noah Shumate
Master of Arts in Planning
A thesis – University of Waterloo
Jul 9, 2012

Abstract:

Urban agriculture (UA) is an increasingly popular land use concept emerging in industrialized nations of the world. Although the phenomenon of UA is a common and well-documented form of food production in developing nations of the global south as well as in North America historically, only a small but growing body of literature exists that discusses UA implementation practices in a North American context today. The purpose of this research was to determine what factors contribute to successful planning and implementation of UA in North American communities. The following questions were addressed: What factors contribute to successful planning and implementation of UA? What stakeholders were most and/or least enabling in achieving success?

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August 24, 2012   Comments Off

The Pothole Gardener – the urge to green the city


In de Haagse Uitvinderswijk is de eerste Nederlandse Pothole Garden geplant op 22 april 2012.

Holes of Happiness

By Steve Wheen

This blog outlines a bunch of my gardening efforts around east London.

I don’t and never have claimed to be the first Guerrilla Gardener, or even the first pothole gardener for that matter – there are loads of examples of similar projects on the Guerrilla Gardening website. Pothole gardening seems to date back to a school group in the USA four years ago and there have been various other similar projects.

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August 24, 2012   1 Comment

Community Garden Heavy Metal Study

Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), Canada

By Sadra-Heidary-Monfared
Environment Canada Science Horizon Youth Internship Program, Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC), and the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). Ecology Action Centre (EAC)
January 2011

Excerpt:

This study was conducted to assess the level of heavy-metal contamination in the soils of urban gardens in the HRM. Four elements were chosen, and their concentrations in existing and potential urban gardens were measured. Soil samples were taken from specified locations following standard protocols. The following issues were addressed:

Development of survey design, sampling and analytical protocols; Identification of potential and existing urban gardens in the HRM; Selection of heavy metals of concern;
Collection, preparation and analysis of soil samples;
Comparison of the results of this study to studies conducted in other Canadian cities, and to background levels for native soils in Nova Scotia; and Investigation of potential spatial pattern for contamination occurrence within the HRM.

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August 24, 2012   1 Comment