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Quebec couple hold “Bed In” to try to save their frontyard urban farm


Photo by Samuel Gaudreau du Studio Photo Samgothero.

Case before City Council in Drummondville, Quebec

From the couple’s website (translated from French):

A return to the city council on August 13.

But above all, we wish we urban gardeners to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support you have given us throughout this process with the city of Drummondville. Moreover we have announced this evening that we had the official support of more than 35,000 people have signed the petition.

As the main point we wanted to change the regulations to allow the front gardens everywhere in Drummondville.

At this meeting, the Mayor, we announced that the Board had agreed to review the regulations to allow the gardens in front of the house, but as long as everything is framed.

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August 26, 2012   2 Comments

A new crop of farmers in Texas sows ideas as well as seeds


In the Fairmont Hotel’s rooftop garden over-looking downtown Dallas, Executive Chef André Natera (left), Charity Lortie, and Laura Roush grow many of the vegetables and herbs used in the hotel’s Pyramid Restaurant & Bar. Photo by Kevin Stillman.

“Working in the garden has made me a better chef,” Natera says. “After spending months tending to the garden, I make sure produce never gets wasted.”

By Jennifer Nalewicki
Texas Highways
Aug 2012

Excerpt:

Across town, amid the skyscrapers of downtown Dallas, Chef André Natera tends to the rooftop garden atop The Fairmont Dallas hotel. Natera is the executive chef of the hotel’s Pyramid Restaurant & Bar, and he incorporates much of the yield from the 3,000-square-foot herb-and-vegetable garden into his culinary creations, like the Niman Ranch Beef Tenderloin, a blue-cheese-and-mushroom-encrusted filet of beef paired with cippolini onions. Every afternoon before dinner service, he and his sous chefs ride the elevator to the rooftop to pluck chives, parsley, golden sage, lemon balm, and creeping thyme to enhance their creations.

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Urban farming becoming a viable business proposition in B.C.

Growing local food even right in the middle of cities is now becoming a viable business.

By Peter Ladner
Business in Vancouver
August 28–September 3, 2012, Issue 1192

Excerpt:

Consumers clamouring for more local sustainable food are now being joined by entrepreneurs and investors who can see where all this is going. Last week’s column mentioned SOLEfood’s two-acre downtown Vancouver farm, one of five sites bankrolled by mining/film magnate and philanthropist Frank Guistra. While it is dependent on subsidies (as is much agri-business), some of its smaller sisters are not. There are now a couple of dozen urban farming businesses eking out a living in the Lower Mainland by harvesting on “free” unused city lots and backyards.

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