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Calgary, Alberta – Gardening on Vacant Land – Verdant History, Volatile Endeavor

Preliminary Calgary town planning scheme by Thomas Mawson 1912-1914. Canadian Architectural Archives. University of Calgary.

“A prudent lawyer would discourage her client from allowing gardening on her client’s vacant lot.”

By David Laidlaw
Admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1989 with over 20 years in private practice in Calgary.
ABlawg: The University of Calgary Faculty of Law Blog on Developments in Alberta Law
June 18, 2012
(This is Part 1 of 2 of a fascinating look at the law and vacant land use. Must read. Mike)


Conclusions (from Part 2)

Vacant lot gardening has a long history in Calgary. Some legal barriers to this practice, such as Occupiers’ liability can be overcome by adequate insurance. Others such as interpretations of the Land Use Bylaw are more uncertain.

One report (audio at 6:15) said there were approximately 167 vacant lots in Calgary similar to the Scarboro vacant lot. Whether for environmental reasons, food security or aesthetic reasons, The City of Calgary may want to look at policies to allow for gardening on vacant lots on a temporary basis.

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August 27, 2012   1 Comment

Rooftop Garden Grows Food to Feed Customers at Busy Cafe

Catch a Healthy Habit Cafe, in Fairfield, Connecticut

By John Collier
Aug 26, 2012

John goes on a field trip to show you a Rooftop Raised Bed Garden that is being used to feed people at Catch a Healthy Habit Cafe, in Fairfield, CT. In this video John will show the garden after its first growing season. In addition, you will see the plants that are best to grow and will yield the most produce for the cafe.

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Urban Cultivation – A Guidebook to: Educate. Empower. Engage.

By Ashley Courtney, Brendan McShane and Ella Wiles
As part of a Thesis titled
Cultivating the Social Field:
Strategically moving Urban Agricultural Projects towards Sustainability

Submitted for completion of Master of Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability. 26 pages
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden. 2012.

When Urban Agriculture is strategically practiced its benefits can reach far beyond growing a humble tomato. New Guidebook launched by Urban Cultivation shows us how urban agriculture can help us to engage, empower and educate.

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