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Mexico: Urban farming takes hold


Margarita García, SEDEREC’s sub-director of special projects and business liaison: “We all have the right to a fresh, organic food source. Of course it’s primarily about growing produce, but urban agriculture also helps create green spaces within the community.” Photo by Peter Noyce.

Organizations promote healthier eating habits by training and supporting urban farmers in Mexico City.

By Peter Noyce
Infosurhoy.com
03/09/2012

Excerpt:

While at first glance Mexico City might not seem like a space conducive to the cultivation of food and plants, it is, in fact, surprisingly accommodating.

“It is an incredible place for urban agriculture,” Lukac said. “It has a luxurious climate, and there are many large, flat roofs that serve as perfect spaces to plant.”

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September 4, 2012   Comments Off on Mexico: Urban farming takes hold

Get Growing in the Black Country, UK (area of the English West Midlands, UK)


Salop Drive Market Garden commenced in 2001.

How urban agriculture can transform community well-being

By Laura Davis
From Food Security: The value of vegetables workshop
One-day meeting at Warwick Crop Centre, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick
July 11, 2012

Excerpts:

By 2003, the mixed use site at Salop Drive was in full production: cultivating food and growing skills, from productive and therapeutic horticulture, cooking, to participating in the social economy.

Creating ‘green jobs’: employing 3 postgraduates, 2 graduates, 2 assistants/trainees, 7 specialist sessional and outreach workers, volunteers: reaching 3000 people p.a., 1500 children.

Supplying up to 80 local households and businesses with fresh, healthy vegetables and fruit in our ‘Bag Your Share’ scheme, and other ‘kitchen and garden’ products: jams, pickles, etc.

“The best urban agriculture project in Europe” – Tim Lang, Prof of Food Policy at City University London.

Read the complete paper here.

See the other papers at the workshop here.

September 4, 2012   Comments Off on Get Growing in the Black Country, UK (area of the English West Midlands, UK)