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Fifth Street Farm Unveils New Rooftop Farm Classroom in Manhattan


Photo by Lori Zimmer.

Designed by architect Michael Arad who is best known for being the designer of the World Trade Center Memorial.

By Lori Zimmer,
Inhabitat
10/16/12

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The Fifth Street Farm recently unveiled its 3rd rooftop farm classroom atop the Earth School on Avenue B, and we were on hand for the momentous event. Designed by architect and Earth School parent Michael Arad, the gorgeous rooftop farm will have students growing everything from kale to basil and teach them about sustainable agriculture. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, we took a tour of the new urban farm with the students. Flip through our photos for all of the delicious beets.

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Urban Agriculture Sprouts in Brazil’s Favelas


Luiz Alberto de Jesus with the newly sown planters on his balcony in the Babilônia favela. Photo by abíola Ortiz/IPS.

Organic agriculture is a growing trend in big cities around the world, including Latin America, and now the favelas of Brazil are no exception.

By Fabiola Ortiz
Additional reporting by Humberto Márquez and Estrella Gutiérrez (Caracas) and Patricia Grogg (Havana).
IPS News Service
RIO DE JANEIRO
Sep 25 2012

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This means that urban agriculture is both a “strategy of emancipation” and a significant means of improving the quality of life in cities, said Hélio Tomaz Rocha, the coordinator of urban and peri-urban agriculture at the Brazilian National Secretariat for Food and Nutrition Security.

Rocha advocates the planting of urban gardens in vacant lots in metropolitan areas, which are otherwise used as dumping grounds, for the establishment of slum housing, or for real estate speculation.

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State of Urban Agriculture in Montréal consultation report released


Colloque OCPM Agriculture urbaine.

Office de consultation publique de Montréal believes urban agriculture in Montréal involves numerous activities requiring better coordination

By Luc Doray
Canada Newswire
Source: Office De Consultation Publique De Montreal
Montreal, Oct. 17, 2012
Document in French

The Office de consultation publique de Montréal released today the report on the vast consultation held last spring on the state of urban agriculture in Montréal. [Rapport de la consultation publique sur l’agriculture urbaine.] It is important to note that this is the first time that the right of initiative provided under the Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities has been used by citizens. The initiators collected 29,000 signatures requesting the public consultation, which attracted a great deal of attention. Some 1500 people participated in one way or another, via the Office Web site, the one-day exhibition in May, the seminar, or the tour of the boroughs, and the commission received more than 100 briefs and opinions.

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