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Hispanic State Legislators Advocate to Promote Urban Agriculture and Greenspacing


Representative Michel Consejo (VT).

“I feel it is important to promote proper nutrition through urban farming and greenspacing initiatives. Such practices help us to both beautify our communities and learn more about our food.”

By Nelly Robles
National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators
October 15, 2012

Washington, D.C. – The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators passed a resolution by State Representative Michel Consejo (VT) which encourages NHCSL to support the best practices for urban farming, community supported agriculture, green roofs and other urban agriculture and greenspacing activities. In addition, the NHCSL will work with other organizations to disseminate these practices and urge the adoption of laws at the state level.

There has been a renewed interest in nutrition and the sources of our food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new dietary guidelines urge Americans to consume more vegetables, fruits, high-fiber whole grains, low-fat milk, seafood, and nutritious meats, and avoid foods with added sugars, solid fats, refined grains, and sodium. With the advancement of greespacing and urban farming, adults and children will become more educated about the sources of their food and proper nutrition.

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Urban agriculture in Havana’s home gardens and small-scale plots

Student does research on the ground in Cuba for her master’s thesis on urban and peri-urban agriculture

By Marion Girard Cisneros
One World
16-10-2012

Excerpt:

My research findings are initially disappointing. Small-scale urban farmers are partially able to decrease the share of the income they spend on food. The sustainability of self-sufficiency depends on farmers’ ability and capacity to cope with structural constraints posed by urban pollution and insufficient access to water and land. In other words, almost in every case, household food production does not confer high levels of food security.

But the crux of the matter is that UPA has a significant potential in securing other households needs, which can be traced to the attitudes of the farmers. On the one hand, high levels of human capital resources available to farmers (agricultural skills, knowledge of the local environment and resourcefulness) results in to higher output levels (be it in fungible or real income) and lesser dependence on external inputs.

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Edible City: Grow the Revolution – See the 110 minute movie on-line


Full length feature.

Dig in and Grow the Revolution

By Andrew Hasse and Carl Grether
Director and Producers of Edible City
Published on Oct 17, 2012

Edible City is a fun, fast-paced journey through the Local Good Food movement that’s taking root in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the nation and around the world.

Introducing a diverse cast of extraordinary and eccentric characters who are challenging the paradigm of our broken food system, Edible City digs into their unique perspectives and transformative work, finding hopeful solutions to monumental problems.

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Students Get a Taste Of Farming at School in Ohio Valley


First-graders from Woodsdale Elementary work on the new flower, herb and vegetable garden tucked away at the corner of the school’s blacktop. The students grow and harvest the food grown in the garden to be later incorporated in their lunchtime meals. Photo by Sarah Harmon.

Woodsdale Elementary kids have green thumbs

By Sarah Harmon
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
September 8, 2012

Excerpt:

WHEELING – The students at Woodsdale Elementary School were able to see the fruits of their labor, as a new garden they planted in the spring has grown and blossomed just in time for their return to school.

Friday morning, first-graders gazed in amazement at the 10-foot tall sunflowers and got their hands dirty picking green and red tomatoes and crisp cabbage leaves from the flourishing raised beds tucked away at the corner of the school’s black top. Green peppers, hot peppers, cilantro, basil, rosemary and green beans are all grown and harvested by the students.

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93 Year Old in the Business of Canning in South Dakota


Henrietta (Henri) Truh sells her canned vegetables at two farmers markets a week during July-September. Photo by Donna Palmlund.

At the age of 83, Henri Truh had a commercial kitchen installed in her home so she could can large quantities of vegetables and fruits for her Tru-d-lites business.

By Donna Palmlund
Farmers’ Markets Today

Excerpt:

The De Smet Farmers Market can be found just off the intersection of US Highway 14 and South Dakota Highway 25 on Thursday afternoons from early July through the end of September. That’s where ninety-one-year-old Henrietta (Henri) Truh can be found with her tables of canned foods at the back of her Ford Explorer.

On Wednesdays, she loads up the tables and jars of canned produce and heads the Explorer toward Salem Farmers Market, about 46 miles away from her home in. Both of the small markets are about 30 miles in the opposite directions of her home in Carthage.

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