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Photo Essay: Urban Agriculture in Cuba

Photo by Noah Friedman-Rudovsky. A homage to the history of Cuban urban agriculture in the home of Oscar Aleman Perez in Havana. In the 1970s and ’80s, Raul Castro, as Defense Minister, encouraged the development of urban agriculture and oversaw experimental organic farming in military facilities. In those days, the organoponicos, as they came to be known, were introduced in preparation for a possible worldwide embargo of Cuba; today they are a training ground and growth area for Raul Castro’s economic reforms that allow for more small business.

Photos by Noah Friedman-Rudovsky

By Noah Friedman-Rudovsky
North American Congress on Latin America
Oct 18 2012

Noah Friedman-Rudovsky is a freelance photojournalist and videographer. He received a Fulbright fellowship for photography of Bolivia’s social movements in 2004. He later spent two years as official photographer of President Evo Morales. Noah is a contributor to The New York Times, and his coverage of Latin America has also appeared in The New Yorker, Der Spiegel, Paris Match, Time Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, among others. He works frequently for NGOs such as Oxfam, UNICEF, Planned Parenthood, and The Carter Center in the region.

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Cities are starting to take advantage of the fact that unlike money, food does grow on trees

All of the fruit trees on the public boulevards of Vancouver are now mapped. Link here. Vancouver plans to capitalize on nature with a new plan for 150,000 food-bearing trees.

All-You-Can-Eat Food Forests: Coming to a City Near You

By Megan Bedard
Take Part
Oct. 8, 2012


Consider it a modern take on the legendary tale of Johnny Appleseed. Vancouver, B.C., has announced plans to plant 150,000 fruit and nut trees on city streets, in parks, and on city-owned lands in the next eight years, reports the Vancouver Sun.

At the moment, the city has about 600 fruit and nut trees on city streets, and another 425 can be found in the city’s parks, community gardens, and pocket orchards.

“Street trees play an important role in helping Vancouver adapt to climate change, manage stormwater run-off, support biodiversity, and even provide food,” Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a statement to the city’s council last week.

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‘Kitchen Garden’ by Artist Jim Mitchell – Puzzle by Gibsons

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By artist Jim Mitchell.

It’s a lovely bright sunny afternoon, ideal for giving dad a hand in the kitchen garden, harvesting some vegetables ready for tonight’s supper. Meanwhile, with a lot of healthy appetites to feed, mum and her little helper are busy baking some delicious cakes for tea. Stunning images of both the inside and outside of the cottage.

More about Jim from Advocate-art blog


Freelance illustrator Jim Mitchell has been with Advocate Art for a number of years. His beautiful and vibrant scenery paintings have been used for a number of products and some of his doodles were even featured in the hit film Salmon Fishing on the Yemen! (See our blog for more on that story…)

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