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As the Urban Growth Boundary Approaches: A Wary Farmer in Vancouver, Washington Notices

Expanding the urban boundary that may one day subsume a working farm, is an important societal decision that demands local community involvement.

By Food Farmer Earth
Nov 1, 2012

Excerpt:

Bill Zimmerman, a small farmer in Vancouver, Washington talks about the approaching urban growth boundary (UGB) that may soon encompass his farm. Every 5 years the UGB in Washington State is up for review by the county (his is in Clark county), and the UGB line keeps expanding as development pressures, and highest use principles are applied to agricultural lands that lie close to urban areas. As Zimmerman explains, to end up inside the UGB line means tighter regulations, and greater vulnerability to neighbor complaints that can end up putting farms like his, out of business.

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13,000-square-foot green roof ‘urban farm’ proposed for Boston


“Blackstone Street . . . is the chief street of the market district and demonstrates the fact that food, like life, can be beautiful. Blushful tomatoes greet the eye; red, russet, and yellow apples; jolly peppers and sweet corn grinning toothfully. A sunset in vegetables! The red, red cheeks of the salesmen matching their choicest sirloins!” —George F. Weston, Boston Ways: High, By, and Folk, 1957

The Farm Comes To The City – Blackstone Market – Boston’s Market District

From Blackstone Market LLC
A Collaboration between Cresset Group and DeNormandie Companies

Excerpts from proposal:

Blackstone Market re-imagines the relationship of agriculture to the city. Boston youth will come to this publicly accessible civic resource and experience the pleasures of farming.

A key component of the building is the large-scale green roof over the market and its agricultural programming. This productive 13,000-square-foot green roof will become a model for urban agriculture in Boston, and enrich the Market District experience and downtown. The produce grown here will be used by nearby restaurants, including the restaurants within Blackstone Market, and sold in the ground-level market. Bostonians will eat Bostongrown produce!

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Vegetable Garden for the Johannesburg Society for the Blind


As part of the World Food Day, the Johannesburg Society for the Blind an organisation, that was established in 1926, harvested the third batch of spinach from their organic aquaponics garden.

Veggie Tunnels

By Tapiwa Nyakabau
Johannesburg Society For The Blind
Oct 29, 2012

On Friday the 19th of October 2012 at 10:00 hrs we had an event to celebrate the harvesting of vegetables from our Veggie Tunnels at Johannesburg Society For The Blind. The 2 Veggie Tunnels were set up on the 8th of August with financial support from, a well wisher and Friend of Johannesburg Society For The Blind, Mr Jerry Steeneveldt. The event was also meant to celebrate World Food Day which took place at the beginning of that week.

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