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Portrait of Dan Jason, a pioneer in seed farming in British Columbia

‘The Gift’ by Jean-Marc Abela

The Gift is a portrait of Dan Jason, a pioneer in seed farming who has gone against the grain of industrial agriculture. He shares with us an alternate vision of the bounty nature provides.

Salt Spring Seeds

This is our 25th year of promoting a safe and sustainable, local agriculture. It is very gratifying to now see so many individuals and communities across Canada embracing this concept! We hope that some of the vegetables, beans, grains and herbs in this catalogue will help you to become more self-reliant in food and medicine.

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December 2, 2012   1 Comment

Urban Farming Takes Hold in Pittsburgh at Healcrest Urban Farm

Established in 2005, Healcrest started as 15 abandoned and delinquent city lots.

By OurRegionsBusiness
Nov. 2012

“Successful farming can no doubt be difficult in any location, but how about in the heart of the city of Pittsburgh? With a background in community development, Maria Graziana set out to answer this question after acquiring nearly two acres of land in the city’s Garfield neighborhood. Graziana discusses the idea behind farm, which sits on the site of several abandoned home lots.” Video caption.

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Sierra Club: Two models for rooftop agriculture vie to feed the Big Apple


Ben Flanner of Brooklyn Grange. Photo by JJ Sulin.

“Which model will prevail, Gotham or Grange? I can’t help thinking that Gotham has the upper hand.”

By David Ferris
Sierra Club Magazine
Nov/Dec. 2012

Excerpt:

The next step in the evolution of urban agriculture may be vertical farms, multistory greenhouses illuminated by a combination of sunshine and artificial light. If built on a sufficient scale, they could make a sizable contribution to the world’s food supply. Stackable farms are already up and running in Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Chicago.

One threat to the uniformity of hydroponics is that disease in one plant can quickly infect an entire crop. To avoid spreading pathogens, says Dickson Despommier, a vertical farming specialist and a professor at Columbia University, workers might be required to shower and don sterile uniforms before reporting to the grow room.

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