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Urban farms sprout under community care in Providence, Rhode Island

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In addition to potentially fostering a spirit of community, urban farming efforts can bolster the local economy by stimulating use of the Harvest Kitchen, a food-processing center in Providence. Photos by Nayhaniel Wood.

Providence’s Lots of Hope partnership seeks to expand thriving urban agriculture practices

By Katherine Cusumano
The Brown Daily Herald
February 5, 2013

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The plot of land at the corner of Slocum and Almy Streets in Providence’s West Side has seen better days — the old building’s brown paint is peeling, slats are stripping from its walls and a fading sign reads “Providence Head Start,” a faint trace of the school it once housed.

But the parking lot out front is home to rows upon rows of dirt mounds out of which small shrubs and plants, the remnants of last year’s planting season, are visible. A small stone Buddha rests under a gnarly tree. In the back, massive piles of compost wait for the next season of planting.

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Oregon’s First Urban Agriculture Certificate Program

Gardening class at Egham Hythe School in 19081908 Gardening class at Egham Hythe School. Click image for larger file size.

At Clackamas Community College

OREGON CITY — A new certificate program at Clackamas Community College provides a pathway to a career operating a small farm or community food system. The State Board of Education approved the Urban Agriculture certificate in April 2012.

The Urban Agriculture program supports a growing demand in the community for fresh, organically grown locally producedfruits and vegetables. Restaurants, schools, farmers markets and neighborhood cooperatives increasingly offer local produce to customers. At the same time, farmers in Oregon are aging – only 4 percent are younger than 35. Farmers are needed to meet the growing demand.

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Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island supports urban farming initiative

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Mayor Angel Taveras of Providence, Rhode Island.

Providence aims to turn abandoned urban plots into community gardens in midst of economic stagnation

“A lot of people are doing this for subsistence,” King said. “We shouldn’t always romanticize urban farming.”

By Chad Simon
Brown Daily Herald
February 5, 2013

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Mayor Angel Taveras announced a partnership with Southside Community Land Trust and the Rhode Island Foundation Jan. 14 in a project aimed at renovating the vacant lots that sprinkle the city’s undeveloped land parcels and turning them into small farming plots.

The Florida-based Local Sustainability Matching Fund and the Rhode Island Foundation together provided the project, Lots of Hope, with $100,000 to put toward developing urban farms throughout Providence and its surrounding urban areas.

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