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Plan puts garden on Capitol’s roof in Honolulu

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Gov. Neil Abercrombie has plans for a new rooftop garden on the fifth floor of the state Capitol.

The project would promote local food security, according to the bill before a legislative panel

By Andrew Gomes
Star advertiser
Feb 10, 2013

Fruits and vegetables could join bills and laws as products coming out of Hawaii’s state Capitol.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie wants to develop rooftop gardens on the fifth-floor roof deck ringing his office and the office of Lt. Gov. Shan Tsu­tsui.

The plan is put forth in House Bill 1365 at the Legislature, and if developed would join a small but growing number of buildings in Hono­lulu topped with tiny urban farms.

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Sowing Change: The Making of Havana’s Urban Agriculture

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“The author takes us inside Havana’s urban agriculture movement showing its linkages with the economic crisis and the societal changes that followed the fall of the Soviet Union.”

By Adriana Premat
Vanderbilt University Press
2012

Excerpt:

Following the dissolution of the Soviet bloc, Cuba found itself struggling to find its place in a new geopolitical context, while dealing with an unprecedented agricultural and food crisis that experts feel foreshadows the future of many countries across the globe. Sowing Change traces the evolution of the officially endorsed urban agriculture movement in the capital city of Havana, considering its political significance for the Cuban government and its import for transnational actors in the field of sustainable development. But the analysis does not stop at official understandings and representations of this movement.

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Guide To Urban Farming In New York State

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Do you wonder how to access land, how to reclaim a contaminated site, how to maximize use of a small growing space, or how to most successfully target your urban market?

By Hannah Koski
Dec 2012 for the Dept. of Horticulture at Cornell University
as a Master of Professional Studies paper

The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce the release of our new “Guide to URBAN Farming in NYS”. The Guide answers these and many other common questions about farming in urban environments, and can help you launch, continue, or expand your urban farm business.

The 105-page resource guide contains fact-sheets on a myriad of topics, including tips for advocating for urban agriculture, engaging communities, dealing with contaminated soils, intensive growing techniques, urban composting, site security, urban livestock, direct marking options, accepting food stamps, grant and financial opportunities, and many more! Also included is an appendix listing services and resources available from several urban farming organizations throughout New York State

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