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Nationwide Survey of United States Urban and Peri-Urban Farms


A national outreach and technical assistance program will be developed based on the results of this research.

Carolyn Dimitri, Associate Professor, New York University
Lydia Oberholtzer, Senior Researcher, The Pennsylvania State University
Andy Pressman, Agriculture Specialist, National Center for Appropriate Technology

We are currently looking for farmers in or around urban areas [in the US] to take part in a national study (through a survey) being led by New York University, The Pennsylvania State University, and the National Center for Appropriate Technology.

The study seeks to examine the state of urban and peri-urban farming in the United States, including the: (1) technical assistance and information needs on the part of urban farms that can be met through outreach programs; (2) production, management, and marketing risks for urban farms and the development of programs to address those risks; and (3) increased awareness on the part of policymakers and communities of the benefits of urban farming. A national outreach and technical assistance program will be developed based on the results of this research.

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Ed Rosenthal’s 10 tips on “How to Grow Killer Weed”

Weed patrol in Australia. Police officers unpot evidence outside the a house that had been converted for growing hydroponic cannabis.

Want a couch potato high? Go for Easy Rider. Something more cerebral? Go for Green House Thai. Prefer a party buzz? Try Euforia.

Posted by Mark Frauenfelder who is the founder of Boing Boing
Via BoingBoing.Net
Excerpted from The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well, by Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield.

Excerpts from BoingBoing’s excerpts:

It was the Sixties, and Ed Rosenthal, who listed his future career as “plant geneticist” in his high school yearbook, had discovered pot. After college, living in an oversize apartment in the Bronx, Rosenthal decided to grow his own. The rest is marijuana history as Rosenthal went on to become “The Guru of Ganja” and a godsend to both the home growing hobbyist and the commercial grower. He has authored a dozen books on marijuana cultivation and his popular grower’s advice column Ask Ed ran in High Times for two decades and is syndicated internationally.

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E-I-E-I-Ordinance: City of Eugene expanding urban farming options

The ordinance increases the numbers and kinds of animals that are OK to keep in Eugene.

By KVAL News
Feb 13, 2013

EUGENE, Ore. – Old MacDonald can have a farm in E-U-G-E-N-E.

And on that farm he can have 6 chickens and 6 rabbits.

Or 3 bee hives and 3 mini-goats.

But he can’t have a chicken, a mini-pig and a bee hive.

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