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‘Grotels’ – replacing long-neglected motels with urban farms in West Sacramento

Mayor says: “In one swoop, you’d be solving a real problem in terms of the degradation of one of our commercial corridors by an obsolete land use (the motels), and creating the supports for workforce development and job creation in the ag sector.”

By Story by Allen Young
Comstock Magazine
Feb. 2013


The ‘growtel’, an informal city proposal that so far lacks a dedicated funding source, would alleviate a number of West Sacramento’s challenges, including urban blight, undernourishment and unemployment. About a fifth of the city’s 50,000 residents live below the poverty line, and 17.5 percent of Yolo County residents are food insecure. There is also a growing acknowledgement that conventional farming methods are unsustainable. California’s $38 billion agriculture sector is experiencing attrition despite a need for increased output.

“The hard part is not convincing people to try to grow food. The hard part is showing you can actually make a living doing it,” says Dan Gannon, a 32-year-old, third-year farmer who operates a half-acre farm on the outskirts of West Sacramento.

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Fascinating history of Vancouver’s Chinese ‘City’ Farmers

Covered Roots: The History of Vancouver’s Chinese Farms

Video visits Chinese Canadian farmers

Produced by: Chinese Canadian Stories (
Created by: Alejandro Yoshizawa and Wendy Phung.

Less that 100 years ago, ‘eating local’ was not a luxury but a reality. So who fed Vancouver? Discover the little-know history of Chinese farms in the Vancouver area, as told by the farming families themselves. Includes rare photos and old family videos.

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