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Greater Sudbury planners are floating the idea of increasing urban food production in the city

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The Big Nickel and Dynamic Earth, at the western entrance to Sudbury, in Northern Ontario, is a major tourist attraction. Photo by by Sharon Drummond.

Ideas for Sudbury backyards include community gardens, greenhouses, chicken coops.

CBC
March 5, 2013

Excerpt:

City planners are suggesting that Greater Sudbury should grow more of its food in urban areas — including allowing backyard chicken coops.

It is just an idea at this point — and something many other cities are considering — but city Coun. André Rivest said right now his vote would be a no.

“You got houses that are worth a lot of dollars and you want to keep that,” he said.

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Portland State University survey of Urban Agriculture

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Survey of organizations and businesses across the US and Canada

Nathan McClintock, PhD
Assistant Professor, Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning
Portland State University

Urban agriculture is growing rapidly throughout North America, and we are interested to learn about the experiences of the organizations involved, as well as any obstacles they face. Municipalities have begun to craft new policies and regulations related to urban agriculture, and we hope that the information obtained from this study will help guide city planners and policymakers as they develop policies and programs that effectively meet the needs of practitioners.

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Bitponics: Where Urban Agriculture Meets The Internet Of Things

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Brooklyn start-up Bitponics makes urban farming a bit more convenient with its smart device and website that helps you manage your greens from a remote location.

By Bob Wiebes
Popupcity
March 6, 2013

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In the past we have featured similar initiatives such as Farmhopping, which connects real-world farmers to virtual ones where the real-world farmers would help their virtual counterparts to take decisions on their farm and together manage it as best as possible, combining both their knowledge and exploiting it to the fullest. Bitponics makes all this remote farming a bit more real though, as there are no virtual crops or plants involved with their ‘real-life Farmhopping’.

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Urban agriculture and food: between public policies and local initiatives

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Call for papers for an issue of Géocarrefour, 2013

Agriculture urbaine et alimentation : entre politiques publiques et initiatives locales
Appel à contribution pour un numéro de Géocarrefour, 2013
See the link to the French website.

Sylvie Lardon, directrice de recherche à l’Inra, professeure à AgroParisTech, UMR Métafort
Salma Loudiyi, Maitre de Conférences à VetAgro Sup, UMR Métafort

Between public policies and local initiatives, how to integrate city-agriculture links

There has been a constant insistence on the demographic challenge of the mid-21st century where urban growth forecasts for 2050 sound the alarm on questions of food security for cities, even for food autonomy, and on the sustainability of territorial systems which are more and more vulnerable. The stakes associated with these dynamics question our ability to think change, to invent new methods of action that are founded both on voluntarist public policies and on local initiatives that aim for a better integration of the urban-rural links, and more precisely, city-agriculture links.

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