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‘Urban Farm – Option: Natural’ from France

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The Urban Farm operates as a closed loop garden which avoids waste and helps to protect the environment.

By Patrice Houssais
Option-naturel@sfr.fr
Tel: 00 33 (0) 2 43 53 26 75

‘Option: Natural’ is a French company which proposes to develop a mobile garden concept called ‘Urban Farm’. Trays made from polyethylene and carbon steel are capable of accommodating a maximum 3.5 m3 of cropland. They drain to ensure surface gardening which benefits our ‘Urban Farms’ because there is a water tank placed at the bottom of the trough (about 900L). It is separated from the upper part containing the cultivated earth and filtered by a partition.

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Mel King honoured with first Urban Farming Lifetime Achievement Award

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Mel King and Greg Watson(Commissioner Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. Photo by Maureen White.

First annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference at Roxbury Community College

Excerpt from Greg Watson’s Facebook page:

“The opportunity to present my dear friend and mentor Mel King with the first Urban Farming Lifetime Achievement Award this past Saturday at the Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference was one of the greatest honors of my life. Mel has been one of the best friends the state’s agricultural community — rural, urban, suburban — has ever had.”

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Little House in the Suburbs: Backyard farming and home skills for self-sufficient living

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Self-reliance without scaring the neighbors

By Deanna Caswell (Author), Daisy Siskin
February 2012

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Homegrown produce is high in nutrition and flavour

My five-year-old and her faithful two-year-op shadow (her sister) stood at the edge of the mesclun bed, eyeballing it hesitantly.

I confess, I can be a bit, shall we say … maniacal when it comes to children in the vegetalle garden. Give ‘em an inch and they take a mile. Or more accurately, they will plow in the dirt like giant groundhogs and decimate an entire crop. I’ve had to lay down ground rules, so the older ones know to ask first.

“Can we have some?’ she inquired politely.

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How To Find A Food Desert Near You

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Food deserts mapped from coast to coast, plus Alaska and Hawaii.

By Nancy Shute
NPR
March 13, 2013

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Want to know where you can’t buy fresh, healthful food? The USDA has the map for you.

The feds’ new Food Access Research Atlas lets you find out just where it’s difficult to buy broccoli or bananas in counties across the U.S. Forget walking to the store in St. Louis, Minn., where most people live more than a mile from a grocery store. Ditto for Hyde, N.C., and Pushmataha, Okla.

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