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Vancouver school garden will help refugee teens feel at home

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Tina Ksor, left, Jenny Ro’mah and Susan Siu are excited to start their community garden at Moberly elementary school. Photo by Richard Lam.

Back in Vietnam, these young refugees would be living off the land like their forebears

By Darah Hansen
Vancouver Sun
March 23, 2013

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“Here it is school, home, sleep, eat. In Vietnam it is farming all day long, every day.”

The garden has the potential to balance both worlds.

Set to break ground April 2 at Moberly, with funding from the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Foundation, it promises to yield fruits and vegetables enough to help feed several families.

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Lawn irrigation system in Phoenix used to grow vegetables

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Hadley Farmship from Joseph Redwood-Martinez on Vimeo.

Excerpt from “Promises of Urban Agriculture” documentary – Hadley Farmship

In an excerpt from the upcoming feature-length documentary, “Promises of Urban Agriculture,” Charles Calbom speaks about how the extensive lawn irrigation system in Phoenix could be used to grow vegetables instead of grass lawns and ultimately offer “a way for regular people to be able to feed themselves regularly.”

See Facebook page about the film.

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Long Beach council gets proposed rules on chickens, goats and bees from committee

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Urban gardener Theresa Johnson tends to her plants at Hudson Park in Long Beach, Calif. Johnson has been gardening at the site since 1975. Photo by Jeff Gritchen.

“There are just so many more issues with dogs and cats than there are goats. We want parity, not prejudice.”

By Eric Bradley
Press-Telegram
March 20, 2013

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Updated rules on keeping chickens, goats and bees will go to the City Council following 16 months of discussions on expanding urban agriculture.

The changes, approved by the council’s Environmental Committee this week, lower space restrictions on keeping the permitted animals and in some cases ups the number that may be kept.

Currently, ordinances stipulate that the one goat allowed by law have a 100 foot separation area from people’s living quarters.

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