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How Mayan civilization can inspire contemporary urban food security

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Urban gardens, agriculture, and water management: Sources of resilience for long-term food security in cities

Stockholm Resilience Centre
Barthel, S. and Isendahl, C. (2012). Urban Gardens, Agricultures and Waters: Sources of Resilience for Long-Term Food Security in Cities. Ecological Economics-in press. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2012.06.018

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Barthel and Isendahl show how urban gardens, agriculture and water management contributed to long-term food security, and in particular the importance of social memory to uphold such practices.

The idea of drawing on experiences from a civilization with its heyday more than a millennium ago may appear far-fetched, but in a time when skills related to local food and water management are rapidly vanishing, there are things to be learned from the Maya.

Barthel and Isendahl warn that we are experiencing a “global generational amnesia” about how to grow food more locally. Furthermore, agricultural production is not “the antithesis of the city”, but often an integrated urban activity that contribute to the resilience of cities.

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1000 tree, one acre urban orchard coming to Vancouver

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Solefood’s urban farms supply high-quality produce to farmers markets and about 30 local restaurants; fruit trees are coming soon. Photo by Catcall.

Nonprofit organization hopes more food production will help provide longer-term work for employees

By Yolande Cole
Georgia Straight
March 28, 2013

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In May, the social enterprise plans to expand with a one-acre urban orchard located on a city-owned site at Main Street and Terminal Avenue.

Michael Ableman, cofounder of Solefood, said the orchard will feature nearly 1,000 trees, bearing fruit such as quince, persimmon, Meyer lemons, pears, and plums.

“I think this is exciting, because it’s breaking new ground, if you will,” Ableman told the Georgia Straight by phone from his home on Salt Spring Island. “Relative to anything else in the city, it’s pretty significant, and I think that if we can prove it as a potential system, we could see these types of trees lining the boulevards of all our streets and changing the atmosphere of our cities.”

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Eco-Soil Veggie Mix made for urban farmers in Greater Vancouver

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Organic Veggie Soil Mix

“The only true veggie soil available in our area. Specially formulated to maximize vegetable growth. This free draining, nutrient rich soil is high in beneficial organic matter and micro-nutrients. This proprietary blend of premium PH balanced composts and an appropriate amount of sand provides for optimum growing conditions.”

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