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Indian MBA rears six cows in his car shed setting an ideal model for urban dairy farming

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Kozhikode, also known as Calicut, is a city in the state of Kerala in southern India on the Malabar Coast.

Three ‘moos’ for a spirited idea

By Krishnadas Rajagopal
The Hindu
April 18, 2013

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Cows look up to him. So do some humans. At a time when rapid urbanisation is swallowing up living spaces, Gokul V. has found enough space in his car shed for six brawny members of the bovine population.

Located in the congested lanes criss-crossing along the ancient Tali Maha Shiva Temple where traditional Brahmin agraharams stand cheek-by-jowl with steel and concrete structures in lands once owned by the Zamorins, the 25-year-old’s dairy flourishes with two Holstein Friesian cows, three Jerseys, and their calves. The dairy also doubles up as a farm school recognised by the Animal Husbandry Department — the only one of its kind located within the urban limits of the city.

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Vancouver fresh organic juice company launches “Grow for Good” campaign

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Consumers are encouraged to start their own juice carton herb gardens by cutting off the bottom portion of their Happy Planet 1.89 L juice carton and planting seeds.

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Press Release: Happy Planet Launches Grow For Good Campaign to inspire the urban farmers of tomorrow. On Earth Day, April 22, Happy Planet is launching the “Grow For Good” campaign and online photo contest. The contest is designed to encourage consumers to ‘grow’ a greater appreciation for fresh food and for the younger generation to develop a curiosity about where food comes from – by starting their own Happy Planet juice carton herb garden.

“We are looking to inspire younger generations to ask questions about what they eat and where it comes from,” said Happy Planet founder Randal Ius. “Creating a ‘Grow for Good’ juice carton herb garden is a fun and creative activity that will also help foster an enthusiasm for fresh food; inspiring both the urban farmers – and consumers – of tomorrow.”

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Corner Farm, Chicago – Growing Vegetables and Community

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Community volunteers help move a mountain of soil into the beds. Photo courtesy of cornerfarm.org

“I feel connected to Logan Square now in a way that I’ve never experienced in my 30+ years living in Chicago.”

By Kara Riggio
Metropolitan Planning Council
April 16, 2013

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Community gardens and urban farming have rapidly gained popularity across Chicago in the last five years or so. Gardens are established for many reasons, ranging from a general lack of green space, to providing fresh produce to communities that otherwise lack access to it. Almost every garden is planted in a vacant lot – transforming a liability into a community asset. In general, community gardens provide growers an opportunity to connect with each other, their food, and their environment.

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