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Surrey, BC municipality says garden is ‘unsightly’

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Surrey, BC family faces threat of $40,000 bill if they don’t remove their Sustainable Permaculture Garden and return area back over to Toxic Giant Hogweed.

By Jacob Zinn
Surrey Now
October 7, 2013

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FLEETWOOD — The City of Surrey wants Jess Thompson and Cindy Quach’s “unsightly” garden to be removed, despite the garden’s health benefits to their family and environmental perks to their community.

In the summer, Thompson and Quach started a hügelkultur garden on their rented one-acre property in the 8300-block of 168th Street. Hügelkultur is a European farming technique that has proven to be a popular method sustainable food gardening.

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Largest urban farming and reforestation project in the U.S. gets underway in Detroit

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A wrecking crew demolishes a derelict structure at 3050 Belvidere on Detroit’s east side Friday, as part of the celebration of work getting started for the Hantz Woodlands project. Photo by Joseph Murphy/Bassett & Bassett.

Hantz gets approval to start urban woodlands project in Detroit

By John Gallagher
Detroit Free Press
Oct 18, 2013

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Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr has approved the sale of some 1,500 blighted parcels of land in the city to the Hantz Woodlands urban agriculture project.

The final approval will allow Hantz to begin razing blighted structures on the east-side parcels and to begin planting hardwood trees for eventual harvesting. The effort has been called the largest urban farming and reforestation project in the U.S.

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Securing tenure for Urban Agriculture through the process of formalization – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Jitihada Garden Group at Kawe Garden, the pilot project after formalusation of urban agriculture.

Experiences from Sustainable Cities International facilitated strategic planning and zoning in Dar es Salaam

By Morgen Zivhave
The author teaches at the University of Zimbabwe and is interested in urban agriculture research and pursuing a PhD on the subject.
October 2013

Excerpt:

1.0 Executive Summary

The formalization of urban agriculture (UA) in Dar es Salaam successfully zoned 30 areas (3 from Kinondoni Municipal Council, 7 from Ilala Municipal Council and 20 from Temeke Municipal Council) from each of the 3 Municipal Councils in Dar es Salaam. The process involved stakeholders from a broad spectrum of institutions in Dar es Salaam such as central and local government, NGOs, research and training institutions and farmer representatives. The formalization process brought awareness on the importance of UA previously sidelined against other competing land uses. It also garnered support for implementation of the UA strategies. UA in Dar es Salaam is an important source of livelihood supplying 90% of leaf vegetables and 60% milk for the city. Urban farmers constituted 65% of the informal sector in Dar es Salaam and their average income ranges from 1.6 to double the industrial monthly minimum wage of Tsh150, 000 . While politicians did not attend earlier workshops, the last UA stakeholder workshop to review progress on implementing the strategic plan in Kinondoni Municipality was officially opened by the mayor, a milestone in winning political support for urban farming.

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