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The New Hoosier Farmer: Is a City Girl in Indianapolis

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Amy Matthews. An early career in hunger-related social work awakened her to small-scale, sustainable agriculture.

Amy Matthews built her southside vegetable farm from the ground up—literally. And she’s taking urban farming in Indianapolis to another level.

By Evan West
Indianapolis Monthly
Oct 15, 2013

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Matthews started South Circle Farm in 2011, on just under 2 acres of abandoned city lots a couple of miles from the center of downtown Indianapolis. Making a fuss over a woman’s dirty hands might strike you as old-fashioned (Look, Pa, a lady farmer!). But it wasn’t so long ago that a woman taking the lead in an agricultural enterprise was relatively rare in this state. When the U.S. Census of Agriculture first counted farms with female operators in 1978, they made up only 3 percent of the total. At last count, in 2007, roughly one in every 10 farms in Indiana was manned by a woman.

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Should urban parkland be used for farming?

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Communal garden in Hawthorn, Melbourne.

Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud reckons we could use 30% of urban parkland for communal food production. Maybe, but it’s not necessary and the price we’d pay would be too high

By Alan Davies
Crikey
Oct 28, 2013

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If urban parkland were to be the sort of serious food source envisaged by Mr McCloud there’d inevitably be pressure for fencing, fertilisers, machines, trucks, and night-time operation. Maintaining the amenity of residents and providing reliable and economic water supply would add to costs and make it difficult to be competitive compared to non-urban locations.

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Transforming Milwaukee’s Vacant Lots Into A New Agricultural Economy

Can one of America’s poorest cities pull off a resurgence through urban agriculture and local food?

By Michael J. Coren
Fastcoexist
Oct 18, 2013

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When the foreclosure crisis hit Milwaukee, the city was already reeling from the loss of 70,000 manufacturing jobs and a poverty rate that pushed 30 percent. Yet an opportunity emerged when the financial crisis met the local food movement.

As head of the Home Gr/own initiative, Tim McCollow, a city government program manager, is turning Milwaukee’s thousands of vacant lots and idled citizens into a source of food and jobs.

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Meet Navi Mumbai’s urban farmers

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Navi Mumbais urban farmers.

“It’s a great tool for communities to come together and be connected. It is almost spiritual.”

By Reza Noorani
Time of India
Oct 19, 2013

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Julius Rego, who runs a community farming program called Green Souls, says that in the past year that they have been active, he seen almost a thousand people come and volunteer at the St Jude’s Children home in Kharghar, where they have been allotted a farm by the Cancer Treatment Centre. “From college kids to housewives and working professionals, we have all kinds of people who come and learn,” says Julius, who has been working and learning as well as teaching organic farming techniques like compost farming and permaculture. “There is no need to spend on fertilisers and expensive composts. You can use your daily garbage in a way that it won’t stink and avail of the cheapest best compost you can ever find,” he adds.

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