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1952 Netherlands – The city dweller and his allotment

A short video of a Dutch allotment garden (in Dutch)

International Congress of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners 2014 in Utrecht – The Netherlands.

The congress of the Office International du Coin de Terre et des Jardins Familiaux will be held from 28 till 30 August 2014. The Dutch federation, AVVN, will organize this congress. Delegates from 15 countries, representing over 3 million families, will visit Utrecht and discuss the developments and trends in allotment and leisure gardening.

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An urban farm in Old Kensington, Philadelphia is cultivating a crop of little-known tubers

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La Finquita Farmers: Natania Schaumburg and Cliff Brown. Photo by Neal Santos.

Despite yacón’s visual and textual similarities to sweet potatoes and other veggies, it’s got an appeal all its own.

By Carly Szkaradnik
Philadelphia City Paper
11/14/2013

Excerpt:

To the untrained eye, yacón can look an awful lot like a common ipomoea batatas (sweet potato), so its initial impact is somewhat blunted. But when you cut into it, you’ll discover something crisp and sweet that will make you shift your frame of reference to jicama. In fact, the yacón is more closely related to the sunchoke. And much like some hardy, leafy greens that you’d otherwise think have no place in the discussion, yacón’s sweetness and flavor improve after it has weathered a few frosts.

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‘Farming Inna Di City’ in Kingston, Jamaica

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Farming on idle lands in the city

Mission Agency of the Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU)

Excerpt from their website:

Wishing to cater to the whole family and the wider community, Rev. Doreen Wynter and her team at Jones Town Baptist (along with parent congregation Bethel Baptist) decided to think outside the box and transform an abandoned housing development lot into a green space for farming in the community.

“Farming Inna Di City” is an inner-city agricultural project of the Jones Town Baptist Church in association with the Jamaica Baptist Union Mission Agency (JBUMA). The project was launched on January 28, 2010, and is a five-year project operating in two phases:

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Greater Yield Part Two: How The City Can Help

The existing zoning code in the City of Boston is about to undergo a momentous makeover: farming will become a permissible use of land in Boston.

CoLab Radio
Nov 13, 2013

Excerpt:

Christine Chilingerian is a Volunteer Attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation, and this week’s contributor. She speaks about the importance of zoning for urban farms, and describes some of the ways Article 89 will benefit Boston residents.

Say “Yes” to Healthy Food in Boston

The existing zoning code in the City of Boston is about to undergo a momentous makeover: farming will become a permissible use of land in Boston. Urban agriculture will provide improved access to healthy food in the city. It will also allow environmentally sustainable economic growth by reducing carbon emissions and transportation costs through closing the physical distance between farms and urban consumers. With this new zoning change, Boston is about to become a greener place.

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