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Proposed Hull City-Centre ‘Box-Farm’

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The UK Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens is currently working with Hull City Council to explore the potential for a city centre farm as part of Hull’s City Plan.

By Adrian Fisher, Mark Cleaver
Rooted in Hull

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A unique visitor attraction farm, growing project, café and shop that is entirely mobile to be situated on a development site in Hull city centre adjacent to other key visitor attractions in an area being developed for leisure and tourism.

The key attribute and uniqueness of the project is that it will be designed to be structurally mobile and self sufficient in all features including services such as power and waste. Mobility is an essential part of the project allowing it to make the most of vacant development sites in the area as an “in the meantime” site use.

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Three Nature’s Path “Gardens for Good” Winners – $15,000 grant each

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Napili Community Garden, Lahaina, Hawaii.

153 entries and 9 finalists – Winners will do their part by providing organic food for the communities that really need it

By Samantha Javier
The Alternative Consumer
Dec 3, 2013

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The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative will transform vacant land plots and buildings into “agriculture-based resources from education programing to large-scale community gardens.” With their newly won grant they can now get the buildings going and start making immense progress!

The Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc. is working in Maui to build a self-sufficient community in regards to food through educating locals and maintaining a garden. Their Goodwill Garden grows produce for weekly donations to organizations that feed the hungry!

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Reposting story from 2008: Nelson Mandela – Prisoner, Rooftop Food Gardener

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Photo from A Prisoner in the Garden.

Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

Excerpt from his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.

“The Bible tells us that gardens preceded gardeners, but that was not the case at Pollsmoor, where I cultivated a garden that became one of my happiest diversions. It was my way of escaping from the monolithic concrete world that surrounded us. Within a few weeks of surveying all the empty space we had on the building’s roof and how it was bathed the whole day, I decided to start a garden and received permission to do so from the commanding officer.

“Each morning, I put on a straw hat and rough gloves and worked in the garden for two hours. Every Sunday, I would supply vegetables to the kitchen so that they could cook a special meal for the common-law prisoners. I also gave quite a lot of my harvest to the warders, who used to bring satchels to take away their fresh vegetables.”

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