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How city farmer mints over Sh350,000 ($4000) every month on an acre plot in Nairobi, Kenya

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Urban farmer Margaret Karanja demonstrates how sukuma wiki (kale) is grown in a multi-storey bag. Photo by Emma Nzioka, Nation.

She has a fish pond with 2,000 catfish that have been harvested twice and sold locally after achieving one-kilogramme weight. There are 17 Friesian heifers in the zero-grazing unit, 10 of them in milk.

By Dorothy Kweyu
Daily Nation
Nov 29, 2013

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The farm also has kienyeji (indigenous) chicken, which lay at least 10 eggs every day. “I don’t buy eggs,” Mrs Karanja says. Some of her chickens are from Uganda and are serviced by a cockerel from India.

“We want to breed them and see how it works,” she says. Mrs Karanja’s believes the birds coming from abroad will be more resistant to fowl diseases. The Ugandan breed is perceived to have more meat, and with the hens showing an 80-90 per cent hatching rate, she is onto something big.

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December 9, 2013   Comments Off on How city farmer mints over Sh350,000 ($4000) every month on an acre plot in Nairobi, Kenya

East Vancouver community garden torn up in apparent dispute

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A pile of torn up irrigation is seen at the Purple Thistle Urban Garden in East Vancouver.

City of Vancouver engineer Jerry Dobrovolny said it appeared the group did go beyond city property and on to the private property – which may explain why the relationship between the gardeners and the property owner soured.

CTV British Columbia
November 30, 2013

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A group of young gardeners is heartbroken after somebody destroyed their urban “food forest” in East Vancouver.

The Purple Thistle Food Forest, an urban garden in the city’s Downtown Eastside that provides fresh produce for the less fortunate, is now just a long bare patch of ground with one lone berry plan still in its box, and a torn-up irrigation system.

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December 9, 2013   Comments Off on East Vancouver community garden torn up in apparent dispute