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Urban Farms – Growing hope under fire in Kansas City

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I thought about the young victim. And I thought about how I probably would have been in the garden at the time of the shooting if I had not been needed at home. I thought about all of the kids and the adult volunteers that worked in the garden.

By Angela Greene
Cultivate Kansas City’s Newsletter
December 2013-January 2014
Angela Greene is an urban farmer in Kansas City, Kansas

Excerpt:

Around 9 p.m. later that evening I received a call from a friend asking if I was okay.

“Well,” I said. “As best that I know, why?” That’s when I learned the shooting I heard was at my garden, two blocks from my home on the corner of 13th and Georgia streets. I quickly secured my family and rushed to see what happened.

I arrived at my garden to find a scene that looked like a television crime drama! Police and caution tape blocked the entire perimeter. Floodlights illuminated the scene as though it was daylight. Officers and detectives trampled through my rows of okra and tomatoes.

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Fresh Roots of Vancouver named a ‘Food Leader’ by the Real Estate Foundation of BC.

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Transforming Schoolgrounds

The Real Estate Foundation of BC
Nov 1, 2013

Excerpt:

Vancouver’s Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society has come up with a solution to the problem of accessing land for its market gardens. That solution is turning heads, filling bellies and educating communities.

It is particularly difficult to find parcels of a quarter acre or larger for growing food in the city, and since land access is a significant barrier to expanding urban agriculture in Vancouver – and other metropolitan areas – the Fresh Roots model is a welcome success.

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December 10, 2013   Comments Off on Fresh Roots of Vancouver named a ‘Food Leader’ by the Real Estate Foundation of BC.