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Urban Agriculture and the Transformation of Yedikule in Istanbul

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The public gardens offer jobs and income for approximately 200 Bostancis and offer town grown products for the regional market.

A lot of farmers migrated to Yedikule from more countrified regions.

By Lennart Kudla
InEnArt
December 3, 2013

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The public gardens of Yedikule in Istanbul are not only one of the oldest intra-urban agricultural areas of Istanbul (more than 1500 years old), but also a fragment of one of the largest green spaces of the city. They are located close to the ancient city wall (built between 413 and 412 B.C.). In former times there were moats to protect ancient Byzantine from its numerous enemies during sieges. After the conquest of Constantinople by the Turks (1453) the walls and the moats slowly lost their importance.

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December 12, 2013   Comments Off on Urban Agriculture and the Transformation of Yedikule in Istanbul

Urban agriculture is a gateway to healthy foods

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Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) represents urban neighborhoods such as Boyle Heights, Downtown Los Angeles and Westlake.

Urban agriculture has multiple benefits because when communities eat healthier, children can focus better in school, workers can be more productive and the people living in the area can lower their rates of obesity-related ailments, which in turn, decreases medical bills and helps families save money

By John A. Pérez
Univ of California – California Agriculture
California Agriculture 67(4):192-192. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v067n04p192.
October-December 2013

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As we often boast, California is home to 81,000 farms and ranches that produce more than 400 different varieties of fruits, vegetables, nuts and other products, making “California grown” synonymous with the best-grown commodities in the nation. Farming occurs in some form in each of the state’s 58 counties, but each day too many Californians go without access to fresh and healthy food. Many of these people, living in both rural and urban communities scattered around the state, suffer from poor health and diet-related illnesses and experience an overall lower quality of life because they do not have access to affordable healthy foods.

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