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‘3000acres’ in Melbourne, Australia – Kate Dundas at TEDxMelbourne

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What about those vacant lots? Kate Dundas at TEDxMelbourne.

3000acres aims to unlock under-utilized land across the city to grow food and build strong communities.

Kate Dundas is interested in how we think about and use land. She is passionate about finding ways to connect people back into the food chain by making it easy for people to access land to grow food and build community. Kate’s vision for a fresh food city was inspired by 596acres in New York, she is attempting to bring the project to Melbourne and unlock the vast acres of land which lie underutlised, and hidden in plain sight in our city. She is a senior Landscape Architect and Urban Designer at Planisphere in Melbourne. She works on long term plans for communities and cities along with designing parks, gardens, streets and spaces.

Excerpt from 3000acres:

THE PROBLEM: At the moment accessing land for food growing process is a complex process. There are no standard approaches and no best practice models. To unlock land and create opportunities to grow more food in more places collaboration between the public sector, the private sector and the community is needed.

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December 15, 2013   Comments Off on ‘3000acres’ in Melbourne, Australia – Kate Dundas at TEDxMelbourne

University of California Cooperative Extension helps farming sprout in the city

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Los Angeles County allows farming in the rights-of-way under power transmission lines, a rare source of land in cities. Click on image for larger file.

“Issues like food safety and pest management are important for small, urban growers just as they are for large, rural ones.”

By Robin Meadows
California Agriculture 67(4):199-202. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v067n04p199. October-December 2013.

Excerpt:

As the sustainable food movement grows, farming is taking root in California cities from San Francisco to San Diego. Urbanites are asking for — and receiving — municipal approval to plant vegetable gardens in empty lots and under power lines, and to raise backyard chickens and bees. To help the state’s urban agriculture thrive, UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) researchers are working to boost resources and programs for city growers.

“People are passionate about keeping bees, growing their own food, and distributing it to the community,” says Rachel Surls, who recently became the first Sustainable Food Systems advisor in UCCE Los Angeles County and is also a member of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, which promotes local agriculture, sustainability and healthy food for underserved communities.

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December 15, 2013   Comments Off on University of California Cooperative Extension helps farming sprout in the city