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1920’s – The Providence-Biltmore Hotel had a Poultry Farm and Garden on the Roof

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1927 Roof top garden Biltmore Hotel. Photo by Avery Lord. Click image for larger image.

Rhode Island hotel rooftop included 275 Muscovy ducks, which all headed for Narragansett Bay one day and were never seen again

By Shiela Lennon
Providence Journal
Sept 21, 2012
(Must read. Mike)

Excerpt from National Register of Historic Places Inventory:

During the 1920’s the Biltmore achieved some national attention when L. D. Wallick, manager of the hotel, successfully operated a vegetable garden and poultry farm on the roof of the hotel’s tower. Begun as a hobby, the venture flourished, and the hotel was soon able to provide its guests with fresh eggs, chickens, ducks, and vegetables in season.

A large cutting garden provided fresh flowers for the public and guest rooms. Plans for a small dairy herd never materialized. The roof garden was not without its problems, however, such as the occasional escape of violently flapping chickens over the parapet into Washington Street traffic and the 1927 exodus of the entire flock of ducks to Narraganseyy Bay. Despite these problems, the roof garden flourished well into the 1930’s.

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Changing Lives – Urban Farmers of Nairobi, Kenya


Changing Lives – Urban Farmers of Nairobi is a 15 minute overview of Nairobi urban farmers.

Through support from Rooftops Canada, Mazingira Institute provides training to young urban farmers on efficient use of urban spaces, job creation, organic crops, livestock and health issues.

By Diana Lee-Smith
Food Tank
Dec 19, 2013
(Must see. Mike)
Diana Lee-Smith lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya, where she was one of the founders of Mazingira Institute, an independent research and development NGO and carried out the first survey of urban agriculture in Kenya in 1985.

Excerpt:

A decade ago the Nairobi Food Security, Agriculture and Livestock Forum – NEFSALF – began advocating for recognition of urban agriculture. At the time, urban farmers were frequently harassed and not provided with any support.

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