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Reclaim Urban Farm in Edmonton, Alberta

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Urban farmers Ryan Mason and Cathryn Sprague. Lone Acacia Photography.

Reclaim has approximately 15 plots slated for use during the upcoming season

By Meaghan Baxter
VUE Weekly
March 26, 2014

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Sprague and Mason acknowledge securing land—and permission from the city—was a simple task, as many of the land owners are individuals who do not have time to maintain a garden themselves but value the fresh produce that comes with it, or seniors who are no longer physically able to manage the upkeep themselves.

“Our model is really focusing on community as well, so really being able to connect with the land owners and have a relationship with people who own the land as well,” Mason notes, adding a shout out to the land owners, without whom Reclaim wouldn’t exist. “Lots of the land owners have said, ‘I’m interested in learning how to grow food,’ so they’ll be involved in some way, even if it’s just coming and looking over our shoulder every once in a while. It creates immediate relationships and food connections.”

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Urban farms grow a greener future in Seoul

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Summer Planting at Mr. Shin’s Farm. Photo by Mee-Young.

City farms surged dramatically from 66 in 2010 to 2,056 last year.

By Cho Chung-un
The Korea Herald/Asia News Network
March 30, 2014

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Figures provide a glimpse into the growing popularity of urban farming. According to the Seoul city government, the number of city farms surged dramatically from 66 in 2010 to 2,056 last year. Abundant media coverage also reflects this unusual interest. The number of articles published by local newspapers on urban farming surpassed the 1 million mark in 2012 from 200,000 in 2010, according to a study by local think tank Seoul Institute.

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Grow Pittsburgh: “Municipal policies are limiting the burgeoning urban farm movement.”

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A Growing City: Removing the Barriers to Growing Food in Pittsburgh

Julie Butcher Pezzino
Executive Director, Grow Pittsburgh
March 2014

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Taking A Step Forward

To take a more proactive approach to this issue, in 2013 Grow Pittsburgh adopted an organizational strategic plan that included advocacy and policy as a priority. We began to formally collect feedback from our fellow stakeholders in the city’s urban growing scene. Our first step was distributing the Urban Grower Survey, a lengthy question- naire that yielded 248 responses from people growing food throughout the region, and a wealth of data about their activities, motivations and frustrations. We also conducted follow-up focus groups with urban farmers and backyard gardeners.

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