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Farming the Roofs of Paris

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Tentative Draft Farm over Paris Montsouris reservoir. Eelv – Assoc. Living Roofs.

In total, 100 hectares of rooftops could be transformed into farms

By Krisztina Kupi
Green Fudge
Apr 6, 2014

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District 14 of Paris, notably rue de la Tombe-Issoire, may be the first area of the French capital to see the revival of urban agriculture. Establishing gardens and farms on the roofs would improve the supply of city dwellers.

With the technical support of the Living Roofs (Toits Verts) association, French ecologist Celia Blauel is promoting the idea of the establishment of a farm on one of the five principal water tanks of Paris, near Parc Montsouris. Their long-term goal is to create the country’s biggest urban agricultural surface.

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Urban farmers dig in for spring planting at Providence community gardens

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Mypeth Phommsarath, of Providence, levels out freshly composted soil to prepare the beds for vegetable plantings at the Manton Avenue Community Garden. Photo by Bob Breidenbach/The Providence Journal.

“There’s a desperate need (for community gardens). You see people growing food in the cracks in their yard.”

By Felice J. Freyer
The Providence Journal
April 6, 2014

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Mypeth Phommarath was tilling the black soil in his two 4-foot-by-16-foot beds at the Joslin Park Community Garden. He plans to grow cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce. Phommarath, 59, emigrated from Laos in 1990. He was laid off from his last job and hasn’t been able to find another; the garden will help feed his family.

Nelson Rocha, shoveling fresh compost onto his plot nearby, said he favors kale. Growing it himself, he can be sure it’s organic. And delicious. Rocha, 41, a financial analyst, blanches and freezes the kale to last the winter. He juices it. He uses it in muffins and sauces. He also enjoys coming to Joslin Park to meet other urban farmers while his 3-year-old twins play in the nearby playground.

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‘Food Patriots’ film documents family’s struggle to raise backyard chickens, grow food

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Explores the sustainable food movement through urban gardens and commercial aquaculture in Chicago

By Lindsay Christians
Cap times
April 05, 2014

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To hear Jeff Spitz tell it, his documentary “Food Patriots” started as an excuse to get out of yard work.

“I thought she was doing something,” Spitz said of his wife, Jennifer Amdur Spitz, when she decided to plant a backyard garden and build a coop for a tiny flock of hens.

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Edible Schoolyards teach students at five First Line Schools

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A student shows the sweet potato he unearthed at Arthur Ashe’s fall Sweet Potato Fest, a school community event that included harvesting of more than 350 pounds of sweet potatoes. Photo of Edible Schoolyard New Orleans.

“Kids get the idea they can make a living doing gardening and farming, but there is also work in food justice and food access.”

By Judy Walker
NOLA.com
April 04, 2014

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After Hurricane Katrina, Alice Waters wanted to do a service project for New Orleans. Now, the first Edible Schoolyard at Samuel J. Green Charter School, just off Freret Street, is a lush and lovely space that just hosted the fifth annual Edible Evening fundraiser. And Green is no longer the only Edible Schoolyard in New Orleans.

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