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Reflections on Urban Farming in Russia

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“When we started making Growing Cities, a new documentary about urban farming in America, we never imagined where it would take us.”

By Dan Susman
Growing Cities
April 17, 2014

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Most recently, we had the opportunity to travel to Moscow, Russia, as part of the Ecocup Film Festival and with the support of the US Embassy. I spoke with many students and citizens there about urban agriculture, which is a relatively new concept for Russians. However, that isn’t to say they don’t have a long history tied to the land.

Almost every time we showed the film, someone would ask, ‘have you heard of dachas?’ At first, I had no idea, though by the third or fourth time I had a pretty good understanding. Dachas (literally meaning ‘something given’ in ancient Russian) are peri-urban seasonal homes, which usually have small land allotments attached. These plots were first given out to loyal vassals starting in the late 17th century with Peter the Great, though now Russians from all classes have these plots.

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Would a District of Columbia “food czar” help urban farmers?

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Gail Taylor says her urban farming is a “hobby” because current laws can’t support it as a business.

D.C. council mulls adding a “food czar”–which could mean more urban farms, local food, and green initiatives for all.

By Whitney Pipkin
Elevation
April 08, 2014

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The food czar and council could help establish a better business and tax structure for small farms like Gail Taylor’s Three Part Harmony Farm in the city. Taylor says she considers her business more of a hobby right now because it’s not a 501(c)(3) and, therefore, she can’t afford the D.C. taxes or apply for grants that would help pay her bills.

“I have another job to pay my bills and buy supplies,” Taylor testified at the hearing. “The city has not developed the necessary laws to support [urban] farms outside of that nonprofit framework.”

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2nd Spanish Congress for Organic Urban Farms

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By Chris Wilkes and Paolo Mulotto
April 2014

The city of Utrera was the setting for the 2nd Spanish Congress for Organic Urban Agriculture from the 13th-15th March.

The congress was organised by the Spanish Society of Organic Agriculture (SEAE) in collaboration with the local government of Utrera and the Ecoparques organisation.

The purpose of the congress was to exchange ideas and experiences, and to inspire ecological innovation for the growth of urban and local “Huertos” (allotments) assessing the current status of organic agriculture, seeing what advances have been made and providing recommendations for future development in the sector.

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