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City of Portland Continues Long History of Sustainable Urban Farming

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As of 2014, the Portland Community Gardens covered 22 acres inside the city.

By Trish Popovitch
Seedstock
April 10, 2014

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With just over half a million residents, Portland is a small northwestern city with long roots in sustainability and urban agriculture. In 1981, an urban growth boundary was approved for the city forcing a dense population into a restricted space and transitioning the city into a space savvy social economy. Popular Science name Portland the most sustainable city back in 2008. Today, Portland remains a 400-square mile haven for sustainability enthusiasts and avid gardeners.

The city has two main programs that cover urban agriculture: a Community Gardens Program established in 1975 and a Sustainable Food Program.

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Indian actor Salman Khan grows potatoes, pumpkins in his kitchen garden

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Khan is an actor, producer, television presenter, and philanthropist.

By Ankur Pathak
Mumbai Mirror
Apr 8, 2014

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“Salman has been growing potatoes, tomatoes and pumpkins without using any kind of artificial fertilizers. He proudly feeds his guests dishes cooked with the vegetables grown in his kitchen garden.” The star has turned to gardening as he believes that the vegetables in the market today are laced with chemicals and can trigger serious health problems. Healthy eating is the way to a healthy lifestyle, according to the new and improved Salman Khan. But if you are thinking that the actor intends to make a quick buck out of his fresh produce, then you are mistaken. The veggies are strictly for domestic use.

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Aljazeera reports on Gotham Greens and Bright Farms

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See news video about the rooftop growers.

Companies are growing crops on rooftops and in warehouses in an attempt to fill a growing demand for local produce.

By Kristen Saloomey
Al Jazeera
22 Apr 2014

Urban farms are sprouting up in US cities that are not known for agriculture.

Rooftops and warehouses are being used to grow local, sustainably produced food.

Many stores in New York get their produce from the country’s west coast, which means a lot of items are already a week old before they hit store shelves in the east.

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