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Vancouver’s parks allow food production, including fruit and nut orchards and beekeeping

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The Oak Meadows Park pollinator garden at West 37th and Oak is home to a pollinator hotel (pictured), made from a retired phone booth. The centrepiece of this pollinator’s paradise, the hotel is filled with tubes, nooks and crannies attractive to insects. The 1,500-square-foot pollinator garden is part of a network of bee-friendly biodiversity that extends into VanDusen Gardens. Photograph by: Jason Payne, VANCOUVER SUN

At the Beaconsfield Community Garden there are plans to build an outdoor bread oven.

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
Feb 25, 2015

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Vancouver’s oldest park-based community garden is also one of its biggest, at 3.3 acres. Strathcona Community Garden was created in 1985, divided into one-third allotment gardens, one-third natural plant and animal habitat and the balance is a unique espalier fruit orchard. The site features the Eco-Pavilion meeting space, greenhouse and beehives.

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Urban agriculture showing some life on San Fransisco lands

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Land adjacent to the College Hill reservoir could be used in a pilot agriculture project. Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner

Last year, there were 750 people on a waiting list to use community gardens in the Recreation and Park Department’s portfolio. The department oversees 38 community gardens, which average about a quarter of an acre in size.

By Joshua Sabatini
SF Examiner
Feb 25, 2015

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San Francisco residents four years ago called for more urban agriculture space in The City, prompting a pilot program that is now beginning to bear fruit.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission announced Tuesday that a new garden site is expected to open this summer in Bernal Heights and another site in Crocker-Amazon could be built out late next year.

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Call for papers: ‘Urban community gardens from all over Europe’

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Agriculture in the City: the experience of urban gardens

Valentina Cattivelli – Éupolis Lombardia, Politecnico di Milano
Session Coordinator
March 2015
Vii Aisu Congress
Food And The City
Padua September 3rd – 4th – 5th, 2015

The territory is now the protagonist of significant transformations difficult to understand and government. The traditional dichotomous distribution of places between town and country is no longer adequate due to the spread of alternate contexts that disorderly combine both typically urban and rural features. The city extends far beyond its suburbs along its main roads, branching and containing islands of agglomerated settlements, deprived of identity, then “regroups” destroying the natural elements remained within the fabric. On the other hand, the countryside accepts these changes, by adapting and creating the conditions for the new localizing requirements, and diversifying agricultural activities to make them more multi-functional and profitable.

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