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From Riots To Vineyard — A Story of Urban Revival in Cleveland, Ohio

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Amid the urban blight of a poor rust belt city, an unlikely vineyard emerges as a symbol that farming can take root anywhere.

“If you don’t monetize these projects, they are going to fail.”

By: Christina Herrick
Growing Produce
March 25, 2015

Excerpt:

Although the vineyard is only three-fourths of an acre, Frazier did his homework on what to plant, where, and how. Frazier was a complete novice, so he immersed himself in learning.

He’s consulted with Greg Johns, manager of Ohio State University’s Ashtabula Agricultural Research Station, and David Popp of Bacchus Vineyard & Winery Services LLC, who serves as his viticulturist.

There are 14 rows, 21 vines per row, half Frontenac and half Traminette, chosen specifically for their cold-hardiness.

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New Book: ‘Raíces en el Asfalto: pasado, presente y futuro de la agricultura urbana’

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Roots in the Concrete: past, present and future of urban agriculture

By José Luis Fernández Casadevante, Kois and Nerea Morán
April 04, 2015

English:

City and countryside have kept profound links throughout history, so they cannot be understood separately. The book (in Spanish) Raíces en el Asfalto [Roots in the Concrete] follows this theme, tracking the urban theories and the main historical episodes in which social movements and local communities have grown food in the city.

From the first relief poor gardens to their appropriation by the worker’s culture, from victory gardens during the World Wars to nowadays economic and urban crisis… the book seeks for the aims and political significance of urban gardening developed by clergymen and noblemen, educators, social reformers, freethinkers, revolutionaries, unionists, artists, contra-cultural, neighbourhood & environmental movements…

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