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‘Seeds of Time’ Documentary Opening in Theaters on May 22

Directed Sandy McLeod
Produced By JD Marlow, Emily Triantaphyllis, Chiemi Karasawa

A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Gene banks of the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation inspired rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are already affecting farmers globally. But Fowler’s journey, and our own, is just beginning. From Rome to Russia and, finally, a remote island under the Arctic Circle, his passionate and personal journey may hold the key to saving the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds.

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Review Paper on ‘Garden Kits’ in Africa

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Lessons Learned and the Potential of Improved Water Management

By Douglas J. Merrey and Simon Langan
International Water Management Institute
2014. 60 pages

Excerpt:

The purpose of this paper is to synthesize available knowledge and lessons learned from past experiences in promoting kitchen or home gardens, with a special emphasis on water management. The paper has been prepared based on an extensive desk study. It focuses on gardens whose primary purpose is production of food and, at times, growing herbs and spices for home consumption.

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Think about urban farming to boost jobs, repurpose land in Detroit

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Cartoon by Clifford Kennedy Berryman (April 2, 1869 – December 11, 1949) who was a Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist with the Washington Star newspaper from 1907 to 1949. He was also a cartoonist for The Washington Post from 1891 to 1907.

Some estimates suggest the city has 40 square miles of vacant land — meaning the geographic landscapes of San Francisco, Manhattan and Boston would all fit in nicely.

By Mark S. Lee
Crain’s Detroit Busimess
April 01, 2015

Excerpt:

According to the DFFC study, a 30 percent increase in the local food production ecosystem would make it the second-largest source of jobs in Detroit behind only the government sector — and imagine the opportunities for entrepreneurs and suppliers as well.

Where to start?

With a business case focused primarily on enhancing education, awareness and the positive impact this will have on the local economy and job creation. This plan should address:

Impact urban farming programs will have on economic development and job creation in Detroit.

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