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‘Tierralismo’ – the story of Cuba’s most successful urban farm, Organopónico Vivero Alamar

TIERRALISMO (2013) clip from Icarus Films on Vimeo.

In the district of Alamar, a 26-acre farming co-op provides employment for dozens of workers

A film by Alejandro Ramirez Anderson
Icarus Films

Excerpt:

“At this moment I’m no longer a doctor. Right now I consider myself a farmer like everyone else.”

On the outskirts of Havana, sandwiched between highways and public housing, a revolution is taking place. Here, in the district of Alamar, a 26-acre farming co-op provides employment for dozens of workers, while producing vegetables and medicinal plants for the local community and beyond.

Following the collapse of the Soviet Bloc in the early 1990s, Cuba was no longer able to access machinery and agricultural chemicals from its former Communist allies. In this difficult environment, the government relaxed economic rules and allowed the formation of cooperatives like the Organopónico Vivero Alamar.

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April 16, 2015   Comments Off on ‘Tierralismo’ – the story of Cuba’s most successful urban farm, Organopónico Vivero Alamar

New rules aim to help Edmonton’s urban agriculture businesses bloom

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Cathryn Sprague discusses how the proposed zoning amendments will help urban agriculture, and why increasing urban agriculture is important in Edmonton. Video by Greg Southam here.

An online city survey last summer found 92 per cent of the more than 1,000 respondents supported commercial urban agriculture. About 80 per cent would allow crops on vacant lots and limited on-site sales.

By Gordon Kent
Edmonton Journal
April 6, 2015

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The new zoning rules clarify that urban agriculture operations can exist in most parts of the city, although in some areas neighbours would be able to oppose the move.

Vacant lots could be cropped with city approval.

These small-scale farmers would also be able to obtain permits to sell their produce on-site, which isn’t currently allowed.

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Bahamas: $1 million that was allocated to Urban Agriculture, never implemented and funds redirected says Auditor General

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Auditor General Terrance Bastian Nassau, Bahamas.

A co-ordinator for agriculture was also contracted for a three-year period to manage the project.

By Khrisna Virgil
Tribune 242
April 15, 2015

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“The government earmarked $1m for the 2013/2014 budget for Urban Agriculture which was for the implementation of backyard farming and community gardens,” the report said. “A co-ordinator for agriculture was contracted for a three-year period to manage this project. The auditors learnt that this project was not implemented and funding was redirected (high risk).”

The report further noted that nearly $500,000 was spent on a fleet of 19 vehicles for Urban Renewal that “were not periodically serviced neither was a maintenance schedule kept”.

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