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City Slickers plans to create new West Oakland farm

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City Slicker Farms’ planned urban farm and park. Image: City Slicker FarmsClick on image for larger file.

All told, the new farm and park will more than double the organization’s current output of fresh produce. Its three market farms now grow between 7,000 and 9,000 pounds of food per year.

By Piper Wheeler
Berkeley Side
June 4, 2015

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The vacant lot at the corner of Peralta and 28th streets in West Oakland doesn’t look like much at the moment. Razor wire and cyclone fencing enclose 1.4 acres of overgrown grass and flowering weeds, with just a small shed and a few shade structures built near its center.

Across the street, at a salvage yard, giant hydraulic arms stack shiny cubes of compressed steel and aluminum. A ragtag line of pickups waits to sell their loads of broken fridges and scavenged scrap.

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A Community Garden Conference at Monmouth University, New Jersey

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Gardening for Good – August 7 – 9, 2015

Keynote speakers for the conference include:

Dr. Sean Morrissey, Project Administrator, Thrive.Org.UK
Thrive is the leading charity in the UK that uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people who are living with disabilities or ill health.

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Why More American Women Are Becoming Farmers

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The team at Rise & Root Farm, from left to right: Jane Hodge, Karen Washington, Lorrie Clevenger, Maggie Cheney, D. Rooney, and Michaela Hayes. Photo: Rise & Root Farm/Facebook.

In 2012 there were 969,672 women farmers in the U.S., which accounts for a 10 percent rise in principal operators of agricultural operations who are women since 1978. As of 2012, about 30 percent of all farmers are women.

By Rachel Tepper
Associate Food Editor
Yahoo News
June 3, 2015

Excerpt:

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s deputy secretary Krysta Harden also had a personal agenda: to get more women into farming. By the time I arrived at the flooded market, Harden, several vendors, and members of GrowNYC (which manages the Union Square market) had decamped to higher ground at a nearby sandwich shop. Among them was 61-year-old Karen Washington, one of six female urban farmers who earlier this year left the city to found Rise & Root Farm in Chester, New York.

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