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Sanyuanli Community Gardens in Beijing

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Organizers will speak about their accomplishments at August 15th event

By The Sanyuanli Community Garden Team
August 2015

The project aims to start an urban farming movement in Beijing and China by setting up a pilot garden and training a gardening community.

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Green roofs and ‘agritecture’ have potential to transform food supply in cities

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‘We’ve become very disconnected from nature,’ says one expert, and urban farming offers a solution

By Andre Mayer, Eric Foss and Manmeet Ahluwalia,
CBC News
Aug 09, 2015

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The Daniels Corporation, which builds condos, houses and commercial spaces in the Greater Toronto Area, is behind, among other things, the Erin Mills Backyard Farm & Market in north Toronto, which has been operating for several years on the site of a planned housing community.

This focus on urban farming began while Daniels was doing initial work on the revitalization of the declining Regent Park area in downtown Toronto in 2010.

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Head of South Madison Farmers’ Market looks to train formerly incarcerated men to farm in the city

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madisonfRobert Pierce, with the South Madison Farmers’ Market, at the market outside Meriter Hospital in Madison. Photo by Michelle Stocker.

The workshop, titled Commercial Urban Agriculture, will provide the men with the tools necessary to explore several avenues of income through organic farming.

By Jordan S. Gaines
The Capital Times
Aug 1, 2015

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“Urban agriculture says if you grow enough food, why don’t you sell it to pay your bills? I’m teaching people how to sustain and that’s why we’re teaching these guys how to grow food,” Pierce said.

In partnership with Anthony Cooper, director of reentry services for the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development, Growing Power, Inc. Milwaukee, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Pierce will provide an underemployed group of men with the skills to create a business feeding an under served population.

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Tourism-focused farms give Chinese city dwellers a break from urban life

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chinatA woman tends to a vegetable garden at one of the parks. Image: How Hwee Young/Epa

In areas around big cities like Beijing, farms are also offering leisure and tourism activities.

By Lili Sams
Mashable
August 1, 2015

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In 2014, Chinese farms had more than 1.2 billion visitors, according to the China Tourism Association. That’s up from more than 900 million visitors in 2013, which generated $4.7 billion in revenue. To put the popularity of farm tourism in perspective, that accounts for about a third of all holidays in the country.

Farms offer residents of China’s biggest metropolises a refreshing break from urban life, while giving rural populations the chance to earn a decent living.

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