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Montreal is fertile ground for urban agriculture entrepreneurs

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Exterior of the rooftop greenhouse at Lufa Farms in Laval. Dario Ayala / Montreal Gazette File Photo

Urban agriculture projects are often not-for-profit, but the entrepreneurial spirit is also thriving in this sector.

By Donna Nebenzahl
Montreal Gazette
August 1, 2015

Excerpt:

And in Montreal West, a small enterprise called Bio-cyclette has uncovered a horticultural treasure along the edge of the railway tracks. Looking for more space to grow vegetables for their commercial urban farm, Annie McLaughlin and partner Konstantinos Hirtle-Kattou discovered the prolific fruit and vegetable plots that had been planted decades ago by Montrealers of Italian origin.

“These folks started farming there in the 1950s,” McLaughlin says, “and they’ve done some magic. Now they’re getting older and a lot of the land is riddled with weeds.”

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California builds first farm-to-table new home community

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The farm will be 7.4 acres and will include a teaching center for sustainable farming.

By Karin KloostermanKarin
Green Prophet
August 13, 2015

Excerpt:

Urban farming is in the air and California is setting an example by creating the first American housing project of its kind with an urban farm built intentionally in the center of the community. The farm will be 7.4 acres and will include a teaching center for sustainable farming. Some 547 new homes have been built around the farm.

This is no straw bale hippy paradise, but fulfilling the dreams of mainstream urbanites who want the pleasures of big, single dwelling homes with access to fresh, local, organic produce.

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‘Occupy The Farm’ film now available on-line

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Now available to stream or download on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video and VUDU.

Director: Todd Darling
2014

‘Occupy The Farm’ tells the story of 200 urban farmers who walk onto a publicly-owned research farm and plant two acres of crops in order to save the land from becoming a real-estate development. This direct action set up a vibrant tent village on land destined to become condos, while their crops blocked the development plans of a cash-starved public institution – the University of California, Berkeley.

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