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Canada: A National Strategy For Urban Agriculture

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Canada’s Minister of Agriculture comments on City Farmer’s plan “I will certainly consider the recommendations you have outlined in the enclosed publication as I pursue my mandate.” Laurence MacAulay

By Michael Levenston
City Farmer Executive Director
March 3, 2016
15 page booklet (10MB file)

Thirty-six years ago in 1980, City Farmer sent copies of its newspaper to Canada’s Members of Parliament to introduce them to the subject of urban agriculture. In January, 2016, we sent Federal Cabinet Ministers a 15 page booklet outlining a proposal which asks the new Government to consider setting up a National Office of Urban Agriculture.

“It’s a new year and time to put in place a program that will benefit all Canadians. We hope you will consider Canada: A National Strategy for Urban Agriculture as a worthy project for your new government. I’m certain it will be well received by Canadians who want to eat better, care for our environment, and improve our general well being.”

Canada’s Minister of Agriculture, Laurence MacAulay, wrote back expressing his appreciation for our work and commented positively about our plan “I will certainly consider the recommendations you have outlined in the enclosed publication as I pursue my mandate.”

Excerpt from the City Farmer booklet:

Over 26 million Canadians live in 147 metropolitan areas and agglomerations across the country with populations that range from 5,600,000 people in Toronto to 10,500 in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland.

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In Istanbul’s Ancient Gardens, A Battle for Future Harvests

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The Yedikule gardens are watered using a narrow canal system known as masula. Click on image for larger file.

Development pressures are threatening Istanbul’s centuries-old gardens, which have produced food for the city’s markets since Byzantine times. A coalition of gardeners and environmentalists is fighting to preserve them.

By Jennifer Hattam
Jennifer Hattam is a freelance journalist based in Istanbul.
Environment 360, Yale
Feb 26, 2016

Excerpt:

“The bostan in Yedikule are one of the first forerunners to what we today term urban farming,” says Aslihan Demirtas, an Istanbul-based architect who also has a design studio in New York. “It’s become very trendy in places like Brooklyn to grow your own lettuce on a warehouse rooftop, but people have been producing food here within the city for 1,500 years.”

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My Dog’s a Chicken

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The girl decides that one of the many chickens roaming their yard could make a suitable dog—especially the black-and-white speckled hen who struts around like she owns the place.

By Susan McElroy Montanari and Anne Wilsdorf
Schwartz & Wade
Feb 2016

Lula Mae wants a puppy, but times are hard and she’ll just have to make do. Her family has plenty of chickens, so she decides maybe a chicken can be a dog.

Pookie, as Lula Mae names her, is an ordinary chicken, but Lula Mae thinks she is very doglike indeed.

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Report from Ireland: Growing Urban Agriculture in Cork

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Can Cork be a greener, healthier and more abundant food producing city?

By Veronica Barry
Dec, 2015
31 pages

Excerpt:

1.4. The report was developed with learning from Cork’s existing food growing initiatives across the city, and through conversations with a wide range of stakeholders, including community gardeners, food producers, voluntary sector groups, as well as people involved in strategy and service delivery within the public sector. It culminated in a stakeholder workshop, attended by 40 representatives from these groups. This approach has helped to show the potential for a people-centred vision for community food growing and urban agriculture in the city, and possible ways forward.

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