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One Hen

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A year later, Kojo has built up a flock of 25 hens. With his earnings Kojo is able to return to school. Soon Kojo’s farm grows to become the largest in the region.

Written by Katie Smith Milway
Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
Kid Can Press
2008

Inspired by true events, One Hen tells the story of Kojo, a boy from Ghana who turns a small loan into a thriving farm and a livelihood for many.

After his father died, Kojo had to quit school to help his mother collect firewood to sell at the market. When his mother receives a loan from some village families, she gives a little money to her son. With this tiny loan, Kojo buys a hen.

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Vancouver, BC community garden to make way for condo development

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This may be the last spring for a Vancouver community garden in Southeast False Creek.

By Carlito Pablo
Georgia Straight
March 30th, 2016

Excerpt:

According to Brock, temporary gardens play an important role.

“There’s a shortage of urban growing space in the city,” he said, “and so we serve that function of giving people who might not have growing space an opportunity to plant.”

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Victoria, BC Editorial: Urban gardens feed the soul

colBy John Currin. The Gardeners. 2001. See original here.

Land that grows lawns, shrubs, trees and flowers could just as well be producing food.

Editorial
Times Colonist
Mar 25, 2016

Excerpt:

The capital region is a great place to grow things; there’s no reason more of its landscaping can’t be edible, especially as concerns grow over nutrition, food safety and rising food prices.

Urban agriculture is a growing movement, increasingly supported by municipal governments. The City of Victoria, for example, allows gardening, within certain guidelines, on boulevards, the city-owned strips of land between private property and streets. It has regulations and guidelines for community gardens.

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