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200 plot community garden in infield of the Illinois State Grandstand Race Track, Springfield, Ill.

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The program has been growing in popularity since it began six years ago under the guidance of the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

By Fox Illinois News
Apr 4 2016
And AgriNews

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Nearly one million folks visit Sangamon County annually to attend the Illinois State Fair, but rarely notice a piece of land that represents agriculture in its simplest form.

Surrounded by the pounding hooves of racehorses, the smells of fried fare, the shouts of enthusiastic carnival patrons, a band’s guitar licks and distinct sounds of livestock are vegetable gardens.

It holds up to 200 plots, 100 of which are designated for organic gardening, another 100 for non-organic.

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How a passionate young Colombian is helping redraw urban farming in U.S.

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Back to Roots products are currently offered in over 14,000 stores worldwide, including Whole Foods, Target, Costco, Kroger, Nordstrom, Petco and Cost Plus World Market.

By Mar Yvette
Fox News Latino
April 04, 2016

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“I was in a business ethics class. The professor was giving a 50-minute lecture called ‘19 Ways in Which Industries Can Become More Sustainable.’ One of the slides he was showing had a picture of mushrooms, a Starbucks logo and trees being cut down. All he said was, ‘I read in a book that you could potentially grow mushrooms on coffee waste, but nobody has ever done it.’ Then he moved on to the next slide.”

It was at that moment the light switch went off in Velez’s head.

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Zimbabwe: Bulawayo’s Largest Community Garden

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Bongo captured helping one of the widows putting final touches on a tomatoes bed. Pic By Chrispen Tabvura.

Young at Heart Foundation last weekend carried out a surprise visit to the largest nutritional garden in Bulawayo which is based on a new local ownership scheme to enhance its value to the beneficiaries.

By Chrispen Tabvura
ZDDT Field Correspondent
Mar 8, 2016

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It is mostly run by widows and the disadvantaged in the community of Tshabalala and Sizinda townships.

The two visitors from Young at Heart Foundation, received a warm welcome as they were handed some fruit trees as a gesture of their welcome.

“We are pleased to be visited by you, and this year has been signalling our success. We have been receiving visitors from all over the world and, just today, you have opened our 2016 guest list with a refreshing word of entertainment. Thank you. Please come this weekend for that show.”

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