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Bronx urban farmer receives Earth Day award for her years of work, advocacy

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Karen Washington now doesn’t just concentrate on growing food at her farm in the Bronx and upstate New York, but also examines the food system as a whole.

By Angy Altamirano
Metro USA
Apr 18, 2016

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Now — along with running the Rise & Root Farm in Chester, NY with her friends since 2015 and continuing to care for her garden in the Bronx — Washington said she doesn’t just concentrate on growing food, but also looks at the food system as a whole and examines who is being treated fairly and who isn’t.

“In a country that we have so much wealth, we have hunger and poverty,” she said. “I continue to speak out against the injustices.”

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April 23, 2016   Comments Off on Bronx urban farmer receives Earth Day award for her years of work, advocacy

Real estate speculation threatens future of Metro Vancouver farmland

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KPU studies agriculture real estate speculation as it threatens the future of an economically viable bioregion in Richmond and Southwest B.C.

By Graeme Wood
Richmond News
April 22, 2016

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Presently, about one-third of farmed land in Metro Vancouver is leased.

Furthermore, Mullinix estimates some 44,000 acres of farmable land is not in production in Metro Vancouver.

Adding to the pressures is the increase in estate homes being built on ALR land. Such mansions are numerous in Richmond and set a new price benchmark based on its value as a luxury residential property instead of a working farm, according to the report.

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April 23, 2016   Comments Off on Real estate speculation threatens future of Metro Vancouver farmland