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Winnipeg, Manitoba: Connecting the farm with the city

domFortWhyte Farms manager Danielle Mondor holds a flat of vegetable seedlings in the farm’s solar-powered greenhouse. By Andrea Geary.

Mondor said the hope is for the youth interns to use their skills to find satisfying full-time employment after graduation.

By Andrea Geary
Winnipeg Free Press
05/2/2016

On the morning of April 26, six high school students were preparing lunch using pork, potatoes and herbs raised and grown on the farm. The FortWhyte staff and about 20 volunteers work with students from Winnipeg high schools, including Argyle Alternative, Gordon Bell and R.B. Russell Vocational, as well as local youth-serving organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg and Spence Neighbourhood Association.

“We work to empower youth to build self-reliance and leadership skills,” Mondor said.

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A Review Of The Benefits And Limitations Of Urban Agriculture

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Vacant Lots To Vibrant Plot

By Raychel Santo Anne Palmer Brent Kim
John Hopkins Centre for Liveable Future
May 2016
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Excerpt:

Recommendations for framing the merits of urban agriculture.

Urban agriculture should be evaluated for the multifaceted nature of its outcomes – social, health, environmental, and economic – and not merely for its potential outputs in terms of food production or economic development measures.

The list below offers a number of evidence-based talking points for advocates seeking to advance urban agriculture policy and programs:

1) Urban agriculture’s most significant benefits center around its ability to increase social capital, community well-being, and civic engagement with the food system.

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