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Urban farming: From floating food forests to vacant lot crops

More than 1,500 community gardens have been started on vacant land in Detroit alone in recent years. From Greening of Detroit.

A growing movement is spreading throughout U.S. cities that is feeding people, providing jobs, and helping the environment—urban farming.

By Sher Watts Spooner
Daily Kos
May 15, 2016


One estimate is that there are as many as 100 full-fledged food forests, with a mix of trees and smaller plants in a succession of layers, in the United States. One Detroit group reports that there are 70 urban farms in that city alone that sell fruits and vegetables to local market outlets. The Chicago Urban Agriculture Mapping Project is trying to locate small produce gardens throughout the Windy City—a 2015 count found 830. There’s even a worldwide organization called Urban Farming that claims more than 63,000 small community gardens based in cities, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that up to 20 percent of the world’s food supply is grown in cities.

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Toronto laneway to be turned into community garden

Milky Way Garden – An Urban Agriculture Space for Parkdale. (Must see. Mike)

We believe that through community ownership we can assure that this land is used to meet local needs in the present and future!

Excerpt from their FundRazor site:

The Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT) has partnered with Greenest City to acquire its first piece of community owned land! The Milky Way Garden is a privately owned vacant lot that hosts a community garden cared for by mostly tibetan seniors. With your help we will buy this property to secure this green space from development and create a dedicated urban agriculture space for Parkdale.


We envision that the Milky Way Garden will be a shared urban agriculture space for Parkdale. Operated by Greenest City, it will host urban agriculture and environmental projects that increase access to healthy fresh food, while creating opportunities for environmental learning and community connections.

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Vancouver Trending: Urban farming on the grow

whel A wheelbarrow in the fields at UBC Farm. Amy Logan/For Metro

Vancouver is experiencing an urban farming renaissance of sorts and the city has even launched a two-year pilot project to help legitimize farming in the city.

By Amy Logan
For Metro
May 20 2016


“There’s an enthusiasm, a sense of resilience and civic engagement,” said Marcela Crowe, Executive Director of the Vancouver Urban Farming Society (VUFS).

The city recently adopted a two-year urban farming pilot. The goal of the project is to “help legitimize urban farming from a land use perspective, and create a consistent approach to urban farming inquiries,” according to the City’s Urban Farming Policy Report.

Besides Vancouver’s long growing season and focus on sustainability, the city’s efforts to promote local agriculture may account for a boom in urban farming. Vancouver aims to increase citywide and neighbourhood food assets by 50 per cent above 2010 levels.

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