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San Francisco Job: Urban Agriculture Program Coordinator

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The Recreation and Park Department is accepting applications to fill a permanent exempt position as 3374 Volunteer/Outreach Coordinator (Urban Agriculture Program Coordinator) effective approximately July 5 (or sooner if possible).

Excerpt from Posting:

Position Description – The Board of Supervisors established an Urban Agriculture Program to oversee and coordinate all of the city’s urban agriculture activities and adopt goals for the city related to urban agriculture. On July 16, 2013 the Board of Supervisors approved the plan to dedicate one full-time staff person to coordinate the Urban Agriculture Program assigned to the Recreation and Park Department. Urban agriculture provides multiple benefits to San Franciscans including connecting city residents to the broader food system, providing green space and recreation, saving public agencies money, providing ecological benefits and green infrastructure, building community, and offering food access, public health, and economic development potential.

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Malaysia: Urban farming has helped cut living costs says Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister

malaysDatuk Seri Ahmad Shabby Cheek.

Since its inception in 2014, the programme has amassed 38,506 participants who grow vegetables, herbs and ulam at 1,634 locations nationwide.

By Nurbaiti Hamdan
The Star
May 19, 2016

PETALING JAYA: The Government-initiated agriculture programme in urban areas is turning into a movement that helps to reduce the cost of living, said Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

Since its inception in 2014, the programme has amassed 38,506 participants who grow vegetables, herbs and ulam at 1,634 locations nationwide.

“This was something unthinkable because previously, urban people were thought to only work in factories, offices and hotels,” he said in his speech during a working visit to the Petaling Jaya urban farming site in Kampung Lindungan here Thursday.

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Expedition agroparks

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Research by design into sustainable development and agriculture in the network society

By Peter J.A.M. Smeets
Wageningen Academic Pubishers
2011 Pages: 320

This book is the result of several years of expedition into the development of metropolitan FoodClusters. The author’s fascination for the agricultural landscapes in and around metropolises led him to the conclusion that improving the efficiency of agriculture is the most effective way to safeguard the quality of such landscapes. The wasteful modes of production developed in the past 150 years have led to a serious decline in both the surface area and the quality of the highly valued landscapes.

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