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Kentucky: Berea Urban Farm seeks to inspire other communities

bureaDirector Richard Olson at the urban farm.

Next year, Olson said he hopes to offer a tilling service to residents for a reduced fee.

By Critley King
Richmond Register
July 5, 2016

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Just a little more than two years after Berea Urban Farm (BUF) began, the crops are flourishing with innovation, and Director Richard Olson is hoping they can be an inspiration to other communities.

“We refer to this as an educational market garden,” said BUF Director Richard Olson. “We have multiple goals. One, of course, is to produce fresh local food to increase food security and the health of our neighborhood and community. Beyond that, we want to teach people where food comes from, how they can grow food and particularly get kids involved.”

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Flock of sheep take over landscaping duties in Montreal park for the summer

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Montreal’s Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie borough introduced the six ewes and two lambs that will serve as environmentally-friendly lawnmowers for the next month as part of an urban agriculture pilot project

By Morgan Lowrie
The Canadian Press
JULY 9, 2016

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It won’t be all work, though: the sheep’s schedule over the next month also includes picnics and even yoga sessions with local residents, though Julien-Denis would not elaborate on what role the sheep would play. She also said there would be weekly strolls to other nearby parks.

The group running the project will also be holding educational workshops to teach Montrealers about cheese, wool, and urban agriculture, and to give them a small peek into where their food comes from.

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Raising Chickens in San Diego’s Urban Neighborhoods

chlasRaising chickens in urban areas in San Diego is a trend that’s expected to last.

In San Diego, a coop must have at least six square feet of space for each chicken.

By May Tjoa
7 San Diego
July 3, 2016

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Mike Handford and his wife, Lisa, live in City Heights, a densely populated neighborhood in central San Diego.

They’ve been raising chickens for the last four years. Right now, they have four hens living in their approximately 500-square-foot yard. Mike said that’s plenty of space for the hens to roam around.

Each hen typically lays one egg per day and produces droppings with a lot of nutrients.

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