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Urban Agriculture As A Global Warming Tool

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Wayne Roberts.

‘In the era of global warming, urban agriculture’s ability to generate spaces for the development of social skills and adaptability is likely more important than its ability to produce food.’

By Wayne Roberts
30 ways cities can prepare for global warming
OpportunityCity, No 22
July 2016

Excerpt:

Last month, I made the case at the Grey to Green conference (put on by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities in Toronto) that there are 30 expressions of urban agriculture that either prevent damage (mitigation is the official phrase), or adapt positively to damage, caused by global warming. Last week, at an Urban Food Systems Symposium at Kansas State University in Kansas City where I spoke, I learned about a lot more expressions of urban agriculture that respond to other city challenges — including refugee resettlement and poverty reduction, which Kansas excels in, thanks to the exemplary work of Cultivate Kansas City.

There are so many kinds and scales of urban ag, we need a wide umbrella term to cover them all.

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July 11, 2016   Comments Off on Urban Agriculture As A Global Warming Tool

How are urban agriculture projects in St. Louis investing in more than just food?

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City Seeds director Syndey Boyle with former St. Patrick Center client Deborah at the farm in June.

The International Institute currently has two farms, each of which is divided into small plots of land shared by people who came to the United States as refugees.

By Kim Oswalt
ST Louis Public Radio
July 5, 2016

Excerpt:

Just a few blocks north of Union Station in downtown St. Louis, a 2.5-acre farm sits hidden in plain sight next to the on-ramp for I-64. Despite its size and relatively busy location, few people are aware of its existence.

It isn’t the only farm in the area that no one knows about.

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July 11, 2016   Comments Off on How are urban agriculture projects in St. Louis investing in more than just food?