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Canada: Prison Farms Shut Down By Harper Government May Be Reopened By Liberals

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Pat Kincaid poses for a portrait in Kingston, Ont., on Friday July 8, 2016. Kincaid served 4 1/2 years at the Frontenac Institution where he cared for 120 animals as part of the prison farm. (Photo: Lars Hagberg/CP)

In addition to helping the inmates develop a good work ethic, the farms produced food that was used to feed the prison population as well as supply local food banks, and also helped the local economy as it generated the need for fertilizer, equipment and other supplies, said Peters.

By Diana Mehta
The Canadian Press
07/11/2016

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Pat Kincaid credits the dairy cows on a now-shuttered prison farm in Ontario with teaching him the skills he needed to break a life-long cycle of crime and incarceration.

The 65-year-old Kingston, Ont., resident, who has spent a total of 35 years behind bars for assaults, thefts and other property crimes, hopes other inmates get the chance to benefit from a program the federal Liberal government is now considering reopening.

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Urban farming plan earns woman statewide award in Rome, New York

sunyChristina Carambia stands at her family garden in Hounsfield, NY, with the check she earned from SEFCU for her start-up business. She wants to build indoor gardens at the building.

Christina Carambia’s Underground Greens is a business plan that was chosen this spring for a Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise award in the statewide New York Business Plan Competition.

By Steve Jones
Rome Sentinel
July 9, 2016

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Working in her “vertical farm,” Christina envisions 40 Romans, each assigned to maintaining 1,000 square feet of vegetables.

“I’d like to be able to give jobs to local people like myself, to single moms like myself who can work from 9 in the morning after they drop off their kids at school until 3 in the afternoon,” Christina continues. “So many single moms and dads are coming up to me and telling me they want to be a part of this. Since many features of indoor farming can be automated – such as watering and temperature control — I can offer a flexible work schedule.”

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Farm-to-table transforms to roof-to-hospital in Madison, Wisconsin

rofchUW Health American Center Sous Chef David Zanger looks around the new rooftop garden, which grows herbs, vegetables and fruit, some of which has already been used by the bistro. Photo by Tamar Myers.

In the future, he’s already looking toward building greenhouses and a therapy garden on the hospital grounds.

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The Amy Sheehan Memorial Garden, named for the late wife of the center’s president, has already begun to provide the hospital’s bistro with fresh produce.

The herbs, fruits and vegetables in raised beds are sprouting quickly in the full sun of the rooftop. A Killdeer built its nest in the greenery and fledglings scold passerby. And the drip-irrigation system slowly draws water from a pond on the ground.

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