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Detroit plots course on land use as leader in urban farming

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Greg Willerer, owner of Brother Nature Produce, harvests some leafy greens for a local restaurant. He farms in the city’s north Corktown neighborhood and is one of dozens of Detroit farmers trying to carve out a living. Photo by Larry Peplin.

Willerer and other farmers are eager to expand land ownership in a city that is a national leader in urban farming. But city planners don’t have green thumbs when it comes to figuring out how much of the vacant land should be farmed and how much preserved for other uses.

By Marti Benedetti
Crains’ Detroit Business
Aug 6, 2016

Except:

Dan Carmody, Eastern Market president, said Detroit is a national leader in urban farming because of “the sheer number of people participating in it.”

He said there are 20,000 people working on 1,400 gardens or growing sites in the city.

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‘Minor in Urban Agriculture’ at University of San Francisco

minor Photo by J R Eyerman.

Contact Info:
Office of Urban Agriculture
Kalmanovitz Hall, 103
dmsilver(@)usfca.edu
(415) 422-5152
(Must see. Mike)

Learning Goals
Students will:

integrate diverse disciplinary perspectives to understand today’s complex food systems both dominant and alternative.

demonstrate an understanding of the food/environmental movement and contribute to various efforts taking place within San Francisco and the Bay Area.

master advanced skills in organic gardening and urban homesteading and demonstrate ability to grow, harvest, prepare, and preserve food grown in San Francisco.

demonstrate ability to work collaboratively with others within USF’s Garden Project and in community gardens and kitchens across the Bay Area.

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Those pigs in Westminster: inside London’s most central urban farm

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Piglets, London born and bred. Photograph: Martin Godwin

Nestled between office blocks, on a patch of unimaginably valuable real estate directly across the river from Whitehall, live London’s most unlikely urbanites: lambs, chickens, sheep and a new brood of piglets. So how exactly do you run a farm in the shadow of Parliament?

By Peter Watts
The Guardian
Aug 4, 2016

Excerpt:

There’s something slightly surreal about Oasis Farm Waterloo, a tiny working farm wedged into a slender strip of land owned by the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, who permit use pending redevelopment for the hospital. Overlooking the polytunnels, portable cabins and three animal sheds with pigs, sheep and chickens, are a pair of tower blocks, some office buildings and a bleak railway viaduct. Next door is a Victorian school containing artists’ studios.

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