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Canada: Meet East Vancouver’s original urban farmers

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Like many immigrant Asian seniors, Jason Lee and his wife, Jean, grow a colourful mix of eastern and western crops in their East Van garden. Photo Jennifer Gauthier.

These seniors’ view of urban farming is not the hip and healthy lifestyle many city dwellers have pursued it for.

Christopher Cheung
Vancouver Courier
Aug 10, 2016

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Michaelina Teo has grown produce for many years, from mangoes in Brunei to the Swiss chard at her Renfrew home, but last year was the first time she ever won a prize for the sexiest squash.

The prize was awarded to her by Collingwood Neighbourhood House for its harvest festival. But for the 72-year-old, who likes to be called Mee Mee, the fruits of her labour were always their own reward.

“I’m a very casual gardener,” she said, although she’s known in the neighbourhood for her green thumb.

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Philadelphia Obituary: Mary S. Corboy, city farm pioneer

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When Philadelphia magazine awarded Ms. Corboy the Philadelphian of the Year in 2008, the magazine wrote: “Armed with a BlackBerry and a sarcastic wit, Mary Seton Corboy is showing Philadelphia that the solution might be right beneath our feet.”

By Bonnie L. Cook
Philly.com
Aug 9, 2016

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In 1998, she found that vehicle in Greensgrow, a one-acre lot at 2501 E. Cumberland St. on which she built raised gardens and greenhouses to grow herbs and produce. What she couldn’t produce she had trucked in from local growers: peaches from South Jersey, tomatoes from Lancaster County, and meats, cheeses, and breads from farms within a short drive of Philadelphia.

The project was intended to breathe life into the long-neglected Philadelphia neighborhood – and it did.

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Canada: P.E.I. actors who play farmers tackle the real thing

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All in the family: Stephen Guy-McGrath and Eleanor Guy prepare to perform in Anne of Green Gables at the Confederation Centre. (Stephen Guy-McGrath/Facebook)

Matt Campbell and Stephen Guy-McGrath feed fellow thespians from Cecil’s Garden

By Sara Fraser
CBC News
Aug 08, 2016

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Ttephen Guy-McGrath, who plays Cecil the farmer in Anne of Green Gables the Musical at the Confederation Centre, and Matt Campbell, who played the same role two seasons ago, have joined forces to create a micro-business they call Cecil’s Garden. They’ve been growing lettuce, beans, kale, peppers and more in Charlottetown’s Legacy Garden since late May.

“Matt called me in the spring and said ‘Steve, I got this great idea — let’s get a farm!'” recalls Guy-McGrath. “Matt had a kitchen garden last year that I kept raiding.”

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