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The Guardian: Growing together – an allotment picture essay

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National Allotments Week 2016 aims to highlight the inclusive nature of allotment gardening, appealing to all sections of society and all levels of ability. Photographer Sam Frost went to meet allotment holders in Bristol

By Sam Frost
The Guardian
Aug 15, 2016
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Excerpt:

There has been a renewed interest in allotments, with many holders taking them up for the social aspect in addition to access to outside space and being able to grow fresh produce. Alderman Moore Allotments in Bristol are run by the Hotwells & District Allotments Association, which was founded in 1917 and is approaching its 100th year.

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Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City

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New book released today! “We hope that the book will contribute to the strong and growing movement for a more socially just food system in New York City and far beyond.” (The authors.)

By Kristin Reynolds and Nevin Cohen
2016, University of Georgia Press Geographies of Justice & Social Transformation series.

Urban agriculture is increasingly considered an important part of creating just and sustainable cities. Yet the benefits that many people attribute to urban agriculture—fresh food, green space, educational opportunities—can mask structural inequities, thereby making political transformation harder to achieve. Realizing social and environmental justice requires moving beyond food production to address deeper issues such as structural racism, gender inequity, and economic disparities. Beyond the Kale argues that urban agricultural projects focused explicitly on dismantling oppressive systems have the greatest potential to achieve substantive social change.

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