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Agritopia founder sought to regain “village life”

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Gilbert businessman Joe Johnston launched Agritopia more than a decade ago. Click on image for larger file.

The result of his stewardship is Agritopia (agriculture+topia), a 160-acre village urban farm with a population of 1,300 that has garnered attention from around the world.

By Srianthi Perera
Ahwatukee Foothills News Writer
Aug 11, 2016

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“The farm, as it stood, was not going to be something that made sense in the fabric of the suburban environment,” Johnston said. “We wanted to preserve agriculture and we also wanted to preserve every single building in the homestead area.”

The result of his stewardship is Agritopia (agriculture+topia), a 160-acre village urban farm with a population of 1,300 that has garnered attention from around the world.

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London Underground grows ‘micro greens’– herbs and salad veggies destined for the city’s restaurants

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Must see video. Follow link.

The bomb shelter farm hidden deep under London

By Barry Neild, CNN
Video by Sara Delgrossi, CNN
August 17, 2016

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The tunnels largely fell into disuse after the war, so when Ballard and Dring approached their owners, London’s TFL transport body, they were soon invited to set up their operation.

Further support came from a crowdsourced cash injection of more than $1 million and interest from Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr., who signed up for deliveries to his Le Gavroche restaurant.

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Webinar: ”Creating Cool Roof Zones: City Greening and Urban Agriculture for Heat Island Mitigations”

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Noon on Aug. 17. Presenting the 75-minute webinar will be Gabriela Steier, an attorney with the Vermont Law School.

Penn State Extension’s Economic and Community Development Team

Sixty percent of the global population is expected to live in cities by 2050, challenging local governments’ institutional capacity to improve urban livability and maintain food security,” Steier said.

“Therefore, greening of a city through urban agriculture zoning ordinances provides an opportunity to mitigate the environmental impacts of climate change as well as provide agricultural products to the residents of the city.”

Urban rooftop farms combine greening and agriculture techniques that reduce environmental impacts associated with urban areas, Steier noted, adding that cities in Europe have benefited from integrating them into building plans. The webinar will address how agricultural zoning laws could promote urban rooftop farms in this country.

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Canada: Saskatoon city vegetable farms prove you don’t have to be rural to grow

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Rachel and Jared Regier from Chain Reaction Urban Farm are passionate about sustainability. (Rosalie Woloski/CBC)

The Chain Reaction Urban Farm consists of four city plots including backyards and city boulevards

CBC News
Aug 11, 2016

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Jared and Rachel Regier run the Chain Reaction Urban Farm, which consists of a number of garden plots in backyards and city boulevards.

Organic produce harvested from the plots is then delivered by bicycle to more than 20 families in Saskatoon.

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