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Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Agriculture says ‘Not Urban, Not Rural, Just Agriculture’

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Increasing our agricultural output — No matter its form, agriculture is agriculture. Whether it’s rural or urban, as growers of food we seek the same goal — feeding our communities and world.

By Russell Redding
Lancaster Farming
Aug 13, 2016
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Excerpt:

In vacant lots in cities across Pennsylvania, citizens are getting back to their roots by tending to gardens and reaping the rewards.

These pockets of urban gardening number into the hundreds in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and are tended by thousands of urban gardeners.

It’s a great start, but there is more potential in these systems that we can unlock, bringing more people into the agriculture industry, improving the health and nutrition of Pennsylvanians, and enhancing our urban areas and waterways.

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Professional urban agriculture and its characteristic business models in Metropolis Ruhr, Germany

caput1 Click on image for larger file. Institution: Institut für RealienkundeProvider: KulturpoolProviding Country: austriaCreation Date: 1716 Gemüsegarten, Vegetable garden.

Agriculture plays a significant role in Metropolis Ruhr cultivating about one-third of the metropolitan area, but on-going loss of farmland and short-term lease of land affect farms considerably by complicating access to land.

By Bernd Pölling, , Marcus Mergenthaler , Wolf Lorleberg
Land Use Policy
Volume 58, 15 December 2016, Pages 366–379

Abstract:

‘Low-cost specialization’, ‘differentiation’, and ‘diversification’ are three overarching business models of professional urban agriculture in developed countries. Manifold city-adjusted farm activities belong to these business models resulting in the characteristic farm heterogeneity of urban areas. This paper makes use of the business models as tool for a geo-statistical analysis to spatially investigate farming patterns in reference region Metropolis Ruhr, Germany. Additional farm interviews substantiate findings of the geo-statistical analysis by focusing on horticulture as a common farm activity towards ‘low-cost specialization’, direct marketing and participatory farming belonging to ‘differentiation’, and equestrian services as a representative of the ‘diversification’ business model.

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Sowing Seeds in the City: Ecosystem and Municipal Services

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New Book: From White House to Tacoma, WA, urban agriculture is growing

By Sally Brown (Editor), Kristen McIvor (Editor), Elizabeth Hodges Snyder (Editor)
Hardcover: 407 pages
Publisher: Springer; 1st ed. 2016 edition (April 26, 2016)
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Summary:

Urban agriculture has the potential to change our food systems, enhance habitat in our cities, and to morph urban areas into regions that maximize rather than disrupt ecosystem services. The potential impacts of urban agriculture on a range of ecosystem services including soil and water conservation, waste recycling, climate change mitigation, habitat, and food production is only beginning to be recognized.

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