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City Rezones ‘Suburban Residential’ to ‘Agricultural’ for Urban Farm in Atlanta

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A farm in the middle of one of Atlanta’s most elegant suburban cities. Mr. Coleman had not come to Roswell with his farm. The city had come to him. But that bothered him not a whit. Almost until the day he died, Jan. 29, 2012, at age 89, he and his farm were almost unchanged over the 60-odd years he lived there.

Couple will donate 30 percent of their organically grown produce to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

By David Ibata
For the AJC
Aug 15, 2016

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The Roswell City Council has approved a couple’s unusual request for the city to rezone their land from suburban residential back to agricultural so they can set up a small “urban farm.”

The city also granted a conditional use to let Tony and Shari Martin sell produce from the 6.7-acre farm at 410 Coleman Road, with the conditions that visitors not park vehicles on the road, and that a studio planned for the site not be for commercial use.

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Economics Is Scarce Resources Allocation – What Resource Constraint Does Urban Farming Solve?

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We find out that vertical farming does not save resources, it expends resources instead. It makes us all considerably poorer by its existence. Thus we must really rather wonder why we’re doing it.

By Tim Worstall
Forbes
Aug 15, 2016

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That there are fads and fashions in the business world just as there are in other areas of human life is no surprise. But such fads and fashions should be subject to a bit of hard headed analysis from time to time. One such is the newly promoted concept of vertical or urban farming. The idea being that food can and should be grown inside cities, in buildings, rather than out in the countryside and upon land. I have mentioned before that I think the entire concept is a ludicrously stupid idea. Yet here we have another example which we can examine.

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An Abandoned Quarry Above Rio’s Olympic Village Found New Life as an Organic Farm

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Fátima Anselmo, owner of Orgânicas da Fátima, grows organic produce in a reclaimed quarry in Rio de Janeiro. Pea vines climb bamboo stakes to her left, while banana leaves spread on the ground behind her protect a bed recently planted with carrot seeds. After finding the site in 2014, she spent more than a year and a half clearing it of rubble and building the soil from her own compost pile. Photo by Andrew Jenner.

“I always wanted to show that urban agriculture was possible,” Anselmo says. “If everyone did just a little bit of this, we’d have much healthier food and a much healthier world.”

By Andrew Jenner
Modern Farmer
August 19, 2016

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Anselmo estimates that restaurants and hotels make up about 70 percent of her business. (The Olympics—great news for any host city’s hospitality industry—have been very good to Orgânicos da Fátima). The rest of her sales take place at the organic farmers markets that have begun popping up all over Rio; a decade ago, there was a single such market in all of Rio, according to ABIO, an organic farmer’s association. Today, there are 19.

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