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In Germany’s major cities, young families, nature lovers and amateur gardeners are increasingly taking up urban gardening

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In cities like Berlin, Bonn, Freiburg and Cologne, these gardens have become lively social habitats.

DW
Aug 2016

‘Is this a slum?’ (referring to photo above.)

Allotment gardens are typical of Germany. City dwellers without their own outdoor space are fond of these plots, where they plant their own organic veggies or just enjoy the nice weather. Looking at the wooden huts in these gardens, some foreigners wonder whether they’ve ended up in a slum. According to law, people are not allowed to actually live in these huts – but that doesn’t stop some people.

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Deeply Rooted: Medicinal Plant Cultivation in Techtropolis

The book is a starter guide for growing and using local plants as medicine.

By Author, Bonnie Rose Weaver, and editor, Mari Amend
Kickstarter
Aug 2016

Deeply Rooted includes:

Over 40 original drawings and graphics by Bonnie Rose Weaver

Foreword by San Francisco urban farmer Caitlyn Galloway of Little City Gardens

Essay by Lauren Kaneko-Jones, LAc of SWAP and Well in the West about living in harmony with the seasons -Specific herbal cultivation techniques

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Vancouver’s YWCA Rooftop Food Garden is Ten Years Old

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It yields 1,500 pounds of fresh, high-quality produce each year

By Sandy Reimer
Director, Health + Fitness & Operations
YWCA Metro Vancouver
Aug 2016

I always feel brightened by my daily visit to the YWCA Rooftop Food Garden, which sits on top of our Health + Fitness Centre, among downtown Vancouver’s office buildings and high rises. The vibrant, sweet-smelling fruits and veggies make me feel closer to the families who benefit from our garden’s abundance.

Ten years into our gardening project, and it’s still hard to believe that this urban treasure, which yields 1,500 pounds of fresh, high-quality produce each year, was once an ornamental garden. And it all grows in just inches of organic soil!

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Inter-Urban Farms – Bringing Vertical Farming to Columbus, OH.

We are campaigning for $85,000 to buy a Leafy Green Machine from Freight Farms.

By Jens Tuin
Kickstarter
Aug 2016

Excerpt:

We want to bring urban agriculture to Columbus, Ohio! With the purchase of a Freight Farm, we want to grow and sell locally grown produce for the City of Columbus. A Freight Farm is a self-contained vertical farm that uses less resources to grow food, allowing it to be placed in an urban setting. We need your help to raise the funds to buy this unit and the land to begin growing fresh produce year-round for Columbus, Ohio.

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