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Future retirees work the land at farm school in Korea

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Farmers at the Jecheon City Agricultural Technology Center in North Chungcheong show off their produce earlier this month. The rural training center welcomes urbanites to move in for a year and learn basic farming techniques. [KIM SEONG-TAE]

The Jecheon city government combined forces with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to build an agricultural training center for urbanites who knew absolutely nothing about farming but wished to temporarily move to the countryside and learn the ropes.

By Choi Jong-Kwon
Korea Joongangdaily
Aug 22, 2016

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Participants move into the village for a year, paying the city between 180,000 and 250,000 won ($163 to $226) per month with a 600,000 won deposit.

In return, the city provides each student with a small house and land, in addition to farming lectures led by agricultural experts. The Jecheon City Agricultural Technology Center is nestled in a village more than 3,000 square-meters (3,588 square-yards) in size that comprises a training center, a factory, two vinyl greenhouses, 30 houses and a small plot for each household. The entire project required 9.6 billion won when it opened, which was jointly paid through national and municipal coffers.

Yoon Jae-sam, 58, who heads the agricultural center, calls it a “village filled with a bunch of beginner farmers.” Thirty-four people from 25 households have moved in so far.

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Gurgaon, India: Lease land for ‘kitchen gardens’

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The department will make available farming land in Bhondsi nearby, where residents can go on weekends or in their spare time, and grow vegetables non-commercially for their household needs.

India Times
Aug 28, 2016

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Anyone interested in leasing land can approach the district horticulture officer, who will help the resident decide the amount of land they would require, and the crop(s) they can grow on it. The land will be leased out at least for a year at a nominal rate, which has not been decided yet. However, regular maintenance, watering, security, etc, of the garden will be the leasee’s responsibility, which might be a drag for corporate employees looking for a part-time hobby.

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Erie, Pennsylvania planners seek more research on urban farming

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“I want to start my own business,” Sachse said. “So much of the vacant property is in residential neighborhoods and half of the lots in this neighborhood are vacant.”

By David Bruce
Go Erie
Aug 17, 2016

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Erie Planning Commission members agreed with Erie City Council that converting vacant lots in the city into small crop farms could be a good idea, but more research is needed.

Commission members voted 3-0 on Tuesday to recommend the city’s zoning office examine how zoning ordinances be amended to permit urban agriculture on residential properties in the city.

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