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Survey seeks ideas on how to make urban agriculture easier in St. Louis

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Niang washes some freshly picked produce before selling it to Saint Louis University. Kim Oswalt | St. Louis Public Radio

“Some of these ideas might impact communities with vacant land and we want to make sure the impacts are positive, that the community would like to see these agricultural activities,”

By Eli Chen
StL Public Radio
Aug 29, 2016

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The survey has received more than 600 responses, with many describing the challenges of acquiring land in St. Louis to set up a farm. In particular, residents said that land isn’t affordable, residential taxes are too high to grow food and there is also no guarantee that a property managed by the city’s Land Reutilization Authority won’t be bought by someone else.

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Victoria, BC’s Urban Agriculture Proposals go to Council Public Hearings

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Mason Street City Farm.

The mayor says she expects the changes to pass — except for the part about changing the city’s Official Community Plan to make agriculture “subservient” to development.

By Katherine Dedyna
Times Colonist
Sept. 3, 2016

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The bylaw changes would allow raw, unprocessed food such as fruits, nuts, seeds, eggs and honey to be grown, harvested and sold by farmers within the city.

Growers would require a $100 annual business licence to sell goods off-site. On-site sales — through a farmstand, for example — would require either an annual licence or a three-month licence, available for $25.

Farmstand hours would be limited to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., except on Sundays, when the hours would be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Loading of delivery trucks would be limited to once a day during the same hours.

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India: Number Of Kitchen Gardeners Has Increased By Leaps And Bounds

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“It is not that people are only interested for growing vegetables. They have been growing oilseeds, cacti and medicinal herbs.

Times of India
Aug 29, 2016

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“I have literally stopped depending on market for vegetables for the last three years except buying a few exotic ones. I have been growing almost all varieties of seasonal vegetables and spinaches on my 1,000 square feet rooftop kitchen garden, said Sugata Nayak, a homemaker in Gajapati Nagar of the city.

Nayak has also been giving consultation on kitchen garden and various aspects of urban farming to people.

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