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Northern Canada: Yellowknife Farmers’ Market seeks land within city zoned for agriculture

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‘We have been listening very closely to the community,’ says Tracey Williams (left), Food Security Coordinator for the Yellowknife Farmers’ Market. (submitted by Tracey Williams)

They made a really good case for why it is important to produce more food locally,’ said Mayor Mark Heyck. (CBC)

By Mitch Wiles
CBC News
Sep 02, 2016

Excerpt:

“One of the recurring themes that was constantly being brought up was an interest in some kind of land being identified in Yellowknife… for urban farming or agricultural production,” said Tracey Williams, Food Security Coordinator for the Yellowknife Farmers’ Market.

“There is no zoning, there is no policy, there are no bylaws that talk about agricultural production within the city boundaries.”

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Ottawa: Gardens to be demolished as part of Hydro One upgrade

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Geoff Radnor gestures to one of his neighbour’s gardens, planted in the mid-80s in the transmission line right-of-way. (Stu Mills/CBC)

‘I don’t understand why they don’t just put the tower up and let us work the rest,’ says one resident

Stu Mills
CBC News
Sept 7, 2016

Excerpt:

Residents in the Riverview neighbourhood say Hydro One is taking a “scorched earth” policy to their community vegetable gardens.

The electricity provider plans to upgrade the towers and twin the existing, single 115 kV transmission line between the Overbrook Transformer Station on Coventry Road and Balena Park in the Riverview neighbourhood next April.

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New £50,000 allotments opened in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh’s Victoria Park allotments, formerly a council-managed bowling green, has been turned into a leafy crop of flowers, vegetables and fruit. Grower Colin Finlayson and his runner beans.

There are 16 “mini” allotments on-site, along with a toilet and communal storage unit, plus a community plot for use by pupils of the neighbouring Trinity Academy

By Brian Donnelly
Herald Scotland
Sept 1, 2016

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Retired teacher Colin Finlayson managed to secure an allotment from the new batch after nine years on the waiting list.

He said there are benefits on top of having the healthy fresh produce he has grown such as potatoes, leaks, raspberries and strawberries.

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