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Young British hop grower left the City to reinvigorate family farm

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Russ Huskins is a fourth-generation hop farmer.

“Every hop grower in the country would be planting Fuggle if it was not susceptible to the potentially devastating virus, wilt.

By Jack Watkins
FG Insight
Sept 2, 2016

The British Hop Crop:

There are about 50 specialist British hop growers. These are concentrated in Kent, East Sussex and Surrey in the South East, and in Hereford and Worcestershire in the Midlands

In 1872 there were 29,137ha (72,000 acres) of hops in the UK, 60 per cent of which were in Kent. Today there are 404ha (1,000 acres) across the country

There are 72 known varieties of English hops

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Toronto’s 12 allotment gardens are in full bloom, as city folk prove you can grow local.

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Leslie St. allotment garden. Richard Caron, water, and his wife Susan, moved from the Beach to a downtown apartment two years ago and Susan was eager to find a space to flex her green thumb. Photo by Andrew Wallace.

“The groundhogs are having a great time in our garden,” Caron said. “We’ll have to do something about that next year.”

By Katrina Clarke
The Star
Sept. 2, 2016

Except:

Leasing a plot at one of the 12 outdoor gardens spread across the city gives the chance to exercise your green thumb, meet fellow urban gardeners and plant whatever your heart desires — so long as it’s legal.

And now is the best time to check out the gardens in full bloom.

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Chicago awarded $1M USDA urban farming grant

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Kevin Jezewski, assistant director of food and beverage for Savor, which manages food service at McCormick Place, stands over the rooftop garden at McCormick Place on April, 26, 2016. The 20,000-square-foot rooftop garden grows food served in the convention center. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)

Chicago’s new “Growing for Chicago” initiative is one of 45 projects to be awarded a total of $26.6 million this year through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual Conservation Innovation Grants.

By Greg Trotter
Chicago Tribune
Sept 8, 2016

Excerpt:

Urban farming has gained momentum in Chicago in recent years with the increased popularity of locally sourced food. Chicago’s project will provide “microgrants” and technical assistance to farmers, while also recruiting and training new farmers from neighborhoods, such as Englewood, where there’s a dearth of jobs and few healthy food options, said Chris Wheat, chief sustainability officer of Chicago.

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