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Canada: Québec Parliament Building has a food garden

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“This [Québec Parliament Building garden] is a message that it sends to Québec, it is a message that it sends to the world in general as to say yes, urban agriculture is something we recognize and yes, it’s interesting. Let’s put your hands in the earth.”

By Kathryn Chiffer and Les Urbainculteurs
Foodtank
Sept 7, 2016

Excerpt from Les Urbainculteurs:

In June 2013, we opened the gardens of the National Assembly of Quebec: a historic moment for Les Urbainculteurs and very symbolic for urban agriculture in Quebec and elsewhere. Nearly 130 species of plants grow there in the ground and Smart Pots, totaling nearly 2,000 ft2 culture. In addition to the organic vegetables, Le Parlementaire restaurant can enjoy many fruits, herbs and medicinal plants. Two hives have also taken place on the Assembly’s roof.

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Uganda: Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) demonstration farm

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Godfrey Kato a farming specialist at the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) demonstration farm at Kyanja Wakiso district explains that backyard farming is when one practices farming in sacks and buckets as a way of utilizing the small piece of land available.

He adds that one can grow close to 54 plants on one 100kgs sack depending on the type of crops one is planning to grow.

By Lawrence Mulondo
New Vision
7th September 2016

Excerpt:

Kato explains that one needs a sack, gravel stones, organic manure and soil to make a proper garden.

Mix soil with available organic manure like green manure from cover crops or animal/birds manure like chicken waste.

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South Africa: An urban farm is situated on a residential plot in Glencairn, Cape Town

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Meet urban farmer Pierre van der Spuy

By Cari Van Wyk
Biz Community
Sept 8, 2016

Excerpt:

After receiving a 2x2m greenhouse from Urban Freedom two years ago, Pierre van der Spuy started growing herbs and vegetables with his partner and fellow farmer, Teresa Fischer and loved it – now they own and run Evergreen Urban Farm.

“At the time a friend opened a restaurant in Kalk Bay, The Courtyard Café, and we suggested growing organic salad leaves for her. Soon after that, we were told the Foodbarn Restaurant in Noordhoek uses micro greens and we approached Chef Franck Dangereux and suggested supplying him with locally-grown produce. A few months later I bought a property in Glencairn and we started the farm on land we eventually plan to live on,” says Van der Spuy.

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