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Dublin’s Bridgefoot Street Community Garden

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“It’s empowering. There’s lots of lads can’t get work, stuck in the gaff,” said Talpin. “Just by doing an activity together, it really clears your mind.”

By Lois Kapila
Dublin Inquirer
Oct 4, 2016

Excerpt:

“We started to do guerrilla gardening, the idea that the garden will spill out into the community,” said Talpin, last Friday morning, gesturing towards the garden’s open gate.

They put plants in the nearby Oliver Bond flats, and he saw some teenagers watering them, the other day. “We’ve started painting the railings, to take the prison look off the place,” he says.

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Urban Agriculture Magazine no. 31 – Inclusive Use of Urban Space

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By RUAF
Sept 2016

We have worked on this issue together with Samina Raja from the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab, State University of New York at University at Buffalo, NY and Yves Cabannes from the Bartlett Development Planning Unit at University College London and RUAF board member.

This magazine explores the issue of community engagement in shaping urban and periurban agriculture and food policies and plans. Key questions explored in this issue are how communities are engaging in urban food policymaking and planning and how local governments are responding to community demands for food policies and plans.

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Taiga Tower – Enjoy fresh produce at home with self-watering & LED grow lights


Based on the successful results from our prototypes, we’re now ready to place a bulk order with the finalized Taiga Tower design after this campaign closes.

Taiga Eco Systems, Inc.
San Jose, United States
Oct 11, 2016

Excerpt from their Indiegogo site:

We’ve spent a year perfecting the design and features of the Taiga Tower. Our prototype towers have flourished and proven the value of our tower design and low-maintenance care features. Our beta testers loved the benefits of having a backyard vegetable garden all packed within a compact and easy to use tower design. Based on the successful results from our prototypes, we’re now ready to place a bulk order with the finalized Taiga Tower design after this campaign closes.

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An Urban’s Rural View – Making Sense Out of Urban Agriculture

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It will be up to Debbie Stabenow and her colleagues in Congress to design smart programs, so a small amount of seed money yields a large crop of urban-ag successes.

By Urban C Lehner
Editor Emeritus
The Progressive Farmer
10/4/2016
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

Deciding whether urban-agriculture legislation makes sense requires pondering two questions. The first and most fundamental: Does urban agriculture make sense?

It’s tempting to say the jury is still out. Urban agriculture is an infant industry — industries, really, for there are many urban-agricultural models. There are restaurants growing their own fruits and vegetables on their rooftops and community groups growing them on vacant lots. There’s Ed Horton’s vertical farm on an eighth of an acre inside an Irvine, California, office building. There’s A.G. and Matt Kawamura’s 40 parcels, 1,000 acres total, dotting the southern Los Angeles suburbs.

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