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Kenya: How we live with seven dairy cows, goats in the city

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Salome Gitau poses next to one of her dairy cows in her farm in Githurai, Nairobi, where she and her husband Stanley Gitau, who is also a tour driver keep dairy cows and goats. Photo | Anna Jones | Nation Media Group

At peak production, their best cow produces 36 litres of milk per day and the Gitaus believe diet is the secret.

By Anna Jones
Daily Nation
Oct. 15 2016

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“We milk the cows three times a day, yielding at least 60 litres per session at the peak, which we sell at Sh60 a litre,” said Salome.

Neighbours and residents queue up with their containers to buy milk fresh from the cow. Often still warm, it’s filtered from a churn directly into the customer’s bottle.

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‘Veggielante’ helps folks grow food in small spaces in Sacramento

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Con10u2Farm.com puts modules in schools to encourage gardens in city neighborhoods

By Cathie Anderson
Sacramento Bee
June 18, 2016

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Friends tease James Brady about his devotion to urban farming, calling him a veggielante and a veggie preacher, but that doesn’t stop his proselytizing. Brady and his business partners create microscale systems that allow schoolchildren and others to grow produce in small or nontraditional spaces.

They recently sold nine of their “adaptive growing modules” to Sacramento-area schools such as Luther Burbank High School, John Still and Pasadena Avenue Elementary School. The modules consist of raised storage bins hooked up to a recirculating water system and filled with a composted growing medium. A timer, which can be powered by solar energy, turns the drip system on and off as directed.

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Legislation hopes to bolster urban farming, but challenges remain

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Lance Kraai (pictured above) operates the 3-acre New City Farm on Grand Rapids’ northeast side and believes urban farms are best suited to drive social change rather than profits. Photo by Katy Batdorff.

“You can read books on urban agriculture, and it’s like, ‘You can make $100,000 on an acre.’ I’m a little skeptical of that in West Michigan,” he said.

By John Wiegand
MiBiz
Oct 16

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Increasing property values, notoriously thin margins — a common thread most conventional, organic and urban farmers share — and a lack of high-end buyers stifled what many thought to be a hot market.

That’s not to say urban farmers haven’t found a niche in West Michigan over the past five years. Instead of driving dollars to the bottom line, urban farmers have switched their models to focus on community revitalization, public health and youth welfare.

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