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Why Urban Farming Makes So Much Sense For New York City

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Brooklyn Grange, Navy Yard | Anastasia Cole Cplakias.

“Rooftops are an adaptive reuse of urban space that would otherwise go unused.”

By Laura Rothmans
Thrills
Oct 27, 2016

Excerpt:

This is the Brooklyn Grange, a green oasis perched high above the hustle and bustle of the city streets below. Each season, this Brooklyn Navy Yard location as well as the original Grange in Long Island City, Queens, together produce more than 50,000lbs of fresh vegetables and herbs out of just 2.5 tiny acres of space. Customers can find this ultra-ultra-local fare at two weekly farmers markets as well as area-favorite restaurants like Prospect Heights’ James and Williamsburg’s Egg, with whom the Grange maintains wholesale accounts, or through the farm’s seasonal Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares.

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Urban farming in Amsterdam: Green fingers in the city

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Urban farming in Amsterdam. Photo: Molly Quell.

From herb gardens to football pitches of pigs, that empty lot on the corner of your neighbourhood could be filled with a lot more than stray rubbish and weeds.

By Molly Quell
Dutch News
Oct 26, 2016

Excerpt:

One especially hot July day, 13 students from as far as Singapore trampled through a garden in Amsterdam Noord. As it was summer holiday, the university students missed the usual gardeners, a group of nine and 10-year-olds from a nearby primary school.

The students were participating in a month-long graduate course called The Urban Food Experience offered by the University of Amsterdam. As part of the course they were touring Voedseltuin IJplein, one of the many community gardens in the city. In fact Amsterdam has 188 registered city gardens, ranging from small community herb gardens to a football pitch full of pigs.

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Alberta’s Strathcona County releases ‘Urban Agriculture Strategy’

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County administration provided the preliminary Urban Agriculture Strategy (UAS) to council at the Oct. 18 Priorities Committee meeting.

Draft: Presented to Strathcona County Transportation & Agriculture Services
September 7, 2016

Table of Contents:

1.0 URBAN AGRICULTURE IN STRATHCONA COUNTY 1
2.0 DEFINING URBAN AGRICULTURE IN STRATHCONA COUNTY 1
2.1 WHERE DOES THIS APPLY? 1
3.0 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 1
3.1 ENGAGEMENT PROCESS 1
3.2 ENGAGEMENT OUTCOMES 2
4.0 TAKING ACTION ON URBAN AGRICULTURE 5
4.1 VISION 5
4.2 GOALS 5
4.3 STRATEGY AREAS AND ACTIONS 5
4.3.1 Strategy Area A: Community Gardens 5

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