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Allotment Gardens Combat Food Costs in Sannich, BC

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Joanne Thomson holds up leaves of chard harvested from her plot at Capital City Allotment Garden off Kent Road. — Image Credit: Wolf Depner/News Staff

Almost a third of respondents spend anywhere between a quarter and a half of their household income on food, according to a survey by the District of Saanich.

By Wolf Depner
Saanich News
Nov 9, 2016

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Mary Wolfe, who gardens at Capital City Allotment, says food security is a big issue for her, noting that she grows anywhere between 70 and 80 per cent of the vegetables that she consumes annually.

This figure, she says, makes up a “significant” share of her total annual food consumption. “If I don’t grow it, mostly, I don’t eat it.”

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India: Bengaluru city slickers cultivate farming habits in vacant plots

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In a gated community in Whitefield, efforts are underway to establish a full-fledged community farm within the premises. With less than 40 people working on it on weekends, the farm is already a hit among its residents, especially children.

By Nirupama V
The Economic Times
Nov 10, 2016

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When he was a little boy, Harshvardhan Shitole’s grandmother taught him to how to grow a plant. When he moved to the city, he continued growing plants in his balcony but was never satisfied. A year ago, Shitole, along with five other families, decided to ‘give life’ to an empty plot in their neighbourhood, near the Jayadeva hospital flyover.

They made a compost pit, brought cow dung from a goshala nearby and set out to grow tomatoes and greens. “Our intention is not to take the produce back,” he said. “It is an unfenced plot.

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Calgary: Urban farmer Kye Kocher transforms backyards into large-scale gardens

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Kye Kocher in his inner city farm in Calgary, Alta. Photo by Leah Hennel.

Four years into his farming career, the 31-year-old is the president of YYC Growers (a co-op of urban and rural farmers in the Calgary area), tends to 14 plots in his area and operates a personal farm out of his own inner-city backyard.

By Kerianne Sproule and Leah Hennel,
Calgary Herald
Nov 7, 2016

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As an urban farmer, he partners with homeowners in Calgary’s West Hillhurst neighbourhood, transforming their backyards into large-scale gardens. Kocher plans, preps and tends to their backyard plots and harvests the resulting crops. In return, the homeowners receive a portion of the farm-fresh veggies (Kocher also sells some of the produce to local restaurants and markets), and their backyards are no longer sitting stagnant.

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