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Gardeners plant themselves at Brownsville lot to protest construction plans that would dig their urban farm out


The protesters gathered in a greenhouse — part of a farm spread that includes bee hives, fruit trees and an education center. (ALEX RUD)

Local residents, politicians and health food activists joined the protest at the Green Valley Community Farm — a Brooklyn staple for more than two decades, now facing a major January eviction.

By Dale W. Eisinger
Larry Mcshane
New York Daily News
December 17, 2016

Excerpt:

“This is our Whole Foods,” said Paul Muhammed, co-chair of the Community Board 5 economics committee. “We took the land and built a farm. Affordable is a misnomer. It’s do-for-self. We did it.”

According to the two dozen protesters, the land was sold for $4 to a developer who plans to build up to 20 units of affordable housing.

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Sunken greenhouse pushes envelope in Minneapolis


Greg Strong emerges from inside a Walipini, an underground greenhouse, in Minneapolis. Leila Navidi, Star Tribune

In October, the city gave Lawton 10 days to remove the walipini. But she and her fellow volunteers weren’t ready to pull the plug on their experiment.

By Kim Palmer
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
December 18, 2016

Excerpt:

Underneath a mound of earth in a small northeastern Minneapolis backyard something groundbreaking is happening: Food is growing in the dead of winter.

“It’s so hot in here that the tomatoes are out of control,” said Greg Strong, one of several volunteers who tend the experimental garden. They call it a walipini — a Bolivian word for a solar-heated greenhouse with earthen walls.

It sits in the backyard of Sarah Lawton, pastor of the nearby Northeast United Methodist Church, where volunteers also tend a large community garden on the church’s front yard.

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Tricycle Gardens’ Urban Agriculture Certificate & Fellowship Program in Richmond, Virginia

Earn a Certificate in Urban Agriculture recognized by USDA-National Resources Conservation Service

Excerpt from application.
Dec 2016

2017 Program Highlights

11 Months: February – December
15 – 20 hours a week, includes: classroom instruction, field-based
experience and program participation
Graduate with a Certificate in Urban Agriculture recognized by the
USDA-National Resources Conservation Service ? Full Scholarships for tuition & fees for 2017 Urban
Agriculture Cohort

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