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Why Urban Agriculture Should Be Important to Black People


Richmond native Duron Chavis is the new community engagement coordinator for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

African and Indigenous people of the Americas have an historic affinity toward agriculture.

By Duron Chavis
Linked-In
Dec 17, 2016
(Chavis started his career in community advocacy as first a volunteer then an employee of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of VA. More about the author here.)

Excerpt:

Another reason is for economic empowerment. For the more passionate community gardener who may have had an overabundance in cabbage; have no fear! You can make green by growing greens! There are farmers markets (or you can start a farm stand in your neighborhood) available to get rid of your fresh veggies and put some money in your pocket at the same time. There has been an explosion of the last ten years in the demand for local foods that are organic and produced sustainably.

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CommonWealth Urban Farms unites community in Oklahoma City with food, good will


A garden grows in the front yard of a home on N Olie Avenue north of NW 30, part of CommonWealth Urban Farms. [Photo By Paul Hellsterm The Oklahoman]

Neighbors still tend their front-yard gardens, but regular volunteers arrive on Wednesdays to harvest the produce during the 32-week growing season.

By Melissa Howell
The Oklahoman
December 16, 2016

Excerpt:

“That was in the backyard. And then we had these two little girls across the street from Vietnamese-American families. They would come over and whatever we were doing they wanted to do, too. So we started a garden in the front yard for them,” Woods said.

By the late 1980s, their front-yard garden had spilled over into the next-door neighbor’s front yard and then migrated to two more lots on the street. And the trend continued to grow. Once the idea caught on, front-yard gardens lined the block.

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CityFarm Malaysia ventures into indoor farming to inspire more urbanites to grow their own food


(from left) Chew, Koay and Loo showing the City Window farm hydroponic starter pack. Pix by Owee Ah Chun

“I AM a city farmer,” read the words in black and striking green on the black T-shirt worn by the youth who greets me at the door of the second-floor office in Sri Kembangan, Selangor.

By Zuliantie Dzul
New Straits Times
17 December 2016

Excerpt:

The self-taught trio and two others behind the set-up are graduates of the Multimedia University in Cyberjaya. It was through clubs and student activities that they met as they were all on different programmes.

“It all started as a hobby about two years ago,” shares 28-year-old Chew, who’s a freelance software engineer. “I saw this urban farming concept on TV. It’s big in the US and Europe, and I was interested. So I bought a plant and put it in a small corner in Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre, where he worked. Soon after that, Koay decided to join as well.”

Discussions followed soon after and eventually, the idea became a reality and CityFarm Malaysia was born.

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