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Happy New Year from City Farmer! It’s our 39th Year

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Maria’s Compost Garden hops went into our beer again this year

More varieties and a bigger crop made this year’s ‘Rail Ale’ a treat. Named for the big changes that took place next to our garden; the century old railway line was pulled up. A new Greenway era begins for use by pedestrians and cyclist.

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Berkeley sprouts creative housing, topped by a working farm


The rooftops at the Garden Village modular apartment complex on Dwight Way in Berkeley are under cultivation. Photo: Santiago Mejia, The Chronicle.

In all, one-third of an acre of “land” is available for farming.

By John King
San Francisco Chronicle
December 24, 2016
(Must see. Mike)

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Two of the interior pods stop at three levels and are topped by communal terraces that get use throughout the day when studies and weather allow. One more level up, you encounter the startling contrast of panoramic views — and a dissected farm where you can touch the ground or snip off a sprig of parsley.

This time of year, between harvests, some pods show nothing but dirt. Others are softened by abundant mounds of green parsley and purple kale. One roof is dotted with red radishes waiting to be picked.

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Eat Your Yard! Edible Landscaping with Hatchet and Seed in Greater Victoria, BC


Experts in the field of edible landscaping and applied permaculture, Tayler Krawczyk and Solara Goldwynn.

The whole idea with edible landscaping is to design with food in mind by interspersing edible plants with ornamentals.

By Holly Brooke
The Eat Journal
Aug 28, 2015

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The North Saanich couple have been operating their business Hatchet and Seed since 2010. The company provides landscape consulting, design, and installation services with a strong focus on organic, ecological and permaculture principles.

The couple agrees that urban farming, while it has been gaining popularity, isn’t for everyone. “On a macro-scale, we are aware of food security as an issue,” says Krawczyk, “but there is a spectrum and most people fall somewhere in the middle.”

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Nigeria: Recession – More urban dwellers turn to farming

Until recently, the elite have relegated farming to the peasants mostly in rural areas, but the trend has changed as the high and mighty are now taking over farming, not just for subsistence, but for commerce.

By Ibraheem Hamza Muhammad
Daily Trust
Dec 31 2016

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Many high-ranking retired and serving government officials, military personnel, politicians, legislatures among others are into farming within cities. Some of the farms are around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and situated between Baran-Gwani village along Bwari-Jere road where they mostly engage in fish and livestock farming. The owners have staff quarters, have the place fenced, security lighting systems and (some) even have Close Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) that enable them monitor their farms from the comfort of their homes or even from any location around the world via internet wireless facilities.

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Urban farm project heading for Midtown Omaha

“The more I’ve read, the more I’ve talked with other new farmers, I think this really is kind of the direction of the future for agriculture,” Jespersen said.

By Collin Ruane
WOWT News
Dec 21, 2016

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Forget big fields and acres of land, this residency program is set in the heart of Omaha. The Big Muddy Urban Farm is fixed inside a Midtown neighborhood. It’s an opportunity to learn about farming and the business behind it. Taylor Jespersen is one of a select few residents ready to take part in the aspiring farmer residency program.

“The urban farming thing is very new to me, but I’m excited to see what that looks like,” said Jespersen.

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