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80 plots in HortPark all taken up by urban farmers in Singapore

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Ms Faith Foo, who has planted corn, eggplants and melons in her HortPark plot since August, says the NParks’ scheme has taken root because the plot renter can control what he wants to grow. In community gardening schemes, everyone chips in but the head gardener retains the final say.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

The picture is similar for those who rent out much larger plots of land, such as those in Lim Chu Kang’s D’Kranji which range from 5,000 to 100,000 sq ft.

By Jose Hong
Straits Times
Dec 27, 2016

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The plots – each about 2.5 sq m – have all been snapped up and there is now a waiting list.

One of the proud farmers, Ms Faith Foo, 40, has harvested farm edibles such as corn, eggplants and melons since starting out in August.

Ms Foo, founder of The Living Centre which trains and equips urban farmers and promotes holistic living, said she has seen an increased interest in urban farming in recent years, especially among those in their 20s and 30s.

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Couple grow vegetables on five acres next to their house, a plot that has become a community garden.

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Roy and Monnie Swepson in their high-tunnel greenhouse.

Wilmington, North Carolina: “They would just show up with squash, onions, or greens that Monnie had just picked from the garden,” Matthews said. “I think they use a vegetable garden to show love.”

By Beverly Smalls
StarNews
Jan 1, 2017

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For decades, Roy and Monnie Swepson’s Kerr Avenue residence has housed a more-than 48-year marriage and was home base to four children.

Five acres of adjoining land is the locale for any vegetables that can be grown. Giving greens is a significant part of the family’s reputation.

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Sacramento County is poised to expand urban farming. Here’s a look at what could come.

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Katie Valenzuela Garcia with the Sacramento Urban Agriculture Coalition walks with Oak Park Sol board member Rebecca Campbell at the Oak Park Sol Community Garden.

“Urban agriculture is an important part of making sure the elders of our communities are healthy.”

By Ellen Garrison
Sacramento Bee
Dec 24, 2016

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Valenzuela Garcia said the community garden in the middle of Oak Park is a traditional example of urban farming. Twelve families or individuals from the surrounding neighborhood pay an annual fee to farm the plots in the long, narrow lot. They grow lettuce, tomatoes, winter greens and a myriad of other vegetables.

Walking between rows of frosty greenery and carrying her baby against her chest, board member Rebecca Campbell said Oak Park Sol leases the quarter-acre plot from a property owner who enthusiastically agreed to help out when residents approached him about using his vacant lot.

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