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Community garden to pay tribute to Tricia McCauley in Bowie, Maryland

Friends Honor Murder Victim with Herb Garden

By Evan Koslof
WUSA
Dec 29, 2016

Excerpt:

McCauley was well-known in the area for her three main passions: Acting, yoga, and herbalism. Litecky said that the two of them had talked many times about this planned garden, and said that McCauley was supposed to help her create it this summer. With her now gone, Litecky said it will be a fitting tribute.

“I think she’d have loved it,” she said. “I think she’d love that people were coming together to gather around plants. And in her honor. And that’s something was being done. Tricia was a woman of action. She was never standing still.”

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January 7, 2017   Comments Off on Community garden to pay tribute to Tricia McCauley in Bowie, Maryland

Venezuela: Urban Agriculture and the Production of Plenty for the Man


Minister Lorena Freitez (fourth from the right) among dozens of others holding up pots with growing seedlings (Lorena Freitez). Click on image for larger file.

We have won the world’s first Ministry of Urban Agriculture, which not only holds a new possibility for a healthier, humane and economic agriculture, but also a niche from which to build the foundations for new forms of production that guarantee greater sovereignty.

By Lorena Freitez
Minister Of Popular Power For Urban Agriculture
Venezuela Analysis
January 6th 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

The first major mission of the Ministry of Popular Power for Urban Agriculture (MINPPAU) was precisely this: 29,426 productive units were registered throughout the country, bringing together 100,000 people motivated to produce, through activating the Urban Agriculture National Registry. We prioritized 10 of the largest and most populated cities from across the country in order not to distract us from urban areas and we proposed 13 short cycle vegetables with the clear intention of having the first harvest sown in these cities between 90 and 100 days and with a minimum output (50 kg of seeds and 104,000 tomato seedlings), the production of 377 tonnes of vegetables (tomatoes, eggplants, paprika, peppers, radishes, lettuce, among others) and that the produce could all be eaten at the close of the 100 day agro-urban production campaign.

This first campaign “100 Days for Urban Agriculture” was nothing more than a strategy to visualize and accompany a new political-productive “agro-urban” Venezuelan subject who, synthesizing the best of the countryside and the city, entered into economic democratization disputes. In 100 days: 1) we knew the potential of urban agriculture in Venezuela, mapping those committed to agriculture and militant in those cities; 2) we visualized the people’s capacity to solve problems; 3) we awakened restlessness and enthusiasm in those indifferent or skeptical about these new forms, subjects and productive spaces; 4) we identified the main challenges of sustainable and humane agriculture in cities.

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