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A Washington D.C. Urban Farm Takes On Urban Problems

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Dreaming Out Loud’s new farm hopes to provide jobs, business incubation, and more in a city ward that has often been overlooked.

By Whitney Pipkin
Civil Eats
Jan 19, 2017

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Little more than grass used to grow on the two-acre plot behind a middle school in the District of Columbia where tomatoes, okra, and infrastructure for food entrepreneurs will begin cropping up this year.

In a ward of the city with just two grocery stores serving more than 70,000 residents, fresh produce is hard to come by. But the Kelly Miller Farm, which will be situated behind a middle school with the same name, aims to offer much more: youth programs, a community garden accessible to seniors, and a commercial kitchen from which area residents can launch food-based businesses.

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Sacramento County OKs birds, bees and farm stands with urban ag ordinance

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Chanowk Yisrael checks on his chickens at Yisrael Family Farms, which sits just over the city line in Sacramento County.

The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an urban agriculture ordinance Tuesday, with hopes that the new regulations will alleviate food insecurity and make life easier for local farmers in Sacramento County.

By Robin Opsahl
Sacramento Bee
Jan 24, 2017

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The new county rules, which amend the zoning code and take effect 30 days after approval, are modeled on regulations that Sacramento City Council members passed in 2015.

The county ordinance allows for market gardens on vacant lots and for people to set up farm stands to sell home-grown produce. It also legalizes keeping bees, chickens and ducks on small lots. Larger animals, such as cows, can be kept temporarily on lots under 20,000 square feet for educational programs, such as 4H.

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Sudbury, Ontario Gets an Urban Farm

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Joseph Leblanc, executive director of the Social Planning Council, told the community services committee Monday of the organization’s plans for transforming a 1.5-acre ill-used plot of land into an urban oasis of all things vegetatively edible.

By Mary Katherine Keown,
The Sudbury Star
January 16, 2017

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Ward 8 Coun. Al Sizer wanted to know how residents would be able to access the foods grown and produced from the farm. Leblanc talked about the possibility of launching a market or mobile market in Sudbury, or establishing community dinners at which the goods would be served. There is also the possibility of partnering with existing organizations, such as Better Beginnings Better Futures, to host larger-scale meals.

“We’ll look at some of those finer details,” Leblanc said. “Certainly there are feeding programs, so student nutrition programs and community suppers and stuff.

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