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Australia: Beyond the backyard: urban farming helps city folk get back to their roots


Melbourne sustainability not-for-profit centre Ceres operates both a one-acre certified organic urban farm at its Brunswick site and a two-and-a-half acre market garden on council land. Photograph: Ceres.

Along with fresh fruit and vegetables, city farms are providing communities with jobs, start-up programs, knowledge and social connections

By Willow Aliento
The Guardian
Feb 15, 2017

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In Perth, Green World Revolution cultivates microgreens, edible leaves, edible flowers, baby vegetables and cut herbs on 400 square metres of land in the city. A combination of raised beds constructed from recycled and repurposed materials and outdoor hydroponics is used to grow the produce.

The chief executive, Toby Whittington, says the farm currently supplies 35 restaurants around the city with fresh produce four days a week. Deliveries are made by bicycle and the farm also has a number of private clients that buy directly from the site.

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Community Garden Plaque Celebrates the first African American woman elected to Wilmington City Council (Delaware)

The mural at the Burton-Phelan Community Garden celebrates influential African Americans in the Eastside community.

By Lauren Huet
WDE1
Feb 13, 2017

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State Representative Stephanie T. Bolden praised Phelan.

“I think it’s very important to keep the history alive of those that came before us that made it possible for us to be where we are today,” said Bolden. “We should never forget from which we’ve come and always acknowledge what was there in the past in order for us to be successful in the future.”

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Lansing, Michigan ‘Urban Farm Project’ apprenticeship program

The Urbandale Farm Apprentice Program from Jeremy Herliczek on Vimeo.

“I am so happy that I’m doing this right now! This is what I should be doing with my life!”

By Scott Pohl
WKAR
Feb 12, 2017

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On a cold winter morning, the little urban farm on South Hayford Street in Lansing doesn’t look like much, but even now, there’s some growing going on in the nearby hoop house. It’s steps from Caitlin Schneider’s back door. Schneider is a former Lansing Urban Farm Project apprentice who now manages the farm. In the summer, tomatoes grow here. This winter, spinach and salad mix are still being produced.

Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing oversees this operation, which opened on a parcel that had been foreclosed in 2010. “The urban farm area,” he explains, “is comprised of about a half dozen parcels that make up a couple dozen acres in that vicinity, but it has spawned other small, urban farms in the Lansing area.

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