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Cargill Ltd. has contributed $175,000 to the Saskatoon’s ‘Garden Patch’ since 2013

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“When we first decided to support the Garden Patch, we did so with the idea that we’d be helping grow fresh produce for distribution to the community through the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre,” said Blaine Duncan, manager of Cargill’s malt plant in Biggar, Saskatchewan.

By Stephen Schreiber
Cargill Press Release
Feb 24, 2017

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Vacant city lots have been transformed into a vibrant urban agricultural project. The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre’s Garden Patch has created a community hub that produces more than 20,000 pounds of produce each year, filling emergency food hampers with much-needed product.

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Virginia State University’s College of Agriculture is offering an Urban Agriculture Certificate Program

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Leonard Githinji, Ph.D. Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Sustainable and Urban Agriculture Virginia State University.

“It’s no wonder we’re seeing a huge increase in the number of urban farms from Brooklyn to Boise and everywhere in between.”

By Michelle Olgers
Tidewater News
Feb 22, 2017

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But training hasn’t kept up with demand for these urban cowboys. As Githinji explained, a lot of non-profits, churches, businesses and municipalities are putting a great deal of resources into getting urban farms up and running. So much so that last year the U.S. Department of Agriculture published an Urban Agriculture Toolkit to provide informational resources to these group leaders, many of whom have never farmed before or know a nematode from a horned toad. For the record, a nematode is parasitic worm that often causes damage to garden crops like tomatoes and peppers. A horned toad is actually a desert lizard.

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Erie, Pennsylvania: Urban farming fights blight

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Erie. PA.

There are 4,700 vacant housing units, 1,900 abandoned units and 9,500 residential properties with what the Erie Planning Commission politely calls “signs of moderate to severe distress.”

By The Editorial Board
Go Erie
Feb 23, 2017

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So we welcome news that the Planning Commission, spurred by forward-looking residents, has recommended to Erie City Council a zoning amendment to permit urban agriculture and farm markets in certain residential neighborhoods. Under current rules, agriculture is limited to areas designated for “light manufacturing.”

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