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Letters to a Young Farmer – Just published

Anthology of 36 essays and letters. The book is both a compelling history and a vital road map—a reckoning of how we eat and farm; how the two can come together to build a more sustainable future; and why now, more than ever before, we need farmers.

By Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
(Compiled by); Martha Hodgkins (Editor)
Princeton Architectural Press
Mar 7, 2017

A sample of the contributor biographies:

Karen Washington is an activist and farmer. She is co-owner of Rise & Root Farm in Orange County, New York, and cofounder of Black Urban Growers (BUGS) in the Bronx, New York.

Chellie Pingree lives on the island of North Haven in Maine, where she is a longtime organic farmer. She has represented Maine’s First District in Congress since 2009 and is an outspoken advocate for federal policies that better support sustainable farming.

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Holocaust Ghetto Photographs Survived Buried in the Ground – Gardeners 1940-1944


“The scarecrow too has to carry the yellow star.” Henryk Ross, Polish, 1910 – 1991.


Boy searching for food.

Photojournalist Henryk Ross was forced to work by the Nazi regime as a bureaucratic photographer for the Jewish Administration’s statistics department. He was one of at least 160,000 people held in the Lodz Ghetto in Poland.

All photos by Henryk Ross
Art Gallery of Ontario
The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross
A Collection of Holocaust Photographs
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

Ross buried his negatives in 1944 in attempt to preserve the historical record of what had happened in Lodz. As one of the mere 877 recorded survivors of the ghetto, Ross returned for the negatives after Lodz’s liberation, discovering that more than half of the original 6,000 remained intact.

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Indonesia: Disputed land plot converted into urban farming


(Foto : Jhon Syah Putra Kaban / Beritajakarta.com)

The program adopts a profit sharing concept where the farmers secure 80 percent of the revenue while the administration gets 20 percent.

News Desk
Jakarta Post
March 1, 2017

Excerpt:

An urban farming plot has been developed on 1.7 hectares of disputed land on Jl. Pramuka Raya, Central Jakarta, by the municipality administration as part of its efforts to utilize unproductive land for economic activities.

The city administration has launched programs to develop productive activities on idle land across Jakarta

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