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Florida: Urban farming takes root in New Port Richey front yards

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“That’s Broccoli George’s. He started his in 2010,”

Laura Reiley
Tampa Bay Times
Mar 23, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

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At 5705 Virginia: “This one has only been here a year. It’s my ex-wife’s house,” he said. When he leaves in May, he plants a cover crop of black-eyed peas and sweet potatoes, and “when I come home in October, sometimes I come back to 2,000 pounds of sweet potatoes.”

In broad daylight and right in the front yard, something is happening in New Port Richey. The New Urbanism movement has taken hold and urban agriculture is flourishing.

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Urban Agriculture Shifts Tactics Under Trump


Kathleen Merrigan is a former U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary

“The forces of darkness want to eliminate organic” from the Farm Bill entirely. Both organic and urban agriculture programs may be at risk for federal funding cuts

By Jenny Splitter
Washington City Paper
Mar 27, 2017

Excerpt:

Kathleen Merrigan is a former U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary and longtime advocate for both organic and urban farming. Many observers say she’d be the Agriculture Secretary right now had Hillary Clinton won the election. Less than 100 days into Trump’s presidency, she sounds worried.

Executive Director of Sustainability at George Washington University, Merrigan, told the food policy summit audience she’d heard “the forces of darkness want to eliminate organic” from the Farm Bill entirely. Both organic and urban agriculture programs may be at risk for federal funding cuts, but Merrigan stands ready to defend the space urban agriculture has carved out for itself.

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96-year-old man still farming in the middle of the city of Silver Spring, MD

“I do a little fishin’ in the spring, so between the fishing and the gardening- that keeps me busy. So I’m just glad to be able to do it,” he said.

By Sarah Konsmo,
WUSA
Mar 222, 2017

Excerpt:

Charles Koiner is still working his farm, at the age of 96.

“I just enjoy raising the garden and doing the market. And I tell you, I have such nice customers,” he said.

It’s a farm – that in the more than three decades he’s been working it- has turned into an oasis in the middle of the city and a true farm with dozens of varieties of fruit and vegetables.

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RUAF Update March 2017

RUAF Foundation (Global partnership on sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food systems)

March 2017

Update on RUAF projects
• Dutch City Deal: Food on the Urban Agenda
• Governance of territorial food systems (GOUTER)
• Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Awards for good practices

News from RUAF partners
• City Region Food System Assessment – Colombo
• Composts now considered in the “Fertilizer Subsidy Programme” in Ghana
• A European Network of AgroEcoCities
• City-to-city learning: Ede (The Netherlands) visits Ghent (Belgium)
• Urban agriculture training and policy development in Nairobi

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