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Podcast with Michael Abelman about Urban Agriculture

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Vancouver, BC. And we eventually expanded to over almost five acres of land on four different sites — including a production orchard, 16,000 square feet of high tunnel unheated greenhouses, and large open parking lots — to the point where we’re now producing 25 tons of food annually and employing close to 30 people.

By Peak Properity
Value Walk
Mar 27, 2017

Excerpt:

Our Sole Food Street Farm started when I received a phone call, eight or nine years ago, asking me to attend a meeting in Vancouver on the downtown eastside. The downtown eastside is a distressed neighborhood where the term “Skid Row” was coined. The invitation was to meet with several social service agencies in the neighborhood to discuss some interesting strategies for helping people in that community — the entire neighborhood is almost entirely inhabited by folks who are dealing with some form of long-term addiction, mental illness, and certainly, high levels of material poverty.

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April 3, 2017   Comments Off on Podcast with Michael Abelman about Urban Agriculture

Illinois Bill HB3418 – Urban Agriculture Zones

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Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago.

“The whole idea is to use our vacant land as a way to adjust the issue of food access by encouraging urban farms and community gardens in certain areas,” she said.

House Sponsors
Rep. Sonya M. Harper – Marcus C. Evans, Jr. – Litesa E. Wallace, Theresa Mah and Christian L. Mitchell

Synopsis As Introduced:

Amends the Counties Code and Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that a county or municipality may create an urban agricultural zones (UAZ) composed of organizations or persons who grow produce or other agricultural products; who raise livestock or poultry; who process livestock or poultry; or that sell a minimum of 75% locally grown food. Provides for the creation of a UAZ board to advise the county board, county board of commissioners, or corporate authorities of a municipality on UAZs.

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Gardening, once done for survival, takes a therapeutic turn for refugee in Nebraska

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For Lamya Ali, gardening is a refuge.

By Dan McCann
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska
Mar 26, 2017

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Lamya enjoys growing tomatoes, bell peppers, okra, eggplant and herbs. She also likes to “plant some seeds from back home.”

Back home is Iraq. Lamya is a refugee. She and her family fled the war-torn country in the early 1980s when she was a child, resettling in a couple of Middle Eastern refugee camps before arriving in Lincoln in 1999. Surrounded by uncertainty growing up, gardening brought a sense of peace.

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