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East Austin urban farm raises awareness about agriculture

HausBar Farms is a super-sustainable urban farm and guesthouse in the heart of Austin, TX.

By Gerardo Gonzalez
The Daily Texan
Apr 26, 2017

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Though Barger maintains beneficial rapport with the community, she did run into some issues with the city. In 2012, complaints from neighbors prompted a city inspection, which found several code violations on the lot, forcing Hausbar to shut down.

As a result, urban farm supporters began calling for changes to Austin’s urban farm code. Barger said she worked with the city to clear up the violations on her lot and was eventually allowed to open the farm again.

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The New Farm: Our Ten Years on the Front Lines of the Good Food Revolution

Just released: The inspiring story of a family that quit the rat race and left the city to live out their ideals on an organic farm

By Brent Preston
Penguin Random House Canada
May 2017

It’s true that Brent Preston and Gillian Flies did leave the city and move to the country, and they did make a lot of stupid mistakes, some of which are pretty funny in hindsight. But their goal from the beginning was to build a real farm, one that would sustain their family, heal their environment, and nourish their community. It was a goal that was achieved not through bucolic self-reflection, but through a decade of grinding toil and perseverance.

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France: Retailer Carrefour Unveils ‘Urban Agriculture’ Initiative

Vegetable garden on the roof of the Villiers-en-Bière hypermarket in Seine-et-Marne

Other vegetable gardens are set to be created all through France: in Mérignac, a 6000 m² in-ground garden is being created near the Carrefour store.

Press Release
Carrefour
Apr 27, 2017

Villiers-en-Bière vegetable garden: over a 1200 m² surface area, ornamental and aromatic fruit trees and fruit and vegetable plants are being grown, using methods inspired by agro-ecology. It is managed by students from the Bougainville de Brie-Comte-Robert agricultural and horticultural school. They also share information about the garden with neighbouring schools and customers at the store. The garden should begin to bear its first fruit in early May and its yield will be sold in the store.

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Writer bringing energy to Vale Urban Farm in Schenectady, New York

Sharon Astyk stands with her children Zion Woods, 4, and Malkiah Woods, 5.

A science blogger and author who has written four books on agricultural, energy policy and food preservation. “It’s amazing to me how much land and agricultural possibilities there are in cities.”

By Bill Buell
The Daily GAzete
April 27, 2017

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During her time in Knox, Astyk produced four books, beginning with “Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front” in 2008. She followed that up with “Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage & Preservation” and “A Nation of Farmers: Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil” in 2009, and then wrote “Making Home: Adapting our Homes and Our Lives to Settle in Place” in 2011.

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