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Online donors cover $3000 fine of Toledo ‘urban farmer’

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Urban farmer Thomas Jackson holds a handful of tilled soil from his four lots at in the 1500 Milburn Ave. in Toledo.

Judge McConnell said Mr. Jackson was not in compliance and that he was concerned about upset neighbors.

By Ignazio Messina
Toledo Blade
May 5, 2017

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“I have been watching the case and I was worried when someone is trying to do something good in their lives and something that really could be productive for these vacant lands … and that it would be discouraging if people saw how he was being fined,” Ms. Lopez said. “We need more dreamers and more people willing to take a chance on the city and I felt really terrible when I saw he had been fined $3,000 and I thought that had gone too far.”

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Uganda: Diana Nsubuga utilizes limited city space for efficient urban farming in the Kulambiro suburb of Kampala

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Dr. Diana Nsubuga calls on educated people not to shy away from farming and to embrace it for the numerous benefits it has.

NTV
May 11, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

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The cow that was originally given as a wedding gift to Dr Diana Nambatya Nsubuga seven years ago, has turned out to be a game changer. The cow was the beginning of an experiment in urban farming that has changed Nsubuga’s life

Nsubuga, a trained doctor and public health professional, lives in Tuba Zone in the Kulambiro suburb of Kampala. The neighbourhood is in an urban setting which many would not consider conducive for farming.

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How a city girl came to oversee a community garden

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Dawn Blackman Sr. saw a need for fresh food in her urban community. The Randolph Street Community Garden in Champaign, Ill., now has 72 beds, and more than 3,000 people received fresh produce last year.

Dawn Blackman Sr.
Christian Science Monitor
May 3, 2017

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We have 72 beds now, including six “gleaners’ beds,” where people can take what they need. And we added another quarter acre this year, for 12 new beds. When people come to the church for food assistance, their eyes light up at the sight of fresh tomatoes, beans, and potatoes.

Now we have families growing their own vegetables and community members purchasing affordable food at our marketplace. We sell our cash crops, which include peas, green beans, spinach, and kale. We make soap with our lavender, and we grow loofah sponges.

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