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Canada: Downtown Victoria condo offers every suite a rooftop garden plot

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Each unit is assigned not only the standard parking spot and storage locker, but a four-by-eight-foot rooftop garden plot as part of an urban farm concept, complete with an apiary to aid in pollination.

By Tim Collins
Victoria News
June 1, 2017
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Excerpts:

Courtyard & Rooftop Gardens

* Generous courtyard with fruit trees and edible plantings designed for residents’ outdoor living
* Two commissioned original garden sculptures
* Roof-top leisure areas with barbecue, sauna and shower facilities
* Individual garden plots available for residents’ use
* Quiet seating areas for meditation or yoga
* Butterfly, honey bee and hummingbird gardens

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The Aquaponic Farmer

Forthcoming: A Complete Guide to Building and Operating a Commercial Aquaponic System

By Adrian Southern & Whelm King
New Society Publishers
Sept 1, 2017

Aquaponic farming — raising fish and vegetables together commercially — is the most promising innovation for a sustainable, profitable, localized food system. Until now, systems have largely focussed on warm-water fish such as tilapia. A lack of reliable information for raising fish and vegetables in the cool climates of North America and Europe has been a major stumbling block.

The Aquaponic Farmer is the game changer.

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Canada: London Ontario’s fights urban agriculture’s peskiest pest: Red tape

Toronto urban farm.

Urban farms offer cities a multitude of benefits, but municipal bylaws have long hindered them. London councillors are hoping to change that with a new strategy

By Mary Baxter
TVO
May 25, 2017

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Still, the owners of Urban Roots are excited about the London strategy. They’d like the city’s help in launching their venture, and so far, municipal staff have helped where possible. But right now, says Graham Bracken, also of Urban Roots, “they don’t have the policy. They can’t point to any sorts of policies to give us any sort of preferential treatment.”

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