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Columbus, Ohio: How about books and berries for breakfast?

4th Street Farms gathers for story time and sharing of food grown in the Weinland Park community garden.

By Anne Evans
Columbus Underground
June 9, 2016
( From: Little Free Library to be Dedicated in Weinland Park)

Excerpt:

“Part of our mission at 4th Street Farms is education and empowerment,” says Evelyn Van Til, a neighborhood civic leader and community organizer. “Books are a big piece of opening up worlds of possibility. This project builds on our work in empowering people to grow their own food and choose their own paths.”

Van Til has been involved with programming offered to residents of Weinland Park, including a series of early literacy programs held at 4th Street Farms, in partnership with A Good Start.

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The Bowery Project turning vacant Toronto properties into mobile urban farms

“Every year from a site this big (at Sherbourne Street and Gerrard Street East), we grow at least 400 pounds of produce and that gets given away to people who are hungry in the city,” said Kimel.

By Susan Hay
Global News
July 24, 2017

Excerpt:

“The developer here, Oben Flats, wanted to do something that gave back to the community and that transformed his site,” said co-founder Rachel Kimel.

“People come and they learn new things and they walk away with something fresh, organically grown and sustainable.”

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Montreal: Secret garden – Palais des Congres shares rooftop harvest

Each year the garden produces around 650 kilos of food, and much of the produce is used by the congress centre’s official caterer to feed delegates at the Palais.

CTV News
July 22, 2017

Excerpt:

The garden also functions as a teaching tool, to show building owners and managers how to create green roof-tops.

What’s more, it houses an experimental lab for urban agriculture techniques.

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Una crónica de la agricultura urbana

Desde la gallina hasta la cocina: la ruta más corta.

Por Mark Cramer
Suburbano
13 Julio, 2017

Excerpt:

Para que llegue a nuestra cocina, un huevo tiene que hacer varios viajes. Desde la granja, viaja por camión al mercado de mayoristas. De allí, otro camión lo lleva al supermercado. Y, en las culturas dominadas por el automóvil, el huevo hace un tercer viaje motorizado, del supermercado hasta la cocina familiar.

Hay tres intermediarios: los transportistas, los mayoristas y los detallistas que venden a los consumidores. Algunas veces el huevo no descansa entre las escalas y llega al supermercado en dos días o menos, pero es más probable que llegue en 72 horas o más. Frecuentemente tarda hasta un mes antes de que llegue a nuestra cocina.

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20th Annual Detroit Tour of Urban Gardens & Farms

Model D
July 24, 2017

Excerpt:

Detroit has an impressive number of urban farms — over 1,500 according to Keep Growing Detroit — a number that has grown significantly in recent years. But the the urban farm “movement” has been alive in the city for some time, as demonstrated by the fact that the 20th Annual Detroit Tour of Urban Gardens and Farms takes place August 2.

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As California’s labor shortage grows, farmers race to replace workers with robots

He has calculated that the pool of potential immigrants from rural Mexico shrinks every year by about 150,000 people.

By Geoffrey Mohan
La Times
Photography By Gary Coronado
July 21, 2017 | Reporting From Salinas, Calif.

Excerpt:

“We don’t see — no matter what happens — that the labor problem will be solved,” said Soren Bjorn, president of Driscoll’s of the Americas.

That’s because immigrant farmworkers in California’s agricultural heartlands are getting older and not being replaced. After decades of crackdowns, the net flow across the U.S.-Mexico border reversed in 2005, a trend that accelerated through 2014, according to a Pew Research Center study. And native-born Americans aren’t interested in the job, even at wages that have soared at higher than average rates.

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Fresno kids learning life lessons through hands-on farming

“I wouldn’t have even thought to try it. It sounded nasty to me,” student Qyerra Goree said. “I was like, ‘I’m not eating it.’ And then I ate it, and I was like, ‘Oh, this is good.'”

By Corin Hoggard
ABC30
July 22, 2017

Excerpt:

Hiding in the heart of the old southwest Fresno neighborhood is a small plot of hope. The kids walking through the corn stalks, and the vines are the hands who grew the crops from scratch.

“We’ve been growing the plants now for about two months,” Laila Else from Freedom School said.

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Canada: Community gardens to bloom under Richmond Hill’s new garden policy

Kevin Krille, wife Jana and their son Justin, 2, enjoy the beets of their labour at the community allotment garden in Phyllis Rawlinson Park. – Susie Kockerscheidt/Metroland

Currently there are 61 gardeners in this public garden and 60 more residents on the waiting list to rent plots.

By Teresa Latchford
York Region
July 22, 2017

Excerpt:

With Richmond Hill anticipating the development of a new allotment garden and four collective gardens within the next five years, town council unanimously approved a new community garden policy in order to provide consistent support that is fair and equitable.

“The town will provide support for the initial set up of the allotment gardens,” natural environment manager Ann Marie Farrugia said in a presentation to council.

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Canada: Garden battle – Quebec City woman told she can’t grow veggies in her front yard

Véronique Chapier wants to grow vegetables on her front lawn, but her neighbours say her yard is a mess. (Cathy Senay/Radio-Canada)

Véronique Chapier has until Aug. 1 to comply with city’s bylaws or will face fines

By Cathy Senay
CBC
July 27, 2017

Excerpt:

Two weeks ago, a city inspector informed Chapier that her garden breaks a number of rules, namely that:

The vegetable garden can’t be on her front lawn.
Some plants are too tall and the landscaping is messy.
Some are planted beyond her property line.
There are wooden pallets and plastic containers on her lawn that constitute a nuisance.

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Is picking edible weeds off the streets the next foodie trend?

Chef John Farais looks for wild edible weeds that he grows in his backyard in San Rafael. (Devika G. Bansal/Bay Area News Group)

“It can’t get any more local than picking what’s growing on your front step.”

By Devika G. Bansal
Bay Area News Group
July 17, 2017

Excerpt:

People have been foraging since long before this country was founded, said Hank Shaw, a forager and chef based in Sacramento and author of the book “Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast.”

“But it has been growing in the last 10 years because people are starting to mistrust the industrial food system,” Shaw said. “They’re starting to take more control over what they feed their family.”

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Malaysia: Farming in the city

Datuk Dr Mad Nasir Shamsudin is professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

In Malaysia, it is predicted that the urban population will increase to 75 per cent in three years.

By Datuk Dr Mad Nasir Shamsudin
New Straits Times
July 21, 2017

Excerpt:

Having recognised the importance of urban agriculture, the Malaysian government gave its full support towards this activity. This can be seen from the formation of the urban agriculture division under the Department of Agriculture Malaysia in 2010 to promote, among others, agricultural activities in the city to reduce the cost of living of the urban community.

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) has designed and developed several affordable vertical farming methods, which can be adopted by the urban poor.

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Flock of sheep move through streets of Montreal to carry on lawnmowing duties

Volunteer shepherds guide a flock of sheep to their new park Wednesday, July 26, 2017 in Montreal. The sheep are part of a pilot project where they act as eco-friendly lawn mowers, chewing on the long grass, but also help by eating vegetation that poses a threat to public green spaces.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

She says the animals have become stars in the neighbourhood, drawing people together and letting them experience a taste of farm life in the city.

Morgan Lowrie
The Canadian Press
July 27, 2017

Excerpt:

With only a few bleats of protest, a flock of woolly, four-legged lawnmowers took a rare stroll through the streets of Montreal on Wednesday to take up their duties in a new city park.

The six ewes and four lambs were carefully herded along the sidewalk from one park to another with the help of shepherds and volunteers holding up orange barricades.

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L.A.’s New Urban Farm Initiative Struggles to Sow its Seeds

A parcel listed as a potential location for an urban garden sits on a residential street in Manhattan Beach. By Marie Targonski-O’Brien

Los Angeles is offering landowners financial incentives to turn their urban property into green spaces. Unfortunately, nobody has applied yet.

By Marie Targonski-O’Brien
KCET
July 18, 2017

Excerpt:

“We haven’t had a single contract come through,” says Bruce Durbin, Supervising Planner at Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning.

Durbin says finding landowners and farmers who are interested in participating is a big part of the battle.

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The Vancouver Resident’s Guide to Alternative Gardening

City Beet Urban Farm in Mount Pleasant by Ruth Hartnup.

According to City Hall, there are over 110 community gardens within the City of Vancouver which can be found on city-owned land, at churches, at schools, and on private property.

By Jay Banks
Vancouver Homes
July 25, 2017

Excerpt:

Another option the City has been actively promoting for gardeners is the option to plant on City land in places like boulevards and traffic circles. As O’Neill explains, any resident who has a boulevard in front of their property is encouraged to use that space for growing both edible and ornamental plants.

The boulevard is defined as the place between the curb and the sidewalk. For those who don’t have access to a boulevard, another option could be to become a volunteer with the Green Streets program, which allows volunteers to plant gardens in traffic calming areas such as traffic circles and bulges.

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Romania: ‘Kaufland Romania’ shops to turn roofs, parking lots into urban gardens

The food retailer announced that the vegetables, fruit, flowers will be used by the community.

By Georgeta Gheorghe
Business Review
July 18, 2017

Excerpts:

The company presented the results of the first study on the presence of urban gardening in Romania. According to the survey, 7 out of 10 Romanians are involved in urban gardening, by cultivating at their home vegetables, greens or fruit, in order to enjoy natural produce. While the balcony is the preferred spot for urban gardening for almost 50 percent of Romanians, 14 grow their produce in front of their block of flats, 8 percent in the suburbs and the rest headed for areas outside of the cities.

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