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92 per cent of Canadian farms have no transition plan ready, Stats Can says

Future of Canadian family farms at risk

By Jessica Smith Cross
The Canadian Press
Jul 16, 2017

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A growing number of farmers are nearing retirement without having formally planned for their successors, putting the next generation of small-scale farming at risk — something Maynard and advocates are urging farming families to think about.

“Our grandfather didn’t really want to talk about selling the farm, ever, until it was too late and he had to,” Maynard said.

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Chicago Synagogue’s Urban Farm Thrives

Some of the fruits and vegetables harvested from the KAMII farm.

The KAMII farm now comprises two 50-foot-long plots of cultivated crops and two mostly self-sustaining “food forests”

By Aimee Levitt
Forward
July 11, 2017

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The farm at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago is very much an urban farm, with a bus line running past the side entrance, and tourists passing by to see Barack Obama’s former home across the street; so, the volunteer farmers do not feel obligated to wake up at the crack of dawn. Still, they prefer to work in the cool of a summer morning, so by 9:30 a.m. on a recent Sunday — farm day — the weekly harvest was well underway.

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Africa: Video story – Zimbabwe farmers getting creative within city limits

Urban farms have started sprouting up in the capital Harare, as more people move there for work.

By Haru Mutasa
Aljazeera
Jul 10, 2017
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Zimbabwe, once considered the breadbasket of southern Africa, is undergoing a shift in the way its food is grown.

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