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Canada: Edmonton couple tends local vegetable garden for 70 years

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They nurture nearly 1,000 plants, growing fruit and vegetables for three generations of family

By Anna Desmarais
CBC News
Aug 02, 2017

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Ted and Irene Goldsack wake up at 5:30 every morning, eager to work in their garden.

The routine has been the same for 70 years — planting seeds, plucking weeds, picking ripened tomatoes, cauliflower or lettuce.

The Goldsacks, both 92, tend close to 1,000 plants, growing fruit and vegetables for their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Canada: Maple Ridge teens take on city hall over backyard chickens

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Blythe Parry (left) and Janelle Pomeroy have taken their fight to raise backyard chickens to city hall in Maple Ridge. Now they are teaching people how to raise chickens as a way to enlist others to join their battle. Nick Procaylo / Png

Backyard chicken farming has flourished in Vancouver in recent years with more than 220 urban farmers registered with the city as of last year. West Vancouver and Surrey are among other jurisdictions that allow the practice.

By Matt Robinson
Vancouver Sun
July 30, 2017

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Janelle Pomeroy had been raising chickens in her backyard for about two years by the time she got the knock on the door.

It was a bylaw enforcement officer who gave the Maple Ridge teen one week to get rid of her hens or face consequences. Backyard chickens are not welcome in the city, the teen was told.

That was last year, and it was one of the catalysts for a campaign by Pomeroy, her sister, and her friend Blythe Parry for a rule change on Maple Ridge chickens.

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The unconventional farmer: Getting back to our roots at Roots Micro Farm in Flagstaff, Arizona

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Roots Micro Farm, two unconventional 25-year-olds: Joshua and Madelyn Chance.

This summer, Roots Micro Farm has consistently produced 22 pounds of lettuce per week.

By Taylor Haynes
Arizona Daily Sun
Jul 27, 2017

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Their hardwork has paid off. The Chance’s greens may be found at Root Public House, Pizzicletta, Brix, Criollo or Shift. They hope to begin producing during all four seasons, with the help of humble hoop houses.

“[We love] showing people you can grow a lot of food in such a small space,” Madelyn says. “It’s refreshing to be small and in town—people can just walk right by.”

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