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Japan’s Farm Ministry To Promote Rental Of Urban Farmland

Japan’s municipalities have designated an estimated 134 sq. km of land for urban agriculture.

By Jiji
Japan Times
Aug 20, 2017

Excerpt:

The agriculture ministry plans to establish a new system for promoting urban agriculture by making it easier to rent farmland, ministry sources have said.

Currently, people who want to rent out farmland must get permission from their local agriculture committees. Under the proposed system, municipal governments, instead of local committees, would examine the prospective borrowers’ land-use plans and approve the rental proposal if it includes agricultural experience events, the supplying of food for school meals or other activities that support local communities.

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August 21, 2017   Comments Off on Japan’s Farm Ministry To Promote Rental Of Urban Farmland

Canada: Ucluelet’s first community garden close to completion

Ucluelet Local Food Society co-founder Jeanne Keith-Ferris shows her excitement for a future community garden that’s growing at Edna Batchelor Park. (Photo – Andrew Bailey)

“Others have gone before us to try to do this and we’re actually bringing it down to the end zone.”

By Andrew Bailey
Westerly News
Aug 14th, 2017

Excerpt:

Ucluelet’s council endorsed the garden project in February of this year following recommendations from Parks and Recreation Director Abby Fortune and Planner 1 John Towgood who both cited Edna Batchelor Park as a prime location for the project. The district quickly got started on prepping the site and their share of the work will wrap up this month, according to Keith-Ferris.

“Then, we will be moving in with some volunteers: finishing off the fence work, building the growing beds, adding the dirt and getting ready to invite gardeners to come in and grow,” she said. “I’m really excited for all the possibilities.”

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