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Mexico’s stunning floating gardens help supply its most famous restaurants

Yolcan’s operation is 15 acres, and it creates about 2.5 tons of produce per month.

Sarah Jacobs
Business Insider
Aug. 20, 2017

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While the farm-to-table idea is not new in the food world, some higher-end restaurants in Mexico City are beginning to source their ingredients directly from the famed floating gardens of Xochimilco. Sometimes referred to as the “Mexican Venice” for its canals and brightly colored boats, Xochimilco is home to gardens that use ancient cultivation techniques to produce over 2.5 tons of food per month.

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August 26, 2017   Comments Off on Mexico’s stunning floating gardens help supply its most famous restaurants

Canada: Urban agriculture takes root in Winnipeg

Kal Barteski’s artwork based on this week’s conversation.

The city already has a community garden coordinator. It would be great to hire an urban agriculture coordinator to explore how to use all types of city spaces for small-scale agriculture and market gardening or even urban U-picks.

By Jason Syvixay
Winnipeg Free Press
08/19/2017

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How can the City of Winnipeg help urban agriculture flourish?

Giesbrecht: I think the city can implement rather simple things. They could provide free or low-rent on underutilized public spaces to agricultural entrepreneurs instead of paying city staff to maintain these areas. They can put calls out for seasonal market gardens on their vacant or derelict lots much as they do with food trucks or hot dog vendors. In lieu of rent or a user fee, the city could also ask these operators to donate a portion of their products or profits to a local shelter or food bank.

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August 26, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Urban agriculture takes root in Winnipeg