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Canada: What a Saanich farmer grows at home

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Derek Powell with a morning harvest of tomatoes and chili peppers from late August. The former proprietor of Barefoot Organics at Haliburton Farm grows 40 different vegetable, fruit and herb plants on a 600 square-foot plot in his front yard. Travis Paterson/News Staff

The Urban Food-Garden Tour makes 14 stops across Greater Victoria on Saturday, September 9

By Travis Paterson
Victoria News
Sep 7th, 2017

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One of the stops on this year’s Urban Food-Garden Tour on Saturday is at the home of a former farmer, Derek Powell, who’s now maximizing about 600 square feet in front of his residence on Broadway Street in Saanich.

Powell made a living for four years as the proprietor of Barefoot Organics at Haliburton Farm, and it shows, as his plants are tall and full of fruit. He has more than 40 types of herbs, vegetables and fruits growing.

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Paris embellishes skyline with organic rooftop farms

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The organic farm perched on top of the RATP-building in eastern Paris is one of the first commercial rooftop cultivation grounds in Paris. Louise Nordstrom, FRANCE 24.

Metro operator RATP became one of the first companies to host a commercial farm on one of its roofs.

By Louise Nordstrom
France 24
Sept 2, 2017

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The farm was started in July this year after a 2016 call by the City of Paris for a series of urban agriculture projects to make the city more environmentally sustainable. By 2020, Paris aims to have transformed 33 hectares, or 330,000 square metres, of its unused urban space into urban agriculture.

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Durham’s allotment cutting garden is heaven on earth

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Head gardener Geoff MacCallum in Durham Cathedral’s cutting garden Credit: Chris Watt For The Telegraph. Click image to see larger file.

The garden’s survival is something of a miracle. The high brick walls, potting shed and glasshouse date it to the Victorian era, but it’s been a flower garden since at least the Fifties.

By Caroline Beck
The Telegraph
2 Sept. 2017

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The team of volunteers is run by Helena Johnson, a former civil servant and the regional chair of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (Nafas). At just 5ft tall, the floral arrangements in the Crossing of the Cathedral always tower above her by at least 3ft. She’s been doing the flowers since 1997, a weekly task throughout the year, using foliage cut by the gardeners and, during the summer, their flowers. “It’s so handy having the garden here, knowing they’ve just been cut the day before and are really fresh.”

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Canada: Community farming project in Toronto’s Brockton Village grows food in front yards

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Brockton Village farming project started with 250 letters left in mailboxes offering to farm neighbourhood yards. Three months later, five yards have harvested a wide variety of crops, including romaine lettuce, arugula, radishes, turnips, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes and kale.

By Ellen Brait
The Star
Aug. 31, 2017

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Rosenthal said his children, Stella, 7, and Cy, 3, have especially loved their front yard farm. The towering corn stalks stop people on the street, and he said both his kids love giving tours of their plot.

“They love talking about it,” Rosenthal said. “My daughter went to camp and I was with her when she met her bunk mates and she was joking she lived on a farm. It is funny but I had to say, ‘You don’t. Some people might actually live on a farm. You live in the city and there happens to be stuff in your front yard.’ ”

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