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Canada: Young Langley farmer not surprised at downturn in Metro Vancouver agriculture

Richter said the No. 1 deterrent to farming in the Lower Mainland (which comprises Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley) is the cost of land, followed by operating costs, a lack of farming knowledge being passed on and a reluctance by consumers to buy local.

By Jennifer Saltman and Harrison Mooney
Vancouver Sun
Sept 7, 2017

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“I’ve talked to farmers in the Lower Mainland and I worked with some of them here in Langley and they said, ‘Are you sure you’re gonna go into this? Because you’re not gonna be rich,’ ” said Richter, 32, co-owner of The Veggie Patch in Langley.

Richter was responding to a report to be presented Friday to the regional planning committee based on 2016 census data on agriculture.

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Toledo, Ohio: Glass City Goat Gals show how to pave the way for urban farming

Rudi Petruziello, 6, of Columbus, feeds a few of the goats Saturday during a tour of Glass City Goat Gals, which is part of the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.

Ms. Harris has nine goats on the land, and rents them out for grazing

By Jay Skebba
The Blade
Sept. 2, 2017

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Ms. Harris has spent seven years transforming an area that once consisted of 15 abandoned homes — before the Lucas County Land Bank tore them down — into an urban farm on Mentor Drive promoting wellness, healthy eating, and environmental sustainability.

Ms. Harris bought several plots of land for $100 each.

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Illinois: McHenry County College to expand urban agriculture program with $500,000 donation

Aquaponics and hydroponics growing stations in the MCC Greenhouse.

The project stems from recommendations of local and regional planning efforts that highlight the need to invest in sustainable local food systems in Illinois

By Northwest Herald
Sept 4, 2017

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A two-year pilot program will allow students to research sustainable agricultural trends and practices, develop programming to support the needs of farmers, facilitate partnerships across the agriculture community and promote the use of sustainable practices and food production in the region.

Ultimately, the goal is for students to learn small-scale organic food production in a farm setting year-round, according to the release.

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