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Canada: Gardens designed with water in mind offer resilient solutions during drought, flood conditions

Peterborough residents David Marshall and Barbara Moffat are shown next to a rain garden they installed in their backyard after being inspired by a GreenUp Ready For Rain Workshop.

Over the last two years our community has experienced conditions of both drought, and flooding.

By Heather Ray
Peterborough Examiner
September 12, 2017

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A rain garden is ready for rain due to its shallow bowl shaped design, which allows rainwater to temporarily be captured before it is slowly absorbed and filtered into the ground, leaving the garden commonly dry between rain events. A depression in the garden is a key identifying feature of any rain garden.

The GreenUP Ready for Rain Peterborough program is helping residents create eight new rain gardens in the city to help mitigate ongoing isolated flooding events and inspire others to soak up rain on their properties. These rain gardens will be installed during the last week of September, with a number of opportunities for community involvement.

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Venezuela’s ‘Plan Rabbit’ encounters ‘cultural problem’

President Maduro said Plan Rabbit had encountered early setbacks.

The leader did say that the “rabbit plan” had not got off to a good start and the minister of urban agriculture, Freddy Bernal, said there had been a “cultural problem”.

BBC
Spet 14, 2017

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“When he came back, to his surprise he found people had put little bows on their rabbits and were keeping them as pets, it was an early setback to Plan Rabbit.”

“A lot of people gave names to the rabbits, they took them to bed,” Mr Bernal said.

The minister urged Venezuelans to start seeing rabbits “from the point of view of the economic war”.

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Canada: How Vancouver property developers cash in on community gardens

Tax consultant Paul Sullivan is pushing to lower tax rates on empty land slated for residential development. Credit: Taehoon Kim.

Converting empty lots into garden plots makes the city greener—and also delivers a generous tax break

By Kerry Gold
BC Business
Sept 12, 2017

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A big incentive for developers and landowners to convert empty commercial space into a community garden is the substantial tax break. “Properties just aren’t ready for development, and developers are seeing this as a way to lower cost,” says tax consultant Paul Sullivan, a principal at Vancouver-based commercial real estate appraisal firm Burgess Cawley Sullivan & Associates Ltd.

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Vertical Farm Plans To Build Massive Indoor Farms On The Outskirts Of Every Major City On Earth

Plenty co-founders Matt Barnard, chief executive officer, and Nate Storey, chief science officer. Photographer: Justin Kaneps For Bloomberg Businessweek

Plenty uses tall poles from which the plants jut out horizontally.

By Selina Wang
Bloomberg
Sept 6, 2017

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With the backing of SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, Plenty has the capital and connections to accelerate its endgame: building massive indoor farms on the outskirts of every major city on Earth, some 500 in all. In that world, food could go from farm to table in hours rather than days or weeks. Barnard says he’s been meeting with officials from some 15 governments on four continents, as well as executives from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., while he plans his expansion.

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