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Opening Scene of New TV series ‘The North Pole’ Features Urban Farm

“In the year since we’ve shot the show, the garden that’s in the very first scene—the urban farm—is no longer an urban farm. It’s being developed into condos.”

By Liz Pleasant
Yes Magazine
Sept 26, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

New series shows “the reality of the problem but also the joy, humor, and humanity that we’re trying to fight for in the first place.”

Healey: We make fun of the small, cultural side of gentrification. But at the end of the day, it’s the big players. It’s the developers. It’s the politicians. In the year since we’ve shot the show, the garden that’s in the very first scene—the urban farm—is no longer an urban farm. It’s being developed into condos.

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Singapore: More sign up for lessons to grow own food in urban setting

Ms Mabel Wee with her children, three-year-old Max and six-year-old Meranda Chee, at her community garden plot in Haig Road. Photo: Don Wong For The Straits Times

Urban farming workshops are sprouting in Singapore to teach enthusiasts proper techniques

By Lea Wee
Straits Times
Sept 22, 2017

Excerpt:

Mr Cheng is one of many people here who have signed up for urban farming courses to learn how to grow their own food.

Besides running courses on various urban farming topics, including aquaponics, hydroponics and mushroom growing, Citizen Farm will also be running an agriculture course here later this year.

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Venezuela’s government tries to sell its hungry citizens on the nutritional benefits of rabbit

Lapping up lapin – Venezuela’s war on cuteness

The Economist
Sept 21, 2017

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But the hutch-based solution that Mr Maduro has hatched has run into a hitch, as Mr Bernal discovered when he visited the beneficiaries. “People were naming the rabbits and taking them to bed,” he told Mr Maduro in a cabinet meeting broadcast on state television. Some had put bows on them, Mr Bernal complained. “People must understand that a rabbit is not a pet, but two-and-a-half kilos of meat with high protein and low cholesterol.” Re-educating them is not easy. “We’ve been taught that rabbits are cute,” Mr Bernal lamented.

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Chicago: When farm to table is just a few blocks away

Jen Rosenthal. Photo by John R. Boehm.

Farmers at Legends have to work 50 hours of community service per season for each eighth of an acre they farm, including helping Legends residents with the community garden or holding workshops on cooking or growing crops.

By Ben Feldheim
Crain’s Chicago Business
Sept 22, 2017

Excerpt:

Jen Rosenthal walks beside a row of green pea tendrils bearing small, cloverlike leaves and thin stems. She kneels down to cut the top halves. Sugar snap peas would grow from their flowers if left to mature, but Rosenthal has found leaves from this particular type pack a lot of bright flavor. Place them in water after harvesting and they don’t deteriorate quickly like their siblings. It’s one of many lessons Rosenthal has learned in the two years she’s been growing produce at Legends Farm, a training site for urban farmers through the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest program.

“Some restaurants try growing these on-site, but without the rich soil they get too leggy and spindly,” Rosenthal said of the pea plants while standing in one of the lower drainage rows that run parallel between the more elevated crop rows at Legends. “We’ll let some blossom and harvest peas before they all come out to make more room for peppers and eggplants.”

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