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France: Post office workers grow vegetables, breed chickens on Paris rooftop “farm”

Click image to see larger file. Post office employees pose on a 900 square meters farm garden on the rooftop of their postal sorting center, as part of a project by Facteur Graine (Seed Postman) association to transform a city rooftop as a vegetable garden to grow fruits, vegetables, aromatic and medicinal plants, with also chickens and bees in Paris, France.

“We are postal workers who thought it was nice to be able to fulfil our dream, which is to work for a more edible city,” said Sophie Jankowski

Reporting by Sonia Ye and Clotaire Achi, writing by Sybille de La Hamaide; editing by Louise Heavens
Reuters
Sept 26, 2017

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An urban agriculture initiative to make Paris more environmentally sustainable, mainly through farming on the capital’s rooftops, has been such a success that the mayor is unveiling a new round of projects this week.

Rooftop farming has boomed in the past years from New York to Tokyo via London and Paris.

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Scotland: Veg theft from community garden ‘due to help yourself sign

Pollok Park gardener Paul Hilton inspects the damage at the vegetable allotment after a raid which saw thousands of vegetables stolen.

It sounds like the plot of Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit where a host of vegetables disappear overnight.

The Scotsman
Sept 21, 2017

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But in the case of a vegetable “raid” from the walled garden at Pollok House in Glasgow, the likely culprit was not a giant Were-Rabbit, but more likely members of the public enjoying the 2017 Doors Open Day at the stately home.

However the incident on Sunday, which left the whole vegetable plot decimated, appears to be the result of a misunderstanding over a notice which said “Help yourself”.

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Malaysia: Starting a farming community in the city one plot at a time

Patie Tan and her daughter Nicole Yap at The Pharm Hut. — Pictures by K.E. Ooi

Tan stumbled upon urban farming when she first started eating healthily and grew her first local herb, pegaga, which is also known as Indian Pennywort last year.

By Opalyn Mok
Malay Online
Sept 22, 2017

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Growing your own vegetables used to be quite common some 40 years ago with every other family growing their own chillies, pandan and even bunga kantan but that vanished when people moved to smaller homes with stamp-size gardens or apartments with non-existent gardens.

Today though some of these apartment dwellers are finding it is possible to cultivate balcony gardens.

Patie Tan started growing her own vegetable and herbs on the balcony of her apartment last year but found it was not enough. That’s when she started looking for larger spaces.

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