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Canada: Urbanite Finds Success Growing Organic Choy for Vancouver Market

Caroline Chiu is an organic farmer who has found success growing Chinese vegetables. Photo by Jennifer Gauthier / For Metro.

In fact, more than 90 per cent of produce grown in the Lower Mainland in the 1920s was cultivated by Chinese farmers in a system segregated by racist policies of the time, according to historian Kay Anderson, author of Vancouver’s Chinatown.

By Wanyee Li
Metro
Oct 06 2017

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Farming wasn’t the dream career Caroline Chiu’s parents had in mind for their daughter but the budding entrepreneur has found that organic Chinese veggies are a hit in Vancouver.

The 28-year-old started her half-an-acre farm in Richmond, called Riverside Farm, after completing farm school at Kwantlen Polytechnic University two years ago. She tapped into her own commnunity to find success in Vancouver’s rapidly growing local-food scene.

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Long Beach program would give tax breaks for urban farms plotted on vacant lots

Photo of urban garden, Farmlot 59, in Long Beach.

The City Council on Tuesday voted to enact the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone program, which would allow for the small-scale cultivation of crops, the raising of certain types of livestock, bees, dairy producing animals or poultry, and would also allow the sale of produce through field retail stands or other farm stands.

By Courtney Tompkins
Press Telegram
Oct 5, 2017

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“We know we have vacant lots that have remained vacant for some 20 years; they are a strain on our code enforcement, a blight on our corridors and our neighborhoods,” Richardson said on Tuesday. “And we also know on the other hand urban agriculture is exciting … it really inspires people to really get involved in their neighborhoods.”

The council on Tuesday also took action on a separate but related item that authorized the creation of a vacant lot registry that will track how property owners care for their empty lots. The goal is to curb negative impacts associated with these often blighted lots by setting maintenance standards and requiring routine inspections. Officials estimate 618 lots would qualify for the registry.

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Canada: Montreal Supermarket Sells Produce From Its Rooftop Farm

This summer, a Montreal supermarket announced that it was the first in Canada to have a green rooftop farm producing vegetables that are then sold in the store.

By Rotem Ayalon
Next City
September 29, 2017

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The Duchemin family, who owns the supermarket, IGA Extra, saw an opportunity to create an actual farm: 1.5 acres on the roof, with over 30 types of vegetables, sold under the brand Frais du toit (meaning, “Fresh from the roof”). They greened their roof, and are also producing food. Customers can even keep an eye on the rooftop production via a livestream feed in the vegetable aisle.

Tim Murphy, the project coordinator and urban gardener for La ligne verte, the company that installed and manages the rooftop farm, told me that this project is ‘’an innovation for consumers and supermarkets in Quebec.’’ According to him, it has ‘’enormous potential to raise consumer awareness about local, healthy, ecologically responsible and seasonal food.’’

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Dissertation: ‘Neighbourhood to Agrihood: Exploring the extent to which urban agriculture can support inclusive redevelopment in Detroit’

Recent graduate Hannah Gillie (Geography 2014) awarded first place in RGS-IBG Food Geographies Undergraduate Dissertation Prize.

By Hannah Gillie
Fitzwilliam College
Sept 28, 2017

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Abstract of Hannah’s study:

Detroit may be America’s hub of urban agriculture (UA), but what does this mean for redevelopment in the city? Amid spiralling urban crises, bankruptcy and decay, farms and gardens have spread across Detroit and continue to be key features of the cityscape, whilst investment and development return to select areas of the city. Despite much research on the socio-cultural, environmental, health and food security elements of UA, less is known about the economic development potentials and limitations of urban food cultivation. Even less studied are urban agrihoods. These are new mixed-use developments centred on farming, and Detroit is home to the supposed first ‘sustainable urban agrihood’ in America. As the story in Detroit follows a recent narrative of urban recovery, gentrification is beginning to surface as an issue. Given this context, this study examines the extent to which gentrification is interacting with UA and the implications this has for UA centred redevelopment.

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