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Canada: Vancouver’s ‘Inner City Farms’ Partners with Home Owners and Local Businesses to Convert Front and Back Yards

We harvested some fine leaf lettuce, amongst other things. In this pic, one of our Urban Farmers, Suho, is flanked by the the Team Monday crew: Mike, Hailey and Vera.

Growing: Creole Garlic, Rojo De Castro; Rocambole Garlic, Russian Red; Purple Stripe Garlic, Shvelisi; Music Garlic (Musical)

From their websites.

Excerpt:

Inner City Farms(ICF) is a small urban farm in Vancouver made up of even smaller parts. Vancouver is built on unceded Coast Salish territory and our farms are built on private property within our city’s limits. None of the land farmed by ICF is owned by ICF. All of the space we have access to is provided to us my members of the community who believe in our project and see the our gardens as a positive contribution to the neighbourhood. As a result we never talk about “our land” we instead understand our farm as “our spaces”.

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November 23, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Vancouver’s ‘Inner City Farms’ Partners with Home Owners and Local Businesses to Convert Front and Back Yards

A $1,000 bottle of wine grows in Brooklyn on a first-of-its-kind rooftop vine

Baby grapes being grown on a rooftop in Brooklyn. The first-ever rooftop vineyard brings the idea of urban agriculture to the wine industry. Rooftop Reds expects 30 cases of the bottles to be ready in 2019.

Rodenhouse invested $500,000 in the business. Once Rooftop Reds received the investment, it was able to move into a larger, permanent 14,800-square-foot rooftop space.

By Rene Brinkley
CNBC
Nov 16, 2017

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The Navy Yard agreed to lease the land if he met his goal. Shomaker raised $16,820, and in the spring of 2014, he started a nursery vineyard in a temporary space on the roof of a Navy Yard building.

Once he had the first grapes planted, Shomaker turned his attention back to money. He met with John Rodenhouse, the owner of award-winning Point of the Bluff Vineyards in upstate New York. “I was able to show him what I had put together. He could see the space at the Navy Yard and the grape vines. The fact that this was off the ground made it easy for him to say, ‘This looks like it has merit.'”

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Australia: Guerilla gardening: The leafy oases popping up in unexpected areas

From guerilla gardening to permaculture blitzes, amateur gardeners are picking up trowels and transforming their streets into edible food forests and more.

By Isabelle Lane
Queensland Country Life
17 Nov 2017

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Pat Long is the driving force behind Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre’s community garden and food forest, in the inner-city Melbourne suburb of Flemington. Both the garden and food forest are open and accessible to the general public.

“It brings communities together … and connects you with all sorts of people that you might not normally meet,” Long says.

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