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A toast to Grandma Nat and all who grow food for their families

The Acta Non Verba farm is located in Tassafaronga Recreation Center in East Oakland. Photo: Oakland Museum Of California

The museum show didn’t make me hungry to score seats at a popular, farm-to-table restaurant. Urban farming, after all, is trendy. No, the exhibit made me realize that we’re not that far removed from having to farm to feed ourselves.

By Otis R. Taylor Jr.
San Francisco Chronicle
December 24, 2017

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In 2016, there were 1.6 million people living in Alameda County, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That means almost 230,000 of my neighbors are worried about how they’re going to eat.

There’s a wall at the Oakland exhibition where children can leave their answers on a Post-it Note. The question: Why do you grow food? “So we can live,” one child wrote.

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December 30, 2017   Comments Off on A toast to Grandma Nat and all who grow food for their families

A Cleveland priest discovers one of the dangers of urban farming

“Contrary to what some of the media reported, this had nothing to do about the chickens or stealing eggs. It was a random attack and may have been gang related.

By Phillip Morris
The Plain Dealer
Dec 20, 2017

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I had to go see Father John Kumse’s black and white chickens for myself. Word on the street was that the birds almost cost the priest his life.

He was shot at three times last Monday night after retrieving eggs from the chickens, which he keeps in a fenced yard behind St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Collinwood. The story is beyond bizarre.

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December 30, 2017   Comments Off on A Cleveland priest discovers one of the dangers of urban farming