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California: ‘Agrihood’ proposal may be used to help win passage for latest city housing plan

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It’s one variation of an “agrihood” — a growing, national movement that combines new homes with farm crops and livestock production. More than 100 agrihoods exist nationally, with the nearest in Rancho Mission Viejo.

By Barbara Henry
San Diego Union-Tribune
Jan 14, 2018

The rough, tentative proposal calls for rezoning about half of a 21-acre, flower-growing parcel at Quail Gardens Drive and Leucadia Boulevard, so that it could contain about 250 high-density homes. Plans call for the remaining land to be transformed into a community-focused farming operation that would serve the needs of the new residents.

Business magazine articles have recently described agrihoods as the next likely big housing development trend, saying they could well replace the once-popular golf course as a key project amenity.

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January 20, 2018   Comments Off on California: ‘Agrihood’ proposal may be used to help win passage for latest city housing plan

San Francisco Urban Farm To Rise As Symbol Of Social Justice

Alvina Wong (right) tries to untangle a lengthy garden hose with Marilyn Duran at the Hummingbird Farm in San Francisco

The once-fallow field, owned but previously unused by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, is on its way to becoming an urban farm capable of growing up to 1,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables each year

By Dominic Fracassa
San Francisco Chronicle
January 14, 2018

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The College Hill Learning Garden in Bernal Heights was the agency’s first such program. Opened in April 2016, the center is designed to teach students about healthy food and environmental sustainability and is operated by Education Outside, a nonprofit focused on science and environmental education.

The new garden is the PUC’s second urban agriculture program, and the third is still “under consideration,” according to Tracy Zhu, the agency’s acting community benefits manager.

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January 20, 2018   Comments Off on San Francisco Urban Farm To Rise As Symbol Of Social Justice