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UK: Mayor visits sheep and apprentices at Mudchute city farm on the Isle of Dogs

Mayor Biggs wasn’t sheepish about meeting the animals at Mudchute urban farm on the Isle of Dogs. Picture source: LBTH

The money to pay for their training comes from levies that the council, like all local authorities, charges developers for planning consent on major schemes, to benefit the community.

By Mike Brooke
East London Advertiser
March 12, 2018

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Europe’s largest urban farm has been given Tower Hamlets Council funding for three new apprentices, with two recruits just joining the first apprentice who has been working on the farm for a year.

Tanjima Khanam, 21, from Poplar, was already volunteering at the farm when the apprenticeship opportunity came up.

“It’s been quite a journey to get here,” she said. “I want to stay here for as long as possible.”

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March 18, 2018   Comments Off on UK: Mayor visits sheep and apprentices at Mudchute city farm on the Isle of Dogs

Behind the Rise and Fall of Growing Power

Growing Power’s Milwaukee farm. (Photo credit: Will Allen)

The urban farming powerhouse had a global reputation. Then, it collapsed last year under mounting debt, prompting big questions about what happened and what comes next.

By Stephen Satterfield
Civil Eats
03.13.18

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People close to the organization were saddened by the news of its dissolution, but many were not surprised. As far back as 2014, the Chicago chapter of Growing Power had begun to move toward independent accounting and funding strategies. Warning signs about Growing Power’s financial health were embedded in its mandatory annual filings and felt by its vendors.

And despite Allen’s passion and dedication, he may have suffered from a bit of founder’s syndrome. Fisher theorizes that Allen’s inability to empower and retain an operational management team was the main cause of the organization’s collapse.

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March 18, 2018   Comments Off on Behind the Rise and Fall of Growing Power