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Canada: Concrete Garden Magazine

Grow – A short film by Concrete Garden Magazine – about urban agriculture in Victoria, B.C. from Concrete Garden Magazine on Vimeo.

The five students decided that people needed to be more informed and open to the idea of food grown in urban settings, whether that was through community farms, backyard gardening, or just by supporting local farmers.

Concrete Garden is a quarterly print magazine about sustainable urban agriculture based in Victoria, B.C. We feature compelling stories on our food system, local businesses, Indigenous food practices and food sovereignty, green architecture, and global ecological issues from a local perspective.

Concrete Garden is dedicated to decolonizing agriculture and food communities throughout our work. We humbly acknowledge that this magazine is produced on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish – the Lekwungen and W?SÁNE? peoples.

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UK: Freightliners City Farm at 40: A refuge from city life in London

Freightlinders City Farm under construction in the late ’70s. Picture: Freightlinders City Farm.

Though 2018 is a year of celebration for Freightliners, there’s also nagging doubt. Its future is under threat.

By James Morris
Islington Gazette
Apr 4, 2018

Excerpt:

“We’re not 100 per cent certain of how it started,” Liz admits. “But we think it goes back to 1973, where the Maiden Lane Estate is now, on the other side of the Cally.

“We do know it was a community group coming together wanting to keep their own animals, grow food and live a bit of the good life. There was always a focus on children and young people, and giving them a safe space.

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Don’s Finest Living Foods delivers super-young sprouts and veggies to health-conscious customers

Don DeLillo: Putting his money where our mouths are in Huntington Station, NY.

$4,000, self-invested, to equip his first basement farm

By Amy Onorato
Innovateli
Apt 6, 2018

Excerpt:

And so, Don’s Finest Living Foods was born. DeLillo took roughly $4,000 he saved up from his job at Empire LED and poured it into equipment he would need to build an urban farm in the basement of his parents’ Huntington Station home.

Once his crops were flourishing, he used word-of-mouth networking and a website to build a local customer base, which places regular orders on a “subscription-like” basis, DeLillo said.

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They Turned This Miami Church Into a Farm

And now their produce is available at Whole Foods

By Carlos Frías
Miami Herald
April 06, 2018

Excerpt:

St. Simon’s Episcopal church was going broke. It’s a tiny squat building on 4 acres of land in south Miami-Dade County, with a tiny congregation. That’s when a new member of the congregation, Moses Kashem, came up with an idea. A young farmer, he Emily Michot emichot@miamiherald.com
Moses Kashem had a crazy idea — or so everyone else thought.

The son of a Muslim Indian father and a Catholic Italian mother, he wanted to turn the four unused acres surrounding a Miami Episcopal church into an urban organic farm.

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