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Italy: The last urban farmers in Turin?

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In this corner of northern Italy, urban farming is a form of resistance.

By Caterina Villa
OZY
Apr 30 2018
(Must see. Mike)

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The urban development that has transformed the area around the old family farmhouse where the siblings grew up. So while Vilma and Paolo, self-described “nomadic farmers,” live in a nearby apartment building, they still tend their farm every day, earning just enough to sustain their families and the farm, but nothing more. “It feels like living in an oasis,” says Vilma, “as we are the last rural family in an urban context.”

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UK: Demand for allotments shoots up but gardeners face 90 year waiting list

Alison Swanson at Bridgehaugh Park allotments (Chris Austin / DC Thomson)

There are believed to be 300,000 allotments in Britain, with around 10,000 in Scotland. That’s up by around 4000 since 2007, yet waiting lists remain ridiculously long in some areas.

By Murray Scougall
Sunday Post
01 May 2018

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“It’s 90 years for some of the allotments in central Edinburgh and waiting lists have had to be closed in other cases,” explained gardener and writer Kenneth Cox, speaking on the eve of National Gardening Week, starting tomorrow.

Exercise, health, well-being, community spirit and awareness of where our food comes from are all being flagged as potential factors in the upswing of our horticultural hobbies.

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Homes Or Gardens? Developers And Urban Farmers Grapple Over Vacant Land

Signs hung up in front of a vacant lot in Weeksville, Brooklyn, in 2014 by members of 596 Acres, an organization that maps vacant lots in New York City and advocates for community stewardship of th at land. Murray Spenser Cox

Washington has witnessed a successful partnership between an urban garden and a developer in her Bronx community.

By Lea Ceasrine
NPR
Apr 28, 2018

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Vacant lots dot lower-income neighborhoods across the country. In many cities, urban growers have planted in those lots, repurposing abandoned city land into gardens with farmers markets and healthy food.

But cities often still register such plots as “vacant,” which allows them to be snatched up by housing developers. In communities where both housing and fresh food are needed, the fight over valuable vacant land is prompting policy reform — and tense collaboration — between developers and gardeners.

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Rodney Spencer and the struggles and rewards of a West Oakland urban farm

Rodney Spencer, executive director of City Slicker Farms, visits with Chance the rabbit, the newest inhabitant of the urban farm in Oakland. Photo: Paul Chinn.

“Urban farming methods applied to a small property can meet the needs of dozens of people,” Spencer said. “It’s a waste of money to manicure landscapes that could (instead) produce food inexpensively and efficiently.”

By Andrew Simmons
San Francisco Chronicle
April 27, 2018

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The Farm Park is rabbit paradise, especially for a young buck accustomed to the Clawson area of West Oakland. City Slicker Farms wants the park to be a paradise for Clawson residents too, a place where people without access to grocery stores selling affordable produce can learn sustainable urban farming practices and discover how to eat healthier. Hemmed in by fast-growing condo developments, crumbling older houses, and the clang and wheeze of light industry, the park at Hannah and Peralta streets feels like an oasis.

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