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The Gardening Show as Cozily Addictive as “The Great British Bake Off”

In “Big Dreams, Small Spaces,” modest, unwealthy humans try to improve their yards under the guidance of the charismatic master gardener Monty Don.Illustration by Cari Vander Yacht

Monty Don combines reassuring poshness, accessibility, and, to be frank, good looks.

By Charlotte Mendelson
New Yorker
May 2, 2018

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Even better, “Big Dreams, Small Spaces” combines this glamour with that essential of modern television: soi-disant relatability. The Ordinary People in these shows aren’t wealthy silver surfers who have downsized to just one acre, or hipster chef-gardeners rearing crops for micro-breweries. They are modest, unwealthy humans, with budgets in the hundreds, not hundreds of thousands, trying to improve their concreted front gardens, their hummocky suburban yards.

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GOP lawmakers question tax implications of creating urban agriculture zones

HB3418 was introduced by sponsor Rep. Sonya Harper (D-Chicago)

Is creating an urban agriculture zone (UAZ) just a way to get another tax break?

By Angela Underwood
Du Page Policy
May 7, 2018

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After being told by Harper there would be no cost to the Department of Agriculture to implement the new plan, Rep. Peter Breen (R-Lombard) said that could be untrue since the program adds additional rules and regulations that must be reviewed.

Property tax respite was his next concern. He asked Harper if having a UAZ offered relief from either state or local taxes. Harper said it was just municipal tax relief, to which Breen expressed concern.

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Fairbanks, Alaska planning commission to discuss urban farms

Ordinance 2018-12 has been more than a year in the making after residents increasingly were contacting the Fairbanks North Star Borough Department of Community Planning asking how many chickens they were allowed to have.

By Amanda Bohman
Newsminer
May 7, 2018 a

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The ordinance creates two land uses, “urban livestock” and “market garden.” It details the types and numbers of livestock allowed based on lot size.

Currently, chickens are not allowed to be kept in most city neighborhoods.

The measure also provides the ability for home gardeners to sell their produce.

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