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Food and the City – Histories of Culture and Cultivation


Thirteen Essays On Urban Agriculture

Edited by Dorothée Imbert
Harvard University Press
July 2015
(Must see. Mike)

Food and the City explores the physical, social, and political relations between the production of food and urban settlements. Its thirteen essays discuss the multiple scales and ideologies of productive landscapes—from market gardens in sixteenth-century Paris to polder planning near mid-twentieth century Amsterdam to opportunistic agriculture in today’s Global South—and underscore the symbiotic connection between productive landscape and urban form across times and geographies. The physical proximity of fruit and vegetable production to urban consumers in pre-revolutionary Paris, or the distribution of fish in Imperial Edo, was an essential factor in shaping both city and surroundings.

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July 20, 2015   No Comments

Just One Backyard: One Man’s Search for Food

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“We have all of the pieces of the puzzle that are needed to create sustainable food systems … we just need to put them together. It isn’t a matter of choice, it is a matter of survival.”

By Dr. Zahina-Ramos (Dr. Z)
He holds a M.S. degree in the biological sciences and a Ph.D. in geosciences.
Published Jan 2015

Sustainability is an entertaining and enlightening tale of how Dr. Zahina-Ramos turned his urban residential backyard into a research study to measure the many benefits of urban agriculture. This is no dry lecture based on puffed-up rhetoric. Dr. Z has skillfully accomplished one of the most difficult challenges- weaving heartwarming storytelling and scientific facts together in a way that even a novice can appreciate and enjoy.

The first half of the book takes the reader on a thoughtfully told journey through the history of food growing, from ancient times through the 21st century, carefully describing how our food supply has become dominated by an industrialized production system that is dependent on unsustainable practices and harms the environment.

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Pee Wee’s Great Adventure


A guide to Vermicomposting ~ 2nd edition

By Larraine Roulston
Freelance writer

The book’s sequel, ‘Pee Wee’s Great Adventure: a guide to Vermicomposting’ has Pee Wee describing an amazing adventure from a classroom worm bin to a backyard composter. Instructions are included on how to care for worms and harvest their castings.

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Oh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants


Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library

By Bonnie Worth (Author), Aristides Ruiz (Illustrator)
Random House Books for Young Readers
March 27, 2001

With the able assistance of Thing 1 and Thing 2 — and a fleet of Rube Goldbergian vehicles — the Cat in the Hat examines the various parts of plants, seeds, and flowers; basic photosynthesis and pollination; and
seed dispersal.

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Children’s book: ‘The Curious Garden’


As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world.

By Peter Brown (Author)
Little, Brown Books for Young Reader

One boy’s quest for a greener world… one garden at a time.

While out exploring one day, a little boy named Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world.

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‘Urban gardening’ is Palm Beach professor John Zahina-Ramos’ passion

autDr. John Zahina-Ramos grows several forms of carrots, as well as dozens of other kinds of easily sustainable fruits, vegetables and herbs in his Palm Springs backyard garden.

If only 5 percent of (West Palm Beach) residents produced the same amount of food I did during this study, the economic impact to these households would total between $130 million and $195 million dollars each year.”

By Steve Dorfman
Palm Beach Post
July 7, 2015


John Zahina-Ramos didn’t intend to become one of the world’s most passionate advocates for “urban gardening.”

He just wanted to get back to his roots — literally.

A native Iowan who grew up on a farm that dates back to the 19th century, Zahina-Ramos, 54, missed tending to fruits, vegetables and herbs. So, in 2009, this wetlands scientist and Palm Beach State College adjunct professor, planted what he meant to be “a small garden” in the backyard of the Village of Palm Springs home he shares with husband Edward Ramos-Zahina.

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Children’s book: The Carrot Seed – 1945


His mother said, “I’m afraid it won’t come up.”

Ruth Krauss (Author), Crockett Johnson (Illustrator)

When a little boy plants a carrot seed, everyone tells him it won’t grow. But when you are very young, there are some things that you just know, and the little boy knows that one day a carrot will come up. So he waters his seed, and pulls the weeds, and he waits…

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Little Critter: A Green, Green Garden


The author has published over 300 children’s titles

By Mercer Mayer (Author, Illustrator)
HarperCollins (March 1, 2011)

Little Critter® and his family plant some vegetables. After lots of watering, weeding, and waiting, they enjoy a delicious meal—all from their green, green garden.

Mercer Mayer began writing and illustrating children’s books in 1966, and since that time, he has published over 300 titles. Open almost any of the award-winning author/illustrator’s books, and out may pop dragons, cuddly monsters, wonderful creatures, and endearing critters.

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Children’s book: The Gardener – 1997


But it is in a secret place that Lydia Grace works on her masterpiece — an ambitious rooftop garden –

By Sarah Stewart (Author), David Small (Illustrator)
Square Fish

Lydia Grace Finch brings a suitcase full of seeds to the big gray city, where she goes to stay with her Uncle Jim, a cantankerous baker. There she initiates a gradual transformation, bit by bit brightening the shop and bringing smiles to customers’ faces with the flowers she grows.

But it is in a secret place that Lydia Grace works on her masterpiece — an ambitious rooftop garden — which she hopes will make even Uncle Jim smile.

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Grow: Stories from the Urban Food Movement


This book is dedicated to everyone who is strengthening the soil and rebuilding the world one meal at a time.

By Stephen Grace
Bangtail Press
June 1, 2015

What do a rapper, a returned soldier, a reformed gangster, a grandmother, a petroleum geologist, a bestselling author, and a microchip engineer have in common? They are all wresting control of food from an industrial system responsible for a plague of poor personal and planetary health. Stephen Grace embarks on a journey of discovery to understand what motivates these urbanites working to reinvent the way we feed ourselves.

From the driver of a repurposed garbage truck healing the soil to a guerrilla gardener bombing the city with seeds, a cast of extraordinary characters emerges as Grace makes his way into the heart of a revolution. He discovers that food can be a means to tackle some of our most pressing problems, from youth crime to the healthcare crisis, from resource depletion to climate change.

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UA magazine 29 – City Region Food Systems


This issue addresses the growing attention for policy and practice approaches that focus on food issues from a city-regional perspective

May 2015


Food is increasingly an urban issue. This is gaining broad recognition among local, regional and national governments, international and support organisations, civil society, the private sector, consumers and academia. Evidence for this recognition can be found in cities in all regions of the world, where policy and programme initiatives are being undertaken in various fields related to urban and peri-urban food production and supply – as many of the articles in this Magazine illustrate.

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Indoor Kitchen Gardening


Turn Your Home Into a Year-round Vegetable Garden – Microgreens – Sprouts – Herbs – Mushrooms – Tomatoes, Peppers & More

By Elizabeth Millard
Cool Springs Press
June 15 2014

It takes just a few dollars and a few days for you to start enjoying fresh, healthy produce grown indoors in your own home. Imagine serving a home-cooked meal highlighted with beet, arugula, and broccoli microgreens grown right in your kitchen, accompanied by sautéed winecap mushrooms grown in a box of sawdust in your basement.

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Texas Farm Girl: Reap What you Sow


By Rebecca Crownover
Mascot Books
January 6, 2015

Texas Farm Girl learns from her PawPaw what Reap What You Sow means when she makes a big mistake on the farm. The lesson learned from Reap What You Sow can be applied to all of us so that we can overcome adversity and Shine Like A Lone Star Pearl.

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American Bar Association – Urban Agriculture: Policy, Law, Strategy, and Implementation


The book addresses the concerns and misconceptions that can occur when planning, developing and implementing an urban agricultural idea.

Martha H. Chumbler, Sorell E. Negro, and Lawrence E. Bechler, Editors
American Bar Association
2015 (Must See. Mike)

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 — The growing demand for urban farms and community gardens continues to sprout across the country. A new American Bar Association book “Urban Agriculture: Policy, Law, Strategy, and Implementation” provides an overview of information, perspectives and examples of urban agriculture to government officials, lawyers, planners and individuals, nonprofits and community organizations considering some aspect of farming within the city limits.

A current, practical resource on all aspects of agricultural activities within non-rural settings, ranging from neighborhood gardens to commercial farming operations, this book addresses many of the land use, environmental, and regulatory legal issues that confront local governments, property owners, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and neighborhood groups when addressing urban gardening or farming. Chapter authors also describe and analyze the experiences of specific urban areas, providing perspectives on their different approaches.

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From India: ‘My Pumpkin Roof’


How To Grow Your Own Urban Food Garden

By Malvika Pathak, Martin Scherfler, Nafeesa Begum, Nalini Mangwani, Navleen Kohli, Urvashi Devidayal and Vimal Bhojraj.
Published by Auroville Consulting and Earthcare Books
Auroville is a centre for alternative technology in India and the world.


Dr. Vandana Shiva, Founder, Navdanya Foundation

The promotion of food growing among urbanites is an important issue. We in India face food security issues, and consumers don’t often have a choice when it comes to whether their food is pesticide- treated or not. Moreover, our indigenous knowledge of organic farming methods and indigenous species are being lost as genetically modified seeds and synthetic growth enhancers are increasingly used.

Encouraging people in our urban centres to take up home gardening, means that we empower consumers. By growing our own organic food in our backyards, balconies and gardens, we don’t only make a healthy choice, we can address climate change ourselves. Conventional, chemical farming is a major contributor to climate change. Also, large-scale monocultures deplete soil and water resources. The transport from field to table is also polluting and carbon dioxide-producing. By growing our own food, we provide fresh, organic food, that doesn’t take its toll on the environment.

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