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Atlanta Urban Agriculture Director Brings Fresh Produce To Those In Need

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Mario Cambardella, paying a visit to Truly Living Well’s Collegetown Garden, is Atlanta’s first urban agriculture director. His goal is to help make fresh produce available to urban neighborhoods. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

One goal is to transform Atlanta’s urban food deserts by bringing local, healthy food within a half-mile of 75 percent of all residents by 2020.

By Andrew Alexander
The Atlantic Journal Constitution
Mar 16, 2017

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Cambardella was hired by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability in 2015 to help guide projects like the Collegetown Garden to success. In the new position, Cambardella is responsible for a wide range of activities related to urban agriculture in the city, including agricultural policy development. He cultivates partnerships with local non-profits like Truly Living Well and also assists individuals and organizations in navigating the often byzantine process of permitting and zoning related to starting their urban agriculture projects.

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March 23, 2017   No Comments

Calgary urban agriculture activist Paul Hughes to run for mayor in 2017

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In 2012 Paul Hughes was president of the Calgary Liberated Urban Chicken Klub (CLUCK).

Hughes said he believes issues around compassion and poverty are being ignored in Calgary.

By Annalise Klingbeil
Calgary Sun
Mar 14, 2016

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Paul Hughes, a food activist and longtime urban agriculture crusader, has thrown his hat into the 2017 mayoral race.

Hughes is well-known for a 2012 court battle over the right to keep backyard chickens and as the founder of Canada’s largest urban agriculture farm — a 4.5-hectare pocket of land near Canada Olympic Park know as Grow Calgary that has produced food for people in need for nearly four years.

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March 23, 2017   No Comments

Liberia, Africa: FAO And GOL Agree To Promote Urban/Peri-Urban Agriculture And Sustainable Forest Management

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(Right) Dr. Charles McClain, Deputy Minister for Planning and Development, signed the agreement on behalf of GOL, and (Left) Mr. Marc Abdala, FAO Country Rep. signed for FAO.

At least 1,500, mostly women and youth farmers in the targeted counties, are expected to benefit from the TCP.

By Judoemue M. Kollie
Daily Observer
Mar 9, 2017

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The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) recently signed two project agreements to promote urban and peri-urban agriculture in vegetables and poultry and the sustainable management of Liberia’s forest sector.

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March 15, 2017   No Comments

Manilla, Philippines: New City Hall Annex rooftop is an urban gardening showcase

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The once bare rooftop of the 4-storey Davao City Hall annex building burst into life as it has been literally transformed into a garden of colorful flowers and green herbs and vegetables.

By Carmencita A. Carillo
Business World
Mar 6, 2017

THE city’s plan to institutionalize urban container gardening (UCG) was recently launched with a permanent exhibit at the rooftop of the City Hall Annex Building. “The idea is to show people that it is possible to produce food even in a small plot of land… inspire Dabawenyos to engage in container gardening even if they live in the urban areas” City Agriculture Office Chief Leo Brian D. Leuterio said.

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March 12, 2017   Comments Off on Manilla, Philippines: New City Hall Annex rooftop is an urban gardening showcase

California Assembly bill would extend tax break to turn urban lots into farms

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Kevin Bayuk of the Urban Permaculture Institute of San Francisco works at the18th and Rhode Island Permaculture Garden in S.F. in 2014. The garden is owned by a private landowner who later received a property tax break for allowing the land to be used for agriculture under the state’s Urban Agricultural Incentive Zones act. Photo: Leah Millis, The Chronicle. Click on image for larger file.

“Urban farming needs more time to take root and help more Californians access nutritious food in their own neighbourhoods.”

By Tara Duggan
San Francisco Chronicle
February 27, 2017

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Since the law was enacted, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose and San Diego have all passed local ordinances giving financial incentives to turn unused lots into urban agricultural zones for a range of uses, including vegetable farming, beekeeping and nonprofit teaching gardens.

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March 4, 2017   Comments Off on California Assembly bill would extend tax break to turn urban lots into farms

George Ball, CEO of Burpee Seed, Urges White House to Continue Michelle Obama’s Kitchen Garden

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A paver at the entrance of the White House Kitchen Garden, as seen in October. Credit Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press.

“You have a very high-pressure job so, Mr. Trump, you will get far more nutrition from more fresh vegetables,” he said in an interview.

By Kim Severson And Marian Burrosfeb
New York Times
Feb 27, 2017

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He has urged Mrs. Trump to turn the garden into a showplace for Slovenian produce, the star of which would be the Raka red onion. It’s a hybrid that her maternal grandfather created by crossbreeding an Egyptian red onion with a local Slovenian onion from the town of Ptuj. It is named after his home village, which is known for its onions.

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March 2, 2017   Comments Off on George Ball, CEO of Burpee Seed, Urges White House to Continue Michelle Obama’s Kitchen Garden

Erie, Pennsylvania: Urban farming fights blight

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Erie. PA.

There are 4,700 vacant housing units, 1,900 abandoned units and 9,500 residential properties with what the Erie Planning Commission politely calls “signs of moderate to severe distress.”

By The Editorial Board
Go Erie
Feb 23, 2017

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So we welcome news that the Planning Commission, spurred by forward-looking residents, has recommended to Erie City Council a zoning amendment to permit urban agriculture and farm markets in certain residential neighborhoods. Under current rules, agriculture is limited to areas designated for “light manufacturing.”

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March 1, 2017   Comments Off on Erie, Pennsylvania: Urban farming fights blight

Fighting Greater Toronto’s Sprawl With Urban Farms

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Member farmers harvest mizuna green beds at Fresh City Farms two acre farm at Downsview Park.

75 percent of farmland of farmland in Toronto’s Metro Region is unprotected and at risk of being paved over

By Vawn Himmelsbach
Toronto Star
Feb 18, 2017

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Fresh City Farms leases private land, including two acres of federal land in Downsview Park, though tenure affects long-term planning. Its latest project is a 4,000 square foot greenhouse, expected to be up and running this spring, on land owned by wireless solutions company Baka Communications.

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February 27, 2017   Comments Off on Fighting Greater Toronto’s Sprawl With Urban Farms

Eustis, Florida City Commission Goes Against Backyard Chickens

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Judson Middens, with Florida Urban Agriculture, brought his chicken, Millie, to a city meeting to try to convince commissioners to allow Eustis residents to keep chickens as pets. Photo by By Roxanne Brown.

“So these guys, they’re not the monster everybody’s thinking. They’re clean, they’re friendly and, yes, they are pets.”

By Roxanne Brown
Daily Commercial
Feb 17, 2017

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Giddens said he understands people are concerned about smells and noises but said only commercial farming causes that, not the five chickens-per-household people in Eustis want.

“This is not new. It’s making a comeback. It’s part of sustainability,” he said. “People that have backyard chickens, they compost, they garden, they prepare for their community and what you do is facilitate a positive attitude in your citizenship.

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February 24, 2017   Comments Off on Eustis, Florida City Commission Goes Against Backyard Chickens

Canada: Strathcona County – Urban Agriculture Strategy

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Urban agriculture is easily accessed and seen in Strathcona County; it contributes to creating a healthy, livable community by helping to grow food, relationships, and economy in our community.

Community Food Lab
Intelligent Futures
Autumn 2016

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Urban conditions such as typically smaller available land area and diverse neighboring land uses mean that urban farms lean towards higher per square foot productivity, less mechanization, more focus on produce and less on livestock. Of course, creativity and innovation are the norm in urban farming, and typical scales of operation range from the individual farmer on a very small plot to capital-intensive commercial enterprises that can incorporate technologically- advanced growing methods.

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February 21, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Strathcona County – Urban Agriculture Strategy

Urban Farming Expands in South Dallas

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It has been nine months since the City of Dallas put more than $3 million on the line to lure a grocer to South Dallas. Surprisingly, no one has accepted the offer.

By Courtney Gilmore
NBCDFW
Feb 10, 2017

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City leaders are now looking for alternative solutions to bring fresh produce into food desert communities.

“If we can’t get the big grocery stores to come in, then we grow our on,” said Wilson.

Currently, they are scouting a few places to start an urban farm. There is a lot of land in south Dallas and the area is prime for redevelopment.

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February 17, 2017   Comments Off on Urban Farming Expands in South Dallas

Forum in Kigali, Rwanda: Growing Food In African Cities

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The State Minister for Agriculture, Fulgence Nsengiyumva, said at the event that there are about 450 hectares of marshlands developed for agriculture in Kigali City.

The Exchange
Feb 9, 2017

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Dr. Athanase Mukuralinda, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Rwanda Country representative, said that cities can for instance have vegetable gardens which can contribute to their food needs.

FAO Rwanda representative Attaher Maiga said that city dwellers can also engage in fish farming, which can be done in small spaces and can help reduce food insecurity.

Rwanda’s population is growing by 2.5 percent per year.

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February 15, 2017   Comments Off on Forum in Kigali, Rwanda: Growing Food In African Cities

First Honeybee Sanctuary Will Be In A Long Beach, California City Park

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Willow Springs Park. Click on image for larger file.

To Barnes’ knowledge, this would be the only municipal honeybee sanctuary in the region, and possibly the state of California.

By Courtney Tompkins
Long Beach Press Telegram
Feb 7, 2017

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A backyard beekeeping club is on the verge of creating the first honeybee sanctuary in a Long Beach city park – thanks in part to a local attorney, who offered his expertise in exchange for honey.

The Long Beach Beekeepers has been working to build an educational center that doubles as a safe haven for unwanted hives at Willow Springs Park for nearly two years now, but a series of holdups and bureaucratic hurdles had repeatedly halted progress.

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February 12, 2017   Comments Off on First Honeybee Sanctuary Will Be In A Long Beach, California City Park

Canadian Mayors Discuss Growing Food In Their Cities

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250 attend Forum. Debate on local food production between Morinville Mayor Lisa Holmes, Enoch Cree Nation Chief Billy Morin, Sturgeon County Mayor Tom Flynn and Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson at Edmonton’s city hall.

Edmonton could become the food capital of Canada if it taps into the power of urban agriculture, suggests a recent mayoral forum.

By Kevin Ma
St. Albert Gazette
Feb 8, 2017

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Morin said that to his community of Enoch, local food was about culture. Alberta’s First Nations were only recently introduced to Western foods such as flour, and today grappled with many health concerns related to diet. He now seeks to lead his community back to its traditional dietary roots.

“Picking berries, hunting moose – those are medicines for us.”

Holmes also cited a need to reconnect with the past when it came to food, saying that there was a “lost generation” of people today that did not grow up tending gardens or preserving food.

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February 9, 2017   Comments Off on Canadian Mayors Discuss Growing Food In Their Cities

Slovenia: Urban agriculture for changing cities: governance models for better institutional capacities and social inclusion

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Velenje, Slovenia. Click on image for larger file.

Employ Participatory Urban and Peri-urban agriculture (UPA) as a powerful and emerging method to improve public institutional capacities in order to tackle socio-economic exclusion of vulnerable/marginalized groups and to stimulate sustainable urban development in the Danube region.

14 February 2017 at 9:30
Velenje, Stari trg 3, Vila Bianca
Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

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In recent times, the main needs and challenges related to governance systems within the Danube region can be associated with decreasing public institutional capacities to incorporate participatory approach into decision-making processes. The absence of participatory mechanisms is contributing to reduced motivation of people to engage in governance and administration because they feel relegated from political, social and economic agendas and not competent enough to act as an equivalent counterpart and a considerable driver of “change”.

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February 4, 2017   Comments Off on Slovenia: Urban agriculture for changing cities: governance models for better institutional capacities and social inclusion