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Taiwan: Taipei holds policy presentation marking World Urban Farmers Day

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Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je launched the garden city policy in 2015.

By Liu Chien-pang and Evelyn Kao
Focus Taiwan
May 21, 2017

Excerpt:

Taipei, May 21 (CNA) Taipei held an event Sunday to present the results of the city’s implementation of a garden city policy and mark World Urban Farmers Day on May 22.

At the presentation, Deputy Mayor Lin Chin-rong said that since the policy was launched in 2015, 402 community gardens and city farms have been opened for adoption by ward chiefs, schools, enterprises and volunteers.

The city’s next step is to promote organic farming, according to Lin.

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May 27, 2017   No Comments

Lord Heseltine addresses the potential of horticulture to benefit deprived communities

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Lord Heseltine.

“Step by step as urban living has created the huge conurbations, people have sought to use nature to humanise the built environment. I think this is a lesson with still much to teach us.

By Matthew Appleby
Horticulture Week
May 22, 2017
(Must read. Mike)

Excerpt:

“There are no simple answers to complex questions but gardening can play a part. Derelict land is all too present. Provide them with the tools to plant it. If they plant it they may feel a pride in what they did. They may wish to defend it, even extend it. The work requires little skill but it offers ladders. If a person starts by tidying the garden of an elderly pensioner, there is a short journey to a full time job with elderly folk willing to pay someone to do the same in nearby more prosperous suburbs.

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May 23, 2017   No Comments

Portugal: Lisbon develops urban farming as part of its anti-crisis strategy

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The city plans on expanding the green space available for farming by converting a six hectares swamp into a large urban farm dedicated to the formation of unemployed inhabitants.

By Luc Berman
New Europe
June 8, 2015

Excerpt:

About five hundred families are currently managing and eating from the vegetables and fruits they harvested from their green plot. By 2017, the city aims at doubling the number of families benefitting from this program by transforming a few of the 25 hectares of green spaces still available in the city.

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May 21, 2017   No Comments

GrowTO Urban Agriculture Action Plan, Toronto

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Urban Food Policy Snapshot

By Cameron St. Germain
New York City Food Policy Centre
May 9, 2017

Excerpt:

Progress to date

Numerous urban agriculture projects have popped up in Toronto since the GrowTO action plan was adopted. They are located in empty lots, on rooftops, in schoolyards, and on residents’ personal property.

Entrepreneurs and community organizers have looked to urban farming opportunities as a means of supporting economic development, the creation of small businesses, and to build up and enhance communities. Many farmers are now exploring ways to grow indoors or in shipping containers using hydroponics, or other systems, in addition to the many programs and businesses growing outside and in public spaces.

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May 17, 2017   No Comments

Reuters Africa: No set menu to feed cities’ growing appetite

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Yet despite the benefits of urban farming, simply boosting the numbers of city farmers will not guarantee that cities can feed everyone or protect their food supply, experts say.

By Astrid Zweynert
Reuters Africa
May 15, 2017

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“Local agricultural production has to be part of a diverse food system to become a reliable secure food source for growing urban populations,” Pay Drechsel of the International Water Management Institute in Colombo told the Bonn conference.

Migration from rural areas to fast-growing cities in the developing world adds more complexity as an increasing number of people living in informal settlements and slums turn to urban farming, studies have shown.

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May 15, 2017   No Comments

Online donors cover $3000 fine of Toledo ‘urban farmer’

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Urban farmer Thomas Jackson holds a handful of tilled soil from his four lots at in the 1500 Milburn Ave. in Toledo.

Judge McConnell said Mr. Jackson was not in compliance and that he was concerned about upset neighbors.

By Ignazio Messina
Toledo Blade
May 5, 2017

Excerpt:

“I have been watching the case and I was worried when someone is trying to do something good in their lives and something that really could be productive for these vacant lands … and that it would be discouraging if people saw how he was being fined,” Ms. Lopez said. “We need more dreamers and more people willing to take a chance on the city and I felt really terrible when I saw he had been fined $3,000 and I thought that had gone too far.”

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May 11, 2017   Comments Off on Online donors cover $3000 fine of Toledo ‘urban farmer’

Canada: An urban farm beneath BC Hydro power lines in Langley?

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Plans call for cultivation of urban agriculture along the 23 acre (9.4 ha) BC Hydro transmission right-of-way.

The City of Langley, along with the Metro Vancouver regional authority and Kwantlen Polytechnic University have announced plans for a Langley Urban Agriculture Demonstration Project.

By Monique Tamminga
Langley Times
May 3, 2017

Excerpt:

“This project aims to bring compatible urban farming to a power line corridor in an established single family residential neighbourhood,” said Roy Beddow, deputy director of Development Services and Economic Development at the City of Langley.

“In addition to demonstrating the potential for local food production, the project will also create community partnerships and educational opportunities while enhancing amenity values in a utility corridor.”

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May 9, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: An urban farm beneath BC Hydro power lines in Langley?

California: Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones – Four Years In

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The extension bill —AB 465 — has already passed the Assembly Local Government and Agriculture committees with unanimous support.

By Eli Zigas
Food and Agriculture Policy Director
May 1, 2017

Excerpt:

The impact of the legislation has been more modest than anticipated. SPUR contacted all the jurisdictions that had urban ag incentive zones earlier this year and found four parcels across three cities that were currently under contract. For the city gardens and farms on those sites — including the 18th and Rhode Island Garden in San Francisco and Valley Verde in San Jose — the incentive is providing either access to land or a greater sense of land security than the gardens otherwise might have.

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May 9, 2017   Comments Off on California: Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones – Four Years In

The World Bank: Urban Agriculture: Food, Jobs, and Lower Food Miles

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Urban agriculture has potential for not only to provide fresh and nutritious food for urban consumers but also to create more and better jobs faster for growing youth population.

By Vivek Prasad
The World Bank
May 2, 2017

Excerpt:

A sizable area of Bangladesh’s capital city Dhaka and its periphery are engaged in agricultural activities. For example, the business district of Tejgaon in the center of Dhaka has 38 per cent of the land available for agriculture. In addition, about 10 square kilometer of rooftops within the Dhaka City Corporation are vacant and potentially could be used for urban food production.

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May 8, 2017   Comments Off on The World Bank: Urban Agriculture: Food, Jobs, and Lower Food Miles

Italy: Save the Gandusio Rooftop Garden in Bologna

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The garden, initially promoted by the Bologna City Council as a way to promote intercultural dialogue and social cohesion between the inhabitant of the social housing building is today being dismantled by the same City Council

Petition in English

Since 2010, the Gandusio rooftop garden promotes social cohesion, and intercultural dialogue in the social housing buildings of via Gandusio (Bologna). Over the years, gardeners have contributed to growing, in this unused common space, an intercultural and cohesive community, open to the whole public through the realization of various cultural initiatives open to the public. The garden, initially promoted by the City of Bologna has become an international case study, addressed by several scientific studies in the fields of agronomy, social sciences and urban planning.

The garden has been referred to as an innovative example of sustainable planning by the European Gazette Science for Environmental Policy and has been featured in several documentary films, including the internationally awarded documentary God Save The Green.

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May 8, 2017   Comments Off on Italy: Save the Gandusio Rooftop Garden in Bologna

Philippines: Mati City promotes backyard gardening

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DAVAO. Green community. (Contributed Photo by Arjoy Ceniza)

Championing agriculture and environment conservation can happen within anyone’s backyard.

By Ace June Rell S. Perez
Sun Star Daveo
May 1, 2017

Excerpt:

Implemented initially in three barangays in the city (Central, Dahican, Makambol), the program is planned to be replicated in other 26 barangays in Mati within this year.

Vice Mayor and Barangay Integration for the Development and Action (Bida) Program director Glenda Rabat-Gayta said in an interview that this is to cater the growing demand of the program in each community.

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May 7, 2017   Comments Off on Philippines: Mati City promotes backyard gardening

France: Retailer Carrefour Unveils ‘Urban Agriculture’ Initiative

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Vegetable garden on the roof of the Villiers-en-Bière hypermarket in Seine-et-Marne

Other vegetable gardens are set to be created all through France: in Mérignac, a 6000 m² in-ground garden is being created near the Carrefour store.

Press Release
Carrefour
Apr 27, 2017

Villiers-en-Bière vegetable garden: over a 1200 m² surface area, ornamental and aromatic fruit trees and fruit and vegetable plants are being grown, using methods inspired by agro-ecology. It is managed by students from the Bougainville de Brie-Comte-Robert agricultural and horticultural school. They also share information about the garden with neighbouring schools and customers at the store. The garden should begin to bear its first fruit in early May and its yield will be sold in the store.

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May 5, 2017   Comments Off on France: Retailer Carrefour Unveils ‘Urban Agriculture’ Initiative

Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge, joins inner-city children on Gloucestershire farm visit

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Kate also joined a story-time session led by children’s author Michael Morpurgo, who founded the charity in 1976.

By Tom Powell
Evening Standard
May 3, 2017

Excerpt:

While helping to plant the onions, the Duchess asked: “Do any of you like onions?”

One child replied that they made their eyes water and the Duchess replied: “They make things nice and tasty. You can put onions in curries.”

She also saw a “super wriggly worm” and asked the children: “Have all of you held a worm before?”

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May 4, 2017   Comments Off on Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge, joins inner-city children on Gloucestershire farm visit

10 Urban Farmers Bringing Fresh Food to New York City

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Iyeshima Harris.

Favorite thing about farming in NYC: “Having to educate adults and my peers about the importance of food justice.

By Katherine Ripley
NYC Food Policy Centre
Apr 26, 2017

Excerpt:

Iyeshima Harris is a farm manager for Ecostation New York and an organizer for the Youth Food Justice Network. She is currently transitioning from being an urban farmer to being a political organizer advocating for food justice. Iyeshima believes that urban farming is just one component of food justice, and she wants youth in the city to understand why people fight for food. Iyeshima also wants youth in the city to experience what she experienced growing up in Jamaica, where her great grandmother had a garden, and her family did not need to go to the supermarket for anything.

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May 3, 2017   Comments Off on 10 Urban Farmers Bringing Fresh Food to New York City

Cannabis plants spotted growing at Vancouver City Hall community garden promptly removed after report

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On April 24, Ian Young photographed cannabis plants growing in this planter at the Vancouver City Hall community garden. When the Straight went to the garden to confirm that the plants were there, they had already been removed. Photo by Amanda Siebert.

“I want to live in a country where you see cannabis growing in somebody’s front yard, and it’s not a big deal,” he said.

By Amanda Siebert
Georgia Straight
April 25th, 2017

Excerpt:

The campaign calls on “all freedom-loving Canadians to grow a cannabis victory garden” and, in instructions posted on OverGrow Canada’s website, Larsen suggests that these seeds be planted “at City Hall, in front of the local police station, in storefront planters, and other highly visible places.”

“I hope [the plants] are from our campaign, but I know we’re not the only ones with the same idea,” Larsen told the Straight by phone this afternoon. “Regardless, if they’re my seeds or someone else’s, I hope that it keeps happening.”

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May 3, 2017   Comments Off on Cannabis plants spotted growing at Vancouver City Hall community garden promptly removed after report