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United States Postal Service maintenance workers remove Berkeley community garden

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According to Zint, the garden was put in place for the people of Berkeley to claim ownership of land that belongs to the community.

By Simmone Shaw
DailyCal
June 23, 2016

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The community garden located outside the Berkeley Post Office was removed by United States Postal Service, or USPS, maintenance workers Wednesday, after two years of ongoing disputes between the post office and protesters.

The garden was put in place in late 2014 when homeless activists began occupying the grounds in protest of the sale of the post office to a privately owned property management company. The homeless encampment was disbanded in April, after city police and postal service workers informed the protesters that they were trespassing on government property.

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June 28, 2016   No Comments

New Port Richey, Florida, approves urban agriculture ordinance, including residential sales

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Deputy Mayor Bill Phillips said the ordinance is a positive move for the city, but may need tweaking down the road should issues or complaints arise.

By Robert Napper
Tampa Bay Times
June 22, 201

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With passage of the ordinance, the city will permit the commercial sale of produce from local gardens in residential, commercial and industrial zones. Sales in residential areas would be restricted to once every six months from a particular location, and a permit, which would expire after 72 hours, would be required. The city staff has likened the twice-a-year permits to what is done for garage sales.

There are restrictions in the ordinance that do not allow indoor growing operations anywhere other than in light industrial areas of the city. Urban agriculture also would be banned in mobile home parks, as would livestock anywhere in the city.

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June 27, 2016   No Comments

Las Cruces, New Mexico, Approves Urban Agriculture Plan

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“Then maybe more can be done with personal gardening plots or homes designed around a community garden. I think there are all kinds of innovative ways that this can grow.”

By Samantha Sonner
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Jun 8, 2016

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The Urban Agriculture and Food Policy Plan recommends educational activities, policies and programs to promote equitable food and agriculture practices for the city of Las Cruces. Krysten Aguilar, Food Planning and Policy Specialist at La Semilla Food Center, says the plan was developed with community input.

“So this plan really just lays out support and incentivizes in and around the city of Las Cruces,” Aguilar said. “So really looking at things like growing food, processing food, community kitchens, community gardens, everything from seed to table basically.”

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June 15, 2016   Comments Off on Las Cruces, New Mexico, Approves Urban Agriculture Plan

Detroit is Designing a City With Space for Everyone, Including Goats

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Mark Covington holds one of the chickens at the Georgia St. Collective.

A comprehensive approach to urban agriculture is rolling out in Motor City.

By Amanda Kolson Hurley
Next City
Photos by Michelle and Chris Gerard
Jun 6, 2016

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Even at the time, the spokesperson of Mayor Mike Duggan indicated the city was open to changing the policy, which some residents argued was outdated. Now it is poised to do that. Within the next few months, the Detroit Planning Commission will review code amendments that would allow the keeping of certain small animals for agricultural purposes — hens (not roosters), ducks, goats, rabbits and honeybees — on the property of any residence, educational institution, restaurant or agricultural facility that meets spatial guidelines. Slaughter on-site and the sale of meat would not be allowed. Farming with livestock would only be permitted as an accessory use, meaning a person couldn’t buy a property in a residential neighborhood and turn the whole lot into a farm.

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June 13, 2016   Comments Off on Detroit is Designing a City With Space for Everyone, Including Goats

As citizens residing in megacities, we are no longer connected with farming

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What is really required is a push from urban municipalities to introduce urban farming as a social policy and to integrate urban agriculture as an integral part of urban planning and design.

By Saahil Parekh
Business Standard
June 1, 2016

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As citizens residing in megacities, we are no longer connected with farming. We no longer care about where our fruits and vegetables are coming from, understanding how to identify the good ones from the bad, and their nutrition value. It is an irony that we check for energy and nutrition charts on manufactured foods that we pick off the shelves or burger meals that we order at the counters of fast-food restaurants, but hardly give any thought to the salubriousness of the vegetables we buy at the sabji mandi. Our only criterion is how cheap, and the presence of pesticides or other harmful chemicals doesn’t even play on our minds.

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June 11, 2016   Comments Off on As citizens residing in megacities, we are no longer connected with farming

Learning for Sustainable Agriculture: Urban Gardening in Berlin

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In the last decade Berlin has become a hot spot and the international “capital” of urban gardening: In 2002 there were some eight urban gardens in Germany and none in Berlin, meanwhile (August 2013) there are more than 100 urban gardens in Berlin.

By Stephanie Wunder
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Ecologic Institute
September 2013

The study analyzes urban gardening initiatives in Berlin. It focused on the following aspects:

First, it sheds a light on how urban gardening motivates community involvement with specific reference to the development of Berlin’s urban gardening movement. It also clarifies the role of sustainability in these efforts and motivations.

Second, it looks for the success factors as well as barriers faced; with a particular focus on the role of governance structures, knowledge sharing and decision making processes.

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June 8, 2016   Comments Off on Learning for Sustainable Agriculture: Urban Gardening in Berlin

Growing Food For Growing Cities

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Transforming Food Systems In An Urbanizing World

By Douglas Bereuter and Dan Glickman, cochairs Thomas A. Reardon, principal author Endorsed by an Independent Advisory Group
The Chicago Council of Global Affairs
April 2016
124 pages

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Growth in the world’s cities is exploding. Today, more people live in urban areas than in rural areas. By 2050, 66 percent of the world’s people are expected to live
1n cities, feuling unprecedented demand for food. Especially low – and middle – income countries(LMICs) in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, feeding urban populations has become an urgent and critical challenge.

As cities grow, diets are changing. Urban consumers are demanding a more diversified diet, including fruits, vegetables, dairy, and meat, and are increasingly consuming processed foods. Accompanying these shifts is the transformation of supply chains, affecting farmers, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and consumers. A process has begun, which will continue for decades, that is transforming food systems from farm to fork.

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June 8, 2016   Comments Off on Growing Food For Growing Cities

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to offer tax break to grow food on vacant lots

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gorde“The more food we can grow in Saskatoon, the more healthy we’ll all be,” says Gord Enns, executive director of the Saskatoon Food Council. Liam Richards / Saskatoon Starphoenix

Equal to 50 per cent of the annual property taxes on a vacant lot, but no more than $500 a year for residential sites and $1,200 a year for non-residential properties.

By Phil Tank
Saskatoon Starphoenix
June 1, 2016

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Grant to grow

Here’s how the City of Saskatoon proposes to encourage vacant lot owners to convert them to gardens for up to five years:

The goal: To increase food security in Saskatoon.

The grant: Equal to 50 per cent of the annual property taxes on a vacant lot, but no more than $500 a year for residential sites and $1,200 a year for non-residential properties.

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June 6, 2016   Comments Off on Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to offer tax break to grow food on vacant lots

Gardening is regaining its coolness

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Digging in the dirt for food has acquired status.

By Monique Keiran
Times Colonist
May 29, 2016

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Then two wars brought about economic and social change. The Depression and Second World War saw renewed gardening vigour at the household scale. At first, it was prompted by necessity, then by patriotism. The food fed the family, with abundance swapped among neighbours and friends.

After the war, most Victory gardens were plowed under and sodded over. Stay-at-home moms tended what remained, as well as the new flowerbeds, while dad cranked up the lawnmower on the weekend.

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June 5, 2016   Comments Off on Gardening is regaining its coolness

Examining press coverage of farm-to-table movement

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Laura Reiley also wrote an equally detailed and totally hair-raising companion exposé of farmers markets. She visited a dozen different markets, counted 346 discrete vendors and found that only 16, or less than 5 percent, of “farmers” actually grow stuff on their own farms.

By Bret Thorn and Nancy Kruse
Nation’s Restaurant News
May 27, 2016

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Reiley read menus at restaurants that mentioned the farms where their food was supposed to have come from, then she asked the farmers if they sold to those restaurants, and when they said they didn’t she confronted the restaurants and asked them why they were such liars.

Sometimes it was an oversight — a menu that hadn’t been rewritten after purveyors were changed — sometimes it was more nefarious, and sometimes it was pretty darn insulting, like the restaurant with the tagline “Death to Pretenders” that pretended to make its own cheese curds and claimed to use wild local shrimp when in fact it was farm-raised in India.

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June 3, 2016   Comments Off on Examining press coverage of farm-to-table movement

Sydney, Australia: The Footpath Gardening Policy

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The Footpath Gardening Policy (the Policy) allows residents and businesses to put planter boxes on the footpath and/or carry out gardening on footpath verges outside their properties under certain conditions.

This policy was adopted by the City of Sydney Council (the Council) in February 2013, and consent was provided by the NSW Division of Local Government in May 2013.

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Planter boxes on the public footpath.
Planter boxes should contribute to the attractiveness of the street, but must also ensure pathways remain accessible and safe.

Residents and businesses are allowed to install and maintain planter boxes on the kerb side of the footpath outside their properties as long as they meet the requirements of this policy. Interested residents and businesses will be provided with an information package and a checklist and returned to the City. The checklists specify the minimum clearances and criteria for access and safety.

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June 2, 2016   Comments Off on Sydney, Australia: The Footpath Gardening Policy

London, Ontario beekeepers forced to remove backyard hive

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efBecky Ellis has to relocate her backyard beehive by May 28 after the province ordered their removal.

Complaint-driven laws preventing urban bees rarely enforced, say backyard beekeepers

CBC News
May 24, 2016

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Becky Ellis launched an online petition last week, calling on Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal to change Ontario laws that prevent beehives within 30 metres of any property line.

Ellis and fellow beekeeper Sean Kaiser were ordered by the ministry to remove their hive from their backyard in the London suburban neighbourhood of Byron.

As a student of urban agriculture, Ellis is part of a growing movement of Canadians keeping backyard, small-scale beehives. Though most of them operate in secret, Ellis has always been open about her hives.

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May 29, 2016   Comments Off on London, Ontario beekeepers forced to remove backyard hive

As hunger stalks Venezuela, government encourages city-dwellers to start planting

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venxSenior citizens in Caracas, Venezuela, get a lesson on urban agriculture. As the nation finds itself in a food crisis, the government is urging city-dwellers to plant fruits and vegetables. Jim Wyss Miami Herald.

The Ministry of Urban Agriculture was created this year – Inflation, hoarding reflected on dinner tables – Only 54 percent of people report eating three meals a day

By Jim Wyss
Miami Herald
May 23, 2016

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Caracas, Venezuela: On a recent weekday, just a few miles from where the government was holding military exercises preparing for a foreign invasion, about a dozen senior citizens were gathered in a classroom learning about another war-time innovation.

“Vertical gardens were pioneered during World War II,” a teacher said as he instructed them on how to turn plastic bottles into planters that could be hung on a wall or balcony. “We need to take advantage of every space possible.”

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May 27, 2016   Comments Off on As hunger stalks Venezuela, government encourages city-dwellers to start planting

Malaysia: Urban farming has helped cut living costs says Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister

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Since its inception in 2014, the programme has amassed 38,506 participants who grow vegetables, herbs and ulam at 1,634 locations nationwide.

By Nurbaiti Hamdan
The Star
May 19, 2016

PETALING JAYA: The Government-initiated agriculture programme in urban areas is turning into a movement that helps to reduce the cost of living, said Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

Since its inception in 2014, the programme has amassed 38,506 participants who grow vegetables, herbs and ulam at 1,634 locations nationwide.

“This was something unthinkable because previously, urban people were thought to only work in factories, offices and hotels,” he said in his speech during a working visit to the Petaling Jaya urban farming site in Kampung Lindungan here Thursday.

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May 24, 2016   Comments Off on Malaysia: Urban farming has helped cut living costs says Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister

Colorado Springs: New ‘TinyFarm’ in town wants zoning change to sell veggies from home

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Pikes Peak Small Farms PBC estimates the city has more than 18,000 acres of farmable infill. And if, as the group’s prospectus claims, a half-acre can eventually feed 60 people, the tiny farm model is ripe to do big things.

By Nat Stein
Colorado Springs Independent
May 18, 2016

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As it stands, that would be considered a garage sale under current land-use definitions. Per zoning regulations, citizens can have two garage sales a year with combined sales over $300 subject to tax.

Lonna Thelen in the city’s land use division told the Indy that urban agriculture has different designations for those that have a retail component and those that don’t. Community gardens without on-site sales are permitted in residential zones, but adding that sales component makes it crop production, zoned only for agricultural districts. Certain home occupations are permitted by the land use division as long as hours of operation, number of employees, volume of customers, exterior signage and off-street parking fit the city’s parameters.

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May 23, 2016   Comments Off on Colorado Springs: New ‘TinyFarm’ in town wants zoning change to sell veggies from home