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Venezuela to Expand Small-Scale Urban Agriculture

President Maduro and Urban Agriculture Minister Freddy Bernal launch the Plan 2018 (Ministry for Urban Agriculture)

Government projections suggest that small scale urban agriculture can cover 20% of national food demand within three years.

By Paul Dobson
Venezuela Anaylsis
Mar 19th 2018


Venezuela revealed that it is looking to expand grassroots and family-based urban food production this weekend, as the government unveiled its National Urban Agriculture Plan 2018.

Areas of expansion include incorporating animal rearing, the Green Rooves project, and seed import replacement, as well as using more lots of land for urban food production than in previous years.
“This plan looks to cover 96,000 hectares across the national territory and produce more than 2,071,000 tonnes of food,” explained Urban Agriculture Minister, Freddy Bernal.

Under the terms of the national plan, urban agriculture, which is normally private or community organised, should “be able to cover 20% of the national population” within three years, he said.

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March 20, 2018   No Comments

Canada: A Growing Concern – How to Keep Farmland in the Hands of Canadian Farmers

Some witnesses said there is still a risk that farmland owned by non-agricultural investors will not be used for agriculture and will eventually be sold for other purposes. To this end, strengthening the legislative framework for farmland protection would make a major difference.

Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry
The Honourable Diane F. Grifin, Chair
The Honourable Ghislain Maltais, Deputy Chair
March 2018
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In the course of other work, the Committee heard concerns regarding the rising costs of farmland in Canada, including how families could pass their farms from generation to generation and the ability of new entrants to afford to buy land.

The family farm has been the backbone of rural Canada for generations. The Committee felt it would be remiss if it did not undertake a study on the acquisition of farmland in Canada and its potential impact on the farming sector to address these concerns.

The first part of the report focuses on the use of farmland and changes in farmland values. The second part of the report explains changes in farmland values and their impact on farmland availability. The final part of the report outlines ways to ensure access to farmland for future generations of Canadians.

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March 19, 2018   No Comments

Plan To Promote Kitchen Gardening Culture In Punjab

A 2012 video showing an earlier program by the Government of Punjab.

Punjab agriculture department has sold 50,000 summer vegetable seed kits on subsidized rates across the province.

By Mohammad Ali
Urdu Point
Mar 28, 2018


SIALKOT, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 12th Mar, 2018. Punjab agriculture department has sold 50,000 summer vegetable seed kits on subsidized rates across the province. The sources in agriculture department told APP on Monday, the government was very keen to promote kitchen gardening to enable people to get fresh home grown vegetables.

The step has been taken for the promotion of kitchen gardening culture and to create awareness about the importance and utility of home grown fresh vegetables across the province. Kitchen gardening has gained popularity among people especially the women folk in different districts including Sialkot.

The kitchen gardening is actively attaching highest importance in the wake of upsurge in prices, malnutrition, poverty alleviation and consumption of fresh and home grown vegetables.

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Canada: Urban chickens (banned in Ottawa) are flocking to Gatineau

Carmen and Matthew Chase show off their three chickens their family has in the backyard of their Gatineau home Sunday March 4, 2018. Two-year-old Errol, five-year-old Ewan and seven-year-old Edmund pose with their dad as Carmen gets the third chicken who just wasn’t ready for a photo shoot. Ashley Fraser / Postmedia

City proposes to expand its small experiment in urban farming to allow coops for 200 homes.

By Tom Spears
Ottawa Citizen
Mar 5, 2018


Building the coop “took an enormous amount of time,” Carmen said. It’s insulated, though not heated, and the Chases picked a large design.

“Finding a coop and finding the time to build it is going to be your largest input of time,” she said.

They buy feed from a commercial chicken farm, which is also where the chickens came from. Luckily, they haven’t had trouble with predators breaking into the coop, though squirrels were sneaking in to steal food for a while. The engineer fixed that.

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Why Pittsburgh is encouraging urban agriculture with its new Farm-a-Lot program

Sankofa Village Community Garden in North Point Breeze and Homewood South could benefit from the URA’s urban agriculture pilot program. Photo courtesy Ayanna Jones.

Pittsburgh has 30,000 “distressed” vacant lots among its 145,000 parcels. Roughly 6,000 of those are categorized by the URA as “push to green,” which means greenways, parklets, gardens or urban agriculture might be the best future use, says Nathan Clark, director of the URA’s real estate division.

By Sandra Tolliver
Next Pittsburgh
March 4, 2018


Americans want urban farms: A 2013 national study on urban agriculture found increasing popularity for urban farms among both residents and policy makers. Urban farmers are generally younger than the overall U.S. farming population, with an average age of 44.

But the Pittsburgh survey, although not finalized, found that access to land is a significant barrier for new farmers, particularly in urban or suburban areas, says Jon Burgess from the Allegheny County Conservation District, who co-chaired the Food Policy Council’s urban agriculture working group.

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Missouri: Urban Agriculture — Best Practices and Possibilities

Report developed for the Urban Sustainability Directors in the cities of Columbia, Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri, through the financial assistance of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network

By Mary K. Hendrickson and Mark Porth
Division of Applied Social Sciences
Univ of Missouri Extension
June 2012

At the request of the cities of Kansas City, Columbia and St. Louis, we seek to provide research-based guidance that can help these cities to realize the potential of regional food systems as an entrepreneurial strategy for urban economic development, paying special attention to urban agriculture. In particular, these cities were interested in seeing how regional food systems can be developed to bring together the interests of municipalities, advocates and practitioners.

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March 10, 2018   No Comments

Vancouver, Canada: Urban Agriculture Garden Guide

Manual For Starting And Designing Urban Agriculture Projects

The Urban Agriculture Project Design Manual was produced by Anežka Gocová for the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and the City of Vancouver as an initiative of the Greenest City Scholar program.
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This guide is intended to aid the collaboration between residents and City staff in starting, designing and carrying out an Urban Agriculture project in the City of Vancouver.

Choosing A Site:
Where is your project located? Is the proposed project for the entire site or a portion of it? Include a street address or a nearby address for reference as well as an air photo with the site marked. (You can use GoogleMaps and VanMaps to do this). Feel free to include photos of the site itself. This can sometimes be a very frustrating process especially if your proposal gets rejected based on site selection. Make sure to consult with City and Park Board staff and current caretakers of the site, they will likely have great insight into which sites are most suitable.

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Salem City Council rejects change in zoning rules for urban farms

Ken Yuszkus/Staff photo Andy Varela checks the broccoli rabe, bier radishes, and lettuce greens in one of the greenhouses at Maitland Farm in Salem. Photo: Ken Yuszkus

“Our condo directly abuts the Maitland property, and as I understand it, I don’t have a problem with them raising vegetables on their land,” said Valiant Way resident Larry Slater. “The issue is that they’re going to be having a manufacturing plant, or they want one.

By Dustin Luca Staff Writer
The Salem News
Feb 26, 2018


City councilors on Thursday shot down a change to city zoning rules that would have supported urban agriculture by knocking a lot-size requirement down from 5 acres to 2. The change was based largely on updated state rules that have not been adopted locally.

The zoning change was launched by Maitland Mountain Farm, which wants to build a packaging house on its Cedarcrest Avenue property. That effort was shot down by city zoning officials, who determined the site’s primary use is not agriculture.

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New urban farming program hopes to tap youth in Buffalo

East Side Success: The program intends to use vacant lots to increase urban farming by training Buffalo youth on how to grow and sell fresh produce in food desert sections of the city.

By Erica Brecher
February 23, 2018


The program intends to meet those goals by training Buffalo youth on how to grow and sell fresh produce here in the city.

“Young people need jobs, we need healthy food in Buffalo, we need to put good and restorative uses on our vacant lots, and this achieves all three of those,” said Antonina Simeti, executive director of Groundwork Buffalo.

Groundwork Buffalo is one of the three pillars partnering to create Fresh Food Fellows. Field and Fork Network and Grassroots Gardens are the other two, and together they are all launching an educational and entrepreneurial program.

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Philippines: Urban backyard farming pushed in Quezon City by Vice Mayor Belmonte

Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte (2nd from right) leads the harvesting of hydrophonically-grown mustard and lettuce plants at the Aguinaldo Elementary School (AES) in Quezon City, 2011.

“Anyone who wants to set up their own urban farm in their backyard, just come and coordinate with us. We will give them seeds,” the vice mayor said

By Alladin S. Diega
Business Mirror
February 19, 2018

AN official of the local government of Quezon City is calling for its residents to seriously embrace backyard farming, as there are enough material support for this undertaking available.

Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte is inviting city residents to support the urban farming program of the city government by setting up their own backyard farms or gardens.

Belmonte said her office will provide start-up kits, such as farming tools, seedlings and fertilizers to anyone interested, regardless of their socioeconomic status.

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Malaysia: Getting citizens interested in farming

This community activity will increase interest of urban residents to farm through Urban Recreational Farming. This activity helps reduce the daily expenses from the collection of crops and introduces more effective resource management.

Daily Express
February 11, 2018


City Hall is introducing My Farmville to promote urban recreational farming as a community activity.
The project held at Kingfisher is the first attempt by City Hall to involve the community as a whole and is aimed at introducing efficient use of resources through organic compost and to help lessen the cost of living.

State Minister of Community Development and Consumer Affairs Datuk Jainab Ahmad who officiated the project at the City Hall Learning Centre in Kingfisher on Saturday supported the programme as it involved the community.

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The Intersection of Planning, Urban Agriculture, and Food Justice: A Review of the Literature

We demonstrate how the city of Seattle (WA) used an equity lens in all of its programs to shift its urban agriculture planning to more explicitly foster food justice, providing clear examples for other cities.

By Megan Horst, Nathan McClintock, Lesli Hoey
Journal of American Planning Association
Vol 83, 2017 – Issue 3


Problem, research strategy, and findings: We draw on a multidisciplinary body of research to consider how planning for urban agriculture can foster food justice by benefitting socioeconomically disadvantaged residents. The potential social benefits of urban agriculture include increased access to food, positive health impacts, skill building, community development, and connections to broader social change efforts. The literature suggests, however, caution in automatically conflating urban agriculture’s social benefits with the goals of food justice.

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One West Central resident’s lament for her rooster, banned by Spokane’s urban farming rules

Mr. Roo, back when he was still allowed to roam free within the confines of West Central. Daniel Walters photo.

So for the past 20 years, she had the occasional rooster, partly as first-line of defense against an attack. Roosters are more aggressive, more willing to put up a fight to protect the hens against an invading army of chicken-killers.

By Daniel Walters
Jan 29, 2018


“It’s the natural order of the flock to have a rooster,” Lackaf says. “There’s a social balance there. They’re a good defense — even if they’re not strong enough to fend off a predator, they will sound an alarm.”

But back in 2014, the city passed new urban farming rules.

“We increased the number of chickens but got rid of roosters,” City Council President Ben Stuckart says. “Because they’re loud.”

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United Arab Emirate: Aquaculture and urban farming key to UAE food security

Mariam Saeed Hareb Al Muhairi is an expert in environmental engineering.

“Aquaculture and urban farming have a lot of potential in the UAE,” said Mariam Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Food Security

Binsal Abdul Kader, Senior Reporter
Gulf News
Feb 1, 2018


The minister said she was looking forward to the innovations in aquaculture and urban farming to be exhibited at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) that opens on Monday at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec).

She said urban farming also has a lot of potential in the UAE as food can be grown in closed environments. “People need to know what urban farming is,” she said.

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Maryland, USA: County zoning rewrite expands land access to urban agriculture endeavors

ECO City Farms lobbied for zoning access to residential areas in 2013. Photo courtesy of ECO City Farms. Click image to see larger file.

I think the whole movement toward urban farms has become so much more appealing over time that it’s become easier for people to, well, digest, so to speak.”

By Lindsay Myers
Life and Times Hyattsville
Jan 22, 2018


One of the biggest proposed changes affects the way urban agriculture is defined and zoned. The county has proposed separating urban agriculture ventures into two distinct categories: urban farms and community gardens. Under the new regulations, both ventures would be “permitted by-right” in nearly all zones, meaning groups interested in establishing either a community garden or urban farm will not need special permission from the county to start the process.

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