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One big step for big city farming

From Colleen Kimmett in The Tyee:

‘This is not a token thing. This is a real amount of food.’ SOLEfood Urban Farm’s two-acre operation in the heart of Vancouver, BC. Photo: Colleen Kimmett. (via The Tyee)

“Nearly 3,000 rectangular planter boxes, which stand out in varying shades of green and brown against a concrete parking lot, make for an impressive sight when viewed from high above on the Georgia Street viaduct.

Situated on Pacific Boulevard between the busy overpass, BC Place Stadium, and the bustling seawall at False Creek, SOLEfood Urban Farm’s newest (and, at two acres, its largest) site is a highly-visible sign that urban agriculture has arrived in Vancouver. Continue reading

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Urban goat keeping in San Francisco

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Cities pave the way for urban farming

The following is from a recent news story on The Ethicurean blog:

Home farming in San Francisco. Photo from EcoSalon.

“Summer of urban-ag love: The Bay Area is known as a bastion of urban farming and the local food movement, but “laws governing land use are still stuck in another era, one that frowned on farming in the city, especially in residential areas,” reports Zusha Elinson. Continue reading

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How the history of urban agriculture could inspire future urban growers

Tom Philpott looks at the history and the future of urban agriculture on Grist.org. The following is an excerpt from that story:

The main building of the groundbreaking urban farm Growing Power in Milwaukee, Wis. Photo: Organic Nation via Flickr, via Grist.org

“Few things scream ‘Hipster’ like an apartment garden.” Thus spake the New York City music magazine Death + Taxes, and it’s easy to see why. In trendy neighborhoods from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to San Francisco’s Mission district, urban youth are nurturing vegetables in window sills, fire escapes, and roofs. Down on the street, they tend flourishing garden plots, often including chickens and bees. Even Grist has launched a comic strip (left) devoted to the exploits of urban-hipster homesteaders. Continue reading

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Urban farming post updated now

Much of last week’s posting was done from a phone. That’s why some posts had a very simple look to them and why other posts were strangely truncated — guess I didn’t allow time for the entire post to be uploaded. Which is just a preamble to saying that those posts are now up in their fullness. It was especially the post on urban farming that was missing most of its content. So if you found that intriguing, you might want to go back now and read the rest of it, now that it’s all up on the blog. Here’s the link.

Also check out the links to mainstream news stories that have been added in the comments following the recent Site 41 postings.

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Urban farming changes the landscape

Urban farming advocate Will Allen introduces the concept in this YouTube clip:

Life, Art and Chickens, Afloat in the Harbour — an excerpt from the NY Times story;

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The social dimension is very much a part of the Waterpod "mix". P: Michael Nagle for The NY Times

“Over two live-in visits a month apart, this reporter became one of the crew, pitching in on the dome cover-raising and daily tasks like feeding the chickens — four hens produce breakfast, lunch and dinner — and tending the vegetable gardens that line the boat’s rails. Continue reading

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