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Agricultural Phenomenon in Philadelphia

Illustration by Thomas Pitilli

What happens when idealists, entrepreneurs and bureaucrats all latch onto the same trend?

by Isaiah Thompson
Philadelphia City Paper
Apr 28, 2010


A few weeks ago, at a community meeting in North Philadelphia, I witnessed a scene that seemed somehow symbolic, prophetic, even. The meeting — an energized rally by the Eastern North Philadelphia Coalition, a group trying to acquire vacant land for a neighborhood-managed land trust — had just ended, and community members were filing out.

At the door was a young, bearded white guy, passing out seeds.

“Free seeds!” he shouted jubilantly. “Take them home, plant them, have better food, save money!”

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From vacant to vibrant – re-imagining Cleveland


Vision to reuse decaying inner-city land for urban farms, gardens takes shape; advocates see potential for self-sustaining industry

By Kathy Aimes Carr
Crain’s Cleveland Business
May 10, 2010

Picture this: Cleveland’s landscape reinvigorated with life in the form of urban farms and market gardens. It may be a long way off, but the idealistic vision for the city slowly is taking root as farmers and other entrepreneurs reuse vacant land and parking lots for urban agricultural initiatives.

Some of the projects are modest in scope, but advocates say that this industry, though still in its infancy, has the potential to become over the next couple of decades a viable sector with locally based urban growers, sellers and distributors cultivating a self-sustaining region.

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Private allotment company gets mixed welcome

newallotHonnington Farm, Bourne Mill, Vauxhall Lane, Tonbridge, KENT

The New Allotment Company Ltd

5th January, 2010


Private enterprise will increase the number of available allotment plots, but they will cost much more than their council subsidised cousins. A private company has started renting out its first allotment sites as it bids to make 10,000 plots of land available to the public by 2012.

The New Allotment Company Ltd opened its first site of 300 allotments on the outskirts of Tonbridge, Kent, this week. It expects to open more sites in the Midlands and South East by Summer 2010.

Individual plots of approximately 1000 square foot will cost £150 a year to rent. Tenants will be offered a 3-year contract with the option to leave after the first year.

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‘Allotment Summer’ by Sarah McMenemy


Saving allotment land at Fortis Green, London

Renowned artist and illustrator (and local!) Sarah McMenemy has generously donated her painting ‘Allotment Summer’ to our campaign (to buy the allotment land at Fortis Green, London), from which we have created a limited edition of one hundred, A3 size, fine art prints, each one numbered and signed by Sarah. These are now on sale and, thanks to funding from Haringey Council to pay for the printing, the full £100 from the sale of each print goes towards our £30,000 target.

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