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Atlanta’s largest urban farm becomes a landowner

Truly Living Well urban farm shows how city folks can grow their own food, provides local food deserts fresh produce.

By Bo Emerson
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Dec 30

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Garrison said the success of TLW is part of a boom in Atlanta’s urban farms and collectives, including Gilliam’s Community Garden (in the Westside neighborhood); Gangstas to Growers (a program for at-risk youth and the formerly incarcerated); the Grow Where You Are agricultural collective; and the Metro Atlanta Urban Farm.

“At conferences of people from Black-owned farms, I found out that folks around the U.S. look to Atlanta for a sense of what is possible,” he said.

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January 5, 2021   No Comments

Would you let someone grow produce in your yard, for food justice or for profit?

Jamiah Hargins, 36, founded Crop Swap LA in 2018 to redistribute an excess of homegrown fruits and vegetables to neighbors. Colleen Hagerty

Grassroots groups are helping people without land access join a yard-sharing program to grow food for their communities.

By Colleen Hagerty
The Counter
12.17.2020

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Hargins, a 36-year-old part-time talent strategist at the National Immigration Law Center, started growing food at home because he wanted more nutritious options for his family. He soon found that he grew more than they could eat, so he turned to social media to start a “crop swap” with neighbors who were dealing with a similar excess. Launched in 2018, Crop Swap LA has since moved towards a more expansive yard-sharing model.

“Really, our goal is to take unused space and farm it to create green jobs, sell that food, and create better health,” Hargins said.

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December 22, 2020   Comments Off on Would you let someone grow produce in your yard, for food justice or for profit?

Grow-your-own produce programs sprout in America’s food deserts

Food and farm programs that encourage people to grow their own produce or buy it at low prices offer a solution in these often racially and ethnically diverse communities.

By Cheyanne Mumphrey and Anita Snow
Associated Press
Dec 14, 2020

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Bruce Babcock only has to walk across the street from his house in a residential neighborhood to get to the 10-acre patch of farmland where he labors to help feed his community.

As a community garden coordinator, Mr. Babcock works with volunteer growers and food enthusiasts to provide enough freshly grown produce every week for hundreds of low-income Phoenix residents without access to much nutritional food.

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December 19, 2020   Comments Off on Grow-your-own produce programs sprout in America’s food deserts

Philippines: Quezon City idle lands turned into urban farms get tax exemption

The land should also bear produce for public or personal consumption.

By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
Manila Bulletin
November 8, 2020,

Idle lands in Quezon City that will be converted to urban farms are now exempted from Idle Land Tax by virtue of a new city ordinance.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte signed City Ordinance No. SP-2972 which exempts land owners from Idle Land Tax if they use the idle property for urban agriculture for a minimum period of three years.

The land should also bear produce for public or personal consumption.

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November 12, 2020   Comments Off on Philippines: Quezon City idle lands turned into urban farms get tax exemption

Indonesia: Central Jakarta to Convert Vacant Lands into Urban Farming

Head of the Central Jakarta Asset Agency, Sofian Gani, supported the urban farming program and said his side would re-record assets of vacant lands that could be used as urban agricultural lands

Translator: Dewi Elvia Muthiariny
Editor: Petir Garda Bhwana
Tempo
4 November 2020

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The Central Jakarta city administration planned to convert vacant lands into urban farming. Deputy Mayor Irwandi said this program will support public food security, especially in times of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Vacant lands and assets of Central Jakarta are better used. We have one model of that in Cempaka Putih, which the asset belongs to the city’s parks and urban forestry. We use the land to grow hydroponics,” said Irwandi at his office, Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Vegetables or plants on the government’s urban agricultural lands could be harvested in a maximum of two weeks and benefitted by residents in the area.

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November 7, 2020   Comments Off on Indonesia: Central Jakarta to Convert Vacant Lands into Urban Farming

Canada: Urban farmers want more places to grow and sell food in Toronto

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Many Ontarians struggled to put food on the table before COVID-19 — and the pandemic has made things worse. Advocates say that more local planting, harvesting, and selling could help

By Sula Greene
TVO
Oct 21, 2020

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It was only two weeks into the pandemic when Daily Bread Food Bank started seeing a massive increase in demand. Within three months, the food bank had seen a 200 per cent rise in new client visits. “That shows you people are living on the margins,” says CEO Neil Hetherington, adding that the trend has only intensified.

COVID-19 has brought the issue of food insecurity in Ontario into sharp focus. But, as a report released in September by the Community Food Centre of Canada indicates, “Even before COVID-19, nearly 4.5 million Canadians struggled to put good food on the table for themselves and their families. In the first 2 months of the pandemic, that number grew by 39%, affecting 1 in 7 people.”

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October 27, 2020   Comments Off on Canada: Urban farmers want more places to grow and sell food in Toronto

Gardens are in. Grass is out.

Webinar on Thursday, December 3, 12:30-1:00 PM to talk about lawns and edible landscaping

Join Emma Layman, Dani McLean, Dylan O’Neill, and Joshua Yuen-Schat for a 20-minute presentation and 10-minute discussion on all things lawns and edible landscaping. They will be discussing why lawns should be converted to gardens, how non-profits and businesses can “turn up the turf,” and the role of cities in the lawn-to-food movement as a way to celebrate their year-long Capstone Project with Boundless Landscapes.

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October 23, 2020   Comments Off on Gardens are in. Grass is out.