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Zimbabwe: Urban farming – survival strategy for most underprivileged families

We decided to utilise the bush across our homes to do gardening for different types of vegetables.

By Judith Phiri
Zimbabwe Daily
Jan 12, 2021

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Sunday News took a tour in some of the Bulawayo suburbs where people have been practicing urban farming. Ward 7 councillor, Shadreck Sibanda said they realised that some of the people in high density suburbs struggle to get food, hence they were working with the Bulawayo City Council to help the less privileged in Makokoba in urban agriculture. Over 100 families have benefited from the programme.

“The council identified the land and provided it to them so that they can be able to do gardening. As you are aware areas such as Makokoba and Mzilikazi, among others are congested and most of the yards do not have space for gardening. So with the availed land, people are able to sustain their lives through agriculture,” said Clr Sibanda.

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January 18, 2021   No Comments

South Africa: Farming project gives homeless group a fresh start

Jane Sibeko and Johannes Selepe harvest spinach at a cooperative farming project in Alexandra township. Image: SANDILE NDLOVU

When we first came to the camp with the homeless people, we realised how privileged we were and that we should try to contribute to their livelihood,” he says.

Sowetan Live
Jan 12, 2021

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A group of people who found themselves living in a municipal camp for the homeless has started an urban farming project in Durban’s inner city.

The Elangeni Green Zone grows and sells organic vegetables to leading supermarket Boxer Superstores and to members of the public. Spokesperson Mthokozisi Mathonsi says they took advantage of a programme offered by the eThekwini municipality to empower homeless people.

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January 15, 2021   No Comments

Canada: Winter – What we are eating today at Vancouver’s Compost Garden

Giving away bay leaves on the Greenway.

Midwinter! January 14, 2021 – A Canadian winter, nutrition basket. All grown with the help of COMPOST!

By Michael Levenston
City Farmer
Jan 14, 2021

Sitting next to the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver has milder temperatures than the rest of Canada, much like Seattle in the USA. City Farmer runs the Compost Demonstration Garden where we use compost to grow food and flowers. Today, in the depths of winter, we harvest food from our bay leaf tree, basil from our indoor AeroGarden, Asian greens from our homemade cold-frame, arugula from our plastic greenhouse, fresh greens from a LifeSpace planter, kale, Brussels sprouts and cabbages from raised earth beds, and beets from beneath that earth.

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January 14, 2021   No Comments

The Faces And Future Of Community Gardening In Athens, Georgia

Barbara “Lady B” Sims does some gardening at the Mae Willie Morton Community Garden on Nov. 24, 2020 in Athens, Georgia. Sims is from the neighborhood and has been involved with the development and upkeep of the community garden since its start in the early 2000s. (Photo/Sofi Gratas)

The Effect of Locally Grown Food

By Grady Capstone
Grady News Source
January 7, 2021

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Abbie Dillon, a fourth-year horticulture student and Office of Sustainability Urban Agriculture intern, maintains the Green Roof Garden atop the University of Georgia’s Geography-Geology building. The garden is a 3,000 square foot green space that grows about 200 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables every season. The majority of food feeds food-insecure people in Athens through organizations like Campus Kitchen.

The Green Roof Garden isn’t open to the public, but it represents a community approach to growing fresh food.

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January 13, 2021   No Comments

Organizers Say Urban Agriculture Is Not Just a Hobby, It’s an Act of Resilience

Steffanie Tulk fills an order for customer Susan Burkhardt on October 23, 2020, at Village Farmstand in Evanston, Illinois. Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune/

When folks think that urban ag has a white face and it’s a hobby, that does a disservice to all of the communities that have started urban gardens as an act of resilience and a way to feed themselves.

By Laura Flanders,
Truthout
Jan 6, 2021

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Kirtrina Baxter: I would say about roughly 80 percent of our gardens and farms in this city are insecure, which means that they don’t have legal access to the land. So they might be on the land without permission, they may have a lease or a license, but they don’t have legal permission to be there, and what happened in this city — because gentrification picked up, development picked up the last two years — places where folks had been gardening for over, sometimes 30 years, are being [pushed out] … we knew that we had to do something to stop that.

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January 12, 2021   No Comments

San Antonio Food Bank’s urban farm vital to organization’s mission

Goal for farm is 300,000 pounds of food every year

Max Massey, Reporter/Anchor
Eddie Latigo, Photojournalis
Ksat
Jan 5, 2021

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“We have 40 acres here at the food bank and then we also have 64 acres out at Mission San Juan and about 40 acres of that is under cultivation as well up there so 80 acres of cultivation total,” Darron Gaus, farm manager said.

Anyone that’s grown, cultivated or farmed knows that this is never an easy task, but at the urban farm for the food bank there is more than enough motivation.

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January 10, 2021   No Comments

Thailand: Rubbish Dump Turned Lush Urban Farm

The focus was on enabling vulnerable communities to produce their own nourishing food.

By Supawut Boonmahathanakorn
Good Men Project
International Institute for Environment and Development
January 4, 2021 (Must See. Mike)

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That’s when the idea of an urban farm for the poor began to take shape. In the past few years, community networks in cities around Thailand have been finding innovative ways to grow vegetables on leftover bits of land, either inside their communities and on vacant land borrowed from neighbours or the local government.

These community gardens have improved nutrition, lowered food expenses and built greater self-sufficiency among some of the country’s most vulnerable people. Since COVID-19, community gardens have become even more of a lifeline for the poor, and have been sprouting up across the country.

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