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Canada: Archives Uncovers Victory Garden Papers

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company employees tending to tomatoes in a Victory Garden (1939-1945)

Public Archives Canada, Dec 7, 1979

Terry Cook
Archivist
Natural Resources Records Public Records Division

Dear Mr. Levenston:

In reply to your letter of 17 October 1979 regarding Wartime Victory Gardens, I am pleased to say that I have located a great deal of material in the Records of the Department of Agriculture, Record Group (RG) 17. These records are far too voluminous to search extensively on your behalf, but over several hours I discovered that the kind of specific documentation you are looking for is probably not included.

In summary, as the enclosed complimentary photocopies reveal, the federal government until the end of 1942 was not at all keen on Victory Gardens. Gardening on such a small scale invited inefficiency in its opinion, due to a wastage of seed, fertilizer, tools etc., and led to possible overproduction of some crops. They adhered to this opinion despite scores of letters received urging the federal Department of Agriculture to support Victory Gardens and the very active Victory Garden movement in the United States of America (from which many brochures came to Ottawa’s attention). 

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November 30, 2020   Comments Off on Canada: Archives Uncovers Victory Garden Papers

Philippines: Department of Agrarian Reform launches urban gardening project in Tondo slums

“I am hopeful that other cities, communities and urban centers in Metro Manila would emulate this project.”

By Jonathan L. Mayuga
Business Mirror
November 23, 2020

Excerpt:

Buhay sa Gulay will utilize the parish’s 8,000-square-meter football field for vegetable farming that would benefit the families and residents in 17 barangays.

“This land is currently idle and we would use this to teach our urban dwellers how to farm so that they could produce their own food and also sell some of their yields to earn money,” the DAR chief said in a news statement.

Castriciones further said that the DAR’s mandate is to distribute lands to landless farmers in the countryside and provide them with various support services, including training, to help them boost their farms. These farmers in rural communities would now share their learnings with the urban dwellers.

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November 30, 2020   Comments Off on Philippines: Department of Agrarian Reform launches urban gardening project in Tondo slums

Korea Conference Keynote: A National Strategy for Urban Agriculture

Keynote prepared by Michael Levenston of City Farmer for the Seoul International Conference on Urban Agriculture, November 26, – November, 27, 2020

Script:

Thank you so much for inviting me to speak all the way from Canada. I am standing in City Farmer’s Demonstration Garden in Vancouver British Columbia where, for over 40 years, we have promoted urban agriculture. We have enjoyed meeting many Korean visitors here at the garden and talking with them about city farming.

In Canada, like in the rest of the world, we are in Covid times. In this garden, we maintain a 2-meter distance. Everyone must wear a mask. And we only allow family at a time to visit Unfortunately, at this time, large tours and classes of students are not allowed.

Over the years, our tiny non-profit society has watched many different urban agriculture.

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November 28, 2020   Comments Off on Korea Conference Keynote: A National Strategy for Urban Agriculture

A Garden in Minneapolis Is The Frontline In The Fight Against Racial Inequality And Disease

Haley co-founded Appetite for Change as a way to improve access to healthy food and better the health of residents in her community. “I feel like the garden is truly a healing space,” says Haley. Yuki Noguchi/NPR

A group called Appetite for Change is trying to lead the community down a different path, teaching others to grow their way to healthy food.

By Yuki Noguchi
NPR
Nov 27, 2020

Excerpt:

Haley stands in a community garden the size of a soccer field on a residential block, surveying end-of-season rainbow chard, habanero peppers and purple tomatoes. She hovers over the plants, bragging about their merits: how okra helped heal her arthritic knees, and how she turned a friend on to broccoli greens when collards weren’t available.

For Haley, tragedy and healing, death and justice come together in this garden. She taught her middle child, Anthony Titus, to grow cucumbers here. He, in turn, dared her to taste manure.

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Group Accomplishes Goal Of Planting 200,000 Fruit Trees In Los Angeles By End Of 2020

“We’re trying to get fruit trees into communities where they’re going to have the most benefit, some places like schools, native American reservations, and community gardens.”

CBSLA
November 23, 2020

A pomegranate tree planted this weekend in the East Hollywood Community Garden is the 200,000th tree planted by the Fruit Tree Project.

he Fruit Tree Project, along with Vitafusion Gummy Vitamins and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, has been working since 2007 to plant 200,000 fruit trees throughout Los Angeles. The project’s goal is to ultimately generate 28 million pieces of fruit, 33 million pounds of oxygen and eliminate 40 million pounds of CO2 from the air.

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This North Philly urban farm is fighting food insecurity during COVID-19

SEE VIDEO HERE: Robert Sonder, 24, director of event management at the Urban Creators farm in North Philadelphia. Working at the site since he was a teenager, Sonder calls the 3-acre plot “magical.” JESSICA GRIFFIN / Staff Photographer

Founded by Temple University students and neighborhood activists in 2010, Urban Creators is run in large part these days by young friends in their 20s who started doing odd jobs at the farm as teens.

By Alfred Lubrano and Raishad Hardnett
Philadelphia Enquirer
Nov 24, 2020

Excerpt:

Once an illegal dump, set beside a SEPTA Regional Rail line, the nearly-three-acre plot is studded by trees — some in planters made of painted tires — and lined with beds normally thick with flowers and vegetables in the growing season. Run by a grassroots nonprofit called Urban Creators, it yields needed food in a supermarket desert where hunger proliferated long before the pandemic.

The farm also serves as a community commons — a nexus of artistic and entrepreneurial incubation in what neighbors call a “magical” space dotted by sheds and a pavilion used for public events. It offers safety, its organizers say, and a respite from “the ravages of systemic racism.”

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November 28, 2020   Comments Off on This North Philly urban farm is fighting food insecurity during COVID-19

Plan floated for urban hemp farming in U.S. city of Detroit

Non-profits could be set up to manage the urban hemp fields, he suggested.

Hemp Today
Nov 23, 2020

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A cannabis activist and city official in Detroit, Michigan, USA said he has Mayor Mike Duggan’s ear, and the mayor’s support, for an initiative to grow hemp on vacant lots in the city.

Greg Pawlowski, a Detroit city planner, said discussions with the mayor grew out of a line-item budget review which showed the city spending $3.5 million per year cutting grass on vacant land parcels. “We were talking about using that money in a different way; using vacant parcels to grow hemp, and create job opportunities,” Pawlowski told MITechNews.com, which covers entrepreneurship, technology and the cannabis industries in Michigan.

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November 27, 2020   Comments Off on Plan floated for urban hemp farming in U.S. city of Detroit