Re: Request for Urban Farming Info
- Subject: Re: [cg] Request for Urban Farming Info
- From: Adam36055@aol.com
- Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 13:40:27 EST
I've discovered that many of the "doers" in urban agriculture do not
necessarily belong to listserves or spend much time corresponding online
except at grant writing time. You'll have to contact them directly, or in
many cases, make site visits - the old fashioned way.
I noticed in your query that you did not specifically include community
gardens as an urban farming initiative: while generally small in size, in
aggregate, community gardens produce an extraordinary amount of food for low
income communities throughout the US and Canada. Some urban community
gardens, like the Eagle Heights Community Garden in Madison, Wisconsin and
the Floyd Bennett Field, Ryan Visitor's Center Community garden produce
extraordinary amounts of food.
Some sites where you can glean which doorbells to ring. Many of them you may
already know, but I include them here for your use in case there are some you
may have overlooked in your research:
The Canadian Urban Farmer website:
You're undoubtedly familiar with Michael Ableman's work in California, but I
include some old weblinks here, anyway:
You know about Michael Olson and Metrofarm in the San Francisco Area?
There is an interesting urban farming conference being given in Florida, next
month. If you can't get there, perhaps you can request copies of the
Also, you might find that a mailing to the agricultural extensions of every
state and province in the US and Canada might get you some intersting leads.
Good luck with your project. Please let us know, on the community garden
listserv, email@example.com, how you are progressing with your
Volunteer, <A HREF="http://www.clintoncommunitygarden.org/">Clinton
<< Subj: [cg] Request for Urban Farming Info
Date: 3/31/03 9:11:41 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Sharon Gordon)
Request from Greg:
I have begun in earnest to research working methods of urban
agriculture in use in the US and Canada. My intent is to write a
book documenting what is currently being done and what dreams and
aspirations we have and would like to create. This will include (but
not limited to) urban farming, urban orcharding, aquaculture,
gleaning programs, neighborhood farms, marketplaces, CSA's, etc.
I am interested in speaking with people that are working in
agricultural project primarily in cities and then distributing the
fruits of their labor in the same urban area. I plan on visiting
some of these organizations this coming summer.
Please forward me any information that you may have on Urban Farm
projects that you know of or are involved with. I can be reached at
The Urban Oasis Center for Sustainable Communities
To generate urban community experience
through leadership and education
that creates sustainable living.
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