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North America and Urban Agriculture

Microfarming at High Latitudes: A Resource for Small-scale, Cold-climate, Food security
"I'm also concerned mainly with special conditions encountered in cold weather climates at high latitudes, that is, above 40 degrees north latitude. I am located at 61 degrees 36 minutes north. Most of the garden books I've read dealing with northern climates, define the far north as the upper peninsula of Michigan. Most never venture into Canada, and very few even mention Alaska." Posted January 17, 2003

Urban Agriculture in the City of Winnipeg - Four Case Studies
"For equipment Growing Prospects Inc. (GPI) cultivated a unique relationship with City of Winnipeg police and their cache of confiscated hydroponics equipment for which they had little storage and no manpower to supervise. ... Under the Health Canada seized property protectorate, GPI would be able to absorb the equipment and disperse it to the more than seventy schools in the province of Manitoba who want it to implement hydroponics programs." Posted October 8, 2000

Inuvik Community Greenhouse - Arctic Food Growing!
Inivik, which means "Living Place" in Inuvialuktun, is a town of 3200 in the upper corner of Canada's North West Territories. It enjoys 56 days of twenty-four hours of daylight (late June, July and part of August) and has 30 days without sunlight mostly in the month of December. "We are the most Northern commercial greenhouse in North America and the largest community greenhouse of it's kind on the planet." Posted September 29, 2000

Native Crops Project For Hull's Field
"Traditional food plants of this region were once used extensively by First Nations people and to a lesser degree by early settlers. However, their use quickly declined with the rapid influx of non-native species from the Old World and South and Central America. This current lack of representation in the food market is by no means due to any natural deficiency, on the contrary, there is a wealth of healthy, flavourful, and unique food items waiting to realize their potential once again." Tatiana M. Montgomery Posted September 20, 2000

Farming Inside Cities: Entrepreneurial Urban Agriculture in the United States
46,000 word research paper by Jerry Kaufman and Martin Bailkey. "The report investigates the nature and characteristics of for-market city farming, obstacles to such activities, and ways of overcoming these obstacles. It also offers proponents of urban agriculture suggestions to advance the cause of city farming in environments where many are either uninformed of the multiple benefits of entrepreneurial urban agriculture, disinterested, or skeptical about its durability and longer lasting significance.". Posted September 12, 2000

The Urban Agriculture Network (TUAN): 1999 Activity Report
"In North America, the average food item on a store shelf has traveled 2,000 kilometers and has cost eight fossil-fuel calories to deliver one food calorie. In contrast, one report has shown urban production of perishable foods in central Europe to deliver eight food calories with the consumption of one fossil food calorie." Posted January 6, 2000

Urban Agriculture in Philadelphia
The hundreds of garbage strewn vacant lots have stimulated citizens to create what has been called "the largest comprehensive urban greening program in North America."

Dietary, Social and Economic Evaluation of Philadelphia Urban Gardens
A 1991 report in the Journal of Nutrition Education found "that gardening is related to an increased frequency of vegetable consumption and to the reduced frequency of milk product consumption."

America's First Composter
"As evidence of George Washington's devotion to composting, he erected a highly unusual building specifically designed to compost "manure" and to facilitate its "curing" into usable fertilizer."

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Revised January 17, 2003

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