PANNA: Resource Pointer #341 (Backyard and Urban Agriculture)


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Resource Pointer #341 (Backyard and Urban Agriculture)
16, 2003

For copies of the following resources, please contact the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.

*Urban Agriculture Magazine* Resource Centre On Urban Agriculture and Forestry (RUAF). A tri-annual journal focusing on urban agriculture policies, research, and projects. Includes contributions from countries throughout the world and is published in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Portuguese. Previous issue themes include “Financing Urban Agriculture,” “Appropriate (Micro) Technologies for Urban Agriculture,” and “Livestock in and around Cities.” Available in hardcopy or online at: Contact RUAF, Attn: Ir Henk de Zeeuw, ETC, P.O. Box 64; 3830AB Leusden, The Netherlands; phone (31 33) 494-3086; fax (31 33) 494 0791; email; Web site

*Home Grown: The Case for Local Food in a Global Market, 2002* Brian Halweil, Worldwatch Institute. Discusses the increasing trend of globalized food production and the environmental and cultural issues associated with this system. Presents locally grown food as an alternative means of food production and distribution that is also compatible with economic growth and increased food security. Includes examples of successful farming operations and businesses that demonstrate the strength of the local food movement. 83 pages. US $5 for electronic or hardcopy. Download available at: Contact Worldwatch Institute, P.O. Box 188, Williamsport, PA 17703-9913; phone (888) 544-2303; fax (570) 320-2079; email; Web site

*Urban Agriculture and Community Food Security in the United States: Farming from the City Center to the Urban Fringe, 2002* Katherine H. Brown, Urban Agriculture Committee of the Community Food Security Coalition. Argues for increased government financial support and policies for urban agriculture to increase food security. Presents examples of Urban Agriculture projects to highlight the various benefits and challenges of this food production system. 30 pages. Available for free download at: Contact Community Food Security Coalition, P.O. Box 209, Venice, CA 90294; phone (310) 822-5410; fax (310) 822-1440; Web site

*The New Farmer’s Market: Farm-Fresh Ideas for Producers, Managers, and Communities, 2001* Vance Corum, Marcie Rosenzweig, and Eric Gibson. Covers the logistics of starting or participating in a farmer’s market for backyard and small-scale farmers. Includes information on choosing and marketing crops, setting prices, advertising, keeping records, special events and more. Also provides an index of ideas for further research including numerous Web sites. 272 pages. US $24.95. Contact New World Publishing, 11543 Quartz Dr #1, Auburn, CA 95602; phone (530) 823-3866, email; Web site

*Backyard Market Gardening: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Selling What You Grow, 2000* Andrew W. Lee. Recounts the author’s experience in developing a profitable garden in his backyard and presents other’s stories of similar success. Presents the many avenues in marketing home-grown goods and various methods to increase yields from small land plots without resorting to pesticides. 351 pages. US $19.95. Contact Good Earth Publications, 1702 Mountain View Road, Buena Vista, VA 24416; phone (540) 261-8874; fax (540) 261-8775; email; Web site

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