Food and the city : urban agriculture and the new food revolution by Jennifer Cockrall-King discusses how urban agriculture can help revolutionize the environmentally unsustainable modern food industry. The author provides evidence of thriving urban farms within “food deserts” and describes the global movement towards alternative food production. It’s a very interesting and timely read.
On Sunday, June 9 from 1-3 p.m., as part of Côte St-Luc’s urban agriculture initiative, the library will be giving away tomato plants to residents. Proof of residency is required. 1 plant per person.
On April 18, 2013, the City of Côte Saint-Luc unveiled its food charter and action plan which will transform it into an urban agriculture leader in Quebec.
The action plan which was announced during a press conference at City Hall includes the creation of a demonstration garden behind the City Hall/Library Complex to teach gardening skills to adults and children, edible landscaping on city property, a farmer’s market, community gardens, as well as the distribution of food boxes. To read more on the press conference, click here.
To read more about the action plan and food charter, click here.
Here are two books newly arrived in our library which take a look at urban agriculture and permaculture.
The permaculture handbook by Peter Bane. This book looks at the urban landscape which has swallowed vast swaths of prime farmland across North America. Permaculture is a practical way to apply ecological design principles to food, housing, and energy systems. This title casts garden farming as both an economic opportunity and a strategy for living well with less money.
The good food revolution : growing healthy food, people and communities by Will Allen and Charles Wilson. This book describes the author’s early experiences as a sharecropper’s son and a KFC executive before building a preeminent urban farm to feed, educate, and employ thousands of at-risk youths.