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Urban Agriculture

Urban agriculture, the cultivation, processing and distribution of crops within city limits, is no recent phenomenon.  Recently, there has been an upsurge in the implementation of such projects due to the increasing appeal of their associated benefits. These projects have been shown to remedy many problems found in urban areas such as urban decay, “food deserts” (limited access to nutritious food), and the impoverishment of both land and people.  Urban agriculture has been shown to transform areas into beautiful centers of productivity and community which encourage empowerment and collaboration, and stimulate the local economy.  In an effort to bring these benefits to the community of Beer Sheva, Earth’s Promise has implemented the community garden and individual plot based models of urban agriculture.

To learn more about urban agriculture, visit the following link:  http://www.fundersnetwork.org/files/learn/Investing_in_Urban_Agriculture_Final_110713.pdf

Urban Farm

Earth’s Promise is working on establishing an urban farm this October near the Kalisher absorption center.  Urban farms are designed to be self-sufficient productive gardens.  The income produced sustains the farm, and an external source of support is not required to maintain operations.  Local businesses and agricultural support projects provide the demand for produce, and buttress and perpetuate gardening procedures.  Urban farms remedy issues of food security, which are pervasive in urban areas, by preventing “food deserts” in areas in which affordable and nutritious food is not usually plentiful.  Based on precedent, the implementation of the urban farm concept is likely to be successful in Beer Sheva.  In addition to filling up neglected spaces, urban agricultural projects are most successful in places most hard hit by urban decay, serving as a viable avenue for ameliorating the problem.  Urban farms still facilitate all the social benefits associated with community gardens; in this place of mutual value, people are encouraged to cooperate and act cordially with their neighbors.

The following article provides more information regarding urban agricultural projects currently underway:

Abstract: Affluent diets have negative effects on
the health of the population and the environment.
Moreover, the ability of industrialised agricultural
ecosystems to continue to supply these diets is
threatened by the anticipated consequences of
climate change. By challenging the ongoing
supply of the diets of affluent countries, climate
change provides a population and environmental
health opportunity. This paper contrasts two
strategies for dealing with climate change-related
food insecurity. Functional foods are being positioned as one response because they are considered a hyper-efficient mechanism for supplying
essential micronutrients. An alternative response
is civic and urban agriculture. Rather than emphasising increased economic or nutritional efficiencies, civic agriculture presents a holistic approach
to food security that is more directly connected to
the economic, environmental and social factors
that affect diet and health.

http://www.publish.csiro.au/?act=view_file&file_id=NB08044.pdf

 

Starting A Community Garden

Learn more about the behind-the-scenes steps to building your own community garden:

http://communitygarden.org/learn/starting-a-community-garden.php

 

Why A Community Garden?

Benefits of community gardens:

http://www.gardendallas.org/benefits.htm

 

History

Read up on information where much of the work of Earth’s Promise is based upon. It is a piece of Israel that should be explored and studied to further understand the development of the nation state:

http://goisrael.com/Tourism_Eng/Tourist%20Information/Discover%20Israel/Cities/Pages/Beer%20Sheva.aspx

 

Gimel Community

Follow the link for information about the community in which Earth’s Promise operates:

http://www.negev.org.il/index.php?m=text&t=11607

 

Absorption Centers

Several absorption centers in Beer Sheva contain gardens maintained and overseen by Earth’s Promise.  The following links provide information on the absorption centers that are partnered with Earth’s Promise:

http://www.jewishagency.org/JewishAgency/English/Aliyah/Absorpton+Options/Absorption+Centers/BeerSheva2.htm

http://www.jewishagency.org/JewishAgency/English/Aliyah/Contact+Addresses/delegations/EthiopianAliyah/AbsorptionCenters/Haruv.htm

http://www.thejewishagency.com/JewishAgency/English/Aliyah/Contact+Addresses/delegations/EthiopianAliyah/AbsorptionCenters/Kalisher.htm