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Can Office Buildings and Turnips Share Space?

posted September 23, 1998

In an effort to add vegetable gardens to the concrete-laden landscape of inner cities, the College of Natural Resources will host an all-day event devoted to urban agriculture Saturday, Oct. 3.

Starting at 10 a.m., the grounds of the Gill Tract on San Pablo Avenue in Albany will be converted to an open-air, public education fairground featuring experts, campus scholars and Alameda County Cooperative Extension agents.

A variety of information booths, demonstrations and lectures will be presented covering such topics as biocontrol of plant diseases, bug hunts, the ecology of urban deer, community gardening, mushroom farming and composting with worms.

The urban agriculture movement seeks to encourage people in inner cities to grow their own food and become more directly involved with ensuring good nutrition for themselves and their families.

"Urban agriculture can have a major impact in the lower-income neighborhoods of Berkeley and Oakland where there are no grocery stores but lots of vacant lots available to grow vegetables," said Miguel Altieri, who will conduct a tour of Gill Tract plots at the event.

For more information on the urban agriculture field day, call 643-6641.


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