Potatoes on Rooftops by Hadley Dyer
Farming in the City

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All around the world, people are farming in the concrete jungle!

The urban farming movement is rapidly gaining widespread acceptance. Now it's time for kids to be a part of it, too! With a minimum of equipment and whether alone or with friends, kids can start growing fruit and vegetables at home, in a community garden, or at school.

Combining practical tips and well-researched facts, Potatoes on Rooftops is a brisk and informative overview of the how and why of the movement toward small-scale urban farming. There are many ways to farm in the city: a Detroit high school program teaches students to grow food and raise chickens; in Tokyo, a bank vault was converted into an underground greenhouse; in Nairobi, local youth transformed part of a slum into a garden that helps feed their families; First Lady Michelle Obama established an organic garden at the White House; and more in other countries.

Short, kid-friendly descriptions and vibrant photos and illustrations keep the pace moving and the tone light. Toronto Public Health and FoodShare, two respected agencies, both have contributed to the book. A perfect book to get kids thinking about alternative ways of growing and getting food.


About Hadley Dyer

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Hadley Dyer is the celebrated author and editor of many books for children and young adults. She is a former bookseller and library coordinator. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Published July 12, 2012 by Annick Press. 84 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Much of this food, especially fruits and vegetables, can be grown, at least in part, within or near the city in individual plots, community gardens or re-purposed larger-scaled venues, leaving traditional rural farms for grains and grasses that need large tracts of land.

Sep 19 2012 | Read Full Review of Potatoes on Rooftops: Farming...

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It’s not always easy being green in urban areas, but Dyer suggests simple projects and small behavioral changes that can help city-dwellers make their environments more natural in this colorful guidebook.

Nov 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Potatoes on Rooftops: Farming...

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