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Taipei urges residents to take part in urban farming

TAIPEI -- The Taipei City Government is turning parts of the disused Zhong Shan soccer stadium into a leisure farm to promote urban micro-farming and from April will be encouraging city residents to “adopt” potted vegetables and fruit that will be grown there, program organizers said yesterday.

The initiative, which has yet to be finalized, is aimed at encouraging residents to grow their own food to raise community and environmental awareness, said the Taipei Expo Foundation.

“Urban agriculture also enables the participating `farmers' to monitor their food quality, providing them with an opportunity to feel the land,” said foundation campaigner Pan Kuan-ling.

The program is expected to kick off in April at the stadium, venue of the Taipei International Flora Exposition in 2010, allowing the public to grow a variety of plants across an area spanning 4,000 square meters, Pan said.

The selection ranges from strawberries and crown daisies to lettuce and tomatoes, while each farming session is likely to last for about two months, depending on what is being cultivated, Pan said.

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