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Denmark: Noma – World’s Most Famous Restaurant Opens as an Urban Farm

2,100 Square Feet Of Garden, Three Free-Standing Greenhouses

Wall Street Journal
Gourmet Traveller

Excerpt from Wall Street Journal
Feb 16, 2018

Noma’s new Bjarke Ingels-designed campus will encompass 11 buildings and 2,100 square feet of garden, to be designed in the spring by Piet Oudolf, who also collaborated on landscaping the High Line in New York City. Near the entrance to Noma’s property are three free-standing greenhouses constructed almost entirely of glass. “Each space utilizes as few materials as possible,” Ingels says. Two of the greenhouses will be used to grow ingredients like microgreens, herbs and edible flowers. The other will house the restaurant’s bakery and a test kitchen. “It’s been insane,” says Redzepi. “But there are just things you say yes to, even before you know how to totally plan.”

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February 18, 2018   No Comments

Chickens for rent: Goffstown farm offers an easier way for home chicken farmers to take wing

Christine Templeton holds one of her Buff Orpington chickens, one of two breeds she and her husband, Brian, will rent for 26-week terms to customers who want to try home chicken farming without having to care for the birds through the winter. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

The Templetons are raising 120 egg-laying chickens on their 13-acre farm, two miles west of St. Anselm College.

By Michael Cousineau
New Hampshire Union Leader
Feb 10, 2018

Excerpt:

Lydia Sobocinski has wanted to raise chickens in her Windham yard since she moved from Massachusetts 15 years ago.

“I just kind of fell in love with the idea,” she said last week.

But concerns over how to raise them and what to do when winter arrives kept her wishing – until she saw a Facebook post on renting chickens.

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February 18, 2018   No Comments

Chickens are helping senior citizens fight loneliness in a major way

A few little chooks are making big changes in the lives of elderly patients, helping them fight depression and dementia.

By Jessica Salter
Telegraph
31 Oct 2014

Excerpt:

Owen Turnbull is giving a tiny five-day-old chick a bath in the sink of a communal launderette. The chick, which is chirping away as he talks to it, is one of four orphans. ‘Their mam died three days ago,’ he says, in his soft Geordie accent. ‘I found her when I went to feed them. I was sad about losing her – I do get attached to them.’

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February 17, 2018   No Comments

Malaysia: Getting citizens interested in farming

This community activity will increase interest of urban residents to farm through Urban Recreational Farming. This activity helps reduce the daily expenses from the collection of crops and introduces more effective resource management.

Daily Express
Sabah
February 11, 2018

Excerpt:

City Hall is introducing My Farmville to promote urban recreational farming as a community activity.
The project held at Kingfisher is the first attempt by City Hall to involve the community as a whole and is aimed at introducing efficient use of resources through organic compost and to help lessen the cost of living.

State Minister of Community Development and Consumer Affairs Datuk Jainab Ahmad who officiated the project at the City Hall Learning Centre in Kingfisher on Saturday supported the programme as it involved the community.

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February 17, 2018   No Comments

Singapore: Eight companies clinch 10 plots of land for vegetable farming

A map from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) shows the first batch of land parcels offered by the AVA through a fixed-price tender method.

“One of the challenges in urban farming has always been land cost, especially in Singapore… It’s very difficult to grow vegetables when land prices are that high,” he said.

Today
Feb 10, 2018

Excerpt:

One of the awardees, Vertivegies, intends to build nine six-storey modular structures, each measuring about 30m by 30m and resembling apartment buildings. Its founder and managing director Veera Sekaran, 55, said that vegetables would be grown on the top five stories, with the lowest storey housing pumps and control systems.

Mr Veera, who also founded an urban and vertical-greenery firm called Greenology, added that the new project would be his first large-scale commercial farming venture. Last year, he farmed vegetables using containers and discovered that each 40-foot container was able to yield about 5,000 heads of lettuce every three to four weeks.

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February 17, 2018   No Comments

Black Beekeepers Are Transforming Detroit’s Vacant Lots Into Bee Farms

“Work hard, stay bumble” is their nonprofit motto.

By Philip Lewis
Black Voices
Huffpost
Jan 30, 2018

Excerpt:

A pair of Detroit natives have decided to combat neighborhood blight in a pretty sweet way — by transforming abandoned vacant lots in their city into honeybee farms.

Detroit Hives, a nonprofit organization founded by Timothy Paule and Nicole Lindsey in 2017, purchases vacant properties and remodels them into fully functioning bee farms.

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February 16, 2018   No Comments

Canada: Is Personalized, Next-Day Delivery the Future of Urban Farming?

Part of Lufa’s delivery fleet. (Lufa Farms)

Lufa Farms: A rooftop-farming venture in Montreal has found success with a model that’s part CSA, part Amazon Prime.

By Sarah Treleaven
City Lab
Feb 9, 2018

Excerpt:

Whereas many urban farms sell to restaurants or grocery stores, or via farmer’s markets, Lufa has a key point of differentiation: its direct-to-consumer business model. On its website, shoppers can customize baskets of fresh food, which are then delivered to more than 300 pick-up points across the city, or to their homes for an added fee. It’s like community-supported agriculture (CSA) or a farm share merged with the personalization and convenience of Uber Eats or Amazon Prime. “We decided that we needed to give people the option to order what they wanted, and that we would figure out how to get those items to them,” Rathmell said.

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February 16, 2018   No Comments

Is it worth spending up to $1 million for an agriculture program in Iowa City schools?

Proponents argue that the class will give students valuable preparation for many careers in agriculture, not just farming.

By Aimee Breaux
Press-Citizen
Feb. 8, 2018

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Randy Lackender seemed to be born with “dirt in his blood.” His parents grew corn, soybeans and wheat, and he always knew he would, too.

But this wasn’t a given for his classmates at West High in 1974, and it doesn’t appear to be a given for students at his alma mater today. He can only think of one other classmate who is actively farming today, and each year, he says his colleagues in the industry get grayer and grayer.

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February 16, 2018   No Comments

UK: WalthamGrow and Chef Supported Agriculture

WalthamGrow.

They partnered with Marmelo Kitchen, a London restaurant already buying their salad regularly.

By Mathilde Currid
2017

Mathilde Currid and Alok Shah began WalthamGrow as a grow-to-sell salad enterprise in Summer 2016 with the help of Organiclea’s Farm Start project. Learning from their experience as Salad Starter trainees at Organiclea’s Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery in London, UK, they took over the care and cultivation of a 120 m2 residential garden site when the opportunity presented itself in May of that year.

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February 15, 2018   No Comments

UK: TV’s Mark Lane helps turn derelict Whitechapel wasteland into a gardeners’ world

The site was full of rubble and weeds, but volunteers have turned it into a lush garden with an orchard, pond, plant nursery and food growing area.

By Mike Brooke
Dockland sand East London Advertiser
Feb 14, 2018

Excerpt:

Mark himself has to use a wheelchair after his car crash. But the former Royal Institute of British Architects’ director retrained and set up a garden design business, then joined the Gardeners’ World programme.

“I am living proof of how the great outdoors and wildlife can change your life,” he said.

“My disability in a strange way has made me determined to promote the great outdoors to others.

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February 15, 2018   No Comments

Australia: Eco-activist Joost Bakker plans rooftop urban farm for shopping centre

Flower grower and sustainability activist Joost Bakker promotes green design and zero waste.

In what the developer is labelling an “Australian first”, the Burwood Brickworks rooftop will feature a mix of greenhouses, planter boxes and gardens, both horizontal and vertical

By Paul Best
Good Food
Feb 9 2018

Excerpt:

Frasers Property Australia has enlisted Bakker to establish an urban farm and restaurant on the 2000-square-metre rooftop of its proposed shopping centre development on the former Burwood Brickworks site in Melbourne’s east, which begins construction mid-year.

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February 15, 2018   No Comments

California: Returning Stolen Land to Native Tribes, One Lot at a Time

A quarter-acre of land in East Oakland is about to return to the Muwekma Ohlone, bringing a sense of place and healing to people whose connection to indigenous lands were taken from them.

By Emily Wilson
Civil Eats
02.08.18

Excerpt:

It’s the winter solstice, but the sun is shining in East Oakland, California. Within view of the freeway, amidst a gritty stretch of neighborhood with more concrete than trees, Rolling River Nursery and urban farm stands out. The two-acre lot, run by nonprofit Planting Justice, is filled with about 30,000 fruit trees and is staffed by former inmates and other area residents with few employment options.

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February 14, 2018   No Comments

Resilience with Mixed Agricultural and Urban Land Uses in Tokyo, Japan

In the present case study, UA practices were found to have a profound impact on the self-sufficiency of communities in each grid cell.

By Giles Bruno Sioen, OrcID, Toru Terada, Makiko Sekiyama, and Makoto Yokohari
Sustainability
Vol 10, Issue 2

Abstract:

Urban agriculture can enhance the resilience of neighborhoods by providing fresh food in times of natural disasters; however, there is little empirical evidence to support this. Therefore, this study proposes a methodology to identify patterns of agricultural production in urban areas by quantifying self-sufficiency rates in vegetable weight and key nutrients. A spatial grid cell analysis using a geographic information system (GIS) identifies the current and potential self-sufficiency of each land use pattern in Tokyo.

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February 14, 2018   No Comments

Suburban farming: The Australians with country lifestyles, but city lives

Potter, Edwin Wise enjoys farm life just 14km from Melbourne’s CBD. Photo: Anthony Rodrigeuz

The family have never felt tempted to shift to the country. “We don’t want to be socially isolated,” says Wise.

By Melissa Howard
Domain
2018

Excerpt:

Edwin Wise (35) and his family live on a thriving suburban farm in Heidelberg West, just 14km from Melbourne’s CBD.

On their 700-square-metre block they have chooks, honey bees and sprawling vegetable gardens – overflowing with celery, parsley and lettuces. “We’re good for leafy greens,” says Wise. The family also grow their own fruit. “This winter we’ve had all the citrus we need. We’ve got limes, we’ve got lemons and we’ve got mandarins.”

They’ve also kept goats for six years. “People have dogs in the suburbs,” Wise says. “Why couldn’t we have something, like a dog, that was productive?”

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February 14, 2018   No Comments

The Promise of Indoor, Hurricane-Proof ‘Vertical’ Farms

A worker rides a lift past stacks of vertical farming beds with LED lights in Newark, New Jersey.

They might be an efficient way to produce food in a world with more-extreme weather—but only if growers can figure out a successful business model.

By Meagan Flynn
Atlantic
Feb 12, 2018
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

“We are kind of at the beginning of a revolution,” Per Pinstrup-Andersen, a graduate-school professor at Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, told me. “We’re at the beginning of a very rapid development in the use of indoor controlled facilities for producing vegetables and some fruits,” he said. “No matter what happens with climate change, you still have your controlled environment.”

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February 13, 2018   No Comments