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Malaysia: Urban farm flourishes in Shah Alam

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There are more than 30 types of plants, vegetables and fruits grown in the Section 20 community farm.

The 0.14ha garden is one of the 10 community farms registered with Shah Alam City Council

By Priya Menon
The Star Online
May 19, 2017

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Farm chairman Ramli Mohd Salleh said all of them were urbanites with little or no knowledge about growing plants but they educated themselves.

The fruits of their labour can be clearly seen in the plots of vegetables that have been divided for personal consumption and commercial sale.

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May 24, 2017   No Comments

Has This Silicon Valley Startup Finally Nailed The Indoor Farming Model?

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“We’re working to ensure that all of our food gets to the store within hours, and not days or weeks.” [Photo: courtesy Plenty]

That day at Google’s cafeteria, I tasted something different. True and vibrant flavors, textures like I’m used to in field-raised greens and fruits, unusual varieties I’d only expect from really savvy growers.

By Adele Peters
Fast Company
May 18, 2017

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The company plans to build its farms next to large cities, but not directly inside, to best fit in existing supply chains that have distribution centers on city limits. “If you want to be delivering a large amount of super-amazing tasting produce to a large grocery store in the middle of a city, you want to be in the distribution center that feeds that grocery store,” Barnard says. “Because otherwise, it’s going to go back out of the city to the distribution center and then back to the store. And now you’ve cost [yourself] hours and maybe even a day or two. The promise that we’re making to customers is that it’s literally days faster.”

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May 24, 2017   No Comments

University of California Urban Agriculture Courses

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Learn the basics of urban farming from UC experts and local partners at this upcoming series that focuses on building success in California’s Urban Agriculture by managing risk and leveraging opportunities!

Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California

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Workshop #3: Food Safety Basics for Urban Farmers: How to ensure a safe harvest, from the field to the fork – Thursday, June 8th, 2017, City Slickers West Oakland Farm Park, 2847 Peralta St, Oakland 94608

Workshop #4: Marketing and Business Management for Urban Farmers: From business planning to labor laws, basics to help you succeed – Thursday June 22nd, 2017, 9:30-4:30, Location TBD

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May 24, 2017   No Comments

Lord Heseltine addresses the potential of horticulture to benefit deprived communities

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Lord Heseltine.

“Step by step as urban living has created the huge conurbations, people have sought to use nature to humanise the built environment. I think this is a lesson with still much to teach us.

By Matthew Appleby
Horticulture Week
May 22, 2017
(Must read. Mike)

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“There are no simple answers to complex questions but gardening can play a part. Derelict land is all too present. Provide them with the tools to plant it. If they plant it they may feel a pride in what they did. They may wish to defend it, even extend it. The work requires little skill but it offers ladders. If a person starts by tidying the garden of an elderly pensioner, there is a short journey to a full time job with elderly folk willing to pay someone to do the same in nearby more prosperous suburbs.

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May 23, 2017   No Comments

An Urban Winery Creates Rhubarb Wine

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Rhubarb is a hearty crop that grows well in Maine. We get our rhubarb from Maine farms and use it to make tasty wines we are sure you will love.

By Kathleen Pierce
Urban Eye
May 17, 2017

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Rhubarb, it’s not just for pie.

Two Mainers say the crimson plant that grows prolifically in the spring makes the perfect elixir. In the former Rockingham Electric Supply Co. in Portland’s East Bayside, Pete Dubuc and Amanda O’Brien are making rhubarb wine in small batches using simple ingredients from Maine.

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May 23, 2017   No Comments

Australia: Could urban farming solve our food waste problem?

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17 minute audio interview.

Professor Sarah Wilkinson speaks about rooftop urban farms

Mornings with Wendy Harmer
ABC Sydney
May 17, 2017

A few years ago the idea that we could convert ‘the concrete jungle’ into a blooming and fruiting green space would have been almost inconceivable. But now, rooftop gardens that help cool our cities, improve air quality, and provides us with food are becoming increasingly common.

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May 23, 2017   No Comments

Vertical Farms in the City

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BetterLife Growers will use ‘tower gardens’ like these to grow lettuce and herbs in Atlanta. Photo: Scissortail Farms

Traditional, rural farming is far from being replaced by all of these new technologies, experts say. The need for food is simply too great. But urban projects can provide a steady supply of fresh produce, helping to improve diets and make a city’s food supply more secure, they say.

By Bryan Anselm
The Wall Street
May 14, 2017

Billions of people around the world live far from where their food is grown.

It’s a big disconnect in modern life. And it may be about to change.

The world’s population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, 33% more people than are on the planet today, according to projections from the United Nations. About two-thirds of them are expected to live in cities, continuing a migration that has been under way around the world for years.

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May 22, 2017   No Comments

India: Urban farming gaining popularity

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Senthil Kumar Natchimuthu, a resident of Coimbatore, grows herbs and vegetables organically in his garden.S. Siva Saravanan

There are organisations in cities such as Chennai that guide and support rooftop kitchen gardens, urban gardening in institution buildings, etc.

By Amrita Ragavendiran
The Hindu
May 14, 2017

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As we get into the farm, the very red red-chillies and red okra catch our eyes. “The red okra seeds came from a friend who’s family has been growing it over generations. Red okra is not easily available in the markets in Coimbatore.”

Brinjals, broad beans, tomatoes, and pumpkins are among the vegetables that 44-year-old Senthil Kumar has been cultivating for a little over a year now. And, all on five acres in the city.

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May 22, 2017   No Comments

How tech-enabled urban farms can work for Singapore

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Comcrop – Singapore. A 6,000-square-foot urban farm on a downtown rooftop. Click on image for larger file.

How would an urban farm here commercialise and scale up?

By Paul Teng & Christopher Vas
The Newspaper
May 13, 2017

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Consumer data collected by researchers at Murdoch Singapore from markets such as Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia showed that consumption of high-value leafy and non-leafy vegetables and fruits by these urban populations is on the rise and likely to grow by over 20 per cent in the future.

Plus, some of these markets were found to be not price sensitive. Instead, they are more focused on getting nutritious, safe and certified products.

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May 22, 2017   No Comments

Portugal: Lisbon develops urban farming as part of its anti-crisis strategy

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The city plans on expanding the green space available for farming by converting a six hectares swamp into a large urban farm dedicated to the formation of unemployed inhabitants.

By Luc Berman
New Europe
June 8, 2015

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About five hundred families are currently managing and eating from the vegetables and fruits they harvested from their green plot. By 2017, the city aims at doubling the number of families benefitting from this program by transforming a few of the 25 hectares of green spaces still available in the city.

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May 21, 2017   No Comments

Peace, plants and hip-hop in Colombia, South America

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Hip-hop and agriculture might seem like a strange mix. But El AKA believes it’s the perfect partnership to unite the community. “Hip-hop attracts young people, and agriculture the older ones,” he told DW.

By Katharina Wecker
Deutsche Welle
May 11, 2017

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With big Creole earrings, a bandana, and the crotch of his trousers hanging between his knees, Luis Fernando Alvarez looks more like a rapper than a farmer. Actually, he’s both.

Luis, or “El AKA” as he is known in Colombia’s biggest city of Medellin, has brought his two passions together with the initiative Agro Arte – agricultural art.

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May 21, 2017   No Comments

‘Doomsday’ seed vault meant to survive global disasters breached by climate change

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The Global Seed Vault. By Crop Trust.

Fortunately, no seeds were damaged

By Alessandra Potenza
Verge
May 19, 2017

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The seed bank designed to preserve the world’s crops and plants in the event of global disaster isn’t prepared to withstand the greatest global disaster facing our planet: global warming. Melting permafrost on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, where the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is located, has seeped into the seed bank, raising questions of how the structure will be able to survive in the future as the Earth keeps warming.

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May 20, 2017   No Comments

UK: Londoners Are Growing Food All Over The City

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Mural at the Bonnington Square Garden Association. Click on image for larger file.

Bonnington Square, Vauxhall; Skip Garden, King’s Cross; Calthorpe Project, King’s Cross; Myatt’s Fields Park Greenhouses and Beehives, Camberwell; St Mary’s Secret Garden, Hackney; The Culpeper Community Garden, Islington; Allens Gardens, Stoke Newington; Curve Garden, Dalston; Grow Mayow, Sydenham

By Kate Hodges
Londonist
May 12, 2017

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Curve Garden, Dalston: Built on an old railway line, Dalston’s Curve Garden is a well-used community hub. There are beds that Dalston residents use for growing lettuce, tomatoes, herbs and peppers, a cafe that sells delicious, home-baked cakes and food made from local supplies, a pavilion for rainy-day picnics, and a greenhouse, complete with cosy woodburning stove and even cosier cat.

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May 20, 2017   No Comments

Philippines: Baguio launches backyard gardening contest, urges residents to help produce food

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Self-taught agriculturist Danny Agliam is being invited to be a resource speaker in several trainings to share his knowledge on urban agriculture, which he has been practicing for several years now in his rooftop garden at P. Zamora Street in Baguio City. Photo Harley Palangchao.

The councilor said the search also aims to encourage residents to produce medicinal plants which in the long run will help preserve the biodiversity of traditional plant varieties.

By Liza Agoot
Philippines News Online
10/05/2017

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Councilor Leandro Yangot Jr., chairman of the committee on trade, commerce and agriculture at the city council who spearheads the search, said “the main objective of this program is the establishment of urban gardens or backyard farms in the city to promote organic food production particularly among the marginalized sector of the population in order to achieve a degree of food security and diversity.”

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May 19, 2017   No Comments

Meet The Ladies Who Are Growing Food In Los Angeles

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Manju Kumar of Sarvodaya Farms. Photo Clarissa Wei.

“I really wish there was some way we can revert to a more agrarian culture,” Manju Kumar, farm manager of Sarvodaya Farms in Pomona says.

Link TV
May 10, 2017

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When Kumar, originally from India, moved to the greater Los Angeles area in 1986, she started growing food in her backyard. She kept it simple, like burying her food waste in the garden to increase fertility. Her fruit trees and vegetables weren’t particularly producing in abundance, but it was better than nothing

“And then I went to the Los Angeles Arboretum and learned about permaculture,” she says.

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May 19, 2017   No Comments