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Hundreds have been waiting years for allotment space in Gloucester, UK

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gloucGraham Snelling has been on the waiting list for an allotment for six years – but is still quite far back in the 200-strong queue.

As of 2015 there were 12 allotment sites providing 846 allotments in Gloucester. In total there are around 550 people waiting for a spot on these allotments.

By CitizenChip
Gloucester Citizen
April 28, 2016

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Graham Snelling has been on the waiting list for an allotment for six years – but is still quite far back in the 200-strong queue.

Despite living in Pennine Close in Quedgeley for 45 years, green-fingered Graham, 68, has been frustrated in his attempts to get a patch to call his own in the suburb.

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May 4, 2016   No Comments

The Guardian: Greenhouse in the sky – inside Europe’s biggest urban farm

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urbgUrbanFarmers’ greenhouse is ‘an example of cities reconnecting with food’, says Jan Willem van der Schans. Photograph: space & matter

“I always refer to the debates about parks in the city in the past. I think in 100 years, urban agriculture will be as normal as the city parks we have today.”

By Senay Boztas
The Guardian
Apr 27, 2016

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De Schilde, a brick-and-glass flanked seven-storey building, was built as a television and telephone factory for Philips in the 1950s by the modernist architect Dirk Roosenburg. It has about 12,400 sq m of total floor space, largely abandoned but too solid and expensive to knock down. In the Netherlands, 18% of offices are empty, due to the two last economic crises and cuts in the size of government. Dr Hilde Remøy of Delft University of Technology has predicted office vacancy in the Netherlands will soon reach 25%, the highest in Europe. According to Cushman & Wakefield’s global office forecast 2015-16, the European average will be about 10%.

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May 3, 2016   No Comments

A meta-analysis of urban and peri-urban agriculture and forestry in mediating climate change

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Africa is undergoing an unprecedented urban transition both in pace and scale.

By Shuaib Lwasa, Frank Mugagga1, Bolanle Wahab,
David Simon, John P Connors and Corrie Griffith
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
2015, 13:68–73

Abstract:

This paper systematically reviews literature on urban and peri-urban agriculture and forestry (UPAF) in mediating climate change. The study includes both peer-reviewed and grey literature (274 literature sources), and synthesizes evidence and agreement on both UPAF’s potential and limitations for mitigating and adapting to climate change. Eight East and West African cities were included in the review: Accra, Addis Ababa, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Douala, Kampala, Ibadan and Nairobi. The review focuses on urban livelihoods, ecosystem services and urban policy responses as pathways to mediating climate change.

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May 3, 2016   No Comments

Urban Agriculture Europe – the book

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Case studies from Barcelona, Dublin, Geneva, Milan, Sofia, Warsaw, and the Ruhr metropolis

By Frank Lohrberg, Lilli Li?ka, Lionella Scazzosi, Axel Timpe (eds.)
Available in bookstores or directly at Jovis publishers in December 2015. The book will be available in the United States and Canada through artbooks / D.A.P in March 2016

How can agriculture contribute to the sustainable development of European cities? How can agriculture and horticulture create vital urban spaces that have new social and ecological qualities and are also economically viable?

Urban Agriculture Europe is the first comprehensive, transdisciplinary publication about Urban Agriculture in Europe. Apart from well-known examples of urban food gardens in western European metropolises, this volume also studies innovative forms of agriculture on the urban periphery, bringing in experiences in eastern and southern Europe.

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May 2, 2016   No Comments

Growing vegetables in shopping carts

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Gro-Carts lined with straw and hay, and then filled with soil, seeds and seedlings. PNG

The cart gardens could serve others with limited garden space, such as low-income seniors who live in a high-rise with a balcony and want a vegetable garden. As well, eight of the carts are being used at a women’s shelter

By Kim Pemberton
Vancouver Sun
April 26, 2016

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She said that while the original idea was for someone who is homeless to use a cart to grow food, she acknowledges it would be difficult if they are already pushing a cart to store their belongings. But the idea could still be used if two homeless people wanted to share the mobile garden and take turns tending it, she said.

Last year, the two women won the top prize in the SFU Surrey-Central City student engagement competition and were awarded $3,000.

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May 2, 2016   No Comments

Urban Farming in Syria Saves Lives During Sieges

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Irrigation systems in place and planting begins in Yarmouk.

The 15th garden, it’s an urban gardening project that provides food for people living in Syrian cities that are under siege. Currently there are 30 of the gardens in 17 different besieged cities throughout Syria.

By Bezdomny
Shareable
Apr 29, 2016
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The project started with a group of Zabadani women who needed seeds to grow food, yet nothing was allowed to enter or exit the city. At that time, Zabadani was still under siege by both Assad forces and Hezbollah. Siege warfare is brutal and turns a city into a prison. To give an example of how severe the blockade was, Abdallah says, not even the UN was able to retrieve dying patients from the city in order to give them proper care. And there is no shortage of patients in Syria, just this week the Assad regime attacked the rebel held side of Aleppo which destroyed a vital hospital and resulted in at least 50 deaths.

In response to the Zabadani Women’s call for support, a network of German farmers collected heritage seeds and money in a show of solidarity with Syrian farmers, and sent the seeds to Lebanon (which is just across the border from Zabadani). From Lebanon the supplies made their way to Zabadani through an underground network of activists who risked their lives to get the seeds through the blockade.

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May 1, 2016   No Comments

Florida community gardens opens after 13 years of development

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The Riverside Avondale Community Garden has opened, the cost about $40,000 to complete.

By Victoria Register-Freeman
Jacksonville.com
Apr 26, 2016

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There are 31 beds, but 40 to 42 gardeners, because some of the new gardeners didn’t want to take on an entire bed.

Each weekend over the past year, volunteers built the beds. “Some of them had never used a saw or a hammer, but they were really willing to learn,” Fraser said.

RAP selected the gardeners from those who sent in garden plot applications. To help with costs for water, electricity and insurance for the garden, the gardeners pay a yearly fee of $100 for their individual plot. Gardeners are also expected to bring their own tools and plants or seeds to put in their plot.

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May 1, 2016   No Comments

1,544-room Hilton Chicago Hotel has a rooftop food garden

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“We posted in the lobby that we have a rooftop garden, and people are very interested in seeing it and walking through it,” he says.

By Sarah Braley
Meetings and Conventions
Apr 26, 2016

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The roof garden had a good year in 2015, producing tomatoes and a lot of herbs, such as mint, rosemary, basil, lemon balm, arugula, thyme, sage, oregano, marjoram, chives and parsley. “We also had microgreens — they have a very quick turnaround. It was a constant rotation and it worked very well,” says Garcia. “We also added two beehives that the interns were responsible for handling. We got a little bit more than three gallons of honey, very good for our first time. We packaged them in little jars and gave them as gifts, and also used it for special menus.”

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April 30, 2016   No Comments

Garden book from Manitoulin Island, Northern Ontario

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82-year-old Ed Burt shares his secrets

By Michael Erskine
The Manitoulin Express
April 15, 2016

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he first learned the art and science of gardening at the foot of his grandfather 82 years ago at the age of five— and a lot of the knowledge he has acquired over the years is contained in his new book, ‘My Journey in the Garden: Ed Burt’s Way of Growing Food’.

“When my grandparents came to Manitoulin they experienced some especially rough winters,” he said. “We didn’t have the transportation we have now. The railroad was 40-50 miles away and if you didn’t have a horse, it was a long way away.” Adding to the distance, the roads in those days were not ploughed in the winter and few people had a car or truck to travel the roads even if the snow wasn’t an obstacle. Growing and storing food wasn’t a hobby or pastime in those early days, it was a survival skill. “I grew up in that environment,” said Mr. Burt.

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April 30, 2016   No Comments

USDA Unveils New ‘Urban Agriculture Toolkit’ for Urban Farmers and Agri-business Entrepreneurs

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Online Resource Draws on USDA’s and Partners’ Experience with Launching and Sustaining Urban Agriculture Operations Points Producers to Helpful Financial and Technical Resources

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April 29, 2016

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled the USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit, a new resource created by USDA’s Know Your Farmer team to help entrepreneurs and community leaders successfully create jobs and increase access to healthy food through urban agriculture. From neighborhood gardens grown on repurposed lots, to innovative mobile markets and intensive hydroponic and aquaculture operations, urban food production is rapidly growing into a mature business sector in cities across the country.

“Urban agriculture helps strengthen the health and social fabric of communities while creating economic opportunities for farmers and neighborhoods,” Vilsack said. “USDA’s Urban Agriculture Toolkit compiles guidance from our Know Your Farmer team and many private partners into one comprehensive resource to help small-scale producers manage all aspects of their business. From protecting soil health to marketing to schools and grocery store chains, USDA has tools to meet the needs of this new breed of innovative urban farmer and small business owner.”

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April 29, 2016   No Comments

Deutsche Welle: German Indoor Urban Agriculture – video report

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ECF Farmsystems GmbH – Consulting, planning and construction of aquaponics farm systems.

By Dagmar Zindel
Eco Africa
ECF Farm systems
11.04.2016

ECF Aquaponics Method
In ECF aquaponic farming systems, the process of both rearing fish and growing vegetables operates as a fully integrated and complementary system. Through this course of producing high-quality fish, water is enriched with valuable nutrients that are then passed into the greenhouse, providing the plants with natural minerals and fertilizer.

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April 29, 2016   No Comments

Urban farm gives fresh start to youth and homeless in Christchurch, New Zealand

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chrzCultivate Christchurch hopes to scale up in the coming months after gaining access to two larger sites.

“As a young person, it’s really hard to get into employment if you don’t have either the networks or qualifications or haven’t had to practice those skills,” Stewart said.

By Alice Cannet
The Press
April 25 2016

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One of Cultivate’s volunteers had been out of work and education for seven years before joining the group.

She had since put spent nearly 100 hours in the garden in the last three months and was studying horticulture at the National Trades Academy.

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April 28, 2016   No Comments

Indonesia: Peri-urban agriculture in Jabodetabek Metropolitan Area and its relationship with the urban socioeconomic system

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insCitizen watering vegetables that planted on vacant land in the residential area in East Jakarta. Agriculture is crucial to Indonesian economic development so that discussing farmers is highly relevant as 39.96 million people. 35 percent of the total workforce — work in the agricultural sector.

Peri-urban agriculture (PUA) in the surroundings of Jakarta as well as in the East and Northeast of JMA has contributed to increasing food affordability as well as strengthening food security policy.

By Didit Okta Pribadi, Stephan Pauleit
Land Use Policy
Volume 55, September 2016, Pages 265–274

Abstract:

Peri-urban agriculture (PUA) has been proposed as an important urban element to deal with the challenges of increasing poverty, food insecurity, and environmental degradation as particularly found in rapidly expanding cities of the developing world. However, farming in the peri-urban is under strong pressure from urbanization. The economic and social roles of farming need to be better understood in order to integrate peri-urban agriculture into urban planning. This study used multivariate techniques and Geographically Weighted Regression to analyze statistical data at a village and sub-district, to explore the varying relationships between agricultural activities and urban economic activities, urban poverty and informality, as well as food security. This method was applied in the Jabodetabek Metropolitan Area (JMA) with Indonesia’s capital Jakarta at its core, and it resulted in some important findings.

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April 28, 2016   No Comments

Toronto: Bell Manor Community Garden users talk about the benefits of growing in a ‘magical place’

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Welcome to Bell Manor Community Garden.

Stonegate Community Health Centre releases video in support of their food efforts

Etobicoke Guardian
Apr 23, 2016

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“Many of our residents live on fixed or low incomes. Providing the opportunity to grow their own fresh, healthy food is often a necessity, not a luxury,” Julia Graham, Stonegate CHC’s community food program co-ordinator, said in a statement.

In recent years, the garden has come to serve an even greater need, as the nearby Valu-Mart, which provided the only walkable access to fresh food in the community, was closed two years ago to make way for condominiums.

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April 27, 2016   No Comments

Houston’s Hope Farms Breaks Ground

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hopeRecipe for Success Foundation celebrated Earth Day 2016 by officially breaking ground on Hope Farms.

Houston’s New Urban Farming Project Will Provide Fresh Produce, Farmer Training, Nutrition Education and Community Gathering Space in Historic Sunnyside

By Jovanna David
Press Release
Apr 22, 2016

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Located on seven acres in the heart of Houston’s historic Sunnyside neighborhood, the new Hope Farms will use organic methods to generate significant food crops in the midst of one of the city’s largest food deserts, while training military veterans to become successful agri-entrepreneurs.

Hope Farms is a critical component in achieving Recipe for Success Foundation’s mission to change the way children understand, appreciate and eat their food and to mobilize the community to provide healthier diets for children.

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April 27, 2016   No Comments