Posts from — August 2009
For 15 years, Mr. English, 55, has been growing neatly planted rows of vegetables in a public housing project in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
Buster English: The Green Thumb
Interviewed and produced by Rogene Fisher and Sarah Kramer.
Photographed by Todd Heisler
Mr. English began gardening as a teenager with his grandfather in South Carolina, then took it up again to “stay out of trouble” after moving to the Walt Whitman Houses. He lives with his three teenage daughters (his son lives with a grandmother), and calls his plot of land the Cabbage Patch.
August 30, 2009 No Comments
by Clive van Heerden, August 6, 2009
Looking into the economics and politics of rising food prices and theories about impending food shortages led us to create the “food farm” to test peoples sensitivity to the issue. We wanted to develop something initially that would supplement the nutritional needs of a family living in high rise accommodation, without drawing electricity or gas.
August 28, 2009 1 Comment
Photo of fire escape gardener. “When I was planning my fire escape garden I planted cherry tomatoes thinking the plant would be small and perfect for the small space — not so much.”
by Mike Lieberman (Canarsiebk)
My goal of having this site is to inspire you to start gardening and growing your own food. If I’m doing it, why can’t you?
Don’t have the space? Check out my fire escape garden. Not much room there, but I’m getting it done.
August 28, 2009 No Comments
by Dave Budge
Local food is great for a lot of reasons, the least of which is that it tastes rad. We got to speak to some farmers and chefs while in Chicago about their experiences growing and using local Illinois food.
This is part 2 of the “Growing Cities” documentary series shot while traveling in the USA and Canada – June 2009. 2 person crew. Canon 5DmkII and Zoom H4n. Music is “Chicago” by Sufjan Stevens
August 27, 2009 No Comments
This is a roof of a warehouse in Greenpoint, which is now covered with 200,000 pounds of soil, 1,000 earthworms, and an abundance of vegetables, herbs, and flowers.
By Wendy Goodman
New York Magazine
June 21, 2009
“There are 1,000 worms in here,” Annie Novak says, cracking the lid on a box filled with scraps of newspaper and small squirmy things. The earthworms are about to be relocated to the soil spread across this warehouse roof 50 feet above the Greenpoint sidewalk, where, Novak hopes, they’ll get to work aerating the soil. Urban gardens are nothing new, but the scale, location, and imagination of Rooftop Farms—the name of this project—is stunning.
August 26, 2009 No Comments
See larger photo here. Photo by Michael Levenston
Our garden veggies and fruit go to West Side Family Place
Head gardener Sharon Slack drives five minutes from the Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden to donate freshly harvested organic food to Family Place.
West Side Family Place in Kitsilano is a resource centre dedicated to supporting families with young children. It is a place to meet new friends, gain a sense of community, and to receive ongoing assistance that helps families to raise healthy, happy children.
August 26, 2009 No Comments
Photo by Franco Zecchin. Paris, the urban beekeeper Jean Paucton removing frames from the hive atop the Opera Garnier.
By Charles Bremner in Paris
August 18, 2009
Tourists are not the only species swarming on the Champs Élysées this August. Also enjoying the sunshine are squadrons of bees, part of a fast-multiplying population that is making honey a new Parisian industry.
The Tuileries, Luxembourg and other lesser gardens of Paris are now home to hundreds of thousands of bees that are far more productive than their country cousins.
August 25, 2009 No Comments
This year, Maria experimented to see if she could grow wheat, flax and quinoa at our Vancouver Compost Garden, and she succeeded. The wheat and flax were purchased from a local seed company, Salt Spring Seeds. The wheat varieties are named Red Fife, Marquis, Kamut and Blue Tinge Ethiopian. The flax is named Golden Flax. The quinoa was purchased from a local organic bulk food store.
August 24, 2009 2 Comments
By Dickson D. Despommier
New York Times
August 23, 2009
If climate change and population growth progress at their current pace, in roughly 50 years farming as we know it will no longer exist. This means that the majority of people could soon be without enough food or water. But there is a solution that is surprisingly within reach: Move most farming into cities, and grow crops in tall, specially constructed buildings. It’s called vertical farming.
August 24, 2009 No Comments
Havana relies on 200 urban farms known as organoponicos
The vegetable gardeners of Havana
By Sarah Murch
BBC Two’s Future of Food
Climate change, drought, population growth – they could all threaten future food supplies. But global agriculture, with its dependence on fuel and fertilisers is also highly vulnerable to an oil shortage, as Cuba found out 20 years ago.
Around Cuba’s capital Havana, it is quite remarkable how often you see a neatly tended plot of land right in the heart of the city.
August 23, 2009 No Comments
Graeme Evans, director of housekeeping at Vancouver’s Fairmont Waterfront hotel, opens a hive last week to show off the bees and their honey to guests. A beekeeper, Evans keeps beehives on a deck at the hotel. And no, he doesn’t wear protective gear. Photograph by Gerry Kahrmann, The Province
Bees cause buzz at Fairmont hotel
Three hives on third-floor deck provide kitchen with honey, guests with stories
By Christina Montgomery,
The Province Newspaper
June 7, 2009
Graeme Evans is undoubtedly Vancouver’s nattiest – and most hospitable – beekeeper.
You won’t catch Evans in one of those bulky, netted helmets and spacesuits that most of his colleagues don when tending their hives. He looks after his trio of nests while wearing a dapper, crisply pressed suit. And tie.
August 22, 2009 1 Comment
Denmark has more leisure and allotment gardeners for its population than any other country. The tradition for this type of gardening dates back to the eighteenth century. In the nineteenth century the aim of the leisure and allotment gardens was to secure better conditions for working people and in 1884 the first association of leisure and allotment owners was founded.
August 19, 2009 No Comments
Live Dining is a planting, harvesting, preparing, composting, cooking, dining performance, a concept
Visual, Interdisplinary and Performance Artist
Founder and Executive Director of InTerreArt
It is about creating a context of integrating a dining-kitchen room installation in a location where plants grow, and where the dining kitchen furniture touch the earth (the ground). Within the dining-kitchen room installation, participants perform the outdoor actions of harvesting, in the same location as the indoor domestic and intimate actions of preparing, cooking and eating.
August 19, 2009 No Comments
by Patricia Tribolet
A wild notion I had to convert the existing flower/dead bush beds on the rooftop of the Sophos Vancouver building into a Vegetable Community Garden shared by anyone at Sophos willing to keep it.
We have aproximately 300 people working in this building as a part of Sophos.
The reason why I started this was because I wanted to grow veggies… I started with small pots on the windows next to my desk on the 5th floor with herbs, tomatoes and peppers.
August 19, 2009 1 Comment
Waterford will host the launch of a new national food-grower’s network called GIY Ireland on Saturday, September 12th 2009 as part of the Waterford Harvest Festival.
As the interest in home-produced food reaches fever pitch, a new organisation called GIY Ireland is aiming to inspire people to get growing and give them the knowledge they need to do so successfully. On September 12th 2009 Waterford Institute of Technology will be the venue for the launch of this unique organisation which aims to establish food growers groups in every town and county in Ireland. GIY networks aims to recreate the camaraderie of allotment growing for back-garden vegetable growers by getting them together on a regular basis to talk, learn from each other and exchange tips, war-stories and produce.
August 19, 2009 No Comments
Trevor Sargent watching them grow: During a visit to Cushinstown N.S. in Wexford to promote his ‘Incredible Edibles’ programme.
Children Rewarded for Seedy Behaviour
June 26, 2009
The green shoots of Ireland’s farming future gathered today for the final of Agri Aware’s Incredible Edibles growing challenge. Ten schools relayed the highlights of their farming quest with poetry, drama and a host of other activities including a mini-election.
Growing diaries (scrapbooks) of all shapes and sizes documented the nutritional and horticultural knowledge gained by primary school children all over Ireland. Over 200 children received the fruits of their labour when Trevor Sargent T.D., Minister for Food and Horticulture presented the ten finalists with €10,000 in educational funds.
August 18, 2009 No Comments
Minister of State, Trevor Sargent (centre) visits Vancouver’s Compost Garden. City Farmer’s Lauren Welch and Michael Levenston welcome him.
Why I grow my own food
by Trevor Sargent
From his blog, February 1, 2009
I’m lucky to have a front and back garden that’s big enough to grow some food but not too big to manage. Before I cook a meal I always see what I can add to the meal fresh from the garden. Growing food to me is richly satisfying – a healthful pursuit for mind, body and spirit.
George Bernard Swaw, even though he earned his money writing plays, stated “gardening is the only unquestionably useful job”. The same can be said for farming. Indeed, food production is not just useful, it is essential.
August 18, 2009 No Comments
Photo by Michael Levenston
On a sunny weekend, as I take a stroll with my wife, I see lots of yard sales in my neighbourhood. But on a recent walk I counted three people selling something other than old records, books and clothing.
Honey, flowers and plums!
August 14, 2009 No Comments
Photo by Jared Braiterman, PhD
Ginza rice farm
By Jared Braiterman, PhD.
Tokyo Green Space examines the potential for micro-green spaces to transform the world’s largest city into an urban forest that supports bio-diversity, the environment and human community.
On a side street in Ginza, I noticed a rice farm and met Ginza Farm’s CEO Iimura Kazuki and his assistant who were tending the rice and two cute ducklings. Shop clerks and construction clerks stopped by to admire the rice in its mid-summer glory.
August 12, 2009 No Comments
Njawara womens garden Rajhedem. Photo by Foods Resource Bank.
By Molly Slothower
30 July 2009 MediaGlobal – Voice of the Global South
MediaGlobal is the global news agency, based in the United Nations Secretariat, creating awareness in the media for the countries of the global South, with a strong focus on South-South Cooperation.
Urban agriculture key to alleviating world hunger
The urban poor have been hit the hardest by the global hunger epidemic, which has been fueled by the ongoing food, economic, financial, and environmental crises.
Getting healthy food into cities in sufficient quantities is an extremely difficult task. For the first time in the history of mankind, over half the world’s population lives in cities.
August 11, 2009 No Comments