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Urban agriculture in Kampala City, Uganda

uganda1Kampala City Council LCV Production and Marketing Sectoral Committee on an Agricultural field visit (2008)

By Ssembalirwa Edward (Senior Fisheries officer)
Email: ssembalirwa@yahoo.com
December 2008

Excerpts:

Profile of the urban agriculture sector in Kampala City

Urban Agriculture in Kampala city is a constituent sector of Kampala City Council under the Department of Production, Marketing and Environment.
The sector is comprised of 5 sub sectors namely.

1. Crop Production and Extension services
2. Animal Production and Extension services
3. Fisheries and Aquaculture Production and extension services
4. Commercial Services, Trade and Cooperatives
5. Environment and Natural Resources

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January 25, 2010   5 Comments

New Orleans’ community gardens

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Wise Words Community Garden – Mid-City grows another urban farm

By Alex Woodward
Best of New Orleans
Jan. 22, 2010

Allison Pressimone and Allie George, students from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, are only in town for a few days but Joseph Brock is making sure they get their hands dirty.

The volunteers, part of a dozen on a service trip to New Orleans through HandsOn, are tilling soil and setting up tomato supports on the raised beds at the Wise Words Community Garden. Other volunteers are busy planting herbs and spreading fertilizer.

“If you build it, they will come,” says Brock, the Mid-City Community Garden executive director.

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January 24, 2010   Comments Off on New Orleans’ community gardens

Making Urban Farming Scalable With Fish

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Why aquaponics may be the future of urban farming, and one solution to our local food problem.

Adam Starr
GOOD Blog
January 12, 2010

Excerpts:

Cityscape hopes to launch its first farm in the first half of 2010. Their aquaponic greenhouses would be built in vacant lots and on rooftops. To start out, they are considering sites in San Francisco’s sunnier southern and eastern zones to capture plentiful solar energy. To monetize, Cityscape will serve as a wholesaler to local distributors and restaurants as well as operate a weekly farmers market. Yohay says there is interest from Bay Area restaurants enthusiastic about hyper-local and organic produce like strawberries and tomatoes being produced even in the off-season. That’s another advantage of hydroponic farming: the changing temperatures and seasons do not limit the indoor growing cycles.

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January 24, 2010   1 Comment

Proposal to study urban farming in Ethiopia

ethiopiaEthiopia. Photo by treesftf. See larger image here.

By Menberu Kitila
Ethiopia, Jimma – University
Email: kitilamenberu@yahoo.com.uk

Currently I am working as the head of the environmental protection and urban agriculture office in Jimma city in Ethiopia. Jimma city is 350 km. from the capital city of the country (Addis Ababa).

Also, I am a student(Msc.) of Horticulture (vegetable crop production) in Jimma University College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (JUCAVM).
My thesis research also deals with the UA activities (specifically tomato production) in the Jimma area.

Jimma city is one of the biggest cities found in the country and, more than 200,000 people are living here. It is the place where Coffee Arabica originated.

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January 24, 2010   20 Comments

Dutch group looks at metropolitan agriculture

Excerpts from the Metropolitan Agriculture website:

What is metropolitan agriculture?

Many farmers perceive the city as a threat to agriculture. The encroachment of urbanisation places pressure on farmland, while the great concentration of people in activities leads to stiff competition for water, nutrients and energy. In addition large groups of urban consumers are becoming ever more demanding about their food and the way in which it is produced. Equally, many urban dwellers have a romanticised idea of agriculture that no longer squares with present-day reality. The concern over animal diseases and environmentally-polluting activities means that many urban dwellers would prefer to see the exclusion of agricultural activities from their metropolitan environment.

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Garden plots built on old factory land in Belgium

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Photos by Lamiot

“Bruggen naar Rabot” is the name used to designate several rehabilitation projects in Gent (Belgium), opening up the development of a district considered the poorest in Flanders. In 2008-2009 a re-development of an abandoned neighbourhood, “Rabot-Blaisantvest”, was begun behind the courthouse. A large urban agriculture community garden was established which comprised of micro-plots raised above the ground on concrete slabs that had once supported the now destroyed Alcatel factory.

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There’s a growing city appetite for what we once had down on the farm (Australia)

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Photo by aardvark. CERES Market Garden, Melbourne, Australia

There’s a growing city appetite for what we once had down on the farm

JULIANNE SCHULTZ
The Sydney Morning Herald
January 23, 2010

When I was growing up, in the 1960s, the supply of food we ate was tangible – outside the dining room window. We had cows for milk; sheep that grew from suckling lambs to Sunday lunch; chooks whose eggs we ate, and whose feathers we plucked, when their recently headless bodies stopped the mad dervish dance; vegetables that still had clods of dirt on them.

Our animals were not pets – they were creatures that fed us and that could be trucked to the saleyard to pay pressing bills. It was smelly, dirty, unrelenting hard work, even on the fertile plains of Victoria’s western district.

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January 23, 2010   Comments Off on There’s a growing city appetite for what we once had down on the farm (Australia)

New York’s first citywide plan for urban agriculture

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Design Trust Seeks Two Fellows for Urban Agriculture Project

The Design Trust is currently seeking two fellows for Five Borough Farm, a project to create New York’s first citywide plan for urban agriculture. For the project’s first phase, the Design Trust will select two fellows in the fields of metrics/evaluation and policy/sustainable development. Deadline to apply is February 3, 2010.

Five Borough Farm will partner New York City’s most successful urban farm – Brooklyn-based Added Value – with New York’s largest landowner – the City itself – to create the nation’s first citywide plan for urban agriculture.

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Mudchute City Farm, London – Biggest urban farm in Europe

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Just 10 minutes from Canary Wharf (London’s second financial district and home of the UK’s three tallest buildings) on the Isle of Dogs, is a wonderful city farm – Mudchute Farm. On 32 acres of fertile land (nutrient-rich as it is just next to the Thames) live 200 animals, mostly rare breeds. Mudchute Farm is also home to 70 community allotments, a farm kitchen and restaurant, horse stables, and smokehouse. Wood from the farm is used in the smokehouse where butter, geese, and cheese are often smoked.

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January 21, 2010   1 Comment

Greg Peterson’s Urban Farm: Farming in the Heart of the City

Phoenix, Arizona Urban Farm

By Greg Peterson
1-800-Recycling
January 19, 2010

Excerpt:

There is something to eat in my yard every day, 365 days a year. Last Thanksgiving it was a wonderful salad of six different greens, including nasturtium leaves and sorrel (a surprise find, growing in the back “wild” area); ruby red pomegranate seeds; an incredible citrus called limequat that was sliced up skin and all for a tangy/sweet sensation; and a little bit of tarragon and fennel, with a smidge of that pretty little three-leaf clover you see growing in some yards called sourgrass. The flavors were so diverse and striking that I chose not to add any dressing at all.

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January 19, 2010   1 Comment

Donald Duck was a Victory Gardener

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From Toons At War.
1940’s image.

Disney licensee W.L. Stensgaard produced a Victory Garden sign that featured Donald Duck chasing pests from his garden. The sign was available in two sizes and was sold in five and dimes, hardware and grocery stores.

One version of the sign featured the illustration printed on a masonite board attached to a 24-inch long stake. This sign was produced in six oil colors and had a wholesale price of $10.80 per dozen. The suggested retail was $1.69 each.

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Growing an urban revolution

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Photo by John Lehmann

Vancouver farmer’s rooftop and backyard gardens are being heralded as the next generation of agriculture in the city

Frances Bula
Globe and Mail
Jan. 03, 2010

Take one Saskatchewan farm boy and move him to the big city. Add a Vancouver condo building’s unused rooftop garden and several vacant backyards.

The result is urban farmer Ward Teulon, also known as CityFarmBoy on his website, a 45-year-old former agrologist who has put his farming skills to work in the middle of some of Vancouver’s densest neighbourhoods.

He produces $30,000 worth of vegetables, herbs and fruit a year on 8,000 square feet of land in garden plots around the city.

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January 18, 2010   Comments Off on Growing an urban revolution

The Thomason family urban farm – Michigan

tomasin“The Thomason family has been farming in the same part of Richland Parish Louisiana for almost two-hundred years, but our 1/10th acre urban eco-micro farm is located in historic downtown Ypsilanti, Michigan. We are located just a few miles east of Ann Arbor. We raise Mini-Nubian-Nigerian-Dwarf goats for milk and meat, Hubbard ISA Brown French hens for eggs, and Lionhead Dwarf rabbits as pets. We grow organic vegetables for sale including: garlic, mixed salad greens, kale, spinach, Amish paste and Sungold cherry tomatoes, broccoli, peppers and various squashes.”

Collective efforts

BY CURT GUYETTE
Metro Times
April 9, 2009

At first glance, Ypsilanti resident Peter Thomason and his family don’t have a lot in common with the residents of the Detroit collective known as Trumbullplex.

Thomason, who’s in his mid-50s, is a politically conservative, NRA card-carrying, churchgoing father of 10 who teaches construction management at Eastern Michigan University. Trumbullplex, on the city’s near west side, is an anarchist housing collective and show space inhabited by 11 people (at the moment), none of whom are older than 30. And none of them, it’s safe to say, belongs to the NRA.

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January 18, 2010   Comments Off on The Thomason family urban farm – Michigan

Fairview Gardens Organic Farm nestled in an urban area of Goleta California

Video Interview with Tynes Viar, the Director of Development and Sustainability – (above)

The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens is a California non-profit organization that was established in 1997 to preserve and operate Fairview Gardens, the historic farm where our products are grown. Founded in 1895, Fairview Gardens is considered by some to be the oldest organic farm in southern California, and is now preserved in perpetuity through an agricultural conservation easement.

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January 17, 2010   Comments Off on Fairview Gardens Organic Farm nestled in an urban area of Goleta California

Bugs Bunny steals Victory Garden produce – Buckaroo Bugs

Buckaroo Bugs – 1944 cartoon

There’s trouble in the San Fernando Alley! The Masked Marauder has stolen an entire supply of carrots from the townspeople’s victory garden! Who is the Masked Marauder, you ask? Why, it’s “Buckaroo Bugs”! And who will stop this pesky wabbit?! Red Hot Ryder, that’s who! (Uh, yeah. Right.)

“He got away with everything.”

“What did he get, all the money from the bank?”

“No, all the carrots from our Victory Garden.”

“The sidewinding bushwacker.”

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January 17, 2010   Comments Off on Bugs Bunny steals Victory Garden produce – Buckaroo Bugs