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Metrofiets – Cargo bikes for city farming

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Metrofiets cargo bikes

“Patience and time, that’s what builds a Metrofiets cargo bike.  Design, bend, measure, sculpt, hammer, polish and file – these actions transform raw steel into works of art. The kind of art you can ride around town on.  The kind of art that turns heads and leaves people wanting more.

“Our designs are inspired by Danish and Dutch cargo bikes as well as the classic bicycle styles produced in the US during the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s.”

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March 24, 2010   2 Comments

Urban farming touted as tool for neighborhood revival in Buffalo

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Improving Buffalo’s distressed neighborhoods

By Brian Meyer
The Buffalo News
March 23, 2010

Community gardens and urban farms could be valuable tools to help improve Buffalo’s distressed neighborhoods, speakers from several local groups told Common Council members this afternoon.

Advocates are prodding the city to take early but key steps aimed at making it easier for people to create community gardens and pursue urban agriculture. The measures would include setting up a “diggable database” to help aspiring gardeners and farmers pinpoint land that has been cleared for planting.

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March 24, 2010   1 Comment

Above the Pavement – the Farm! – forthcoming June 2010

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Above the Pavement—the Farm! Architecture & Agriculture at PF1

By Amale Andraos, Dan Wood
June 2010

Forty years after French protestors took to the streets with the rallying cry Sous les pavés, la plage! (Beneath the pavement, the beach!), a new form of radical expression took shape at MoMA’s P.S.1 courtyard in Queens, New York. Above the Pavement—the Farm! reveals the groundbreaking efforts of architecture firm WORKac and their team of more than 150 collaborators—farmers, politicians, horticulturists, technicians, soil scientists, engineers, architecture students, and artists—to create a working urban farm, hoisted 30 feet high, using industrial cardboard tubes filled with more than 50 varieties of locally grown fruits and vegetables.

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