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Agricultural scenes by Bruegel The Elder in 16th century Europe

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Haymaking (July) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder 1565. See larger, complete painting here. Note: click on ‘Miscellaneous paintings’.

In the time of Bruegel The Elder c. 1525 – 1569

From What Great Paintings Say Volume 1 by Rose-Marie and Rainer Hagen

“There was no more densely populated region north of the Alps than the Netherlands. This was largely due to higher wages. The textiles industry flourished: the Netherlandish ports attracted coastal trade from the Baltic in the north to Lisbon in the south; for several decades Antwerp, the site of the first stock exchange, was the economic hub of Europe.

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May 23, 2010   Comments Off on Agricultural scenes by Bruegel The Elder in 16th century Europe

Ho Chi Minh City (HCM City) pushes urban agriculture

viet1.jpgPhoto by archer10 (Dennis). Larger version here.

By 2020, the city will have 200,000 domestic crocodiles, mostly breeding in districts Hoc Mon, Cu Chi and 12.

Vietnam Business News
May 24th, 2010

The HCM City People’s Committee has approved a plan to develop urban agriculture to 2020 with a vision to 2025, with the target of achieving average revenue of VND300 million (US$15,800) from one ha of farmland by 2020.

Under the plan, the farmland acreage will remain at 82,600ha by 2020. Of that figure, 41.7 per cent would be for crop cultivation, 44.1 per cent for forest cultivation, and the remaining for aquatic cultivation, salt production and other farming purposes.

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Our future FarmVille? Urban, community gardens are growing in Orlando, Florida

MaryLou.jpgMary Lou Basham waters her garden at Orlando’s Festival Park recently. Photo by Jacob Langston.

City dwellers use their green thumbs to strengthen neighborhood bonds in community gardens

By Victor Manuel Ramos,
Orlando Sentinel
May 21, 2010

Excerpt:

Amaury Diaz is proud to show off the shoots of tomatoes, bell peppers, pumpkins and black-eyed peas that he planted two weeks ago.

“This is my farm,” a beaming Diaz says as he leans down to inspect their leaves and feel the soil before watering.

The 72-year-old painter who lives in downtown Orlando is not admiring an expanse of crops. His “farm” is a 4-by-12 foot dirt patch surrounded by chain-link fence on city property.

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May 23, 2010   1 Comment

Detroit has an estimated 40 square miles of vacant property — more than 25,000 acres

det2.jpgWork crews clear out an empty lot in Detroit. Photo by Carlos Osorio.

Farming invades Detroit – Triscuit and nonprofit group combine efforts

Associated Press
May 22, 2010

Excerpt:

A nonprofit that puts vacant urban land to use for growing food will kick off work next week on one of several new community gardens it’s planning for the Detroit area under a nationwide partnership with Kraft Foods Inc.’s Triscuit brand.

In Detroit, residents increasingly are working to transform vacant, often-blighted land into gardens and small farms. Urban Farming has been part of that push since 2005, when it put its first gardens in the ground.

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May 23, 2010   1 Comment