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“Urban Agriculture Takes Root” in Clearinghouse Review – Journal of poverty Law and Policy

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Advocates should determine applicable zoning codes and potential prohibitions on agricultural activities

By William Kraus
Clearinghouse REVIEW Journal of Poverty Law and Policy
Sept-Oct 2010 Vol 44, No. 5-6
Former volunteer attorney, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, and now associate, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Summary:

Defined loosely as localized small-scale agriculture within an urban setting, urban agriculture is changing the way we think about land use while offering possibilities for those living in poverty. All across the country, farms and gardens are springing up in backyards, abandoned lots, and in the shadows of once great symbols of industrial progress. The potential benefits are vast and range from improved nutrition to job creation, increased home values to improved public safety, and educational opportunities to community ownership.

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Beehive Tower by Rory Newel & Lucy Richardson

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The hexagonal mega structural lattice – a strong theme of food and flower harvesting

The 220m high Beehive Tower on Heron Quay is inspired by natural beehives, particularly the hexagonal forms of the honeycomb. The ‘Hive’ aims to establish within Canary Wharf a community of city dwellers who love gardening. With a strong theme of food and flower harvesting, the hexagonal mega structural lattice of this tower provides a system in which residential villages and adjacent central greenhouse spaces can provide community interaction.

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October 25, 2010   1 Comment

Sky farming is a novel idea that won’t work

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Construction, lighting, and heating costs make it outrageously expensive. Traditional farming, on the other hand, has made technological advances that make it ever more competitive and efficient.

By Dennis Avery
Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT)
Oct 21, 2010

Excerpt:

The proposed Sky-Farm was to produce fruit, vegetables, pigs and chickens. However, you couldn’t grow enough feed in greenhouse conditions to support more than a few pigs or chickens, so you’d have to import most of their feed. Think about four pounds of grain for each pound of pork you harvest. Would it really be less expensive to ship millions of tons of grain into downtown New York than to truck in some pork chops?

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October 25, 2010   2 Comments

An Edible Park in the Netherlands by the artist Nils Norman

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Edible Park opened October 22, 2010.

English artist Nils Norman

A project by the artist Nils Norman
as part of the Foodprint Program
Locations: City farm Herweijerhoeve and the compound of the Amateur Market Gardener’s Association ‘Nut en Genoegen’, Meppelweg 882, The Hague

Excerpt:

An artwork that grows and prospers and produces delicious vegetables and fruit is what the English artist Nils Norman conceived for the Hague city farm Herweijerhoeve in the Zuiderpark and for the compound of the Amateur Market Gardener’s Association ‘Nut en Genoegen’ which is situated close to the city farm on the Meppelweg. For both sites he designed a special vegetable garden based on permaculture and entitled Edible Park.

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At a reception at the House of Commons – Call for more urban dwellers to be farmers

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Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones.

The House of Commons event was attended by nearly 100 MPs, top civil servants and farming and food industry leaders

By Farming Editor
Here’s Devon
Oct 25, 2010

More people from cities and towns need to be brought into farming, the Government was told yesterday.

Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, the Devon-based self-titled Black Farmer, emphasised the importance of training new entrants to farming and the food supply industries to MPs in London.

Speaking at a reception at the House of Commons alongside Farming Minister James Paice, he spoke about the need to bring in new entrants from urban backgrounds.

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Reuters and BBC report: Tokyo office workers turn into rice farmers

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BBC Oct 25, 2010. A new farming trend has taken over in an office block in Tokyo. In what looks like an every-day office building, employees are not just doing their normal work. They are turning their hand at farming, in an experiment to grow their own food. See English speaking video here.

Indoor paddy field a strange sight in downtown Tokyo as urban agriculture burgeons in Japan.

Reuters Sept 10, 2010

A marble-floored hall with some potted plants in a corner is what you normally see in Tokyo’s office lobbies, but one now instead offers visitors a panoramic green and seasonal yellow view – of a paddy field.

On Thursday (September 9) some 40 women and 20 men in suit jumped into the golden bush in Otemachi, Tokyo’s business heart, with rubber boots on and sickles in their hands.

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Sen. Brown Announces More Than $740K for Urban Farming and Beginning Farmer Training in Cuyahoga County

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Federal Farm Bill Funding will Help Prepare Newer Farmers to Build Successful, Sustainable Farms

October 22, 2010

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that $740,096 has been awarded to The Ohio State University Extension in Cuyahoga County to provide training and other resources to local farmers. The Farm Bill funds, distributed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will help farmers with less than ten years experience develop profitable, sustainable farms.

“Local food production spurs economic development and increases the availability of healthy, fresh foods,” Brown said. “Urban agriculture projects serve people and places most in need of economic opportunities. This program will provide the necessary assistance to jumpstart urban agriculture and expand access to nutritious foods across the region.”

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