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Portable skip gardens in London

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Skip garden under construction.

Video link here. See video showing young people building skip gardens and then delivering harvested food to the Guardian newspaper kitchen.

A Movable Feast in London: King’s Cross Skip Garden

By Jennifer Cockrall-King
Foodgirl.ca
Oct 18, 2010

Excerpt:

Bert explained that this site just celebrated its 1 year (plus 2 months) anniversary, and they brought over 400 school kids through the site. Bert and his colleagues at Global Generation, the London-based charity that runs this skip garden plus other sustainable urban agriculture sites on the 67-acre redevelopment area, use the site to educate kids and adults about sustainable food growing and waste reduction. Because the various sites will be redeveloped at some point in the years leading up to 2020, the idea of the skip garden came about as a way to create totally mobile food growing spaces. When a site needs to be vacated, the skips can simply be transported to a new site. The trees and plants in the skips will eventually be moved to rooftop food gardens as new buildings are completed.

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Garden Roof Chicken Coop

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Kippen House chicken coops

By Emily Knudsen
Urban Farm Hub
September 1st, 2010

Excerpt:

Traci, founder and owner of Kippen House, started designing a chicken coop for her own family to use while she was living in Portland; but a few life events landed her in Seattle and building chicken coops for a living. Here’s the lowdown from Traci:

I was laid off from my architecture job in Portland. Shortly thereafter my husband’s job was relocated to Seattle. We packed up, shipped out, and I began my job search in one of the worst economic climates, particularly for architects. The unfulfilled desire to design and build was really starting to frustrate me.

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The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto was one of the first hotels in the world to have its own rooftop garden

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Chef David Garcelon up on the roof amongst the hotels’ 22 growing beds. Reportedly, the fresh-picked herbs from the hotel roof are used on approximately 6000 meals a day served at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York hotel during the summer months.

Radio Royal York – Episode 7: The Rooftop Garden

In this episode, host Melanie Coates visits the Fairmont Royal York’s rooftop garden to talk with gardener Marjorie Mason as she supervises the planting of this year’s herb and vegetable garden. Marjorie knows her gardening, having grown-up on a market garden farm near Peterborough, Ontario. She shares a number of excellent tips on how to create and maintain a healthy and productive urban garden.

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Urban farmer: ‘There’s another way to live’

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David Kahn founded Edendale Farm five years ago on a sloping half acre in the middle of a Silver Lake neighborhood. He wanted to show that a slower pace is possible, even in a metropolis like Los Angeles. Photo Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Urban farm really grows on visitors and volunteers

By Kate Linthicum
Los Angeles Times
November 07, 2010

Excerpt:

If there are any doubts about the viability of Edendale Farm — which Kahn built, improbably, on a sloping half acre smack in the middle of a swanky Silver Lake neighborhood — the mealtime menus should quell them.

The workers were chewing in silence Thursday, gazing happily out at the shady yard, when they noticed that something seemed off. The landscape was moving — and clucking.

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