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Tour De Hive Honey Bees Tour in Portland

Video by Rebecca Gerendasy of Cooking Up a Story

Cooking Up a Story (CUpS) is an online television series (and blog) about people, food, and sustainable living.

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The “Tour De Hive” neighborhood tour, a spinoff of the Portland’s popular Tour de Coop that provided public tours of urban chicken coops. Similiarly, the Tour de Hive offers for those who wish to participate in this free event, the opportunity to see working bee hives in a cluster of Portland neighborhoods, and to ask questions of their hosts to learn more about the bees, and urban beekeeping opportunities.

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November 18, 2010   1 Comment

The Production Potential of Detroit’s Vacant Land

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Urban Agriculture, Pierce Street.

4,000 acres of available land in Detroit could supply up to 75 percent of fresh vegetables and 40 percent of fruit available to residents

By Kathryn Colasanti, Charlotte Litjens & Michael Hamm
The C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at MSU
June 2010

Reported by Andrew Krietz
State News
Nov. 18, 2010

Excerpt:

In a study published in the current edition of The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, MSU academic specialist Kathryn Colasanti found the more than 4,000 acres of available land in Detroit could supply up to 75 percent of fresh vegetables and 40 percent of fruit available to residents.

Those numbers became apparent after a bulk of her master’s thesis project was complete in May 2009, she said.

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November 18, 2010   1 Comment

Future food: urban agriculture – Australia Broadcasting Corp.

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Image by Bob Krist.

Empowerment of farming communities is completely a new concept

Presented by Antony Funnell
ABC
18 November 2010

All three of our guests were in Australia recently for a week-long series of design workshops, public talks and events, held at The Edge, in Brisbane. The event was called ‘Unlimited: Designing for the Asia-Pacific’.

Three perspectives on food, our urban environment and future tastes. Our guests:

CJ Lim, author Smart-cities and Eco-warriors.
Founder of Studio 8 Architects and Professor of Architecture and Cultural Design at the Bartlett, University College London.

Paul Bennett
Managing Partner (Europe) and Chief Creative Officer at IDEO.

Jeb Brugmann, author of Welcome to the Urban Revolution.
Urban strategist, author and thinker.
2009 Future Tense program on vertical farming

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Professor C J Lim’s book “Smart-cities and Eco-warriors” highlights urban agriculture

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Smartcities and Eco-Warriors

By CJ Lim, Ed Liu
2010

Unchecked growth of our cities at the expense of agricultural land is threatening food security and sustainable urban development worldwide. Reframing the way people think about urban green space and the evolution of cities, CJ Lim explores how the notion of the smartcity can reintegrate agricultural practices and cultivated land within urban environments. The hybridization of agriculture and establishment of the city-dwelling farmer can lead to an association that is symbiotic, reducing carbon emissions and food shortage, in addition to less tangible but equally significant environmental and social benefits.

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November 18, 2010   2 Comments

United Way of New York City’s Seed Grants for Urban Farming for 2010-2011

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Applications for the United Way of New York City’s Seed Grant Fund due November 24th!

For 2010-2011, Seed Grant funds are targeted at urban farming initiatives in New York City. Funding can be used to transform unused or “under-used” land to vital, food-producing spaces or to expand an existing urban farm. In either case, the urban farming initiative fit within the applicant’s general scope of community services and assist in the expansion of community outreach services related to nutrition education and wellness. In the project proposal, applicants must clearly explain how an urban farm fits within their scope of work and how this funding will directly benefit the intended target population.

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