New Stories From 'Urban Agriculture Notes'
Random header image... Refresh for more!

Ma Shi Po is the latest farming village in Hong Kong preparing to bite the dust of the commercial diggers

hongkong4.jpg

A tiny farm plot that will soon be tranformed to residential complexes. Photo by Tim Cheung.

Hong Kong villages at mercy of urban developers

By Tim Cheung
CNN Asia
4 January, 2011

Excerpt:

After decades of rapid urban development, farming villages like Ma Shi Po are on the verge of extinction in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong doesn’t strike people as a city that promotes a back-to-nature lifestyle and the brutal truth is younger generations here don’t always have the luxury of interacting with nature. Many have “probably never been to a farmland,” according to Sandy Chan, an amateur environmental advocate.

[Read more →]

January 3, 2011   Comments Off on Ma Shi Po is the latest farming village in Hong Kong preparing to bite the dust of the commercial diggers

Chicago – Officials, local farmers divided on new urban agriculture rules

chicagoice.jpg

Ken Dunn, of the Resource Center, removes snow from around one of the hoop greenhouses at City Farm, which has been run for 10 years on a city-owned acre at Clybourn Avenue and Division Street, last week. Photo by Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune.

“If this passes, our work would be over.”

By Monica Eng
Chicago Tribune
January 3, 2011

Excerpt:

In an effort to regulate the new crop of urban farms, Mayor Richard Daley last month presented a proposed ordinance to the City Council. City officials say the new rules are aimed at “nourishing urban agriculture,” but some of Chicago’s top urban farmers believe they will stunt the growth of grass-roots projects.

Crafted by the Department of Zoning and Land Use Planning, the ordinance and its accompanying protocols propose requirements on fencing, plot size, processing, landscaping and zoning that would apply to urban farming in all its forms: commercial production plots, nonprofit farms and community gardens.

[Read more →]

January 3, 2011   Comments Off on Chicago – Officials, local farmers divided on new urban agriculture rules

How urban agriculture is changing our relationship with food – for good

liz7.jpg

Photo of Liz McLellan. July Aug ODE Magazine.

Taking root in the city

By Casey Miner
ODE – The online community of Intelligent Optimists
July/August 2010 issue

Excerpt:

Dave Bell still remembers the tomatoes that changed his life—gorgeous, almost iridescent tomatoes glowing on a shelf at the Liberty Heights Fresh food market in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dave and his wife, Jill, who were just dating at the time, often shopped at the market and they asked the owner, Steven Rosenberg, where the tomatoes came from. Europe, he told them. Farmers grew them in hothouses.

Dave thought that sounded crazy. The costs of growing, the energy use, shipping the tomatoes across the world on a plane—how could that be sustainable? He and Jill asked Rosenberg if anyone grew tomatoes locally. I wish, Rosenberg said. I’d buy everything they grew.

[Read more →]

January 3, 2011   1 Comment