Posts from — April 2011
Time Sensitive – Bylaw Changes
By Louise Negrave
Lantzville Urban Agriculture
Apr 26, 2011
Council has placed themselves and the residents of Lantzville on a very tight timeline to deal with the issue of urban agriculture. Since neither council nor staff have the required expertise in this area, and we want a “made in Lantzville solution”, as council had initially proposed, I recommend we ask council to delay pushing through this bylaw until concerns of all parties can be adequately addressed.
April 30, 2011 Comments Off on Group struggles to implement urban agriculture in Lantzville, BC.
Pregnant teen mums protest closure of Detroit High School that teaches them how to become urban farmers
Famous Catherine Ferguson Academy may be closed – 13 arrested in heroic action
By Diane Bukowski
Apr 19, 2011
Voice of Detroit
(A sad story! Mike)
DETROIT – In an interview with VOD, Ashley Matthews, 17, described the heroic student-led occupation of her school, Catherine Ferguson Academy on April 15. She spoke of the wholehearted support the young mothers received from the community, as well as the vicious physical and verbal brutality police visited on them during their arrests.
She said two toddlers, there with their mothers, watched the events.
April 30, 2011 1 Comment
David Tracey stands near the Eco Pavilion in Strathcona Community Garden. The Eco Pavilion, a house-like structure with solar panels, is located off Prior and Hawkes streets. Photograph by: Arlen Redekop, PNG, Vancouver Sun.
From garden city to farm city
By Steve Whysall
April 29, 2011
Imagine Vancouver in the not-too distant future. There are food gardens everywhere. Mini-farms. On rooftops. In parks. Next to gas stations. Filling empty lots.
And there are fruit and vegetable kiosks dotted here and there, selling fresh, organically grown produce that has been picked only a few hours earlier.
April 29, 2011 Comments Off on Author David Tracey says urban agriculture will force us to rethink the design of the modern city
116 page publication in Estonian
söödav linn 1
Ülevaade Linnalabori 2008, aasta katuseaianduse katsest ning linnas toidu kasvatamise perspektiividest
“Edible City 1” is the first publication to introduce city agriculture into re-independent Estonia. It is based on a popular science test run by Linnalabor (Urban Lab) in 2008 where we measured the quantity of pollution in edible plants growing next to major roads. The experiment provided an opportunity to concentrate on the broad field of city gardening and to introduce it at public events and in the media.
April 28, 2011 1 Comment
Edward Henry Potthast (1857 – 1927) was an American Impressionist painter.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. From June 10, 1879 to March 9, 1881 he studied with Thomas Satterwhite Noble. He later studied at the Royal Academy in Munich with the American-born instructor Carl Marr.
April 28, 2011 Comments Off on In the Garden by Edward Henry Potthast
“There’s a lot the city can do to make this process much simpler.”
By Brennan Neill
After two months of round-the-clock care, the first batch of vegetables at Lufa Farms is ready to be harvested. The eggplants and tomatoes that have been growing since February will soon be picked by a small staff of roughly ten people. Meanwhile, the cucumbers and bell peppers just a few rows over will continue to ripen in Lufa’s massive rooftop greenhouse, which sits on top of a two storey commercial building in Ahuntsic-Cartierville.
April 28, 2011 1 Comment
The bill also tasks the Department of Science and Technology to study vertical farming
An Act promoting the use of urban agriculture and vertical farming in the country’s metropolitan areas to address food security concerns and regenerate ecosystem functions appropriating funds therefor and for other purpose.
Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:
April 27, 2011 Comments Off on Philippine senator files bill to create food farms in urban areas to help attain food security
Farms for Growing Cities
By Linsey Davis
April 27, 2011
Dickson Despommier discusses how to move food production to urban areas.
April 27, 2011 Comments Off on ABC News talks with Dr. Despommier about vertical farms
Taking root: Just in time for growing season, Model D begins series on urban farming in the D (Detroit)
Detroit’s food system seems to get richer and more complex everyday.
Model D Media
Apr. 26, 2011
Detroit’s current vibrant urban agriculture movement attracts people to this work for multiple reasons.
For some it’s the political act of increased food sovereignty for peoples in the city of Detroit, exhibited by groups like Feedom Freedom, the Detroit Black Food Community Security Network, and the Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s Earthworks Urban Farm.
April 27, 2011 Comments Off on Taking root: Just in time for growing season, Model D begins series on urban farming in the D (Detroit)
Photo by Marvin Shaouni. See photos/video of the event here.
17 chickens entered in the race were there to battle it out for charity
Marvin Shaouni Photography Blog
Aug 3, 2010
Along the Cass Corridor, on a graveled vacant lot shadowed by the Masonic Temple, between the Temple Bar and an old renovated fire station, the first ever Detroit Chicken Race was held. The event would see a flux of about 150 people over the course of an early Sunday evening, rolling into dusk.
April 26, 2011 1 Comment
Dr. Biel is the author of “The Entropy of Capitalism”
By Julian Jackson – Environment and Technology Correspondent
26 Apr 2011
Together with Yves Cabannes, Robert Biel leads the University College London’s Development Planning Unit’s Urban Agriculture research unit, which undertakes a wider range of funded research, consultancy and teaching.
Dr Robert Biel is an author and academic, who works for University College London and has written about sustainable agriculture. More than that, he practices what he calls ”experimental agriculture” in his own allotment and with his students. Biel believes that we are coming to a crisis of agricultural production, and we need to have more ‘Food Sovereignty’, which he defines as greater autonomy over our own food production.
April 26, 2011 2 Comments
Five teams were short listed
The City Centre Redevelopment project is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We can create a new community in the heart of the city that will bring Edmonton to the forefront of the world stage in sustainable community development.
In 2010, five teams were short listed from 33 international submissions to provide their proposals for our new community. Representatives from the five finalists, from Europe and North America, visited our city and were excited to participate in the City’s vision to redevelop this large, centrally-located piece of land (217 hectares or the equivalent of 266 Canadian football fields, including end zones.)
April 25, 2011 1 Comment
CNN Video: A new farming method can condense an acre’s worth of food into one single pod. Photojournalist Greg Kilday explains.
Podponics is a new hydroponics growing system designed to decrease the energy consumption and expenses of traditional indoor growing.
Created by technology veteran Matt Liotta, the produce is grown within used shipping containers called pods in a traditional nutrient solution. Each pod utilizes a computer and a HVAC system to control the container’s environmental factors, which are regulated based on the plant’s varying needs throughout its life cycle.
April 24, 2011 5 Comments
More garden space needed
By Lisa Johnson
CBC News, BC, Canada,
April 21, 2011
Despite a tripling of community gardens in Vancouver, the supply has not kept up with the growing demand, the CBC’s Lisa Johnson reports.
April 24, 2011 Comments Off on CBC News reports: Community garden boom in Vancouver
Apr. 21, 2011. New York photojournalist Rick Hall shows us how the bricks of Bushwick laid the ground for a garden sensation.
Roberta’s in Brooklyn
From a review:
Think I’ve found the definitive meal of this trip in obscure, industrial Bushwick. Amid shuttered warehouses, graffiti and empty streets, in an old garage with a cinder block facade rehabbed into a pizzeria, bakery, beer garden (edible) and borough’s slacker-organic-locavore HQ.
Chef brought the first taste from kitchen just as we got our bevies-poached egg w/ trout roe & breadcrumbs-smoky, creamy, salty, wow. Next up, braised mackerel w/ lemon jelly on levain bread. Hoyy … now this is how you do amuse!
April 24, 2011 Comments Off on CNN video: New York Restaurant serves home-grown greens with pizza