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“Plant This Movie” – an Urban Farming Documentary in the making

Director Karney Hatch’s second feature documentary, will explore urban agriculture worldwide.

“I grew up on a farm, and though I’ve spent most of my adulthood in cities, I’ve always remained connected to the farming lifestyle. My grandparents were huge gardeners, too, so I’ve had the bug for many years. When I first moved to Los Angeles in 2000, I became aware of the idea of urban farming and how much sense it made, especially in a semi-desert like Southern California which steals (sorry, no other word fits!) most of its water from elsewhere. I began researching the documentary in earnest in 2009, and filming began in Los Angeles last year and now is ramping up with this ambitious filming trip which will take me to Asia, Africa and Latin America before returning to the US for additional filming into the Spring of 2012.

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May 30, 2011   1 Comment

Incorporating Urban Agriculture into Urban Planning: The Tale of Three Cities

A comparative study: Urban Agriculture in Vancouver, Dar es Salaam and Copenhagen
 
Independent Study by Afton Halloran
University of Copenhagen
Faculty of Life Science
Jan 21, 2011
 
Abstract

Although generally thought of as a livelihood strategy for the urban poor in developing countries, urban agriculture is prevalent in both the global South and North. Urban agriculture has been heralded for its environmental, social and economic benefits. However, in some cities it is an unrecognized practice and some typologies of urban agriculture are even treated as illegal.

Urban planning has an important influence in determining the structure of a city. This paper argues that urban planners are important stakeholders, which influence the successfulness urban agriculture legitimization and its incorporation into the urban environment.

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Suburban farmers for 25 years in the western suburbs of Sydney Australia


“The choko (sechium edule) is a real survival food, prolific and easy to grow, with multiple uses (although they can be a bit bland unless spiced up, unlike this site!). They do, of course, grow on vines not trees but we have an old orange tree which the choko vines grow up every year and this has been christened the choko tree. Thus the choko provides sort of a symbol for the intent of this site.”

Nevin and Linda Sweeney’s website is named “Under the Choko Tree”

By Nevin and Linda Sweeney
Website includes 161 articles on their experiences.

Excerpt:

Back in the late ‘70s I packed up my new bride and set off for the wilds of…………….. Western Sydney! Well it was a little bit wild back then. The estate had no shops and no public transport but the housing and the loans were cheap and so we found ourselves on a 600 m2 block with an east-west facing, brick veneer, 3 bedroom house.

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