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Vancouver Urban Farming Forum 2011 – Land Use, Policy, and Best Practices


A gathering of Vancouver’s urban farmers

Friday, November 25, 2011 (evening);
Saturday, November 26, 2011 (all day)

Introduction from the website:

Vancouver has the goal of being the Greenest City in the World by 2020. Local food and green economy are two of ten areas of focus for achieving the greenest city goals. Urban farming is in a unique position to contribute to both of these goals. The number of urban farms in Vancouver is increasing and these green businesses are leading the way in developing economically viable food production models for the urban environment.

With urban commercial food production being a relatively new occurrence in Vancouver, it is not accounted for in current city policy. There are a number of factors affecting urban farms’ ability to operate as legitimate businesses in Vancouver including land zoning and business licensing. This forum comes out of an interest from both the City and Urban Farmers to work together toward policies, best practices, and land-use decisions that can support urban farming practices now and into the future.

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September 30, 2011   10 Comments

The Plantagon greenhouse

Plantagon is a vertical greenhouse for the urban farming environment

Plantagon Greenhouse report
July 2011

Excerpt:

2.1 Urban agriculture with economic growth

Today’s greenhouses are situated far outside urban areas. The whole idea behind Plantagon is to place it in urban areas, close to the consumers, which will reduce handling costs by up to 80 percent.
Plantagon estimates that about 40 to 60 percent of an urban consumer’s food budget goes to pay for transportation and storage. Vertical greenhouses can deliver fresh, healthful organic produce directly to the consumer at a lower price.
The concept is simple and appealing in these days of awareness: fresh, ecologi- cal and cheap vegetables. no middle hands, no yesterday’s food.

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Swedish Embassy in Washington holds “Urban Agriculture Summit”

Urban Agriculture – How do we feed people in the urban era?

House of Sweden, 2900 K Street, NW, Washington, DC
November 16, 2011, 1 pm – 5 pm (refreshments will be served)
This is hosted by the Embassy of Sweden and Plantagon and its partners. There is no cost to attend.

As more and more people move to ever-expanding cities, farming will be pushed further away from population centers. The inevitable result of this ”urban sprawl” is longer transportation routes and less fresh products.
Especially low-income urban areas will be affected.

Join Swedish clean-tech and American know-how in a half-day seminar on how to use urban agriculture technologies to create a more sustainable city of tomorrow.

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Colorado’s first farm on public school grounds delivers organic produce to cafeteria


Kindergarteners hand over their class piggy bank for the farm fundraiser. They raised $20.54!

Denver Green School seeds new innovation – growing their own food

Chris Cunnyngham
Big Think
September 21, 2011

Excerpt:

A previously abandoned one-acre field behind the school has been taken over by Sprout City Farms, a project devoted to “innovative urban farms on underutilized land, rooting farmers in the city and bringing good food to neighborhoods.” The food grown is then sold back to the school to be served in the cafeteria. As you may imagine, there were lawyers involved at various steps of the process but Allen Potter, 6th Grade teacher and founding partner of the school, was quick to point out that school district lawyers “were actually our allies in this.”

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Young Indonesians paint the town green


The group’s goals are to encourage a green city while saving money on grocery bills (AFP/File, Romeo Gacad)

Young Indonesians are breathing new life into their polluted concrete capital city with little more than buckets of soil and seeds.

By Presi Mandari (AFP)
By Agence France-Presse
Sept 30, 2011

Excerpt:

JAKARTA — Young Indonesians are breathing new life into their polluted concrete capital city with little more than buckets of soil and seeds.

A group of mostly young professionals, known as Gardening Indonesia, has joined the global urban farming movement, converting vacant patches of land between Jakarta’s skyscrapers into lush green vegetable gardens.

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Zimbabwe: Let’s Embrace Urban Farming

Urban agriculture faces the prospect of growing to unprecedented levels in the near future.

By Shingai T Kawadza
The Herald
Published by the Government of Zimbabwe
30 September 2011
Shingai T Kawadza is a final year Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Rural and Urban Planning at the University of Zimbabwe.

Excerpt:

There is clear evidence that urban agriculture is increasing rapidly in urban areas, particularly in Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia and Tanzania.

It has become an essential socio-economic activity for the urban poor particularly in Harare and a great contributor to food security and income generation for the poor families. With the 2015 deadline for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals and the widespread notion of sustainable development on cards,

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Butler CUE Granted $230,000 for Urban Farming Project in Indianapolis, IN


Volunteers at farm.

The Butler Campus Farm (established in 2010) will serve as the city’s pilot urban farming “Hub.”

Mary Ellen Stephenson
Butler University
July 29, 2011

Butler’s Center for Urban Ecology (CUE) has received a $230,000 grant from The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, to strengthen urban farming and renewal efforts in Indianapolis. The CUE grant was the largest individual award from a total $1.2 million in grants announced on July 27 and given to 17 Indiana nonprofit organizations.

Payable over three years, the grant also represents the largest gift Butler University has ever received from The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.

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