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Down on the (city) farm in London


Photo by Accidental Londoner.

For this up-rooted, former country girl, these farms are a pleasing reminder of home.

By Accidental Londoner
24 March 2012

Except:

When I moved to the city I resigned myself to only seeing such creatures when I went back to The Midlands to visit my parents. How wrong I was to be. Having lived in ignorance for my first few years in London, last year I discovered just how many city farms there are scattered about the place. From Houslow to Mudchute, there are tiny small-holdings and market gardens tucked into the most unlikely of places. In Kentish Town the city farm is surrounded by three different train lines, which weave beneath the collection of enclosures and allotments.

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March 25, 2012   1 Comment

‘City Farming’ cartoon by Giacomo Cardelli

Cartoon Movement
March 25, 2012

Bio of Giacomo Cardelli:

Toscany, born in 1977, graduated in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. Humorist, Satiric, Illustrator for various publishers, he works in the world of cartoons to movies, short films and advertising.

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The Joy of Urban Farming in the Philippines


Atis is ready for the picking in the author’s urban farm. Atis also named Sugar-apple, sugar-pineapple or sweetsop is high in calories and is a good source of iron.

It is a delight to wake up early, and sit on my terrace amidst my herbs and spices garden while sipping my tarragon tea

By Moje Ramos-Aquino,
InterAksyon.com FPM
March 24, 2012

Excerpt:

I have an open garage cum farmlet in my front yard. About 18 square meters is planted to atis (sweet sop), langka (jackfruit), kamias, palm, ylang-ylang and mango. I eat the atis fruit once a week (if the bats and birds do not beat me to the ripe ones). Kamias fruits are used to season my food and when there is a lot of them, I make them into candied kamias.

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March 24, 2012   Comments Off on The Joy of Urban Farming in the Philippines

Go Inside an Urban Fish Farm of the Future on Chicago’s South Side


Photo by Photo: Sky Full of Bacon.

312 sold herbs for four months to local restaurants before the Departments of Business Affairs and Public Health both stepped in.

By Joan Hersh
Grub Street
March 3, 2012

Excerpt:

The biggest barrier at this stage is governmental. Mayor Emanuel (who visited The Plant two weeks ago) officially supports projects like this, and with zoning and building inspector approval, 312 sold herbs for four months to local restaurants before the Departments of Business Affairs and Public Health both stepped in. For the former, 312 was violating regulations about livestock in the city; for the latter, regulations about selling food created with “untreated” waste.

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Case Studies: Hands-On Urbanism 1850 – 2012. The Right To Green


Schrebergarten (allotment garden) in Leipzig.Photo Archiv Deutsches Kleingärtnermuseum in Leipzig e.V., Deutschland. The spring exhibition in the Architekturzentrum Wien is devoted to a history of ideas of appropriating land in urban space.

Exhibition: 15.03.2012 – 25.06.2012 – Vienna, Austria

Curator: Elke Krasny
Scenography: Alexandra Maringer
Exhibition graphics: Alexander Schuh
Copyright clearing: Andrea Seidling, Az W

Curator Elke Krasny presents historical and contemporary case studies that illustrate bottom-up urban development in Chicago, Leipzig, Vienna, Bremen, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Porto Alegre, Havanna or Quito.

A Garden Rules Itself
Leipzig, Germany

In May 1865, the first Schreber association was opened in Leipzig. Criticism of the city’s inadequate provision of open space and play areas led to the foundation of a school association. According to founder Ernst Hauschild, the association was modeled on self-governed communities in England, with the goals of encouraging “self-confidence, empowerment, and independence”.

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March 23, 2012   Comments Off on Case Studies: Hands-On Urbanism 1850 – 2012. The Right To Green

Trust for Public Land to buy parcel for $2.2 million to make way for Frogtown Farm and Garden

Wilder Foundation Gift Creates Potential New Park in Saint Paul, MN

By Anna Pratt
The Line Media
Mar. 21, 2012

Excerpt:

Frogtown Farm and Garden announced on March 5 that the Trust for Public Land made a successful bid on a 13-acre parcel to help make the urban farm possible.

The Trust, a national nonprofit organization that conserves land for parks, gardens and other natural places, recently struck a deal to buy the land for $2.2 million from the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, according to Frogtown Farm information.

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Gardening the Skyline: Philly urban agriculture expands to rooftops

SHARE’s 3.5-acre roof

By Lauren Mandel
Grid
Mar 20, 2012

Excerpt:

The Design Collaborative’s master plan proposes several types of agriculture for SHARE’s 3.5-acre roof, including row farming, raised beds and greenhouse hydroponics. These production areas are meant to prioritize high-value vegetable, herb and flower crops, as well as the honey already produced on-site. Morris Zimmerman, architect and the Design Collaborative’s team leader, explains that the plan also integrates extensive green roof areas and solar panels in locations where the building can’t structurally support a thick soil layer. In order to ensure that the Design Collaborative’s rooftop vision was attainable, Zimmerman consulted with the Philadelphia-based green roof firm Roofmeadow, where I work.

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March 22, 2012   Comments Off on Gardening the Skyline: Philly urban agriculture expands to rooftops

At The Community Garden, It’s Community That’s The Hard Part


Grayton Streeet Community Garden.

You may think that the great historic debate between communism and private property is over.

By Dan Charles
NPR
Mar 20, 2012

Excerpt:

But there were debates about this over the years. McClain wanted to keep it a community enterprise — as Karl Marx once put it, “From each, according to his ability, to each, according to his need.” But others thought there were too many days when it seemed that because everybody owned the garden, nobody really did. And there were days when it seemed that too many people assumed that somebody else would do the work.

“It’s just really hard when you’ve got a whole lot of stuff going on and only one or two people have shown up [at the garden], and they’re expected to take care of everything,” says McClain. “In August, when it’s really hot out, it’s just kind of hard.”

So last year, the Campos Community Garden laid out some boundaries of personal responsibility: Individual plots where people get to plant and pick their very own vegetables. McClain says she has to admit that it’s helped.

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March 22, 2012   Comments Off on At The Community Garden, It’s Community That’s The Hard Part

New program brings agriculture to urban classrooms


Gloria Andrade, a junior in the agricultural program at Buena Park High School, poses with her sheep, Frankie, in the barn area. Photo by Mark Rightmire, The Orange County Register. See Our national Teach Ag Day virtual celebration from Buena Park High School in Buena Park, California archived here.

“We need more students learning about agriculture,”

National Teach Ag Campaign
March 19, 2012

Earlier this month six undergraduate agricultural education majors were able to test their teaching skills on a group of 7th grade students at Stuart-Hobson Middle School in downtown Washington, D.C. The program, which pairs future and seasoned agriculture teachers to deliver science-based agriculture lessons is the first of its kind.

The program participants, who were from various parts of the United States, had gathered in Washington, D.C. to celebrate national Ag day. The teaching program was organized by the National Teach Ag Campaign, an initiative to increase the number of agricultural educators in the United States.

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Families Turn to Urban Farming to Replace Grocery Needs across the Ozarks

“There’s nothing like a farm fresh egg or a backyard egg versus a store bought egg.”

By Shannon Miller
Ozarks First
March 20, 2012

Excerpt:

(Rogersville, MO) — Eggs are probably on your grocery list every week, and they sure do run out quickly in many households.

With her own flock to feed, mom Wendy Marshall knows just how fast her grocery bill adds up.

“We’ve got five kids,” she says. “We go through a lot of them. We go through a couple of dozen a week.”

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Brooklyn food pantries go grow-your-own with indoor hydroponic farm


Mireille Massac grows vegetables to help feed the needy who come into the food pantry. Phgoto by Debbie Egan-Chin/New York Daily News.

Bedford-Stuyvesant pantry provides veggies to hundreds of families each week

By Lore Croghan
New York Daily News
March 13, 2012

Excerpt:

A Bedford-Stuyvesant food pantry built an indoor farm where clients grow fresh produce year-round — and provide vegetables for hundreds of families a week.

“People feel very passionate about this farm; they’re eating better,” said

Mireille Massac, who runs the food pantry and farm at Child Development Support Corp., where clients learn hydroponic growing techniques that don’t require sunlight or soil. “Their children are eating better.”

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March 20, 2012   1 Comment

Green Schools Mumbai, India


Raised bed at Don Bosco, Matunga.

School Gardens Projects: Don Bosco, Matunga

Building raised beds from tender coconuts, dried leaves, some compost, red earth. These were all layered on top of each other and the last 3 to 4 inches was layered with red earth. The tender coconuts were filled with some dried leaves, compost and red earth and inverted upside down and laid down on the ground. The coconut shaving were then added along with a layer of dried leaves. Then a layer of compost and finally a layer of red earth was added.

These raised beds were sown with a mix of seeds. Mustard, coriander, beans, fenugreek, chilies, tomatoes, garlic, onion were sown in these raised beds. The first season of planting we will focus on creating diversity and fixing nitrogen in the soil.

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Atlanta based Concrete Jungle


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So far has donated nearly 3,000 pounds of fresh, local and organic produce to organizations serving the homeless

From their site:

Concrete Jungle was started in 2009 by Craig Durkin and Aubrey Daniels as a volunteer-run, Atlanta-based organization that helps to distribute unused food to the hungry. The organization grew from Craig, Aubrey, and several friends noticing the large amount of apples growing all over Atlanta, and they would hold an annual Ciderfest to turn them all in to apple cider. After several years of increasing apple harvests, the scale of fresh produce going to waste in Atlanta became apparent, and Concrete Jungle was born.

Concrete Jungle receives almost all of its food from the hundreds of fruit and nut trees growing in the Atlanta area — in yards, on the side of the road, next to buildings. Most of these trees are untended and ignored, with their bounty being wasted to wildlife while only miles away many poor and homeless struggle to include any fresh produce in their diet.

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Urban farms a tricky row to hoe for Minneapolis City Council


Robert Woods stands beside the vacant North Minneapolis city lot he’s transformed into a large garden. Woods wants to start operating it as a commercial farm. (MPR Photo/Curtis Gilbert)

“When we bought in the urban area, we didn’t anticipate living next to farms.”

by Curtis Gilbert
Minnesota Public Radio
March 19, 2012

Excerpt:

MINNEAPOLIS — Robert Woods owns the vacant lot next to his north Minneapolis home. It’s a brown rectangle of soil in March, but it will be bursting with crops this summer.

“Melons, cantaloupe, okra, spring greens, collard greens, peppers, sweet potatoes and a lot of weeds,” he says of the anticipated bounty.

But there’s a catch. Woods can eat the vegetables he grows. He can give them away to his neighbors. He can lend the land to the non-profit he founded to teach local kids about agriculture. But there’s one thing he hasn’t been allowed to do under the current Minneapolis zoning code — sell his vegetables to make a profit.

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City people offered taste of farming life in New Zealand


Federated Farmers President Bruce Wills on his Hawke’s Bay farm. Photo by Dave Hansford.

The farm days would hopefully attract city people to the possibility of a career in farming

By Tim Cronshaw
stuuf.co
16/03/2012

Excerpt:

City people will get a taste of country life at the Federated Farmers Farm Day at Eyrewell Station this Sunday.

Urbanites are being invited to visit the dry stock farm run by government-owned Landcorp Farming to learn about farming during farm walks, talks and demonstrations.

The Farm Day is a national event hosted by the federation to expose city people who might not otherwise get an opportunity to visit a farm and get a close look at livestock.

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