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My Urban Farm – Chris Thoreau

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Meet your Urban Farmer – Vancouver BC

By Shaun Mavronicolas
Creative/Technical Director
Fire and Light Media Group

Meet Chris Thoreau of My Urban Farm in this second short film in our Meet your Urban Farmer series. This is the extended interview version.

Chris is a creator, papa, urban grower of sunflower, pea, and buckwheat shoots which are then cut and pedaled to you within hours of harvest, bike-powered. Chris likes soil, compost, and microgreens.

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Rooftop education program in São Paulo, Brazil

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15 beds, each 15 feet in length. In Portuguese.

A salada vem do telhado

Quer umas verduras? Vá buscar lá no telhado. O agrônomo Marcos Victorino, vem desenvolvendo projetos de hortas sobre telhas em espaços pouco valorizados da metrópole, como lajes, quintais e terrenos de imóveis comerciais e residenciais. As hortas foram plantadas em varios locais da cidade de São Paulo, como exemplo na foto acima, no campus da Faculdade Cantareira, no bairro do Belém-São Paulo Capital, sobre uma laje no telhado.

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The Changing Face of Urban Farming in London

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Site for Vauxhall City Farm in 1978. Source: Vauxhall City Farm.

Urban farming is so much more than adorable animals and markets; it is a symbol of modern London’s approach to making sustainable food sources and community spaces.

By Idroma Montgomery
Sustainable Cities Collective
May 14, 2012
Idroma Montgomery is a freelance researcher and earned her M.A. in Culture, Globalisation and the City from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Excerpt:

Recently I’ve noticed that London embraces urban farming in a way I haven’t seen in other cities. Last month, I attended the Oxford-Cambridge Goat Race at Spitalfields City Farm in East London, a popular annual event that raises money for the farm. It is housed on a side street off the trendy and boisterous Brick Lane, and like many other city farms in London, offers a study in how to effectively utilize small amounts of urban space.

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8 Extraordinary Greens by Jenna Spevack

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An urban agricultural design project

Jenna has designed an efficient, sub-irrigated system for growing energy-packed plants (microgreens) in small, urban spaces. Her aim: to provide healthy greens to extraordinary people with ordinary incomes.

As an urban agricultural design project, she envisions a way to grow food in an anthropogenic landscape for all strata of citizens, but as an art project, she hopes to facilitate conversations about different values: convenience vs creative effort, regenerables vs disposables, neighbors vs strangers.

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