June 4, 2012
Looking out my windows I can see several swatches of land where the residents of Dongtan produce crops. Mostly radish, cabbage, and peppers are grown to make the delicious kimchi Koreans are so fond of; however, from time to time, I will see something else. They don’t grow it because they’re trying to earn extra money, but rather because Dongtan used to be farmland. Since Samsung moved in, the land’s been gobbled up and the farms have disappeared.
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“Food and growing food is this really powerful equalizer,”
By Colleen Leonardi
Mar 21, 2012
n the heart of Cleveland in one of America’s “10 great public spaces” is a farm. And it’s not just any farm. It’s one of the country’s “largest contiguous urban farms at nearly six acres.” It’s a farm with some of the richest-quality soil in the area, soil that gave rise to over 100 varieties of heirloom vegetables ranging from beans to pumpkins in 2010, all within the bustle of downtown Cleveland. It’s a farm that supplies a farm stand, supports a community food incubator and CSA programs, aims to increase local food integration for Cleveland’s historic West Side Market and offers an educational curriculum focused on sharing the story of the region and its food traditions.
It’s the Ohio City Farm (OCF) established in 2010 in the historic district of Ohio City, established in 1836. The six acres on which it resides was vacant for 10 years after low-rise residential buildings were demolished to make room for new developments. There had always been community discussions about how to make use of the land, but as local food awareness ascended in Cleveland, so did the demand to turn it into a community garden or an urban farm.
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A birds-eye-view rendering of the new 38,000 square foot greenhouse being built by BrightFarms, which broke ground on June 4, 2012. A BrightFarms representative said their greenhouses can cost up to $2M to build. Photo by Frederick Melo.
The 0.87-acre greenhouse will grow more than 350,000 pounds of lettuce, tomatoes and herbs per year
By Frederick Melo
At the groundbreaking for a new BrightFarms greenhouse, an aerial rendering of what the finished 38,000 square foot greenhouse will look like. (Pioneer Press: Frederick Melo)
Coming soon to a Cub Foods near you: fresh local produce, grown in St. Paul in February.
The Stillwater-based warehouse grocery giant has teamed with a number of outstate Minnesota growers to sell everything from cucumbers to sweet corn in season, but its latest partnership will be more local and less seasonal.
June 5, 2012 Comments Off on Fresh tomatoes in winter? Cub Foods in joint venture of St. Paul produce greenhouse
Efficient City Farming brings aquaculture to town centres, putting fishtanks in car parks to provide sustainable food to city dwellers
By Josie Le Blond
4 June 2012
Fish farms have proved controversial in the estuaries of north Atlantic salmon rivers and in the Mediterranean, with anglers and environmentalists claiming their byproducts are seriously damaging the natural habitat.
But a project in Germany aims to feed growing urban populations by bringing aquaculture into town centres, putting tanks on rooftops and car parks and using the waste to grow vegetables.
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In October 2008 a large banyan tree located in Bangalore, India, made the world record for the number of beehives, with 575 in the one tree.
June 5, 2012
High above one of the world’s busiest and most congested city streets, urban apiarist Michael Leung runs his crusade for conscious local food, documented in Virgile Simon Bertrand’s inspiring photographs. Leung founded HK Honey as a way of using his background as a product designer to introduce the largely unknown concept of sustainable food to Hong Kong. Initially starting with just a few hives on the roof of his design studio in Ngau Tau Kok, Leung developed both a brand and a responsible community around his lifestyle ideology. “By putting bees in an industrial area we are showing a bit of optimism and that it’s not too late to do something about environmental change,” he explains.
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