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Internet of food: Urban Aquaponics in Oakland

System Uses sensors (to detect water level, pH and temperature), microprocessors (mostly the open-source Arduino microcontroller), relay cards, clouds and social media networks (Twitter and Facebook)

By Kirsten Dirksen
Faircompanies
June 25, 2012

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The land in West Oakland where Eric Maundu is trying to farm is covered with freeways, roads, light rail and parking lots so there’s not much arable land and the soil is contaminated. So Maundu doesn’t use soil. Instead he’s growing plants using fish and circulating water.

Aquaponics has become popular in recent years among urban gardeners and DIY tinkerers, but Maundu- who is trained in industrial robotics- has taken the agricultural craft one step further and made his gardens smart.

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Havana Urban Agriculture – Infrastructure for Food Gardens


A banana orchard grows where a home once stood, within a dense neighborhood. Photo by Claire Napawan-Seybert.

An interview with Claire Napawan-Seybert, who is a landscape architect, and a professor in the U.C. Davis Department of Environmental Design.

GrowCity
May 3, 2012

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Is there anything specific about the infrastructure of the city that you feel contributes to the success of urban farming? Are there any lessons American cities might learn from a physical planning perspective?

Government support was instrumental for training new farmers, making urban land available, providing equipment and growing materials. Being a communist nation, where the government owns nearly all urban land, makes assessment and leasing of land more facile than in the U.S. Issues [we have here] such as high urban property values, etc. are not issues there, since the buying and selling of property is illegal in Cuba.

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PhD Studentship: Expanding urban agriculture: policy and community approaches

Centre for Environment and Society Research – Birmingham School of the Built Environment, Birmingham City University

Deadline for applications was 20th June 2012.

Applications are invited for a 3 year PhD Research Studentship within the Centre for Environment and Society Research. It will pay University fees at the home/EU level, and a tax free living allowance equivalent to UK Research Council level (approx £13,590). The Centre for Environment and Society Research (CESR) studies human intervention in the physical and social environment with a strong desire to improve current and future conditions. In the latest RAE, the research centre demonstrated that 10% of its research outputs were of “world class”, and 55% were of international, quality standards.

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