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France discovers urban agriculture

Roof garden on the top of AgroTech Paris. Photo by Sarah Elzas.

It’s so new that no one really knows what will be the impact on the environment, food production and urban development.

By Sarah Elzas
July 10, 2012
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Most people at Paris’s agricultural engineering school, AgroTech, don’t realise that over their classrooms, five floors above street level, there are tomatoes.

“We planted this experimental garden to anticipate the need for technical references for rooftop gardens,” explains agronomist Christine Aubry.

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Zimbabwe: Conflicts Over Urban Agriculture in Harare

A woman holds an open ear of ripe maize, which is the country’s staple food, on the outskirts of the capital Harare. Photo by Howard Burditt.

It is estimated that 10% of land in Harare is used for urban agriculture.

By Anna Brazier
All Africa
10 July 2012


Winter in Harare is almost over. Walking my kids to school in the morning across frosty vleis, strewn with festering rubbish, we see the first signs of the agricultural season awakening. Litter is being raked into piles, maize stalks cleared into heaps and the dried weeds levelled to form little patchwork fields most about 100m2. You rarely see the farmers. They must emerge at dawn and dusk between their working hours. Many are probably local domestics. They have developed a system for dividing up the land between them, a natural autopoesis. There are no kraal heads in the city to allocate land and the municipality certainly don’t have any official mechanism. It is the same in urban areas all over Zimbabwe.

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Vancouver’s urban fruit orchard blossoms in city parks, golf courses

Fruit trees lining the streets of Vancouver mapped thanks to open data. See FoodTree here.

FoodTree has created an online map of the more than 600 fruit and nut trees already planted on streets and boulevards across Vancouver.

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
July 7, 2012


The city’s urban fruit orchard is poised to expand steadily over the next eight years with new plantings planned for city parks.

The city has created new orchards in three city parks in just the past couple of years — Falaise, Gaston and Slocan — with the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute and a handful of neighbourhood partners. Its goal is to create at least seven more orchards by 2020 as part of the Greenest City Action Plan.

Other pocket orchards include a stand of 36 native crabapple trees in Fraser River Park, 13 fruit and nut trees in Douglas Park and 50 fruit trees at New Brighton Park, although many of those have perished.

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