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Organic Farming in Urban China: Reflections from a Study Tour

Little Donkey Farm.

There are also plots here for people to rent and grow their own

By Stephen Couling
Post Growth
22nd July 2012


Signs of a healthier, cleaner and greener China are around us. We are walking, one morning, from the bus stop some way north of the Summer Palace in Beijing to visit Little Donkey Farm, a 15 Hectare organic, open-field operation set up in 2008 in Houshajian West Village in the Haidian District in north-west Beijing. Here is Beijing’s first-ever Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) scheme. It also had partnerships with the Haidian District Agriculture and Forestry Ministry and the Renmin University School of Agricultural, Economics and Rural Reconstruction Department. The stated mission here is “to include agriculture in the tertiary industry of culture and heritage through mobilising not just farmers, but citizens, NGOs, and governments to join the sustainable agricultural movement.”

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July 29, 2012   1 Comment

Business Models Behind Urban Farming

New York Times ‘Business Day Live’ video

An abundance of unused space combined with a large demand for locally grown produce point to a potential for profits for intrepid city farmers. Business Day Live explores the business models behind urban farming.

July 29, 2012   Comments Off on Business Models Behind Urban Farming