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London’s Urban Food Week: 10-16 September 2012

Restaurants can choose to ‘adopt a plot’, or ‘adopt a hive’

The event is a collaboration between restaurant network Ethical Eats; Capital Growth – the campaign to create 2012 new food-growing spaces by 2012; and Capital Bee, which promotes community beekeeping in London.

Restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs across the capital will be showcasing dishes and drinks made with ultra-local fruit, veg and herbs, and from honey made by bees in community hives.

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Documentary film – Brooklyn Grange: A Portrait of Urban Farming (in production)

Expected Release: Winter 2012

Director – Michael Tyburski
Producers – Burke Cherrie, Ben Nabors
Camera Operators – Todd Banhazl, Julia Dengel, Filipp Penson, Matthew Charof, Nathan Allen
Group Theory

In the summer of 2012, a partnership of young urban farmers and entrepreneurs in New York City set out to expand their small business to a massive rooftop in the Brooklyn Navy Yards, potentially creating the largest rooftop farm in the world.

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Urban farming springs up on rooftops in hyper-crowded Hong Kong


A woman walks past vegetable boxes at City Farm, an organic farm set up on the rooftop of a tower block in Hong Kong.

“I am happier eating what I grow rather than food I buy from supermarkets.”

By Agence France-Presse
August 14, 2012

Excerpt:

“I think urban farming is becoming more popular… we have grown bigger in a short time,” said Osbert Lam, the founder of “City Farm”, which has about 100 regular gardeners two years after opening.

There are 400 growing boxes on the 10,000-square-foot (930-square-metre) rooftop available to rent for between HK$150-200 ($20-25) a month each.

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Urban farming taking root in Boston

See news video linked here.

Mayor Thomas Menino is hoping urban agriculture will continue to grow.

WCVB Boston
Aug 10, 2012

Excerpt:

“There are up to several thousand acres between public and private lands that aren’t developed right now that could be converted to farms,” said Jo Anne Shatkin of CLF Ventures.

In the report, the Conservation Law Foundation focused on 50 acres from Roxbury to Roslindale and determined sustainable agriculture would be a huge boost to the area.

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