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Growing greens in the Seoul, Korea


Yang Hee-sook (right) and her family visit their allotment at the Daewon Weekly Farmstay in Seocho-gu on October 6 to take care of their cabbages. Photo by Lee Sang-sub/The Korea Herald.

On 23,000 square metres of land here, where the Seoul Metropolitan Government had once planned to build an opera house, lies the city’s new dream of a greener future.

By Kim Young-won and Sang Youn-joo
The Korea Herald
13-10-2012

Excerpt:

With beads of sweat dripping from their foreheads and the tips of their noses, groups of people work on a Saturday morning watering vegetables and crops, pulling out weeds and scattering organic fertilizer over fields.

If it wasn’t for the wall of skyscrapers in the not-so-distant background, the scene could be mistaken for a typical farm field in the countryside.

Yet, this is Nodeul Island in the Han River, right in the middle of Seoul.

On 23,000 square metres of land here, where the Seoul Metropolitan Government had once planned to build an opera house, lies the city’s new dream of a greener future.

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City of Dreams – Limerick, Ireland


Val O’Connor conducts hands-on classes in the basics of organic food growing at One Pery Square, and hopes to create more organic kitchen gardens in the city.

“Meitheal”, an old Irish term describing a farming community that shared harvesting and seasonal tasks.

By Imen McDonnell
Irish Farmers Journal
07-07-2012

Excerpt:

When I read that Val O’Connor (right) was running a series of workshops on growing your own food in the centre of the city, I had to find out more. I met Val a few months back at the Milk Market in Limerick City, where she spends a good portion of her weekends. I was familiar with her work as a food journalist, and also followed her blog, Val’s Kitchen. I was very keen to see the urban organic kitchen garden she created for top hotel restaurant, One Pery Square, and to learn more about her workshops, so I arranged to meet up with her on a Saturday afternoon.

When I arrived at the hotel on the day, I was warmly greeted by a raincoat and wellie-wearing Val who was bearing a small raspberry tree in one hand. I admired the plant, and when I shared the fact that my raspberries weren’t getting on so well, she generously offered the healthy berry cane to me.

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Financing urban agriculture

This paper reports on action research undertaken by local teams in 17 cities of different size in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

By Yves Cabannes
Development Planning Unit, University College London
Environment and Urbanization
October 2012 vol. 24 no. 2 665-683
Cost $25

Abstract

For most small urban farmers, the lack of access to financing is a major bottleneck in their capacity to maintain and expand their activities, and more generally in the potential for scaling up affordable food production in cities. This paper reports on action research undertaken by local teams in 17 cities of different size in Latin America, Asia and Africa. In each city, the teams examined how urban farmers are financing their activities along the value chain, essentially with their own resources, what the gaps are between their needs and the existing practices of public and private institutions with regard to finance, and what mechanisms and innovations can help to close this gap.

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