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Marcos Victorino’s mobile garden project in Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Ten different models are in operation in urban locations such as rooftops, school yards and parking structures.

By Marcos Victorino
January 2013

For over 30 years Agro Engineer Marcos Victorino has been developing technologies for urban agriculture projects in Brazil. With the increase of population in urban areas, few spaces available for deployment of gardens in new buildings, there is a need to create new technologies that fit in to urban structures. As there is little land vacant in big cities, the engineer developed an research project using roof tiles in order to assemble beds that are suspended.

The project is now success and ten different models are in operation in urban locations such as rooftops, school yards and parking structures.

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January 5, 2013   1 Comment

Top UK gardening trends for 2013 – ‘Grow-your-own movement to carry on’

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Home-Grown is Best

By Ed Cumming
The Telegraph
03 Jan 2013

Excerpt:

Poor harvests in 2012 prompted doom and gloom about young allotmenteers giving up their plots; supermarkets took to stocking “ugly veg” (ie slightly imperfect) to make up the shortfall in crops. But while fingers remain crossed for a return to prosperity, many expect the grow-your-own movement to carry on regardless.

“The turn towards self-sufficiency will continue, with more people relying on their gardens for a supply of fresh food,” says Jean Vernon. “Gardeners will be composting, recycling and making-do. At the very least, they will grow their own herbs and salads.”

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January 5, 2013   Comments Off