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Meet Rooftop Farmers in Beijing and Hong Kong

The Perennial Plate – Episode 110: A Tale of Two Rooftops

Filmed and edited by Daniel Klein, Mirra Fine
Created by theperennialplate.com
In Partnership with Intrepid Travel
(Must see. Mike)

“As a series we’ve covered a number of urban farms, it’s a subject that’s near and dear to our hearts as urbanites. Farms in the city, and particularly rooftop farms seem to be an obvious way to make positive change in our food systems. For that reason we wanted to see what two iconic Chinese cities had to offer. We found a burgeoning new movement with two charismatic folks at the forefront. Meet our farmers from Beijing and Hong Kong.”

Link to The Perennial Plate here.

January 6, 2013   Comments Off

Finding Chicago’s Food Gardens With Google Earth

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Map of Chicago showing home food gardens (residential and single-plot vacant lot gardens) identified through manual interpretation of high resolution aerial imagery in Google Earth superimposed on the city’s 228 neighborhoods.

“Home gardens actually contribute to food security,” Taylor said. “They’re under-appreciated and unsupported.”

Research from the College of College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Urbana, IL
Jan. 3, 2013

Excerpt:

John Taylor, a doctoral candidate working with crop sciences researcher Sarah Taylor Lovell, was skeptical about the lists of urban gardens provided to him by local non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

“Various lists were circulating,” he said. “One of them had almost 700 gardens on it.”

On closer inspection, however, many of these “gardens” turned out to be planter boxes or landscaping and were not producing food. On the other hand, Taylor suspected that there were unnoticed gardens in backyards or vacant lots.

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