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Urban farms give city folk ‘food sovereignty’ in Korea

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Choi Chang-hwan, a 71-year-old retired worker, right, and his wife show off the rooftop garden of their house in Junghwa-dong, Seoul. Photo by Park Sang-moon.

The Agriculture Ministry announced in June it will push for measures to encourage over 5 million city dwellers, about 10 percent of the country’s entire population, to participate in urban farming by 2020.

By Kim Mi-ju
Korea Joongang Daily
Sept 16, 2011

Excerpt:

When Choi Chang-hwan, a 71-year-old retired oil company worker, wakes up every morning to sweet chirpings of sparrows, his top priority isn’t turning the pages of the morning newspaper while waiting for breakfast, like other aged Korean men.

After jumping out of bed, Choi goes straight to the rooftop of his two-story house in Junghwa-dong, northeastern Seoul, to check the progress of his homegrown vegetables.

“There’s nothing like planting a seed, nurturing it and harvesting it,” Choi said. “It’s amazing to see how vegetables go from my roof to my table. I water them every day and feed them with compost. The seeds sprout and the vegetables grow beautifully.”

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Neighbourhood composting with the ‘Silver Dragon’ at Vancouver’s Compost Garden

silver1Sharon, Head Garden at Vancouver’s Compost Garden, stands in front of the Silver Dragon electric composter. Photo by Michael Levenston.

10-20 neighbours in apartments bring their food scraps to us

By Michael Levenston
City Farmer
March 6, 2013

Our newest electric composter, nicknamed the ‘Silver Dragon’, is midway in size between the home-sized ‘Red Dragon’(now white) and the ‘White Dragon’ (a larger size) in which we composted Bishops’ restaurant food waste for a year.

Over the winter, we signed up between 10-20 neighbours from multi-family apartments and they brought their food scraps to the Compost Garden on Wednesday or Saturday afternoons. (No meat/fish/dairy waste accepted.) They met our gardener who inspected the waste and then unlocked the shed and placed the scraps in the Dragon.

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GrowUp! An aquaponic urban farm for London

Help us turn a car park in central London into a sustainable urban farm using a specially modified shipping container and greenhouse.

By Kate Hofman

With your help we will build our urban farm and open it as part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival in May 2013. We’re planning to be onsite at 47/49, doing the installation from the start of April, and we’ll have a grand opening in May. We’ll then continue to farm the box across the summer and beyond! We’ll be open to the public so that you can come along and see how its possible to grow fresh vegetables without soil, chemical fertilizers or pesticides, and produce fresh, sustainable fish.

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Job opening at UK’s Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens

Spitalfields City Farm from Dan Walsh on Vimeo.

We represent around 120 city and school farms, nearly 1,000 community gardens, a growing number of community-managed allotments and at least 200 city farms and community gardens in development.

Administrator
Organisation: Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens
Salary: £19,126 – £20,858
Location: Bristol
Hours: Full Time
Position type: Paid
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: Fri 29 March 13
Website: www.farmgarden.org.uk
Contact telephone: 0117 923 1800
Contact email: admin@farmgarden.org.uk

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