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Singapore: from garden city to urban farmland

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In land scarce Singapore, a new crop of farmers and gardeners are proving that we are not too small to grow our own food

By Annette Tan
Today Online
20 April, 2013

Excerpt:

Singapore — It’s not often in Singapore that one can boast about sharing a meal with the farmer who grew the vegetables that are on your plate. Yet there we were, breaking bread with Singapore’s new crop of urban farmers, all bent on proving that it is possible to grow and eat our own produce in this concrete jungle.

On our plates were a mix of locally- grown abalone and willow mushrooms tossed with red spinach gleaned from the very first harvest by Comcrop, an urban farming initiative whose pilot plot is a 400 square foot aquaponics test farm in the National Youth Council Academy Greens.

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April 25, 2013   Comments Off on Singapore: from garden city to urban farmland

British Columbia University Opens Campus Food Garden

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Sustainable Simon Fraser University (SFU) Learning Garden

By Chris Reid
Shifting Growth
April 2013

Shifting Growth was awarded the Request for Proposal to undertake the community consultation, design, and garden installation of the ‘Sustainable SFU Learning Garden’ – a temporary garden on a vacant, under-utilized piece of land in the heart of SFU’s Burnaby Campus. The Sustainable SFU Learning Garden is a new garden facility near SFU Burnaby’s Convocation Mall. This new garden is a student-centered education and social space. Members will learn how to grow, eat, and share campus-grown food while making SFU Burnaby a more sustainable community.

All garden features are atop of shipping pallets, allowing the Sustainable SFU a 3-year agreement for the land to utilize as a temporary growing space. Constructed with BC cedar and black hinges, the garden beds sit at varies height.

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April 24, 2013   Comments Off on British Columbia University Opens Campus Food Garden

Philadelphia crowdfunds its first municipal project – Rivera Community Garden

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The garden will have special areas for children and adult gardeners.

Fifty “citizenvestors” donated a total of $2,163 dollars to fund the garden

By Alex Wigglesworth
Metro
April 22, 2013

Excerpt:

The Rivera Community Garden at the Rivera Recreation Center in North Philadelphia will be transformed into a 40-by-60-foot fenced in garden with smaller raised beds for children and larger beds for adults.

Fifty “citizenvestors” donated a total of $2,163 dollars to fund the garden through the site.

The money will go toward the city Department of Parks and Recreation, which will use it to purchase and plant greens.

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April 24, 2013   Comments Off on Philadelphia crowdfunds its first municipal project – Rivera Community Garden

Community Garden Weight Loss: Gardeners Have Better Weight Than Neighbors And Siblings

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A new study looks at the difference between gardeners and their neighbors. The gardener’s likelihood of being obese is far lower than the foodie, non-gardener’s.

A new study recommends that city planners and public health officials take a new tack when it comes to keeping their communities healthy: gardening.

By Ansa Varughese
Medical Daily
Apr 23, 2013

Excerpt:

Working in a community garden could mean the difference between obesity and healthy weight, a new study suggests.

Researchers culled measurements of body fat and weight from community gardeners and non-gardeners and found that the gardeners weighed less than their non-farming neighbors. It wasn’t just luck of the draw, either; gardeners were shown to have a lower body-mass index than their non-gardening siblings.

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April 24, 2013   Comments Off on Community Garden Weight Loss: Gardeners Have Better Weight Than Neighbors And Siblings

Fairmont Terrace to grow together with community garden after tragedy

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Brad Johnson, owner of Lawn America (left), and Chris Segraves rake the topsoil of a new community garden they helped install Monday at Fairmont Terrace. Photo by John Clanton.

Tulsa, Oklahoma: The spotlight turned to the area after four women were found shot to death inside an apartment in early January.

By Jerry Wofford
Tulsa World
Apr 22, 2013

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What was a grassy area surrounding the Fairmont Terrace pool will soon be full of fruits, vegetables and other plants at the complex’s community garden.

The 3,200-square-foot garden was built Monday with donated material and labor. Organizers hope it will enhance the sense of community at the apartment complex, be an educational tool for kids and provide residents with fresh, healthy food.

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April 23, 2013   Comments Off on Fairmont Terrace to grow together with community garden after tragedy

Time-lapse film shows a year in a family’s food garden

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‘A Year in the Garden’ in Los Angeles

By Brad Hiebert
April 2013

My family was just about to start our first full season in our local community garden when I decided it would be fun to document our growing attempts. Our motivation was simple… grow organic, healthy food… spend time together, teach my daughter where food really comes from, cut our grocery bill. Plus, as I found out, digging in the dirt is very therapeutic. And when it comes to picky kids … If they grow it, they will eat it!

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April 23, 2013   1 Comment

How Mail-Order Chickens Became a Multimillion-Dollar Venture

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“This charming coop is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to easily move their flock’s residence around to different locations in the yard. Just lift with the wheelbarrow-style handles, and roll it to a new site!”

The company sells some 90 varieties of chickens; the multitude of colors, feather patterns, statures, shapes and sizes of the birds is breathtaking.

By Marty Jerome
Entrepreneur
April 22, 2013

Excerpt:

Selling pet chickens by mail may sound like a business scheme that isn’t fully incubated, but for married couple Derek Sasaki and Traci Torres of Monroe, Conn., it has turned into a multimillion-dollar venture, My Pet Chicken (MPC). And why not? Chickens make antic companions–less needy than dogs, less judgmental than cats–and you’ll always have eggs for breakfast.

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April 23, 2013   Comments Off on How Mail-Order Chickens Became a Multimillion-Dollar Venture

A few minutes with a duck farmer who’s found her place in the Detroit

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Suzanne Scoville, 42, of Detroit, feeds her ducks watermelon. Scoville raises ducks in her backyard in Detroit. Photo by Jessica J. Trevino.

She’s selling fresh eggs to a local restaurant

By Jim Schaefer
Detroit Free Press Staff
Apr 21, 2013

Excerpt:

Detroit is an odd big city, with treasures and surprises and things that make you smile, shake your head or do a double take.

And that brings me to the small duck farm on Neff on the far east side, just a few blocks from Grosse Pointe.

Suzanne Scoville, 42, put in a mail order for a couple of hatchlings. Three years later, she’s selling fresh eggs to a local restaurant, her friends and whoever finds her on Facebook.

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April 22, 2013   1 Comment

Nomad Gardens: A Modular Moveable Feast for Vacant Lots

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Community gardens in San Francisco that will seamlessly roams from one vacant lot to the next

By Stephanie Houston
Good
Apr 18, 2003

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NOMAD’s first site is well-positioned along what will be a retail corridor, in a lot currently slated as a park. The layout includes both a shared community plot as well as over 200 individual plots. A service zone provides a rinse and compost station, rainwater storage collection, and shipping containers that can be used for tool storage. The location of the shipping containers also provides a branding and artistic opportunity to the street-facing side.

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April 22, 2013   Comments Off on Nomad Gardens: A Modular Moveable Feast for Vacant Lots

Hinton and Lawler Community Garden in Litherland, England

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Getting to the roots of the community

One Vision Housing
25 February 2013

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The Hinton and Lawler Community Garden project recently launched in Litherland; converting an unused and unsightly dumping ground into a functional garden where the community can grow their own healthy fruit and vegetables.

One Vision Housing planned and implemented the community project in partnership with The Conservation Volunteers, the local residents, and year 5 and 6 pupils from Lander Road Primary School in Litherland; who have continued to demonstrate their commitment.

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April 22, 2013   1 Comment

Cultivating Urban Gardens in Barcelona, Spain

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Horta neighbourhood. Photo by Stefanie Fock. See larger image here.

Putting the countryside into the city means changing the city’s rhythm to the rhythm of nature

Photo Exhibition and story by Stefanie Fock
2009

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Where there is always more bored people waiting for somebody to entertain them in the urban environment; in Barcelona and its surroundings there are a lot of people who create spaces actively to bring nature and knowledge about our food to the city and at the same time they take care of a more healthy and conscious diet. This photo-documentary visualizes the gardens of this city as heterogeneous as its inhabitants and it shows the differences between the reclamation of space and the controlled distribution of parcels by the government.

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April 21, 2013   Comments Off on Cultivating Urban Gardens in Barcelona, Spain

Todd Selby Photographs Urban Farmer Annie Novak

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At Eagle Street Farm – Brooklyn – November 30th 2010

Todd Selby is a portrait, interiors, journalist and fashion photographer and illustrator. His project The Selby offers an insider’s view of creative individuals in their personal spaces with an artist’s eye for detail.

Todd’s first book, The Selby is In Your Place, was released in May 2010 by Abrams. Todd recently launched Edible Selby, in collaboration with NYTimes T Magazine in which he photographs the most creative and interesting people in food around the world.

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April 21, 2013   Comments Off on Todd Selby Photographs Urban Farmer Annie Novak

City of Côte Saint-Luc to become an urban agriculture leader in Quebec

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Unveils urban agriculture food charter and action plan

On April 18, 2013, the City of Côte Saint-Luc unveiled its food charter and action plan to transform the mostly residential suburb into an urban agriculture leader in Quebec. Urban agriculture is the practice of growing food in or around a city. The Côte Saint-Luc Grown urban agriculture action plan announced at a press conference at City Hall includes the creation of a demonstration garden behind the City Hall/Library complex to teach gardening skills to adults and children, edible landscaping on city property, new community gardens, a farmers’ market, and the distribution of food boxes.

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April 20, 2013   Comments Off on City of Côte Saint-Luc to become an urban agriculture leader in Quebec

Old Photos of Allotments in Manchester, UK

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Allotment being worked, Piccadilly Gardens, 1942. Larger image here.

From the Manchester Archives

Southern Cemetery Allotments, Princess Road, 1944

Allotments, Exbury Street, Manchester, 1972

Prince Phillip visit to Cheetham Model Allotments , 1972

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April 20, 2013   Comments Off on Old Photos of Allotments in Manchester, UK

My Cool Allotment

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An Inspirational Guide to Stylish Allotments and Community Gardens

By Lia Leendertz
Pavilion Books
8 April 2013
Lia is a freelance garden writer who shares an allotment with several friends near her home in Bristol. A regular contributor to The Guardian and The Telegraph, she is a long-time advocate of organic and community growing.

Excerpt from the Introduction:

This is a very simple book: all we have done is visited 31 allotments and edible gardens, taken some pictures, and asked the plot holders some questions. But each of these gardeners works a plot or site that we have deemed beautiful, interesting or unusual enough to be worthy of celebrating. A few private gardens have snuck in among the publicly owned and rented allotment gardens, where the owners are doing something particularly interesting and edible …

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April 20, 2013   Comments Off on My Cool Allotment