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London’s Rosie Boycott on Capital Growth and scaling up urban agriculture

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Rosie Boycott is the Chair of the London Food Board, working for the Mayor, Boris Johnson.

By Rob Hopkins
Transition Network
Jan 27, 2014

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What would you see now as being the next step up in terms of urban agriculture in London? Does in require land reform?

One is what I alluded to – we will have lots of small businesses that are already happening. That’s great and we’ve got lots of projects afoot to encourage that and to increase the take-up of stuff.

The other big side of that is we’re now going to look at the outer boroughs where you’ve got much more land, and really start to see what we can do with more land in the sense of can we really start really serious urban peri-farming, which I absolutely think we can do – to get people on to 20 acres, 30 acres, that sort of size or more.

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East Africa’s urban families fight food shortages with city gardens


Urban Farming in Nairobi Video by Kiberia TV. Director Midred Odongo. (Must see. Mike)

For Mugira, the two metres in front of his house can accommodate eight sacks, meaning a full supply of kale for a year. A bunch of kales, which forms the staple food for many of the Ugandan city dwellers, costs Ugsh300.

Written by Bob Koigi
Farmbizafrica
10 January 2013

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Wimaka Theuri, a resident of Nairobi’s Githurai area navigates through towering lushes of maize to water his onions and cabbages in a small oasis, barely bigger than a basketball field, that has not only provided food for the family but an alternative source of income at a time when escalating food prices in East Africa have hit urban dwellers the most. The former banker is one of an increasing number of people in major towns of East Africa who are worried about the rising cost of food and have decided to try to do something about it.

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Oranjezicht City Farm in Cape Town, S. Africa – Organic urban farming in the city

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Photographer: Coco van Oppens from the OZCF Fresh Produce Market website. Click on image for larger photo.

What could get more quirky than strolling between rows of farm vegetables, herbs and salads on a Saturday morning slap bang in the middle of Cape Town city hand picking fresh, organic food right out of the soil in Oranjezicht?

By ShowMe Cape Town
Jan 21, 2014

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The Oranjezicht City Farm is just that; where you will find Cape Town citizens & tourists crouching down amongst rows of rocket, spinach, lettuce & spring onions filling their baskets with fresh organic vegetables.

The concept is simple – grab a basket & scissors and cut what you need from the rows that are ready to harvest, get them weighed and pay your due.

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Seattle’s Millionair Club creates hydroponic farm at Seattle shelter

A Seattle charity organization is now in the urban farming business

By Gary Chittim
KING 5 News
January 27, 2014
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The Millionair Club Charity has created a hydroponic farm in the basement of its Seattle shelter.

Farm Manager Chris Bajuk said hydroponics is by far the most environmental form of farming. He explained there are no pests, so no pesticides, no emissions and very little transportation of the crops. The Club will use the fresh produce to feed homeless and jobless vistors to the shelter and will donate some to other local charities. It will also sell some of it to local restaurants like Tuta Bella.

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