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Urban Beehive – Philips Design Concept

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The urban beehive is a concept for keeping bees at home

By Philips Design
2011

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The beehive is designed to allow us a glimpse into the fascinating world of these industrious creatures and to harvest the honey that they produce.

The design of the beehive is unconventional, appealing, and respects the natural behavior of the bees. It consists of two parts: entry passage and flower pot outside, and glass vessel containing an array of honeycomb frames, inside.

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February 28, 2014   Comments Off on Urban Beehive – Philips Design Concept

Cultivate London

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westlondGetting her hands dirty: Amy joins Cultivate London general manager Adrienne Attorp and head grower Ben Simpkins at an urban farm in Hounslow, West London, a formerly derelict area turned over to food. Photo by Victor Frankowski.

‘You are never going to have the space you need to grow or to meet all of London’s food needs but it’s a good supplement,’ she says.

Metro UK
Feb 19, 2014

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‘Unlike many rural farmers who have been facing serious flooding and wind damage as a result of the storms, we have actually been relatively lucky,’ says Attorp. ‘The high winds damaged one of our polytunnels slightly, but it was nothing serious. However, there are more storms on the way, so we will just have to react as needed. It’s really hard in the summer when it gets hot, too – you really don’t want to be sweating inside one of those tunnels. But we have a ball digging outside in the sunshine.’

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February 28, 2014   Comments Off on Cultivate London

Kitchen Garden Experts: Twenty Celebrated Chefs and Their Head Gardeners

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Release date May 1, 2014

By Cinead McTearnan (Author), Jason Ingram (Photographer), Raymond Blanc (Foreword)
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
192 pages

This book features the chefs and gardeners at the UK’s most exciting restaurants, hotels, pubs and cafes focusing on the ways they produce the very best fruit and vegetables to appear on that day’s menu. It reveals their beautiful kitchen gardens, inspiring and delicious recipes, and their tried-and-tested gardening techniques.

Now you can explore the kitchens and gardens of famous chefs and restaurants from Terence Conran and Raymond Blanc to River Cottage and Petersham. Gain extraordinary access to the kitchen gardens and personal recipe books of more than 20 head chefs.

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February 27, 2014   Comments Off on Kitchen Garden Experts: Twenty Celebrated Chefs and Their Head Gardeners

Alberta City of Airdrie releases findings of citizen report on urban agriculture

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The report indicated high levels of support for urban agriculture initiatives on public lands and City-owned spaces, and lower levels of support for initiatives on private property.

By Sara Wilson
Airdrie City View
Feb 20, 2014

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Residential support for City-operated community gardens came in at 94.3 per cent in favour, rooftop gardens received 88.6 per cent support, edible landscaping garnered 85 per cent approval rating and beehives on public lands received 57.9 per cent approval. The report indicated residents support for private/backyards were slightly lower at 81.6 per cent for front yard edible gardens, backyard hens received less support at 57.1 per cent and backyard bees just garnering 50.7 per cent support.

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February 27, 2014   Comments Off on Alberta City of Airdrie releases findings of citizen report on urban agriculture

12th and final “Meet your Vancouver Urban Farmer” – Jordan from Southlands Heritage Farm.

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Support your local urban farmers (and local rural farmers of course), and know where your food comes from.

By Vita Mavronicolas, Digital Storyteller
Shaun Mavronicolas
Fire and Light Media Group
July, 2013

Southlands Heritage Farm is a unique nature and agricultural reserve in Vancouver that most people are surprised to learn exists! They offer a number of camps, programs and workshops for youth right in the city as well as a weekly farmers market.

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February 26, 2014   Comments Off on 12th and final “Meet your Vancouver Urban Farmer” – Jordan from Southlands Heritage Farm.

Student Farmers in Liberia Get Back to the Soil and Into the Classroom

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Students in the Back-to-School Garden initiative in Grand Bassa county, Liberia.

Due to the success of the Back-to-School Garden initiative in Grand Bassa county, FED and partners will expand the program’s reach to five more counties in 2014: Margibi, Montserrado, Nimba, Bong, and Lofa.

By Nicholas Parkinson
Good Food World
February 21st, 2014

Excerpt:

There was a time before Liberia’s civil wars when agriculture was an integral part of the education system. All the way back to 1960, the Liberian Ministry of Education and Ministry of Agriculture—with US government financial aid—partnered with US Peace Corps volunteers and created the country’s first 4-H Club in Maryland county, southeast Liberia.

Thirty years later, there were some 27,000 4-H Club members in 1,950 clubs and nearly as many gardens. Then the country erupted in civil strife.

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February 26, 2014   Comments Off on Student Farmers in Liberia Get Back to the Soil and Into the Classroom

Austin, Texas plans 2 acre Food Forest

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Locavores planting seeds for the next phase of urban agriculture. East Feast Festival Beach Food Forest.

By Anna Toon
The Austin Chronicle
Feb 14, 2014

Excerpt:

Modelled after the Beacon Food Forest in Seattle, the proposed East Feast Festival Beach Food Forest pilot project is slated for the south side of the Festival Beach Com­mun­ity Garden, just east of I-35 at Waller Avenue and Clermont Street on the north shore of Lady Bird Lake. Roughly 2.15 acres of land would be reimagined into an edible landscape, complete with fruit trees, a butterfly garden, kids’ play structures, and a stormwater wetland filtration system, in addition to other features. Though hardly a new concept – there’s a 2,000-year-old food forest in the Moroccan desert – a food forest will certainly be new to Austin, providing an additional layer of sustainable food production.

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February 25, 2014   Comments Off on Austin, Texas plans 2 acre Food Forest

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens created The Tasmanian Community Food Garden

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Mission: To develop a model Community Food Garden demonstrating best practice in sustainable food production and preparation, supported by a community of Food Gardens and food gardeners

The Tasmanian Community Food Garden is part of the ongoing redevelopment of the area formally known as Pete’s Patch. The garden it’s self will consist of 20+ small gardens, an education centre and training facilities. The aim is to engage community groups from schools, migrant, older Tasmanians, Salvation Army, SecondBite etc to take ownership of the planting and maintenance of a veggie patch within the greater garden. It’s like a large group of community gardens in one location that will be facilitated by the RTBG in maintaining and growing this resource.

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February 25, 2014   Comments Off on Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens created The Tasmanian Community Food Garden

In Vietnam urban agriculture grows amid pesticide fears

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Many companies provide materials to help urban families grow vegetables at home, and also send agronomists to guide them.

With many urbanites worrying about the use of growth chemicals in vegetables, services providing small hanging gardens and care for fresh vegetables grown at home are prospering.

VSN
Vietnam Net Bridge
Feb 16, 2014

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There have been media reports recently about incidents of vegetables being found treated with growth chemicals and having pesticide residues which exceed the permitted thresholds. This has prompted many urban households to grow vegetables themselves for their families. Previously, people grew vegetable spontaneously, but this has now become a “movement”.

Small vegetable gardens and vegetable-growing trays around houses and yards do not seem strange to people any more in big cities like Ha Noi and HCM City.

Vu Thi Lan in Cau Giay District of Ha Noi said she has been planting vegetables for two years, mostly in Styrofoam boxes. “Although my terrace of 20 square metres was covered with vegetable trays, its output was not high and was not enough for my family,” she said.

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February 24, 2014   Comments Off on In Vietnam urban agriculture grows amid pesticide fears

Edinburgh’s ‘The Grove Community Garden’

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Susanne showed me the 75 plots

By Aunt Emily
Common Good Edinburgh
Feb 13, 2014

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In the middle of Edinburgh, hidden behind a construction site is a secret garden, well I admit there’s a big sign outside. But it’s still pretty magical. Behind a blue gate in Fountainbridge, is this beautiful place. It’s The Grove Community Garden. I was expecting a few pots of soil and some dead plants but instead, it was bursting with life.

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February 24, 2014   Comments Off on Edinburgh’s ‘The Grove Community Garden’

An urban farm in Las Vegas? Supporter looking at 50 acres, seeking startup money

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Hydroponics, a method of growing plants in water instead of soil, can bring farming into the urban areas where consumers are concentrated. Photo by Amian Dovarganes.

“We could be picking a tomato two years from now, but it’s hard to say,” Garza said. “It’s going to take teamwork and collaboration throughout Southern Nevada.”

By Conor Shine
Las Vegas Sun
Feb. 16, 2014

Excerpt:

With traditional family farms in decline across the country, James Garza wants to reinvent how food is grown and distributed to local communities, starting with a farm in the middle of the desert.

Garza is leading an effort to build a large-scale urban farm in the Las Vegas area, setting his sights on 50 acres of undeveloped land at Desert Breeze Park near Cimarron and Spring Mountain roads.

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February 23, 2014   Comments Off on An urban farm in Las Vegas? Supporter looking at 50 acres, seeking startup money

Beantown Farming: 10 Urban Agriculture Projects in Boston

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Photo from City Spouts by Susan Young.

From rooftops to abandoned lots, from school yards to greenhouses, gardens and farms are popping up all over Boston as urban agriculture and the local food movement continues to grow.

By Bonnie Averbuch
Food Tank
Feb 15, 2014

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4. CitySprouts provides a school gardening program that is integrated into the Boston Public School’s curriculum. CitySprouts is currently operating in 12 public schools in Cambridge, MA. The organization also provides support and resources to public schools across Boston. These services are available through three different programs: Classroom to Garden, which supports teachers as they extend their lessons into the school gardens; Food Education through food-producing school gardens; and CitySprouts Summer Intern Program, which helps youth build connections with their local food system and the urban natural environment.

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February 23, 2014   Comments Off on Beantown Farming: 10 Urban Agriculture Projects in Boston

Thailand’s “Prince Veggie” – From Homebody to Urban Farmer

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Nakorn “Prince” Limpakuptathavorn.

Having started an organic garden in his backyard six years ago, Nakorn “Prince” Limpakuptathavorn, 31, is now best-known for teaching city folk how to go green through the online community Suan Pak Khon Mueang (Thaicityfarm.com).

By Monruedee Jansuttipan
BK Asia
Feb 10, 2014

BK chats with the man known as “Prince Veggie” about his journey from homebody to organic farmer, and the ever-hot topic of sustainability.

Excerpt:

Living the organic way doesn’t mean you have to give up living in the city and move to the country. I chose to farm in the city because it suits me best. It’s a choice to live self-sufficiently. I started sharing my knowledge on Thaicityfarm.com, I’ve offered training about city farming for six years now.

People farm for happiness. Previously, people were only interested in organic food because they or their loved ones were sick. But now many urban farmers do it for love. They find happiness in growing fresh and healthy vegetables. They also take pride in sharing their stories. This spreads a message of healthy living and helps foster a good society.

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February 22, 2014   Comments Off on Thailand’s “Prince Veggie” – From Homebody to Urban Farmer

University of California Berkeley garden started in 1971

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Urban farm acts as a tool for growth

By Anika Rice
Daily Californian
Jan 23, 2014

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My involvement in the garden last semester was transformative. I realized I have the ability to grow things on my own and become more self-sufficient, even in an urban area. I was inspired right away and acquired a few planters and seedlings for my small Berkeley balcony. Eating salad greens and herbs I personally cultivate (after battling some squirrels) is incredibly rewarding — and delicious! It is empowering to reduce my reliance on grocery stores and vegetables that have traveled hundreds of miles before reaching my dinner plate.

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February 22, 2014   Comments Off on University of California Berkeley garden started in 1971

USA state dinner honoring French President uses White House garden ingredients

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Menu a tribute to The First Lady’s White House Kitchen Garden

By Tim Carman
Washington Post
Feb 14, 2014

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The exception was the second course, a winter garden salad featuring petite mixed radishes, baby carrots and merlot lettuce. The early menu described it as a “tribute to The First Lady’s White House Kitchen Garden,” an indirect nod that made sense given that vegetable gardens tend to go dormant when the ground turns cold and hard. The description did not specifically say where the ingredients were sourced.

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February 21, 2014   Comments Off on USA state dinner honoring French President uses White House garden ingredients