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Milwaukee’s Push to Turn Vacant Land into Urban Farms

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A garden in Milwaukee, Wis. MCT/Kristyna Wentz-Graff.

The city’s new urban agriculture initiative aims to revitalize distressed neighborhoods with new economic activity.

By Steve Goldsmith
Governing
April 16, 2014

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After one of the longer winters in recent memory, the city of Milwaukee is planning to engage in a new kind of rebirth. As the ice melts away, a number of parcels of city-owned land that have long lain vacant and unused will be coming back to life, set to become urban farms and orchards yielding healthy food along with new opportunities for employment and business entrepreneurship.

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Designing cities and factories with urban agriculture in mind

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Whimsical: ‘A Hind’s Daughter’ by James Guthrie. 1883. A hind was a skilled farm labourer, and cabbage (or kail) a staple diet of Scottish hinds and their families.

The Netherlands offers inspiration for designers looking to create environments that harvest water, energy and nutrients

By The Guardian
Apr 23. 2014
William McDonough is an adviser, designer, thought leader and co-author of books including Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, and The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability – Designing for Abundance.

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The renewal of urban agriculture offers hope for a more positive, regenerative relationship between natural systems and human communities. From a design perspective, integrating agriculture into urbanism dramatically improves the generative capacity of buildings, landscapes, infrastructure and cities. Planning to grow urban food places leads to essential questions about soil, water, terrain, and climate. How does nature work here? What will enhance the health of the soil? How might the built environment become productive and photosynthetic, harvesting more water, energy and nutrients than it consumes?

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