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Former factory in China repurposed as massive urban agriculture facility

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The project intersects issues of urban transformation, architecture and urban agriculture with an international cultural event, and explores the possibilities of urban farming in the city and how it can be integrated in urban planning.

By Mihai Andrei
ZME Science
Aug 3, 2015
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Value Farm is a collective effort farming effort developed by Thomas Chung, together with Tris Kee and Chi Fai Fung; together, they transformed an open area within Ole Bouman’s Value Factory from an abandoned industrial facility into a green, vibrant and useful project. Projects like this one could go a long way to greening highly urbanized areas, involving people to engage in collaborative, healthy and relaxing work, and encouraging them to eat local food.

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Could the trend for urban agriculture be putting a strain on city water supplies?

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If all the lawns in this particular neighbourhood were replaced with crops, Johnson and his colleagues estimated that around 37% of the local population would be provided with all their vegetable needs for the year, assuming a 150-day growing season and a density of around 5000 people per square kilometre.

Paper by Mark S Johnson, Michael J Lathuillière, Thoreau R Tooke and Nicholas C Coops
Environmental Research Letters
Vol 10 Number 6
June 9 2015
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“We estimated that the water demand could increase by more than 50% if urban agriculture were scaled to a significant degree,” said Johnson, who published the findings in Environmental Research Letters (ERL). “Water-smart agriculture – drip irrigation, rain-water harvesting and the like – would help manage the additional water demand and should be encouraged, particularly in regions experiencing water stress.”

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Sheriff’s Department Urban Farming Program Looks to Grow Success, Reduce Recidivism in Massachusetts

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Tomatoes grow from vines planted in the yard of the Suffolk County House of Corrections

Last year’s total agricultural yield? One-thousand-fifty pounds of food.

By Times Staff
East Boston Times – Free Press
July 29, 2015

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While some might see the Urban Garden strictly as a mixture of soil and vegetation, its significance is much greater. Tangled into the roots of cabbages and raspberries are messages about responsibility, pride and nutrition. As Director of Vocational Education Captain David Granese states, “We are not just growing things out there, we are teaching valuable lessons. Having participants watch our garden grow, they get to see the fruits of their labor, literally, and they’re learning to grow a garden to sustain themselves.”

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