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Hastings Urban Farm in Vancouver BC

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Sarah Common is the manager of the Hastings Urban Farm and executive director for Hives for Humanity. — Dan Toulgoet photo.

A growing number of working farms are turning unused patches of pavement into verdant fields of local produce, providing Vancouver with greater food security and healthier options.

By Robert Mangelsdorf
Westender
Aug 6, 2015

Excerpt:

Hastings Urban Farm is one of an increasing number of working farms in Vancouver that have managed to turn unused patches of pavement into verdant fields of local produce, providing greater food security for the surrounding community.

In addition to providing low barrier employment through its honorarium program, the Hastings Urban Farm also provides workshops for local residents on how to grow and preserve their own food, and even allows them to perform their community service hours there.

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The Urban Homesteading Cookbook: Forage, Farm, Ferment and Feast for a Better World

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Michelle Nelson began urban homesteading in her downtown apartment.

By Michelle Nelson (Author), Alison Page (Photographer)
Douglas & McIntyre
(November 10, 2015)

In The Urban Homesteading Cookbook, Nelson explores the worlds of foraging wild urban edibles, eating invasive species, keeping micro-livestock, bees and crickets, growing perennial vegetables in pots, small-space aquaponics, preserving meats and produce, making cheese and slow-fermenting sourdough, beer, vinegar, kombucha, kefir and pickles. Nelson fervently believes that by taking more control of our own food we will become better empowered to understand our relationships with the environment, and embrace sustainable lifestyles and communities.

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Paris, France – YES to R-Urban in Colombes! NO to the temporary car park that is planned to replace it!

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Save R-URBAN, an internationally acclaimed professional and citizen initiative of resilient regeneration in Colombes, near Paris, and persuade the municipality and other authorities of the general interest of preserving this project whose main site in Colombes is currently threaten to become a temporary parking.

Excerpt from Petition:

In 2013, the first R-URBAN building Units were finalised in Colombes : Agrocité (Urban Agriculture and Environmental Pedagogy) and Recyclab (Recycling, Social Economy and Eco-construction). Currently several hundred local users regularly develop and run resilience-oriented activities (urban farming, bee keeping, poultry, recycling, eco-design, organic waste processing, etc). Amongst them, dozens of people have been working on the project or have initiated their own jobs. The ecological balance promoted by these initiatives is exceptionally impressive: 6 time reduction of CO2 emission/year for the Agrocité users, 24t/year organic waste recycling, 50t/year water reduction, 3t/year organic vegetable production.

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Urban Food Systems and Global Sustainable Land Use

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Examples for Urban Agriculture-related Activities of Cities. Click on image for larger file.

Urban Agriculture ranges from subsistence production and processing at household level to fully commercialized agriculture, and typically complements rural agriculture.

By Uwe R. Fritsche, Sabine Laaks, Ulrike Eppler
International Institute for Sustainability Analysis and Strategy
April 2015
Berlin

Excerpt:

Executive Summary:

Global land use is dominated by agricultural production, especially permanent grasslands for animal grazing, and for cultivating feed and food crops. The global food system (value chain of production and consumption of food as well as transport, processing etc.) changed radically over the last centuries, from subsistence agriculture and food production within and close to villages and cities to more rural production and urban consumption patterns nowadays, with a growing role of international trade.

The future of the global food system is rather uncertainty due to climate change impacts, diet dynamics, and yield developments. With cities and urban areas being “hotspots” of sustainability challenges and opportunities, urban food systems (as subsets of the global food system) are of interest.

Cities occupy a share of 0.5% of the global land area, and approx. 4% of the global arable land. Thus, urban food production cannot have a major direct impact on global land use, even if many cities will grow substantially in the future. Yet, there are specific agricultural land uses which can possibly be replaced by so-called Urban Agriculture (UA), and activities favoring urban food systems may have important indirect effects.

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