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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: Irrigation Schemes Helping Urban Farmers Escape Hunger

zimbuUrban farmers in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

A number of residents in the city, especially in western suburbs, have formed cooperatives to practise irrigation/gardening using borehole water.

By Dumisani Nyoni
Radio VOP
March 8, 2016

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A recent survey by RadioVOP revealed that irrigation was now a growing trend among some communities like Tshabalala, Sizinda, Magwegwe North, Emakhandeni, Old Pumula and Nkulumane, to stave off hunger.

In the city’s eastern suburbs, the trend was common in Richmond, Mahatshula and Fig Tree.

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Could Urban Farms Be the Preschools of the Future?

farmsceneThe vision for Nursery Fields Forever. (Courtesy of aut- -aut) Click on image for larger file.

A group of architects proposed a new design to help raise environmentally responsible kids.

By Eillie Anzilotti
City Lab
Mar 7, 2016

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Under the distant gaze of a city skyline, cows and chickens wander through rows of sprouting vegetables; clear glass greenhouses dot the periphery. It sounds like an ordinary urban farm, but on this particular site, the wardens are toddlers.

The farm, Nursery Fields Forever, is the vision of aut- -aut, a group of four architects hailing from Italy and the Netherlands. Their proposal for a preschool on an urban farm took first prize at this year’s AWR International Ideas Competition; the challenge centered around designing a nursery school model for London.

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