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Agrihoods take root: a housing trend rooted in agriculture

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The Cannery, a community designed around a small farm in Davis, about 20 miles west of California’s capital, Sacramento.

By Michelle Locke
The Associated Press
May 17, 2016

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Master developer The New Home Co. was looking to build a neighborhood, not just homes, and market research showed that people wanted to connect to community. So “it made lots of sense to take this 7.5-acre piece of property and turn it into an urban farm, have that be the focus point,” says Kevin Carson, New Home president.

Residents can sign up for a weekly box of produce from the farm, and no matter what their level of participation they get to feel part of something, says Carson. “They can see the pumpkins being harvested or the tomatoes being planted or the different seasons that happen on a farm.”

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May 22, 2016   Comments Off on Agrihoods take root: a housing trend rooted in agriculture

Budepest: Community gardens provide a piece of nature in the big city

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There are already 38 community gardens in Budapest, and Grundk3rt is one of them.

By Lilith Grull
Budapest Times
21. May 2016

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The members of Grundk3rt are a colourful bunch. The oldest member is 80 years old and regularly brings along her small grandchildren. Many different jobs are represented ranging from zookeepers to engineers – even a few non-governmental organisations joined the community.
Népi ?sgyógyászat (pictured), Menedék Migránsokat Segít? Egyesület and Messzelátó Egyesület have a parcel in the garden. The NGO Menedék Migránsokat Segít? Egyesület deals with helping migrants, and they regularly bring along some of them to do gardening work. Messzelátó Egyesület on the other hand deals with naturopathy. They plant only herbs and they give tours through their medical forest in Grundk3rt.

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May 22, 2016   Comments Off on Budepest: Community gardens provide a piece of nature in the big city

The real value of urban farming. (Hint: It’s not always the food.)

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The environmental benefits of urban farming get even more complicated when we consider indoor “vertical farms,” which are often touted as a sustainable option that use less soil and water. Although designs differ, some of these set-ups can use an enormous amount of energy, especially if they require artificial lighting.

By Brad Plumer
VOX
May 16, 2016

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“It’s hard to make sweeping generalizations here,” Santo told me. When designed right, urban farms can make some modest but valuable improvements to the sustainability of our food system. But when designed poorly, they can end up being even worse for the environment — say, if they’re using fertilizer inefficiently and polluting nearby waters with nitrogen run-off.

In our conversation, Santo mentioned one feature of urban farms that often gets shortchanged in dry policy discussions: “They can reconnect people with how to grow food.”

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May 22, 2016   Comments Off on The real value of urban farming. (Hint: It’s not always the food.)