New Stories From 'Urban Agriculture Notes'
Random header image... Refresh for more!

Korea: Cooking class features fresh greens from urban farm

sankorA sandwich using arugula and tomato from the urban farm near Gwangheungchang Station.

The city aims to expand urban farmland from the current 141 hectares to 165 hectares by the end of this year. The farms are scattered along the Han River, mountain slopes, rooftops and school properties.

By Kim Sejeong
Korea Times
June 6, 2016

Excerpts:

The urban farming policy reflects Mayor Park Won-soon’s keen interest in sustainable living amid the growing threat of climate change. Under his leadership, the city is harnessing renewable energy sources to generate electricity, instead of consuming fossil fuels.

The rooftop garden is almost 115 square meters and grows peppermint, arugula, tomatoes, radish, green onions and potatoes. In one corner stands a greenhouse for radishes.

[Read more →]

June 11, 2016   Comments Off on Korea: Cooking class features fresh greens from urban farm

Dig for victory: vegetable growing during WWII in pics

undergAn employee of London Underground and a companion tending cabbages in a field beside South Harrow Station, September 1939.

17 great photos from The Telegram

Excerpts from comments on the site:

My Mother at 14 at the end of WWII was sent as a Landgirl to Sommerset from South East England.She remembers the Prisoners of war working in adjacent fields and there was strict no contact between the two groups.It is estimated that when Churchill talked the Wartime Cabinet to continue fighting the wwII after Dunkirk and the fall of France there was only 6 weeks reserves of food in Britain and start of starvation,and the Battle of the Atlantic was fierce 1940-1941. Yep they were sure rolling the dice and gambling with all the average peoples lives.

[Read more →]

June 11, 2016   Comments Off on Dig for victory: vegetable growing during WWII in pics

As citizens residing in megacities, we are no longer connected with farming

WheatSt.GardensTLW

What is really required is a push from urban municipalities to introduce urban farming as a social policy and to integrate urban agriculture as an integral part of urban planning and design.

By Saahil Parekh
Business Standard
June 1, 2016

Excerpt:

As citizens residing in megacities, we are no longer connected with farming. We no longer care about where our fruits and vegetables are coming from, understanding how to identify the good ones from the bad, and their nutrition value. It is an irony that we check for energy and nutrition charts on manufactured foods that we pick off the shelves or burger meals that we order at the counters of fast-food restaurants, but hardly give any thought to the salubriousness of the vegetables we buy at the sabji mandi. Our only criterion is how cheap, and the presence of pesticides or other harmful chemicals doesn’t even play on our minds.

[Read more →]

June 11, 2016   Comments Off on As citizens residing in megacities, we are no longer connected with farming