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Productive spaces assessed in Food System and Food Security Study for the City of Cape Town

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Figure 9.7: Foods eaten by households in Cape Town in the previous 24 hours (Source: Battersby, 2011, p15) Click on image for larger file.

The Provincial Department of Agriculture has supported 114 community gardens within the City since 2008 to present.

Prepared by: Jane Battersby (UCT)
Gareth Haysom (UCT)
Godfrey Tawodzera (UCT)
Milla McLachlan (Stellenbosch)
Jonathan Crush (UCT)
First Public Report July 2016
July 5, 2014
334 pages

Excerpt:

Productive spaces

The in-city food production is of benefit to a city like Cape Town, particularly in terms of delivering cheaper food and bringing greater dietary diversity and nutritional benefit. The discussion of Cape Town’s in-house food supply focuses on commercial agriculture and the form and fate of the unique productive agriculturally-zoned areas within the boundaries of the City of Cape Town (Chapter 4) and urban agriculture (Chapter 5). A constant theme is the tension between the valuation of agricultural land in terms of its

contribution to food security versus alternative means of valuation such as the argued need for land for development and housing options. Detailed information is available on this element of the food system and its analysis prompts the following conclusions:

• There is vital agricultural production within Cape Town. While there is large-scale production of grapes and other fruit for export, there is also high production of staple vegetables and livestock, both of which support more local consumption;

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July 26, 2016   Comments Off on Productive spaces assessed in Food System and Food Security Study for the City of Cape Town

What does an urban orchard mean for Louisville, Kentucky

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Markenzie, 7, shows off peaches she picked from a first-year tree. Photo by Jinn Bug.

Planted on a former vacant lot, the orchard came about through a partnership between the city and nonprofit Louisville Grows.

By Anna Rohleder
Leo Weekly
July 20, 2016

Excerpt:

The orchard may be a bellwether of change for the neighborhood.

Produce Park joins a number of other community gardens and orchards that are greening the area. The People’s Garden in Shawnee and the Community Food Forest in Portland are also maintained by Louisville Grows. Orchards are a particularly desirable form of urban agriculture for Louisville since they bring food and trees together.

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July 25, 2016   Comments Off on What does an urban orchard mean for Louisville, Kentucky

Urban farming: how the hippy throwback is on the rise

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In 1976, the farm was more an industrial wasteland – but that didn’t put people off turning it into something more. Photo: ITV News

Windmill Hill City Farm in South Bristol, UK

ITV
July 20, 2016

Excerpt:

It’s the oldest city farm outside London and after rising from the rubble left by WW2 and council bulldozers, it’s now celebrating its 40th anniversary.

It was back in 1976, when volunteers inherited a rat infested wasteland but brick by brick they cleared it and began creating ponds and allotments.

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July 25, 2016   Comments Off on Urban farming: how the hippy throwback is on the rise

Resident fights for naturalized lawn in Pointe-Claire, Quebec

latlwnFlowers and plants grow in Peter Graham’s naturalized garden outside his Pointe-Claire home, July 3, 2016. Allen Mcinnis / Montreal Gazette

According to the powers that be, in this case the city of Pointe-Claire, his wild and untamed front yard is an unsightly chaos of “long grass, wild shrubs and weeds in a messy fashion” that defies a nuisance bylaw. He’s been issued a $650 fine and unless he destroys it, he’ll be subject to additional fines.

By Marla Newhook,
Special To The Montreal Gazette
July 19, 2016

Excerpt:

He’s launched an online petition to change the bylaw and at last check, it’s been viewed more than 7,000 times and has garnered almost 800 signatures.

As far as I’m concerned, narrow-minded bylaws such as this one is just another excuse to force homeowners to adhere to cookie-cutter community development where citizens are penalized for creating unique and individualized outdoor space.

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July 24, 2016   Comments Off on Resident fights for naturalized lawn in Pointe-Claire, Quebec

900-unit rental complex has urban farm in Staten Island, New York

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Zaro Bates is pictured in the courtyard of Urby where she cultivates an urban farm for residents. Tuesday July 12, 2016. (Staten Island Advance/Anthony DePrimo)

While Bates is the official resident urban farmer, Landes runs a honey harvesting operation on the roof of Urby.

By Tracey Porpora
SILive
July 19, 2016

Excerpt:

The Advance got a sneak peek of the development’s 4,500-square-foot urban farm that sits atop Urby’s parking garage in the courtyard. It’s at ground level so residents can see the urban agriculture in action.

Husband-and-wife team Zaro Bates and Asher Landes, owners of Empress Green Inc., run the urban farm at the new development that is still under construction.

But with the first 60 or so residents already moved in, Urby is quickly becoming its own self-sustaining community. And one main ingredient is its urban farm.

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July 24, 2016   Comments Off on 900-unit rental complex has urban farm in Staten Island, New York

3 Aquaponic Farms in Brooklyn, New York

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There is power in being able to grow your own food and to support your community in doing the same. Oko Farms Adult Apprenticeship program offers a unique urban farming experience.

Verticulture, Edenworks and OKO farms.

By Lorraine Chow
Eco Watch
Jun 17, 2016

Excerpt:

At an old Pfizer manufacturing plant in Bedstuy, Verticulture is raising food such as kale, micro basil and Brooklyn-born tilapia and looking to tap into the Big Apple’s $600 million in unmet demand for local produce.

According to The Verge, the startup is producing about 30 to 40 pounds of basil a week thanks to the help of 150-180 tilapia.

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July 23, 2016   Comments Off on 3 Aquaponic Farms in Brooklyn, New York

Warsaw, Poland, Children working in a vegetable garden during WW2. From the collection of Yad Vashem

polkids Click on image for larger file. During the first half of 1940, the organization’s aid activities focused on opening public soup kitchens and distributing food to the needy, on taking in the thousands of Jewish refugees and POWs who were pouring into the ghetto, and establishing institutions for childcare.

Janusz Korczack’s orphanage was situated at 92 Krochmalna Street and housed 150 children.

Photographer: Foto Forbert, Warszawa
Origin: Judenrat, Warsaw
ad Vashem Photo Archive

A short time after Warsaw was occupied by the Germans, the Jewish community organized a social welfare committee known as the Zydowska Samapomoc Spolczna (Jewish Social Self-Help), or the ZSS, in order to provide social assistance to the Jewish residents. Funding for the activities came primarily from the Polish branch of the Joint, which was also located in Warsaw. The Joint, short for The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, was an agency that had been founded by Jews in America in 1914 in order to provide aid for Jewish communities located outside the United States. Since it was an American institution, the Joint was permitted to continue its activities in occupied Poland.

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July 23, 2016   Comments Off on Warsaw, Poland, Children working in a vegetable garden during WW2. From the collection of Yad Vashem

Meet the refugee farmers of Cleveland who are actually making America great again

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The politicians at the Republican National Convention like to depict refugees as terrorists and a danger to American society. But if they took a short trip to the farm, they could get a very different perspective.

By Casey Tolan
Fusion
July 21, 2016

Excerpt:

On the Republican National Convention stage, refugees have been a popular punching bag. Rudy Giuliani said Syrian refugees could be “operatives who are terrorists, who are going to come to Western Europe and here and kill us.” Ted Cruz claimed that the Obama administration was “admitting ISIS terrorists as refugees.”

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July 22, 2016   Comments Off on Meet the refugee farmers of Cleveland who are actually making America great again

FOOD ROOF Farm in St Louis, Missouri

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Grows over 100 varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. Increases pollinator health with habitat for over 40,000 honeybees.

GreenRoofs.com
July 2016

Excerpt:

Built in 2015, the FOOD ROOF Farm is located in the heart of downtown St Louis above a two-story storage facility. The site provides full sun exposure necessary for growing edibles, and the structure of the 1927 building did not require reinforcement for the addition of an intensive green roof system – both were determining factors in the selection of this property.

This rooftop exhibits a robust green roof infrastructure that captures up to 17,000 gallons of stormwater per storm event, which equates to over 1,819,000 gallons annually. Rainwater captured is utilized for plant growth, reducing irrigation needs by up to 50%.

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July 22, 2016   Comments Off on FOOD ROOF Farm in St Louis, Missouri

Vancouver aeroponics farm uses ‘space-age’ tech to grow food for local restaurants, markets

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Aaron Ferguson, CEO of Harvest Urban Farms, stands in the Strathcona warehouse where the farm is located. He said he would like to see more aeroponics farms in Vancouver. (Rachel Sanders/CBC)

He said they can get lettuce plants, for example, ready for harvest within 28 to 35 days. “Lettuce plants out in the field take about 45 days to be mature,” he said.

By Gavin Fisher and Rachel Sanders,
CBC News
Jul 21, 2016

Excerpt:

Harvest Urban Farms supplies their produce to restaurants and markets within a 10-kilometre radius of the farm.

Ferguson said he hopes to see the use of aeroponics grow in Vancouver, as he said growing food locally as opposed to importing it improves the quality and eliminates supply chain costs.

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July 22, 2016   Comments Off on Vancouver aeroponics farm uses ‘space-age’ tech to grow food for local restaurants, markets

Veggie Bingo Raises Support for Chicago’s Community Gardens

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This unusual way of supporting an estimated 110 of Chicago’s nearly 800 community gardens grew out of a winter ritual held at the Hideout known as Soup & Bread.

By Lori Rotenberk
Civil Eats
July 19, 2016

Excerpt:

For 12 weeks each summer, the Hideout is home to Veggie Bingo and its cult following of community garden supporters. The fees, $4 a card or three for $10, benefit a different community garden each week and have helped gardens purchase tools and supplies including soil, seeds, sheds, compost, benches, and scholarships for young workers. On this July evening, the numbers are being sung for supporters of the Fulton Street Flower and Vegetable Garden located in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood.

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July 21, 2016   Comments Off on Veggie Bingo Raises Support for Chicago’s Community Gardens

Rooftop farming arrives in Chengdu, China

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“The farm is actually a by-product of the shopping mall here. With proper design and investment, we transformed this rooftop into something useful and provided the public with a free place to learn the science of planting and experience agricultural production,” said rooftop farmer Liu Bo.

China.org
July 21, 2016

Excerpt:

“It surprised me when I stepped onto this rooftop. They have all kinds of vegetables and fruit. And there are species that I don’t know. It’s rare to see such things in big cities,” said Chengdu resident Tang Yan.

Mr. Liu is one of the founders of this city farm. For the past eight years, he has been running a vast rural farm in the suburbs of the city.

“Young people know very little about agricultural production, especially children. They have no idea about the exact procedures of how to plant vegetables and rice. So I came up with the idea of passing on Chinese agricultural traditions to the younger generation, and those living in cities,” said rooftop farmer Liu Bo.

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July 21, 2016   Comments Off on Rooftop farming arrives in Chengdu, China

Johns Hopkins aquaponics testing ground gives way to urban teaching farm

auqhapStudents on a field trip to the Food System Lab feed the fish. Image Credit: Larry Canner

The Rechristened Food System Lab, Which Has Defined Itself As An Urban Teaching Farm, Welcomed More Than 1,500 Visitors Last Year Through School And Group Trips, Service Learning, And Open Houses.

By Katie Pearce
HUB
July 18, 2016

Excerpt:

In 2014, the Hopkins researchers conducted a first-of-its-kind international survey of more than 800 aquaponics practitioners, examining their methods and motivations, and followed that up with an international survey on the profitability of commercial systems. Attesting to the interest in subject, the latter survey is the most-accessed article Aquaculture, a top journal in its field, has published in more than 13 years.

“People really want to know what the field looks like, the shape of this industry, because it’s so new,” Love says.

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July 21, 2016   Comments Off on Johns Hopkins aquaponics testing ground gives way to urban teaching farm

Korea’s first school to teach farming to retirees who come from cities

koreoldThe first students to enroll in a school that teaches farming to retirees from urban areas pose in front of their dormitory in Yeongju, North Gyeongsang. [GONG JEONG-SIK]

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, North Gyeongsang Provincial Government and Yeongju City Government spent about 2 billion won ($1.7 million) building the school, which allows retirees to better settle into rural areas.

By Song Yee-Ho
Korea Joining Daily
July 16, 2016

Excerpt:

The students mostly learn practical agricultural skills such as how to make and manage fertilizers, cultivate farmland and use farming machines. The school also owns small parcels of land where students can practice growing different crops.

The students were also paired up with senior farmers who grow the crops they are interested in growing themselves. They visited their mentor’s farms and also went to historic places such as Buseok Temple.

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Food waste: harvesting Spain’s unwanted crops to feed the hungry

gleanAdvocates of gleaning say that the movement could reduce pressure on land use, improve diets, feed the hungry and provide work for the socially excluded. Photograph: Natalia Lázaro Prevost

Spain’s gleaning movement has grown rapidly in response to austerity, harvesting imperfect fruit and veg – that would otherwise be wasted – for food banks. Now its own line of jams, soups and sauces is taking off too

By Arthur Nelson
The Guardian
July 2016

Excerpt:

A 39-year-old Moroccan emigré with two small children, Abdelouahid began “gleaning” – harvesting farmers’ unwanted crops – with the Espigoladors (gleaners) after losing his job in the construction industry four years ago. It is Ramadan and he is fasting but still smiling as he cuts at the green jewels.

“I don’t like to spend my days at home, sending CVs to employers, waiting for their rejection letters, or going around the restaurants trying to find food,” he says. “I prefer to do something positive. A lot of people need this food. It is better to collect it than to leave it.”

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July 20, 2016   Comments Off on Food waste: harvesting Spain’s unwanted crops to feed the hungry