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Copenhagen: An Urban Farm That Is a Cross Over Between Art and Architecture

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‘At Space10, we envision a future where we grow much more food inside our cities. Food producing architecture could enable us to do so.’ – says Carla Cammilla Hjort, Director of Space10. Photography: Rasmus Hjortshøj.

The Growroom: exploring how cities can feed themselves through local food producing architecture

By Space10
at CHART Art Fair in Copenhagen
Aug 2016
(Must see. Mike)

Space10 and architects Mads-Ulrik Husum & Sine Lindholm co-created a stunningly beautiful urban farm that was exhibited at CHART ART FAIR in Copenhagen this weekend. With the Growroom, Space10 wants to spark conversations about how we can bring nature back into our cities, grow our own food and tackle the rapidly increasing demand for significantly more food in the future.

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August 31, 2016   Comments Off on Copenhagen: An Urban Farm That Is a Cross Over Between Art and Architecture

Practical Hydroponics Magazine Features ‘City Farming’

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The Rise Of Urban Agriculture

By Christine Brown-Paul
PH&G
September 2016 / Issue 171
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Excerpt:

In this issue we trace the rise of city farming – also known as urban agriculture – a phenomenon whose widespread uptake globally is at the vanguard of a silent revolution in the way our food is produced. Embracing practices such as rooftop farming, hydroponics, aquaponics, aeroponics and the like, city farming is the farming of the future.

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August 31, 2016   Comments Off on Practical Hydroponics Magazine Features ‘City Farming’

Detroit’s Urban Growers Are Farming for Their Lives

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Murals testify to the community-minded design of Mark Covington’s farm. (Jessica Leigh Hester/CityLab)

This is the first installment of a three-part series. The second will explore how urban agriculture fits in to the city’s redevelopment plans; the third dives in to putting the harvest to use.

By Jessica Leigh Hester
From The Atlantic
City Lab
Aug 29, 2016

Excerpt:

By selling his produce at markets and to local restaurants, Willerer is able to support his family from his land. He sells about 200 pounds of salad greens each weekend at Eastern Market, one of the country’s oldest produce marts; an 8-oz. bag of his greens goes for $5. His home and farm are insurance policies against another economic tumble.

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August 31, 2016   Comments Off on Detroit’s Urban Growers Are Farming for Their Lives

High speed chase ends in community garden in Waterloo, Iowa

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Truck crashes into community garden.

I didn’t realize it really wiped out nearly every boxes they came across. He must have gone airborne when they hit the dirt pile,” said Marshall.

By Taylor Bailey
KWWl
Aug 22, 2016

Excerpt:

The white pick up truck ended up at Grace Gardens, right across from the Boys and Girls Club in Waterloo. Grace Garden is designed to provide free produce to people in the Walnut neighborhood.

The owner of the garden Judy Marshall says she heard it all happen and she was in shock after most of her crops were destroyed.

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‘Greenside Up’ and Community Gardening in Ireland

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Photo of Dee Sewell.

I’m also promoting the idea of workplace gardens to encourage business’ to use some of the land or roof space they have and encourage office bound staff to get outside and grow.

By Dee Sewell
Greenside Up
Teaching Growth. Teaching Green
Aug 2016
From Food For Cities Listserv

I am a horticulturalist teaching adults how to grow food in Ireland and volunteering as a founder member and chairperson of Community Gardens Ireland.

I started ‘Greenside Up’ back in June 2009 with the idea of visiting and teaching people in their own gardens who wanted to grow food without chemicals but weren’t sure how. The recession was beginning to take hold and it soon became apparent that group workshops for adults would be the most cost effective way for people to learn rather than private consultations. I created a basic programme that could be delivered in health food stores and village halls and then applied to become a tutor with my local adult Education Training Board delivering ‘hobby’ gardening courses.

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August 30, 2016   Comments Off on ‘Greenside Up’ and Community Gardening in Ireland

Studio Gang proposes net-zero school with three-acre urban farm in Chicago (complete with its own goat)

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Students will help grow breakfast and lunch for their classmates.

By Matthew Messner
The Architects Newspaper
Aug 22, 2016

Excerpt:

Perhaps the most notable of the school’s amenities is a three-acre urban farm. Along with producing its own power, the school will also produce a portion of its own food. Students will help grow breakfast and lunch for their classmates. The school believes the understanding of agriculture is an important part both of being a global citizen and of creating one’s relationship to food. Anchoring the farm is a greenhouse-barn where classes and presentations can be held for students and the community.

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August 30, 2016   Comments Off on Studio Gang proposes net-zero school with three-acre urban farm in Chicago (complete with its own goat)

Dublin: Derelict site transformed into thriving community garden

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The Mud Island community garden in Dublin. Before and after.

For 200 years up to the middle of the last century it was a locality of evil repute, “inhabited by a gang of smugglers, highwaymen, and desperadoes of every description”

By Brian Pelan
View Digital
November 17, 2015

Excerpt:

Following a two-year campaign by residents and the development of a clear proposal and committee structure, a yearly license was eventually granted by the local council to Mud Island. Since then the site has been cleared and leveled, raised beds built for vegetables, fruit bushes and trees, a polytunnel and water harvesting system erected and flower garden and sitting area created.

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August 30, 2016   Comments Off on Dublin: Derelict site transformed into thriving community garden

Future retirees work the land at farm school in Korea

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Farmers at the Jecheon City Agricultural Technology Center in North Chungcheong show off their produce earlier this month. The rural training center welcomes urbanites to move in for a year and learn basic farming techniques. [KIM SEONG-TAE]

The Jecheon city government combined forces with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to build an agricultural training center for urbanites who knew absolutely nothing about farming but wished to temporarily move to the countryside and learn the ropes.

By Choi Jong-Kwon
Korea Joongangdaily
Aug 22, 2016

Excerpt:

Participants move into the village for a year, paying the city between 180,000 and 250,000 won ($163 to $226) per month with a 600,000 won deposit.

In return, the city provides each student with a small house and land, in addition to farming lectures led by agricultural experts. The Jecheon City Agricultural Technology Center is nestled in a village more than 3,000 square-meters (3,588 square-yards) in size that comprises a training center, a factory, two vinyl greenhouses, 30 houses and a small plot for each household. The entire project required 9.6 billion won when it opened, which was jointly paid through national and municipal coffers.

Yoon Jae-sam, 58, who heads the agricultural center, calls it a “village filled with a bunch of beginner farmers.” Thirty-four people from 25 households have moved in so far.

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August 29, 2016   Comments Off on Future retirees work the land at farm school in Korea

Gurgaon, India: Lease land for ‘kitchen gardens’

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The department will make available farming land in Bhondsi nearby, where residents can go on weekends or in their spare time, and grow vegetables non-commercially for their household needs.

India Times
Aug 28, 2016

Excerpt:

Anyone interested in leasing land can approach the district horticulture officer, who will help the resident decide the amount of land they would require, and the crop(s) they can grow on it. The land will be leased out at least for a year at a nominal rate, which has not been decided yet. However, regular maintenance, watering, security, etc, of the garden will be the leasee’s responsibility, which might be a drag for corporate employees looking for a part-time hobby.

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Erie, Pennsylvania planners seek more research on urban farming

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“I want to start my own business,” Sachse said. “So much of the vacant property is in residential neighborhoods and half of the lots in this neighborhood are vacant.”

By David Bruce
Go Erie
Aug 17, 2016

Excerpt:

Erie Planning Commission members agreed with Erie City Council that converting vacant lots in the city into small crop farms could be a good idea, but more research is needed.

Commission members voted 3-0 on Tuesday to recommend the city’s zoning office examine how zoning ordinances be amended to permit urban agriculture on residential properties in the city.

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August 29, 2016   Comments Off on Erie, Pennsylvania planners seek more research on urban farming

Aerial Drone Shoots HD Video of the Vancouver Compost Garden

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3. Drone Aerial of Vancouver Compost Garden – Back Garden – Ground to Sky from Michael Levenston on Vimeo.

City Farmer’s Gardens seen from the sky.

Videos by Earl Havlin
August, 2016.
(Must see, Mike)

These six short videos were taken from a drone at 2150 Maple, Vancouver’s Compost Demonstration Garden. The drone aerial views show the portable office and the three main City Farmer Gardens.

Front: The Climate Change Adaption Garden
Middle: Food Producing Compost Garden
Back: Biodiversity, Insectary Garden

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August 28, 2016   Comments Off on Aerial Drone Shoots HD Video of the Vancouver Compost Garden

Milwaukee Students Create ‘Urban Agriculture’ Bench

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SHARP Literacy Students Create Public Art For Neighborhood House Garden Park

Milwaukee Courier
Aug. 20, 2016

Excerpt:

The “Urban Agriculture” bench project was inspired by SHARP Literacy’s 12th We Love to Learn book, There Grows the Neighborhood: Agriculture in the City, written in collaboration with Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power. Led by Milwaukee artist Sally Duback, the bench project is one of four permanent works of art created during SHARP Literacy’s 2016 summer program. In addition to the Urban Agriculture bench, Sally Duback and SHARP students at Journey House, Silver Spring Neighborhood Center and Our Next Generation conceptualized and designed door-sized mosaic murals.

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The Van Berckel’s edible garden offers bounty of fruit, flowers and vegetables (Bowen Island, Vancouver, BC)

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David and Aubin Van Berckel sit beside a willow sculpture named Con Brio by Vancouver artist Ken Clarke in their 2.5-acre edible garden on Bowen Island. Photo by Kim Stallknecht.

Just when I thought I had seen everything, the Van Berckels lead me into another area where there are two tunnels — one made from espaliered apples, the other from golden hops, from which David makes beer.

By Steve Whysall
Vancouver Sun
Aug. 19, 2016

Excerpt:

As we descend deeper into the garden, David hands me a ripe Italian fig to taste. It is juicy and delicious. Next, he offers me a handful of ripe mulberries. Heavenly.

“I pollard (remove the top) our other mulberry trees. They look great in the winter. But since I prune them so hard, I don’t get fruit, since the fruit is only produced on previous year’s growth,” he says.

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August 27, 2016   Comments Off on The Van Berckel’s edible garden offers bounty of fruit, flowers and vegetables (Bowen Island, Vancouver, BC)

Edmonton, Alberta Community Garden Bike Tour Features 8 Gardens

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The Twin Brooks community garden in southwest Edmonton has brought local gardeners together and overcome initial resistance from the neighbourhood to create a win-win situation.

Alberta Avenue Community League Garden
Eastwood Community League Garden
Elmwood Park Community League Garden
Mosaic Centre Community Garden
Highlands Community League Garden
Lactuca Urban Farm
Grower’s Dozen Garden at Parkdale-Cromdale Community League
Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton micro-orchard

By Nancy Rempel
Edmonton Journal
Aug 19, 2016

Excerpt:

“The first instinct is that the garden needs to be fenced,” says Meyers of the vandalism. “But, you can’t fence gardens on public parkland.”

Instead, its members went out of their way to create a “garden conversation” that included public meetings and communication, including the creation of an informational pamphlet that garden members took door-to-door. Meyer says the discussions revealed bones of contention, like the site’s visual appeal because of its on-site water barrels and storage shed. The group beautified the utilitarian pieces with vines, and planted perennials that were subsequently donated by neighbours to create a welcoming entrance.

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August 27, 2016   Comments Off on Edmonton, Alberta Community Garden Bike Tour Features 8 Gardens

Welcome to Tha Flower Factory: Vacant East Baltimore lot blossoms into something beautiful

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waltWalker Marsh created “Tha Flower Factory,” by transforming a vacant lot in East Baltimore into a half-acre full production flower farm. He submitted a winning idea in Baltimore City’s Growing Green Design Competition and hopes to inspire other urban farmers while beautifying the neighborhood, reducing pollution levels and providing job training. (Courtesy of the Mayor’s Office).

Walker’s idea represents a creative way of thinking about supporting urban agriculture, eliminating blight, reducing stormwater runoff, lowering lead levels, adding a community resource, providing job training and beautifying the city.

By Zoe Zellers
WWMT West Michigan
August 18th 2016

Excerpt:

What happens when residents walk by and see the beauty that has bloomed on their block? What’s their reaction like and how does that make you feel?

Everyone loves it! Folks have seen it from the very beginning when the growers and I were just out there moving rocks around to beautiful sunflowers popping up. I have received nothing but support and it makes me feel accomplished because I know people enjoy what I’m doing.

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August 26, 2016   Comments Off on Welcome to Tha Flower Factory: Vacant East Baltimore lot blossoms into something beautiful