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Paris: Vegetables, fish and hops to be farmed on Parisian rooftops and car parks

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33 teams have been selected by the City of Paris for the Parisculteurs project, which aims to use rooftops and car parks in the capital for vegetable, fish and hops farming.

FreshPlaza
11/17/2016
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

Amongst those selected are landscapers, farmers, architects, associations and start-ups. 13 of the locations are being made available by the City of Paris and 20 by partners (social housing, RATP- public transport operator, private companies…).

Whilst all of the projects have agroecology in common, they also each show a huge variety in farming techniques including : aquaponics, aeroponics, permaculture, growing in pots, mushroom hydroponic. Assistant to the Mayor and in charge of green spaces, Pénélope Komitès, says that “They are concrete responses to the climate and food double challenge that towns and metropolises are faced with”.

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November 24, 2016   Comments Off on Paris: Vegetables, fish and hops to be farmed on Parisian rooftops and car parks

Official China news agency features ‘urban agriculture’ photo in US-China pledge to promote agricultural cooperation

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Lead photo caption: AeroFarms is a mission-driven company setting a new standard for controlled urban agriculture to address the global food crisis by building and operating indoor farms in cities. (Xinhua/Wang Lei)

Xinhua
Nov. 22

Excerpt:

WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) — Officials from China and United States on Tuesday hailed the two countries’ agriculture cooperation and pledged to strengthen the partnership.

Agriculture is one of the earliest, most productive and potential areas for Sino-U.S. cooperation, said Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang at the China-U.S. Agriculture and Food Seminar held during the 27th Session of the China-U.S. Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT).

“In the past 15 years since China joined the World Trade Organization, bilateral agricultural trade volume witnessed an average annual growth of 17 percent, reaching 32.1 billion US dollars last year,” said Wang.

The agricultural cooperation between China and the United States has made fruitful achievements in trade and investment, technology exchange and personnel training, and has made important contributions to the development of Sino-U.S. relationship, he said.

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November 23, 2016   Comments Off on Official China news agency features ‘urban agriculture’ photo in US-China pledge to promote agricultural cooperation

One Palestinian man’s mission to make urban agriculture more sustainable


This video was produced, filmed and edited by Yasser Abu Wazna, a freelance filmmaker based in the Palestinian Territory.

He produces approximately 3,500 kilograms (7,716 pounds) of food — enough to feed 30 people.

By Todd Reubold
Ensia
Nov 22, 2016
(Must see. Mike.)

Around the world, urban agriculture is playing a role in feeding a growing global population from mid-America to the Middle East. This video introduces Said Salim Abu Naser, a proponent of sustainable agriculture living and working in Gaza City, Palestine along the Mediterranean Coast.

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November 23, 2016   Comments Off on One Palestinian man’s mission to make urban agriculture more sustainable

Detroit’s urban farms embraces green infrastructure for sustainable water us

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Earthworks Urban Farm. Photo by Nick Hagen.

Much ado is often made of the vast amounts of open space potentially available for farming in a city like Detroit. Yet, this land is often lacking in water infrastructure.

By Brian Allnutt
Model D
Nov 17, 2016

Excerpt:

The Earthworks system consists of three tanks—two below ground and one elevated above—that receive rainwater from the gutters on the side of the hoop-house. The lower tanks take the water directly and a solar-powered pump slowly moves it into the elevated tank to give it the necessary pressure to force it through the drip lines running back into the hoop-house.

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November 23, 2016   Comments Off on Detroit’s urban farms embraces green infrastructure for sustainable water us

London, Ontario: Upcoming urban agriculture policy

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Gabor Sass at Wood Street Food Forest. Photo by Chris Mountanin.

London is embarking on its first urban agriculture strategy and an upcoming conference at the Central Library November 19 is offering residents an opportunity to contribute.

By Chris Montanini
Londoner
November 14, 2016

Excerpt:

City staff responded with draft terms of reference for an urban agriculture strategy in September that so far includes:

• Establishing a vision and goals for the City regarding food growth, food processing and food distribution within the urban area of the city;

• Determining the roles for the community and the City, both regulatory and operational support, in the implementation of the strategy;

• Evaluating the Official Plan, zoning and other municipal bylaws and programs with respect to their role in urban agriculture for the City;

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November 22, 2016   Comments Off on London, Ontario: Upcoming urban agriculture policy

Digging into the benefits of urban agriculture: How can and do food policy councils support urban ag?

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Webinar Food Policy Networks: Nov 29, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST

Featured Speakers:
Shaniece Alexander, Director, Oakland Food Policy Council
Beth Low-Smith, Director, Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition

Growing interest in urban agriculture is inspiring widespread attention from gardeners to policymakers alike, across municipalities and states. Food policy councils play an important role in assisting urban agriculture efforts by advocating for legislation, funding, and other resources, as well as through educational support for urban food producers.

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November 22, 2016   Comments Off on Digging into the benefits of urban agriculture: How can and do food policy councils support urban ag?

Community Garden Makes A Difference In The Bronx

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A once blighted plot on Prospect Avenue now sees fertile soil that feeds a community.

By Sean Adams
WCBS New York
Nov 14, 2016

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“The population now is mostly Mexican population, so you’ll see papalo, pipicha, epazote, cilantro. There are some African-Americans as well in the garden, so you’ll see collards, and kale, and swiss chard,” Washington said.

It’s healthy, nutritious food that otherwise would be too expensive or not available.

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November 21, 2016   Comments Off on Community Garden Makes A Difference In The Bronx

Singapore: Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth, and Trade and Industry Opens New Community Garden

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Community members tending their plots at the Eng Kong and Cheng Soon Community Garden yesterday. PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Applicants ballot for the 90 plots available, for $50 a year. All have been taken up.

By Lin Yangchen
Straits Times
Nov 13, 2016

Excerpt:

The 50m by 44m garden near Toh Tuck Road was started by the Eng Kong and Cheng Soon Neighbourhood Committee at a cost of $22,500 and paid for by contributions from residents.

The garden was officially opened yesterday by Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth, and Trade and Industry. It is the latest addition to nearly 1,000 community gardens in Singapore.

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November 21, 2016   Comments Off on Singapore: Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth, and Trade and Industry Opens New Community Garden

Zimbabwe: Climate Change Changes Face of Urban Agriculture

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Research has shown that trees can help us to adapt to a changing climate and combat drought by influencing rainfall patterns and helping to retain the water received.

By Chipo Masara
All Africa
Nov 13, 2016

Excerpt:

Rain is something that Zimbabweans very much look forward to. For years, many have looked up to their rain-fed agricultural projects to bring them food relief in the face of gnawing hunger that has resulted from the country’s economic collapse. The unpredictable pattern that now characterises the rainy seasons, however, has lately been rendering people’s effort useless.

Urban agriculture is part of Zimbabwe’s urban landscape and in Harare; frantic efforts by the city council to put an end to it came to naught — to the extent of the authorities seemingly throwing in the towel. It would seem they finally realised how unreasonable their push was to destroy an activity that brought food relief for many food-insecure urban households, most of who have been left to scrap for a living after their breadwinners lost jobs following either company closures or retrenchments.

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November 20, 2016   Comments Off on Zimbabwe: Climate Change Changes Face of Urban Agriculture

Ottawa’s National Capital Commission (NCC) renting out plots to urban farmers

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The National Capital Commission (NCC) has started renting out properties in Ottawa’s Greenbelt to prospective farmers and is hosting a panel on the emerging importance of sustainable urban agriculture.

By Cassandra Wood
iPolitcs
Nov 13, 2016

Excerpt:

The NCC rents out 30 per cent of Ottawa’s Greenbelt to local farmers, said Talbot. The agency controls about 5,000 acres of farmland, equivalent to 40 per cent of the rural lands in the City of Ottawa, which stretches from just outside the town of Arnprior in the west and close to the town of Rockland in the east.

“Since worldwide population is increasing, more people are moving to cities. Around two-thirds of the population will live in cities by 2050,” said Talbot. “We need to farm in a different and better way to feed people in urban and rural areas.”

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November 20, 2016   Comments Off on Ottawa’s National Capital Commission (NCC) renting out plots to urban farmers

University of Memphis plans to replace community garden with 120 new parking spaces

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The Tiger Initiative for Gardens in Urban Settings.

“The university needs the green spaces that are left. If you pave over the garden there now, you don’t get that back.”

By Joshua Cannon
Memphis Flyer
Nov 10, 2016

Excerpt:

Somewhere Joni Mitchell is shaking her head.

University of Memphis (U of M) leaders are considering a move that would pave a community garden and, yes, put up a parking lot.

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November 19, 2016   Comments Off on University of Memphis plans to replace community garden with 120 new parking spaces

1981 Agriculture Canada: Gardens for all?

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Replacement of $500 million of this total by homegrown produce would be equivalent in balance-of-payment terms to one fifth of our average grain exports.

By Keith Wilde
Planning Advisor, Strategic Planning and Evaluation Branch
Publication: Food Markets Commentary
Agriculture Canada
December 1981
City Farmer’s research and activities stimulated the interest of Agriculture Canada’s Keith Wilde. Excerpt of his letter dated January 12, 1982 to City Farmer, to which he attached the article from Food Markets Commentary seen in this posting.
“Enclosed with this letter is a copy of Food Markets Commentary, a departmental publication. In it, under “News and Trends” you will find a short report on gardening, which reflects information you provided. I am continuing to accumulate information about the extent of interest in urban agriculture, and we discuss it within the Planning Division. A more formal report may be more widely circulated in the Department by late winter or early spring, possibly as an idea for combatting the effects of widespread unemployment.”

Article: Gardens For All?

More and more people are growing part of their own food, with the encouragement of nutritionists, health therapists, conservationists, urban planners, and horticulturists, not to mention the garden-supply industry and publishers of gardening books.

Gardens For All, an industry association in the United States, is understandably interested in the prospects for this trend, and annually pays a substantial fee to the Gallup Organization for an exhaustive statistical survey of gardening activities and profiles of the people who garden. Consequently, reliable data on the extent and significance of home food production are becoming available for the first time.

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November 19, 2016   Comments Off on 1981 Agriculture Canada: Gardens for all?

Santa Fe City Councilors Unanimously Pass A New Urban Agricultural Ordinance

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Major Javier Gonzales sponsored the ordinance.

If you live in Santa Fe and you have a backyard garden, you can now sell any fresh produce you grow right out of your own home.

By Kai Porter
KOB4
November 11, 2016

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“It’s part of the sharing economy,” said Major Javier Gonzales, who sponsored the ordinance. “It’s about expanding opportunity for income for families who want to be in some of the farming business and do our part to remain true to our cultural identity.”

Gonzales said the ordinance is aimed at giving Santa Feans more access to fresh, healthy and locally grown fruits and vegetables. There has been some concern from residents about how the ordinance will impact their neighborhoods.

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November 18, 2016   Comments Off on Santa Fe City Councilors Unanimously Pass A New Urban Agricultural Ordinance

Gardens Grow, People Thrive: The Importance of Urban Farming

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As the Urban Agriculture Coordinator at University of Maryland Extension, Prince George’s County, I learned the importance of food every day.

By Michelle Nelson
Maryland Humanities
Nov 9, 2016

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Every day, I watched as Bhutanese and Cameroonian refugees report to the garden at 8 AM or sometimes earlier to tend to their gardens, anticipating a yield to feed their families and beyond. My favorite stories of the garden are about a Bhutanese elder in his seventies named Jamuna. When I met Jamuna, she could not speak English very well. She would affectionately speak to me in Nepali like an aunt speaks to her niece, but I often struggled to understand or respond.

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November 18, 2016   Comments Off on Gardens Grow, People Thrive: The Importance of Urban Farming

1940 Chicago: Cultivates Flowers and Vegetables in Shadow of the Loop

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Urban agriculture. Lewis A. Wade hoeing his corn on one-eighth acre on the Chicago river bank between Van Buren Street and Jackson boulevard bridges, not far from the loop. Bridge is elevated lines’ span south of Jackson. (Tribune photo.) [Early use of the tern ‘urban agriculture’. Mike] Click on image for larger file.

Chicago City Farmer

Chicago Daily Tribune
Aug 7, 1940

In the shadow of loop buildings a garden was thriving yesterday. It occupies one-eighth of an acre on the west bank of the Chicago River, between the Van Buren Street and Jackson Boulevard bridges.

Lewis A. Wade has a photographic studio in an adjoining building and tends the garden. He reported yesterday that the corn and tomato yields are exceptionally good. And the lilacs, roses snowballs, and iris grow as luxuriantly as in a rural setting.

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November 17, 2016   Comments Off on 1940 Chicago: Cultivates Flowers and Vegetables in Shadow of the Loop