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Urban Farming in Dublin, Ireland

A potato grows in Dublin.

Horse shit produced during overpriced tourists rides provides vital nutrients to the rooftop plots, former parking lots at the center of the cities circular agricultural economy.

By Lauren Razavi
Future Cities
January 16, 2017


Farming traditions are also being reimagined on Dublin’s rooftops. Beetroots, potatoes, radishes, lettuce, parsley, garlic,, and spinach are just some of the vegetables being grown in urban spaces that would normally serve no particular purpose. “Producing supplies in the city — by utilising LED lighting and hydroponics, for example — makes a lot more sense than shipping food from the other side of the world,” says Andrew Douglas, creator of Dublin’s first rooftop urban farm five years ago.

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India: Agrarian Freedom in Madurai’s Urban Agriculture

Figure 1. Flooded rice paddy and coconut grove outside of Madurai. Photo by author.

Bowdoin Senior Receives Award for India Research

By Jeb Polstein
Bowdoin College
Program: South India Term Abroad

Excerpt from Bowdoin News about Jeb’s project:

While he was studying away in India last year, Jacob “Jeb” Polstein ’17 researched the rise of urban agriculture in the city of Madurai.

Using ethnographic data he collected from three sites around the city, Polstein looked at how the capitalistic promotion of urban agricultural movements has complicated traditional agrarian ideas and practices. At Bowdoin, Polstein is majoring in philosophy and environmental studies.

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