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Canada: Hong Kong Drama Filmed in City Farmer’s Compost Garden


Actors filming at the compost garden. Click image to see larger file.

“Janice is working as a staff in a Compost Garden in Vancouver, promoting the idea that mankind can live in balance with the land.”

[City Farmer was thrilled to have a major TV production visit and shoot in our Compost Demonstration Garden in Vancouver, BC, Canada on September 21, 2017. The actors and large crew enjoyed a perfect Fall sunny day shooting from 7am to 7pm.
From the synopsis: “In 2015, Janice is working as a staff in a Compost Garden in Vancouver, promoting the idea that mankind can live in balance with the land, the animals and the environment, and connect to the Earth in a way that helps enable the well-being of all life-forms into the indefinite future.” Michael Levenston ]

Excerpt from: Roger Kwok, Tavia Yeung Star in “At the Threshold of an Era Again

By Huynh
JayneStars.com
June 16, 2017

Struggling to increase viewership ratings in recent years, TVB is looking back at old classics to rekindle nostalgia and public interest. Most recently, TVB announced that they will begin filming a new age At the Threshold of an Era, which they will title as At the Threshold of an Era Again . The original series aired 18 years ago, consisting of 106 total episodes and big stars.

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September 30, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Hong Kong Drama Filmed in City Farmer’s Compost Garden

LOKAL is a prototype of a salad bar whose ingredients are grown indoors, locally and vertically, using a hydroponic farming system

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SPACE10—IKEA’s external future-living lab—popped up in Shoreditch during last week’s London Design Festival.

By Simon Caspersen
SPACE 10
Director of Communications
Photographer: Rory Gardiner and Nicklas Ingemann
Sept 2017
(Must see. Mike)

We used the occasion to test a new food concept, we’ve been working on, called LOKAL. It is not fully ready to be implemented in the IKEA business of today, but was received so positively by local Londoners, that we are exploring further.

LOKAL is a prototype of a salad bar whose ingredients are grown indoors, locally and vertically, using a hydroponic farming system, which was on public display throughout the week.

Two thousand salads
The purpose of the prototype was to test how Londoners felt about food grown hydroponically and, more importantly, whether they liked the taste of the microgreens.

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Civic seeds: new institutions for seed systems and communities – a 2016 survey of California seed libraries

The first quantitative look at seed libraries

By Daniela Soleri, PhD
Associate Research Scientist
Geography Department
UC Santa Barbara
Agric Hum Values
August 2017

Abstract:

Seed libraries (SLs) are institutions that support the creation of semi-formal seed systems, but are often intended to address larger issues that are part of the “food movement” in the global north. Over 100 SLs are reported present in California. I describe a functional framework for studying and comparing seed systems, and use that to investigate the social and biological characteristics of California SLs in 2016 and how they are contributing to alternative seed systems based on interviews with 45 SL managers.

At a minimum, SLs function as new seed distribution institutions founded and overseen by dedicated, values-driven individuals and groups with goals including education, seed access, local adaptation, biodiversity conservation, community- building, and human health.

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September 30, 2017   Comments Off on Civic seeds: new institutions for seed systems and communities – a 2016 survey of California seed libraries

Raíces en el asfalto – Pasado, presente y futuro de la agricultura urbana

History of Urban Agriculture in Europe, in Spanish. The book is a Free PDF.

By José Luis Fernández Casadevante Kois y Nerea Morán
Libros en Acción
La editorial de Ecologistas en Acción,
Segunda edición, mayo 2016

Excerpt:

La primera parte será una historia de la forma en que se ha concebido la relación campo-ciudad en el urbanismo, aproximándonos a distintos modelos urbanísticos y territoriales que sirvan para contextualizar de forma nítida el marco en el que se integrarán las propuestas y actuaciones de agricultura urbana. Este recorrido nos llevará de los cercamientos de los bienes comunes a los orígenes de la ciu- dad industrial y sus problemas de habitabilidad, pasando por las utopías y teorías urbanas alternativas, como la ciudad jardín, que quisieron volver a reconciliar la ciudad con la agricultura. Un relato que continúa con el distanciamiento progresivo de las metrópolis de la actividad agraria, que siguió a la segunda guerra mundial de la mano del movimiento moderno y de la revolución verde. Terminando con la in uencia ecológista y las incipientes propuestas de reencuentro que se vienen proponiendo durante las últimas décadas.

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September 30, 2017   Comments Off on Raíces en el asfalto – Pasado, presente y futuro de la agricultura urbana

India: More residents learning to grow their own food

“Every apartment has a different microclimate; within each apartment, each room may have a different microclimate.

By Anjana Vaswani and Vijayeta Basu
Mumbai Mirror
Sep 24, 2017

Excerpt:

The Ghias, the Mahimkars and the Kadams represent a new tribe: urban farmers who are using whatever space they have available to create pretty, leafy corners, that produce at least some of what their families consume. Preeti Patil who conducts ‘compost your kitchen waste’ workshops through her eight-year old company Urban Leaves, a collaboration of urban farming enthusi asts, confirms the rise of this new breed. “From only wanting to grow decorative flowering plants, people are now eager to learn how to grow their own produce to ensure they’re eating healthy, and there’s also a visible shift towards adopting sustainable living practices,” says Patil whose first project, a terrace farm at the Mumbai Port Trust has grown into a sprawling food forest in 17 years.

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Local NGO creates rooftop gardens in Palestinian camps

The rooftop of Jadal for Knowledge and Culture after transforming it into an experimental urban farm (Photo courtesy of Greening The Camps)

When they flee their countries, most refugees lose their connection with their land, and therefore with agricultural production, she explained, noting that Greening The Camps aims to reinstil the practices of growing and harvesting crops.

By Camille Dupire
The Jordan Times
Sept 21, 2017

Excerpt:

Deep-rooted and wide spreading vegetables like pumpkins, courgettes, carrots and rhubarb were planted in large wooden boxes placed on recycled palettes.

“Each box is provided with a self-constructed watering system that maintains efficient irrigation and limits the evaporation of water. This installation ensures easy harvesting and low space occupation as the soil-filled boxes are hung on the wall,” the trio explained on their website.

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Learn why these East Dallas community gardens have been thriving for nearly 30 years

Lon Sok works in the East Dallas Community and Market Garden. (David Woo/Staff Photographer)

“You can just come out here and share something with one another — there’s no transaction or anything,” Rosen says. “Community gardens make you feel like you’re a part of something bigger.”

By Alejandra Salazar
By Dallas News
Sept 22, 2017

Excerpt:

Tucked into Dallas’ rapidly growing urban infrastructure, the East Dallas and Live Oak community gardens are almost impossible to miss.

These are two of the city’s oldest, most productive community gardens, striking strips of green along Fitzhugh Avenue. They are thriving bastions of agriculture amidst brick, steel and concrete, between the apartment complexes and small businesses cropping up around them.

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September 29, 2017   Comments Off on Learn why these East Dallas community gardens have been thriving for nearly 30 years

France: Post office workers grow vegetables, breed chickens on Paris rooftop “farm”

Click image to see larger file. Post office employees pose on a 900 square meters farm garden on the rooftop of their postal sorting center, as part of a project by Facteur Graine (Seed Postman) association to transform a city rooftop as a vegetable garden to grow fruits, vegetables, aromatic and medicinal plants, with also chickens and bees in Paris, France.

“We are postal workers who thought it was nice to be able to fulfil our dream, which is to work for a more edible city,” said Sophie Jankowski

Reporting by Sonia Ye and Clotaire Achi, writing by Sybille de La Hamaide; editing by Louise Heavens
Reuters
Sept 26, 2017

Excerpt:

An urban agriculture initiative to make Paris more environmentally sustainable, mainly through farming on the capital’s rooftops, has been such a success that the mayor is unveiling a new round of projects this week.

Rooftop farming has boomed in the past years from New York to Tokyo via London and Paris.

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September 28, 2017   Comments Off on France: Post office workers grow vegetables, breed chickens on Paris rooftop “farm”

Scotland: Veg theft from community garden ‘due to help yourself sign

Pollok Park gardener Paul Hilton inspects the damage at the vegetable allotment after a raid which saw thousands of vegetables stolen.

It sounds like the plot of Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit where a host of vegetables disappear overnight.

The Scotsman
Sept 21, 2017

Excerpt:

But in the case of a vegetable “raid” from the walled garden at Pollok House in Glasgow, the likely culprit was not a giant Were-Rabbit, but more likely members of the public enjoying the 2017 Doors Open Day at the stately home.

However the incident on Sunday, which left the whole vegetable plot decimated, appears to be the result of a misunderstanding over a notice which said “Help yourself”.

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Malaysia: Starting a farming community in the city one plot at a time

Patie Tan and her daughter Nicole Yap at The Pharm Hut. — Pictures by K.E. Ooi

Tan stumbled upon urban farming when she first started eating healthily and grew her first local herb, pegaga, which is also known as Indian Pennywort last year.

By Opalyn Mok
Malay Online
Sept 22, 2017

Excerpt:

Growing your own vegetables used to be quite common some 40 years ago with every other family growing their own chillies, pandan and even bunga kantan but that vanished when people moved to smaller homes with stamp-size gardens or apartments with non-existent gardens.

Today though some of these apartment dwellers are finding it is possible to cultivate balcony gardens.

Patie Tan started growing her own vegetable and herbs on the balcony of her apartment last year but found it was not enough. That’s when she started looking for larger spaces.

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September 28, 2017   Comments Off on Malaysia: Starting a farming community in the city one plot at a time

Opening Scene of New TV series ‘The North Pole’ Features Urban Farm

“In the year since we’ve shot the show, the garden that’s in the very first scene—the urban farm—is no longer an urban farm. It’s being developed into condos.”

By Liz Pleasant
Yes Magazine
Sept 26, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

New series shows “the reality of the problem but also the joy, humor, and humanity that we’re trying to fight for in the first place.”

Healey: We make fun of the small, cultural side of gentrification. But at the end of the day, it’s the big players. It’s the developers. It’s the politicians. In the year since we’ve shot the show, the garden that’s in the very first scene—the urban farm—is no longer an urban farm. It’s being developed into condos.

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Singapore: More sign up for lessons to grow own food in urban setting

Ms Mabel Wee with her children, three-year-old Max and six-year-old Meranda Chee, at her community garden plot in Haig Road. Photo: Don Wong For The Straits Times

Urban farming workshops are sprouting in Singapore to teach enthusiasts proper techniques

By Lea Wee
Straits Times
Sept 22, 2017

Excerpt:

Mr Cheng is one of many people here who have signed up for urban farming courses to learn how to grow their own food.

Besides running courses on various urban farming topics, including aquaponics, hydroponics and mushroom growing, Citizen Farm will also be running an agriculture course here later this year.

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Venezuela’s government tries to sell its hungry citizens on the nutritional benefits of rabbit

Lapping up lapin – Venezuela’s war on cuteness

The Economist
Sept 21, 2017

Excerpt:

But the hutch-based solution that Mr Maduro has hatched has run into a hitch, as Mr Bernal discovered when he visited the beneficiaries. “People were naming the rabbits and taking them to bed,” he told Mr Maduro in a cabinet meeting broadcast on state television. Some had put bows on them, Mr Bernal complained. “People must understand that a rabbit is not a pet, but two-and-a-half kilos of meat with high protein and low cholesterol.” Re-educating them is not easy. “We’ve been taught that rabbits are cute,” Mr Bernal lamented.

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Chicago: When farm to table is just a few blocks away

Jen Rosenthal. Photo by John R. Boehm.

Farmers at Legends have to work 50 hours of community service per season for each eighth of an acre they farm, including helping Legends residents with the community garden or holding workshops on cooking or growing crops.

By Ben Feldheim
Crain’s Chicago Business
Sept 22, 2017

Excerpt:

Jen Rosenthal walks beside a row of green pea tendrils bearing small, cloverlike leaves and thin stems. She kneels down to cut the top halves. Sugar snap peas would grow from their flowers if left to mature, but Rosenthal has found leaves from this particular type pack a lot of bright flavor. Place them in water after harvesting and they don’t deteriorate quickly like their siblings. It’s one of many lessons Rosenthal has learned in the two years she’s been growing produce at Legends Farm, a training site for urban farmers through the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest program.

“Some restaurants try growing these on-site, but without the rich soil they get too leggy and spindly,” Rosenthal said of the pea plants while standing in one of the lower drainage rows that run parallel between the more elevated crop rows at Legends. “We’ll let some blossom and harvest peas before they all come out to make more room for peppers and eggplants.”

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Could gardening lower your risk of cancer? A Colorado researcher aims to find out

Wally Gallaher, left, age 90 gets some help from By Cha, who helps pull up some of the weeds that have crept in while he was on vacation. Member gardeners gather at the Arvada Community Garden.

University of Colorado Boulder study measures health of community gardeners in Denver area

By Danika Worthington
The Denver Post
September 21, 2017

Excerpt:

A green thumb may lower your risk of cancer.

Don’t believe it? You’re not the only one. Which is why a University of Colorado Boulder researcher is setting out to find hard evidence during a three-year clinical trial that will measure a variety of health factors in 312 participants who will be introduced to community gardening for the first time.

“We tend to intervene from the top down,” CU Boulder professor Jill Litt said of programs to improve physical inactivity and poor diets. “You need solutions from the ground up to meet people where they’re at.”

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September 26, 2017   Comments Off on Could gardening lower your risk of cancer? A Colorado researcher aims to find out