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3rd Annual Seoul Urban Agriculture Conference in Seoul, South Korea – Recap

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The 3rd Annual Seoul Urban Agriculture Conference was held 29-31 May 2014 at the Seoul City Hall. This year’s theme was “Urban Agriculture and the Food Revolution”.

Submitted by Will Nichols
Professor, Hanyang University
Seoul, South Korea
July 2014

Excerpt:

The Seoul metropolitan area is home to around 20 million people and is the capital of South Korea. South Korea enjoys a high standard of living and is known for its high-tech industries. However, like most industrialized countries, focus is now shifting to long-term sustainability of a high quality of life. The city of Seoul in recent years has seen a blossoming of new initiatives for greening the city environment, promoting healthy and local food systems and building strong communities. This conference was launched to bring together a diverse group of practitioners to discuss recent progress and future needs for the development of the urban agriculture to promote these initiatives.

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July 28, 2014   No Comments

See Bangkok’s ‘Veggie Prince’ at home

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See video here.

Video by Chumporn Sangvilert
Bangkok Post
02 Jul 2014

Nakorn “Prince” Limpakuptathavorn, aka Veggie Prince, encourages city people to start sustainable farming and they don’t have to wait until they’re retired. Prince also explains why farmers should continue what they do and hold their heads up high.

See video here.

July 13, 2014   Comments Off

An Abandoned Mall in Bangkok Becomes an Urban Aquarium

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Photo by Jesse Rockwell.

At some point in the early 2000′s an unknown person began introducing a small population of exotic Koi and Catfish species.

By Jesse Rockwell
A Taste of the Road
18/10/2013

Excerpt:

Down a nondescript soi in old town Bangkok lies a relatively unknown hidden gem. Without a good knowledge of Bangkok geography, one would be hard pressed to believe anything interesting lies behind this gate.

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July 11, 2014   Comments Off

The Garden Project Kicks off First Pilot Program in Korea

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A pilot program taking cue from the “therapeutic gardening” has been unveiled in Korea. (image: The Garden Project).

Offering mind-healing programs for senior citizens, children, and the handicapped

By Lina Jang
Korea Bizware
June 16, 2014

Excerpt:

The Garden Project announced last week that the world’s famous “garden project” will be up and running across the nation after four years of preparation to introduce the program. The organization had begun the first program for patients with Alzheimer’s on April 18.

The project was intended to help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease while supplying fresh chemicals-free produce to local communities and educating youths — who are exposed to high levels of fast food and sugary diet — the importance of eating healthy and local foods.

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June 24, 2014   Comments Off

Malaysian Ministry expects 20 percent of city folk to take up urban agriculture

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The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said RM1 million had been allocated for the campaign, which included the distribution of seedlings and fertiliser and providing training, briefing and guidance

New Straits Times
May 8, 2014

PUTRAJAYA: The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry anticipates that about 20 per cent of people in cities nationwide will participate in urban agriculture.

Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said it would enable them to reduce their daily expenditure and increase their income should they be able harvest additional produce for sale.

“Land may be scarce in the cities but with the aid of modern technology, this can be achieved,” he told reporters after launching an urban agriculture campaign for the Federal Territory of Putrajaya here today.

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May 21, 2014   Comments Off

New Taipei promotes urban ‘community farms’

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New Taipei residents can beautify their living environment while promoting organic agriculture by growing their own crops, the city’s agriculture Department Commissioner Liao Jung-ching said.

By Liao Jen-kai, Johnson Sun and Elizabeth Hsu
Central News Agency
2014/05/07

Taipei, May 7 (CNA) New Taipei, Taiwan’s most populous city, is promoting urban farming amid its dense collection of residential buildings in a bid to encourage citizens to transform idle spaces on rooftops and in public areas into vegetable gardens.

By establishing community farms, New Taipei residents can beautify their living environment while promoting organic agriculture by growing their own crops, the city’s agriculture Department Commissioner Liao Jung-ching said Wednesday while visiting a hillside community in the southern Xindian District.

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May 18, 2014   Comments Off

Nepals’ secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office inspects rooftop farming in Katmandu

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Photo of Katmandu rooftops by Bee. See more here.

“The rooftop farming we saw left us quite inspired as we witnessed a mausami plant of nearly four inches bearing 12 fruits and a three inches lemon plant producing as many as 100 lemons at times.”

Republica
2014-05-04

KATHMANDU, May 3: To promote the rooftop and terrace farming in Kathmandu city, some government secretaries and high-level officials from concerned government departments have inspected the rooftop farming at some places of the capital.

The inspection team led by secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office Krishna Hari Banskota reached the residences of Litterateur Pawan Alok and Rekha Kandel, a homemaker, where the officials were fascinated to see a wide variety of vegetables growing in clay vessels and plastic drums. They had planted chilies, tomatoes, flowers, guava, mango, pomegranate, oranges, green leaves and fruits and vegetables of many more varieties.

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May 10, 2014   Comments Off

Bangkok International School transforms concrete school rooftop into farm/rooftop garden

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Our school administration has supported us in this sustainable project from the very start

By Philip Branston
Jamie Oliver
Apr 28, 2014

Excerpt:

We have had many obstacles to overcome due to the intense Bangkok heat, but now that we understand the local climate and soil better we are starting to see some successes. One of the goals was to build raised garden beds. We did this after a major donation of over 100 wooden pallets from a NIST parent. Staff and students dismantled each of them one by one and made them into 2 metre by 1 metre beds. As time went by, we built more and more using reclaimed wood from the old NIST Multi-purpose Hall, which was demolished to make way for a new building.

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May 4, 2014   Comments Off

RUAF: Urban Agriculture as a Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy

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RUAF Urban Agriculture Magazine No. 27, March 2014

RUAF-Foundation (International network of Resource centres on Urban Agriculture and Food security)
March 2014

Excerpts:

This issue is prepared with support of the UN Habitat Cities and Climate Change Initiative. It reports on the joint urban agriculture programme implemented by RUAF and UN Habitat. This issue also shares findings of a CDKN funded innovation project on monitoring urban agriculture impacts on climate change.

Cities and climate change are virtually inseparable. Cities are major contributors to Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and thus climate change.

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April 18, 2014   Comments Off

Hong Kong’s fish farms in the sky

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Lloyd Moskalik sells two tonnes of fish to wholesalers each week.

This is because as one of the most densely populated places in the world, there is simply very little spare space. So fish farms have to fit in where they can.

By Peter Shadbolt
BBC News
April 2, 2014

Excerpt:

There are 11 plastic tanks in total, holding a combined 80,000 litres of salt water.

They are full of grouper, a white-fleshed fish, which are all destined to end up on the plates of restaurant-goers across Hong Kong.

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April 10, 2014   Comments Off

Korea: Number of city farmers surged to 440,000 from 287,000

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Residents of Dunchon in Gangdong-gu, Seoul, grow vegetables at a farm opened by the district office. Photo by Gangdong District Office.

Urban farming spreads fast in Korea with growing interest in healthy lifestyle, food safety and environment

By Cho Chung-un
Korea Herald
Mar 28, 2014

Figures provide a glimpse into the growing popularity of urban farming. According to the Seoul city government, the number of city farms surged dramatically from 66 in 2010 to 2,056 last year. Abundant media coverage also reflects this unusual interest. The number of articles published by local newspapers on urban farming surpassed the 1 million mark in 2012 from 200,000 in 2010, according to a study by local think tank Seoul Institute.

Then where is Seoul’s zeal for urban farming coming from? Ahn Cheol-hwan, representative of the Association of City Farmers in Korea, stresses the “unstoppable” human instinct to return to nature.

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April 10, 2014   Comments Off

City agriculture sprouts in Korea

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Weekend farm (Yonhap).

According to the Seoul Agricultural Technology Center, rooftop gardens are expected to save people about 16.6 percent on heating and cooling costs

By Suk Gee-hyun
The Korea Herald
Mar 28, 2014

Excerpt:

A growing number of schools in major cities are teaching these lessons by making gardens in empty spaces or on rooftops. In Seoul, a total of 62 schools were offered related subsidies and educational guides by the city government last year.

Among Korean schools joining the move, Myeongeok Elementary School in Daegu won the top prize in a school farming competition hosted by the Rural Development Administration in 2013.

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April 9, 2014   Comments Off

Farming in the city in Vietnam

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A group of farmers take a break with tea and coffee during their harvesting in Ward 28 in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Also see video within the article.

Only a 30 minute motorbike ride from the center of Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Thanh District’s Ward 28 in the Thanh Da peninsula offers a different look at an inner city due to its rural appearance.

By Minh Vu – Dong Nguyen
Tuotrenews
03/31/2014

Excerpt:

The small road leading to Ward 28 separates it from the nearby crowd of cafes, restaurants, hotels, and resorts.

For people who desire a breath of fresh air away from the city, a visit to the paddy fields in Ward 28 is ideal.

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April 9, 2014   Comments Off

Seoul City Farmers – Korea

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Urban Farmers’ Meetup

Seoul, Korea (South)
Founded May 8, 2013

Excerpts:

Seoul City Farmers is a group for all people! Especially people who are interested in… ~ growing food (plants, animals or bees) in the city ~ learning about the food system ~ cooking and sharing recipes ~ sharing urban-eco resources ~ exploring the local green community and local farms ~ and much more! Let’s meet and share our ideas, interests and information on urban farming related topics.

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April 8, 2014   Comments Off

Urban farms grow a greener future in Seoul

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Summer Planting at Mr. Shin’s Farm. Photo by Mee-Young.

City farms surged dramatically from 66 in 2010 to 2,056 last year.

By Cho Chung-un
The Korea Herald/Asia News Network
March 30, 2014

Excerpt:

Figures provide a glimpse into the growing popularity of urban farming. According to the Seoul city government, the number of city farms surged dramatically from 66 in 2010 to 2,056 last year. Abundant media coverage also reflects this unusual interest. The number of articles published by local newspapers on urban farming surpassed the 1 million mark in 2012 from 200,000 in 2010, according to a study by local think tank Seoul Institute.

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April 7, 2014   Comments Off